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2011 World Series of Poker

The 2011 World Series of Poker was the 42nd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP). The WSOP is the most prestigious poker tournament in the world with the winner of the Main Event considered to be the World Champion. It was held at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada between May 31 – July 19, 2011. There were 59 bracelet events, beginning with the WSOP National Circuit Championship and culminating in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship (also known as the “”Main Event””). The November Nine concept returned for a fourth consecutive year, with the Main Event finalists returning on November 6, playing down to three that evening and then adjourning until November 8.

  • Day 1-A: Jason Alexander, Vincent Van Patten
  • Day 1-B: Sam Simon, Patrick Bruel
  • Day 1-C: Paul Pierce, Brad Garrett, Petter Northug, Audley Harrison, Shane Warne, Ray Romano, Robert Iler
  • Day 1-D: Jennifer Tilly, Shannon Elizabeth, Nelly, RenГ© AngГ©lil, Mars Callahan, Colson Whitehead

Events

# Event Entrants Winner Prize Runner-up Results Reference
1 $500 Casino Employees No Limit Hold’em 850 Sean Drake $82,292 Jason Baker Results [7]
2 $25,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship 128 Jake Cody $851,192 Yevgeniy Timoshenko Results [8]
3 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better 925 Francesco Barbaro $262,283 Kostas Kalathakis Results [9]
4 $5,000 No Limit Hold’em 865 Allen Bari $874,116 Maria Ho Results [10]
5 $1,500 Seven Card Stud 357 Eugene Katchalov $122,909 Alessio Isaia Results [11]
6 $1,500 Limit Hold’em 675 Harrison Wilder $205,065 Thomas Jamieson Results [12]
7 $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship 249 Amir Lehavot $573,456 Jarred Solomon Results [13]
8 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em 4,178 Sean Getzwiller $611,185 Sadan Turker Results [14]
9 $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball 275 Matt Perrins $102,105 Chris Bjorin Results [15]
10 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed 1,920 Geffrey Klein $544,388 Eddie Blumenthal Results [16]
11 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship 202 Viacheslav Zhukov $465,216 George Lind Results [17]
12 $1,500 Triple Chance No Limit Hold’em 1,340 David Diaz $352,808 Anders Meli Results [18]
13 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout 1,440 Andrew Badecker $369,371 Robbie Verspui Results [19]
14 $3,000 Limit Hold’em 337 Tyler Bonkowski $220,817 Brandon Demes Results [20]
15 $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em 765 Brian Rast $227,232 Allen Kessler Results [21]
16 $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship 126 John Juanda $367,170 Phil Hellmuth Results [22]
17 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. 963 Aaron Steury $289,283 Michael Chow Results [23]
18 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em 3,157 Foster Hays $735,400 Casey Kelton Results [24]
19 $2,500 Limit Hold’em Six Handed 354 Darren Woods $213,431 Stephanie Nguyen Results [25]
20 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em 3,175 Jason Somerville $493,091 Yashar Darian Results [26]
21 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship 126 Bertrand Grospellier $331,639 Steve Landfish Results [27]
22 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 1,071 Elie Payan $292,825 Rafael Kibrit Results [28]
23 $2,500 Eight Game Mix 489 John Monnette $278,144 Eric Buchman Results [29]
24 $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout 387 Mark Radoja $436,568 Jeffrey Gross Results [30]
25 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better 606 Chris Viox $200,459 Mike Sexton Results [31]
26 $2,500 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed 1,378 Oleksii Kovalchuk $689,739 Anton Ionel Results [32]
27 $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship 152 Daniel Idema $378,642 Matthew Gallin Results [33]
28 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em 2,500 Andy Frankenberger $599,153 Joshua Evans Results [34]
29 $2,500 10-Game Mix Six Handed 431 Chris Lee $254,955 Brian Haveson Results [35]
30 $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold’em Championship 3,752 James Hess $557,435 Richard Harwood Results [36]
31 $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha 685 Sam Stein $420,802 Ben Lamb Results [37]
32 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em 2,828 Kirk Caldwell $668,276 Corbin White Results [38]
33 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship 168 Eric Rodawig $442,183 Phil Hellmuth Results [39]
34 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em 3,144 Mark Schmid $488,283 Justin Cohen Results [40]
35 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Six Handed 507 Jason Mercier $619,575 Hans Winzeler Results [41]
36 $2,500 No Limit Hold’em 1,734 Mikhail Lakhitov $749,610 Hassan Babajane Results [42]
37 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship 240 Fabrice Soulier $609,130 Shawn Buchanan Results [43]
38 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em 2,192 Arkadiy Tsinis $540,136 Michael Blanovsky Results [44]
39 $2,500 Pot Limit Hold’em/Omaha 606 Mitch Schock $310,225 Rodney Brown Results [45]
40 $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed 732 Matt Jarvis $808,538 Justin Filtz Results [46]
41 $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout 538 Justin Pechie $167,060 Dale Eberle Results [47]
42 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship 361 Ben Lamb $814,436 Sami Kelopuro Results [48]
43 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em 2,857 André Akkari $675,117 Nachman Berlin Results [49]
44 $2,500 Seven Card Razz 363 Rep Porter $210,615 Stephen Su Results [50]
45 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em 2,890 Kenneth Griffin $455,356 Jean Luc Marais Results [51]
46 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed Championship 474 Joe Ebanks $1,158,481 Chris Moorman Results [52]
47 $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better 450 Owais Ahmed $255,959 Michael Mizrachi Results [53]
48 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em 2,713 Athanasios Polychronopoulos $650,223 Simon Charette Results [54]
49 $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball 309 Leonard Martin $189,818 Justin Bonomo Results [55]
50 $5,000 Triple Chance No Limit Hold’em 817 Antonin Teisseire $825,604 Darryl Ronconi Results [56]
51 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better 946 David Singontiko $268,235 Michael Yee Results [57]
52 $2,500 Mixed Hold’em 580 Matt Matros $303,501 Jonathan Lane Results [58]
53 $1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship 1,055 Marsha Wolak $192,344 Karina Jett Results [59]
54 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em 4,576 Maxim Lykov $648,880 Dror Michaelo Results [60]
55 $50,000 Poker Players Championship 128 Brian Rast $1,720,328 Phil Hellmuth Results [61]
56 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em 3,389 Alexander Anter $777,928 Nemer Haddad Results [62]
57 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better 352 Nick Binger $397,073 David Bach Results [63]
58 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship 6,865 Pius Heinz $8,715,638 Martin Staszko Results [64]

Performance of past champions

Name Championship
Year(s)
Day of
Elimination
Doyle Brunson 1976, 1977 1-A
Bobby Baldwin 1978 2-A
Tom McEvoy 1983 3
Berry Johnston 1986 4
Johnny Chan 1987, 1988 2-A
Phil Hellmuth 1989 4
Dan Harrington 1995 2-A
Huck Seed 1996 3
Scotty Nguyen 1998 2-A
Carlos Mortensen 2001 3
Robert Varkonyi* 2002 4 (514th place)
Chris Moneymaker 2003 1-C
Greg Raymer 2004 1-A
Joe Hachem 2005 2-B
Jamie Gold 2006 2-B
Jerry Yang 2007 1-A
Joe Cada 2009 3
Jonathan Duhamel 2010 2-A

Other notable high finishes

Place Name Prize
26th J.P. Kelly $302,005
28th Philipp Gruissem $302,005

November Nine

Name Number of chips
(percentage of total)
WSOP
Bracelets
WSOP
Cashes
WSOP
Earnings
Czech Republic Martin Staszko 40,175,000 (19.5%) 0 4 $22,875
Republic of Ireland Eoghan O’Dea 33,925,000 (16.5%) 0 5 $37,516
United States Matt Giannetti 24,750,000 (12.0%) 0 10 $237,249
United States Phil Collins 23,875,000 (11.6%) 0 8 $48,769
United States Ben Lamb 20,875,000 (10.1%) 1 12 $2,157,249
Belize Badih “Bob” Bounahra 19,700,000 (9.6%) 0 1 $7,582
Germany Pius Heinz 16,425,000 (8.0%) 0 1 $83,286
Ukraine Anton Makiievskyi 13,825,000 (6.7%) 0 0 0
United Kingdom Sam Holden 12,375,000 (6.0%) 0 0 0

Final table payouts

 

Place Name Prize
1st Pius Heinz $8,715,638
2nd Martin Staszko $5,433,086
3rd Ben Lamb $4,021,138
4th Matt Giannetti $3,012,700
5th Phil Collins $2,269,599
6th Eoghan O’Dea $1,720,831
7th Badih “Bob” Bounahra $1,314,097
8th Anton Makiievskyi $1,010,015
9th Sam Holden $782,115