Update: One of the Longest Events Finishes

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Jun 27, 2011
Prospective Canadian triumphant

After four days of marathon fight, event 40 $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max at 2011 WSOP got its winner - 26-year-old Matt Jarvis from Vancouver who outplayed a field full of respected professionals. In the exciting heads-up he beat Justin Filtz to the main prize of $808,538 and his first WSOP bracelet, leaving Filtz with a hefty runner up paycheck of $499,855.

As for Event 41: $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout, it was not finished until early hours of June 27, when Justin Pechie claiming the bracelet and the first prize of $167,060, defeating Dale Eberle in the heads-up, and sending him home with the second placing prize of $103,454.

Event 42: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship is another WSOP competition that will extend into the fourth day; the game was halted early on June 27 at level 28, with 4 players still in play: dominant Ben Lamb (4,335,000), John Shipley (2,705,000), Sami Kelopuro (2,155,000) and Christopher King (1,645,000).

In terms of Event 43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, the initial field of 2,857 has been reduced to just 39 survivors at level 20, with Byron Kaverman in the chip lead, well ahead of Douglas Yamashiro and Simon Watt.

The second day of Event 44: $2,500 Razz reached level 17, with 23 players remaining from the original field of 363. Some of the interesting names are still in competition, including like John Monnette, Victor Ramdin, Timothy Finne, Stuart Rutter, Chad Brown, Perry Friedman, Shawn Sheikhan, and Chau Giang. As for the chip lead, it currently belongs to Tommy Chen with 473,000 chips, but he's got some serious players following him, such as John Monnette (205,000), George Lewis, Mikail Tulchinskiy, Matt Smith, Stephen Su, Scott Bohlman, Mikhail Smirnov, Jay Kwon and Victor Ramdin.

An event that started on June 16, event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em gathered a massive player field of 2,890 entrants, who created a prize pool of $2.6 million. Some of the recognizable names among the competitors include former main event champ Joe Hachem, Scott Montgomery, Jeffrey Papola, Lars Bonding, Matt Affleck, Faraz Jaka, Darren Woods, Adam Levy, Barry Shulman, Brock Parker and David Pham.

By the end of Day 1, the play reached level 10, with only 304 players remaining. At the moment, the chip leader is Jon Lane, but a significant number of reputable pros are right behind him: Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth, Matt Graham, Jean-Robert Bellande, Blair Hinkle, Eric Baudry, Adam Geyer, Joe Tehan and Andrew Lichtenberger.
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