WSOP Down to Final Three for Tuesday Playoff

by Lou on November 7, 2011

After  seven hours and 45 minutes of play on Sunday, the 2011 World Series of Poker main event is down to just three players. Pius Heinz, Ben Lamb, and Martin Staszko will return Tuesday evening to compete for the gold bracelet, and $8.7 million for the winner.

Tuesday’s action will be televised in near real time–with a 15-minute delay–onESPN and ESPN3 beginning at 6 p.m. Pacific Time.  In addition to the top prize of $8,715,638, the second-place finisher will receive $5,433,086 and the third-place finisher will take home $4,021,138.

Heinz is the chip leader going into the final day of play. The 22-year-old resident of Cologne, Germany has a chip count of 107,800,000.  Lamb, a 26-year old poker professional who splits time between Las Vegas and Tulsa, Oklahoma, is currently second in chips with 55,400,000. Staszko, 35, of Trinec, Czech Republic, will enter Tuesday’s play as the short stack, with 42,700,000.

Sunday’s action was carried nearly live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.  Here’s a summary of how the competitors broke out, long with their prize money:

9th place: Sam Holden, 22, of Sussex, Great Britain: $782,115

8th place: Anton Makiievskyi, 21, of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine: $1,010,015

7th place: Badih Bou-Nahra, 49, of Belize City, Belize: $1,314,097

6th place: Eoghan O’Dea, 26, of Dublin, Ireland: $1,720,831

5th place: Phil Collins, 26, of Las Vegas, Nevada: $2,269,599

4th place: Matt Giannetti, 26, of Las Vegas, Nevada: $3,012,700

The 2011 WSOP main event began in July with a total of 6,865 entrants. The total prize pool was $64,540,858, with $28,279,223 going to the final nine players.

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