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World Series of Poker -- Kirk Caldwell Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Event

Caldwell Takes Home $688,276 and a Gold Bracelet for Topping a Field of 2,828 Players


Kirk Caldwell WinsAnother weekend at the 2011 World Series of Poker saw a huge field pack the Pavilion and Amazon Rooms at the Rio and late last evening a champion was crowned from the field of 2,828 players. That champion was Kirk Caldwell and he took home his first gold bracelet and $668,276 for his first-ever WSOP cash.

Caldwell came to his ultimate conquest with the help of his friends. A few months prior to the tournament, several of his buddies in the Toronto, Ontario area decided to host a mini-satellite, with the top prize being a trip to Las Vegas with an entry fee into a gold bracelet event. Caldwell won the first battle, and then he won again when he got to Vegas. The 31-year-old became the fourth Canadian to claim a gold bracelet at the 2011 WSOP.

Through the conclusion of this tournament, the national origin (birthplace) of winners has been:

United States (17)
Canada (4)
Great Britain (3)
France (2)
Ukraine (2)
Israel (1)
Russia (1)
Honduras (1)
Indonesia (1)
Germany (1)

Here is a look at the elimination hands as featured on’s summary reports:

Martin Stevens Eliminated in 9th Place ($49,631)
Kyle Cartwright Eliminated in 8th Place ($64,788)

Marc McLaughlin raised to 60,000 before the flop, Martin Stevens reraised to 185,000 from the small blind, Kyle Cartwright moved all in for 775,000 from the big blind, McLaughlin re-shoved and Stevens called all in for 710,000.

Cartwright was ahead with JSpade Suit JClub Suit against Stevens’ 10Diamond Suit 10Club Suit and McLaughlin’s ASpade Suit QDiamond Suit

The board came KSpade Suit 5Club Suit 3Club Suit 4Heart Suit QSpade Suit, giving McLaughlin a pair of queens on the river to win the pot and bust two players on the same hand. McLaughlin took the chip lead that hand with 3.5 million while Kyle Cartwright was eliminated in 8th place ($64,788) and Martin Stevens was eliminated in 9th place ($49,631).

Rodrigo Portaleoni Eliminated in 7th Place ($85,556)

Rodrigo Portaleoni got it all in before the flop for 80,000 against Marc McLaughlin and Gabriel Morin.

The flop came JSpade Suit 10Club Suit 7Heart Suit, Morin bet 125,000 and McLaughlin folded.

Morin was ahead with 7Spade Suit 7Club Suit for bottom set while Portaleoni had KSpade Suit 9Heart Suit for an inside straight draw.

The turn and river were the 2Club Suit and the 3Diamond Suit, no help to Rodrigo Portaleoni who was eliminated in 7th place ($85,556).

Randy Haddox Eliminated in 6th Place ($114,304)

Kirk Caldwell raised to 95,000 before the flop, Randy Haddox reraised to 345,000, Caldwell shoved and Haddox called all in.

Haddox was ahead with KDiamond Suit KClub Suit to Caldwell’s QSpade Suit QDiamond Suit.

The board came QHeart Suit 9Heart Suit 7Club Suit 9Spade Suit 4Heart Suit, giving Caldwell top set on the flop and a full house on the turn. Randy Haddox was eliminated in 6th place ($114,304).

Dror Michaelo Eliminated in 5th Place ($154,506)

Kirk Caldwell opened the pot for 90,000 from the small blind and Dror Michaelo called from the big blind.

The flop came AHeart Suit KDiamond Suit 5Heart Suit and both players checked.

The turn was the 4Diamond Suit, Caldwell bet 285,000, Michaelo moved all in and Caldwell called.

Caldwell was ahead with ADiamond Suit 5Diamond Suit for two pair against Michaelo’s KSpade Suit JDiamond Suit for one pair.

The river was 9Diamond Suit, and Dror Michaelo was eliminated in 5th place ($154,506).

Gabriel Morin Eliminated in 4th Place ($211,353)

Gabriel Morin moved all in from the button before the flop and Marc McLaughlin called from the big blind.

McLaughlin lead with KHeart Suit QSpade Suit against Morin’s QClub Suit 9Heart Suit.

The board came ADiamond Suit JHeart Suit 2Club Suit 5Diamond Suit 6Club Suit, no help to Gabriel Morin who was eliminated in 4th place ($211,353).

Marc McLaughlin Eliminated in 3rd Place ($211,353)

On a flop of 8Spade Suit 5Club Suit 4Spade Suit, Marc McLaughlin bet 200,000, Kirk Caldwell raised to 500,000, McLaughlin moved all in and Caldwell called.

McLaughlin turned over 6Diamond Suit 5Spade Suit for the lead with middle pair and a straight draw while Caldwell showed ASpade Suit 10Spade Suit for a flush draw and two overs.

The turn and river were the 10Heart Suit and the 9Diamond Suit, giving Caldwell a higher pair on the turn to win the pot. Marc McLaughlin was eliminated in 3rd place ($211,353), while Caldwell took the chip lead going into heads-up play.

Ben White Eliminated in 2nd Place ($414,918)

Ben White entered heads-up play with a 2:1 chip disadvantage and really never got anything going. On the final hand of the night, Kirk Caldwell button-raised to 300,000, Ben White reraised to 900,000 from the big blind, Caldwell shoved and White called all in.

Caldwell turned over 8Heart Suit 8Club Suit for the lead while White showed AClub Suit QSpade Suit for the draw.

The board came 9Heart Suit 9Diamond Suit 7Heart Suit JClub Suit 8Spade Suit, no help for Ben White who was eliminated in 2nd place ($414,918). Kirk Caldwell wins the gold bracelet for Event #32 and the $688,276 grand prize.