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Buy-In: $1,500
Prize Pool: $3,375,000
Entrants: 2500

$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

  • Jun 16, '11 - Jun 18, '11


Updates on Final Day (Jun 18, 11)


Andy Frankenberger Wins Event #28 ($599,153)

Joshua Evans Eliminated in 2nd Place ($372,498)
Andy Frankenberger

Joshua Evans took a big chip lead about halfway through the last level after catching a gutshot straight on the turn, putting himself at 8.3 million to Frankenberger’s 3.2 million.

Frankenberger doubled through shortly after with A – K against A – 10 after flopping the Broadway straight to jump up to 7.7 million while Evans dropped down to 3.6 million. From there Frankenberger really began to widen the gap and eventually had Evans down to 2.5 million when he got it all in behind on a flop of JHeart Suit 7Heart Suit 5Diamond Suit.

Evans had JDiamond Suit 10Diamond Suit for top pair and Frankenbegerger had JSpade Suit 7Diamond Suit for top two pair. The turn and river were the 3Heart Suit and the 2Club Suit, no help to Joshua Evans who was eliminated in 2nd place ($372,498). WPT Player of the Year, Andy Frankenberger wins his first gold bracelet in Event #28 ($599,153).

Player Tags: Andy Frankenberger

Level 26: Evans Leads Frankenberger Heads-up; Shortway 3rd

Blinds: 20,000-40,000 with a 5,000 ante

Players Remaining: 2 out of 2,500

Average Chip Count: 5,625,000

Chip Counts:

1. Joshua Evans – 6,500,000
2. Andy Frankenberger – 4,700,000


3rd. Robert Shortway – $263,655

Robert ShortwayRobert Shortway Eliminated in 3rd Place ($263,655)

Robert Shortway open-shoved from the button before the flop and both Joshua Evans and Andy Frankenberger called from the blinds.

Both players checked the side pot to the river on a board of 6Club Suit 3Heart Suit 3Club Suit 7Heart Suit 4Spade Suit.

Frankenberger turned over 5Spade Suit 4Heart Suit for the nut straight and Shortway threw QSpade Suit 10Heart Suit into the muck. Robert Shortway was eliminated in 3rd place ($263,655).

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.


Level 25: Shortway Leads Final Three

Blinds: 15,000-30,000 with 5,000 ante

Players Remaining: 3 out of 2,500

Average Chip Count: 3,750,000

Chip Counts:

1. Robert Shortway – 5,400,000
2. Joshua Evans – 3,450,000
3. Andy Frankenberger – 2,400,000


4th. Owen Crowe – $190,147
5th. Tyler Kenney – $138,847
6th. Steven Merrifield – $102,600
7th. Thao Nguyen – $76,747

Thao NguyenThao Nguyen Eliminated in 7th Place ($76,747)

Steven Merrifield opened for 65,000, Andy Frankenberger reraised to 150,000, Thao Nguyen moved all in for 600,000, Merrifield folded and Frankenberger called.

Frankenberger had AHeart Suit ADiamond Suit against Nguyen’s ASpade Suit QDiamond Suit.

The board came KDiamond SuitQHeart Suit 4Club Suit JHeart Suit 6Club Suit, giving Nguyen a pair on the flop but he failed to improve by the river and was eliminated in 7th place ($76,747).

Steven Merrifield Eliminated in 6th Place ($102,600)

Robert Shortway opened for a raise to 75,000 before the flop and Steven Merrifield called from the big blind.

The flop came 9Spade Suit 8Diamond Suit 7Club Suit, Merrifield checked, Shortway bet 75,000, Merrifield check-raised to 200,000 and Shortway called.

The turn was the QHeart Suit, Merrifield bet 175,000, Shortway raised to 675,000, Merrifield moved all in and Shortway called.

Merrifield turned over 10Diamond Suit 9Diamond Suit for middle pair and an inside straight draw while Shortway showed JHeart Suit 10Spade Suit for the made nut straight. Merrifield could not win the pot but was drawing live to a chop with a jack.

The river was the 8Heart Suit, and Steven Merrifield was eliminated in 6th place ($102,600).

Tyler Kenney Eliminated in 5th Place ($138,847)
Tyler Kenney

Tyler Kenney opened for a raise to 70,000, Joshua Evans reraised to 250,000, Kenney moved all in and Evans called.

Evans lead with AClub Suit JClub Suit against Kenney’s 9Heart Suit 8Heart Suit.

The board came QDiamond Suit JHeart Suit 4Heart Suit 2Club Suit JSpade Suit, giving Evans a pair on the river to win the pot. Tyler Kenney was eliminated in 5th place ($138,847).

Owen Crowe Eliminated in 4th Place ($190,147)

Owen Crowe was all in before the flop with ADiamond Suit 4Club Suit against Andy Frankenberger’s ASpade Suit 9Club Suit.

The board came AClub Suit QClub Suit 9Diamond Suit JHeart Suit KClub Suit, giving Frankenberger two pair to win the pot. Owen Crowe was eliminated in 4th place ($190,147).

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.


Level 24: Shortway Leads; Hasson 8th, Hruby 9th

Blinds: 12,000-24,000 with a 4,000 ante

Players Remaining: 7 out of 2,500

Average Chip Count: 1,607,142

Chip Counts:

1. Robert Shortway – 2,745,000
2. Joshua Evans – 2,285,000
3. Andy Frankenberger – 1,830,000
4. Tyler Kenney – 1,350,000
5. Steven Merrifield – 1,300,000
6. Owen Crowe – 1,090,000
7. Thao Nguyen – 670,000


8th. Sidney Hasson – $58,083
9th. Bret Hruby – $44,482

Bret Hruby Eliminated in 9th Place ($44,482)Bret Hruby

Bret Hruby started the official nine-handed final table as one of the short stacks and was eliminated shortly after play started. Hruby open-shoved before the flop for 356,000 and Steven Merrifield re-shoved with no callers.

Merrifield lead with 10Spade Suit 10Club Suit against Hruby’s KSpade Suit JDiamond Suit.

The board came 6Diamond Suit 5Heart Suit 3Heart Suit 2Heart Suit 3Club Suit, no help to Bret Hruby who was the first to go in 9th place ($44,482).

Shortway Doubles Through Merrifield For Chip Lead

In one of the first hands of the level, Robert Shortway four-bet all in for over 1 million before the flop with KHeart Suit KClub Suit and Steven Merrifield called with QSpade Suit QClub Suit.

The board came Diamond Suit 4Spade Suit 2Heart Suit 7Diamond Suit 4Diamond Suit, no help for either player as Robert Shortway doubled up to over 2.1. Merrifield fell down to just about 1.3 million, losing the chip lead to Shortway that hand.

Sidney Hasson Eliminated in 8th Place ($50,083)
Sidney Hasson

Sidney Hasson raised to 63,000 before the flop, Joshua Evans reraised to 172,000 and Hasson called.

The flop came ASpade Suit 10Diamond Suit 9Spade Suit, Hasson checked, Evans bet, Hasson check-raised all in and Evans called.

Evans showed AHeart Suit JHeart Suit for top pair while Hasson showed KSpade Suit QSpade Suit for the nut flush draw and an inside straight draw.

The turn and river were the 8Heart Suit and the AClub Suit, giving Evans trips on the river. Evans raked the pot and Sidney Hasson was eliminated in 8th place ($50,083).

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.


Level 23: Official Nine-Handed Final Table Now Underway

NOTE: Play ended last night with 28 players and resumed today at 4:00pm.

Blinds: 10,000-20,000 with a 3,000 ante

Players Remaining: 9 out of 2,500

Average Chip Count: 1,250,000

Chip Counts:

1. Steven Merrifield – 2,895,000
2. Andy Frankenberger – 1,832,000
3. Joshua Evans – 1,771,000
4. Owen Crowe – 968,000
5. Sidney Hasson – 922,000
6. Robert Shortway – 817,000
7. Thao Nguyen – 656,000
8. Bret Hruby – 225,000
9. Tyler Kenney – 105,000


1st. $599,153
2nd. $372,498
3rd. $263,655
4th. $190,147
5th. $138,847
6th. $102,600
7th. $76,747
8th. $58,083
9th. $44,482

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.


Final Day Begins at 4:00 p.m.

Steven MerrifieldJust 28 players remain in the hunt for the title in the $1,500 no-limit hold’em event here at the WSOP. Leading the way is Steven Merrifield, who bagged up for the night as the only player in the seven-figures club. He is joined by fellow notables Andrew Frankenberger, Owen Crowe, Tyler Kenney, Mickey Petersen, Matt Graham, Jacobo Fernandez and Lars Bonding.

The action will begin at 4 p.m. and Card Player will have level-by-level updates from the final table.

Here is a look at the chip counts:

Steven Merrifield 1,000,025
Aleksandr Mozhnyakov 831,000
Frederik Jensen 789,000
Andy Frankenberger 764,000
Bret Hruby 742,000
Thao Nguyen 691,000
Gabriel Rouleau 638,000
Stephen Falcon 632,000
Owen Crowe 462,000
Tyler Kenney 448,000
Mickey Petersen 410,000
Adam Laskey 391,000
Sidney Hasson 384,000
Robert Shortway 357,100
Timothy Ulmer 298,000
Karl Johansson 270,000
Jia Liu 265,000
Matt Graham 251,000
Michael Meredith 240,000
Tore Spannenberg 230,000
Marcelo Horta 222,000
Geoffrey Lay 168,000
Joshua Evans 160,000
Jacobo Fernandez 145,000
Jefferson Lasecki 124,000
Lars Bonding 117,000
Robert Thompson 100,000
Len Demchak 91,000
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