If you can believe it, it’s actually day 30 of the 2011 WSOP. Yes. Day 30! Today in Event #45, former U.S. Marine and Iraqi War Veteran, Ken Griffin, who served his country for ten years, won his first WSOP bracelet. Griffin bested 2,890 players in the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which was packed almost to capacity.
With his $455,456 win, the 34-year-old Texan plans to help his mother, who has been battling cancer.
“I’m going to take care of her and be closer to home,” Griffin told the WSOP in a post-tournament interview. “I’m going to be transferring money into her account as soon as I get it. You know, she’s a senior, working-class, she’s going through some chemotherapy and medicine is expensive. She lives paycheck to paycheck, so I’m really looking forward to helping her out.”
Yesterday, day 29, saw bracelets awarded in Event #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em and in the $2,500 Razz event.
In Event #43, after three hours of heads-up play between Nachman Berlin and Brazilian poker pro Andre Akkari, the final hand of the tournament saw Berlin go all-in with 1.9 million chips preflop with . Akkari made the call and showed . And sadly for Berlin, the flop fell with the turn showing the
Thus, Brazilian fans stormed the floor to congratulate Akkari, who had won his first WSOP gold bracelet and a cool $675,117.
In Event #44, Stephen Su and Rep Porter returned to finish each other off in heads-up, with Su sitting down with a 1.6 to 1 million lead over Porter. Su dominated, finally knocking out Porter and earning his second career WSOP bracelet along with $210,615 in first place prize money.
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