There will be an all-American heads-up battle to be finished tonight in the $2,500 Seven-Card Razz event at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas as Houston’s Stephen Su takes on Washington State’s Rep Porter.
Su holds the chip lead on 1,655,000, while Porter is not far behind on 1,080,000 as they both eye up the $210,615 winner’s cheque and a gold bracelet from event #44 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Sin City.
Having started out with 363 players to create a prize pool of $825,825, 10 levels on day three again failed to find us a winner as play was called to a halt at 3.30am local time due to the hard-stop rule.
Day three started with 23 players fighting it out for the gold bracelet and, following almost 12 hours’ play, that was cut to just two as the likes of Greg Dyer, Scott Bohlman, John Monnette – the $2,500 Eight-Game Mix winner at this year’s WSOP for $278,144 – Scott Bohlman, Victor Ramdin and Chad Brown were eliminated early.
London-based Swedish star Chris Bjorin was hoping to collect his third WSOP bracelet – following success in the 1997 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha and the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em event of 2000 – but crashed out in sixth place for $33,338.
Germany’s Andreas Krause – who now lives in South Africa – also fell short soon after in fifth for $44,693, while American Robert Williamson III failed to collect his second piece WSOP bracelet when finishing fourth for $60,788.
Tommy Chen, of San Jose, was always close to the top for most of the first two days, but was eliminated in third place for $83,895 to leave us with one-time WSOP bracelet winner Porter – with success in the 2008 $1,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event for $372,843 – and Su for a heads-up battle for the title.
Both players held the chip lead during Monday, but it is Su who will return this evening on top for the final day’s play – no matter how long it takes.
Final two for heads-up play in the WSOP 2011 $2,500 Seven-Card Razz event:
1. Stephen Su (USA) – 1,655,000
2. Rep Porter (USA) – 1,080,000
Final placings and payouts from 3-10 at the WSOP 2011 $2,500 Seven-Card Razz event:
3. Tommy Chen (USA) – $83,895
4. Robert Williamson III (USA) – $60,788
5. Andreas Krause (Germany) – $44,693
6. Chris Bjorin (Sweden) – $33,338
7. Matthew Smith (USA) – $25,228
8. Scott Epstein (USA) – $19,365
9. Gerard Rechnitzer (USA) – $15,079
10. George Lewis (Canada) – $15,079