Just days before The Big Event began, PokerStars withdrew from sponsoring the event which meant it wasn’t to be an NAPT (North American Poker Tour) event and there was also no television coverage, but that didn’t stop it from being a great success.
The five-day event took place at the Bicycle Casino in California, had a buy-in of $5,000, and attracted a total of 417 entrants to create a total prize pool of almost $2million, with $500,000 set aside for first place.
Even though PokerStars withdrew from the event, several Team PokerStars Pro’s participated including Daniel ‘Kid Poker’ Negreanu, Joe Cada, Victor Ramdin, Joe Hachem, and several others. Other high-profile poker players who entered the tournament included Justin Smith, Adam Levy, Randal Flowers, Jennifer Tilly, and Yevgeniy Timoshenko.
It was Victor Ramdin who began the final table as chip leader after being one of the chip leaders for much of the tournament, beginning with just over 2.2million chips. However it was Jeremy Asmus (who finished Day 4 of the event as chip leader) who seemed unstoppable because he held over half the chips in play when the atction was four-handed, and after Taylor von Kriegenbergh was eliminated in 4th place it was looking like Asmus would use his stack to go on and claim victory, however he lost in a coinflip against Joe Hachem and went on to be eliminated by Hachem several hands later.
It was Hachem who entered heads-up play with the chip lead however Ramdin doubled-up after flopping a straight when he held 69 which meant Ramdin was now chip leader. Hachem managed to double up once more however on the final hand of the tournament, Ramdin spiked a Jack after holding AJ as Hachem held AK to give him victory for $500,000 and title of 2011 Big Event Champion.
The Big Event Main Event Final Table Results
1st: Victor Ramdin – $500,000
2nd: Joe Hachem – $300,000
3rd: Jeremy Ausmus – $190,000
4th: Taylor von Kriegenbergh – $140,000
5th: Bryan Leskowitz – $100,000
6th: Govert Metaal -$75,000
7th: Jose de Noronha – $55,000
8th: Santiago Nadal – $35,327
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