Saturday, June 11,2011 : With 17 World Series of Poker events either completed or in progress by Friday, it appears that Black Friday has not had the dampening effect that many feared it would. Player turnouts have in general been good, with several events recording bigger entry fields than last year.
Without the actions against online sites Full Tilt, Pokerstars and Absolute there would almost certainly have been bigger numbers still, but in general the organisers appears satisfied with the way in which this 42nd WSOP is developing.
In event 13: $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, the sixteen survivors from an original entry field of 1 440 returned to the felt on Friday to find out who would take the bracelet and the $369 371 main prize for this event.
Among those taking their seats for the last day of the tournament were Dan Kelly, Erik Cajelais, Frank Kassela, David Pham, Lars Bonding, and Vitaly Lunkin.
The format was two eight handed tables, scheduled to combine into a single once the eleventh elimination took place. All players started with 450,000 in chips and with a re-started structure unique to the day.
Daniel Fischer was the first to head for the rail, eliminated in 16th Place ($13,238) by Joe Webber.
Approaching midnight Friday Vegas time Daniel Makowsky had just been eliminated in third place for $151,379 by Andrew Badecker, clearing the path for a heads up between Badecker and Robbie Verspui, with the former holding a 4 to 1 chip lead.