Tuesday, June 14, 2011 : 130 players survived the first day's action in event 19: $2,500 Limit Hold'em – Six Handed after a hectic first day in which two thirds of the original field of 354 hopefuls was eliminated. It took ten levels of play to arrive at a final table of twelve led by Alexander Kuzmin, when play was discontinued until Monday.
The 12 survivors were split into two tables of six when the action recommenced, with Matt Matros the sole remaining bracelet holder from a field that had included a liberal sprinkling of the highly respected symbol of WSOP success.
Kim Nguyen did exceptionally well, maintaining her position right through the field to become the third woman this year to make a final table…and she was still in there slugging at level 25 late Monday night in a tough heads up against Darren Woods, albeit at a hefty 650 000 chip disadvantage.
If Kim does manage to pull a win this event, she'll join a short list of women players who have achieved a WSOP bracelet in an open event: Annette Obrestad (2007 WSOP-Europe Main Event), Katja Thater (2007 Razz), Kathy Liebert (2004 Limit Hold'em Shootout), Cyndy Violette (2004 Seven Card Stud Hi Lo Split 8 or Better), Annie Duke (2004 Omaha Hi Lo Split 8 or Better), Jennifer Harman (2002 Limit Hold'em & 2000 No Limit 2-7 Lowball), Nani Dollison (2001 Limit Hold'em), Jerri Thomas (2000 Limit Seven Card Stud), Maria Stern (1997 Limit Seven Card Stud), Linda Johnson (1997 Limit Razz), Barbara Enright (1996 Pot Limit Hold'em), and Vera Richmond (1982 Limit Ace to Five Draw).