• 2011 Main Event: Lamb Ends Giannetti, Final Three Set

    In the end it could happen no other way.

    Ben Lamb, the 2011 WSOP POY and one of the hottest players in recent memory, simply would be not be denied a seat in the final three here at the Main Event.

    Matt Giannetti, who played well at this final table but got unlucky against Lamb, finally made an ill-timed shove with A♦ 3♠ and smacked right into Lamb’s monster K♦ K♠.

    The air in the Penn and Teller amphitheater was electric, as it’s been for most of the night, and it truly seemed something momentous was about to happen.

    That feeling was justified when the flop came a stunning K♠ K♦ Q♠ to end Giannetti’s tournament in dramatic fashion. The board finished with a meaningless 4♥ and then the Q♦.

    Giannetti crashes out in fourth place but on the plus side picks up $3 million for his efforts in the tournament.

    The Texan’s elimination leaves just three players – Pius Heinz, Ben Lamb and Martin Staszko – still chasing poker’s ultimate prize.

    It’s been an interesting day down here at the Rio as action shifted gears more times than the average Formula 1 driver.

    The day started very tentatively as no player wanted to end their Main Event run with the minimum payout. Finally Sam Holden, the short stack to enter the final table, crashed in ninth place.

    Holden’s elimination heralded a rapid succession of bustouts. Anton Makiievskyi (8th), Bob Bounahra (7th) and the aforementioned Holden all hit the rail in the same level.

    Eoghan O’Dea (6th) and Phil Collins (5th) weren’t far behind and both bowed out just before dinner at 6:45 p.m.

    That’s when action slowed and it took several hours to find the final elimination of the evening. Giannetti got unlucky against Lamb and then ended up on the rail in fourth place.

    The final table will now go on break for one entire day as the ESPN production crews scramble to edit their footage for the final broadcast.

    Action resumes on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Las Vegas time so be sure to check back for the exciting conclusion to one of the biggest tournaments in the history of poker. In the meantime be sure to check our news section for interviews with eliminated players and a preview of the final three.

    Here’s a look at the chip counts of the final three players heading into action on Tuesday:

    Pius Heinz – 107,800,000
    Ben Lamb – 55,400,000
    Martin Staszko – 42,700,000

    pokerlistings.com

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