Commentary

Klein wins WSOP record-setting 6-max

Updated: June 9, 2011, 1:59 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

Nothing against Geffrey Klein, but he wasn't necessarily expected to win Event 10. Eddie Blumenthal, coming off a fourth-place finish just a few days ago in the $5,000 no-limit hold 'em Event 4, was all set to wrap his first bracelet around his wrist. As heads-up play began, Blumenthal had Klein essentially down to the felt with a 9-to-1 chip lead. It was going to be a nice little happy ending for the player who came so close just days ago. The redemption story was in the works then quickly unraveled. Klein made the unthinkable comeback to win the bracelet in the $1,500 six-handed no-limit hold 'em event and pocket the top prize of $544,338 as champion of the record-setting 1,950-player field.

Geffrey Klein
WSOP.comGeffrey Klein overcame a huge heads-up chip deficit to win Event 10.

"As long as you have chips, never give up," Klein said after the event. "I play a pretty good short stack. In fact, when I have a lot of chips, I play much worse."

Klein, a 44-year-old doctor and father of three who plays poker as a hobby, was the only amateur at the final table. However, he did have some significant final table experience, as he pocketed a $150,712 payday from the Borgata in 2008.

While his intentions entering the final table were to avoid getting unlucky, Klein needed the luck on his side to emerge victorious after the four-hour heads-up match. Blumenthal, 25, cashed in for $334,756 to give him more than $600,000 through just 10 events at the 2011 WSOP, and the temporary lead in the Player of the Year race.

Besides Blumenthal, every member of this final table has had some prior success on the poker circuit.

For most of the final two days, Jeffrey Papola was in control. The six-handed expert Papola went out in third place, giving him a bracelet win, second-place and now third-place finish in six-handed events at the WSOP. David Vamplew, EPT London champion, was eliminated in fourth place, and Bryan Colin, who made a deep run at the 2011 PCA, finished in fifth. Anthony Spinella, who completed the highly talented final table, recently collected $174,870 in a recent event in Florida.

For the past four years, this event has seen attendance increase by nearly 50 percent. After the debut of the event in 2007 attracted 1,427 players, the 2008 field dropped to 1,236. Since then, 1,459, 1,663 and now 1,920 players have bought in, ensuring that the $1,500 six-handed event will be part of future WSOP schedules. The short-handed format encourages more aggression and faster play as starting hand requirements are reduced.

Other notable finishers included Steve Gross (20th), Greg Mueller (36th) and Amit Makhija (37th).

Below are the complete results of Event 10 at the 2011 World Series of Poker:

Event 10: Six-handed no-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 1,920
Prize pool: $2,592,000
Players in the money: 180

1. Geffrey Klein ($544,388)
2. Eddie Blumenthal ($334,756)
3. Jeffrey Papola ($214,410)
4. David Vamplew ($141,030)
5. Bryan Colin ($95,333)
6. Anthony Spinella ($66,199)
7. George Jalkotzy ($47,174)
8. Ravi Raghavan ($47,174)
9. Alexander Wice ($34,473)
10. Efren Garcia ($34,473)
11. Sean Grover ($25,816)
12. Ryan Welch ($25,816)
13. Darren Wong ($19,802)
14. Joshua Mullen ($19,802)
15. Michael Hauptman ($19,802)
16. Sida Yuen ($19,802)
17. Elliott Yost ($19,802)
18. Alexandre Luneau ($19,802)
19. Alexander Wilson ($15,552)
20. Steven Gross ($15,552)
21. Marvin Rettenmaier ($15,552)
22. Joseph Ebanks ($15,552)
23. Mauro Stivoli ($15,552)
24. Keith Donovan ($15,552)
25. Gregory Dyer ($12,493)
26. Bradley Craig ($12,493)
27. Shankar Pillai ($12,493)
28. Anders Taylor ($12,493)
29. Chase Bianchi ($12,493)
30. Thomas Applegate ($12,493)
31. Jason Deutsch ($10,264)
32. Corey Quinonez ($10,264)
33. Bryan Piccioli ($10,264)
34. James Calderaro ($10,264)
35. Marc Mclaughlin ($10,264)
36. Greg Mueller ($10,264)
37. Amit Makhija ($8,631)
38. Mazin Khoury ($8,631)
39. Alex Lindop ($8,631)
40. Daniel Suied ($8,631)
41. Hewitt Poland ($8,631)
42. Hans Bosman ($8,631)
43. Orson Young ($7,413)
44. John Kim ($7,413)
45. Mohsin Charania ($7,413)
46. Matt Stout ($7,413)
47. Shawn Keller ($7,413)
48. Andrew Schultz ($7,413)
49. Brett Hartfiel ($6,505)
50. Marc Dupre ($6,505)
51. Jose Ignacio Barbero ($6,505)
52. Raymond Gerst ($6,505)
53. Mike Ellis ($6,505)
54. Javier Rueda ($6,505)
55. Ankush Mandavia ($5,832)
56. Lewis Hunter ($5,832)
57. Zach Clark ($5,832)
58. Benoit Albiges ($5,832)
59. Matthew Deluca ($5,832)
60. Steven Goosen ($5,832)
61. Melanie Weisner ($5,313)
62. Paul Lieu ($5,313)
63. Jeffrey Roper ($5,313)
64. Ali Eslami ($5,313)
65. Alexander Argoe ($5,313)
66. Michael Rocco ($5,313)
67. Alexandre Gauron ($4,898)
68. Dennis Beres ($4,898)
69. Ervin Tormos ($4,898)
70. Bryan Paris ($4,898)
71. Marc Blais ($4,898)
72. Mark Bryan ($4,898)
73. Alex Santiago ($4,898)
74. Jacob Toole ($4,898)
75. Fabio Coppola ($4,898)
76. Timothy Clark ($4,898)
77. Oscar Castagna ($4,898)
78. Victor Ramdin ($4,898)
79. Clayton Newman ($4,510)
80. Paul Loh ($4,510)
81. Alexander Venovski ($4,510)
82. Clayton Prinster ($4,510)
83. Bryan Horist ($4,510)
84. Chris Klodnicki ($4,510)
85. Jacob Naquin ($4,510)
86. Grant Hinkle ($4,510)
87. Seth Hilleren ($4,510)
88. Alexander Barlow ($4,510)
89. Joseph Stefan ($4,510)
90. Ian Gillespie ($4,510)
91. Numit Agrawal ($4,147)
92. Arthur Morris ($4,147)
93. Nathan Amar ($4,147)
94. Tom Macey ($4,147)
95. Leonard Rowley ($4,147)
96. Erica Schoenberg ($4,147)
97. Mario Cordero ($4,147)
98. Wade Woelfel ($4,147)
99. Oleksii Kovalchuk ($4,147)
100. Alex Kamberis ($4,147)
101. Peter Jetten ($4,147)
102. Grayson Ramage ($4,147)
103. Mark Rasmussen ($4,147)
104. Michael Hallen ($4,147)
105. Gary Homberger ($4,147)
106. Alex Melnikow ($4,147)
107. Bryan Cooper ($4,147)
108. Nicholas Mitchell ($4,147)
109. Mario Perez ($3,810)
110. Anthony Lessel ($3,810)
111. Neil Willerson ($3,810)
112. James Casement ($3,810)
113. Davidi Kitai ($3,810)
114. Joseph Brattole ($3,810)
115. Kartheeharan Nagarajan ($3,810)
116. Samuel Ngai ($3,810)
117. Mark Flowers ($3,810)
118. Bryce Daifuku ($3,810)
119. Derek Milosavljevic ($3,810)
120. Grudi Grudev ($3,810)
121. Danny Noam ($3,810)
122. Micah Hendrix ($3,810)
123. Travis Allen ($3,810)
124. Darrick Rains ($3,810)
125. Dermot Blain ($3,810)
126. Matthew Bucaric ($3,810)
127. Kenichi Takarabe ($3,499)
128. Gabriel Andrade ($3,499)
129. Philip Meulyzer ($3,499)
130. Jeremy Maher ($3,499)
131. Tod Holley ($3,499)
132. Andrew Shack ($3,499)
133. Phuc Chau ($3,499)
134. Steven Mcnally ($3,499)
135. William Mikolay ($3,499)
136. Johnny Woolen ($3,499)
137. Nicholas Ricciardi ($3,499)
138. Samuel Gerber ($3,499)
139. Jeffrey Coddington ($3,499)
140. Steven Fenic ($3,499)
141. Scott Zakheim ($3,499)
142. Robert Layne ($3,499)
143. Barry Wiedemann ($3,499)
144. Dale Jamison ($3,499)
145. Michael Glasser ($3,214)
146. Andre Boyer ($3,214)
147. Kathryn Sikorski ($3,214)
148. Adam Kornuth ($3,214)
149. Jesse Kremer ($3,214)
150. Darren Elias ($3,214)
151. Jose-Luis Velador ($3,214)
152. Jared Ingles ($3,214)
153. Todd Phillips ($3,214)
154. Robert Beck ($3,214)
155. Ralph Michalowski ($3,214)
156. Glenn Tappenden ($3,214)
157. Andrew Youngblood ($3,214)
158. Manuel Davidian ($3,214)
159. Jonathon Poche ($3,214)
160. Paul Richardson ($3,214)
161. Shawn Green ($3,214)
162. Shaun Hartlin ($3,214)
163. Bryan Barrile ($2,954)
164. Ryan Carter ($2,954)
165. Tyler Sumrall ($2,954)
166. Grantland Hillman ($2,954)
167. Daniel Buzgon ($2,954)
168. Karl Pirkopf ($2,954)
169. Bill Chen ($2,954)
170. Michael Minetti ($2,954)
171. Karl Mahrenholz ($2,954)
172. Cliff Josephy ($2,954)
173. Sebastian Marquardt ($2,954)
174. Denise Molloy ($2,954)
175. Jesse Sylvia ($2,954)
176. Alex Findlay ($2,954)
177. Jordan Morgan ($2,954)
178. Eric Schwartz ($2,954)
179. Tommy Vedes ($2,954)
180. Kurt Jewell ($2,954)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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