Hard-Stop Rule impacts Monday tournaments

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jun 28, 2011 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

Not one but two tournaments ended up as the latest victims to the Hard-Stop Rule at the 2011 World Series of Poker on Monday, as the $1,500 No limit Holdem and the $2,500 Razz tournament were both called to a stop during heads-up play.

In Event #43, the latest $1,500 NLHE tournament at the WSOP, two players remain in the hunt for their first WSOP bracelet, Brazilian poker pro Andre Akkari –a fun and prolific tweeter by the way—who finds himself in a deep deficit against online poker pro Nachman “TheLandlord” Berlin.

* Nachman Berlin – 9,465,000

* Andre Akkari – 3,400,000

]In Event #44, a $2,500 Razz tournament, it is a couple of relatively unknown poker players who will return to the Rio on Tuesday to play for the bracelet as Tommy Chen and Robert Williamson III were eliminated in third and fourth place respectively, leaving Stephen Su and Rep Porter to battle for the title.

* Stephen Su – 1,655,000

* Rep Porter – 1,080,000

With so many tournaments ending during heads-up play, or three or four handed, the WSOP Hard-Stop Rule is turning into the bane of the series up to this point, with both players and fans expressing their outrage over the ill-conceived rule.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Hard-Stop Rule will still be in effect next year, but will likely come with a number of caveats for the final day of play; taking into account the number of players remaining.

Results courtesy of wsop.com

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