Welcome back to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and the 2011 World Series of Poker for the final day of Event #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em!
Just a few days ago we began with 2,857 players, and although we were meant to finish yesterday, just two players remain chasing their first elusive gold bracelet. Many players made a run at taking down this event with Age Spets (37th), Ryan D'Angelo (36th), Simon Watt (22nd), Jason Newburger (12th), Nicolas Chouity (6th) and Scott Sitron (5th) a few of those that came agonisingly close.
However the story of yesterday was the heated rail battle between Andre Akkari, Nachman Berlin and Jacob Naquin. Akkari's rail were a bunch of rowdy, highly amusing and chant-happy Brazilians that would cheer at every blind steal, walk or flop bet. The battle between Berlin and Naquin's rail revolved around verbal bashing and insults that were - at times were highly amusing, but - mostly inappropriate as many were warned by WSOP officials.
Berlin and his many followers would have the last laugh as he would reach heads up play against Akkari, and although the two battle back-and-forth for nearly ninety minutes, a winner could not be found as they would return today to resume play.
With over 100-big blinds currently spread between the two, it is highly unlikely that today's rare day four will be a quick affair like many of the ones previously.
Both players are not only highly skilled, but super-eager to snag their first bracelet, so when play resumes at 3:00 p.m. PDT, make sure to stay tuned right here to PokerNews.com as we continue our extensive live coverage of the Event #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em final table!