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WSOP Event #2 - Final Results

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The 2006 World Series of Poker has its first bracelet winner, as Brandon Cantu beat Mark Ly heads-up for his first WSOP Bracelet and $757,839 in cash. In doing so, he outlasted the third largest field in World Series history.

The final table was divided between those with WSOP experience and those without it. Juan Carlos Mortensen took the 2001 WSOP Main Event title over a stellar final dozen, including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Gordon, Phil Hellmuth, Mike Matusow, and Dewey Tomko. Mark Stanley cashed in 15 WSOP events and has one bracelet. He sat at the final table for Stu Ungar’s third Main Event victory. Don Zewin came in third in the 1989 World Series Main Event behind Johnny Chan and Phil Hellmuth. The others, Brandon Cantu, Drew Rubin, Brent Roberts, Mark Ly, Mark Swartz, and Lee Padilla, were sitting at their first World Series final table cashing in their first WSOP event. One would prevail.

Mortensen had a morning to devise a game plan for the final table, and it looked like the plan was for playing pots and attacking. He was able to build his stack steadily early on until he was dealt a dreadfully good hand - twice - that would cripple him. First, he traded chips with Don Zewin. Zewin moved all-in with $230k, and Mortensen called from the small blind with Ad-Qs to Zewin’s 10h-10c. Zewin’s tens stayed ahead, halving Mortensen’s stack to $250k. A few hands later, Mortensen again looked at Ah-Qh and moved all-in. Drew Rubin called with Jd-Js. The board of 9d-8c-6c-7c-2c would have Mortensen wishing he had moved in with any club instead. Mark Ly then finished him off when Mortensen sent his last chips in with pocket fours. Ly had Q-9 and caught a queen on the turn, and Mortensen was out in 9th place.

The next two hours found players constantly jockeying for position. Mark Swartz built his stack to $800k before doubling up Drew Rubin. On a flop of Jc-5c-3c, Rubin moved all-in. Swartz called with Jh-10c and Rubin showed his Ad-Js. The club didn’t come for Swartz and neither did a ten; he was left with $400k. Half an hour later he re-raised all-in over Brandon Cantu’s raised pot. Cantu called with 10c-10d vs. Kc-Js. Swartz was out in 8th place after the cards read Ac-Ad-6c-3d-2s and Cantu had a stack of $1.3M.

A couple of hands later everyone was on their feet waiting for the flop. Stanley moved all-in for his last chips (less than $200k), and Zewin pushed in for $50k more. Lee Padilla deliberated, barely having both players covered. He joined the pot and the cards were shown: Stanley Ac-9c, Zewin 8s-8c, and Padilla As-Js. Qs-6s-2d-Jd-7s was cheered wildly as Padilla’s flush knocked both players out. Stanley started with $50k fewer chips than Zewin, so he took 7th ($107,614) and Zewin took 6th.($126,940).

The chip wars continued, long and hard. Brent Roberts was raised and was called by Cantu, with a flop of Jd-9c-3s. Cantu moved all-in, looking to force Roberts off of his hand. Roberts was always going to call that flop with Qs-Qh and was delighted to see Kc-Qd turned over. The As was a major scare card, but the 8s doubled Roberts up to $900k. The chips wouldn’t stay with Roberts long, as Drew Rubin came over the top of Robert’s raise a bit later. Roberts eventually called with Ks-Jc and Rubin turned over pocket deuces. When the board read 8d-7h-3d-8h, Rubin was in even more danger as any king, jack, seven, or three would send him home. The 10s kept him alive and healthy. A short time later, another hand developed when Roberts moved all-in on Padilla’s minimum raise. Cantu called and Padilla folded. Cantu’s A-Qo flopped a queen, and the red sevens Roberts held meant he was out in 5th place ($151,570).

Cantu had a sizable lead, but short-stacked Mark Ly doubled through when his pocket queens were up against Cantu’s big slick (A-K). Ly didn’t need the help, but who ever refuses quad queens? An hour later, Lee Padilla moved all-in over Ly’s raise. Ly called with As-10c and Padilla’s night was over with Ad-3d. Padilla finished in 4th place after a ten came on the turn ($176,579).

Cantu and Ly were close in chips, $1.8M and $1.7M, respectively to Rubin’s $740k. Blinds were $20k/40k, so they could scrap with one another or wait it out. Rubin had to like the fact that the other two decided to keep scrapping with one another. Cantu raised $60k, with Ly re-raising $300k. Cantu made the call, setting up a massive pot. The flop came Ad-10h-5c, and Ly bet $300k into the pot. Cantu raised to $800k, and eventually Ly decided to hold onto his remaining chips for another time. Cantu now had $2.6M, more than the other two combined. On the next hand Ly doubled through Cantu, his 6c-6h no match for Ly’s Ah-Qd when a queen hit the flop. The room rattled with the constant flurry of activity. Cantu moved all-in a couple of hands later, and Rubin made a stand with his last $420k. Cantu showed Jc-6d, and Rubin’s Kd-8h held up when an eight flopped. These two did it again, with Rubin trying one more time to double up. Cantu loved seeing Rubin’s As-6d, as his 8s-8d looked strong. The board was no help, and Rubin was out in 3rd place ($226,597).

The first place cash was brought to the table, along with the WSOP bracelet. Cantu had $2.4M to Ly’s $1.4M, and they traded blinds for a bit when play resumed. The pivotal hand came just after midnight. Cantu raised to $140k, and Ly called. Ac-Jc-6d flopped, Ly checked, Cantu bet $200k, and Ly called. The 7d popped off on the turn, Ly again checked, Cantu bet $450k and Ly moved all-in. Cantu was covered but made the call, turning over Ad-Ks. Cantu was on an ill-timed steal with Jh-4h. The Qs on the river was one of many cards that would double up Cantu, and Ly was down to his last $10k. Ly was dealt Doyle’s hand, 10c-2h, vs. Qs-5h. There’s no name for this hand, but Cantu will call it Brandon’s hand from now on, as the board read Ad-5d-4d-Qc-8d. Ly was runner up ($416,816), and Cantu took the bracelet and the $757,839 for first place.

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