Johnny Chan was looking for his eleventh bracelet. Short-stacked at the final table, he doubled up early through Williams to provide hope that this could be a magical day. He needed a run of fortune to smile down on him, but after fellow short-stack Matt Hawrilenko left in 8th ($16,312), Chan was crippled by Ivan Schertzer. Although he survived several more hands, he wouldn’t find his extra bracelet at this table (7th, $22,836). Schertzer followed him on the next hand (6th, $29,361), knocked out by Williams. Three-time WSOP bracelet winner “Miami” John Cernuto was one of the favorites before the day began, but Mitchell Ledis ended his day with trip sevens (5th, $35,886).
Williams had been accumulating chips through the day and built a sizable chip advantage when it got down to four players. John Hoang launched a counterattack, taking one big pot with two pair over Williams’ pair of kings. By the time Williams knocked out Mitchell Ledis (4th, $45,673), Williams and Hoang were even with chips, but only for a moment. By the time Hoang eliminated Jack Duncan (3rd, $71,772); Williams had $450k in chips to Hoang’s $267k. Williams continued to put the pressure on, collecting a $100k pot with an ace-high flush to Hoang’s jack-high flush. These were pots Hoang desperately needed to make a stand. He staved off elimination several times but never could piece a run together. Hoang can be proud of his 2nd ($110,920), and in the context of his 2004 Main Event runner-up check, Williams $163,189 could be overlooked as chump change. He’ll take the cash, but it was the bracelet that Williams coveted. David Williams now has new horizons to look toward as he’s now answered any questions about his game. He’s got ‘game’, in spades.