Jared "TheWacoKidd" Hamby grabbed his second title at the Five Star World Poker Classic, besting a field of 483 players in Event #8 $2K NLH.
The prize money for this event came to $937K with 50 players guaranteed a payday from this sizable field. Event #3's runner-up Jeff Shulman was the chipleader at 125k as play went hand for hand on the bubble. Jared Hamby knocked out the bubble player as Hamby's pocket aces held up against his opponent's jacks. With the massive pot, everyone was in the money and Hamby snuck past Shulman for the chiplead at 130k. After midnight and the twelfth hour of play concluded, these two were moved to the same table to battle it out while Kathy Liebert moved into the chiplead with 158k.
The prospect of Shulman and Hamby heads-up at the Final Table took a blow as Shulman lost two sizable pots. David Daneshgar doubled through Shulman when his pocket queens held up on a jack-high board. Nam Le then pushed Shulman off of the next hand with an all-in raise on the turn, and he was left with 20k. Shulman eventually moved in with his last 12k in chips, Hamby called, and then Anna Wroblewski moved all-in for an additional 50k. Hamby folded, showing his pocket tens. Wroblewski showed pocket queens to Shulman's . The board of made it interesting, but Wroblewski's full house sent Shulman home after almost fifteen hours of play (24th, $5,470).
Kathy Liebert entered Day 2 with the chip lead (189k), with Hamby (181k) and Glyn Beebe (169k) close behind. Steve Danneman's 11.5k was the short stack among the twenty-one players left, and he busted out on the same hand as Ben Atkins (Tie 21st, $6,380 each). Ben outlasted his father Jerry (26th, $5,470), with the New Yorkers sentimental favorites to go deep. Liebert went on a nice rush, first knocking out Anna Wroblewski out (16th, $7,290) then sending Yarom Limor (15th, $9,115) and Shawn Crunix (14th, $9,115) to the rail on the same hand. All three held an ace, but Liebert's queen played to outkick Limor and Crunix. Within ten minutes, she knocked out Marco Johnson (12th, $9,115) then Paul Taylor (11th, $9,115) and Larry Rieder (10th, $10,940) left on the same hand.
The Final Table was redrawn, with Liebert holding a nice chip lead (400k) over Hamby (285k) and Daneshgar (285k). Liebert quickly grabbed 140k chips from Sathiyaraj George, her pocket sixes holding up against (9th, $12,760). Justin Gaines cracked Liebert's spell on the table, getting all-in for his last 80k with A-K to her A-J. A jack fell on the flop, but a king hit the river to shove the 160k pot his way. His lucky run continued, as he moved over the top of Chad Layne with A-Q only to see Layne call with pocket kings. An ace on the flop moved Gaines up to close to 300k.
The table stayed wild and wooly. After Chuck Pacheco knocked out Glyn Beebe (8th, $14,585), Layne moved all-in for his last $77k. Liebert called and showed , well ahead of Layne's . The flop of sent groans through the room, giving Layne nine diamonds to catch his flush. It came with the on the river, and Layne sat at 160k.
Daneshgar received pocket aces and doubled through Hamby, then Hamby sent Jonathan Little home (7th, $18,230). For Little, it showed that he will be a threat in the WPT tourney after his earlier runner-up finish in Event #4. Chuck Pacheco moved all-in from a short stack, but Daneshgar ended things quickly when he flopped the nut flush to knock out Pacheco (6th, $25,525). Chad Layne made a move from the small blind with K-Jo, and Liebert called the short stack with A-6o. Her straight gave Layne 5th ($36,460).
After the remaining quartet jockeyed for chip position, a pivotal hand set the stage for the eventual winner. Hamby raised to 45k from the button, and Justin Gaines re-raised to 200k to put Hamby all-in. He pushed in his chips and called with two black eights. Gaines turned over . Hamby doubled up, taking the 620k pot when he caught a set on a board of .
After ninety minutes of four-handed play, Liebert knocked out Justin Gaines (4th, $50,120) and Hamby ended David Daneshgar's day (3rd, $85,595). Hamby held a 2:1 chip lead, and the two exchanged pots until the final hand. Liebert raised to 40k and Hamby called. The flop came , and Liebert led out with 75k. Hamby moved all-in, and Liebert called. Hamby asked for a club and turned over , but his opponent had two of them as she turned over . The cards that followed were black, but neither were clubs. on the turn delivered Hamby his six-outer, and sent the title his way.
Kathy Liebert is a top live tournament pro, and her six-figure cashes reach back to 1997. Her $164,075 for 2nd place comes after a $103k finish at Foxwoods a few weeks ago and a $257k check at Foxwoods in November. For Jared Hamby, he now has a new personal best cash with his cash of $298,955. He now has an extra $25k seat into the WPT Championship if anyone wants to make him an offer.