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2008 World Poker Open – Event #11, $500+50 NLHE

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Weekends always turn out the biggest fields and it was no different for Event #11 of the 2008 World Poker Open. 1st place was worth over 65K in prize money, making it the 2nd highest prize pool of the tournament thus far. 45 players made the money and the non-final table, money finishers were as follows:

10th: Tim McCarthy $2,376
11th: Gene James $2,376
12th: Steven Wolter $2,376
13th: B. Jerome Wheeler $1,944
14th: Shannon Talley $1,944
15th: Don Marchi $1,944
16th: James Garner $1,512
17th: Alex Ritter $1,512
18th: Bill Cunningham $1,512
19th: Rex Richardson $1,080
20th: Brandon Parker $1,080
21st: Paul Fleck $1,080
22nd: Scott Thompson $1,080
23rd: Bret Atiyeh $1,080
24th: Fred Hutchison $1,080
25th: Dennis Baker $1,080
26th: Jerry Vernon $1,080
27th: Christopher Thornton $1,080
28th: Chris Hight $864
29th: John Sarver $864
30th: E. Hutchinson Jr. $864
31st: Steven Powell $864
32nd: Gioi Luong $864
33rd: Andrew Moore $864
34th: Nicholas Andricopulos $864
35th: Jack Clark $864
36th: T. Bill $864
37th: Hank Sward $648
38th: Jena Delk $648
39th: Doug Cook $648
40th: Glenn Reihl $648
41st: David Martin $648
42nd: Mike Metcalf $648
43rd: Dutch Boyd $648
44th: Harold Coffey $648
45th: Randy Orr $648

The final table seating assignments and approximate chip counts:

Seat 1 – Bob Johnson 150K
Seat 2 – Raymond Nadeau 70K
Seat 3 – Tony Lay 80K
Seat 4 – Dean Schultz 180K
Seat 5 – Raymond Perez 225K
Seat 6 – Barry Schultz 50K
Seat 7 – Danny Adamson 145K
Seat 8 – Jonathan Tare 115K
Seat 9 – Grant Watson 110K

It didn't take long for the first elimination to take place. With the blinds at 3,000/6,000 and a 1,000 ante, Raymond Nadeau moved all in for his last 70K with pocket 3's. Tony Lay also decided it was a good time to put the rest of his chips in with A-K. Everyone else folded and when the flop came with a king, Raymond Nadeau was eliminated in 9th place winning $4,320.

In my opinion, Nadeau got a little anxious. With over 10 times the big blind, he still had time to pick his spots. Too many people see a pair and think they just have push, if they are one of the short stacks at the table, without recognizing that there might be alternative plays that would work better.

Tony Lay opened the pot with a raise to 18K and received calls from Raymond Perez and Danny Adamson. Grant Watson looked down at his cards and announced that he was all in. This was Watson's second final table of the 2008 WPO and his aggressive tendencies would come back to bite him here. Tony Lay seemed perplexed by Watson's play. “I know you're doing a squeeze play,” he stated. He looks at Perez and Adamson, shakes his head, and tosses his cards in the muck after nearly two minutes of thought.

Raymond Perez thought through his decision... but it didn't take him nearly as long to make a decision. “I came to win this sucker baby,” he said. “I'm all in too.”

Adamson didn't wait long to fold what he said was A-K, and Watson sheepishly turned over A-5 off. Perez had 10's and was way ahead. The board was nothing but trouble for Watson... no ace, straight, trips came and Perez hit a set on the river. Grant Watson was eliminated in 8th place winning $6,480.

Jonathan Tare was also at his second final table of the WPO and found himself getting short when he opened with K-Q and Lay moved all in over the top. “This hand is killing me!” Tare proclaimed as he folded.

Lay showed A-K confirming that Tare's disciplined fold was a good one.

A few moments later with the blinds now at 4,000/8,000 and a 1,000 ante, Tare moved his 90K stack into the middle over the top of a 24K opener from Danny Adamson. Adamson calls with K-Q of diamonds and Tare showed why it's often better to fold K-Q like he did than to call a re-raise. Jonathan only had A-5 but it was good enough to win the pot and double up to nearly 200K.

Barry Schultz came to the final table as the shortest stack but managed to move up two pay spots before he was eliminated. He moved all in under the gun with K-J off and Tare called with A-J. The flop came A-Q-7 and the turn was the 8 of diamonds giving Schultz a flush draw on top of his gutshot straight draw. It didn't come and Barry was left lamenting his decision to push as he muttered to himself “I coulda waited... that was too early of position.” Barry Schultz is our 7th place finisher winning $8,640.

Play slows down considerably and with the exception of Jonathan Tare and Tony Lay, no one is showing any signs of aggression. Danny Adamson decides to change that up and moves all in over the top of an opening raise, twice in a row, and both times his opponent folds and he picks up over 50K in chips.

Right before the final 9 started play; Johnson had won a monster pot with pocket aces and tripled up. It was the only hand I had seen him play. Facing Tony Lay in the big blind, Johnson completed the small blind and the two saw a 10-8-7 flop. Johnson led out for 20K and Lay moved all in. Johnson announced quietly “I call,” and flipped over his slow played aces. Lay was behind but had plenty of outs as he showed 10-6. Any 10, 9, or 6 would get him the pot and knock out Johnson. Lay didn't have to wait long as a 10 came on the turn. Live by the slow play, die by the slow play.

I'm not a big fan of slow playing but in a blind versus blind confrontation, I think Johnson's play is a good one. He still got his money in as a prohibitive favorite, but as we all know in poker prohibitive favorites don't win every time. Bob Johnson is our 6th place finisher winning $10,801.

Danny Adamson releases his inner maniac and starts raising, first to act, numerous times, as well as coming over the top of re-raises. Each time he wins the pot and adds to his stack and he has put himself into comfortable position. And while Danny is releasing his inner maniac, Dean Schultz has let out his inner rock as he hasn't played a hand in what seems like an hour. The one hand he does play, he says raise, and before he completes placing his bet, Raymond Perez says “I'm all in!” After getting a ruling from the floor, Dean puts out a minimum raise and folds to Perez's all in.

It's always nice when you get aces and are playing loose aggressive. This is exactly what happened for Danny as he limped in from the small blind against Jonathan Tare. They checked a rag flop and Tare bet 20K. Danny check raised to 60K, Tare folded, and Danny flipped over aces. Yes, even maniacs get hands.

Dean Schultz felt he could wait no longer and moved all in for his last 87K with pocket 4's. Danny decided his hand was good enough to tango and made the call. Danny turns over his cards and Dean is visibly not happy when he sees that he is crushed by the slightest of margins as Danny has pocket 5's. The flop comes 10-8-6 and Dean is going to need some help. Danny's son is rooting him on in the stands and yells “keep it high one time!” One time might be the most overused phrase in poker... and most MISUSED phrase in poker. If you've played enough poker you will have faced any given situation hundreds of times, not ONE time. Anyway, the 5's held up this one time and Dean Schultz was our 5th place finisher winning $12,961.

Danny and Jonathan again tangle in a blind versus blind confrontation. This time Danny raises pre-flop and receives a call from Tare. The flop comes 7-7-4 and Danny leads out for 40K. Tare doesn't take too long before flat calling the bet. On the 8 turn, both players check quickly. The river is a jack and Danny leads out for 40K. Tare moves all in for an additional 110K and it does not take Danny but mere moments to say “I call.” Tare turns over 7-5 for flopped trips and Adamson mucks saying later that “I had kings.” Tare is up to nearly 450K now and is our new chip leader.

Four handed play resumed for nearly an hour before we lost our next competitor. Danny did manage to double up against Tare with Q-6 of hearts against Tare's A-K when he paired his 6 but Tare takes it out on Tony Lay, when he moves all in on a 6-4-2-4-4 board and Lay mutters “unbelievable” and flips up 5-3 for the flopped straight. Of course, Lay had no one to blame but himself as he merely flat called a 25K bet on the flop and then checked the turn. Lay exacts revenge on Tare when he moves all in with 9-7 of clubs and is called by Jonathan's A-3. The flop comes with a 7... Tare throws his hands in the air in disgust and Lay doubles up to over 250K. Tare now has less than 200K.

We lose our next player when Ray Perez raises from the small blind and Danny Adamson moves all in from the big blind. Perez calls and has Adamson in bad shape as he has A-10 of clubs to Danny's A-9 of hearts. The flop comes with a 10 and Danny Adamson is our 4th place finisher winning $15,121.

Tare shows he is no slouch when he makes a call of a 75K bet, from Tony Lay, on a K-Q-2-9-5 board with pocket 10's. The bet from Lay might have worked if he had bet the flop or turn, but since he had done neither, Tare correctly determined that Lay was trying to pick up the pot.

Tony is short but keeps moving all in and picking up the blinds and antes to stay alive. He does it on Raymond Perez's big blind and Perez has decided his king high might be ahead and makes the call with K-9 off. Lay has J-10 off. The flop comes 8-7-4 and Lay needs a 9, 10 or jack. The turn is an 8 and the river is a 2 and Tony Lay is our 3rd place finisher winning $17,281.

We start heads up play with Raymond having a 2:1 chip lead on Jonathan Tare. It doesn't take long to get our first big pot as Perez raises and Tare moves all in. Perez insta-calls with A-K and Tare shows Q-J.

“Let's go Danny boy!” Perez yells, talking to the dealer.

The flop A-10-3. Perez and his friends celebrate. Then they see that the flop is filled with hearts. Perez doesn't have one. Tare does. And since we know poker is a cruel, cruel game that punishes early celebrations mercilessly... a heart comes on the turn and the chip positions have been reversed.

Jonathan takes control of the match, raising pre-flop on nearly every hand and betting post-flop whenever Perez shows any weakness. Eventually, he has taken a nearly 4:1 chip advantage but that doesn't discourage Perez from telling Tare that he is “like a bulldog, I'll just keep nibbling at your ankles.”

Tare, who had been quiet throughout the final table, continued his silence and focused on the task at hand. He opened for 60K and Perez moved all in. Jonathan looked as if he didn't want to call but decided that he would and flipped over K-J. It was a similar situation to the A-K vs. Q-J hand we had seen earlier as Perez had A-10 of hearts.

The flop was a monster for Tare. K-J-2. But like the previous match up it also was a big one for Perez as two of the cards were hearts. “They never make it easy,” Tare says. But the bulldog is kept in his cage as the turn and river are a non heart 3 and 9. Raymond Perez is our 2nd place finisher winning $34,346.

Jonathan Tare experienced some ups and downs throughout the final table. He won with the worst hand and lost with the best hand, but when it was all said and done he came out on top with the title. Jonathan Tare is the winner of Event #11 at the 2008 World Poker Open winning $65,235, a WPO bracelet, and a seat into the WPO WPT event. Congratulations Jonathan!

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