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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP2008 | WSOP 2008 Tournaments

Event #7 – WSOP $2,000 NLHE Final Table

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1,592 players started the $2,000 NLHE tournament with dreams of winning a WSOP bracelet and over half a million dollars in cold, hard cash. The final table was made up of a number of recognizable names but not what anyone would call a poker superstar with the possible exception of J.C. Tran and Shannon Shorr. The seating assignments and chip counts for the final nine were as follows:

Seat 1 Matt Keikoan 1,011,000 San Rafael
Seat 2 Theo Tran 1,884,000 Las Vegas
Seat 3 Shannon Shorr 627,000 Las Vegas
Seat 4 Carter Gill 652,000 Bali
Seat 5 Mihai Manole 1,020,000 Targoviste
Seat 6 Chris Bjorin 205,000 London
Seat 7 Mike Lisanti 358,000 Winnipeg
Seat 8 J.C. Tran 273,000 Sacramento
Seat 9 Alex Bolotin 345,000 Brooklyn

J.C. Tran and Alex Bolotin tangled in our first big pot of the day when J.C. moved all in for 110K and Bolotin came over the top for all of his chips as well. J.C. had Q-9 of hearts and Bolotin A-J. The flop came with all rags but a 9 on the turn gave J.C. a lead he would not surrender and he doubled up.

Matt Keikoan raised in early position and was called by Shannon Shorr. Mike Lisanti decided to put the two to the test and moved all in for approximately 250K. Keikoan contemplates a raise but in the end decides to just call. This is enough to chase Shorr out and the two players turn their hands over. A-K for Lisanti and kings for Keikoan. No ace arrives and Mike Lisanti finishes in 9th place winning $50,705.

Two hands later it is Alex Bolotin's turn to exit the arena as his pocket 9's are run down by Theo Tran's A-J when an ace flops. Alex Bolotin finishes in 8th place winning $72,436.

After folding to a large re-raise from Theo Tran, Shannon Shorr was down to under 200K. He picked up pocket kings at a perfect time, moved all in with them and was called by Mihai Manole who had pocket seven's. The kings held up and Shorr doubled up to over 400K. Shorr proceeds to give half of those chips back to J.C. Tran the next hand when he makes a move with 6-5 off and J.C. looks him up with K-Q. J.C. hits a queen on the river and doubles up again.

It wasn't meant to be for J.C. though as he moved all in with pocket 10's a few minutes later and had the misfortune of picking up a big hand when someone had a bigger hand. The someone in this case was Carter Gill who had pocket kings. J.C. Tran finished in 7th place winning $94,166.

Chris Bjorin had been hanging on by a thread the entire final table and had moved up three spots in the money with his patient play. No longer able to wait, he moved all in under the gun for 61K total and was called by Manole and Gill. Both players check down the Q-10-5-9-8 board and Gill's 7-6 defeats Bjorin's K-9. Chris Bjorin finishes in 6th place which was good for $123,141.

Theo Tran entered the final table as the chip leader and despite a few snags had managed to maintain his stack with well timed raises and re-raises. On the 50th hand of the final table, Theo raised to 60K from under the gun and was reraised by Manole to 160K. Everyone else folded and Tran made the call. The flop comes 8-5-3 and Manole leads out for 150K. Tran makes it 350K to go and Manole wastes no time in going all in. Tran is even quicker in his call as he has pocket 5's and has flopped a set. Manole is in dire need of help as all he has is A-8. The turn is a 10 and Manole is drawing dead and is eliminated from the tournament in 5th place. He wins $155,013 for his play.

Shannon Shorr in the meantime was able to rebuild his stack without ever going all in. Through a series of raises and post-flop bets, Shorr turned what was at one time a 200K stack back into a formidable one at over one million in chips. Facing a raise from Theo Tran, Shorr flat called on the button. The two aggressive players saw a rainbow flop of K-7-4 and both players check. The turn is a 3 and Tran makes it 105K to go. Shorr re-raises to 275K and Tran calls. The river is a jack and Tran checks. Shorr moves all in for nearly a million in chips. Tran is startled by the size of the bet and spends nearly ten minutes trying to figure out what to do. He paces back and forth, looks at his stack, at Shorr's stack, and carefully studies the board.

Almost as if he knew better, Tran makes a quiet call, and holds the cards up ready to muck them as if he had already seen Shorr's cards. Shorr turned over pocket 7's for the flopped set and Tran flicks his cards into the muck, disgusted with himself. I believe Tran whispered to Nam Le on the rail after the hand that he had A-K.

Visibly shaken, Tran's decision making process was obviously affected by the lost hand and he decided to make a move with pocket 7's against Carter Gill's re-raise. Unfortunate for Tran, Gill had pocket jacks and that led to a disappointing end for Theo Tran. He finishes in 4th place winning $191,231.

It was pocket jacks that led to Carter Gill's glory and it would be pocket jacks that led to his demise. Gill limped in from the button and all three players saw the 9-6-3 flop. Keikoan led out for 75K and was called by Shorr. Gill came over the top for 225K more. Keikoan puts out a second raise, this time to 475K. That is enough to chase Shorr. Gill asks Keikoan if he has 9-6 and after not receiving an answer moves all in. Keikoan doesn't have 9-6... he has better... pocket 6's and Gill is drawing dead to one of two jacks, neither of which come and Keikoan doubles up. Gill is crippled after that hand and is eliminated a few hands later at the hands of Keikoan. Carter Gill finishes in 3rd place winning $228,897.

Heads up play started with Keikoan having a 3.8 million to 2.6 million chip advantage over Shorr. The heads up match was a mismatch from the beginning as Keikoan bullied Shorr from the very beginning and Shorr's stack disappeared as if it was ice in a sauna. After a series of all in moves from both players for nearly 20 hands with no calls, Keikoan finally calls one of Shorr's all ins. Shorr had 10-6 offsuit and Keikoan had K-5 of spades. The flop came K-7-7 and Shorr would need running cards to stay alive. They didn't come and Shannon Shorr finished in 2nd place, taking home $349,131.

Matt Keikoan had a great group of fans cheering him on including new bracelet winner Erick Lindgren, Gavin Smith, and Chris Bell. Earlier in the tournament, Keikoan had joked with Gavin that if he won, Gavin couldn't make fun of him anymore. “Besides,” he added, “I'll have one up on you.”

Well Matt, you now have one up on Gavin Smith. Congratulations to Matt Keikoan for winning the $2,000 NLHE WSOP event. For his remarkable achievement he takes home $550,601.

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