The $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed event was one of the most popular of the 2008 WSOP thus far. Players with a lot of experience in the game typically like short-handed play as it allows more skill and strategy to be utilized. As a result, a total of 1,236 players signed up for the tournament on Thursday, June 5th. Only 126 of them would receive any part of the $1,687,410 prize pool, and the six finalists would return on Day 3 to play for the bracelet and top prizes.
The final table got underway in the early afternoon hours of Saturday, June 7th. Chip counts were as follows:
Play was slow, so much so that only two flops were shown in the first twenty hands, and no hands had gone further than those first three cards. Finally, it was pro player Rep Porter who made a move and doubled up through Michiel Brummelhuis with pocket K’s for Porter and A-Q of hearts for his opponent. The Kings held up and doubled up Porter to put him at the top of the leader board as the only player over 1 million.
Brummelhuis was soon at a dire stage in his tournament life. When Porter raised from the small blind, Brummelhuis pushed all-in for his remaining chips with . Porter called with . The board came , and the river allowed Porter to stay ahead of the pack. Brummelhuis was eliminated in 6th place with $53,313.
Anatoly Shilyuk came in as the short stack and continued to get pummeled. He lost a significant hand to Rep Porter and finally folded after the river but before losing more chips. However, a few hands later, he caught A-K and moved all-in against John Conkright who had pocket 4’s, and a King on the flop gave Shilyuk the opportunity to double up and stay in the game.
Over the next twenty hands, there again wasn’t much action, with the exception of a double-up for Conkright through Devin Porter, and another tournament-saving double-up by Nathan Templeton through Shilyuk. And after 60 hands of final table play, Rep Porter still sat atop the pack with 1.7 million and all other players significantly below the 1 million mark.
On the 75th hand of the night, action ensued. Rep Porter raised from the button, and Shilyuk, again the short stack, moved all-in from the small blind with . Porter called with . The board came , and Shilyuk was eliminated in 5th place for a $70,859 payday.
The next 100 hands went without an elimination. While chips were traded and small action occurred, there was a great deal of tight play witnessed at the table. Conkright did double through Devin Porter, and Devin Porter doubled courtesy of Rep Porter.
In hand 177, Templeton made a pre-flop raise, and Conkright moved all-in for his last chips from the big blind with . Templeton called with a dominating . The dealer turned up , and the cards couldn’t have been kinder to Templeton. Conkright was sent home in 4th place with $101,228.
About 30 hands later, Devin Porter had taken the chip lead over Rep Porter, but Rep wasn’t taking it lying down. He raised, Templeton reraised, and Devin came over the top with an all-in move. Rep called, and Templeton folded. As they turned their hands up, Rep showed , and Devin produced an . The tension was high, and the dealer gave them . Rep’s full house was good enough to double and leave Devin with less than 100K.
Devin Porter then called all-in for his last few chips after a raise by Templeton, and Rep Porter called. The flop came , which was checked by Porter and Templeton, as was the turn of . When a came on the river, Templeton bet out and Rep Porter folded. Templeton showed 7-4 of unknown suits for two pair, and Devin turned over for only one pair. He was eliminated in 3rd place with $151,842.
Going into heads-up play, chip counts were as follows:
The snail’s pace of play had stopped, and a hand took place to decide the tournament. Templeton made a pre-flop raise, Porter reraised, and Templeton reraised all-in with . Porter called with . The board came , and it was over. Nathan Templeton finished the tournament in 2nd place for $231,981.
Rep Porter won Event #9 of the 2008 WSOP, a gold bracelet, and $372,929 to boot. Congratulations, Rep!