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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP2009 | WSOP2009 Tournaments

Event 4, 1K NLHE: Sung Wins 1st Bracelet

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A record setting field of over 6,000 players took part in the $1,000 “Stimulus” No Limit Hold Em tournament with poker players from all over the world taking their shot at a cheap (relatively speaking) World Series of Poker bracelet. The only notable names to make the final table were self-proclaimed semi-professional Dan Heimiller and Los Angeles professional Steve Sung. The final table, their seat, and starting chips were as follows:

Seat 1: Dan Heimiller 4,155,000
Seat 2: Jeff Oakes 1,680,000
Seat 3: Nathan Mullen 1,210,000
Seat 4: Phong Huynh 1,310,000
Seat 5: James Matz III 1,885,000
Seat 6: Steve Sung 3,395,000
Seat 7: Panayote 'Pete' Vilandos 1,940,000
Seat 8: Larry Sidebotham 1,500,000
Seat 9: Danny Fuhs 965,000

It didn't take long to lose the first player. Danny Fuhs opened the action for 125,000 and was called by Phong Huynh. The flop was A-J-10 with two clubs and Fuhs bet 180,00 and was called by Phong. The turn was a 2 of spades, putting two spades on the board. Fuhs led out this time for 400,000 and was set all in by Phong. Fuhs called quickly with A-J for top two pair but was coolered when he ran into the pocket 10's of Phong. No ace or jack on the river meant the end of the day and tournament for Danny. Danny Fuhs finished in 9th place winning $114,168, more than 100 times his initial buy in. Not a bad four days work.

After winning that big pot, Phong looked like he was in great contention to make a shot at the bracelet. Looking down at pocket 3s, he limped in from middle position for 60K. James Matz raised it to 200K, Larry Sidebotham called as did Phong. The flop was a dream flop for Phong... J-4-3 rainbow. Every one checked. The turn was the 7 of hearts and Larry led out for 370K and Phong decided to trap his opponent by just flat calling. Much to both players surprise Matz moved all in, having both players slightly covered. Larry folded and Phong made the easy call with his set. To his dismay though Matz had pocket jacks and had flopped a bigger set. No one outer on the river and Phong Huynh was the 8th place finisher winning $117,414.

Chip leader Heimiller ran into a bump in the road after flopping a set of 4's on a 8-4-3 two spade flop. Heimiller decided to play it tricky... perhaps his downfall... and checked. Pete Vilandos, who had raised Heimillers limp pre-flop, checked as well. The turn was the 5 of spades and Heimiller now decided to bet and made it 500K to go. He was quickly called by Vilandos. The river was the 6 of hearts and Heimiller again bet, this time 600K. Vilandos again made the call and turned over K-2 with the king of spades for the baby straight. This huge pot moved Vilandos into the chip lead.

Jeff Oakes had found his above average stack whittled down next to nothing and he decided to make a stand with pocket 5's from the big blind for his last 460K. Steve Sung had opened the action for 220K and made the easy call with A-Q. The flop came with an ace and another one on the river sealed the deal. Jeff Oakes finished in 7th place winning $126,613.

Steve Sung started out the final table comfortably 2nd in chips but had a rough go of it initially. That didn't deter the skilled professional as he turned on the jets and steamrolled the table over the course of a level including picking up a huge pot from then chip leader Dan Heimiller when Heimiller came over the top of his 650K bet on a A-10-8-J board for an additional 850K. Sung moved all in and Heimiller folded and just like that Sung had moved into the chip lead with 6.3 million with Pete Vilandos 2nd in chips at 4.5 million. Heimiller dropped all the way down to just under two million after the hand.

Heimiller's downward spiral continued when he decided to get tricky with A-K of spades from the button by limping in. Sung continued his steam rolling ways by raising to 350K from the small blind. The big blind, Vilandos, called and Heimiller quickly moved all in. Sung called and Vilandos folded. Sung had A-Q and Heimiller was in excellent position to double up. It was not Heimiller’s day, however, and apparently it was Sung's as a queen came on the flop to deliver the eliminating blow to the former chip leader. Dan Heimiller finished in 6th place winning $145,009.

Sung was now in complete control with over nine million in chips and he continued his relentless aggression with a series of raises and bets. The Sung Show continued when Nathan Mullen moved all in for 1.6 million with J-10 of clubs and Sung decided to look him up with A-7 off suit. The flop was K-Q-J putting Mullen in the lead and his cheering section went crazy. The Sidebotham crowd started chanting for a 10 so that their buddy Larry could move up the prize scale. Sidebotham's crowd cheering worked because a 10 hit the river and Sung knocked out yet another player. Nathan Mullen finished in 5th place winning $175,581.
Sung finally took a hit to his stack at the hands of Pete Vilados when Vilados moved all in with pocket 9's and Sung called him with A-K. The flop was a good one for Pete... Q-Q-4, but the jack on the turn gave Sung outs to any ace, king, jack, or ten. None of the outs came and Vilados doubled up to nearly 5 million while Sung dropped down under the 10 million mark.

Larry Sidebotham had been patient all night and had watched player after player get sent to the rail. Down to under a million chips, he could wait no longer and moved all in from the button with Q-J of clubs. James Matz called with A-7 and when the board came 9-3-2-9-2 it was the end of the day for Sidebotham and his rowdy railbirds. Larry Sidebotham finished in 4th place winning $227,254.

Steve Sung's decline was only momentary as he and James Matz tangled in a blind versus blind confrontation. Matz completed out of the small blind and Sung popped it up 400K. Matz made the call. The flop came Q-10-5 rainbow and Matz led out for 475K. Sung made it 1.1 million and Matz quickly, and almost inexplicably, moved all in with 5-4 of clubs for bottom pair. Sung made the call and the amazing thing was that Matz actually had the lead, albeit a very slim one, as Sung had K-J for two over cards and the open ended straight draw. Matz maintained his lead on the turn when an 8 arrived but the river was a deadly ace and Sung had eliminated yet another player. James Matz finished in 3rd place winning $313,826.

Heads up play began with Sung having 12.4 million in chips to Pete's 5.6 million.  Vilados quickly picked up two nice sized pots to narrow the margin to 10 million to 8 million. The players took a five minute break and during the break Sung sat in a corner in a trance. Perhaps he was praying to the poker gods because on the first hand after the break, Sung opened the action for 500K only to find Vilanados re-raising him to 1.7 million. Sung moved all in and was called by Vilanados. Sung had been dealt pocket kings at the perfect time as Vilanados had a pair of his own in pocket eights. The kings held up and the tournament was over. Pete Vilados finished in 2nd place winning $473,283.

Steve Sung came into the final table 2nd in chips but quickly seized the chip lead and never looked back. Sung outlasted over 6,000 people to win his first WSOP bracelet and a first place prize that was nearly 800 times the amount he bought in for. Steve Sung finished in 1st place winning $771,106. Congratulations Steve!

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