It didn’t appear to be a table that would garner much attention from the poker fans, though Brock Parker was the name at the table most familiar to the poker media, as he claimed a victory only days before in Event 14. But by the time Event 19 pushed into the late hours of the evening, it looked like Parker could take it down, and when he did, it put him in an elite group of very few players who have been able to win two World Series of Poker gold bracelets in the same year.
At the start of the tournament on Monday, June 8, it was anyone’s game. Out of the 1,068 players in the field, only 135 would make the money, and only nine would hit the final table. With a prize pool of $2,456,400 on the line, the fight would be hard and the reward worth it.
The money bubble burst on Day 2 of the tournament, and though the goal was to reach the final table on the same day, there were still 11 remaining when players were asked to return on Day 3. Joe Serock held the chip lead at that point with 1,745,000 chips, and Brock Parker was chasing with 1,603,000.
Play resumed to see some quick eliminations on the final day of action, as Brian Friesen was eliminated in 11th place, followed by Alex Ivarsson in tenth. Looking for the short-handed final table of six, the group eliminated Jay Kinkade in ninth, and Brian Meinders in eighth.
Serock continued to put the pressure on the bunch, and James Sudworth finally decided to push all-in with pocket threes to an initial raise by Serock. Serock called with , and the board was innocent with its flrop and turn, but the on the river eliminated Sudworth in seventh place, which was worth $54,777.
The final table was set in about two hours, and it would begin with the following chip counts:
Seat 1: Jesse Rios 1,095,000
Seat 2: Russell Crane 472,000
Seat 3: Brock Parker 1,477,000
Seat 4: Joe Serock 3,396,000
Seat 5: Alexander Wilson 1,305,000
Seat 6: Clayton Newman 266,000
Play started without the fervor or aggression that was so prevalent in the earlier hours of the day. Among the first hour’s worth of actions, Newman doubled through Parker, then again through Serock, and Crane doubled through Rios. By the first break of the day, Serock lost his massive lead and sat only barely above Wilson on the leaderboard.
It took approximately three hours to see the first elimination of the final table, which came when Newman pushed all-in for his last 375K with pocket deuces and found himself up against the pocket tens of Rios. The board came , and Clayton Newman left the tournament in sixth place with $76,123.
As the tournament progressed, Serock began to lose and then move back into the lead, and a double-up through Rios helped the process. By the dinner break, Serock held another slight lead over Parker.
Dinner prompted some quick action upon the players’ return, as it took only four hands for Wilson to push all-in from the big blind. Serock called with , and Wilson turned over . The board came , and Alex Wilson was ousted in fifth place with a $104,323 prize for his troubles.
Rios was the next to risk his stack from the big blind, doing it with versus the of Parker. The board brought nothing to save Rios when it showed , and Jesse Rios was gone in fourth place with $148,661.
Play slowed again, with the next hour producing good results for Serock who jumped over the 4-million chip mark. Russell Crane was the short stack and could not seem to escape that position. When he finally put his chips on the line with , Serock called with , and the board produced , giving Serock the best hand on the flop and an even better hand on the turn. That left Russell Crane with $220,633 for a third place finish.
The heads-up match began with Serock in the chip lead. At most, it was nearly a 2-to-1 lead over Parker, but Parker came back with a vengeance. Though it took some time and involved selective aggression on Parker’s part, he took the lead after an hour and a half of heads-up play and never looked back.
Finally, Serock went into a hand with a raise, and Parker pushed it up to 1 million. Serock responded with an all-in move holding pocket tens, but Parker quickly called with pocket queens. The board came to end the game and force Joe Serock to accept second place for the finish, which came with a $341,783 prize.
Brock Parker not only won $552,745 for winning Event 19, but he won his second 2009 WSOP title and accompanying gold bracelet, which was an impressive feat by anyone’s standards.