854 players took part in one of the last events at this year’s WSOP, the $3,000 Triple Chance No Limit Hold Em event, creating a prize pool of well over two million dollars. Bertrand Grospellier, Jason Mercier, Mike Sexton, and Erick Lindgren were among those who took a shot at taking home the bracelet but failed to do so. J.J. Liu, Lee Childs, Kathy Liebert, Mike Caro, Antonio Esfandiari, and Eric Lynch all cashed but came up short of the final table.
The final ten, their starting stacks, and seating assignments were as follows:
Seat 1: Wes Watson 202,000
Seat 2: Karga Holt 439,000
Seat 3: Jorg Peisert 1,063,000
Seat 4: Max Greenwood 350,000
Seat 5: Michael Katz 1,596,000
Seat 6: Michael Noda 595,000
Seat 7: William Erickson 202,000
Seat 8: Jason Somerville 662,000
Seat 9: Jason DeWitt 1,509,000
Seat 10: Benjamin Gilbert 1,100,000
Max Greenwood kicked things off by opening for a raise to 40,000 in early position. Jason Somerville called and Jorg Peisert re-raised from the big blind to 175K. Greenwood moved all in and Somerville called. Peisert called and the cards were turned over, A-K for Peisert and jacks for Greenwood. An ace on the flop put Peisert in the lead... a lead he retained to win the pot. Max Greenwood finished in 10th place winning $33,281.
Wes Watson joined Greenwood on the rail after he moved all in over the top of Jason DeWitt's opening raise and DeWitt called. Watson had pocket 7's which were up against the of DeWitt. The flop was a good one for Watson... but the on the turn wasn't and DeWitt's pair of jacks was good enough to win the pot. Wes Watson finished in 9th place winning $47,070.
Play was eight handed for quite some time as the short stacks doubled up numerous times to stay alive. William Erickson decided it was his turn to join the double up club and moved all in with only to be called quickly by Jorg Peisert who had pocket queens. No help arrived for Erickson and Peisert added to his ever increasing stack. William Erickson finished in 8th place winning $53,622.
Michael Katz opened the action for 76K in early position and Karga Holt moved all in for just over 500K. Katz struggled with the decision stating that it was close and that he thought he needed to flip a coin on this one. Benjamin Gilbert tossed a coin across the table and the table and rail broke out in laughter. Even Katz managed to break out into a smile. Finally after over five minutes of contemplation, Katz made the call with only to find out he was crushed by the that Holt held. Poker is a cruel, but wonderful, game. In this case it was cruel for Holt and wonderful for Katz as the flop came K-Q-Q to give Katz a full house. Holt needed a king to chop but fortune did not look his way and Katz raked in the one million plus chip pot. Karga Holt finished in 7th place winning $63,781.
That was about the only thing that went right for Katz at the final table. He lost a big pot to Peisert when Peisert hit a flush against his top pair and then doubled up Michael Noda after Noda moved all in with against Katz's A-Q and hit an 8 on the flop. This took Katz all the way down to 600K and he squared off against Peisert again, this time having Peisert dominated with 4's against 3's. The flop came to give Peisert a set. Katz had an open ended straight draw but it did not arrive and Peisert added to his significant chip lead. Michael Katz finished in 6th place winning $79,385.
With the high blinds creating a shallow money situation for most of the players at the table, the action picked up and Jason Somerville moved all in from the small blind with . Jason DeWitt looked him up from the big blind with and his ace high held up to win the pot. Jason Somerville finished in 5th place winning $103,591.
A strange and unusual pot took place between Noda and Peisert when Peisert opened for 170K and Noda re-raised to 430K. Peisert three bet and Noda moved all in. Peisert quickly called and most of the rail expected both players to turn over monsters. Noda had a reasonable hand in A-Q but Peisert merely held J-10. It was obviously Peisert's day, however, as a 10 came on the turn to give him the pot as he went over the rail to give his friends high fives. Michael Noda finished in 4th place winning $142,035.
Short stacked, Benjamin Gilbert moved all in first to act from the small blind. Peisert took several minutes to decide whether to call or not and ended up making the call with which was well ahead of Gilbert's . The flop came with an ace and Peisert's hot run continued. Benjamin Gilbert finished in 3rd place winning $205,180.
Heads up play started with Peisert holding a massive chip lead of nearly 7:1. The final hand arrived shortly after heads up play started with DeWitt moving all after Peisert opened to 180K. Peisert made the quick call with pocket 9's and DeWitt turned over . No help came to save the day for Dewitt and the tournament was over. Jason DeWitt finished in 2nd place winning $313,227.
Sometimes in a poker tournament, you get the right cards at the right time and are able to cruise to victory. This was the case for Jorg Peisert who seemed to either have the big hand or hit the card he needed at just the right time. Once he got rolling, there was no stopping him. Jorg Peisert finished in 1st place winning $506,800 and his first WSOP bracelet.