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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2010 | WSOP Tournaments

WSOP Event 3: Aadam Daya Did the Deed and Won the First $1K NLHE

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The $1,000 No Limit Holdem event was the third on the 2010 World Series of Poker schedule but only the first of numerous $1K buy-in events this year. Thus, the field was not as large as expected or as monstrous as the equivalent 209 event, which attracted 6,012 players. This year’s tournament brought only 4,345 players to the table, but the number was solid without the comparison, as a $3,910,500 prize pool was created with a first place prize of $625,872.

When the action started on May 29 with the first of two starting days, the option was open to making it a four or five day event, whatever the field required. Despite the registration number being less than most estimates, the tournament still went through five days to play down to a winner. Day 2 gathered all of the first-day finishers, and the 441-player field diminished to only 41 that day as they played into the money and pressed forward. Day 3 took action down to the final nine with the elimination of Irving Rice in tenth place, the father of final tablist Richard Rice.

The final table was ready to go on Wednesday, June 2, as follows:

Seat 1:
Dash Dudley
Seat 2:
Bart Davis
Seat 3:
Nicholas Mitchell
Seat 4:
Deepak Bhatti 
Seat 5:
Gabe Costner
Seat 6:
Richard Rice
Seat 7:
Aadam Daya
Seat 8: 
Isaac Settle
Seat 9:Cory Brown

Action was tough to come by at the start of play, with all of the players getting the feel of the final table action. But it soon picked up when short-stacked Bhatti doubled through Brown and Dudley doubled through Davis.

The first to go from the table was Rice, who had been chipped down to less than 600K and pushed all-in with {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}. Original raiser Mitchell called with {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}, and the two players watched the board deliver {6-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{9-Spades}{A-Spades}. Richard Rice left the action with $51,735 for the ninth place finish.

Meanwhile, Bhatti was at it again with another double-up, this time through Mitchell.

When Mitchell came back to double through Dudley, it was the latter who was left with only 250K and pushed it preflop in an attempt to stay in the game. Settle made the call with {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}, which dominated the {10-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} of Dudley. The flop of {K-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} only brought the flush draw, which wouldn’t have helped Dudley and only increased the chances of Settle improving on an already winning hand. The {K-Spades} on the turn and {3-Spades} on the river changed nothing, and Dash Dudley was eliminated in eighth place with $67,221.

More double-ups ensued at that point. Davis doubled through Brown, Settle through Bhatti, Davis again but through Mitchell that time, Bhatti through Costner, and Settle through Davis. Chips were changing hands quickly, and it was anyone’s game.

Despite Settle seemingly on a roll with the previous elimination and two subsequent doubles, he was ready to go at it again. He pushed all-in with {J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}, and Davis was there with {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}. The flop immediately hit Davis with {A-Spades}{2-Clubs}{6-Clubs}, and Settle was going to have to catch one of two outs. But neither the {3-Spades} turn nor {2-Hearts} river fit the bill, leaving Isaac Settle out in seventh place with $88,025.

Brown was the next player at risk, but it didn’t happen until he saw a flop with Costner. After the {10-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} was delivered, Brown was all-in with {J-Hearts}{9-Clubs}, but Costner had top pair and the flush draw with {10-Hearts}{7-Hearts}. The {A-Clubs} turn card changed nothing, but the {6-Hearts} river card only improved Brown to a flush, sending Cory Brown away with $116,141 for the sixth place finish.

Bhatti then rose quickly with double-ups through Davis and Mitchell.

The latter event left Mitchell with a need to move, and he did so with {5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}. Bhatti made the call with {A-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}. The flop came {4-Spades}{A-Spades}{7-Clubs}, giving both players pairs but Bhatti’s two pair were clearly ahead. The {J-Diamonds} on the turn was a blank, as was the {3-Spades} on the river. Nicholas Mitchell was gone in fifth place with $206,904.

Then it was Daya’s turn to climb, doubling through Bhatti to do so.

Davis made an attempt to do the same, but the hand started with Daya and Davis going to see a {J-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{5-Hearts} flop. Davis made the all-in push with {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} for the overpair and flush draw, but Daya called with {A-Hearts}{10-Hearts} and the flopped nut flush. The {K-Diamonds} turn and {10-Clubs} river finished the hand, sending Bart Davis to the cashier cage to collect $206,904 for fourth place.

The final three players took their dinner break and returned with Costner in the lead, but Daya soon doubled through Costner, and the latter then took a big hit through a pot with Bhatti.

Costner then pushed all-in from the big blind with {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} in the hopes of making a comeback, but original raiser Daya called quickly with {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}. The board came {9-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{A-Spades}{9-Hearts}{5-Hearts}, which left Gabe Costner out of the tournament in third place with $279,327.

Heads-up play started with the following chip counts:

Aadam Daya
Deepak Bhatti

Play was slow in the beginning rounds, and though Bhatti made a few moves to chip up, Daya merely became more aggressive and extended his lead. Ultimately, Bhatti had been chipped down to less than 2 million chips.

Bhatti did come back with a double-up holding {J-Clubs}{2-Clubs} against the {Q-Spades}{J-Spades} of Daya when the board came {A-Spades}{K-Hearts}{7-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}.

But a short time later, Bhatti gave it another try, that time with {K-Hearts}{5-Spades}. Daya called with {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}, and the dealer slowly gave them a {J-Spades}{4-Spades}{5-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} board, bringing no help for Deepak Bhatti, who finished in second place with $385,106 to soothe the pain.

Aadam Daya won Event 3, for which he was awarded a sizable payment of $625,872 and a WSOP gold bracelet.

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