The shootout format is an interesting one, appealing to players of all levels of skill. Those who dominate sit n goes online and live one-table satellites feel that they have an edge, while those with a great deal of no-limit holdem live tournament experience enjoy shootouts as well. But Event 6 required a $5,000 buy-in, making it a bit more of an elite field and one to watch.
Registration closed with 358 players at 36 tables and a $1,682,600 prize pool. The format gave all of them places at tables on Day 1, but only those who won their tables moved on to Round 2 on Day 2 and were guaranteed a minimum payout of $16,607. Day 2 saw those 36 players compete on six tables, with only the winners moving on to Day 3 and the final table.
The following players all made it to the final table and returned on Thursday, June 3 to play for the $441,692 first place prize and WSOP bracelet.
All were given 1,500,000 chips to play through the one-hour levels until only one player was left standing.
Elpayaa started out strong and jumped out to an almost immediate lead. There was some significant action in the early going, but it took awhile for a player to make the all-in move.
Hanks finally did it, after he was reraised preflop by Levi. Hanks had only 600K and committed it with , and Levi called immediately with . The race was on as the allowed the pocket pair to dominate, and the on the turn gave Levi the set and the win. The was delivered on the river to end it, and Brent Hanks was the first to leave the table, taking with him $71,998 for the sixth place finish.
As Elpayaa climbed above the 2.5 million mark, Rutter was coming up close behind with over 2 million, but Tieman was becoming aggressive as well.
Levi was the short stack and decided to make his move after a preflop raising war with Tieman. The all-in push was made by Levi with , and Tieman called with . The double-up opportunity looked solid…until the flop gave Tieman the set. The came on the turn, followed by the on the river, and Nicholas Levi was eliminated in fifth place with $92,543.
Four-handed action saw Tieman as the new chip leader with 2.75 million with Elpayaa directly behind with 2.5 million. Rutter had 2 million, and Channing was still alive with 1.74 million.
Channing was struggling as play continued, though he did take a significant pot from Tieman in order to get back in the game.
Elpayaa and Tieman got into a preflop battle with the former moving all-in for a whopping 2,530,000 chips. Tieman thought for several minutes before making the call with , and Elpayaa turned over the for the race situation. The board was dealt , and nothing came to beat the pocket tens that turned into a set on the river for Tieman. Joseph Elpayaa was sent to the cashier cage in fourth place to collect $125,387.
The last three players started with Tieman holding 5.45 million chips, Rutter pretty far behind with 2.1 million, and Channing still in last with 1.45 million.
The next player to move was Rutter, who battled Tieman preflop until Rutter pushed all-in with , and Tieman called with a dominating . The flop of gave Tieman even more of a lead in the hand, and the on the turn prevented Rutter from finding any more cards that could help. The obligatory river was dealt as the , and Stuart Rutter left the game in third place with $179,617.
Heads-up action began with the following chip counts:
|Joshua Tieman ||7,719,000 |
|Neil Channing ||1,281,000 |
It was going to be tough for Channing to make a comeback. and losing several hundred thousand to Tieman on one of the first hands of the battle didn’t make the job any easier. Channing was then relegated to 751K and was going to need to double-up.
It took less than 20 hands to decide the match. Channing pushed all-in with 716K and , but Tieman made the decision to call with and the lead. The flop came , and the turn was the , none of which helped Channing. And with the on the river, Neil Channing was eliminated in second place with $273,153.
Joshua Tieman won Event 6, which came with a $441,692 and personally engraved WSOP gold bracelet.