Players who enjoy Deuce to 7 triple draw lowball generally vary their poker games regularly. They relish in learning new games and strategies, while many players stick to holdem, for example. Event 7 was set up with a $2,500 buy-in, which meant that most of the players in the tournament would be well-versed in the game, and recognizable faces would be aplenty.
All in all, the field consisted of 291 players when they gathered on June 1 for the first day of action, and they were competing for pieces of the $669,300 prize pool. Only 30 players would cash in the tournament, but the first place winner was set to receive $180,730. Not a bad goal to have in mind while playing Deuce to 7.
Day 1 saw the field reduced only to 257 players, and Day 2 broke through the money bubble, courtesy of Tony G being eliminated in 31st place. Play continued until there were eight players still seated, and they returned on Day 3 to play to the six-player final table and ultimately the winner’s circle for one of them. David Chiu led the pack of eight, and Peter Gelencser held up a strong second.
As play got underway on Day 3, Don McNamara made some strong plays and jumped into the lead, but it was Tad Jurgens who suffered at the hands of Zimmerman. The two tangled in one hand that left Jurgens with a short stack, and the two got involved on another hand. Zimmerman made 7-6-5-4-2, and Jurgens mucked before leaving in eighth place with $17,903.
The final seven players were seated together at one table on the ESPN stage, and it was Zimmerman in the lead at that point, with Gelencser in second and McNamara in third. But Shunjiro Uchida was one of the shorter stacks and moved all-in. He had a queen, and Zimmerman turned over the winning 9-8-6-4-2 hand. Uchida exited in seventh place with $17,903.
The final table was officially set as follows:
|Peter Gelencser ||653,000 |
|Raphael Zimmerman ||561,000 |
|Don McNamara ||436,000 |
|David Chiu || 273,000 |
|Leonard Martin ||156,000 |
|Jameson Painter ||97,000 |
Action started with Martin as the first one to be at risk, putting all of his chips in the middle before the second draw. Gelencser bet to prompt a fold from McNamara. Gelencser and Martin each took one card on that second draw, and the third draw brought one for Martin and none for Gelencser. The latter showed 8-6-4-3-2, but Martin turned over the 7-7-6-3-2 and left in sixth place with $24,723.
Painter was struggling, though a double-up through Gelencser helped him get his footing. Short again because of a hand with McNamara, Painter doubled again to stay alive, though he still only had about 60K.
Finally, Painter bet all-in after the first draw and received a call from Zimmerman. Painter took two on the second draw and one on the third, and Zimmerman took one on the second draw and stood pat after that. Painter had A-7-4-3-2, but Zimmerman showed 10-7-6-4-3 and took the pot. Jameson Painter left in fifth place with $34,843 to show for it.
Zimmerman had taken the lead before eliminating Painter and continued to soar, though Gelencser did double through him to take some of those chips.
It was David Chiu who failed to gain momentum on Day 3. He was finally reduced to 20K and pushed all-in, and McNamara called and claimed to have a pat hand. Chiu took two cards on the first draw, one on the second, and stood pat at the end with an eighty-seven, but McNamara took it with an eighty-six. Chiu was sent packing in fourth place with $50,157.
Three-handed action started with Zimmerman holding 865K, McNamara with 675K, and Gelencser in third with 612K. By the dinner break, McNamara had climbed into a stronger second.
But things changed in the levels that followed, Gelencser dominated and took over the lead, while McNamara lost the majority of his chips over the course of a few hands.
McNamara finally got involved with Gelencser. McNamara was all-in after the second draw and stood pat for the third, while Gelencser was along for the ride and ended up with 9-8-5-3-2. That hand bested the J-9-8-6-2 of Don McNamara, who departed in third place with $73,803.
Heads-up then began with the following counts:
|Raphael Zimmerman ||1,390,000 |
|Peter Gelencser ||730,000 |
Gelencser was relentless during the match, taking pot after pot to even the counts and then soar into top chip position. A short while later, Gelencser was up to nearly 1.8 million and Zimmerman had fallen to 410K.
Zimmerman finally took his chances and moved all-in after the second draw. Gelencser called and stood pat with 9-7-4-3-2, and Zimmerman drew one card before showing 8-6-6-5-3. Raphael Zimmerman took second place in the tournament, for which he was awarded $111,686.
Peter Gelencser of Hungary won Event 7, and along with the title, he prepared to take home $180,730 and a WSOP gold bracelet.