When the second $1,500 no-limit holdem tournament of the 2010 World Series of Poker approached, there was some speculation that it would be less than successful because of the plethora of $1K tournaments, but the numbers were still solid. Host a reasonably-priced NLHE event with a WSOP bracelet attached, and the players will come. And they did.
Action began on Friday, June 4 with 2,563 players and a $3,460,050 prize pool, which allowed payouts for the top 270 players and $614,248 for the first place finisher. Day 1 of action took the field close to that point, as only 297 of the competitors were left to bag chips. Day 2 brought the players through the money bubble and on up the money ladder.
The second day/night of tournament play ended with 21 players, all of whom returned on Day 3 to play down toward the final table and, with any luck, through it to become the last player standing. Perhaps the most interesting point of the list of remaining players was that Tom Dwan led the chip counts with 1,068,000. The newest Full Tilt Poker pro was one player that everyone wanted to watch.
It took some time before anyone was eliminated from Event 11 on Day 3, but when the bustouts did happen, they were as follows:
21st place: Antoine Amourette ($17,577)
20th place: David Newcomer ($17,577)
19th place: Christopher Giddings ($17,577)
18th place: Jacobo Fernandez ($21,936)
17th place: Jason Taus ($21,936)
16th place: Scott Hamilton ($21,936)
15th place: Jeremy Fendelet ($27,680)
14th place: Kyle Julius ($27,680)
13th place: Alex Bolotin ($27,680)
12th place: Harsukhpaul Sangha ($35,327)
11th place: Venkatesh Gupta ($35,327)
With one more player to be sent away before the official final table could be set, players were a bit cautious. But it was Nicholas Phillips who got involved with Austin McCormick to see a flop and turn. A bet and raise led to McCormick pushing all-in and Phillips calling all-in for his tournament life. Phillips showed for top pair, but McCormick turned over the for the flush. The river brought the to end the hand and eliminate Phillips in tenth place with $35,327.
With that, the final table action was moved to the ESPN stage, and the players sat in front of the following chip stacks:
|Seat 1: ||Jason Young ||1,304,000 |
|Seat 2: ||Michael Smith || 622,000 |
|Seat 3: ||Marvin Rettenmaier ||525,000 |
|Seat 4: ||Tom Dwan ||2,412,000 |
|Seat 5: ||Austin McCormick ||1,939,000 |
|Seat 6: ||Kyle Winter ||502,000 |
|Seat 7: ||Eric Ladny ||969,000 |
|Seat 8: ||David Randall ||1,803,000 |
|Seat 9: ||Simon Watt ||1,466,000 |
Play got underway at about 7:00pm, during which time Dwan stayed aggressive, though Randall and Smith made moves to advance on the leaderboard a bit before going to dinner. And when other players went to the dinner break, Dwan sauntered over to Event 15, where he previously bought in to the $10K stud hi-low tournament and decided to play a few hands before his final table resumed.
Upon the return from dinner, it didn’t take long for Ladny to agree to go all-in after Watt pushed from the small blind. Ladny showed , and Simon turned over . The race was on as the came on the flop, but the on the turn gave Simon the set and the win. The came on the river to end the hand, and Eric Ladny shuffled on out of the final table area with $45,603 for the ninth place finish.
Only two hands later, Winter shoved his last 405K all-in preflop with , and Smith tried to call. But original raiser McCormick pushed all-in, which prompted a fold from Smith, and McCormick showed . Another race began, but this time the flop came to give McCormick the full house. The turn and river ended the night for Kyle Winter, who walked away with $59,547 for the eighth place finish.
Rettenmaier was the next to make a push, and with 455K in chips, he did it with . Watt called from the big blind with . Rettenmaier got help on the flop to pair his seven, but Watt picked up a straight draw. The on the turn changed nothing, but the on the river made that straight. Marvin Rettenmaier left in seventh place with $78,681.
Smith had a rough time at the final table but did double through Randall to stay alive. But in the next round, Smith moved again, this time for 800K with . McCormick moved all-in to isolate with , and it worked. The board came and provided no help for Michael Smith, who headed to the cashier cage to pick up $105,185 for sixth place.
Randall was starting to find his way, first doubling through McCormick. Then when Young raised a pot preflop, Randall reraised all-in. Young called immediately with , but Randall showed . The dealer slowly brought out a board, which only gave Randall the full house. Jason Young was not meant to win his second bracelet in this event, only the $142,346 for fifth place.
McCormick had become short-stacked and finally decided to move all-in preflop with . Randall came along with . The flop didn’t provide any help, but the on the turn gave McCormick a straight draw. But the on the river squashed all hopes, and Austin McCormick departed the table in fourth place with $194,939.
Randall was on a roll, taking pot after pot and steadily climbing. But Watt soon found a little momentum, making moves and gathering chips here and there. Dwan was hurting but doubled through Randall with 9-7 offsuit versus A-10 when he flopped a pair of sevens and found another seven on the turn. Dwan seemed to find a second wind at that point and soon found himself with nearly 2.5 million chips.
Hours went by. Literally, three-handed play lasted nearly three hours.
On the 116th hand of the night, Randall finally pushed his last 1.05 million chips all-in with , and Watt called right away with , which looked ideal for a double-up for Randall. The flop cast some doubt on that notion, though, when it came . And a hit on the turn, which gave Watt the better hand either way. The on the turn eliminated David Randall in third place with $270,299.
Heads-up play finally started just before 2:00am with the following chip counts:
|Simon Watt ||8,385,000 |
|Tom Dwan ||3,160,000 |
The two battled in front of a sizable audience for almost 45 minutes. But Dwan couldn’t seem to gain much ground on his opponent. Finally, the two got involved in a hand that started with , and a bet and call led to the on the turn. Dwan bet 740K, but Watt’s response was an all-in raise, to which Dwan rolled his eyes and folded. He was left with 1.645 million chips.
The very next hand decided the match.
Dwan pushed all-in with . Watt called with . The dealer very slowly brought out a flop, followed by a turn card, giving Watt the full house. The on the river ended the dramatic final table with Tom “durrrr” Dwan accepting a second place finish, which was worth $381,885.
Simon Watt, winner of the 2009 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Auckland, claimed his first WSOP bracelet, which came with $614,248 for the Event 11 victory.