The 2010 World Series of Poker offered a $1,500 buy-in 2-7 Draw Lowball tournament of the no-limit variety, and it proved to be a hit. The price was reduced $1,000 from last year’s event, making it more appealing to more seasoned players as well as newcomers to the game who added it to their repertoire more recently. It looked to be an exciting mix of players.
Day 1 brought 250 players to the tables, which added up to a $337,500 prize pool to be split among the last 28 players in the event with exactly $92,817 reserved for the winner. Each player started with 1,500 chips but had the opportunity to request up to three add-ons of 1,000 chips each during the first four levels of play. And by the end of the first night, only 67 players were left standing.
Day 2 brought the field into the money with a double elimination during hand-for-hand play, and Ted Forrest and Shunjiro Uchida each walked with $1,472 in prize money. The remainder of the players were eliminated as the evening wore on, and after Chino Rheem exited in ninth place, the final table bubble found Daniel Nicewander as its victim, and Nicewander left in eighth place with $7,215.
The final table was then ready for Day 3 on June 7, with chip counts and seating assignments as follows:
|Seat 1: ||James Bord ||83,500 |
|Seat 2: ||Alexander Kravchenko ||144,500 |
|Seat 3: ||Mike Wattel ||146,000 |
|Seat 4: ||Yan Chen ||182,500 |
|Seat 5: ||Derric Haynie ||189,000 |
|Seat 6: ||Nick Binger ||309,500 |
|Seat 7: ||Todd Bui ||68,500 |
Level 19 kicked off the action and Binger started it off by winning the first hand. About a half hour into the action, Bui was the first to move all-in and successfully doubled through Kravchenko. Wattel then doubled through Binger, and Kravchenko doubled through Chen.
But Kravchenko couldn’t maintain any momentum. After being chipped down to 35K chips, he pushed all-in, and Wattel made the call. Kravchenko drew one to come up with 9-8-4-3-4, but Wattel stood pat with J-7-6-5-4, which was the winning hand. Alexander Kravchenko was eliminated in seventh place with $9,568.
As Wattel soared into the chip lead, Bord went the opposite direction. With little more than 100K, he pushed all-in with 5-4-3-2, and Chen called and stood pat. After Bord picked up a 3 to pair his hand, Chen showed 9-7-6-4-3 to take it. James Bord departed in sixth place with $12,997.
Bui was the next short stack, and with 38K, he pushed all-in from the small blind. Chen called and stood pat with 10-8-7-4-3. Bui had 10-6-3-2 and drew one, which was an ace. That eliminated Todd Bui in fifth place with $18,096.
Four-handed action saw Chen jump into the lead but Wattel stay steady in second. Haynie and Binger were the shortest stacks, but Haynie made a run for chips, and Binger doubled through Chen.
Haynie finally decided to move all-in for his last 143K with 9-8-6-5-3 and stood pat with it, while Wattel, who thought for awhile before calling, showed 8-6-4-3-2 and stood pat as well. Derric Haynie couldn’t beat Wattel and headed to the cashier cage to get his $25,839 for the fourth place finish.
Binger had gone from the day’s chip leader to the short stack by the time three-handed play kicked in, and once he was down to 66K, he pushed all of those chips in. Wattel called with 9-6-5-2 and drew one, and Binger took two to go with his 7-3-2. Wattel received a 10, while Binger had a 6 and a Q. Nick Binger was gone in third place with $37,857.
Heads-up play began with the following chip counts:
|Yan Chen ||620,000 |
|Mike Wattel ||505,000 |
During the first part of the battle, Wattel chipped up and captured the lead, but by the dinner break, which was about an hour later, the counts were back to nearly where they started. The two continued their match on full stomachs, but this time it was Chen taking down pots. He extended his lead quite a bit, and though Wattel attempted a comeback, he couldn’t get there.
Finally, Wattel was down to 98K and moved all-in. Chen called, and they both stood pat. Wattel showed Q-J-10-9-4, but Chen turned over 10-8-7-6-2, which eliminated Mike Wattel in second place with $57,375
Yan Chen claimed his first WSOP bracelet for winning Event 14, and he was awarded $92,817 and the gold bracelet.