Many players enjoy the stud variation of poker, and add the hi/low aspect of it to find even more fans. After the 2010 WSOP offered up a high-stakes $10K buy-in version earlier in the Series, it finally offered a $1,500 buy-in for players with a variety of bankrolls. And the listing of the $1,500 seven-card stud hi-low-8 or better brought a solid crowd to the tables, some of them not too experienced in the game but wanting to give it a shot, but most with a firm grasp on the game concept and ready to play the best stud of their lives.
Registration showed 644 players in the tournament that began on Monday, June 14, and the prize pool then landed at $869,400. That would allow payouts to the top 64 players but a solid $208,682 set aside for the winner. Day 1 thinned the field to 208 players, but it was on Day 2 that the money bubble burst and a select number of the players got ever closer to the final table. It ultimately ended with 23 players and Maxwell Troy as the chip leader with 430K.
Day 3 did restart in the middle of the afternoon on June 16, and the eliminations that took place on the way to finding the final table were:
23rd place: Robert Campbell ($5,607)
22nd place: Bonnie Leinhos ($5,607)
21st place: Thomas Hunt ($5,607)
20th place: Mickey Seagle ($5,607)
19th place: Scott Lake ($5,607)
18th place: Burlot Regis ($5,607)
17th place: Brandon Cantu ($5,607)
16th place: James Richburg ($6,763)
15th place: Allyn Marshall ($6,763)
14th place: Blair Rodman ($8,311)
13th place: Jason Estock ($8,311)
12th place: Kevin MacPhee ($10,406)
11th place: Odette Tremblay ($10,406)
10th place: Michael Foti ($13,275)
One more player needed to go before the final table was official, and it happened when Topias Wahlbeck moved all-in and David Levi bet Maxwell Troy out of the hand to make it a heads-up match. Wahlbeck ended up with , but Levi had for the full house. Wahlbeck bubbled the final table and took $13,275 for the ninth place finish.
That left the last eight players to take a dinner break and return to begin the final table action with counts and seat assignments as follows:
|Seat 1: ||David Warga ||308,000 |
|Seat 2: ||Christopher George ||385,000 |
|Seat 3: ||Chris Tryba ||291,000 |
|Seat 4: ||Maxwell Troy ||538,000 |
|Seat 5: ||Allen Bari ||127,000 |
|Seat 6: ||Karina Jett ||428,000 |
|Seat 7: ||Jonathan Bascom ||174,000 |
|Seat 8: ||David Levi ||564,000 |
Jett started out strong and accumulated chips. A few hands into the action, when Bari decided to challenge her, the two tangled until the last of Bari’s stack was all-in on seventh street with , but Jett had him dominated with with only ace-high. Allen Bari took leave of the table in eighth place with $17,274.
Jett then soared into the chip lead, putting more than a 300K chip difference between her and second place player Troy. Bascom was on the short stack but continued to stay alive with various chop situations.
Tryba was the next player to be at risk, though, and put his chips all-in on fifth street against George. Tryba wound up with with his pair of tens leading on sixth street, but George had that found its way to a set of nines on seventh street. Chris Tryba departed in seventh place with $22,926.
Then it was Bascom’s turn again, this time putting all of his chips into play on third street against Warga and Troy. Warga finally got out of the way to a Troy bet on sixth street, and the two took their last cards. Troy showed for the full house, and Bascom only had . That left Jonathan Bascom leaving with $31,046 for the sixth place finish.
During five-handed play, Jett began to fall while Troy moved back up on the leaderboard.
George didn’t fare as well, though, and the short stack took to a hand with Jett and Levi. All of George’s chips went in on fourth street, and Jett and Levi took it all the way to seventh street, where Levi showed his . Jett mucked her hand, and George showed for a simple pair of deuces. Christopher George was gone in fifth place with $42,913.
Chip stacks during four-handed play were somewhat even from the start, but Jett continually lost ground. She lost one very significant pot in a three-way hand with Warga and Levi, and she was crippled.
Jett came back to triple up and stay alive, and she scooped another pot against Warga. She was crippled again by Warga, though, which left her with 10K, though she doubled that on the next hand versus Levi. But finally, she tried it again. Jett had , but Troy had her beat with the better two pair in his hand. That left Karina Jett out in fourth place with $60,588.
Three-handed play started with Warga in the lead and Levi on the short stack of 725K. Warga only accumulated more chips while Levi sank, at the hands of Warga. Levi doubled through him once, but he would need to do it again.
Levi finally pushed all-in on third street against Warga, and after all of the cards were dealt, Levi showed for two pair, but Warga displayed for the better two pair. David Levi Was eliminated in third place with $87,400.
Heads-up play began with the following counts:
David Warga 2,350,000
Maxwell Troy 555,000
Troy only lost ground during the match, and though he was finally able to double through Warga, it was only to approximately 200K.
Ultimately, as it should, it came down to one final try. Troy pushed all-in right from the start, and his cards came . But that pair of tens was outdone by the and two pair of Warga. Maxwell Troy was eliminated in second place with $129,253.
David Warga won Event 27, which came with a WSOP gold bracelet and $208,682.