It was the fourth full and final day of the weekend’s $1K NLHE tournament, the only one truly given ample time to play itself down to a final table and allow the last nine players to enjoy their final day without being completely exhausted or feeling rushed. While the number of days that should be given to a WSOP event is a subject in and of itself - and one for another day - this event’s players were likely rested and ready for their final day in action.
The tournament began on Saturday, June 19 with the first of two starting days. There were 3,102 players in total, making for a $2,791,800 prize pool, but by the time Day 2 came around, only 451 were left to join together at the tables. They played into the money so the last 324 could receive payouts for their efforts, but only 38 made it through that night. Day 3 took the field from 38 down to the final table of nine, after Daniel Carbonari exited in tenth place on the bubble.
With the WSOP gold bracelet and first place prize money of $481,760 in their sights, the final nine players returned for Day 4 on Wednesday to play for the win. Their starting information was as follows:
|Seat 1: ||Scott Montgomery ||604,000 |
|Seat 2: ||Adam Richardson ||702,000 |
|Seat 3: ||Daniel Fuhs ||1,251,000 |
|Seat 4: ||Peter Dufek ||908,000 |
|Seat 5: ||Sebastian Roy ||1,867,000 |
|Seat 6: ||Michael Michnik ||307,000 |
|Seat 7: ||John Dolan ||967,000 |
|Seat 8: ||Timothy Beeman ||1,788,000 |
|Seat 9: ||Michael Carlson ||917,000 |
Carlson was the first to make some moves, as he took the first pot with action and then took more chips from Beeman. Fuhs also won a pot against Beeman, and the latter took another hit when Michnik doubled through him.
Michnik was still on a short stack, though, and pushed all-in again soon after. Mick Carlson reraised all-in to isolate, which worked, and he showed . Michnik showed a dominated . The board came , and the set of aces eliminated Michael Michnik from the tournament in ninth place with $35,986.
Beeman was the next to put his chips on the line after taking those early hits. His 800K went all-in preflop, and original raiser Dufek made the call. Beeman turned over , but Dufek had him with . The board produced , and Timothy Beeman went from second in chips at the start to eliminated in eighth place with $46,985.
The all-in moves were coming more frequently then, but the eliminations were not, as Richardson doubled through Dolan, and Dolan came back to double through Dufek. The players then went to dinner and returned for what was to be an increased amount of action.
Dufek couldn’t get past the hit he took from Dolan before dinner and moved all-in with . Original raiser Fuhs called with , and the flop of only helped Fuhs with the pair of jacks. The on the turn and on the river eliminated Peter Dufek in seventh place with $62,033.
Dolan was on the rise during six-handed play, especially after taking a 300K pot from Carlson, but much of that was lost when Montgomery doubled through him.
Dolan was crippled and had only 165K left, but the next big hand saw him raise for only 120K. Carlson, Richardson, and Roy all called to see a flop. Dolan then pushed all-in, and all three players called. They checked down the turn and river, at which point Dolan showed J-10, Roy turned over K-Q, and Carlson had pocket fives with which to scoop the pot. John Dolan, on the other hand, left the tournament area in sixth place with $82,804.
Five-handed play began with Montgomery in the lead with 3.2 million chips, followed by Richardson and Carlson, both of whom sat just above the 2 million mark. Fuhs had 1.2 million, but Roy was on the short stack with only 625K.
Roy moved soon after with , and Richardson made the call with . The board hit no one with , and Sebastien Roy departed in fifth place with $111,783.
Fuhs was next on the short stack, having been relegated to a stack of 525K. He pushed with , and Montgomery called from the big blind with . The board brought nothing of significance when it came , and the race was over. Daniel Fuhs headed home with $152,655 for the fourth place finish.
Carlson was moving on his short stack but getting no callers. Montgomery lost his slim lead over Richardson at one point, but a huge hand between the two resulted in Montgomery doubling through Richardson.
Richardson was left with approximately 500K and pushed it all-in preflop with . Montgomery called with and would need to improve. The caught Montgomery and gave him straight outs, and the on the turn did make the straight for Montgomery. The on the river ended the hand with Adam Richardson exiting in third place with $210,892.
No starting chip counts were given when heads-up play began, but it was noted that Montgomery had a significant chip lead. And Montgomery put on the pressure, whittling Carlson down to 825K.
The last of Carlson’s chips did go all-in preflop with , but Montgomery called with . The board completely blanked with , and Mick Carlson was forced out in second place with $297,996.
Scott Montgomery had been known for his fifth place finish at the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event…until June 23, 2010. He won Event 36 to claim his very own WSOP bracelet and $481,760 in prize money.