At this point in the WSOP, the cheaper buy-in NLHE tournaments were becoming so frequent that it was hard to tell one from another. The fields are mostly comprised of unknown players, though the pros are scattered throughout if one looks closely enough. But it doesn’t make those events any less important than the other bracelet events, and it shouldn’t take away from their prestige, as each player who wins one must combine a great deal of skill with the luck in order to survive the three days of play and win.
Event 42 was one of many $1,500 no-limit holdem events on the 2010 World Series of Poker schedule, and it drew 2,521 players to the tables, and they combined to create a $3,403,305 prize pool. The field was whittled down to only 278 players on Day 1, and Day 2 saw them quickly hit the money bubble so the last 270 players could get paid, though all set their sights on the $604,222 first place prize.
Only 25 players survived to see Day 3, and atop that small leaderboard was James Schaaf with 1,258,000 chips. But as play moved along at somewhat of a slow pace through the afternoon and evening hours, things changed. Those who were eliminated on the way to the final table included:
25th place: Mike Sowers ($17,289)
24th place: David Zeitlin ($17,289)
23rd place: David Siegel ($17,289)
22nd place: Michael Vaccarello ($17,289)
21st place: Bernard Lee ($17,289)
20th place: Dustin Pattinson ($17,289)
19th place: Brett Michael Askins ($17,289)
18th place: Bernard Ko ($21,577)
17th place: William Prieto ($21,577)
16th place: Humberto Brenes ($21,577)
15th place: Daniel Buzgon ($27,226)
14th place: Peter Granlund ($27,226)
13th place: Jose Obadia ($27,226)
12th place: James Schaaf ($34,748)
11th place: Craig Bergeron ($34,748)
With all players seated at one table, they were competing for the nine seats at the final. And that one more elimination happened when UFC fighter Michael Swick pushed all-in for 745K with . Thomas O’Neal had him covered by only about 25K but had his hand covered with . The board came , and it wasn’t enough to help Swick, who exited in tenth place with $34,748.
The final table was then official and set as follows:
|Seat 1: ||Andrew Rosskamm ||1,130,000 |
|Seat 2: ||Aaron Gustavson ||690,000 |
|Seat 3: ||Niccola Caramatti ||1,565,000 |
|Seat 4: ||Thomas Johnson ||1,500,000 |
|Seat 5: ||Thomas O’Neal ||1,600,000 |
|Seat 6: ||Dean Hamrick ||1,800,000 |
|Seat 7: ||Ian Wiley ||1,015,000 |
|Seat 8: ||Ryan Hemmel ||600,000 |
|Seat 9: ||Aaron Kaiser ||1,460,000 |
The first player to put himself at risk was Gustavson, one of the initial short stacks. He had been chipped down to 440K and pushed all-in with , and Caramatti called from the big blind with . The flop hit Caramatti with , and the turn and river finished the hand. Aaron Gustavon caught none of his outs and was thereby ousted in ninth place with $44,856.
Johnson was the next to move, doing it for 375K preflop with . Caramatti was again the caller, and this time he had . The flop hit Caramatti when it came , and Johnson had only a few outs left, though the that fell on the turn and that came on the river were not what he needed. Thomas Johnson departed in eighth place with $58,571.
Rosskamm got involved with O’Neal to see a flop of . Rosskamm led out with a bet, but O’Neal check-raised, which prompted Rosskamm to reraise all-in. O’Neal called with , and Rosskamm’s cards were not reported. The turn and river cards ended the tournament with the set of fours for O’Neal, and evidently Andrew Rosskamm’s cards were not good enough to beat that. He finished in seventh place with $77,392.
Kaiser doubled through Caramatti to stay alive during six-handed action.
Hemmel attempted the same by pushing all-in from the small blind for approximately 680K. Caramatti was the caller holding , and Hemmel showed . The flop of hit Hemmel with a pair of jacks, but the on the turn and on the river didn’t continue that momentum. Ryan Hemmel was sent away in sixth place with $103,461.
Double-ups ensued as Wiley did it through Hamrick, then Hamrick doubled through Caramatti, and the latter did the same through Kaiser. Chips were changing hands at a fairly rapid pace.
Kaiser then tried to take his turn, pushing all-in preflop with . Hamrick called from the small blind with , and the race was on…but only until the board produced . The sevens held up and partnered with the sixes on the board, and Aaron Kaiser left the group with $140,013 for the fifth place finish.
Caramatti had been relegated to a fairly short stack despite having been the primary player eliminating others through final table action. Caramatti pushed all-in with from the big blind, but original raiser Hamrick called with . The flop of gave Caramatti the kings and the upper hand, and the let that be for the moment. But the on the river made the straight for Hamrick, and Niccolo Caramatti was gone in fourth place with $191,744.
Three-handed play started with Hamrick holding a significant lead over the others and eventually climbing over 7 million chips. O’Neil slipped a bit but doubled through Hamrick to stay alive, putting Wiley on the short stack.
Wiley finally pushed his last 1.83 million all-in with , and Hamrick made the call with . The flop hit Wiley, and the on the turn looked like a double-up was in order, but the came on the river to give Hamrick the best pair. Ian Wiley was eliminated in third place with $265,869.
Heads-up play then started with the following counts:
|Dean Hamrick ||6,340,000 |
|Thomas O’Neal ||5,005,000 |
Hamrick came out of the gate with strength and again surpassed the 7 million-chip mark, but O’Neal took the lead with a huge double-up that put O’Neal over 8.3 million and Hamrick down to just over 3 million. But Hamrick doubled up and play continued.
After almost three hours of heads-up play, O’Neal was on the shorter stack again, and the duo got into a preflop raising war that saw Hamrick move all-in and O’Neal call for his tournament life. O’Neal turned over , but Hamrick had the advantage with . The flop of left Hamrick in the lead, as did the on the turn and on the river. Thomas O’Neal was forced to accept second place and the $375,627 that went with it.
Dean Hamrick, who bubbled the 2008 WSOP Main Event final table, claimed victory in Event 42 and won $604,222 to go with his WSOP gold bracelet.