As the last $10,000 buy-in championship event of the 2010 World Series of Poker before the Main Event, it was bound to draw a crowd. But it was also a HORSE tournament, and the mix of holdem, Omaha-8, razz, stud, and stud-8 is a favorite of players, especially the very experienced and seasoned pros. And considering that was the main group of players able to afford entry into the tournament, there wasn’t much doubt that it would be an exciting event to watch.
Altogether, there were 241 players in Event 43, which created a prize pool of $2,265,400. That money would be used to pay the top 24 players but reserve $611,666 for the ultimate champion. The starting field made its way through the short Day 1 with only 169 survivors, and Day 2 was a long one that led to a two-hour hand-for-hand segment at the very end of the night.
The bubble finally burst when Cyndy Violette and Tommy Hang busted on the same hand at different tables, and the two split the 24th place prize to each walk away with $10,998. That left 23 players to return on Day 3, though Cuong Do was the chip leader with 720K. When they did, they played down to their final table faster than anticipated, and the eliminations were recorded as follows:
23rd place: Allen Kessler ($21,997)
22nd place: Al Barbieri ($21,997)
21st place: Abe Mosseri ($21,997)
20th place: Pawel Andrzejewski ($21,997)
19th place: Scotty Nguyen ($21,997)
18th place: Todd Brunson ($21,997)
17th place: Robert Mizrachi ($21,997)
16th place: Brandon Adams ($26,459)
15th place: Roman Yitzhaki ($26,459)
14th place: John Hennigan ($31,851)
13th place: Michael Chow ($31,851)
12th place: Cuong Do ($39,078)
11th place: Steve Billirakis ($39,078)
10th place: Brian Townsend ($48,638)
Though the last nine players were all seated together, one had to be eliminated before the final table was an official one. It took some time, but it was eventually Scott Fischman who committed the rest of his chips preflop in a holdem round, only to get action from Matt Glantz and Marco Traniello. The players saw through the , and Fischman showed pocket queens, Traniello showed pocket aces, but Glantz had pocket kings that turned the set. Fischman left in ninth place with $48,638.
The final table of nine was set, and they broke for dinner with the following chip counts:
|Seat 1: ||Richard Ashby ||546,000 |
|Seat 2: ||Nick Schulman ||800,000 |
|Seat 3: ||Matt Glantz ||1,803,000 |
|Seat 4: ||Eugene Katchalov ||1,030,000 |
|Seat 5: ||Carlos Mortensen ||737,000 |
|Seat 6: ||Marco Johnson ||1,292,000 |
|Seat 7: ||Marco Traniello ||85,000 |
|Seat 8: ||Ian Gordon ||955,000 |
Traniello had the toughest time and the shortest stack. He did triple up to approximately 300K at one point, but during an Omaha-8 hand, he pushed all-in. Johnson and Gordon called to see the flop. A bet and call led to the on the turn, and the same action brought on the river card. That bet from Gordon prompted a fold from Johnson. Gordon showed , which beat the of Marco Traniello, who was eliminated in eighth place with $61,414.
As Glantz climbed up to and over the 2 million chip mark, Schulman tended to his short stack with two doubles, and Ashby was able to triple up to stay alive and continue climbing.
But Schulman was chipped back down to 120K and pushed all-in preflop in a holdem hand with . Original raiser Johnson called with . Johnson stayed ahead on the flop and the turn, and only improved to two pair on the river. Nick Schulman was gone in seventh place with $78,654.
Mortensen then eked out a double-up to stay alive, but he soon got involved with Katchalov in a razz hand. Mortensen pushed all-in on fifth street and ended with a hand of A-3-7-5-7-8-Q. Katchalov, however, had a better low with 2-6-Q-8-4-5-6, and he sent Carlos Mortensen packing in sixth place with $102,237.
The clock passed 2:00am and kept on ticking as the five remaining players battled on the felt. Ashby was pulling pots while Gordon struggled. Johnson also had a tough time, especially when Glantz took a big pot from him and left Johnson with only 230K. Johnson did double to stay alive, and action soon saw Glantz in the same chipless predicament. Gordon took a significant pot from Glantz, leaving the latter with about 200K.
Glantz was then relegated to 130K and pushed all-in during a holdem round with , and Ashby called immediately from the big blind with . The race was over quickly, though, when the board came . Matt Glantz was gone in fifth place with $135,040.
Johnson tried to climb out of short-stack position, doubling through Gordon to keep the fight going. But the stud-8 round found him low again and pushing his 350K stack all-in on third street. Gordon called and produced for the pair of aces and the low, while Johnson’s couldn’t compete. Marco Johnson was out in fourth place with $181,503.
Gordon surged during three-handed play while Ashby struggled but doubled and chipped up to stay in contention. But it was Katchalov who moved into last place. He was crippled by Gordon, and though he doubled up, he was still in danger.
Katchalov then got involved with Gordon again, this time in a holdem hand. The two went to a flop of , at which point Katchalov pushed all-in with , but Gordon called with for the flush. The on the turn left Katchalov with a few outs, but the on the river brought the hand to a close. Eugene Katchalov exited in third place with $248,831.
Chip counts for the heads-up players were not given, but it only took one hand to finish the match.
Ashby raised the next holdem hand, Gordon reraised, and Ashby did the same. Gordon simply called to see the flop. A bet, check-raise, and call took them to the on the turn, and it was then that Gordon bet and Ashby raised all-in. Gordon called with for the two pair and straight draw, and Ashby showed for not much of anything. The came on the river to end the tournament. Richard Ashby accepted second place and the $378,027 that went with it.
Ian Gordon claimed victory in Event 43, which came with a WSOP gold bracelet and $611,666 to go with the championship title.