As the 2010 World Series of Poker began to wind down its schedule of preliminary events, there were fewer chances to take home a bracelet. But the $1,500 NLHE events rolled on with opportunities for last-chance cashes and exciting tournament action. The big fields make it anyone’s game to win, though there is never a doubt that a mixture of luck and skill must blend just right to see it happen.
Event 45 had one of the biggest fields of the 2010 Series thus far, as 3,097 players came together to create a $4,180,950 prize pool. Day 1 thinned that field to only 400 players, and it was during Day 2 that the money bubble burst so the last 324 players could finish the tournament in the money. That second day ended with 34 players still in the running and Sam Trickett in the chip lead with 922K.
Day 3 was the final one, with all players’ sights set on the $721,373 first place money that would be awarded with the WSOP gold bracelet. They all returned to the Amazon Ballroom on Sunday, June 27 to play it out.
The first bustouts of the day were worth $16,681 paydays, and players who took 34th through 28th place were, in order, Roger Teska, Alex Outhred, Nicholas Stowell, Christopher Greene, John Coon, Sean Hodge, and Peter Dawson. Next up were the players who finished with $20,653 payouts in 27th through 19th places, and they were Zachary Clark, Stephen Chidwick, Bryan Porter, Larry Wilder, Michael Meerkreebs, Aristotle Coronel, Tim West, Joshua Brikis, and Paul Magriel. The next eliminations on the way to the final table were:
18th place: Tanya Gawarecki ($25,838)
17th place: Sam Trickett ($25,838)
16th place: Adam Croffut ($25,838)
15th place: Dutch Boyd ($32,653)
14th place: Andrew Ferguson ($32,653)
13th place: Rafal Michalowski ($32,653)
12th place: Douglas Gord ($41,725)
11th place: Thomas Bichon ($41,725)
The final ten players were then seated together to play for one more elimination, at which point Edward Yoo pushed his short stack all-in with against the of Steven Brown. The board came to give Brown the set, and Yoo departed in tenth place with $41,725. The official final table was then set, though chip counts weren’t given until the players went to their dinner break soon after. Those counts were as follows:
|Seat 1: ||Ray Coburn ||930,000 |
|Seat 2: ||Michael Goldfarb ||1,190,000 |
|Seat 3: ||Jesse Rockowitz ||1,325,000 |
|Seat 4: ||Johan Jakobsson ||640,000 |
|Seat 5: ||Justin Conley ||835,000 |
|Seat 6: ||Thiago Nishijima ||2,500,000 |
|Seat 7: ||Kevin Odell ||4,425,000 |
|Seat 8: ||Steven Brown ||1,090,000 |
|Seat 9:||Shaun Malough ||1,040,000 |
Play got underway with Jakobsson doubling through Nishijima to stay alive, but it was soon after that Jakobsson made another move. The preflop all-in was made with , but Rockowitz didn’t have much trouble making the call with pocket queens. The board brought no assistance with , and Johan Jakobsson was eliminated in ninth place with $53,892.
Conley was the next to put himself at risk, pushing his last 640K all-in preflop with . The hand looked good when Goldfarb finally called with , but the flop came to give Goldfarb the set of fives. The on the turn and on the river sent Justin Conley away with a bad beat story and $70,365 for the eighth place finish.
Malough was on a very short stack of 225K and pushed it from the small blind with . Coburn chose to call from the big blind with and caught the flop to make the set. The on the turn ended it, but the on the river was the obligatory last card, and Shaun Malough headed out in seventh place with $92,900.
Brown chose his time with and pushed all-in from the small blind with it. Original raiser Odell called with , and the board blanked when it came . Steven Brown took home $124,006 for the sixth place finish.
Odell sat comfortably in the chip lead from that point, even climbing above the 6.5 million chip mark at one point. Rockowitz was in second place and chipped away at Odell, and Nishijima doubled through Odell to stay alive.
Goldfarb decided to get involved with Rockowitz to see a flop, and a bet and call led them to a on the turn. Goldfarb was the bettor that time, and Rockowitz simply called. When the appeared on the river, Goldfarb pushed all-in with but the pair of sixes was no good when Rockowitz finally called with . Michael Goldfarb left in fifth place with $167,405.
Coburn then doubled through Odell, and Odell went on to double through Nishijima.
But Odell wanted to move again. He made the all-in push with , and Nishijima decided to call with . However, the flop came for the pair of nines that put Nishijima ahead, and the board completed with a turn and river. Kevin Odell headed to the cashier cage to pick up $228,614 for the fourth place finish.
Three-handed play went on for quite some time, with Rockowitz and Coburn fighting for the chip lead and exchanging it several times. Nishijima was on the short stack but doubled through Rockowitz once and continued to accumulate chips.
Nishijima then got involved with Coburn to see a flop. Nishijima bet, Coburn pushed all-in, and Nishijima called for the remainder of his chips with . Coburn showed for the pair of eights and the straight draw. And the came on the turn to complete that straight. The was the river card to end the hand, and Thiago Nishijima hit the rail in third place with $315,828.
The heads-up match started without official chip counts reported, though the results of the first pot showed Coburn with 8,350,000 against the 5,500,000 of Rockowitz. Over the course of the battle, Coburn slowly lost control of his lead, and an eventual double-up by Rockowitz gave the latter the control.
Coburn and Rockowitz then limped into a hand that started with a flop. Rockowitz bet, Coburn raised, Rockowitz reraised, and Coburn called. the on the turn led to another Rockowitz bet, but Coburn responded with an all-in raise. Rockowitz thought for quite awhile before finally making the call with for the flopped two pair. Coburn showed for the straight draw, but the on the river didn’t allow it to happen. Raymond Coburn was done in second place with $446,274.
Jesse Rockowitz won Event 45, and the title came with a WSOP gold bracelet and $721,373 in prize money.