One thing could be counted on during the 2010 World Series of Poker, and that was that Wednesdays would provide a final table for the previous weekend’s $1K NLHE tournament. After two starting days, the unification of the survivors happened on Monday, playdown to the final table on Tuesday, and winner determined on Wednesday. And with this being the fifth of only six $1K buy-in opportunities during the summer, players of all bankrolls were anxious for it and ready for the no-limit action.
When the numbers were totaled, registration officials declared that 1,759 players were out for Day 1A and 1,369 were added on Day 1B. The combined starting field of 3,128 players made for a $2,814,200 prize pool, though only 324 players would be paid from that cash. Day 2 thinned the field to 476 players. Day 2 took them past the money bubble and down to only 33.
And on Day 3, the remaining competitors had plenty of time to play down to their final table and stay in contention for the $485,791 first place prize. It progressed as well-knowns like Scott Montgomery, Olivier Busquet, and Mike Beasley exited earlier in the day, and the final exit came with Manuel Davidian’s pocket queens were outdone by the pocket kings of Chuan Shi. With Davidian out in tenth place, the table was set.
|Seat 1: ||Wenlong Jin ||292,000 |
|Seat 2: ||Chuan Shi ||894,000 |
|Seat 3: ||Jason Mann ||893,000 |
|Seat 4: ||Ilya Andreev ||985,000 |
|Seat 5: ||Allan Baekke ||1,633,000 |
|Seat 6: ||Shawn Busse ||1,203,000 |
|Seat 7: ||Owen Crowe ||1,192,000 |
|Seat 8: ||Pekka Ikonen ||626,000 |
|Seat 9: ||Adam White ||1,685,000 |
The final nine returned to the Rio on Wednesday afternoon, June 30, to press forward again. And it took awhile to get things going with players acting quite cautiously at the tables. But even the all-in moments were rewarded with double-ups, so what had the potential to be a reasonably short day turned into a much longer one than anticipated.
Things started well for Baekke, who quickly surpassed the 2 million-chip mark, but Busse also made moves, starting with a double through Baekke and then a successful run for the chip lead, though Busse took a hit when Jin doubled through him. Crowe doubled through White and climbed a bit, but White doubled back through Crowe.
Eventually, one of those attempts didn’t work out as planned. White made another all-in move, and Crowe was along for the ride again. White showed , and Crowe was the underdog with . The flop of brought Crowe some outs, though, as did the on the turn, but the was able to lock it up for Crowe. Adam White had to leave in ninth place with $36,287.
Baekke had lost ground since his initial rise, and his stack had been reduced to about 750K. He moved it all-in preflop from the small blind with , and Busse made the call from the big blind with . The board came , and the pocket pair won the race. Allan Baekke was sent home in eighth place with $47,379.
Mann was up next and pushed all-in from the big blind with . Original raiser Crowe called with , and the board produced blanks with . That left Jason Mann out in seventh place with $62,553.
During six-handed play, Shi doubled through Busse to stay alive, but Busse was still climbing and trying to catch up to Crowe, who sat atop the leaderboard with close to 4 million chips at one point.
Andreev was unable to gain much momentum and finally pushed his last 535K chips all-in with . Busse called easily with pocket aces, and the board of allowed the rockets to hold up. That sent Ilya Andreev out of the tournament in sixth place with $83,498.
The remaining five players battled for awhile, and it was the short stacks who found success, as both Shi and Jin doubled through Crowe to stay alive. When the five went to dinner, Crowe was still in the lead with 2.65 million, though only slightly ahead of Busse and his 2.52 million. Shi sat with 2.07 million, Ikonen with 1.235 million, and Jin with only 725K.
Jin doubled through Shi, and then it reversed when Shi doubled through Jin, which then left Jin with about 275K. He moved shortly thereafter with from the big blind, and Ikonen had . The board of only put Ikonen further ahead in the hand, and Wenlong Jin headed home with $112,720 for the fifth place finish.
But then it was Shi on the chopping block. A preflop raising war prompted Crowe to move all-in and Shi to think about his options before calling all-in for the rest of his chips. Crowe shoewd , which obviously dominated the of Shi. The board blanked with , and Chuan Shi was out in fourth place with $153,935.
Three-handed play saw Crowe as the massive chip leader with 5.33 million, followed by Busse with 2.09 million and Ikonen holding on to 1.965 million.
Ikonen took a hit at the hands of Crowe, and Ikonen ended up pushing all-in with . Crowe called with , and that hand only improved on the flop. The on the turn and on the river ended the hand, and Pekka Ikonen was eliminated in third place with $212,600.
Heads-up play then began with counts as follows:
|Owen Crowe|| 6,250,000 |
|Shawn Busse ||3,135,000 |
Crowe was aggressive during the match, increasing his lead from the start. But Busse doubled up to 4.55 million and eventually doubled again, the last time being crucial, as his pocket aces destroyed the J-9 suited of Crowe. It was Crowe who was suddenly on a very short stack.
Crowe then pushed on the very next hand with , and Busse called with . The board came , and the ace played to eliminate Owen Crowe in second place with $300,494.
Shawn Busse became the Event 47 champion, taking home $485,791 and a WSOP gold bracelet for the NLHE win.