“I’m the best,” Allen Bari barked out shortly after taking down Event #4; $5,000 No Limit Holdem at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
“I do not think my swagger is undeserved. I’ve been playing poker a long time and have been working hard at it. I’ve been putting in the hours and learning. I am not arrogant in terms of everything. Just poker, because – I’m really good at poker. I do not lie. I am just better than most people.”
It all started on Thursday, June 2nd, 2011. Set to run as a three-day event, The $5,000 No Limit Holdem event was stretched to four days. When Allen Bari returned on Day 4, he had a massive chip lead and never slowed down. He started the day with over 90 of the 130 big blinds in play of the final four and though things started rough, he managed to keep the momentum and battle through the obstacles to walk away with almost $875,000 in first place prize money.
Nicholas Blumenthal went out in 4th place in a hand where Maria Ho opened under the gun to 200,000 and Blumenthal moved all in from the small blind for 1,310,000. Ho called with to Blumenthal's . The flop took all the guesswork out of the hand when it hit with . With the on the turn and the on the river, Blumenthal was gone with $255,028 for his 4th place finish.
Sean LeFort was next to go after a button raise to 240,000. Allen Bari reraised from the small blind to 660,000. Maria Ho folded the big blind and LeFort tanked only to announce that he was all-in. Bari answered with a snap call and turned over . LeFort held . The flop brought and the on the turn brought one out for LeFort. Bari went to the rail with his friends, his back to the action, not wanting to watch if the worst card came, the one outer . The river was a safe and Sean LeFort was eliminated in 3rd place with $348,128.
Marie Ho started the day as the short stack but played her way to heads-up with Allen Bari even though she was at a massive chip disadvantage. When heads-up play started, Bari held 85.5% of the chips in play and he constantly kept the pressure on Ho and her short stack; she never managed to get anything going to turn it around.
The final hand found Ho moving all-in from the button and Bari calling with pocket eights. Ho tabled the . The board showed and it was over. Maria Ho made a valiant run and is the first woman to make a final table at this year's WSOP and took home $540,020 for her 2nd place finish.
After congratulations from all of his friends and the rail, Alan Bari commented, "I was expecting one bracelet. Seriously, I thought that if I didn't win a bracelet it would be a joke."
Along with that bracelet came $874,116! Congratulations Allen!
The Final Table Payouts:
|1 ||Allen Bari ||$874,116 |
|2||Maria Ho ||$540,020 |
|3||Sean LeFort ||$348,128 |
|4||Nicholas Blumenthal ||$255,028 |
|5 ||Thomas Ross ||$189,574 |
|6 ||Ricky Fohrenbach ||$142,821 |
|7 ||Jesse Chinni ||$108,914 |
|8 ||Mikhail Lakhitov ||$84,033 |
|9||Farzad Bonyadi ||$65,535 |
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