The biggest Six-handed No Limit Hold'em tournament in the history of the World Series of Poker kicked off with 1,920 entries. The total net prize pool jumped up to a whopping $2,592,000 with 180 players hoping to last long enough to be in the 'places paid' which - as everyone knows - they were really all hoping to take 1st place for $544,388 and the gold. Geffrey Klein made it through all the runners to be the last player standing and claim top honors.
When it got down to heads-up, Klein was down 9-to-1 in chips but he never gave up and managed to maneuver his way back through patience and planning. Eddie Blumenthal was runner up and with this finish; he's near the top of the standings in the WSOP "Player of the Year" race due to his second-place finish in this tournament and his fourth-place finish in the $5,000 No Limit Holdem Championship which combines the two.
With Blumenthal holding nearly off the chips in play when heads-up play began, Klein battled his way to a couple of double ups and once he took the lead in the match, he constantly applied pressure on Blumenthal. It appeared as if Klein won every pivotal pot in the match.
About twenty minutes before the two would be forced to stop for the night due to the ten-level rule, the final hand came down. Eddie Blumenthal raised to 250,000 from the button and Geffrey Klein quickly reraised from the big blind. It was a snap-shove from Blumenthal who held and Klein beat him in the pot with .
The flop peeled off - all safe cards for Blumenthal, but the on the turn gave Klein top pair and the nut flush draw. Blumenthal almost lost it when the appeared on the river.
"How can he beat me in that many all-ins, Jesus Christ!" Blumenthal hissed loudly. Even though his friends tried to console him, Blumenthal pushed them aside and stormed out of the Amazon Room. Eddie Blumenthal may not have struck gold but he's taking home $334,756 as a consolation prize for 2nd place!
Patience and perseverance do pay off, just ask Geffrey Klein as he sports his coveted World Series of Poker Bracelet and $544,388 in cash for 'game well played.' Congratulations Geffrey!
The final table payouts
|1 ||Geffrey Klein || $544,388 |
|2 ||Eddie Blumenthal ||$334,756 |
|3 ||Jeffrey Papola ||$214,410 |
|4 ||David Vamplew ||$141,030 |
|5 ||Bryan Colin ||$95,333 |
|6 ||Anthony Spinella ||$66,199 |
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