Event 3 - $3,000 Heads-up NLH/PLO debuted with 317 players. This event is a first thanks to the World Series of Poker's (WSOP) offer of unique attractions; a first-time-ever poker tournament named "Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha" that is defined as 'in the pressure cooker of a heads-up format.' Leif Force, the eventual winner, had to play through nine heads-up matches to become the final victor.
The Buy-in of $3,000 brought out a mixed field with two former gold bracelet winners making it to the final eight - Andy Frankenberger and Annette Obrestad. The total prize pool of $870,870 had $207,708 reserved for the winner - Leif Force.
The final hand of the match between Jason Koon and Leif Force came down to Force holding ack8cjh and Koon holding 10d9s8s5d. There were just a few minutes left in the fourth level and when the flop hit with the 7d8h5c, Force shoved and Koon called. Koon's two pair were ahead but the 10c on the turn gave Force a back-door straight and flush draw. The qc peeled off on the river and the report is that Force was praying for a club. Prayer answered and Leif Force took down his first WSOP bracelet and the first place cash of $207,708. Congratulations Leif!
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