The number of entries in the No Limit Holdem $1,500 Buy-in 2012 WSOP event 43 started with 2,769 players and one young runner named Henry Lu from Brooklyn. When you read the official report at the WSOP - and you should - the report creates a picture of old vs. new, card table skill vs. online poker skill, longtime-suffering vs. relaxed-having-fun. If you pick 'new' and 'online poker skill' and 'relaxed-having-fun' as describing Henry Lu, you are right on money. The other descriptions belong to British Poker Pro Neil Channing.
Neil Channing has over $3,315,912 in tournament wins yet never takes home the trophy and first place prize.
Earlier when the tournament was two spots away from the official final table of nine, Lu had one big blind left, it looked like an 11th place finish. Lu doubled up, and kept doubling up, and with a few hours he could build chip castles.
WSOP bracelet holder James MacKey was eliminated in third place by Channing and heads-up play found Channing with a 5 to 1 chip lead over Lu. The chips raced back and forth between the two players with Channing having a huge chip lead on Lu on more than one occasion. Lu was all-in for his tournament life twice and ended by doubling both times.
Heads-up play lasted almost three hours - finally coming down to the inevitable last hand. Neil Channing opened to 250,000 on the button and Henry Lu answered by moving all-in. Channing called, either he would still be in action at the end of the hand or he would be collecting $406,409 for second place.
The board ran out with the .
It was going to be second place and $406,409 for Neil Channing.
Henry Lu's rail mobbed him in a massive celebration and Channing sat motionless; when he finally got up and walked away he received a huge round of applause.
Henry Lu received a gold bracelet, a million poker memories, and $654,380 for first place. Congratulations Henry!
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