The Ante-Only event is a 'first-ever' tournament that debuted at the 2012 WSOP. Although Greg Hobson had cashed three times at the WSOP in previous tournaments, this event marked his 'first-ever' gold bracelet. To get that bracelet Hobson had to wage a poker war against 938 others that were after the same thing, although some of them may have been eyeing the first place prize money of $256,691 too. The $1,267,650 prize pool would find only 117 being paid but the whole show was worth a lifetime of poker experiences.
Greg 'DUCK_U' Hobson is well known in online poker and now the world can put a face to the name DUCK_U. Hobson was short stacked from the middle of the first day all the way through the second day but managed to overcome the chip wars with a few flips and climbed up out that spot.
Some of the poker pros that entered the event but did not cash were Daniel Negreanu, Barry Shulman, Joe Cada, Matt Glantz, Dennis Phillips, David Williams, Jennifer Tilly, Christian Harder, Phil Hellmuth, Randy Lew, among others.
Mike Sowers and Greg Hobson finished the battle for first place with this hand:
Hobson was the bring-in for 30,000 and Sowers raised all-in pre-flop. Hobson called and turned over to Sowers' . Sowers was drawing wounded, an Ace was his out to win. The board ran out with the and Mike Sowers was out in second place, taking home $158,887 for his three-day payday.
Greg Hobson won his first-ever gold bracelet in a first-ever WSOP tournament. He took home $256,691 and the knowledge that when he plays online now, everyone knows the poker face behind DUCK_U. Congratulations Greg!
PokerNews' Lynn Gilmartin catches up with Greg after his win.
Final Table Payouts:
|5||Eugene Du Plessis||$53,267|
How is Ante-Only Holdem played? From the WSOP:
The game is relatively easy to both understand and play. Instead of two players always posting orbits of forced bets (the small blind and big blind) – instead, all players are required to post an ante on every single hand. Then, prior to the flop, the first player to the left of the button is required to bet what usually amounts to the smallest denomination chip in play. Action then flows around the table and players may fold, call, or raise. Thereafter, the game proceeds as usual, with the usual rounds of betting after the flop, turn, and river.