Event #9, $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, started with 477 players. Day 3 started with 10 players, all looking for a World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Four bracelet winners were in the mix, but Cliff Josephy was the last one standing and is now the proud owner of two WSOP bracelets; his first came in 2005 in a $1,500 Stud tournament for $192,150.
Final table players all started with close to 71 big blinds and Bulgarian Simeon Naydenov was the first go. Ryan Hughes lost a coin flip against Chris Klodnicki 34 hands later and hit the rail in ninth place.
Josephy picked up the chip lead when he doubled up through David Baker and kept the chip lead for most of the rest of the way. When he knocked out Chris Klodnicki in eighth place and Max Steinberg in seventh place, his lead picked up speed.
David Baker was knocked out by Steven Silverman in sixth place.
Josephy then busted Alessandro Longobardi in fourth placed and Tim West in fifth place and went on the dinner break with 65% of the chips.
The first hand after dinner break found Evan Silverstein doubling through Josephy and then eliminating Steven Silverman in third place to close the gap on Josephy.
Heads-up play started with Josephy holding a slight lead over Silverstein and 46 hands later, Josephy put the finishing touches on collecting his second WSOP bracelet.
On Hand #217 Cliff Josephy raised to 60,000 from the button. Evan Silverstein pushed all-in and Josephy made the call for 680,000 total.
The flop was massive for Silverstein, making him a 66% favorite to win the hand. The on the turn left Silverstein looking for help. The river sent Silverstein home with $185,487 and Cliff Josephy to the winner's circle for bracelet number two and $299,486 in first place prize money.
|6||David "Bakes" Baker||$51,997|
Sarah Grant caught up with Cliff after his win: