Day 3 brought 14 players back to the green felt in search of a gold bracelet and when play began Levi Berger held a big chip lead. Before the final table started, he lost it and the roller coaster ride was on, but even with the up and down swings, he took out every single player, including Scott Clements heads-up, to claim his first gold bracelet and the first place prize of $473,019.
The last woman standing, Tamara Tibbles, was sent to the rail about an hour after the action started. Her ace-four couldn't get by Mickey Petersen's ace-king. Peter Turmezey was next, busting in 13th place, Gary Pearce in 12th, Luke Vrabel in 11th, and Tuan Le hit the rail in 10th place after going all-in preflop with aces against Eddy Sabat's sevens when the river seven hit.
Mickey Petersen was sent to the rail in 9th place by Ben Palmer, and about that time Scott Clements busted Marcio Cid in 8th and Clifford Goldkind in 7th to take a big chip lead. Berger was still second in chips and picked up more when his stayed in front of the of David Gonia and took him out of action in 6th.
It was almost two more hours before Jacob Bazeley left in 5th place and Berger's flopped set put an end to Bazeley's tournament and top pair.
Eddy Sabat's short stack was in the middle preflop with and Berger sent his chips in with . Berger flopped trip threes and that was the end of Sabat's tournament run.
Three handed play lasted for a couple of hours and through the dinner break before Ben Palmer busted on Hand #91 after a couple of hours of three-handed play. The hand before was Palmer's downfall when Berger doubled after he flopped bottom two pair against Palmer's top pair. Palmer was left with a single 5k chip. Berger’s bested the of Palmer.
The battle between Berger and Clements was on.
Both players had nearly 100 big blinds but heads-up play lasted just under an hour. The final hand came down like this:
The money went in on a flop with Clements holding giving him an open ended straight draw. Berger had . The board brought the and , and Clements had to settle for second place, missing his third WSOP bracelet.
The Canadians have won four bracelets this summer thanks to Berger's win. Congratulations to Levi for his victory!
Kristy Arnett catches up with Levi for a moment after his win:
Find the full tournament report here.