Seven were hunting another piece of gold when Day 3 of Event #23 $2,500 Seven-Card Stud kicked off. The final table was a poker fan's dream as veteran poker pro David Chiu won his fifth WSOP title — his first in eight years — and kept superstar Scott Seiver from winning his second one.
The only 7 Card Stud tournament of the series started Day 3 with 10 runners out of the 246 that hit the starting gate of the competition. The eliminations began stacking up and, Jesse Martin (10th place) and Helmut Koch (9th), brought on the eight-handed final table. There were 12 bracelets on the table from those remaining mixed-game specialists and eight of the bracelets came from some form of 7 Card Stud.
When it got down to David Chiu and Scott Seiver, the chips changed hands numerous times until Chiu started to climb, eventually holding nearly a four-to-one advantage. Seiver did manage to double once to stay in the battle, but after 89 intense hands of heads-up play, it all ended with this hand:
Seiver had the bring-in with the and Chiu completed for 25,000. Seiver called and then bet out when Chiu checked on fourth. Chiu answered with a check raise to 50,000 and Seiver called, and called a bet on fifth.
Chiu fired out 50,000 on sixth and Seiver raised all-in for his last 60,000. Chiu called and the cards were tabled.
Seiver was in the lead with two-pair but Chiu had numerous outs: a bigger two pair, trips, or a gutshot straight. Seiver squeezed out the on seventh which was no improvement. Chiu's last card was the , giving him a bigger two pair and his fifth gold bracelet.
Chiu had kind words for Seiver before starting the interview and photo sessions. Chiu said he played this event in memory of the late Jerry Buss, who was honored with a touching tribute at the beginning of this tournament. Chiu dedicated this victory to Buss after the tournament came to a close.
Sarah Grant interviews David:
Read the full tournament report.