There's an old saying: "It ain't no fun when the rabbit's got the gun!" And if your imagination works, you should be able to picture Ted Gillis taking down Event #19: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em. In using the saying to describe his feat, it is in no way meant to imply that he's not capable of winning a WSOP tournament or of being a winning player. It simply means that his tournament track record is very thin and he may have been one of the least likely you'd expect to make his way through a field of 2,086 entries and then survive a heads-up battle with two-time bracelet winner John Hennigan. That’s why we love poker…and we love rabbits!
Final Table Payouts
Once Day 1 found 233 survivors, a half an hour into Day 2 there were 216 players in the money — then it was a straight shot through 10 levels of play to get down to the 12 remaining players that bagged chips for the last time in the event.
This event had a run of double knockouts — 14th- and 13th-place finishers Matt Ditonto and Max Silver headed for the cashier after being knocked out in the same hand. Day 3 found 12th- and 11th-place finishers Ron Mcmillen and Gregg Merkow unable to beat John Hennigan's kings and a trip to the rail was in order. Dylan Thomassie and Edison Shields, ninth and eighth, both hit the rail together when Divkovic made quad kings on the turn.
Gillis' chip stack had him close to the middle of the pack at the final table but when he sent Dejan Divkovic out in third place, he started heads-up play with close to two-thirds of the chips in play. It only took 27 hands after heads-up play started for Gillis to hold all the chips.
Hand #140: John Hennigan pushed all-in and Ted Gillis called.
The board came and Hennigan was eliminated in second place for $319,993.
Gillis has a single WSOP cash to his credit, a small cash last summer, which gave him lifetime earnings of $10,538 — that all changed in one hand. Along with the gold bracelet, he also earned $514,027 for his first-place cash.
Amber Fukuda catches up with Ted: