Event #39: $3,000 No Limit Hold'em originally was scheduled to run for three days but turned into a four-day battle for the gold bracelet and first-place cash. This was Sean Dempsey's second adventure at a WSOP final table (he played last year’s $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event). In his winner's interview, Dempsey said he had mastered No Limit Hold’em over the last three and a half days but Omaha is his primary game.
Dempsey worked his way through the ranks of the 992 entrants which included Day 3 runs from the likes of Matt Affleck (21st) and Dylan Linde (16th) and on into the final table where Layne Flack (7th), Nam Le (6th) and Ryan Laplante (5th) all headed for the cashier.
Three players returned on Day 4 — Jacob Schindler came in holding a slight chip lead over Ryan Jaconetti but in the blink of an eye (almost) Schindler took the to the green felt battlefield where the made the flop. Jaconetti's became a loser when the came off on the turn. The on the river sprinkled magic dust all over Jaconetti and his two pair had the bigger kicker.
Jaconetti started heads-up play with a more-than 2:1 chip lead — Dempsey appeared to play the patience game while they both took turns at double-ups and trading jabs.
When Hand #284 was dealt, Ryan Jaconetti moved all-in and Dempsey called instantly and turned over the .
When the flop hit, Jaconetti's had him drawing to a straight. But the on the turn and the river sent all the chips to Dempsey.
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