If you cut your poker teeth playing No Limit Hold'em, 7 Card Stud could be a foreign language when it comes to poker formats. Seven-Card Stud has a huge following though and it's evidenced by the big name players that took a seat in Event #61: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship. Matt Grapenthien had to battle it out heads-up with seasoned Seven Card Stud player and gold bracelet winner, Todd Brunson, to take home the title and that wonderful WSOP gold bracelet trophy.
Final Table Results:
Poker is a war and Grapenthien had to make it through a battlefield of 101 players, all focused on doing the same thing, before taking down the title. By the time Day 3 rolled around, he only had to get through eight players and that included 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. It only took three-and-a-half hours once Day 3 started to get down to the final two.
The final hand:
Matt Grapenthien: / /
Todd Brunson: / /
Brunson had the bring-in and Grapenthien completed. Brunson raised and Grapenthien made it three bets. Brunson called.
A nine was dealt to both players on fourth street. Grapenthien bet. Brunson called. Fifth street found Grapenthien betting and Brunson calling.
Sixth street hit and Grapenthien bet — Brunson called. Seventh street found Grapenthien betting 100,000 and Brunson called all-in for 90,000.
Grapenthien turned over the for a pair of eights. Brunson showed a pair of fives with the from his down cards — not good enough.
Rossana Woo and Matt talk about the tournament win: