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Poker News | World Series of Poker

Matt Grapenthien Wins Event #61: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship

Matt Grapenthien Event #61 WSOP 2014
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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:

1Matt Grapenthien$268,473
2Todd Brunson$165,891
3James Obst$103,895
4Ben Yu$75,227
5Steve Landfish$58,793
6Phil Hellmuth$46,885
7Henrik Hecklen$38,073
8Henry Orenstein$31,419

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: {X-}{X-} / {8-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} / {X-}
Todd Brunson: {X-}{X-} / {5-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{3-Spades}{2-Clubs} / {X-}

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 {10-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{4-Clubs} for a pair of eights. Brunson showed a pair of fives with the {5-Hearts} from his down cards — not good enough.

Congratulations Matt!

Rossana Woo and Matt talk about the tournament win:

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