After two hours of heads-up play (sometime around 3:00 am), Men Nguyen is all in preflop with A-10 against Jeffrey Papola's A-8. The best hand holds up for Nguyen, and the two players are now nearly even in chips for the first time.
Men Nguyen Celebrates Another Player's Bustout
Mark Radoja (center, standing) was all in against Jeffrey Papola (seated, left) after a flop of 9-5-4 with two clubs. Radoja had a club flush draw to Papola's pair of nines, but didn't improve. When the river card was dealt, it was Men Nguyen (right) who celebrated the most -- you'd think he just won the tournament. Papola won the hand without fanfare, ready to take a 3.2-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play.
Cocktails! To the Final Table!
Men "The Master" Nguyen sometimes drinks when he plays. This was one of those times.
Final Four Players of Event #32
The ESPN arena with four players remaining in Event #32 ($5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed).
Jeffrey Papola Makes Back-to-Back Final Tables
Jeffrey Papola (known online as "jpapola") is at his second WSOP final table in a row. Three days ago, he finished second in Event #26 ($2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed). The next day, he entered this tournament, Event #32 ($5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed), and worked his way to another short-handed final table.
Erick Lindgren Can't Get Away From Queens
Erick Lindgren (standing) is all in preflop with pocket queens (Q-Q), only to find he has run into Men Nguyen's pocket kings (K-K). With heavy action in the betting, Lindgren almost gets away from the hand, but now he is dominated and facing elimination. (Lindgren and Nguyen are nearly even in chips.) The board comes eight-high, and Lindgren is eliminated in sixth place as Nguyen moves to the top of the leaderboard.
The Resurgence of Men "The Master"
Men "The Master" Nguyen hasn't had much success since the WSOP moved from Binion's Horseshoe to the Rio Casino. Nguyen won six WSOP bracelets at Binion's, but went 0-for-the-Rio in the first five years that the WSOP has been here. But Nguyen broke that streak earlier this Series when his won his seventh bracelet in Event #10 ($10,000 Seven Card Stud). Now at the final table of Event #32 ($5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed), Nguyen is going for his eighth.
2008 WSOP Player of the Year Erick Lindgren
Erick Lindgren was long considered one of the best players in the world without a WSOP bracelet, a label he corrected in 2008. Lindgren not only won his first bracelet that summer, he also made three final tables (including the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E.) on his way to winning WSOP Player of the Year honors. Here, Lindgren is trying to win the second bracelet of his career at the final table of Event #32 ($5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed).
Final Table of Event #32
The final table of Event #32 takes place in the ESPN corner of the Amazon Room. The players, clockwise from the dealer: (1) Orlando De La Cruz, (2) Men Nguyen (not in his seat), (3) Jeffrey Papola, (4) Bruno Launais, (5) Erick Lindgren, and (6) Mark Radoja.
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Men "The Master" Calls the Clock on Himself
On Day 2 of Event #32 ($5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed), Men "The Master" Nguyen calls the clock on himself after spending several minutes thinking about a call on the river.
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