6/2/2010 4:32:30 AM PST
Congratulations to Michael Chow, Winner of Event 4! ($237,140)
Everyone laughed this morning when I told them that the final table of Event 4 would end some time between 3am and 5am local time. I have to admit, I had a sliver of hope it would be earlier when the tournament got to three-handed in record time. But nobody could have anticipated the epic heads-up battle between Dan Heimiller and eventual champion Michael Chow.
Chow and Heimiller battled, and battled, and battled. Then they battled some more. Heimiller had Chow all in at one point. Chow had Heimiller all in. Each time the short stack survived and then went on a tear to re-balance the stacks and start the grind all over again.
Each player demonstrated tremendous skill not just in the heads-up portion of the match, but in the 10 hours of play that led up to it. This tournament started with 26 players left today. There were five bracelet winners in the field (Heimiller was one of them). It wasn't an easy slog to the final table.
Chow also had to contend with a case of what looked to be severe exhaustion. Without his gaggle of supporters on the rail, cheering on every big pot at the final table, there's no telling whether Chow would have been around at the end trying to knock Dan Heimiller out in 2nd place. They gave Chow an energy boost for sure.
For his win, Chow will bank $237,140, his largest tournament score to date. He'll also get a WSOP gold bracelet, which will be presented to him at a ceremony tomorrow afternoon. Congratulations Michael!
6/2/2010 4:31:54 AM PST
Dan Heimiller Eliminated in 2nd Place ($146,505)
Mike Chow checked a [tc9d5c] flop, and Dan Heimiller bet. Chow called, and he check-called again after the on the turn prevented a low and completed a flush draw. The river produced the , and Chow checked one more time. With his hands back to shaking, Heimiller stuck in another bet. Chow called, and Heimiller clearly wasn't happy about it. He showed [ac9s7d7s] for just a pair of nines. Chow turned up [jdth9c7h] for a king-high straight. His rail went nuts screaming and cheering when the dealer pushed almost all of the chips in front of Heimiller to Chow.
Heimiller was left with 125,000 after the hand. He was in the small blind next and called all in with his last 25,000 chip. No more delaying the inevitable.
To the screams of the rail, the board ran out [Adts5sjdkd]. Chow took the whole pot with a king-high straight. Heimiller came up short of a second bracelet, but at least he goes home with $146,505 for his efforts.
6/2/2010 4:08:19 AM PST
Heimiller Doubles Back To Life
It was Dan Heimiller's turn to be all in this heads up match. Michael Chow raised preflop, and Heimiller called. Dan check-called a bet on the [td5d2d] flop, his hand shaking as he slid out one of his last precious stacks of pink chips. Heimiller checked again after the appeared on the turn, and Chow bet. Heimiller moved all in for only another 30,000 on top of the 200,000 bet. Turns out it was a cooler of a flop. Heimiller showed [kd7h7c3d] for a flopped flush with a low draw. Chow had flopped top set with [tsth8s2h].
His rail chanted for the board to pair, but their pleas were drowned out by the screams from across the room where Michael Mizrachi was busy winning the $50k Players' Championship. The dealer must not have heard the request, because the on the river failed to pair the board. Heimiller doubled back into contention.
6/2/2010 3:58:15 AM PST
Chow Grabs the Lead
Heimiller check-called all three streets on a [7h4c2hth7d] board. Chow showed [ksqs8h3h], and with an eight-high flush and an 8-3 low, Chow took the whole huge pot. Heimiller was left with just 1.2 million.
6/2/2010 3:43:34 AM PST
Ship One to Chow
Mike Chow raised, and Dan Heimiller called, then bet out after the [kc8c4s] flop. Chow called to see the turn. Same action, Heimiller bet, and Chow called. The river was the , and Heimiller gave up. Chow checked behind, and Dan tabled [QcTd5s3d], hoping his low was good. But Chow showed [acqd5h4d] to win the whole pot.
With only 18 big bets between them now, each pot is a substantial portion of their stacks. Two scoops in a row could be all it takes to put someone on the ropes.
6/2/2010 3:37:13 AM PST
Scoop, Scoop Back
Back from the last break we've had two scoops, but each player has been the beneficiary of one so there hasn't been much change in the stack sizes. First Dan Heimiller turned a club flush on a board with no low and got Michael Chow to pay off his river bet. Then a few hands later, Chow made two pair against Heimiller's one pair to claw back some of the chips.
6/2/2010 3:22:29 AM PST
The players have reached another break. Back in a few.
6/2/2010 3:20:41 AM PST
Two Scoops for Chow
They weren't big pots, but the rail will take whatever they can get. While Dan Heimiller has a friend or two watching quietly, Michael Chow has a big posse cheering him on, and they got really excited about these two pots.
Heimiller raised preflop, and Chow called. After the [jhtd4d] flop, Chow check-called a bet. Then they checked down the turn and river. Heimiller could only show ace-king high, so Chow's pair of deuces were good enough to scoop.
A few hands later, Chow raised, and Heimiller called. Dan checked the [7c6d2s] flop, and Chow bet. Heimiller called, and check-called again after the turn. The river brought the , and Heimiller checked again. Chow paused and decided to check behind. He showed down [acqhtc4c] and scooped the pot with ace high and the pair on the board and an a-4 low. That sent him into break with some energy.
6/2/2010 2:57:31 AM PST
A Quarter isn't a Chop
On a [7d6d3s] flop, Mike Chow bet, and Heimiller called. Chow bet again on the turn, and Heimiller raised. Chow called to see the river, then check-called Heimiller's last bet. Dan turned over [kc8d5c3h] for an eight-high straight and a 7-6-5-4-3 low. Chow's [Qhtd6s5s] was only good for the same low and a quarter of the pot.
6/2/2010 2:50:01 AM PST
Can't Stop Chopping
The final two players -- Dan Heimiller and Michael Chow -- are at a total standstill now. Every pot that goes to showdown is chopped. The remaining pot, the ones that don't make it to showdown, are rarely seeing more than one bet on the flop. We're not sure what the Omaha Hi/Lo equivalent of a cooler is, but right now it seems like that's the only thing that's going to cause any headway in this match.
6/2/2010 2:28:28 AM PST
This heads-up match has us thinking. If you're looking for a great steak in Vegas, you go to Fix or Prime, or maybe Rare or Cut. When is a poker player going to open Chop? And if it's successful, what about a dessert cafe, Split?
Not that we're hungry or anything.
6/2/2010 2:07:15 AM PST
Heimiller Folding, Chow Rebounding
Sometimes in limit, it's easy to forget that there are two ways to win a pot. You can make the best hand, sure, but you scoop the pot every time the other guy folds. Mike Chow has had trouble showing down winners since heads up began, but he's brought himself back from the brink of extinction the other way.
On a [qcjs6s] flop, Dan Heimiller checked, and Chow bet. Heimiller called, then check-called another bet after the on the turn. The river was the , and Heimiller checked one more time. Chow bet all in, and Heimiller looked longingly at the bracelet for a moment before folding. Chow took a big gulp of air and said he'd just had ace-king high.
A few hands later, Chow limped the button, and Heimiller checked to a [tc9s5s] flop. Dan bet, and Mike raised. This time, Heimiller reraised, and Chow called. The turn was the , and Chow flatted a bet from Heimiller. The on the river was a total brick, missing low draws, spade draws, and wrap draws. Heimiller grimaced and checked. Chow took over with a bet, and sent Heimiller muttering into the tank. He talked himself into a fold, and Chow was back to a healthy stack without a showdown.
6/2/2010 1:53:19 AM PST
Chow Still Battling
After starting heads-up play with the chip lead, nothing has gone Mike Chow's way. Dan Heimiller has been grinding him down, bet by bet,pot by pot. Chow tried a different tack in a recent pot. He checked his option after Heimiller limped the button, then check-raised Heimiller's bet on a flop of . Heimiller scrunched up his face, peeked down at his cards, and then mucked.