6/14/2012 4:19:58 PM PST
Congratulations to Joe Cassidy on Winning Event 24: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better ($294,777)
And there you have it! Joe Cassidy wins his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet after beating Scotty Nguyen in an epic heads up battle. This event started four days ago with 256 players all gunning for that little piece of poker history, and of course a $294,777 first place prize.
Many greats came to play, and possibly the greatest came very close to winning his ninth bracelet. Phil Ivey couldn't close it out yesterday and found Nguyen and Cassidy battle heads up for the title today. And what a battle it was! Read all about Ivey's fight for number nine in yesterday's recap, as we started this fourth day with just two players.
These were the chip counts going into the final day of play.
Cassidy started off with a big lead and looked to close it out quickly, but Nguyen had other plans in mind. After just a couple of hands Nguyen got his stacks up to over a million and the first scoop of the day also went to the short stack.
From the button Scotty Nguyen just limped, Joe Cassidy raised and Nguyen made the call. The flop came down , Cassidy bet and Nguyen called. The turn was the and this time Cassidy opted to check-raise when Nguyen put in a 100,000 chip bet. Nguyen called. The river was the and this time Cassidy check-called.
Nguyen turned over for a straight and a low, and Cassidy got scooped. It didn't hurt Cassidy all that much, as he still had around 2.3 million chips left, and soon after he chipped Nguyen down to just 220,000 chips. It seemed to be over, but Nguyen had some fire left in him.
After doubling up with against on a board Nguyen was back up to 690,000 chips and ready for more. The limits were massive and only 25 minutes later Nguyen had managed to add another million to his stack.
Cassidy was clearly a bit frustrated, since he probably figured the bracelet was only a couple of hands away when Nguyen was super short. In the third level of heads up play Nguyen reached his high point at 1,710,000. From this point on it went uphill again for Cassidy who took Nguyen apart.
A serious of small pots knocked Nguyen down to just a few big bets, and even a runner-runner double up couldn't keep him in the tournament for long. This is how the final hand went down.
Joe Cassidy raised on the button and Scotty Nguyen re-raised all in for 200,000 total. Cassidy called and the hands were revealed:
The flop came down giving Cassidy top pair to Nguyen's bottom pair with the same low draw. However, the hit the turn to give Nguyen a leading two pair. Cassidy picked up a broadway draw and got there when the hit the river to win the tournament.
With this win Joe Cassidy collects his first ever gold bracelet and a $294,777 payday. Scotty Nguyen adds another amazing result to his long list of cashes, but his sixth bracelet will have to come some other time. Joe Cassidy is the new champion!
6/14/2012 4:17:45 PM PST
Nguyen On Life Support
After the previous pot was chopped, Scotty Nguyen limped on the button. Joe Cassidy checked his option and the flop came down .
Both players checked through to the turn where Cassidy bet. Nguyen raised, Cassidy called, and the hit the river. Both checked and Nguyen showed the for an 8-6 low
"I scoop, Scotty," said Cassidy.
Cassidy tabled for ace-ten high with an 8-5 low to scoop the pot.
|Joe Cassidy||3,645,000||400,000 |
|Scotty Nguyen||200,000||-400,000 |
6/14/2012 4:10:56 PM PST
Scotty Nguyen limped the button and Joe Cassidy checked his option in the big blind. The flop came down and Cassidy bet, Nguyen folded.
|Joe Cassidy||3,555,000||260,000 |
|Scotty Nguyen||290,000||-260,000 |
6/14/2012 4:06:41 PM PST
Nguyen Getting Shorter
From the button Scotty Nguyen raised and Joe Cassidy called.
The flop came down and Cassidy check-called. The turn was the and the action got checked. The river was the and Cassidy bet, Nguyen folded.
|Joe Cassidy||3,295,000||200,000 |
|Scotty Nguyen||550,000||-200,000 |
6/14/2012 4:02:07 PM PST
Cassidy Stays on Top
The very next update could've very well been about Scotty Nguyen taking the chip lead, but Joe Cassidy just pulled in a big pot putting him far in front again.
From the button Joe Cassidy raised and Scotty Nguyen defended his big blind. The flop came down and Nguyen check-raised, Cassidy called.
The turn was the and Nguyen bet 160,000, Cassidy called. The river was the and now it was Nguyen who check-called.
Cassidy turned over . He had two pair for the high and used his ace-seven in order to take down the low.
|Joe Cassidy||2,775,000||640,000 |
|Scotty Nguyen||1,070,000||-640,000 |
6/14/2012 3:51:12 PM PST
Here We Go!
The cards are back in the air.
6/14/2012 3:50:57 PM PST
Level 30 started
6/14/2012 3:43:36 PM PST
|Joe Cassidy||2,695,000||80,000 |
|Scotty Nguyen||1,150,000||-80,000 |
6/14/2012 3:41:25 PM PST
We are at the end of this level, and both players have agreed on a short five-minute break.
6/14/2012 3:39:22 PM PST
Cassidy Needed This
After starting today with a big chip lead, Joe Cassidy probably couldn't help himself thinking about on what wrist to put his gold bracelet.
These thoughts were knocked out of him pretty quickly as Scotty Nguyen mounted a serious comeback. We just saw Cassidy win a decent pot, and this probably gives him a bit more confidence in winning this one.
Cassidy raised from the button and Nguyen defended his big blind. The flop came down . Nguyen check-raised Cassidy's bet and the call was made.
The turn was the and both players checked. The river was the and Nguyen check-called a 120,000 chip bet.
Cassidy turned over and with a wheel he took down both parts of the pot.
|Joe Cassidy||2,615,000||370,000 |
|Scotty Nguyen||1,230,000||-370,000 |
6/14/2012 3:30:08 PM PST
Closing in on Even
We're not there yet, but if Scotty Nguyen keeps this going we will be soon.
Nguyen just raised the button and Joe Cassidy called from the big blind. The flop came down and both players checked. The turn was the and Cassidy bet, Nguyen raised and Cassidy laid it down.
|Joe Cassidy||2,245,000||-220,000 |
|Scotty Nguyen||1,600,000||220,000 |
6/14/2012 3:20:58 PM PST
Small One For Cassidy
From the button Joe Cassidy raised and Scotty Nguyen defended his big blind.
The flop came down and Nguyen check-called a bet. On the turn, the , and river, the , the hand was checked. Cassidy showed and took it down.
|Joe Cassidy||2,795,000||180,000 |
|Scotty Nguyen||1,050,000||-180,000 |
6/14/2012 3:12:18 PM PST
Nguyen Wins Another Bet
Every big bet counts, and Scotty Nguyen just won another one. From the button Nguyen called, Joe Cassidy raised and Nguyen called.
The flop came down , Cassidy bet and Nguyen called. The turn was the and Cassidy check-folded to Nguyen's bet.
|Joe Cassidy||2,975,000||-180,000 |
|Scotty Nguyen||870,000||180,000 |