05/31/14 11:58:22 PM PST
Congratulations to Tuan Le, Winner of Event #5: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship ($355,324)!
That's all she wrote from the first $10,000 Championship event of the 2014 World Series of Poker! After an intense day of Limit 2-7 Triple Draw, Tuan Le rose above the field and bested Justin Bonomo during heads up play to claim $355,324 in first-place prize money as well as his first WSOP bracelet.
The day began with 12 players returning to the tournament felt after reaching the money late last night. Online wizard Phil Galfond led the field coming into the day, but the chip lead would change hands dozens of times as the day progressed due to the large limits and swingy nature of the game. One by one, Le's competitors fell as he continued to ascend the chip counts.
David Benyamine and Jon Turner were the first two to go, collecting $24,342 for their 12th and 11th place finishes, respectively. Following those two out the door were Michael Chow, Jason Mercier, and Alexadre Luneau, the latter two falling in a spectacular double elimination by Bonomo. This set in motion the unofficial final table of seven. From there, Russian Sergey Rybachenko hit the rail, allowing the official final table to commence.
Start-of-day chip leader Galfond began the final table as the short stack. A mere few hands into the final table, he got it all in against Bonomo before the first draw. By the end, Bonomo made an which was enough to send Galfond packing. Galfond collected $51,538 for his sixth-place finish.
George Danzer was the next to go, falling by the hands of last year's only 2-7 triple draw event champion Eli Elezra. Danzer could not beat Elezra's ninety-six perfect and he was eliminated from play in fifth place for $70,308.
Nick Schulman, whose two WSOP bracelets are in no-limit 2-7 single draw, proved once again why he is considered one of the best draw lowball players in the world, making the final table and ultimately finishing in fourth place. On his final hand, Schulman found himself all in against Bonomo. By the hand's end, Bonomo made a ten-seven low to best Schulman's jack-low. He was eliminated in fourth place and collected $99,015 in winnings.
Soon after, 2-7 Triple Draw bracelet winner Elezra was the next to fall. Elezra began three-handed play as the short stack and could not managed to get any traction from there. During his last hand, he found himself drawing thin against Le, who had already tabled an eight-perfect. Elezra rolled over but could not connect on the final card. Ultimately, he paired his three and was eliminated in third place for $144,056.
The heads up battle between Le and Bonomo began with the former having a very slight chip advantage. Le came out firing and took the chip lead right away, but the match continued on for several hours. Bonomo managed to work his stack back up to even, but Le continued to hammer away and quickly regained the lead. Eventually, with blinds at 25,000/50,000, Le was able to string together a series of small pots that resulted in the decimation of Bonomo's stack. Soon after, Le opened his button to 100,000 and Bonomo tossed out a call. Both players drew two cards and Bonomo led out. Le called and on the second draw they each pulled one. Bonomo led once more, Le raised, and Bonomo announced all in for 210,000 total. Le called and both players stood pat.
With absolutely no sweats, Le showed the better hand and was instantly crowned the champion. Bonomo was eliminated in second place and collected $219,565 in winnings.
Final Table Payouts
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05/31/14 11:26:20 PM PST
Justin Bonomo Eliminated in 2nd Place ($219,565); Tuan Le Wins!
Tuan Le opened his button to 100,000 and Justin Bonomo made the call as both players drew two cards.
Bonomo then led for 50,000 with Le calling as both players drew one card each.
Bonomo pushed out a stack of pink 5,000-denomination chips and Le asked for a count of what remained in Bonomo's stack. Bonomo shifted his hands so Le could see, and with that, Le tossed in a raise to 200,000.
Thinking for a few moments, Bonomo committed his 210,000 total and Le called as both players stood pat.
"Nine-eight!" announced Bonomo, and with that, Le slammed over his to better Bonomo's . For Bonomo, this is his third WSOP runner-up finish, but for this 2nd place, he will be heading home with $219,565 in prizemoney.
|Justin Bonomo||0||-350,000 |05/31/14 11:21:04 PM PST
Justin Bonomo has lost several small pots in a row. With the limits as high as they are, these losses have been detrimental to his stack. In one hand, Bonomo made a straight on the final draw to lose. Soon after, Tuan Le made an eighty-seven to scoop another pot. This leaves Bonomo with just 350,000 in chips.
|Tuan Le||3,250,000||1,000,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||350,000||-1,000,000 |05/31/14 11:16:40 PM PST
And Bonomo Comes Right Back
Justin Bonomo opened his button and Tuan Le called. Le pulled two new cards on the first draw while Bonomo took three. Le fired out a bet and Bonomo flatted. Le stood pat on the second draw while Bonomo reduced his draw to two. Le fired once more only to have Bonomo come over the top with a raise. Le called.
Le opted to break what he had previously made by drawing one. Bonomo, on the other hand, stood pat. Le checked, Bonomo fired, and Le tossed his hand away.
Bonomo picked up the pot and now has 1.35 million in chips.
|Tuan Le||2,250,000||-500,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||1,350,000||500,000 |05/31/14 11:10:21 PM PST
Le Back in Control
Justin Bonomo raised to 100,000 only to have Tuan Le three-bet to 150,000 with Bonomo calling and drawing three to Le's one.
Le bet and Bonomo called while drawing two to Le's one again before a bet of 100,000 from Le was enough to produce a fold from Bonomo.
|Tuan Le||2,750,000||250,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||850,000||-250,000 |05/31/14 11:04:39 PM PST
Updated Chip Counts
|Tuan Le||2,500,000||-725,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||1,100,000||725,000 |05/31/14 11:00:28 PM PST
Le Getting Close
Picking up with the action after the first draw, Justin Bonomo led out with a bet and Tuan Le popped it up with a raise. Bonomo called and both players took one card. Action went check-check and they each pulled one again. Bonomo bet out and Le called.
Bonomo fanned for a straight and Le did a double take at his hand. Le then rolled over for a winning ten low. Le picked up the pot and now has 3.225 million in chips.
|Tuan Le||3,225,000||460,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||375,000||-460,000 |05/31/14 10:53:17 PM PST
Back From Dinner
The final two players have returned from their dinner break. Card are back in the air!
05/31/14 10:26:51 PM PST
Counts at Break
The final two players are currently on a 30-minute dinner break.
|Tuan Le||2,765,000||-360,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||835,000||360,000 |05/31/14 10:19:06 PM PST
Wheel For Le
Tuan Le raised from the button and Justin Bonomo made it three bets to go. Le called. Bonomo pulled one new card while Le opted to trade in three. Bonomo led the next betting round and Le flat called.
On the second round, both players took one new card. Action went check-check and allowed each player to draw one new card again during the final round. Bonomo checked and Le fired out one final bet. Bonomo called but mucked his hand after Le rolled over the wheel - .
Bonomo is now down to 475,000 to Le's 3.125 million.
|Tuan Le||3,125,000||165,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||475,000||-165,000 |05/31/14 10:10:52 PM PST
Eight-Seven Perfect for Le
Tuan Le opened the button and Justin Bonomo called as both players drew three. Bonomo bet out 40,000 and drew one as Le called and drew two.
Bonomo led again; this time for 80,000 and stood pat as Le called and drew one more card. Bonomo checked, Le bet 80,000 and Bonomo called.
Le tabled his and Bonomo mucked while slipping to 640,000 in chips.
|Tuan Le||2,960,000||280,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||640,000||-280,000 |05/31/14 10:07:39 PM PST
Bonomo Dips Below One Million
Tuan Le raised from the button and Justin Bonomo called. Both players picked up two new cards and Bonomo came out swinging. Le called to see the next draw. Bonomo pulled one new card on the second draw and Le opted for two. Bonomo bet once again and Le stuck around
Both players took one card on the final draw and Bonomo checked. Le bet out, Bonomo called, and Le showed . Bonomo mucked his hand and Le was pushed the chips. Le has now extended his lead to 2.68 million.
|Tuan Le||2,680,000||680,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||920,000||-680,000 |05/31/14 09:54:16 PM PST
Tuan Takes Some Back
Justin Bonomo raised to 80,000 and drew three as Tuan Le called and drew two. Le then led for 40,000 with Bonomo calling and drawing another three as Le stood pat.
Bonomo then called an 80,000-chip bet from Le and drew one as Le stood pat again.
Both players checked the final street with Le tabling his to scoop the pot.
|Tuan Le||2,000,000||200,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||1,600,000||-200,000 |05/31/14 09:52:57 PM PST
Back to Even
Justin Bonomo raised from the button and Tuan Le called. Le picked up three new cards while Bonomo opted for two. Le check-called a bet and then took two cards on the second draw. Bonomo reduced his draw to one. Le checked, Bonomo bet, and Le called.
On the final draw, both players picked up one card. Le check-called one final bet and Bonomo fanned . Le mucked his cards and just like that the stacks are back to even.
|Tuan Le||1,800,000||-300,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||1,800,000||300,000 |05/31/14 09:41:21 PM PST
Eight-Seven for Bonomo
Tuan Le raised to 80,000 and Justin Bonomo called before both players drew three and checked it round before drawing two.
Le fired out 80,000 and Bonomo check-raised to 160,000 with Le calling as both players stood pat.
Bonomo bet out 80,000 and Le called, only to muck once Bonomo tabled his .
|Tuan Le||2,100,000||-100,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||1,500,000||100,000 |05/31/14 09:37:37 PM PST
Two For Bonomo
In the first of two hands won by Justin Bonomo, Tuan Le opened from the button. Bonomo called and took two cards. Le drew three. Bonomo fired out a bet and Le tossed forward a call. Bonomo stood pat on the second draw while Le took two more cards. Bonomo bet and saw a call once more.
Bonomo stayed pat on the final draw and Le picked up one new card. The action went check-check, Bonomo rolled over , and he was awarded the pot.
Two hands later, Le limped the button and Bonomo raised from the big blind. Le called and Bonomo took two while Le took three. Bonomo bet and Le stuck around for the second draw. Bonomo picked up one card and Le pulled two. Bonomo bet out and Le opted to release.
Bonomo has fought back to about 1.4 million in chips.
|Tuan Le||2,200,000||-400,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||1,400,000||400,000 |05/31/14 09:30:33 PM PST
Le Pump-Faked by Bonomo
Justin Bonomo raised the button and Tuan Le called as he drew three and Bonomo drew two.
Le then led for 40,000 and drew one as Bonomo called and drew two. Le led for 80,000 and Bonomo called drawing one as Le stood pat.
Le then bet out 80,000 and as Bonomo grabbed 160,000 he pump-faked to put it into the pot while Le reacted by throwing in an additional 80,000 to call.
However, since Bonomo hadn't released his chips yet, he decided to fold to see Le pushed the pot to further extend his lead.
|Tuan Le||2,600,000||400,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||1,000,000||-400,000 |05/31/14 09:23:50 PM PST
Updated Chip Counts
|Tuan Le||2,200,000||-130,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||1,400,000||130,000 |05/31/14 09:23:40 PM PST
Level 26 started
|05/31/14 09:21:34 PM PST
Another For Bonomo
Tuan Le raised from the button and Justin Bonomo made it three bets from the big blind. Le four-bet the action and Bonomo called, taking two on the first draw. Le opted for one and led out into the middle after Bonomo checked. Bonomo called to see the next draw.
Bonomo took two and Le took one, prompting a second check-call from Bonomo. On the final draw, Bonomo stood pat and Le took one. Bonomo bet, Le called, and Bonomo showed a ninety-eight perfect - . Le mucked his hand and Bonomo dragged in the chips.
|Tuan Le||2,330,000||-170,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||1,270,000||170,000 ||