06/17/16 02:07:34 AM PDT
DANNY LE WINS FIRST WSOP GOLD BRACELET, TAKES DOWN LIMIT HOLD'EM EVENT
Danny Le is the newest member of poker’s gold bracelet club.
The 49-year-old Vietnamese-born poker player and businessman from Westminster, CA won the $1,500 buy-in Limit Hold’em tournament, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded at the Rio in Las Vegas. Le collected $188,815 in prize money, making this the biggest win of his career.
In fact, this was only the third cash of Le’s career at the WSOP. However, he did previously make a final table appearance in an event in 2013, finishing in seventh place.
Le won his victory in convincing fashion. He led Day Three most of the way. Still, he had to overcome a final table which included one gold bracelet winner, Tyler Bonkowski. That task was made much easier by Le’s commanding advantage, which is maintained pretty much from start to finish.
Le began play with a huge chip lead, more than 2 to 1 over his closest rival, who just so happened to be Bonkowski, who then ended up finishing in third place.
The tournament’s final dramatic moment came when Le scooped the final pot of the night by hitting a third deuce on the river (good for three 2’s) against Scott Farnsworth, from Snoqualmie, WA, who ended up with top pair (jacks). Farnsworth finished as the runner up.
Incredibly, Farnsworth revealed that he thought he was entering a No-Limit tournament and made a mistake by registering for this event. He confided later that he had to read the rules as to how Limit Hold’em was played during Day One. He must have been a faster learning, since he managed to outlast 663 competitors, many with lots of Limit Hold’em experience.
“I think I’ll take a vacation to Cancun,” Le said afterward, when asked what he plans to do next.
This tourney attracted 665 entrants which created a prize pool totaling $897,750.
Attendance was up slightly over last year when this same event drew 660 participants.
Aside from the winner, here’s a brief report of the other top finishers who made the final table:
Second Place: Scott Farnsworth, from Snoqualmie, WA came in second, in what was his first-ever Limit Hold’em experience. It was also his first cash. Remarkably, he collected $116,663 as a consolation prize.
Third Place: Tyler Bonkowski, from Regina, SK (Canada) was seeking his second WSOP victory after winning a gold bracelet in 2011. He came as close as ever by finishing third, which paid $80,706. This gives Bonkowski 12 WSOP cashes and close to $500,000 in career earnings at the series.
Fourth Place: Dave Tobin, from Roswell, NM came in third. This marked his third time to cash at the series. He came in third in an event last year. Tobin was once a state champion in archery, and so he goes by the nickname, “Arrow.” Although Tobin didn’t quite hit the bullseye in this event, he still was on target for a $56,740 payout.
Fifth Place: Dale Eberle, from Tega Kay, SC made his third WSOP final table with this deep run, which paid $40,550. Eberle previously finished second twice, in the 2008 Seniors Championship and a Limit Hold’em Shootout event in 2011.
Sixth Place: Dustin Bush, from Valencia, CA cashed for this third time at this year’s series. He collected $29,466.
Seventh Place: Andrew Beversdorf, from Madison, WI finished in-the-money at the WSOP for the first time and earned $21,778 for seventh place.
Eighth Place: Daniel Huseman, from Alameda, CA cashed for the first time in five years at the WSOP with this first-ever final table appearance. He pocketed $16,376.
Ninth Place: Esmeralda Villafuerte, from Elmhurst, NY posted her first cash ever at the WSOP and earned $12,532 for ninth place.
06/16/16 10:53:07 PM PDT
Danny Le Wins Event #22 for $188,815 and His First WSOP Gold Bracelet
Champion Danny Le
Scott Farnsworth raises and Danny Le calls.
The flop is and both players check.
The turn is the and Le bets. Farnsworth raises and Le calls.
The river is the . Le checks, Farnsworth raises, and so it goes until both players are all-in for four bets and Farnsworth is at risk.
"Show the deuce," says the lone rail bird.
Le turns over and he wins the pot against the of Farnsworth.
"Yes baby!!" Le says.
He remarks about winning the tournament with the infamous seven-deuce. That less than stellar starting hand earns Le the pot, the bracelet, and a payday of $188,815, while Farnsworth settles for second place, which earns him $116,663.
Scott Farnsworth finishes as runner-up
06/16/16 10:42:30 PM PDT
Danny Le Crushes Scott Farnsworth
Danny Le raises from the button and Scott Farnsworth calls.
The flop comes and Farnsworth bets. Le raises, Farnsworth puts in another raise, and Le calls.
The turn brings the and Farnsworth bets again. Le raises and Farnsworth instantly bumps it up. Le calls.
The drops on the river and Farnsworth bets. Le raises and Farnsworth calls.
Le then tables his for the nut flush.
"You're very lucky," smirks Farnsworth, before openly mucking his for a losing set of threes.
Danny Le - 4,200,000 (42 BB)
Scott Farnsworth - 700,000 (7 BB)
06/16/16 10:35:19 PM PDT
Scott Farnsworth Battles Back
Danny Lee has been getting the best of it in the heads-up portion of Event #22. In the past few hands, both Le and Farnsworth took down pots with small two pair and are sitting at 3,500,000 (Le) and 1,400,000 (Farnsworth).
Le opens with a raise and Farnsworth calls.
The flop comes and both players check. The turn is the and Farnsworth bets. Le calls.
The river is the and Farnsworth bets, Le raises, and Farnsworth three-bets. Le calls and Farnsworth shows for a pair and wins the pot.
Scott Farnsworth - 1,960,000 (19 BB)
Danny Le - 3,000,000 (30 BB)
06/16/16 10:27:11 PM PDT
Danny Le Edging Away
Danny Le raises from the button and Scott Farnsworth calls.
The flop comes and Farnsworth checks. Le bets and Farnsworth calls.
The turn brings the and, once again, Farnsworth checks-calls a bet from Le.
The on the river see Farnsworth bet and Le call behind.
"Queen," announces Farnsworth, before tabling his .
Le then rolls over his to take down the pot with his higher kicker.
Danny Le - 3,300,000 (33 BB)
Scott Farnsworth - 1,600,000 (16 BB)
06/16/16 10:22:48 PM PDT
Scott Farnsworth Gets A Little Back
Danny Le raises and Scott Farnsworth calls.
The flop is and Farnsworth check-calls. He check-calls again on the turn and again on the river.
"I have a pair," Farnsworth says to Le during the hand and when Le bets the river, Farnsworth calls and shows him which is good enough to beat the queen-high of Le.
Scott Farnsworth - 2,060,000 (20 BB)
Danny Lee - 2,900,000 (29 BB)
06/16/16 10:12:32 PM PDT
Danny Le Heads Up With Scott Farnsworth
The first few hands of heads-up action, things go mostly Danny Le's way.
Scott Farnsworth makes it two bets and Le calls.
The flop is and Le checks. Farnsworth bets, Le raises, and Farnsworth calls. The same action occurs when the hits on the turn. Then both players check the on the river.
Le shows for a missed flush draw and wins the pot when Farnsworth mucks his hand.
Danny Le - 3,600,000 (36 BB)
Scott Farnsworth - 1,300,000 (13 BB)
06/16/16 10:06:17 PM PDT
Tyler Bonkowski Eliminated by Danny Le in 3rd Place ($80,706)
The demise of Tyler Bonkowski happened in the space of three hands.
To begin Danny Le raises from the button and Bonkowski calls from the big blind.
The flop comes and Bonkowski checks. Le bets before Bonkowski comes over the top. Le calls.
The turn brings the and Bonkowski bets. Le raises and Bonkowski three-bets. Le calls.
The completes the board and Bonkowski bets. Le raises and Bonkowski calls.
Le tables for a flush and wins the hand after Bonkowski mucks.
In the following hand, Bonkowski raises from the button then calls a reraise from Le in the small blind.
The flop comes and Le bets. Bonkowski calls.
The turn is the and Le bets. Bonkowski calls.
The river drops the and Le bets for a third time. Bonkowski calls, then mucks once again after Le tables for a straight.
In the final hand, Le calls from the button and Scott Farnsworth calls from the small blind. Bonkowski is all-in for his remaining 45,000 on the big blind.
Le and Farnsworth then check it down on a board before cards are revealed.
Le shows and wins the pot with the highest kicker, beating Farnsworth's and Bonkowski's .
Danny Le - 3,100,000 (31 BB)
Tyler Bonkowski - Eliminated in third place ($80,706)
06/16/16 09:57:40 PM PDT
Tyler Bonkowski's Comeback Starts with a Walk
Tyler Bonkowski returned from the dinner break with 125,000 and after a walk doubled up. The first half of this level has been all about his re-emergence in this tournament.
Danny Le check-calls Bonkowski down to the river on a board that reads . Bonkowski bets the river, putting himself all-in. Le folds.
Tyler Bonkowski - 360,000 (3 BB)
Bonkowski raises from the small blind and Le calls. Bonkowski bets the flop and Le folds.
Tyler Bonkowski - 600,000 (6 BB)
Bonkowski raises and Danny Le three-bets. Scott Farnsworth folds and Bonkowski calls.
The flop comes and Le bets. Bonkowski calls. The turn is the and Le checks. Bonkowski bets and Le folds. Bonkowski shows .
Tyler Bonkowski - 820,000 (8 BB)
06/16/16 09:48:02 PM PDT
Tyler Bonkowski Doubles Through Danny Le
Tyler Bonkowski cimpletes from the small blind and Danny Le checks from the big blind.
The flop comes and Bonkowski bets. Le raises and Bonkowski comes over the top for an additional 5,000 in chips putting himself all-in. Le calls.
Bonkowski is at-risk holding against Le's for two pair.
The on the turn gives Bonkowski the lead with a higher two pair, which holds to take down the pot after the completes the board.
Tyler Bonkowski - 260,000 (2 BB)
Danny Le - 2,500,000 (25 BB)
06/16/16 08:49:27 PM PDT
Players are on a one-hour dinner break. Play will resume around 9:40 p.m.
06/16/16 08:48:29 PM PDT
Tough Road To Dinner Break for Tyler Bonkowski
Tyler Bonkowski is holding on as the short stack, but just barely. He raises from the button and Danny Le reraises from the small blind. Bonkowski calls.
The flop is [7s,5,4d] and before it even hits the felt, Le bets in the dark. Bonkowski calls.
The turn is the and Le asks Bonkowski what he has left. Bonkowski responds by separating his smaller stack of chips so Le can count it. Le bets and Bonkowski folds, leaving himself with just over one big bet.
Danny Le - 2,900,000 (36 BB)
Tyler Bonkowski - 125,000 (1 BB)
Scott Farnsworth - 1,950,000 (24 BB)
06/16/16 08:41:17 PM PDT
Tyler Bonkowski Falling
Tyler Bonkowski raises from the button and is called by Danny Le and Scott Farnsworth in the blinds.
The flop comes and Le bets. Farnsworth calls before Bonkowski raise. Le folds and Farnsworth calls.
The turn brings the and both players check.
The makes a straight on the board, prompting a bet from Farnsworth. Bonkowski calls, but mucks his hand after Farnsworth tables his for the nut straight.
Scott Farnsworth - 1,900,000 (24 BB)
Tyler Bonkowski - 320,000 (4 BB)
06/16/16 08:34:24 PM PDT
Danny Le Surging Again
Danny Le is the chip leader again with three left. At this point, the lead is changing often, but Le is extending his lead and Bonkowski is the short stack.
Le raises and Scott Farnsworth and Tyler Bonkowski both call.
The flop is and Farnsworth checks. Bonkowski bets and Le raises. Farnsworth folds and Bonkowski calls.
The turn is the and Bonkowski checks. Le bets and Bonkowski calls.
The river is the and Bonkowski checks. Le bets and Bonkowski folds.
Danny Le - 2,700,000 (32 BB)
Tyler Bonkowski - 600,000 (8 BB)
Scott Farnsworth - 1,650,000 (20 BB)
06/16/16 08:28:01 PM PDT
No Separating the Big Stacks
Danny Le calls from the small blind and Scott Farnsworth checks from the big blind.
The flop comes down and Le checks. Farnsworth bets before Le comes over the top with a raise. Farnsworth calls.
The turn brings the and Le bets. Farnsworth raises. Le three-bets and Farnsworth calls.
The completes the board and Le checks. Farnsworth reaches for his chips and bets. Le shrugs before calling.
Farnsworth then tables for two pair. Le shakes his head as he mucks his for a counterfeited two pair face-up. These two are now tied for the chip lead.
Scott Farnsworth - 1,800,000 (22 BB)
Danny Le - 1,800,000 (22 BB)
06/16/16 08:13:11 PM PDT
Danny Le and Tyler Bonkowski Jockey for Position
Tyler Bonkowski raises and Danny Le calls from the small blind. Scott Farnsworth folds in the big.
The flop is and Le checks. Bonkowski bets and Le calls.
Le leads the on the turn and Bonkowski calls.
The hits the river and Le bets again. Bonkowski calls and Le shows the nuts, for a Broadway straight.
Danny Le - 1,740,000 (22 BB)
Tyler Bonkowski - 1,700,000 (21 BB)
Scott Farnsworth - 1,215,000 (15 BB)
06/16/16 08:00:35 PM PDT
Tyler Bonkowski is King
Tyler Bonkowski raises from the small blind before Danny Le bumps it up from the big blind. Bonkowski calls.
The flop comes and Bonkowski checks. Le bets and Bonkowski raises. Le calls.
The turn brings the and Bonkowski fires out a bet. Le calls.
The completes the board and Bonkowski bets one last time. Le thinks for a moment, then calls.
Bonkowski tables his and is awarded the pot after Le mucks his hand.
Tyler Bonkowski - 2,000,000 (33 BB)
Danny Le - 1,300,000 (21 BB)
06/16/16 07:56:11 PM PDT
Tyler Bonkowski, who is now being called the "Vacuum" by his tablemates, wins a big pot against Danny Le and the three remaining players all have fairly even stacks.
Le and Bonkowski see the flop for two bets. Le bets, Bonkowski raises, and Le calls.
The turn is the and Le checks. Bonkowski bets and Le calls.
The river is the and Le checks. Bonkowski bets and Le takes about thirty seconds before folding.
Tyler Bonkowski - 1,600,000 (26 BB)
Danny Le - 1,500,000 (25 BB)
Scott Farnsworth - 1,775,000 (29 BB)