06/14/11 05:35:18 AM PDT
Two days ago, 354 players registered for Event #19: $2,500 Limit Hold'em / Six Handed. Today, the final twelve players of that field returned to battle for a World Series of Poker bracelet. It was a back-and-forth day, but in the end it was British-player Darren Woods who emerged victorious to claim the $213,431 first-place prize.
Day 3 saw an eclectic mix of players return for their shot at WSOP glory. Among them was the only bracelet winner left in the field, Matt Matros; online superstar Richard "nutsinho" Lyndaker; and last year's 107th-place Main Event finished, Matthew Schreiber. Unfortunately, those players were among first half of the day's eliminations, and ultimately missed out on the final table.
First Six Eliminations
By the time we reached the final table, six players remained including Kim Nguyen, only the third woman to make a final table here at the 2011 WSOP. She was joined by a very familiar face in Russian pro Alexander Kuzmin, who took down the World Poker Tour Southern Championship in Biloxi, Mississippi back in January for $575,969. Rounding out the final table was Woods, Gabriel Nassif, Andrey Zaichenko, and Samuel Golbuff.
It didn't take long before we had our first final-table elimination when Nassif's failed to improve against the of Golbuff as the board ran out . The Parisian pro finished in sixth place, and received $27,720 for his efforts.
It took a long time before the next elimination, but it was bound to happen as the blinds just got higher and higher. With the blinds at 8,000/15,000, a short-stacked Zaichenko got the remainder of his chips in the middle preflop with against Woods' . The board ran , and Zaichenko was eliminated from the tournament in fifth place, taking home $39,317.
The next player to go was Kuzmin in fourth place ($57,236), whose stack slowly dwindled and was eventually gobbled up by both Woods and Nguyen, who ended up chopping Kuzmin's final hand. Following the Russian out the door was Golbuff, who also grew shortstacked. He was eliminated in third place for $85,616, leaving Nguyen (1.5 million) to do battle against Woods (1.15 million) in heads-up play.
The Amazon Room was abuzz with excitement as the possibility of a woman taking down a WSOP Event was essentially a 50/50 proposition. Not since Vanessa Selbst took down the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament at the 2008 WSOP has a woman won an open event. Ironically, that event was number #19, the same event number assigned to this Event #19 $2,500 Limit Hold'em/Six-Handed.
Woods started the heads-up match with a bang, seizing momentum early and vaulting into the chip lead. From there, he never looked back as he patiently picked his spots and collected pot after pot. After about an hour and a half of heads-up play, the final hand developed when Nguyen raised on the button, Woods re-raised, Nguyen got the rest of her short stack in the middle, and Woods made the call.
Nguyen was in great shape to double, and the flop kept her in the lead. The on the turn was clean, and all signs pointed towards a double-up until the spiked on the river. Just like that, Nguyen was eliminated as the runner up, an accomplishment worth $131,900.
$2,500 Limit Hold'em / Six Handed Final Table Results
Congratulations to Darren Woods on becoming the latest WSOP Champion and third Brit to win a bracelet in 2011. That does it for our coverage from Event #19: $2,500 Limit Hold'em / Six Handed, but there are plenty of events to follow. Be sure to stay tuned to our Live Reporting section for all the updates, live, from the 2011 World Series of Poker.
06/14/11 05:32:37 AM PDT
Kim Nguyen raised with the button, Darren Woods re-raised, Nguyen got the rest of her stack in the middle, and Woods called.
Nguyen was in great shape to double, and the flop kept her in the lead. The on the turn was clean, and all signs pointed towards a double-up until the slammed on the river to give Woods trips.
All Nguyen could do was laugh - and she has good reason to smile. She bested 352 runners, and earns $131,900 for her second place finish. Nguyen was the third woman to make a final table at the 2011 World Series of Poker, but after falling short this is officially the 179th straight open event won by a male player.
However, with the recent success of female players, that number is surely in danger.
06/14/11 05:19:32 AM PDT
Darren Woods raised on the button and Kim Nguyen called from the big blind. Nguyen then check-called a bet on the flop, and both players checked the turn. When the hit the river, Nguyen bet, Woods called, and Nguyen mucked after seeing her opponent's .
|Darren Woods||2,430,000||230,000 |
|Kim Nguyen||220,000||-180,000 |
06/14/11 05:12:56 AM PDT
Kim Nguyen raised on the button and Darren Woods called from the button. Woods proceeded to check-call bets on the flop and turn, before both players checked the river. Nguyen has had a rough go as of late, which only got worse as she had to muck after seeing her opponent's .
|Darren Woods||2,200,000||200,000 |
|Kim Nguyen||400,000||-200,000 |
06/14/11 05:07:57 AM PDT
Kim Nguyen once again raised her button and Darren Woods called from the big bind. Woods then check-called bets on the flop and turn. When the was put out on the river, both players checked and Woods showed for two pair and the win.
|Darren Woods||2,000,000||100,000 |
|Kim Nguyen||600,000||-150,000 |
06/14/11 05:04:18 AM PDT
After Darren Woods had raised on the button and Kim Nguyen made the call, both players checked a flop and watched as the hit the turn. Nguyen led out with a bet, Woods raised it up, and Nguyen laid it down.
|Darren Woods||1,900,000||50,000 |
|Kim Nguyen||750,000||-50,000 |
06/14/11 04:59:17 AM PDT
Kim Nguyen raised on the button, Darren Woods three-bet from the big blind, Nguyen responded by four-betting, and Woods made the call to see the flop come down . Woods led out with a bet, Nguyen called, and the dealer burned and turned the . Again Woods bet, but this time it proved to much for Nguyen and she laid down her hand.
|Darren Woods||1,850,000||250,000 |
|Kim Nguyen||800,000||-250,000 |
06/14/11 04:55:10 AM PDT
Darren Woods raised on the button and Kim Nguyen called from the big blind, Both players checked the flop, which was followed by the on the turn. Nguyen checked-called a bet before the was put out on the river. this time Nguyen fired out and forced Woods to lay down his hand.
|Darren Woods||1,600,000||-250,000 |
|Kim Nguyen||1,050,000||250,000 |
06/14/11 04:51:24 AM PDT
After Darren Woods raised on the button, Kim Nguyen called and then check-called a bet on the flop. The dealer proceeded to burn and turn the , and again Nguyen check-called a bet. The same action occurred on the river, and Woods revealed for a pair of jacks. It was good enough to win the pot.
|Darren Woods||1,850,000||400,000 |
|Kim Nguyen||800,000||-400,000 |
06/14/11 04:48:45 AM PDT
Darren Woods raised on the button, Kim Nguyen called in the big blind, and the flop came down . From there, Nguyen check-called a bet, both players checked the turn, and Nguyen bet the river. Woods made the call only to muck when Nguyen flipped .
|Darren Woods||1,450,000||-200,000 |
|Kim Nguyen||1,200,000||200,000 |
06/14/11 04:46:07 AM PDT
Darren Woods raised on the button and Kim Nguyen came along for the ride. Nguyen then checked the flop, inspiring Woods to bet. Nguyen woke up with a check-raise, and Woods conceded the hand.
We forgot to mention, prior to the hand Nguyen decided it was time to put on sunglasses. Looks like that may have been a good decision.
|Darren Woods||1,650,000||-250,000 |
|Kim Nguyen||1,000,000||250,000 |
06/14/11 04:41:48 AM PDT
Kim Nguyen raised on the button and this time Darren Woods three-bet from the big blind. Not only did Nguyen make the call, she called every single one of Woods' bets as the board ran out . Woods showed a (X) for the rivered straight to take down the pot.
06/14/11 04:37:01 AM PDT
As usual, Kim Nguyen raised from the button and Darren Woods called from the big blind. Woods then check-called a bet on the flop, leading to the turn. Woods checked, Nguyen quickly bet, and Woods opted to lay it down.
|Darren Woods||1,550,000||50,000 |
|Kim Nguyen||1,100,000||-50,000 |
06/14/11 04:32:01 AM PDT
The past few hands have seen Kim Nguyen and Darren Woods essentially passing chips back and forth. However, it appears Nguyen is slowly chipping her way back into contention.
|Darren Woods||1,500,000||-300,000 |
|Kim Nguyen||1,150,000||300,000 |
06/14/11 04:24:21 AM PDT
Kim Nguyen raised from the button and was called by Darren Woods, leading to a flop. Woods check-called a bet, as he did on the turn. Both players then checked the river. Woods showed , and Nguyen flashed a before mucking her hand.
|Darren Woods||1,800,000||150,000 |
|Kim Nguyen||850,000||-150,000 |
06/14/11 04:17:55 AM PDT
06/14/11 04:04:46 AM PDT
The tournament staff is now coloring off the orange T1,000 chips and introducing the dark-green T25,000 chips; as such, the players are on a brief break.
06/14/11 04:03:38 AM PDT
Not since Vanessa Selbst took down the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament back in the 2008 WSOP has a woman won an open event. That may all change tonight if Kim Nguyen can hold on to claim victory. Ironically, Selbst won Event #19 of the 2008 WSOP, the same event number Nguyen is playing now.
If Nguyen does win, she'll join a short list of women players who have won a WSOP bracelet in an open event: Annette Obrestad (2007 WSOP-Europe Main Event), Katja Thater (2007 Razz), Kathy Liebert (2004 Limit Hold'em Shootout), Cyndy Violette (2004 Seven Card Stud Hi Lo Split 8 or Better), Annie Duke (2004 Omaha Hi Lo Split 8 or Better), Jennifer Harman (2002 Limit Hold'em & 2000 No Limit 2-7 Lowball), Nani Dollison (2001 Limit Hold'em), Jerri Thomas (2000 Limit Seven Card Stud), Maria Stern (1997 Limit Seven Card Stud), Linda Johnson (1997 Limit Razz), Barbara Enright (1996 Pot Limit Hold'em), and Vera Richmond (1982 Limit Ace to Five Draw).
06/14/11 04:00:46 AM PDT
Kim Nguyen raised on the button and Darren Woods made the call. He then check-called a bet on the flop, which he also did on the turn. When the peeled off on the river, both players checked and Woods showed to take down the pot.
Woods has the momentum here in the early stages of heads-up play. He now has the chip lead with 1.65 million to Nguyen's 1,000,000.
06/14/11 03:55:41 AM PDT
Samuel Golbuff raised from the button only to have Darren Woods reraise from the big blind. Golbuff made the call and watched as the flop fell . Woods led out, Golbuff raised, Woods three-bet, and Golbuff called all in.
Woods had a monster and Golbuff was in bad shape; however, the turn gave him an open-ended straight draw and reinvigorated the Golbuff rail. Their enthusiasm quickly diminished when the dealer failed to deliver a Golbuff-kind card, instead putting out the .
Golbuff was eliminated from the tournament in third place for $85,616. Meanwhile, Nguyen (1.5 million) entered heads-up play with the chip lead against Woods (1.15 million).
|Kim Nguyen||1,500,000||50,000 |
|Darren Woods||1,150,000||175,000 |
|Samuel Golbuff||0||0 |