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2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 to Thursday, May 30, 2013

Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $500
  • Prizepool: $404,100
  • Entries: 898
  • Remaining: 0
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05/31/13 03:05:43 AM PST
 
Chad Holloway Wins 2013 World Series of Poker Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em ($84,915)
 

Chad Holloway is the first WSOP champion of 2013.

After a 90-minute head-up battle, Chad Holloway has taken down his first gold bracelet. Holloway, whose previous biggest cash was $3,719 in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event at the WSOP in 2012, won $84,915 after outlasting a starting field of 898 players. Holloway, a writer for PokerNews, hails from Reedsburg, Wisc.

Fifty-five runners advanced to Day 2, at which point Holloway ranked third in chips. Holloway continued to rank among the top stacks for most of Day 2, and he was mostly able to stay out of situations in which he was all in and at risk.

The final table contestants were barely seated when the first player was eliminated. Hieu Le jammed after it was folded to his small blind, eventual second-place finisher Allan Kwong made the call with   . Le held    and failed to improve.

Shortly thereafter, everyone folded to Michael Trivett on the button, who raised to 27,000. Holloway three-bet to 77,000 in the small blind, and the big blind got out of the way. Trivett went into the tank before pushing all in for about 200,000 more. After some thought, Holloway called.

Holloway:   
Trivett:   

The flop came    , and Holloway supporters cheered from the rail. A   on the turn left Trivett drawing dead, and he got up after the dealer rolled out the   river.

Tyrone Smith was the seventh-place finisher. The action folded around to him in the small blind. Bobby Rooney called from the big blind with    against Smith's   .

The board ran out       and Smith was eliminated.

Sean Small, who finished third at the WSOP Circuit Main Event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, for over $54,000 this April, was next to go. He shoved his last 89,000 in from the button and was called by Holloway in the small blind. His    failed to improve against Holloway's   .

Daniel Ellery went out in fifth when he called off his stack with    against the    of Brian Pingel on a board of     . Pingel flushed him out with an   on the river.

Pingel's good fortune wouldn't last long, as he called a raise from Rooney and they took a flop heads up. The flop brought the    , and Pingel checked. Rooney continuation-bet 55,000, and Pingel shipped all in. Rooney snap-called, and the players showed.

Pingel:   
Rooney:   

Rooney's bottom two pair was in the lead, but he had a lot of cards to fade. A harmless   fell on the turn, and Pingel needed a heart or a seven to complete his hand. It wasn't to be, as a   river ended his tournament run in fourth.

Three-handed play lasted over an hour, and the chiplead changed hands multiple times. Finally, Kwong raised all in from the small blind and Rooney instantly called off from the big blind.

Rooney:   
Kwong:   

A     flop helped nobody, as did an   turn. On the river, heartbreak arrived for Rooney in the form of the  , and he finished third for $33,903.

Kwong and Holloway battled heads up for more than hour. Both players seemed content to play small pots, and a halfhearted observer could have easily followed the back and forth with only an ear to the proceedings. Every time Holloway would scoop a pot, his deep rail section would clap, cheer and activate their screaming eagle sound effects. When Kwong took down pots, the only sound was the clinking of the chips as the dealer pushed them to the man from Oakland, Calif. The heads-up war was slow and close, as neither player could push far past a three-to-two chip lead.

Finally, the deciding hand took place. Kwong raised to 75,000 and Holloway called.

The flop came    . Holloway checked and Kwong bet 85,000. Holloway reraised and Kwong shoved all in. Holloway snap-called and showed    for trips. Kwong tabled   .

The   turn and   river did not improve Kwong's hand, and he was eliminated in 2nd place and quietly exited the feature table area after shaking Holloway's hand.

Holloway's supporters mobbed him as he grinned with joy.

05/31/13 02:19:33 AM PST
 
Allan Kwong Eliminated in 2nd Place ($52,318)
 

Heads Up: Allan Kwong

Allan Kwong raised to 75,000 and Chad Holloway called.

The flop came    . Holloway checked and Kwong bet 85,000. Holloway reraised and Kwong shoved all in. Holloway snapped called and showed    for trips. Kwong tabled   .

The   turn and   river did not improve Kwong's hand and he was eliminated in 2nd place.

05/31/13 02:12:28 AM PST
 
Back and Forth We Go
 

Allan Kwong made it 75,000, the standard raise at this level in heads-up play so far. Chad Holloway called, and the players took in a     flop. Holloway checked, and Kwong checked behind him. The turn brought the   and a bet of 75,000 from Holloway. Kwong upped the stakes with a minraise, which Holloway called. After a   river, Holloway check-called 160,000, and his    was good.

Chad Holloway1,600,000400,000
Allan Kwong1,000,000-400,000
05/31/13 02:06:49 AM PST
 
Kwong Takes a Slight Lead
 

Chad Holloway raised to 65,000. Allan Kwong reraised to 130,000 and Holloway called.

The flop came    . Kwong bet 90,000 and Holloway called.

Kwong checked the  . Holloway bet 125,000 and Kwong called.

Both players checked the   river. Kwong showed    for a pair and Holloway mucked his hand.

Allan Kwong1,400,000350,000
Chad Holloway1,200,000-350,000
05/31/13 01:42:33 AM PST
 
Back in Action
 

The players have returned to heads-up play.

05/31/13 01:34:49 AM PST
 
Holloway Retakes Lead
 

Chad Holloway called a 75,000 raise from Allan Kwong, and the players saw a flop of    . Holloway checked, Kwong bet 85,000, and Holloway reraised all in. Kwong folded.

The players have agree to take a short break.

Chad Holloway1,550,000350,000
Allan Kwong1,050,000-350,000
05/31/13 01:32:09 AM PST
 
Holloway Gaining Ground
 

Alan Kwong raised to 60,000 and Holloway reraised to 180,000. Kwong called.

Both players checked the     flop.

The turn was  . Holloway bet 100,000 and Kwong called.

Both players checked the river  .

Holloway showed    and Kwong mucked his hand.

05/31/13 01:21:35 AM PST
 
Holloway Raises River
 

Chad Holloway minraised the button, and Allan Kwong made the call from the big blind. The flop came    , and both players checked. Kwong checked and called a 35,000 bet from Holloway after a   turned. Kwong then led out for 85,000 on the river. Holloway decided on a big raise to 400,000, and Kwong folded quickly.

Allan Kwong1,400,000-200,000
Chad Holloway1,200,000200,000
05/31/13 01:13:11 AM PST
 
Playing One More Level
 

We were just informed that the players will be playing one more level this evening.

05/31/13 01:04:55 AM PST
 
Kwong Doubles Through Holloway
 

Chad Holloway raised from the button to 65,000 and Allan Kwong called.

The flop came    . Kwong checked which was followed by a 75,000 bet from Holloway. Kwong raised to 210,000 and Holloway reraised all in. Kwong called and showed    for top pair. Holloway had    for middle pair and a straight draw.

The   turn gave Holloway two pair, while the river   gave Kwong a higher two pair.

Allan Kwong1,600,000725,000
Chad Holloway1,000,000-730,000
05/31/13 12:50:16 AM PST
 
Bobby Rooney Eliminated in 3rd Place ($33,903)
 

Bobby Rooney

Bobby Rooney, down to his last 100,000 or so, shipped all in from the button. Chad Holloway reraised all in, forcing a fold from Allan Kwong.

Rooney:   
Holloway:   

The flop brought little help for Rooney:    . An   turn meant he had picked up a backdoor flush draw, and Holloway remarked that it's "never easy." Sure enough, the   fell on the river and Rooney doubled up.

Shortly thereafter, Kwong raised all in from the small blind and Rooney instantly called off from the big blind. This time, Rooney was ahead.

Rooney:   
Kwong:   

A     flop helped nobody, as did an   turn. On the river, heartbreak arrived for Rooney in the form of the  , and he finished third for $33,903.

Holloway and Kwong are now heads up, with Holloway holding a sizable lead.

Chad Holloway1,730,000597,000
Allan Kwong875,000359,000
Bobby Rooney0-960,000
05/31/13 12:43:19 AM PST
 
Holloway Doubles Through Rooney
 

Chad Holloway raised to 50,000 on the button and Bobby Rooney reraised from the big blind to 150,000. Holloway called.

The flop came    . Rooney bet 175,000 and Holloway called.

The   turn prompted Rooney to go all in. After thinking, Holloway called.

Rooney showed    for a flush draw and Holloway tabled    for top pair.

The   river did not improve Rooney's hand and Holloway doubles up leaving Rooney very short.

05/31/13 12:25:16 AM PST
 
Rooney Forces a Fold
 

Allan Kwong opened to 57,000 in the small blind, and Bobby Rooney called in the big blind. The flop came    , and Rooney called Kwong's 80,000 bet. Both players checked the   turn and saw another brick, this time the  , hit the river. Kwong checked, and Rooney tossed four red chips in the middle, a 100,000 bet. Kwong folded.

Bobby Rooney960,000166,000
Allan Kwong516,000-240,000
05/31/13 12:12:35 AM PST
 
We Are Back
 

Players are returning for the final level of the night. If we get to heads up in this level, the players will have the option to continue play.

05/30/13 11:56:45 PM PST
 
Chip Counts at Break
 

The players have left for a break, and we have the updated chip counts for you.

Chad Holloway1,133,000-267,000
Bobby Rooney794,000159,000
Allan Kwong756,000199,000
05/30/13 11:52:19 PM PST
 
Final Break of The Night
 

The remaining three players on their final break of the night. We will return for one more level in 20 minutes. See you soon.

05/30/13 11:44:19 PM PST
 
Updated Chip Counts for The Remaining Three
 
Chad Holloway1,400,000330,000
Bobby Rooney635,000-381,000
Allan Kwong557,000-138,000
05/30/13 11:36:42 PM PST
 
Brian Pingel Eliminated in 4th Place ($24,811)
 

Brian Pingel (Out 4th.)

Bobby Rooney raised to 40,00 on the button, and Brian Pingel came along in the big blind. The flop brought the    , and Pingel checked. Rooney continuation-bet 55,000, and Pingel shipped all in. Rooney snap-called, and the players showed.

Pingel:   
Rooney:   

Rooney's bottom two pair was in the lead, but he had a lot of cards to fade. A harmless   fell on the turn, and Pingel needed a heart or a seven to complete his hand. It wasn't to be, as a   river ended his tournament run in fourth.

Brian Pingel0-675,000
05/30/13 11:32:39 PM PST
 
Holloway Finds a Flush
 

Chad Holloway raised to 40,000 and Allan Kwong reraised to 85,000 from the small blind. The big blind folded and Holloway called.

The flop came    . Kwong bet 90,000 and Holloway called.

Both players checked the   turn.

The river was a   which prompted a bet of 110,000 from Kwong and a call from Holloway.

Holloway showed    for a flush and Kwong mucked his hand.

05/30/13 11:25:59 PM PST
 
Kwong Lays Down Top Pair
 

Allan Kwong completed from the small blind, and Bobby Rooney raised to 50,000 from the big blind. Kwong called, and the flop was    . Kwong checked, and Rooney bet 65,000. Kwong made the call, and the turn was the  . Kwong once again checked, and this time his opponent fired 125,000. Kwong rolled over the   before mucking his hand.

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