Event #4: No-Limit Texas Hold 'em
Location: New Orleans
Buy-in: $1,000 (+60)
Number of Entries: 542
Total Prize Money: $525,740
Jason Su was the youngest player to make it to any WSOPC final table so far this year. At age 21 years and 7 months, he became the youngest WSOP winner in history (2004 event winner Gavin Griffin has the record for the WSOP in Las Vegas, at age 22). There were other records set on this day, as well. The $1,000 buy-in no-limit Texas hold 'em event attracted the fourth largest field on this year's circuit -- which means all four of the largest WSOPC tournaments this year have taken place in New Orleans. The prize pool was the largest of any non-main event on this year's circuit. Forty-five places were paid. With $525,740 in prize money at stake, players were eliminated as follows:
9th Place: David McDonald, $10,515
Ten minutes into play, David McDonald picked up pocket 9s, raised all-in and was called by chip leader Joe Leibman with K-10. Leibman caught two pair, kings and tens, which knocked McDonald out of the tournament.
8th Place: Tony 'Tekk' Sevenson, $15, 770
Tony 'Tekk' Sevnson has made a number of final tables at major tournament in recent years, but could climb no higher than 8th place in this event. Tekk started off with pocket 9s on his final hand and flopped a set. His faded however, when three hearts were on board, and he lost to a flush.
7th Place: Harrell 'Big Dog' Hardin, $21,030
'Big Dog' Hardin arrived low on chips and made his final stand with A-Q. Jason Su had 10-10 and flopped a 10, putting Hardin in the dog pound. Hardin, a Gastonia, TN-based chiropractor, went from a small dog to a big dog and busted out 7th.
6th Place: Eric Cloutier, $26,285
Eric Cloutier, a former professional NHL hockey player, took a slap shot when he was dealt A-10 and moved all-in against Joe Leibman's pockets jacks. Cloutier failed to catch an ace, which meant a fate worse than the penalty box. The former Boston Bruin was frozen in 6th place. This was Cloutier's third final table appearance on the WSOPC, dating back to Lake Tahoe, the previous stop. His combined prize money winnings are close to $100,000 in the past month.
5th Place: Chuck Thompson, $31,285
Chuck Thompson came to the final table with the most poker experience, by far. Thompson is near legendary for his numerous poker accomplishments, yet maintains a low-key style that masks his natural talent. The Santa Cruz, CA-based poker pro finished 6th in the WSOP main event in 1995. He has also won the WSOP seniors event two times. Thompson took four beats at the final table, and it's remarkable he survived as long as he did. He finally went out when desperately short-stacked and lost to Joshiah Trager's pocket eights. Thompson, age 66, added a 5th-place finish to his long list of poker accomplishments.
4th Place: Stanley Jacobs, $36,080
When play became four-handed, Jason Su seized the chip lead when he made two pair and dragged a 200,000 pot away from Joe Leibman. That gave Su a 3 to 1 chip advantage over Leibman and left the other two players a distant 3rd and 4th. Stanley Jacobs looked to be in good position to double up when he moved all-in with A-9 of hearts, after the flop came 8=6=6 with two hearts. Joe Leibman had plenty of chips to call and did so with 2-2. Jacobs picked up more outs on the turn when a five fell. Needing any heart, five, seven, eight, nine, or ace to win, Jacobs bricked on the final card with a king, and was busted. Jacobs, a lawyer from New Orleans had his motion to stay at the final table denied.
3rd Place: Josiah Trager , $42,060
Josiah Trager survived his first all-in moment when he turned a straight against Jason Su. But those chips rebounded into Su's stack a short time later when Trager tried to make a steal with J-10 and ran into Su's blind hand, A-7. An ace on the turn ended Trager's final hope and the attorney from Brooklyn, NY was sentenced to third place.
Runner up: Joe Leibman, $84,645
1st Place: Jason Su, $157,715
The heads-up duel between Jason Su and Joe Leibman began with Su holding a 3 to 1 chip advantage. The two finalists battled for about a half hour, before Su gradually seized control with an approximate 5 to 1 chip lead. Leibman was desperate to do something to reverse the loss of chips and tried to make a stab at the pot with Q-4, which was called by Su, holding A-6. Neither player made a pair, and the ace-high played, meaning Su was the champion.
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Tournament reporting by Nolan Dalla / worldseriesofpoker.com