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Tuesday, June 12, 2007 9:29 PM Local Time
PokerNews talked to Saro Getzoyan just after he took down the $5k Limit Hold'em Event and over $330,000.
[url=http://www.pokernews.com/live-reporting/video-gallery/?t=33&e=123]Click here[/url] to check out the interview, along with all the other videos from this event.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:51 PM Local Time
In the small blind, Geoff Sanford raised and Saro Getzoyan called. The flop came
, and Getzoyan led out. Sanford raised, and after thinking a short time Getzoyan re-raised. At this point Sanford was committed, and all his chips were soon in the pot. He turned over
for middle pair -- but Gezoyan held
for top pair.
on the turn gave Getzoyan two pair, leaving Sanford dead to an eight. And the river brought the
, giving the hand, the title, the $333,379 first prize, and the bracelet to Saro Getzoyan. Geoff Sanford, a most worthy runner-up who just couldn't hit a hand once we reached heads-up play, finishes second and collects $200,511.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:41 PM Local Time
Getzoyan has won the blinds three hands in a row with raises.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:39 PM Local Time
All the chips are going Saro Getzoyan's way. He just won another huge pot when, after Sanford called him on the flop and raised on the turn, the board of
made both players check. Getzoyan held
and Sanford couldn't beat his fours.
Sanford is in dire straits now.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:36 PM Local Time
The players are sitting in the 7 and 9 seats, across from each other and very close. They both have their game faces on...but then there will be a stray comment and both of them will break out in wide, relaxed smiles. Until the next deal comes and the shields go up.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:33 PM Local Time
With the board reading
Sanford checked and Getzoyan bet. Sanford thought a bit before making the call, and Getzoyan turned over
, for a pair on the river. Sanford took one last look at his A-Q before throwing it in the muck.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:30 PM Local Time
With the board reading
both players surrendered after trading bets on the flop and river. Getzoyan's
provided the margin against Sanford's
to win a big pot.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:25 PM Local Time
Getzoyan wins when he flops a king with
and gets called on the flop and river, Sanford wins with
when he flops an eight. Getzoyan has a slight chip lead -- very slight.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:21 PM Local Time
Another pot won on the flop and Geoff Sanford is nearly back to even terms with Saro Getzoyan. The blinds are so big right now that it could all turn on a single hand.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:18 PM Local Time
After three-betting before the flop, Geoff Sanford led out on a
board and Saro Getzoyan called. Sanford check-called the
on the turn and both players checked after the
arrived on the river. Sanford won the pot with
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:14 PM Local Time
The floorman just set the bracelet on the table. It's within easy reach of both players. Neither appears to notice it's even there.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:11 PM Local Time
The two players capped the betting before the flop, guaranteeing that this would be a major confrontation. Getzoyan called bets on the
flop and the
turn, and when Sanford checked after the
hit on the river, Getzoyan let out a long breath before making a 100K bet. Sanford called and showed
, Getzoyan had pocket tens and took down a massive pot.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:07 PM Local Time
The players split the opening two hands -- Getzoyan won when he flopped a king and Sanford paid off a bet on the river, Sanford made two pair with pocket fives and Getzoyan called on the turn and river.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:03 PM Local Time
The players have returned from break and have begun their heads-up battle for the bracelet. And here's the chip count:
Saro Getzoyan : 1,580,000
Geoff Sanford: 970,000
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 7:30 PM Local Time
My mistake, the players are on break for dinner until 9pm PDT. So, we'll resume play in about 30 minutes.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 7:17 PM Local Time
The players have stepped away from the table while an exact chip count is taken and for ESPN to shoot some brief interviews.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 7:13 PM Local Time
William Thorsson lost most of his stack to Geoff Sanford in a huge pot. The two players three-bet before the flop, which came down
. The turn was the
and the two players traded raises until all of Sanford's chips were in the middle. And that's when Thorsson learned that he'd been terribly unlucky -- his pocket sixes now trailed Sanford's
. The river was the
and that left Thorsson with just 50K left.
He was eliminated on the next hand when he was forced to toss in the last of his chips in the big blind with
. Sanford finished the job he started with
, and William Thorsson finished in third place, winning $136,493.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 7:05 PM Local Time
Saro Getzoyan has his chips lined up in a great, pink brick -- with a few carefully-counted stacks set aside that he can push in to call and/or raise. Stacking your chips in that way is supposed to tell you something about the player...in this case I think it means that he's the big chip leader.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 6:57 PM Local Time
Saro Getzoyan won back most of the chips he lost to William Thorsson on the previous hand when, with the board showing
, he showed the
. Thorsson flashed an ace before mucking.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 6:54 PM Local Time
When Getzoyan called bets on the turn and river, and couldn't beat the king Thorsson flopped while holding