Sunday, June 24, 2007 9:48 PM Local Time
With both players keeping things very close to the vest, you knew they'd both need to pick up big hands before anything decisive took place. And that's exactly what happened on the last hand of this Pot-Limit event. Jason Newburger was dealt
and he raised the pot, and Greg Hopkins looked down at the
. He reraised, and although he'd made some big laydowns earlier in the day Newburger wasn't about to give up his hand now. He moved all in for the last of his chips and Hopkins called.
gave Newburger a gutshot draw and two additional outs. The
didn't help, and needing paint on the last card, the
arrived on the river to give the pot to Hopkins. The chip counts were so close that it wasn't immediately clear the match was over, but Hopkins seemed to know as he raced over and hugged some supporters in the audience who just watched him win his first bracelet.
Jason Newburger turned the tide of the match over the last hour or so, but after fighting back from next-to-nothing, he had to settle for being our runner-up and $165,707 in prize money. And in addition to the coveted World Series of Poker bracelet, Greg Hopkins won $269,707.
Sunday, June 24, 2007 9:30 PM Local Time
It looked like we might have a confrontation when Newburger was dealt
, but neither player got a piece of the board and the hand was checked down. The chip count now looks like this:
1,220,000 for Hopkins
1,180,000 for Newberger
Sunday, June 24, 2007 9:12 PM Local Time
Forgive the lack of updates the last half-hour or so, but there's been precious little to update about. Neither player seems willing to raise before the flop, or bet after. We've seen a number of hands checked down, even after one player made a pair on the flop. And so far the cards have trended Newburger's way.
Sunday, June 24, 2007 9:09 PM Local Time
When he picked up a pair of kings to Hopkins' Q-10 and Hopkins made a rare play at the pot after a
flop. Newberger came over the top with an all-in bet, and after giving the situation considerable thought (despite having no hand or draw), Hopkins mucked.
Sunday, June 24, 2007 8:28 PM Local Time
And in most-unlikely fashion. Facing a raise, Newburger tried to make a move with
and Hopkins called with
. With his flush outs removed from the equation, Newburger's best hope was to hit a pair...and that's just what he did on the
flop. Hopkins picked up some additional outs when the
turned, but he didn't get the picture card he needed on the river. Newhouse has now closed the gap to 1.6 million to 800,000.
Sunday, June 24, 2007 8:13 PM Local Time
Neither player seems willing to show any aggression. Hopkins has the chip lead, yet he isn't using those chips to put Newburger to the test and really beat him down. The players seem content to limp into pots and check them down, and so far Newburger is getting slightly the better of that, increasing his stack to around 400K.
Sunday, June 24, 2007 7:54 PM Local Time
Jason Newburger went with his read...and it nearly cost him the tournament. Holding
Newburger flopped a pair on the
board, but Hopkins flopped top pair with
. Hopkins bet the pot, and after thinking about it Newburger called.
fell on the turn and again Hopkins bet the pot. Again Newburger thought a long time before just calling. That left him with only about 275,000 behind and when the
fell on the river Hopkins moved all in. With just bottom pair, Newburger thought for several minutes about what he should do. That
also filled every possible draw on the board, but there was so much money in the pot that Newburger seemed unwilling to surrender his hand. It took him several minutes of stacking and re-stacking his chips before he conceded defeat and mucked his cards, giving Hopkins a massive chip lead.
Sunday, June 24, 2007 7:45 PM Local Time
Both Hopkins and Newburger are playing EXTREMELY cautiously in the early stages of their heads-up battle. Lots of limping, lots of checking, very little betting.
Sunday, June 24, 2007 7:22 PM Local Time
We're down to heads-up play and here are the chip counts:
Greg Hopkins: 1,660,000
Jason Newburger: 740,000
Sunday, June 24, 2007 7:21 PM Local Time
After losing that huge hand to Greg Hopkins, Yuval Bronshtein needed to find a hand and go with it, and that's what he did when he found pocket sixes. After Hopkins raised on the button with
Bronshtein moved in for the last of his chips with pocket sixes. Hopkins called and the race was on.
And it was all but over when the flop came
. Bronshtein started gathering his things and when the
fell the rest of the way, Yuval Bronshtein was our third-place finisher, collecting $109,018.
Sunday, June 24, 2007 7:08 PM Local Time
The three player left in today's event all had nearly equal stacks, so if anyone could land a decisive blow, he could take a 2-1 chip lead into the heads-up battle. Yuval Bronshtein came one card away from doing just that.
On the button, Bronshtein raised with
and after Jason Newburger folded, Greg Hopkins raised the pot with
. Bronshtein chose to call, and after the flop of
Hopkins announced he was all-in. Bronshtein made the call with the best hand, but when the
turned it gave Hopkins a flush draw as well.
A draw he didn't need in the end. The
spiked on the river to give Hopkins the pot and the chip lead with 1,225,000. Instead of going into the heads-up battle with a huge lead, Bronshtein was left with just 360,000.
Sunday, June 24, 2007 6:43 PM Local Time
With a new lease on life, Jason Newburger crippled Pete Lawson when Lawson raised before the flop with pocket sixes and Newburger woke up in the big blind with pocket nines. He raised, Lawson made the call, and after Lawson got no help on the
spiked on the turn to give Newburger the pot.
On the next hand Lawson put in the rest of his chips with
and this time Newburger held pocket deuces. The board rand out
and Pete Lawson, not long ago our chip leader, was eliminated in fourth place, winning $72,497
Sunday, June 24, 2007 6:40 PM Local Time
Yuval Bronshtein: 850,000
Greg Hopkins: 840,000
Pete Lawson: 380,000
Jason Newburger: 325,000
Sunday, June 24, 2007 6:35 PM Local Time
Newburger needed a hand to push with, and in pocket eights he found one. Yuval Bronshtein chose to just call with
, and then Pete Lawson reraised with
. That gave Bronshtein a decision to make, and he chose to lay his hand down.
With one fewer ace in play, Newburger was in better shape than your usual coin-flip, and the
board didn’t improve Lawson’s hand and doubled Newburger to 325K. If Bronshtein had chosen to call, he might’ve won a nice pot and eliminated Newburger…but that’s a pretty big if.
Sunday, June 24, 2007 6:19 PM Local Time
After Pete Lawson raised with pocket sixes, Jason Newburger chose to flat-call with
and Greg Hopkins called in the big blind with
. The flop came
and when Lawson and Newburger didn't make a move at the pot, Hopkins threw in a bet. The others escaped the trap and Hopkins picked up the pot.
Sunday, June 24, 2007 6:11 PM Local Time
After Pete Lawson charged from last place to take over the chip lead, Yuval Bronshtein turned the tables for one hand at least. Holding J-10, Lawson flopped top pair on the
flop and checked it, and when he turned the
he led out for 35K. But that card gave Bronshtein, holding
, a flush draw, one that came in when the
spiked on the river. Lawson checked and then called Bronshtein's 65,000 bet, and that big hand moved Bronshtein back near the chip lead.
Sunday, June 24, 2007 5:47 PM Local Time
In a three-way pot both David Zarrin and Greg Hopkins flopped aces with a so-so kicker on an A-J-10 board…but Pete Lawson, holding K-Q, flopped Broadway. Zarrin bet and when Lawson raised, that chased Hopkins out of the pot.
Zarrin called and both players checked the
on the turn. The
on the river was a scare card that might have convinced Zarrin not to put any more chips in the pot, but he made a move for the rest of his chips and Lawson quickly called. That eliminated David Zarrin in fifth place, which was good for a $52,874 payday.
Sunday, June 24, 2007 5:25 PM Local Time
Yuval Bronshtein has been pushing a lot of hands so far today, but on one occasion when he raised with a fairly decent hand (A-9) Pete Lawson reraised him with pocket jacks. Bronshtein made the call and the
board didn't improve Bronshtein's hand. That doubled Lawson up to 650,000 and dropped Bronshtein down to 760,000.
Sunday, June 24, 2007 4:51 PM Local Time
So far Yuval Bronshtein has pretty much dictated the play at the final table. He's playing his big stack aggressively...so aggressively, in fact, that he's been picked off twice in big hands. But both times he's hit miracle cards to wriggle off the hook and pad his lead, and so far he shows no signs of slowing down.
Sunday, June 24, 2007 4:14 PM Local Time
Yuval Bronshtein has been pushing with his big stack all afternoon, but when he raised with
Bob Collison decided enough was enough and moved in the last of his chips with
. Bronshtein was getting the right price, so he called.
flop gave Collison an inside-straight draw that canceled out Bronshtein’s jacks. The
came on the turn and Bronshtein was drawing dead to a four.
spiked on the river.
A three-outer this time, not as bad as the one-outer than eliminated Gioi Luong, but that was still enough to eliminate Bob Collison in 6th place, for which he receives $41,427.