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2009 40th Annual World Series of Poker

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 to Friday, June 12, 2009

Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $902,400
  • Entries: 96
  • Remaining: 0

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Friday, June 12, 2009 3:59 PM Local Time
Nick Schulman opened the pot to 50,000 and was called by the big blind, Steve Sung. Sung took one on the draw; Schulman rapped pat. Both players checked after the draw was complete, with Schulman showing down 10-9-8-5-4 to take the pot. It was, perhaps, not the most scintillating hand, but the players are fairly deep right now so we expect to see some cautious play.
Friday, June 12, 2009 3:55 PM Local Time
And cards are in the air.
Friday, June 12, 2009 3:37 PM Local Time
Ville Wahlbeck - 1,212,000 John Juanda - 722,000 Steve Sung - 505,000 Nick Schulman - 441,000
Friday, June 12, 2009 3:34 PM Local Time
We're on a twenty-minute break.
Friday, June 12, 2009 3:32 PM Local Time
Archie Karas moved all in for 86,000 from UTG and Steve Sung made the call from the big blind. Both players stood pat. Karas revealed J-T-8-5-2, but Sung had him with T-9-8-7-3. Sung took down the pot and Karas hit the rail in 5th place, earning $53,783 for his performance-- which happens to be his largest-ever tournament score.
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 12, 2009 3:26 PM Local Time
John Juanda raised to 35,000 from UTG, and Nick Schulman made the call from the big blind. Schulman drew one while Juanda stood pat. Juanda folded to Schulman's 60,000 bet and he took down the pot.
Friday, June 12, 2009 3:24 PM Local Time
Ville Wahlbeck's aggression finally paid off. He opened with a raise to 35,000 that induced an all-in re-raise from Vince Musso. Wahlbeck called and stood pat, prompting Musso to draw one. It didn't matter what card Musso caught; Wahlbeck opened a pat Number One, 7-5-4-3-2. Musso's 9-5-2-4 was drawing dead. For sixth place in this event, Musso takes home $39,697. We're not sure how that compares to the $15,000 he won in 1979 for this event, but it's still a good sum of money.
Friday, June 12, 2009 3:21 PM Local Time
- Vince Musso has been at the final table of this event before... in 1979, when he finished in third place. - NYC native Nick Schulman has over $3.5 million in tournament earnings and two WPT titles, but is going for his first WSOP bracelet this afternoon. - John Juanda earned his fourth bracelet at last fall's WSOP-Europe Main Event after a 22-hour final table, the longest in WSOP history and will be attempting to add number five today. - Steve Sung already picked up a bracelet this month, winning the $1,000 "Stimulus Special," beating out the largest non-Main Event field in WSOP history (6,012). -Ville Wahlbeck was on the verge of quitting poker... that is until he won his first bracelet in last week's $10,000 Mixed Event. - Then there is Archie Karas-- the man, the myth, the legend, who in 1992-1995 famously ran $50 into a $40 million bankroll before losing it all within three weeks. At the 2008 WSOP, Karas made the final table of the Razz event, finishing seventh, and has already cashed once this year, in the other NL 2-7 event, which was ultimately won by Phil Ivey.
Friday, June 12, 2009 3:20 PM Local Time
Our first aggressor this time was Finnish It-Boy, Ville Wahlbeck. He opened for 35,000 and was called by Vince Musso and big blind Steve Sung. Each player drew one card, then checked the action after the draw. In a showdown of ugly, uglier and ugliest, it was Wahlbeck's Q-10-7-5-3 that took down the pot.
Friday, June 12, 2009 3:15 PM Local Time
Steve Sung and Ville Wahlbeck aren't known for being passive poker players. In this game, aggression, guts and reads are almost all of the information a player has to work with. So it was interesting to see the two tangle in a recent pot. Both players were pat on the draw. That led a very cautious Wahlbeck to check the action to Sung. Sung fired out 100,000, enough to take down the pot.
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 12, 2009 3:03 PM Local Time
Vince Musso raised to 36,000 from the small blind and John Juanda moved all in from the big blind, having Musso well-covered. Musso made the call. Each player drew one card. Musso showed 7-5-4-3 and Juanda 9-8-3-2. Musso drew an eight to make an 8-7 low and had the hand locked up before Juanda even looked at his new card, a seven. Musso reclaimed some of his chips from Juanda, taking his stack back up to 450,000.
Friday, June 12, 2009 2:59 PM Local Time
Nick Schulman may have taken a page out of John Juanda's book. After Juanda opened for 35,000 and was called by Archie Karas and Ville Wahlbeck, Schulman went for the squeeze play from the small blind, moving all in for 274,000. Since Schulman would have to draw first on the draw, it was a move of extreme strength. Everyone respected it and folded their hands.
Friday, June 12, 2009 2:58 PM Local Time
Steve Sung already has one bracelet at the 2009 WSOP. He's fighting for his second here at this final table. Sung opened for 35,000 and was called by Nick Schulman out of the big blind. When Schulman drew two, Sung elected to rap pat. Both players checked after the draw. Sung's Q-9-8-6-5 was enough to take the pot.
Friday, June 12, 2009 2:56 PM Local Time
Nick Schulman opened for 35,000 from UTG, and got three callers in Vince Musso, Steve Sung, and Ville Wahlbeck. Wahlbeck drew two cards while the other three drew one apiece. The action was checked around after the draw. Wahlbeck showed a ten perfect (T-5-4-3-2), Schulman had paired his three, and both Sung and Musso showed worse ten-lows. Wahlbeck took it down.
Friday, June 12, 2009 2:49 PM Local Time
John Juanda has been studying his opponents for two full days before today's final table. He may have picked something up. Twice last night and already earlier today, we've seen Juanda four-bet pre-draw. He just did it again. After Ville Wahlbeck opened for 35,000 and Vince Musso three-bet to 135,000, Juanda announced raise and slid 335,000 chips into the middle. As it has previously, Juanda's four-bet got the desired outcome: both players folded. He picked up 170,000 chips without having to draw.
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 12, 2009 2:43 PM Local Time
Vince Musso made a pre-draw raise and John Juanda called. Each player drew one. Musso checked to Juanda, who bet 65,000. Musso made the call. Juanda turned up 8-6-5-4-3 and Musso mucked. Juanda took down the pot.
Friday, June 12, 2009 2:39 PM Local Time
Steve Sung raised to 32,000 from the cutoff, David Benyamine moved all in for 86,000 from the button the blinds folded and Sung called. Sung stood pat while Benyamine drew one. Sung turned up J-8-7-3-2. Benyamine revealed 9-6-5-4 and was drawing live at a nine low. However, he paired his nine on the draw and Sung took it down, sending Benyamine home in 7th place.
Friday, June 12, 2009 2:32 PM Local Time
After a couple of raise-it-and-take it hands, we had a draw. Vince Musso opened to 30,000 and was called by only Archie Karas, the big blind. Karas drew one; Musso stood pat. Both players checked after the draw, with Musso's 10-9-7-6-3 taking down the pot.
Friday, June 12, 2009 2:28 PM Local Time
Ville Wahlbeck opened for 35,000, Vince Musso three-bet to 155,000 and John Juanda moved all in for 301,000 total. Wahlbeck folded and Musso made the call. Juanda stood pat while Musso drew two. Juanda turned up 9-7-5-3-2, crushing Musso's A-6-5-4-2 to double up to nearly 650,000.
Friday, June 12, 2009 2:24 PM Local Time
Now that we're down to one table, the players don't seem to mind picking up the action. The third hand of the final table was played multi-way, with Nick Schulman opening to 30,000 and being called by both blinds, Vince Musso and John Juanda. On the draw, Musso took one, Juanda took two, and Schulman took one. Musso and Juanda checked it to Schulman after the draw was complete. He took his time to count out a bet of 90,000 that was enough to win the pot.
Playtika - Jason Alexander
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