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2009 40th Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, June 29, 2009 to Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Event #55: $2,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw

  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $593,400
  • Entries: 258
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:37 PM Local Time
There were 1,927,500 chips in play for Event #55, and after 24 levels of draw poker, those chips are all piled in front of one man. Abe Mosseri has just completed his run through the field, outlasting everyone who came against him to win this tournament. Mosseri has one earlier cash in this WSOP, and his second payday turns out to be the one he's been waiting for as it comes alongside his first-ever gold bracelet. Our event began three days ago with 257 runners trying to outdraw each other to the worst hands in this Deuce to Seven Lowball funfest. As the only Triple Draw event this year, Event #55 attracted a pro-heavy field full of gamblers and math wizards. Seventy-three of them would survive the first day, while some big names like Greg Raymer, Mike Sexton, Erick Lindgren, Barry Greenstein, and Robert Williamson III were left by the wayside early on. Those 73 runners were back on Tuesday to make their run toward the final table. The money bubble hit at 24, and it came quickly and without much drama. There was another huge contingent of notable faces who would fall just short of the money, including Jimmy Fricke, Victor Ramdin, Shawn Sheikhan, Greg Mueller, Steve Sung, Allen Kessler, and John Phan. Justin "Boosted J" Smith squeaked into the payouts, and Hasan Habib and Daniel Negreanu were in there as small cashers as well. Fast forward twelve hours to the dawn of Day 3. Nine players returned, and it was clear from the start that Abe Mosseri was going to be hard to beat. Despite having Nam Le, John Juanda, and Blair Rodman to get through, there was no doubt that he could pull out the win. Within a one-hour span early in the day, Mosseri showed down Number One and Number Two twice each, along with a whole slew of good eights. Although a few players would find themselves in the top spot on the board, nobody could hold the lead for any length of time with Mosseri breathing down their necks. Eventually, after about six hours of poker, Mosseri triumphed over Masayoshi Tanaka in a quick and decisive heads-up battle to take the title. That wraps it up for Event #55. There are just two more tournaments to finish up before the Main Event arrives in all its glory on July 3rd. You can bet Abe Mosseri will be there, possibly even sporting his shiny new gold bracelet. One more time, Congratulations to Abe Mosseri, Event #55 Champion!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:15 PM Local Time
On what would be the final hand of this event, Masayoshi Tanaka opened with a button raise, and Abe Mosseri three-bet it from the big blind. After Tanaka called, he drew two cards. Mosseri drew one and made a bet which his opponent called. On the second round of draws, Mosseri patted, and Tanaka pulled one card. Mosseri bet, Tanaka raised, Mosseri three-bet it, and Tanaka four-bet all in for his tournament life. Both men stood pat on the last draw. "Number Three," said Mosseri, turning over 7-6-5-3-2. Tanaka could only lower his head in acknowledgement, unable to show down anything better. He's been sent home in second place, and Abe Mosseri has won the bracelet for Event #55! With Mosseri catching cards the way he was, Tanaka (and the rest of the final table) truthfully had little chance in this contest. Our runner-up performed admirably though, spurred on by a supportive and vocal cheering section. In the end, he falls just one spot shy of a bracelet. He'll earn six figures instead, stopping to pick up a check for $102,313 on his way out the door.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:09 PM Local Time
Tanaka raised from the button, and Mosseri called the extra bet from the big blind. Tanaka drew two-two-one and Mosseri drew two-one-one. Each step of the way, Tanaka called single bets from Mosseri. After the final bet-call, Abe Mosseri tabled 9-6-5-3-2, and his ninety-six was the winner to extend his chip lead. Mosseri - 1,650,000 Tanaka - 285,000
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:04 PM Local Time
Tanaka lost one more pot with a ten-nine against Mosseri's ninety-eight just a moment ago, dropping him down to 255,000. On the next hand, he limped in from the button, and Mosseri raised it up. Tanaka called the extra bet and drew three cards. Mosseri would be pat the whole way, and he bet and was called on the first round. On the second draw, Tanaka pulled one card before raising Mosseri's bet. After both men had put in two bets, they both stood pat and Mosseri check-called one final bet. Tanaka tabled 8-6-5-4-2, and he finally earns himself a decent pot here heads up.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:00 PM Local Time
Abe Mosseri raised on the button, and Masayoshi Tanaka put in the call. Both players would trade two cards before Tanaka check-called a bet. On the second draw, both players took one card before check-checking the action. On the final round of betting, both men took one more card, and Tanaka check-folded to a bet. Mosseri - 1,550,000 Tanaka - 385,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:58 PM Local Time
Masayoshi Tanaka raised from the button/small blind, and Abe Mosseri three-bet from the big blind. Tanaka called and drew just one card. Mosseri took two cards before check-calling a bet. On the second round, each player took one card, and Mosseri check-called another bet from Tanaka. Tanaka stood pat on the end, and Mosseri took one card and bet again. Tanaka called the last bet, and Mosseri turned over 7-6-4-3-2, having once again drawn to Number Two! Mosseri - 1,270,000 Tanaka - 655,000
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:47 PM Local Time
Though the heads-up duel is still in its infancy, Abe Mosseri is starting to assert himself. After trading a few jabs, Mosseri has managed to turn the tables and take a reasonably significant lead. Mosseri - 1,200,000 Tanaka - 720,000
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:39 PM Local Time
Just about 100,000 chips separate our two finalists as heads-up play begins. Masayoshi Tanaka - 1,019,000 Abe Mosseri - 916,000
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:38 PM Local Time
From the button, Julie Schneider put her last 20,000 chips into the pot, just good enough for a call. Tanaka called in the small blind, then called again when Mosseri raised from the big blind. Tanaka took two cards and checked, Mosseri stood pat and bet, Schneider drew one card, and Tanaka made the call. On the second round, the players exchanged (or didn't, in Mosseri's case) the same number of cards as on the first round. And once again, Tanaka check-called a bet from Mosseri. On the final betting round, both of Schneider's opponents stood pat while she prayed for one more good card. The two live players checked it down, and Mosseri was first to show his 9-5-4-3-2. Tanaka couldn't beat the smooth nine, and it turned out that Schneider couldn't either. Julie Schneider played a remarkably clean tournament right from the start of play on Day 1. She quickly proved to her male competitors that she was more than just a pretty face at the table, picking off one opponent after another with her well-timed bets (and a few favorable draws). Her deep run comes to an end in third place, good for $66,285 and a big hug from husband Tom.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:30 PM Local Time
Julie Schneider opened with a raise from the small blind, and Masayoshi Tanaka called out of the big. Each player drew two cards before Tanaka called a bet. Schneider would stand pat on the second round and fire out a bet. Tanaka drew one card and it was good enough to raise. Schneider decided folding was her best course of action, and she returned her cards to the dealer. Tanaka - 950,000 Schneider - 120,000 ***** One hand later, Schneider would open the pot again, this time raising from the button. Both of her opponents called with Tanaka staying pat and Schneider and Mosseri each taking one card. Tanaka led out with a bet, and both opponents called. On the second draw, Mosseri and Schneider traded in one card again, and both of them would fold to a second bet from Tanaka. Tanaka - 1,100,000 Mosseri - 750,000 Schneider - 40,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:21 PM Local Time
The action folded around to the blinds, and Abe Mosseri's small blind of 10,000 was already enough to cover Juanda's all in for 8,000 from the big. Drawing for his tournament life, Juanda swapped three-two-two on the drawing rounds. Mosseri took two cards on the first chance, standing pat from then on out. He would show down 9-8-7-4-2 for a ninety-eight. Juanda had a good start with 8-6-2, but his final draw brought two ugly paint cards to the party. Queens and jacks are not what Juanda was looking for, and he has run out of chips. John Juanda played a fine tournament for the past three days, and he was no doubt the betting favorite even as his stack got short. Despite his great run, he will fall three spots short of his ultimate goal. As a consolation prize, Juanda will pocket $44,941.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:17 PM Local Time
Abe Mosseri raised from the small blind, and John Juanda called from the big. Mosseri drew and bet while Juanda drew two and called. The two men drew the same cards on the second round, but Mosseri checked this time. Juanda made the bet, and he was called. On the last round, Mosseri took one card and fired another bet. Juanda had stood pat, and he put in the call. Mosseri turned over 8-6-5-4-2, and his eighty-six was better than Juanda's low. That pot knocked Juanda down to 88,000, and it would only get worse. ***** On the next hand, Juanda raised from the small blind, and Julie Schneider would come along from the big. Each player drew two cards, and they both checked on the first round. On the second, Juanda took two cards and check-called a bet from Schneider after she swapped one. On the last round, both players drew one card, and Juanda would check-fold to one last bet, leaving himself just 8,000 lonely chips.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:10 PM Local Time
John Juanda made a raise from the button, and Masayoshi Tanaka called from the big blind. Each player would draw two cards to start and then check-check the betting. On the next draw, Tanaka took two again, and again he checked. Juanda traded just one card, and he bet and was called. Juanda patted the last round while Tanaka still wanted one card. When Juanda bet, Tanaka made one last call, turning over 8-7-6-4-2. Juanda confidently tabled a seven low. The only problem with his seven was that it was 7-6-5-4-3. "Oh, I have a straight!" he realized. The pot was pushed over to Tanaka, and Juanda sighed and said, "I'm steaming now," with a slight smirk. Juanda - 220,000 Tanaka - 740,000
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:07 PM Local Time
Julie Schneider raised from the button, and Masayoshi Tanaka re-raised from the small blind. She called, and each of them drew one card. Tanaka bet out, and Schneider made the call all in to put herself in danger. She would pat it down the rest of the way with Tanaka drawing one card twice. He pulled an ace on the last draw though, making the worst low. She showed up 9-7-6-3-2, plenty good to keep her alive and give her stack a boost to 220,000.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 6:43 PM Local Time
Abe Mosseri - 1,012,000 Masayoshi Tanaka - 399,000 John Juanda - 366,000 Julie Schneider - 163,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 6:41 PM Local Time
We're back in action for some after-dinner poker!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 5:33 PM Local Time
With nine minutes left in the level, the players have decided now is the time for dinner. We'll be back in one hour, just about 7:30pm.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 5:28 PM Local Time
Abe Mosseri raised to start the action, and Masayoshi Tanaka came in from the big blind. He would draw two-one-one while Mosseri drew one card twice before standing pat on the last round. Each step of the way, Tanaka was checking and calling single bets from his opponent. At the end of the hand, Mosseri tabled another good one: 8-7-4-3-2. Eighty-seven wins again, and Tanaka has taken a solid hit back down to 365,000. Mosseri has been hanging around 1,000,000 for a while now, and his current count sits at 965,000.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 5:24 PM Local Time
Okay, it's time for the table to take notice of John Juanda again. In his last pot, Abe Mosseri opened with the raise, Juanda re-raised, and Mosseri was the lone caller. Mosseri took two cards and check-called a bet from Juanda after he drew one. On the second draw, Juanda patted and bet again, and Mosseri called after drawing the same two. He would pick one more card on the final round, and it was worth a call when Juanda made one last bet. In the end, J.J. showed down 7-6-5-3-2, and Number Three is number one for this hand. With that nice pot, Juanda has worked his stack all the way back to 375,000.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 5:18 PM Local Time
Blair Rodman was mixed up with John Juanda, and it ended up costing him the rest of his chips. We pick it up on the first draw as Rodman pulled one card. Juanda checked to him, he bet, and Juanda check-raised to two bets. Rodman called the extra small bet and decided it was time to draw two cards. Juanda patted and bet out this time, and Rodman made the call, committing his final 20,000 chips to the pot. Juanda patted again on the final round while Rodman drew one last card. He slapped his cards with his free hand and tabled 6-5-4-3-2, his straight not looking too good. Juanda turned over 8-7-5-4-2, his eighty-seven sealing Rodman's fate. Blair Rodman put on a good show today and for the past three days, but his tournament comes to an end with four people still remaining. He'll take home $31,818 for his work.
Playtika - Jason Alexander