Thursday, June 3, 2010 11:43 PM Local Time
It may not be the largest monetary score of his young poker career, but it is the most memorable for Hungarian Peter Gelencser as he's walking away with a brand new piece of jewelry and one that every poker player covets dearly.
The quest began back on Tuesday when 291 entrants ponied up the $2,500 buy-in to take to the felt in Event No. 7: 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball. After Day 1, about a third of the field remained, After Day 2, only eight players remained. Gelencser was one of those eight remaining players and came into the final day of play second in chips behind top professional David Chiu.
Gelencser definitely flew under the radar for most of the event and it wasn't until late on Day 2 that he began emerging as a threat to the rest of the field with his very solid play. Somewhat methodical at times, Gelencser made the correct plays when he needed to. Once Gelencser got on a roll at the final table, he was able to steadily build his stack and maneuver his way through a tough field of competitors before making it heads up with deuce-to-seven specialist Raphael Zimmerman. Heads-up play only lasted a handful of hands before Gelencser finally finished off his adversary.
Taking home the title earned Gelencser $180,730 and his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet! Congratulations to him for conquering Event No. 7. Here's how the entire final table wrapped up.
1st: Peter Gelencser - $180,730
2nd: Raphael Zimmerman - $111,686
3rd: Don Mcnamara - $73,803
4th: David Chiu - $50,157
5th: Jameson Painter - $34,843
6th: Leonard Martin - $24,723
As for us, that wraps up another batch of coverage from the 2010 WSOP. Be sure to browse around and check out all the other events we're live on the floor for here at PokerNews. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Thursday, June 3, 2010 11:31 PM Local Time
It only took two hands after break for things to end for Raphael Zimmerman. He lost a good chunk of his chips on the first hand back and then on the second hand, was all in after the second draw. Peter Gelencser made the call and stood pat. "What do I have to beat?" asked Zimmerman.
"I've got nine-seven," responded Gelencser, standing and putting down the .
"Oh, I can beat that," said Zimmerman as he tossed once card away and drew to an . Unfortunately for Zimmerman, he drew another and it paired his hand. Zimmerman was eliminated in second place and earned $111,686 for his effort.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 11:09 PM Local Time
We're now on a break. The TD is coloring up some chips and introducing the teal (T25,000) chips.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 11:08 PM Local Time
There were two bets from each player. Raphael Zimmerman drew three and Peter Gelencser drew two. Zimmerman check-raised a bet from Gelencser and Gelencser called. Zimmerman drew one and Gelencser drew two. Zimmerman bet and Gelencser called. Zimmerman stood pat and Gelencser drew one. Zimmerman bet and Gelencser raised. Zimmerman mucked his cards and Gelencser took the pot.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 11:03 PM Local Time
Both players put in three bets before the draw. "We're going to see a hand," said the tournament announcer.
Raphael Zimmerman was first up and drew two. Peter Gelencser followed suit and also drew two. After the draw, Zimmerman bet, Gelencser raised and Zimmerman called. Following the action on that street, Zimmerman drew one and Gelencser stood pat. Zimmerman then check-called a bet from Gelencser. Zimmerman then drew one and Gelencser stood pat again. Zimmerman checked, but this time he folded when Gelencser bet and the Hungarian scooped the pot.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 10:56 PM Local Time
Taking a look at the stats on both of our heads-up contestants, Peter Gelencser has the edge over Raphael Zimmerman $433,843 to $167,817 in lifetime tournament earnings. Zimmerman has more World Series of Poker cashes, edging out Gelencser three to two in that category. They both have one WSOP final table on their resume.
When it comes to mixed tournaments, Zimmerman has cashed in two non-hold'em variants while Gelencser has finished in the money in five. Zimmerman's largest score to date is $103,025 for a second-place finish in the $4,900 Pot-Limit Omaha event at the 2009 L.A. Poker Classic. Gelencser scored $251,627 back in 2008 for winning the €3,000 No-Limit Hold'em event at the Vienna Spring Poker Festival.
One of these two will be walking away with a new piece of jewelry. Who's your pick?
Thursday, June 3, 2010 10:48 PM Local Time
On the second draw, Peter Gelencser drew one and Raphael Zimmerman stood pat. Gelencser check-called a bet from Zimmerman. Again Gelencser drew one and Zimmerman stood pat. Gelencser then bet and was raised by Zimmerman. Gelencser answered that with a raise himself and Zimmerman made the call.
Gelencser tabled the nuts and took the pot.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 10:45 PM Local Time
Peter Gelencser had the button and both players put in three bets pre-draw and then drew two each. After the first draw, Zimmerman was first up and bet. Gelencser raised and then Zimmerman reraised. Gelencser called.
For the second go around, Zimmerman stood pat. Gelencser drew one card and then raised after Zimmerman bet out. Zimmerman made the call.
Although Zimmerman stood pat on the last draw, for the third draw he broke his hand and drew one card. Gelencser was the one to stand pat this time. Both players then checked.
Zimmerman showed a ninety-seven, but was beat by Gelencser's eighty-six. Zimmerman dropped back to 1.275 million while Gelenscer closed the gap and now has just about one million.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 10:31 PM Local Time
Don McNamara called Peter Gelencser's raise out of the big blind. Gelencser was on the button. McNamara drew three and Gelencser also drew threw.
"That means I'm way behind if he draws three," said McNamara.
After the draw, McNamara bet and Gelencser called. McNamara stood pat for the next draw and Gelencser drew one. McNamara bet his last 30,000 after the second draw and McNamara called. McNamara stood pat again and Gelencser broke a ten to draw better. He then asked McNamara what he had and McNamara said he had a jack. Gelencser's face was overcome with an upset look, having broke the winner, but he pulled an eight to draw to a and beat McNamara's .
McNamara finished in third place and earned himself $73,803.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 10:27 PM Local Time
In the last few hands, Don McNamara has lost a significant portion of his stack. He's down to 100,000 now.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 10:17 PM Local Time
All three players put in three bets each and then each drew two. It was checked to Don McNamara who bet and both Raphael Zimmerman and Peter Gelencser made the call. Gelencser and Zimmerman drew two and McNamara drew one. All three players then checked. On the third draw, they each drew one. Gelencser checked and Zimmerman bet. Both McNamara and Gelencser folded and Zimmerman took the pot.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 10:10 PM Local Time
We're back at it.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 10:08 PM Local Time
The players are on a two-minute bathroom break which was requested by Raphael Zimmerman.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 10:07 PM Local Time
Don McNamara rasied from the button, to be followed by a raise from Peter Gelencser, to be followed by a raise from Raphael Zimmerman. McNamara called and Gelencser capped it with a fifth bet. Both Zimmerman and McNamara called.
Gelencser and Zimmerman drew one while McNamara took two. Gelencser bet and Zimmerman raised. McNamara got out of the way and Gelencser reraised. Zimmerman made the call and both players stood pat. They checked and Gelencser drew one card while Zimmerman stood pat.
Gelencser checked and when Zimmerman threw out a bet, Gelencser folded.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 9:59 PM Local Time
Peter Gelencser raised before Raphael Zimmerman reraised. Gelencser made the call. Both players then drew two and Zimmerman was first to act. He bet and Gelencser called.
On the second draw, Zimmerman drew just one card while Gelencser drew two. Zimmerman bet and Gelencser called.
For the third and final draw, Zimmerman stood pat. Gelencser drew one card. Zimmerman checked and Gelencser bet. Zimmerman made the call. Zimmerman showed an eight-seven-five to beat Gelencser's eight-seven-six and scoop the hefty chunk of change.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 9:50 PM Local Time
There isn't a single soul in the fan section that's not rooting for Peter Gelencser. Both Don McNamara and Raphael Zimmerman don't have any friends or family here to rail them and it's awful quiet when they win a pot. When Gelencser wins a pot, his cheering section of about 10 people, including Richard Toth, roots and applauds for their player.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 9:46 PM Local Time
From the small blind Don McNamara drew two as did Peter Gelencser from the big blind. The two checked and McNamara drew one and Gelencser drew two. McNamara check-called a bet from Gelencser. McNamara drew one and Gelencser stood pat. The two checked and McNamara said, "Ace."
Gelencser made a motion for Mcnamara to turn over his cards and when he did McNamara showed . Gelencser showed to take the pot.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 9:46 PM Local Time
Since coming back from dinner break, it's been all Petrer Gelencser. He's won almost all of the pots and built his stack nicely while picking apart the other two. On this hand, we pick up the action on the first draw where both McNamara and Gelencser drew three. McNamara checked and Gelencser bet. He was called.
On the second draw, McNamara drew two and then check-raised a bet from Gelencser who drew just one. Gelencser made the call.
McNamara followed up his check-raise by standing pat and leading out after the third draw. Gelencser, who drew one card, tanked and studied McNamara. He eventually folded his hand and McNamara won the pot.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 9:42 PM Local Time
After the first draw, Peter Gelencser bet and Raphael Zimmerman made the call. On the second draw, Gelencser drew one and Zimmerman drew two. After that draw was complete, Gelencser bet and Zimmerman mucked his hand.
Another pot was pushed Gelencser's way and he's now up to 940,000. Zimmerman is back down to the 800,000 range.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 9:36 PM Local Time
Peter Gelencser raised from the button and was called by Don McNamara in the big blind. Gelencser drew three on the first round or draws and McNamara took one. McNamara bet and was called by Gelencser who drew one while McNamara stood pat. McNamara bet and called a raise from Gelencser. They both stood pat and then checked.
Gelencser showed to take the pot.