Wednesday, June 30, 2010 10:38 PM Local Time
It was only fitting that several wild, action-packed days of poker in Event #47 would be punctuated by an exciting -- and perhaps surprising -- final table.
From 3,128 entrants our final nine came today led by Adam White and Allan Bække, but after more than two hours of play the chip counts had reversed themselves. Down to the short stacks, White and Bække would be the first two to go, followed shortly thereafter by Jason Mann, Ilya Andreev, and Welong Jin.
During that stretch Owen Crowe and Shawn Busse emerged as overwhelming chip leaders, and following the eliminations of Chuan Shi and Pekka Ikonen, they were the two left to battle for the bracelet.
Crowe held a 2-to-1 advantage when heads-up play began, and he increased his edge even further. Then came a timely double-up to bring Busse back to nearly even. Soon after Busse used pocket aces to win most of Crowe's stack, finishing him off a hand later.
Congratulations to Shawn Busse, Event #47 champion! Thanks for following our coverage on PokerNews, and be sure to come back to follow these last few preliminary events before the Main Event gets underway next week.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 10:29 PM Local Time
In the very next hand, Owen Crowe moved all in in the dark and Shawn Busse called.
Flop: a pair of threes for Crowe
River: two pair for both players, Ace kicker for Busse!
Owen Crowe is our second place finisher. He took home $300,494.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 10:21 PM Local Time
Shawn Busse -- 9.145 million
Owen Crowe -- 240,000
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 10:19 PM Local Time
After a couple more hands, Owen Crowe and Shawn Busse were nearly dead even when the following hand took place.
Busse began the hand with a raise to 200,000 from the button, and Crowe made the call. The flop came . Crowe led with a bet of 275,000. Busse responded with a raise to 725,000. Then Crowe reraised again for 1.54 million more. Busse said he was all in.
"I guess you got aces," said Crowe. "So I call."
The turn was the and the river the , and Busse's large crowd of supporters let out a huge roar. After some time spent counting down the stacks, it was determined that Crowe did have Busse covered by just a bit, so we aren't quite done yet.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 10:12 PM Local Time
After a couple of dozen relatively quiet hands between our final two, the action has stepped up considerably here of late.
Shawn Busse opened with a raise to 200,000, then Owen Crowe announced he was all in. Busse called, tabling . Crowe showed .
The board came , and Busse doubled back to about 4.55 million.
The pair are now relatively close in chips, with Crowe having a slight lead.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 10:08 PM Local Time
Owen Crowe opened for 220,000 from the button, Shawn Busse reraised all in, and Crowe called.
Crowe showed , while Busse had him outkicked with . The flop was , then the turn came . Busse was still ahead, but the river meant the pot was split.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 10:03 PM Local Time
Shawn Busse opened with a raise to 200,000 from the small blind/button, and Owen Crowe quickly responded by pushing all in. Busse grimaced, then looked over at Crowe as he considered what to do.
Finally after a minute, Busse let the hand go. He's down to about 2.22 million now to Crowe's 7.1 million.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:53 PM Local Time
On the second hand back after the break, we saw the first flop of heads-up play. Shawn Busse opened the pot on the button with a 200,000-chip raise and Owen Crowe called.
The flop ran out and Crowe check-called a 250,000-chip bet from Busse. The turn card was a and Crowe checked. Busse fired a 475,000-chip bet and Crowe eventually folded.
Busse is now up to 3,000,000 chips and Crowe slipped to 6,300,000.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:30 PM Local Time
The final two players got a few hands in before reaching the end of the level and another 20-minute break. No flops seen as yet by Owen Crowe and Shawn Busse, with all hands between them thus far either ending with single raises or open folds.
During that stretch, Crowe chipped up a few more to 6.715 million to Busse's 2.67 million.
Back in a few for the conclusion!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:25 PM Local Time
Owen Crowe -- 6.25 million
Shawn Busse -- 3.135 million
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:24 PM Local Time
Shawn Busse opened with a raise to 185,000 from the button, then Owen Crowe reraised to 500,000 from the small blind. Pekka Ikonen responded by pushing all in over the top for his remaining 1.3 million. Busse folded, and Owen called.
Owen tabled and Ikonen . The flop came , and the turn the , meaning Ikonen was hoping for a queen, jack, or heart to win, or a five to split the pot. But the river was the , and he's out in third.
They're heads up!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:18 PM Local Time
Pekka Ikonen opened the pot on the button, and Owen Crowe called the standard 180,000-chip raise.
The flop was and Crowe checked. Ikonen fired a 225,000-chip bet and Crowe tanked.
After a while, Crowe popped it to 850,000 chips and Ikonen folded,
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:09 PM Local Time
Shawn Busse raised to 185,000 from the button, and both Owen Crowe (small blind) and Pekka Ikonen (big blind) called the raise.
The flop came . Crowe checked, and Ikonen pushed out a bet of 275,000. Busse, acting very deliberately (as he routinely does), pushed out a raise of 675,000. Crowe tossed his hand quickly, and Ikonen only paused a moment for letting his go, too.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:00 PM Local Time
Pekka Ikonen limped from the button, Shawn Busse also called from the small blind, and Owen Crowe checked from the big blind.
The flop came . It checked to Ikonen who fired 105,000. Busse folded, then Crowe check-raised to 360,000, forcing a swift fold from the Finnish player.
Crowe is around 5.2 million, and Ikonen just about at 1.5 million. Busse sits in between them -- literally and on the chip counts -- with about 2.6 million.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 8:53 PM Local Time
Shawn Busse opened the pot with a 180,000-chip raise on the button. Next to speak, Owen Crowe popped it to 460,000.
Busse tanked, and announced re-raise all in. Crowe eventually folded.
Busse is now up to 3,015,000 chips, Crowe slipped to 4,860,000.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 8:43 PM Local Time
Shawn Busse folded from the button, Owen Crowe raised to 200,000 from the small blind, and Pekka Ikonen called from the big blind.
The flop came . Ikonen checked, Crowe bet 200,000, and Ikonen promptly check-raised all in. Crowe tossed his hand.
Ikonen chips up over 1.7 million, while Crowe slips under 2.5 million.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 8:33 PM Local Time
On the button, Pekka Ikonen opened the pot with a 175,000-chip raise and was called by the other two players.
The flop was and the action checked to Crowe in the big blind. he fired a 330,000-chip bet and was called by Shawn Busse. The turn card was a and both players checked.
The river brought a to the tabled a Busse fired a 575,000-chip bet, Crowe called.
Busse tabled and Crowe . Chopped pot.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 8:23 PM Local Time
Shawn Busse opened with a raise to 140,000 from the button, and Pekka Ikonen called from the big blind.
The flop came . Ikonen quickly led out with a bet of 275,000, and Busse sat for two minutes staring ahead at the board. Finally he reached down and carved out a raise of 625,000. Ikonen took that as sufficient reason to let his hand go.
Busse chips up to 2.7 million, while Ikonen slips to 1.375 million.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 8:17 PM Local Time
Owen Crowe -- 5.33 million
Shawn Busse -- 2.09 million
Pekka Ikonen -- 1.965 million
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 8:15 PM Local Time
From under the gun, Pekka Ikonen opened the pot with a 140,000-chip raise. Next to speak, Chuan Shi popped it to 350,000. Shawn Busse folded the small blind, and over the big, Owen Crowe moved all in.
Ikonen insta-folded and Shi tanked. After a while, Shi announced the call.
The board spread and Shi is our 4th place finisher, taking home $153,935. Owen is our current chip leader with about 5,300,000 chips.