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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Friday, July 03, 2015 to Sunday, July 05, 2015

Event #67: $10,000 Dealers Choice Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,015,200
  • Entries: 108
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, July 5, 2015 9:04 PM Local Time
EVENT #67:  $10,000 buy-in Dealers Choice
PRIZE POOL:  $1,015,200
DATES:  July 3-5, 2015

Quin Do Does It Again
L.A. Poker Pro Scoops $319,792 and Second WSOP Gold Bracelet
Do Wins Inaugural $10K Dealers Choice Championship

Name:  Quin Do
Birthplace:  Vietnam
Age:  39
Current Residence:  El Monte, CA
Marital Status:  Married
Children:  1
Number of WSOP Cashes:  17
Number of WSOP Final Table Appearances:  2
Number of WSOP Gold Bracelet Victories: 2
Best Previous WSOP Finish: 1st (2005)
Total WSOP Earnings:   $707,507
[Note:  All statistics above include the results of this tournament]

Quinn Do knows the secret to winning “Dealers Choice” tournaments.
According to him the secret is as follows:  Don’t pick the games you are best at; Instead, pick the games your opponent(s) are the worst at.
That secret and strategy served him well.  So is the latest gold bracelet winner at the 2015 World Series of Poker.
The 39-year-old poker pro from El Monte, CA topped one of the smallest, but most concentrated fields at this year’s series, conquering a blistering final table lineup of highly-accomplished adversaries on the way to winning his second gold bracelet victory.
The $10,000 buy-in Dealers Choice event was the last preliminary tournament before the start of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event.  A modest-sized field of 108 entries made for a seemingly easy path to win a WSOP victory, at least compared to the other much larger fields.  However, the tournament attracted a “Who’s Who” of tournament poker.  The highly-skilled lineup produced yet another prize pool in excess of $1 million, with the top 12 finishers collecting a payout.
Do’s share of the prize money came to $319,792, which wasn’t bad for three days of work.  The victory marked a second career gold bracelet win for the poker pro from El Monte, CA.  His first gold bracelet was won back in 2005 in a Limit Hold’em tourney.  He’s now posted 17 career cashes.  This victory nearly doubles his lifetime series’ earnings.
As for his tournament strategy playing Dealers Choice, Do later admitted that he stumbled into the idea of calling the worst games for opponents rather than his own best games.
“On Day One, I noticed that some of the players did not play some games very well, so I called those games,” Do said.  “I kept with that strategy.  It was working, so why change it?”
Do, born in Vietnam regularly plays high-stakes mixed games.  Hence, the Dealers Choice format was something he was not just comfortable with, but highly-experienced at.  Do normally plays poker at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles and the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
“Winning this gold bracelet was better than the first,” Do said.  “This one was for Mixed Games which is something I have worked on for a long time.  I spent ten years playing these games so to come here and win for this event is really better for me.”
As expected, the final table included a stacked lineup of well-known players and former gold bracelet winners – including Do, Rep Porter (who finished 2nd), Jeff Madsen, David Benyamine, Adam Friedman, and Paul Volpe.  Non-former winners included Jake Abdalla and Jussi Nevanlinna.
Among the remaining players who finished in the money was David Chiu, finishing 9th.  The Chinese-born poker pro now living in Las Vegas is a five-time gold bracelet winner, but he ended up bubbling the final table.
Following Do’s finish in the top spot, the descending order of Top-8 results was as follows:
Second Place:  Rep Porter, from Woodinville, WA finished in 2nd place.  He was short stacked towards the end of the tourney and couldn’t put a dent in the eventual winner’s huge chip stack.  Porter, a two-time gold bracelet winner making his seventh cash of this series, earned $197,608 as the runner up.
Third Place:  Jeff Madsen, a four-time gold bracelet winner and the 2005 WSOP “Player of the Year,” finished in 3rd place.  The Los Angeles-area poker pro earned $129,651.
Fourth Place:   Jake Abdalla, from Las Vegas, NV finished 4th.  He collected a payout of $89,114 in what was his third time to cash at the WSOP.
Fifth Place:  Adam Friedman, from Ohio, finished in 5th place.  He earned $63,277.  Friedman won his gold bracelet back in 2012.  This was his cash of the summer.
Sixth Place:  Jussi Nevanlinna, from Helsinki, Finland took 6th place.  He collected $46,384 in prize money.  This marked his fifth time to cash at the series and second final table appearance.
Seventh Place:  David Benyamine, originally from France and now licingin Henderson, NV finished in 7th place, which paid $35,065.  Benyamine, now with 28 cashes and in excess of $2.1 million in WSOP earnings, won a gold bracelet back in 2008.
Eighth Place:   Paul Volpe, from Philadelphia, rounded out the unofficial final table as the 8th-place finisher.  He collected $35,065.  This marked his sixth cash for the summer series and fourth final table appearance.  Volpe won his gold bracelet last year.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015 8:24 PM Local Time

Quinn Do
Quinn Do - Champion!

2-7 Triple Draw

Quin Do raises and Rep Porter calls. Both draw two and Porter leads out. Do draws two and Porter just one. The latter then leads out and gets two-bet by Do. He only has another 32,000 back and in they go. Call. Both stand-pat and the cards are flipped up.

Porter:       for a ninety-seven
Do:       for a championship winning eighty-seven.

The two players hug it out and Do gets ready for his moment in the sun. Porter collects $197,608 for his amazing run. A full recap will be up on the blog shortly.

Rep Porter
Rep Porter - Runner Up

Sunday, July 5, 2015 8:20 PM Local Time

Antes in

NLH, NL2-7,

and Stud Games

Low/High Card


Small Blind



Big Blind

Limit Flop/Draw Games
- 20,000 40,000 40,000/80,000
Stud Games
10,000 10,000 40,000 40,000/80,000
No-Limit/Pot-Limit Games
10,000 20,000 -
Sunday, July 5, 2015 8:17 PM Local Time
Sunday, July 5, 2015 8:16 PM Local Time

No-Limit Hold'em

On a flop of    , Rep Porter checks his action over to Quinn Do. Do bets 55,000 and Porter calls to see fourth street. The turn is the   and Porter checks for a second time. Do fires 105,000 and Porter calls once again.

The   finishes the board on the river and Porter taps the table one final time. Do announces all in and Porter tosses his cards into the muck.

Quinn Do - 2,965,000
Rep Porter - 275,000

Sunday, July 5, 2015 8:09 PM Local Time

Jeff Madsen
Jeff Madsen - Third Place

No-Limit Hold'em

Jeff Madsen chooses the game and then moves all in for 150,000 from the button. Rep Porter folds from the small blind but Quinn Do snap calls from the big blind.


The flop comes     and Madsen says, "The   would be fair here."

The board runs out    to hand the pot to Do and eliminate Madsen.

Quinn Do - 2,749,000
Rep Porter - 491,000
Jeff Madsen - eliminated

Sunday, July 5, 2015 8:04 PM Local Time


Rep Porter raises his button and Quinn Do calls from the small blind. At the first draw, both players take three new cards. Do leads out with a bet and Porter calls.

For the second draw, Do improves to two cards while Porter once again pulls three. Do bets, Porter calls, and the duo are off to the final draw.

At the final draw, both players opt for two new cards. Do bets out and Porter lets his hand go. Do shows    as he rakes in the pot.

Quinn Do - 2,560,000
Rep Porter - 465,000

Sunday, July 5, 2015 7:52 PM Local Time


Quin Do raises from the small blind and Jeff Madsen three-bets from the big. Do calls and both draw two. Do check-calls a bet and trades two. Madsen draws one and bets again; Do check-folds.

Do raises and Rep Porter calls from the big blind. Do draws two and Porter draws three before he check-raises a Do bet. Do calls and draws two to his opponent's one before he folds to a bet.

Quinn Do - 2,282,000
Rep Porter - 620,000
Jeff Madsen - 338,000

Sunday, July 5, 2015 7:46 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

Jeff Madsen makes it 56,000 from the button and Quinn Do calls from the big blind. The two take a flop of    . Do checks and Madsen instantly moves all in. Do releases and Madsen takes down the pot.

Jeff Madsen - 210,000
Quinn Do - 2,540,000

Sunday, July 5, 2015 7:44 PM Local Time


Quinn Do has the button. He folds and Jeff Madsen raises the action from the small blind, putting himself all in for his last 70,000. Rep Porter calls from the big blind and the duo of players have three draws ahead of them.

Madsen takes tow cards at the first draw while Porter takes one. On the second draw, Madsen again pulls two cards. Porter takes one.

The final draw sees Madsen stand pat while Porter again takes one card.


Porter pulls the  , failing to make his hand and allowing Madsen to double.

Jeff Madsen - 140,000
Rep Porter - 475,000

Sunday, July 5, 2015 7:42 PM Local Time


Picking up with the action at the second draw, Quinn Do takes two cards and Jeff Madsen follows suit with two as well. Do bets out and Madsen calls.

At the final draw, both players once again take two. Do bets out and Madsen instantly announces a call.


Both players table a queen low as well as a badugi. Do, however, earns the scoop with the queen-eight low and his eight-badugi. With this hit, Madsen is left at just 70,000 in chips.

Quinn Do - 2,610,000
Jeff Madsen - 70,000

Sunday, July 5, 2015 7:38 PM Local Time


Rep Porter raises from the small blind and Quinn Do calls. Do bets all the way and draws two, one and stands-pat. Poter check-calls all the way and draws two, two and one. Do opens        and scoops as Porter mucks.

Quinn Do - 2,4100,000
Rep Porter - 535,000

Sunday, July 5, 2015 7:34 PM Local Time

Jake Abdalla
Jake Abdalla - fourth place

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

Quinn Do raises to 38,000 from under the gun and calls after Jake Abdalla moves all in for 388,000 from the big blind. Do stands-pat as Abdalla draws one.

Do opens      
Abdalla shows      meaning he's drawing live. He flips over an ace and Do fist pimps at taking out another player.

Quinn Do - 1,160,000
Jake Abdalla - eliminated

Sunday, July 5, 2015 7:26 PM Local Time

Adam Friedman

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

Quinn Do makes it 38,000 from the cutoff and Adam Friedman responds by three-betting all in for about 259,000 total. Jake Abdalla folds his big blind and Do announces a call.

Friedman takes one card and Do stands pat, allowing the hands to be revealed.


Friedman pulls a   and is eliminated from play in fifth place. He collects $63,277 in prize money.

Quinn Do - 1,781,000
Adam Friedman - Eliminated

Sunday, July 5, 2015 7:24 PM Local Time

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

Rep Porter raises to 38,000 from under the gun only to have Quinn Do three-bet to 98,000 from the next seat over. Action folds back to Porter and he calls.

Both players stand pat and Do shows a winning       to best Porter's      .

Quinn Do - 1,500,000
Rep Porter - 750,000

Sunday, July 5, 2015 7:15 PM Local Time

Jussi Nevanlinna
Jussi Nevanlinna - sixth place

No-Limit Hold'em

Jussi Nevanlinna is second to act and moves all in for 126,000. All players fold until the action reaches Rep Porter in the big blind and he makes a quick call.


The board runs       to give Porter the winning hand.

Jussi Nevanlinna - eliminated
Rep Porter - 825,000

Sunday, July 5, 2015 7:11 PM Local Time

Antes in

NLH, NL2-7,

and Stud Games

Low/High Card


Small Blind



Big Blind

Limit Flop/Draw Games
- 15,000 30,000 30,000/60,000
Stud Games
7,000 10,000 30,000 30,000/60,000
No-Limit/Pot-Limit Games
8,000 16,000 -
Sunday, July 5, 2015 7:09 PM Local Time
Sunday, July 5, 2015 6:52 PM Local Time
Players are now on a 20-minute break.
Sunday, July 5, 2015 6:52 PM Local Time

No-Limit Hold'em

Rep Porter raises to 28,000 from early position and finds a call from Adam Friedman in the big blind. The flop falls down     and Friedman check-calls a continuation bet of 32,000.

The   falls on the turn and Friedman checks again. Porter bets 54,000 and Friedman once again moves out calling chips. The   hits the river and both players check.

"Not the jack," says Friedman, rolling over   .

Porter does indeed have a jack with   . Friedman throws his hand to muck and Porter wins the last hand of the level.

Rep Porter -740,000
Adam Friedman - 295,000