Friday, December 1, 2017 7:30 PM Local Time
Orlando pro tops one-day event for third ring, $64k in cash
The High Roller event drew the toughest field of the week at Harrah’s Cherokee. The $2,200 buy-in was the richest of the series, and the room was filled with bracelet winners, ring winners, and other tournament poker standouts.
Jeff Trudeau was better than all the rest, though outlasting the field of 106 entries to take the title and the top prize of $63,599. The victory is the third of his WSOP Circuit career.
Trudeau, 23, is a professional poker player from Orlando, Florida. He started posting tournament cashes at the local dog track shortly after his 18th birthday, and his accomplishments are starting to pile up now that he has access to the 21-and-over casinos.
Harrah’s Cherokee is one of those venues in which he’s come of age to play, and this is about as far north as he ventures. His previous Circuit wins were earned in New Orleans and Choctaw, with the latter coming less than a month ago.
Trudeau’s stack increased steadily throughout the early stages of this event, and he was contending for the chip lead by the time the field reached the final two tables. He eliminated Jim Burns on the bubble in 13th place, then Salmaan Toor in 10th to shrink the field to one table of nine.
At that point, Trudeau was fourth in chips, and he played mostly small pots from there until the heads-up match against Chun Law. With the expedited structure, the final duel was short and volatile, with each of the two men holding large leads at one point or another, though.
Trudeau was too much in the end, though, defeating Law to collect the ring just before 3 a.m. on Friday morning. The win moves him over $700,000 in career tournament earnings.
1st: Jeff Trudeau - $63,599
2nd: Chun Law - $39,309
3rd: Michael Cooper - $27,988
4th: Tyler Phillips - $20,331
5th: Charles Robinson - $15,060
6th: Kurt Jewell - $11,370
7th: Nicholas Power - $8,745
8th: Jeffrey Turton - $6,850
9th: Woody Van Stratum - $5,461
10th: Salmaan Toor - $4,429
11th: Alex Rocha - $4,429
12th: Justin Harvell - $4,429
Friday, December 1, 2017 2:34 AM Local Time
Chun Law has the button and he moves all in for right under 700,000 chips. Jeff Trudeau (pictured above) is in the big blind and he calls after some thought.
The flop comes down which pairs Trudeau, but Law picks up an open ended straight draw. The turn is the keeping Trudeau in the lead. The river is the which pairs Law, but it's not enough. Trudeau's pair is better and that earns him the pot, the victory, the $63,599 first place prize, and his third gold WSOP Circuit ring this month, after winning one earlier at the WSOP Circuit in Choctaw, Durant and one last year in New Orleans.
For his second place finish Law (below) will take home $39,309.
Friday, December 1, 2017 2:22 AM Local Time
Friday, December 1, 2017 2:20 AM Local Time
Jeffrey Trudeau limps in and Chun Law checks his option.
The flop comes down and Law checks to Trudeau who bets 50,000. Law calls.
The turn is the and both players check. On the river, Law leads out for 125,000 and Trudeau calls. Law mucks his hand without showing and Trudeau doesn't show his hand either, but takes the pot anyways.
Jeffrey Trudeau - 1,550,000 (31 bb)
Chun Law - 1,100,000 (22 bb)
Friday, December 1, 2017 2:07 AM Local Time
Jeff Trudeau is in position on a flop. Chun Law checks, Trudeau bets 50,000, and Law calls.
The turn is the , and the action repeats. Law checks, Trudeau bets 145,000, and Law calls.
The river is the , and Law checks again. Trudeau takes his cue to bet 350,000, but Law quickly check-raises all in for about 1,300,000. Trudeau grimaces and folds, showing for sevens full.
"Pretty brutal, man," Law shakes his head. He flashes as the dealer pushes him the pot, having run down the better eights full on the river. He now has a chip lead of more than 2:1.
Chun Law - 1,875,000 (38 bb)
Jeffrey Trudeau - 775,000 (16 bb)
Friday, December 1, 2017 2:07 AM Local Time
Friday, December 1, 2017 2:02 AM Local Time
Jeffrey Trudeau opens with a raise to 90,000 on the button. Chun Law reraises, making it 305,000 from the button. Trudeau thinks for a moment, then moves all in.
"Ugh," Law says leaning back in his chair. "Super close right here."
Eventually Law decides to call.
The board runs out securing the chops.
"I told him if It's ever close i'm calling," Law says after the hand. "It was super close. If it's close for him he's just folding."
Chun Law - 1,200,000 (29 bb)
Jeffrey Trudeau - 1,450,000 (36 bb)
Friday, December 1, 2017 1:48 AM Local Time
Jeffrey Trudeau opens the button to 90,000, and Chun Law defends his big blind.
The flop is . Law checks, Trudeau continues for 110,000, and Law calls. The turn is the , and the betting action repeats for another 235,000 apiece. The river is the , and Law checks for the third time. Trudeau moves all in for 890,000 effective, having his opponent covered.
"Ewww," Law scrunches up his face and shakes his head. "Pretty close," he says.
Eventually, though, Law folds, and Trudeau wins the pot with no showdown.
Jeffrey Trudeau - 1,760,000 (44 bb)
Chun Law - 890,000 (22 bb)
Friday, December 1, 2017 1:42 AM Local Time
Friday, December 1, 2017 1:42 AM Local Time
The two finalists are on a 10-mintue break as Level 25 concludes. Here's how they'll stack up once the new level begins:
Jeffrey Trudeau - 1,390,000 (35 bb)
Chun Law - 1,260,000 (32 bb)
Friday, December 1, 2017 1:40 AM Local Time
Michael Cooper (pictured) moves all in for 491,000 in the small blind, and Jeffrey Trudeau calls to put him at risk from the big blind. It's a flip.
The keeps Cooper in the lead with a set of nines, but it does not hold. The on the turn fills Trudeau's straight, and now Cooper needs to catch back up to stay alive. He cannot, though. The river is the blank , and Trudeau wins the pot with a king-high straight.
Cooper is eliminated in third place, leaving Trudeau and Chun Law heads-up for the ring.
Michael Cooper - Eliminated
Friday, December 1, 2017 1:39 AM Local Time
Tyler Phillips (pictured) shoves all in on the button and Chun Law calls from the big blind.
The board comes out which is clean for Law's aces and he earns the knockout, as Phillips is sent to the rail, collecting $23,331 for his 4th place finish.
Chun Law - 1,150,000 (38 bb)
Tyler Phillips - Eliminated
Friday, December 1, 2017 1:36 AM Local Time
Chun Law opens from the cutoff with a raise to 75,000. Action folds around where Jeffrey Trudeau moves all in from the big blind. Law snap calls.
The board comes and that earns Law the double up with two pair.
Jeffrey Trudeau - 850,000 (28 bb)
Chun Law - 750,000 (25 bb)
Friday, December 1, 2017 1:29 AM Local Time
Tyler Phillips moves all in from the button. From the small blind, Nelson Robinson (pictured) calls the shove with less than Phillips. Trudeau folds his big blind and the two players turn up their hands.
The board runs out and that gives Phillips two pair, kings and fours, and earns him the elimination. Robinson takes home $15,060 for his 5th place finish.
Tyler Phillips - 560,000 (19 bb)
Nelson Robinson - Eliminated
Friday, December 1, 2017 1:25 AM Local Time
From the cutoff, Jeffrey Trudeau opens with a raise to 60,000. Action folds around where Michael Cooper moves all in with a covering stack from the small blind. Trudeau snap calls with his stack of 622,000 and the two turn up their hands.
The board comes down which gives Trudeau the pot with a pair of aces and a king kicker. With that massive double Trudeau moves into the chip lead and is the first player to eclipse 1,000,000 chips.
Jeffrey Trudeau - 1,300,000 (43 bb)
Michael Cooper - 290,000 (10 bb)
Friday, December 1, 2017 1:18 AM Local Time
Friday, December 1, 2017 1:12 AM Local Time
Action folds to Kurt Jewell (pictured) who moves all in from the button for 128,000. Chun Law calls from the small blind and the big blind folds brining the two players to a show down.
The board runs out giving Law the best hand with a pair of nines, and eliminating Jewell from the tournament in 6th place for $11,370.
Chun Law - 700,000 (54 bb)
Kurt Jewell - Eliminated
Friday, December 1, 2017 1:02 AM Local Time
Michael Cooper open shoves from the hijack for 285,000. Action folds to Kurt Jewell who calls from the big blind with a covering stack.
The board runs out which gives Cooper the best hand with aces and eights. Jewell is left as the shortest stack with 140,000 chips.
Michael Cooper - 600,000 (25 bb)
Kurt Jewell - 140,000 (6 bb)
Friday, December 1, 2017 12:56 AM Local Time
Friday, December 1, 2017 12:54 AM Local Time
Kurt Jewell opens with a raise to 44,000. Michael Cooper moves all in two seats over for 117,000. Action folds back to Jewell and he calls.
The board comes down giving both players two pair, but better two pair for Cooper allowing him to double.
Michael Cooper - 240,000 (12 bb)
Kurt Jewell - 375,000 (19 bb)