Friday, June 18, 2010 12:03 AM Local Time
The $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha event has come to an end with Miguel Proulx outlasting a field of 596 to take down his first gold bracelet. The day started with twelve players on the march to a winner. Matthew Reed, Joe Serock and Dilyan Kovachev were all eliminated leading up to the final table.
Once there, action seemed to slow as players felt one another out and took a patient approach; in fact, only one player was eliminated early on, Patrick Hanoteau. Things changed after the players returned from their dinner break in a big way. Action picked up and the eliminations began to mount. Tommy Le was the next to fall, followed by Trevor Pope.
It was at this point that Miguel Proulx seemed to switch gears and become much more aggressive. The very next hand after eliminating Pope, he knocked out Karl Gal. Michael Greco then eliminated Joerg Engels and Proulx countered by sending Stephane Tayar home.
Once it was three handed, it was anyone's game. L.J. Klein doubled to 1.5 million through Proulx, which essentially evened the two, with Greco close behind at 850,000. After changing chips back and forth, Greco was eliminated, setting up a heads-up battle between Klein, who was the chipleader at the end of Day 1, and Proulx, who was the chip leader coming into the final day.
The heads-up battle was a contest of wills, characterized by patient play and well thought out aggression. Proulx was at a chip disadvantage but managed to double up and bring the stacks within 100,000 of each other. In the end, Proulx dispatched Klein with the nut flush to claim his first gold bracelet and the $315,311 first place prize.
Congratulations to Miguel Proulx, Event #28 Champion!
Thursday, June 17, 2010 11:57 PM Local Time
Miguel Proulx and L.J. Klein had battled for about 45 minutes, with Proulx holding a slim advantage over Klein when the final hand took place.
Klein opened with a raise to 125,000 from the button, and Proulx called. The flop came monotone -- . Proulx checked, Klein bet 75,000, and Proulx took about a half-minute before making the call.
The turn was the . This time Proulx bet out 200,000, and it was Klein's turn to think about it. He, too, took about a half-minute to make his decision, then made the call.
The river was the , and Proulx quickly checked. Klein studied for just a moment, then said he was all-in. Proulx called instantly, turning over for the unbeatable nut flush. Klein's losing hand was rapidly scooped, but it appeared he had for two pair.
Klein finishes as runner-up, and Miguel Proulx is our winner!
Thursday, June 17, 2010 11:54 PM Local Time
Miguel Proulx -- 2,500,000
L.J. Klein -- 1,970,000
Thursday, June 17, 2010 11:44 PM Local Time
L.J. Klein raised to 125,000 and Miguel Proulx made the call. The flop came and both players checked.
Proulx then bet 250,000 when the hit the turn. Klein announced a raise and pushed forward 700,000. Proulx didn't take long to declare that he was all in. Klein took a few moments and then tossed his cards in the muck.
With that hand, Proulx increased his stack to 2.9 million and took the chip lead from Klein, who dropped to 1.475 million.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 11:40 PM Local Time
Another half-dozen hands and L.J. Klein had successfully chipped away further at Miguel Proulx's stack, moving up to 3.54 million versus Proulx's 985,000.
Then came a hand in which Klein opened with a raise to 125,000 from the small blind/button, and Proulx reraised to 375,000. Klein thought a half-minute, then said he was reraising enough to put Proulx all in, and Proulx called.
The flop came , giving Klein a set of fours. It appeared the end was near. But the dramatically arrived on the turn, giving Proulx the better set. The river was the , and Proulx doubles back all of the way to 2 million, not far behind Klein's 2.4 million!
Thursday, June 17, 2010 11:30 PM Local Time
We've seen ten hands of heads-up thus far without much significant chip movement. Each player has taken a few small pots off the other, but no major confrontations have occurred as yet.
L.J. Klein continues to enjoy about a 2-to-1 chip advantage, with 3 million to Miguel Proulx's nearly 1.5 million.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 11:23 PM Local Time
On just the second hand of heads-up play we saw a potentially tourney-ending hand. Following a flop of , Miguel Proulx bet 100,000, L.J. Klein raised pot to 350,000 from the button, Proulx reraised all-in, and Klein called.
Both players had flopped straights with in their hands, but Klein had a couple of spades and the possibility of taking the whole pot.
But neither the turn nor river brought a spade, so they chopped the big pot.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 11:16 PM Local Time
L.J. Klein -- 2,775,000
Miguel Proulx -- 1,695,000
Thursday, June 17, 2010 11:11 PM Local Time
L.J. Klein opened with a raise from the small blind, Michael Greco reraised all in for his last 485,000, and Klein called.
The flop came , and Klein was ahead with two pair, but Greco had a flush draw. The turn was the , and Greco was still looking for help. But the river was the , and Greco is out in third, matching his best-ever WSOP finish from last year.
We're heads-up! A short break before the final two carry this battle to the end.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 11:02 PM Local Time
L.J. Klein -- 2,340,000
Miguel Proulx -- 1,285,000
Michael Greco -- 695,000
Thursday, June 17, 2010 10:55 PM Local Time
L.J. Klein just doubled up one opponent. And now he's doubled up the other.
Klein opened for 150,000 from the small blind, and Michael Greco called from the big blind. The flop came , Greco committed his last 300,000, and Klein called.
Greco showed and Klein . The turn was the and the river the , and Greco's hand was best.
Klein's still over 2 million, though, while Greco has 875,000.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 10:50 PM Local Time
Miguel Proulx raised to 150,000 preflop and L.J. Klein raised enough to put him all in for around 535,000. Proulx called and turned over and was up against Klein's .
The flop came out , giving Proulx two pair. The on the turn changed nothing and Klein needed a queen or jack to win. The river was the and Proulx doubled to just over a million while Klein dropped to 2.7 million.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 10:40 PM Local Time
L.J. Klein opened for 105,000 from the button, Michael Greco folded, and Michel Proulx raised to 340,000 from the big blind. Klein called the reraise, and turned to look at Proulx as the dealer dealt the flop. Such is Klein's habit -- to watch his opponent's reaction to the flop rather than the cards being dealt.
Interestingly, this time Proulx was looking at Klein, too, so neither saw the spread out on the felt before them right away. Eventually Proulx looked down, then bet 300,000. Klein quickly announced a pot-sized reraise, and Proulx instantly mucked his cards.
Klein is now up to 3.235 million, while both Proulx and Greco are right around the 580,000-chip mark.
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Thursday, June 17, 2010 10:32 PM Local Time
Miguel Proulx opened with a raise to 150,000 from the small blind, and L.J. Klein called from the big blind. Both checked the flop. The turn was the . Proulx bet 175,000, and Klein took about 20 seconds before making the call.
The river was the . Proulx checked, and Klein didn't hesitate to push out 400,000. Proulx tossed his cards dealerward.
Klein increases his lead, and is now with 2.345 million. Proulx is next with 1.35 million, and Greco has 700,000.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 10:25 PM Local Time
Miguel Proulx opened for 125,000 from the button, and Michael Greco called from the big blind. The flop came , and both checked. The turn was the . Greco bet 100,000, and Proulx casually tossed four green (25,000) chips out to call.
The river was the . Greco checked, and this time Proulx carefully slid out two stacks of orange (5,000) chips for a bet of 200,000. Greco let it go.
Proulx has 1.85 million, and Greco is down to 625,000. L.J. Klein has edged in front now with almost 2 million.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 10:08 PM Local Time
Miguel Proulx -- 1,910,000
L.J. Klein -- 1,710,000
Michael Greco -- 850,000
Thursday, June 17, 2010 9:55 PM Local Time
Our three remaining players are taking a 20-minute break, which could well be the last break of the night.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 9:54 PM Local Time
In the last hand of the level, Miguel Proulx raised to 120,000 from the small blind, and L.J. Klein called from the BB. The flop came . Proulx checked, and Klein bet 240,000, leaving himself about a half million behind. Proulx announced he was raising pot, and Klein called with his remaining chips.
An intriguing situation, in which Proulx's humble pair of fours were currently best. But the turn gave Klein the straight, and the sealed it.
Klein bounds back to around 1.7 million on that one, while Proulx slips back under 2 million. We'll get exact counts here in a second as the players are about to go on a 20-minute break.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 9:50 PM Local Time
Stephane Tayar raised pot under the gun to 140,000, leaving himself only 10,000 behind. Miguel Proulx, who was next to act, made the call. The blinds then got out of the way.
Before the flop, Tayar bet his last 10,000 and Proulx called so they could turn up their cards.
The flop came down , giving Tayar a pair of queens with a draw to the straight flush if the hit; however, Proulx had picked up the royal flush draw, so Tayar needed to avoid all spades.
Unfortunately for him, the cale on the turn, locking up the hand for Proulx. The was run out on the river for good measure, and Tayar was officially eliminated from the tournament in fourth place.