Tuesday, June 29, 2010 4:23 AM Local Time
Sigurd Eskeland is a 36-year-old former teacher hailing from Oslo, Norway. He's previously cashed in two WSOP events, including the Main Event back in 2008 where he was the chip leader for Day 3.
It was a grueling day of eight different games that began at 3:00 p.m. with 20 players returning to action. Eskeland came into the day at the top of the bottom half of the field sitting in 12th position. When it was all said and done, 14 hours later, he was the only man left.
It may have taken a sick beat to deliver the final blow as Eskeland went runner-runner flush to knock off Steve Sung in second place, but Eskeland played his heart out throughout the day and the final table. He was given great respect by many of the others in the field and complimented numerous times. Eskeland was quick to return those sentiments and said to Sung after the final hand, "I hated playing with you. You are a great player, truly."
For the win, Eskeland takes home over $260,000 and captures his first WSOP gold bracelet! Congratulations to him and all the winners in this event. Until next time, this is the PokerNews team signing off. Get some rest because you know we will!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 4:15 AM Local Time
Sigurd Eskeland raised to 80,000 from the button and was faced with a three-bet to 260,000 from Steve Sung. Eskeland then announced he was all in and Sung snap-called.
The flop came which wasn't too much help to Sung. However the on the turn gave Eskeland a flush draw in addition to his overcard.
The river was the , giving Eskeland his flush. He shouted "Yes!" with his arms held high while the dealer started to count out the chips to see is Sung was actually eliminated.
In the end, Eskeland had a slight lead on Sung and was able to accumulate all the chips in play.
Congratulations to Steve Sung for putting on one heck of a heads up fight, coming back from a deficit of over one million chips to take the lead at one point.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 4:06 AM Local Time
We didn't have any preflop betting before seeing a flop of . Steve Sung check-called a bet of 640,000 from Sigurd Eskeland and they both checked the on the turn.
When the came on the river, Sung bet out 200,000, and got Eskeland to fold.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 3:53 AM Local Time
Eskeland: (X)(X) / / (X)
Sung: (X)(X) / / (X)
Steve Sung made the bring in but three-bet Sigurd Eskeland after Eskeland raised. Things were a little simpler on fourth street with Sung betting and Eskeland calling. Action would continue in the same fashion through to seventh street when Sung bet and Eskeland folded.
As the title suggests, this hand put Sung back in the chip lead by 200,000. He has 1,800,000 to Eskeland's 1,600,000.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 3:49 AM Local Time
Eskeland: (X)(X) / / (X)
Sung: (X)(X) / / (X)
After a brutal series of razz hands, Sigurd Eskeland has finally taken back the lead. He made the bring in and then called a completion from Steve Sung on third street. When Sung checked fourth street, Eskeland bet and Sung called.
Sung check-raised on fifth street with Eskeland calling. On sixth street it would be Eskeland who bet with Sung calling.
Eskeland made one last bet on the river, which got Sung to fold.
It appears that Eskeland has now taken the chip lead once more.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 3:44 AM Local Time
Steve Sung: (X)(X) /
Sigurd Eskeland: (X)(X) /
Sigurd Eskeland had to make the bring in, which he did. He then called a completion from Sung. Sung bet again on fourth street with Eskeland calling. On fifth street Eskeland bet and then called a raise from Sung. Sung got Eskeland to fold on sixth street when Eskeland checked and Sung bet.
Our players are now even, with Sung having picked up a million chips in under an hour.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 3:37 AM Local Time
Steve Sung recently made a to win a razz hand which has put him back into the mix with 1,200,000. However, Sigurd Eskeland is still in the lead with 2,600,000.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 3:33 AM Local Time
Sigurd Eskeland raised from the button with Steve Sung agreeing to see a flop. The flop was . Sung check-called a bet from Eskeland and we got to see the on the turn, which both players checked. The river was the and Eskeland folded to a bet from Sung.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 3:19 AM Local Time
Sigurd Eskeland raised from the button with Steve Sung calling. We were treated to a flop of . Sung check-called a bet from Eskeland. The turn was the and betting followed the same pattern as the flop. The river was the and we once again saw Sung check-call a bet from Eskeland.
Eskeland showed while Sung showed . Eskeland's trip-kings were good for the pot. He's now up to 2,740,000 with Sung at 660,000.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 3:13 AM Local Time
Steve Sung had raised from the button with Sigurd Eskeland re-raising. Sung made the call and we saw a flop of .
Sung called a bet from Eskeland when the came on the turn. Both players checked the on the river and Sung showed for a pair of nines, while Eskeland mucked.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 3:02 AM Local Time
Here's how our chip counts look heading into heads up play:
Sigurd Eskeland: 2,263,000
Steve Sung: 1,134,000
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 3:00 AM Local Time
2-7 Triple Draw
This hand had a ton of first round betting that started with Steve Sung raising from the button. Sigurd Eskeland called from the small blind, but Alexander Wice three-bet. Not one to be outdone, Sung four-bet with Eskeland making the call and Wice calling for the rest of his chips.
Each player drew one card with Eskeland and Sung checking the next round of betting.
On the second draw all three players chose to take just one card. Eskeland then check-called a bet from Sung.
While Wice stood pat on the last draw, Eskeland and Sung made a final single-card draw. Eskeland then bet with Sung thinking for a moment before folding.
Eskeland showed while Wice showed for the second-best hand.
We're now heading into heads up play and will be back after a short break.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 2:50 AM Local Time
2-7 Triple Draw
Alexander Wice raised from the button and got a call out of Steve Sung. Wice drew two cards and Sung drew three. After Sung checked on the first round of betting, Wice bet and then called a riase from Sung.
Each player drew one card with Wice folding to a bet from Sung, leaving himself with just 155,000.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 2:45 AM Local Time
2-7 Triple Draw
Steve Sung raised from the button and was three-bet by Sigurd Eskeland. Sung made the call and drew two cards while Eskeland took just one.
Sung called a bet from Eskeland and drew one card with Eskeland standing pat. Once more, Sung called a bet from Eskeland after the draw.
The final draw saw Sung taking one card and Eskeland continuing to stand pat. Both players checked the last round of betting.
Eskeland showed and Sung showed a ten-low, giving the pot to Eskeland.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 2:39 AM Local Time
We got to this hand with Steve Sung betting 30,000 into the flop with Sigurd Eskeland making the call.
Both players checked the on the turn as well as the on the river, and it was Sung's that took the pot down.
Sung and Eskeland are both even with close to 1,500,000. Wice, meanwhile, is about 750,000 behind.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 2:36 AM Local Time
Sigurd Eskeland got things started in this hand when he raised to 60,000, getting calls from both Alexander Wice and Steve Sung.
The flop brought into the mix and all three players checked. However after Wice checked the turn, Sung bet 120,000 and took it down when his opponents folded.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 2:33 AM Local Time
Steve Sung and Alexander Wice got mixed up again when Sung raised to 62,000 from the button and Wice re-raised to 198,000 from the big blind. Sung made the call and the two saw a flop of .
Once the flop was down Wice went all in for his last 242,000, and despite the pot odds, Sung was unable to justify a call.
Wice is now back to 650,000.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 2:28 AM Local Time
We caught up to this hand on a flop of to see Steve Sung betting 25,000. Sigurd Eskeland raised to 80,000 and Sung made the call.
Eskeland folded after Sung bet 165,000 with the on the turn.
Sung is now up to 1,270,000 while Eskeland is down to 1,620,000.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 2:24 AM Local Time
Alexander Wice had called from the small blind with Steve Sung checking his option. The flop was and Wice led out with a bet of 30,000, getting a call from Sung.
Both players checked the turn as well as the river. Wice showed and Sung mucked.
In the next hand Wice raised 50,000 from the button but folded to Sung's 200,000 re-raise and is back down to 450,000
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 2:17 AM Local Time
Steve Sung called from the button only to have Sigurd Eskeland raise to 125,000 from the small blind. While Alexander Wice didn't feel like coming along, Sung agreed to see a flop and called.
Our flop was and Eskeland checked into Sung who bet 100,000. Eskeland re-raised to 250,000 and Sung called.
Sung bet 200,000 into the turn after Eskeland had checked and took down the pot.