Tuesday, October 11, 2011 9:05 PM Local Time
It's all over but the shouting and the passing of the proverbial sugar. In just over seven hours of play today, Andrew Hinrichsen has completed his quest to achieve poker's most iconic prize, a piece of WSOP gold, adding nearly €150,000 to his pockets in the process.
When the day began, Hinrichsen was second in chips, though still a long way behind chip leader Gianluca Speranza. And the Italian was flexing that chip lead in the opening levels. Speranza was responsible for the elimination of the ninth-place finisher Gregory Lejolivet in the first few minutes of the day, and he won a big flip with ace-king against pocket fives to send Eric Baudry out in sixth place. That gave him more than half the chips in play with five left, but his lead was anything but safe.
Five-handed play lingered for a while before the table was able to bid farewell to a dangerous Welshman. Roberto Romanello came into this final table just eight players away from his first bracelet, and it would have made him only the fifth player to achieve poker's elusive Triple Crown. The day did not go as he had dreamt about last night though, and he soon found himself all in with his ace-deuce in awful shape. Bernard Guigon's ace-king was too much in the end, and Romanello was forced to settle for a consolation prize of €37,874 -- though it likely wasn't much consolation.
Guigon was next to fall in fourth place (at the hands of Speranza), and the final three broke for dinner in a near deadlock for the chip lead. When they returned, things began to go south for Hinrichsen. Pot after pot was pulled from him, and he soon found himself badly in need of a double-up with just over 200,000 chips. Soon thereafter, though, he found that lucky double when his flushed Speranza's to keep him afloat. He continued to chip his way up close to 650,000 when he played another decisive, double-up-or-go-home pot. It was a flip with Speranza, and the of Hinrichsen managed to outrun his opponent's pocket fives to give him the chip lead for the first time.
It wasn't much longer before the end came. In the last hand, Hinrichsen took Speranza to Valuetown with , and he ended up out-kicking his opponent on a king-high board to seal the deal. Speranza looked less than thrilled as they announced his name in second place, good enough for a big five-figure score.
So then, Australia has another gold bracelet to add to its tally. That's six by our count, and this one moves Hinrichsen into Australia's all-time Top 25 winningest players. Hinrichsen had a small rail here to support him this week, but he sends his regards to everyone who was rooting for him back home.
The drinks are on Andrew Hinrichsen tonight in Cannes, and Australia's newest bracelet winner has 148,030 new reasons to celebrate.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 8:33 PM Local Time
From the button, Gianluca Speranza raised to 42,000. Andrew Hinrichsen reraised to 100,000 even from the big blind and Speranza called to see the flop.
The flop came down and Hinrichsen fired a bet of 115,000. Speranza reached for his chips and slid out a tall tower to make the call.
The turn was the and Hinrichsen stayed on the gas. He upped his bet a bit and fired 200,000. With two tall towers this time, Speranza slid out the call.
The river completed the board with the and Hinrichsen paused before announcing that he was all in. Speranza snap-called. Immediately, Hinrichsen tabled the for kings and threes with top kicker. Speranza held a weaker kicker with the . Thanks to his double up earlier, Hinrichsen had the chip lead and eliminated Speranza in second place to earn the victory and his first-ever World Series of Poker gold bracelet!
|Andrew Hinrichsen||2,313,000||0 |
|Gianluca Speranza||0||0 |
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 8:24 PM Local Time
It looks like Gianluca Speranza is going to have a bit more trouble with Andrew Hinrichsen now that the Italian has relinquished the chip lead for the first time today.
In the last pot, Hinrichsen opened to 40,000 on the button, and Speranza three-bet him to 120,000 total. Hinrichsen took his pause, then stacked out another raise to 245,000 total. Speranza couldn't stand the heat this time, and he uncapped his cards and slipped them into the muck.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 8:19 PM Local Time
Andrew Hinrichsen raised from the button to 40,000. Gianluca Speranza three-bet to 124,000 from the big blind. Hinrichsen reraised all in for 646,000 and Speranza quickly called.
The flop came down and put Hinrichsen in front with a pair of tens. The turn was an interesting card as it brought the and gave Speranza nine more outs to a club flush. The river was safe for Hinrichsen when the fell.
With that double, Hinrichsen now has the chip lead.
|Andrew Hinrichsen||1,298,000||757,000 |
|Gianluca Speranza||1,015,000||-779,000 |
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 8:11 PM Local Time
From the button, Andrew Hinrichsen raised to 40,000. Gianluca Speranza called from the big blind and the flop came down . Speranza checked and Hinrichsen checked.
The turn was the and both players checked again to see the land on the river. Speranza bet 62,000 and Hinrichsen gave it up.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 8:04 PM Local Time
The players are back in action.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 7:57 PM Local Time
Heads-up now, the two remaining players have stepped away for a quick break. When they return for the final duel, they'll stack up like so:
|Gianluca Speranza||1,794,000||544,000 |
|Andrew Hinrichsen||541,000||-43,000 |
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 7:56 PM Local Time
From the button, Tarcisio Bruno raised to 50,000. Action moved to Gianluca Speranza in the big blind and he announced that he was all in. Bruno quickly called and created a pot over one million in chips.
The flop came down and Bruno's tens stayed in front. The turn was the and added a gutshot straight draw for Speranza. The river landed with the and smacked Speranza with "an ace from space" to give him the win.
Speranza is now heads up with Andrew Hinrichsen and we'll have the official chip counts coming for you shortly.
|Tarcisio Bruno||0||-540,000 |
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 7:40 PM Local Time
On the turn of a board, we joined the action as Gianluca Speranza put out a bet of 48,000 into a pot of just more than that. His opponent, Andrew Hinrichsen, took pause, then raised the minimum to 96,000. Speranza made the call.
The arrived on the river, and the two men were content to check it down. At showdown, Speranza just went ahead and mucked, and that was probably a mistake. You have to show two cards to win the pot in WSOP events, and Hinrichsen reluctantly turned over his airball in order to claim the chips.
You should have seen the look on Speranza's face.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 7:27 PM Local Time
Gianluca Speranza raised from the button to 40,000. Andrew Hinrichsen reraised all in for 579,000 from the big blind and won the pot.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 7:26 PM Local Time
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 7:26 PM Local Time
When Tarcisio Bruno folded his button, Andrew Hinrichsen open-shoved his last 289,000 into the pot from the small blind. In the big, Gianluca Speranza peeked down at and made the quick call, and he was pleased to see that he had his opponent's in awfully bad shape.
The flop was a good miss for the Aussie, earning him a flush draw and another eight outs to the double.
That's even better. Hinrichsen made his flush, but there was still some sweating to do as he now needed to fade the remaining hearts to avoid being overflushed.
The river was a safe , though, and Hinrichsen has thusly doubled up to 584,000. He's not done fighting yet.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 7:13 PM Local Time
From the small blind, Andrew Hinrichsen raised to 33,000, and big blind Gianluca Speranza came along to the flop.
It brought , and Hinrichsen continued out with another 35,000 chips. Speranza shot a glance and made the call, and the landed on fourth street. There was no slowing down from the Aussie now, and a second bet worth 65,000 was good enough to drag the pot.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 7:08 PM Local Time
From the button, Gianluca Speranza raised to 32,000. After Tarcisio Bruno called from the small blind, Andrew Hinrichsen reraised all in for 210,000. Both of his opponent folded and Hinrichsen won the pot.
|Andrew Hinrichsen||280,000||5,000 |
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 7:04 PM Local Time
On the turn of a board, Gianluca Speranza put out a bet of 60,000, and Tarcisio Bruno called instantly. That brought them to the river, and Speranza had wide eyes. He reached behind his towers and slid out a huge bet of 285,000. Once again, the call came instantly.
Speranza tabled for the flopped full house, and we got to see the hand that called him as Bruno laid his inferior on the felt.
After that exchange, the Italian is down to about 580,000, while Speranza climbs all the way up to about 1.5 million.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 6:40 PM Local Time
From the button, Tarcisio Bruno raised to 35,000. Andrew Hinrichsen three-bet to 78,000 from the small blind and Bruno quickly called.
The flop came down and both players checked to see the land on the turn. Both players checked again. The river then completed the board with the and Hinrichsen checked. Bruno quickly bet 95,000. Hinrichsen paused, then folded and Bruno won the pot.
|Tarcisio Bruno||830,000||90,000 |
|Andrew Hinrichsen||575,000||-73,000 |
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 6:37 PM Local Time
Tarcisio Bruno check-called a bet of 44,000 on the board of from Gianluca Speranza. The river then completed the board with the and Bruno checked again. Speranza fired 96,000 this time and Bruno folded.
|Gianluca Speranza||1,050,000||73,000 |
|Tarcisio Bruno||740,000||20,000 |
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 6:33 PM Local Time
On the first hand back from the dinner break, Gianluca Speranza increased his chip lead through Andrew Hinrichsen, who slipped into third place.
From the button, Speranza raised to 32,000. Hinrichsen called out of the big blind and the flop came down . Hinrichsen checked, Speranza bet 28,000 and Hinrichsen called.
The turn was the and Hinrichsen checked again. Speranza bet 46,000 and Hinrichsen made the call.
The river paired the board and put a fourth heart out there with the landing. Hinrichsen checked and Speranza took a minute to study. He then fired 156,000. Hinrichsen thought about it, but folded and Speranza won the pot.
|Gianluca Speranza||977,000||118,000 |
|Andrew Hinrichsen||648,000||-108,000 |
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 6:25 PM Local Time
The players are back in their seats, and the cards have gone in the air once again. We've got ourselves a horse race here.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 6:24 PM Local Time