As I said before, Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth highlighted the night’s final six at the L.A. Poker Classic. About $1.6 million was up for grabs. This was Ivey’s eighth WPT final table appearance. Opening chip count:
1. Ivey.- $4.1 million
2. Scott Montgomery- $2.68 million
3. Hellmuth- $2.38 million
4. Woody Moore- $1.51 million
5. Quinn Do- $1.45 million
6. Nam Le- $1.18 million
On the very first hand, Moore went ALL IN against Ivey.
POT: $3.06 million
THE FLOP: (2H)(3S)(6H)- DUDTURN: JACK OF HEARTS
Moore was really in excellent shape, as he now had a flush draw. All he needed to avoid was a 9 that wasn’t a Heart…
…it was a Queen of Clubs, meaning Moore doubled up and took the lead right off the bat! Ivey tried to do better in the second hand against Montgomery.
BASE POT: $1.5 million
THE FLOP: (2C)(7H)(8D)- DUD
An $800K bet by Montgomery was enough for Ivey to fold, giving Montgomery a $2.3M pot. Both Phils battled each other in hand #3.
BASE POT: $260,000
THE FLOP: (AD)(3C)(4D)
Instant straight draw for Hellmuth.
TURN: JACK OF DIAMONDS
Ivey now had the lead, and his $100K bet made Hellmuth fold to win him a $360K pot. Then, we had some three way action between both Phils and Le.
Nam: DOUBLE DEUCES (Diamonds and Clubs)
BASE POT: $300,000
THE FLOP: (4D)(2S)(AD)
Le had triple deuces, but for the second hand in a row, Hellmuth had an instant wheel draw.
TURN: 2 OF HEARTS- FOUR OF A KIND!!
Le was just simply invincible now with quad twos! Hellmuth bowed out of this hand while the others bet 100 grand.
RIVER: ACE OF CLUBS
The pot Le won here was worth $810,000. Next, we had three way action with the other three players.
BASE POT: $810,000
THE FLOP: (QD)(KD)(8S)
Do had top pair, but the other two only needed a 10 for a straight. After a $350K Do wager, Moore folded, as did Montgomery, automatically winning Do a $1.16M pot. We get back to regular action on the next hand.
BASE POT: $260,000
THE FLOP: (6H)(3D)(JD)
Top pair for Hellmuth, while Le had low pair. Both called for $140K each.
TURN: KING OF HEARTS
Le now had a strong lead with two pair and bet $350K, but Hellmuth pushed ALL IN! Did Le go ALL IN himself…YES. That meant the only thing that could go wrong was for a Jack to show up on the river…
RIVER: 10 OF SPADES
…it was a 10, meaning Le doubled up to $2.4M! After the first half hour, here was the new chip count:
1. Scott- $3.93 million
2. Ivey- $2.51 million
3. Nam- $2.38 million
4. Woody- $1.79 million
5. Quinn- $1.84 million
6. Hellmuth- $1.05 million
After Hellmuth won the first blitz hand of the night for $470K, here was the next hand.
BASE POT: $610,000
THE FLOP: (5S)(4D)(KD)- DUD
After Le bet $140K, Moore raised to $440K and it resulted in a Le fold, meaning Moore won a $1.19 million pot. On the next hand, we went back to three way action between the Phils and Le.
Hellmuth: DOUBLE JACKS (Spades and Diamonds)
BASE POT: $1.02 million
THE FLOP: (AD)(10S)(3H)
Le had the best possible pair but Ivey now had an Ace high straight draw. Le bet $650K to try and score off either Phil…and he wound up scaring off both, so he won the $1.67 million pot.
Hellmuth went ALL IN on the next hand against Moore.
POT: $1.28 million
THE FLOP: (2H)(AC)(JS)
TURN: 7 OF CLUBS
Hellmuth needed a 9 to pop up on the river or he would be throwing a hissy fit out of the building…
RIVER: QUEEN OF CLUBS
…sorry. He left in sixth place with $229,820, whether he liked it or not.
Also in danger of being eliminated was Do, who went ALL IN on the next hand against Montgomery, the current chip leader for most of the way out.
POT: $2.35 million
THE FLOP: (9D)(7H)(QC)
TURN: 9 OF SPADES
Do’s hoping another Ace didn’t show up on river time…
RIVER: 10 OF DIAMONDS
…didn’t happen, so Do doubled up. The new chip count at halftime:
1. Phil Ivey- $3.31 million
2. Woody- $3.26 million
3. Scott- $2.34 million
4. Quinn- $2.33 million
5. Nam- $2.06 million
Montgomery then won on a blitz for $550K, and then we saw this hand.
Woody: DOUBLE NINES (Diamonds and Clubs)
Nam: DOUBLE TWOS (Spades and Clubs)
BASE POT: $1.35 million
THE FLOP: (4C)(9H)(10D)
Instant triple for Moore. After Le bet $400K, Moore raised to a million! That was enough for Le to fold, so Moore won the pot for $2.75 million! Next:
BASE POT: $820K
THE FLOP: (9D)(AS)(5S)
Instant flush draw for Do.
TURN: KING OF SPADES- FLUSH!
Both called $400K into the pot.
RIVER: JACK OF CLUBS
After Do called ALL IN, he doubled up to $3.12 million! Montgomery now had only $350K left and had no choice but to go ALL IN on the next hand against Moore, whom now had the chip lead.
THE FLOP: (QD)(9S)(3D)
Middle pair for Montgomery.
TURN: 5 OF SPADES
He needed to dodge an Ace…
RIVER: JACK OF SPADES
…with triple Jacks, Montgomery doubled up. He went ALL IN again, this time against Le.
POT: $1.76 million
THE FLOP: (5C)(7D)(5S)
TURN: 3 OF SPADES- DUD
Montgomery now needed an 8 on the river or else…
RIVER: 3 OF CLUBS
…but it was another three, so his stay in first place early on was short-lived and he left in fifth place with $296,860.
With about a half hour to go, this was the new chip count:
1. Phil Ivey- $5.27 million
2. Woody- $5.12 million
3. Quinn- $1.89 million
4. Nam- $1.02 million
Ivey got back in it thanks in part to an open-ended straight that won him a pot of over $3 million.
On the next hand, Le’s ALL IN bet scared the other three players away, so he won a $1.44 million pot. Now, the next hand.
BASE POT: $840K
Middle pair for Moore, but Do made top pair. After Do bet 400 grand, Moore pushed ALL IN...and Do called ALL IN.
TURN: 10 OF SPADES
To eliminate Do, Moore needed the river to show an Ace or a 5…
RIVER: 4 OF CLUBS
…he was one off with the 4, so Do doubled up to $3.04M! New chip count now:
1. Phil Ivey- $6.31 million
2. Woody- $3.05 million
3. Quinn- $2.54 million
4. Nam- $1.4 million
Ivey was getting closer and closer to finally winning a WPT tournament!
Do doubled up again when his ALL IN bet scared away both Moore and Le. Le then won a $770K pot on a blitz.
Then, Ivey pushed Le ALL IN on the next hand. To start:
Phil: DOUBLE 3s (Hearts and Clubs)
Nam: DOUBLE ACES (Hearts and Diamonds)
POT: $2.6 million
FLOP: (6S)(10S)(2D)- DUD
TURN: 3 OF DIAMONDS
That turn card was great news for Ivey, as he now had a triple. Le now needed a miracle Ace…
RIVER: QUEEN OF DIAMONDS
…he didn’t get it, so he took home the fourth place purse of $411,770. The chip leader then faced Moore in the next hand.
BASE POT: $380K
Moore had the lowest possible pair while Ivey had top pair. Both wagered $200K.
TURN: 7 OF SPADES
Ivey now paired both of his base cards; however, Moore now had an open-ended straight draw. Moore then decided to go ALL IN. That meant he needed a deuce, a 4 or a 9 to stay alive…
RIVER: JACK OF SPADES
…NOPE, so he left as the second runner-up with $625,630.
MONEY PRESENTATION: TRAYS OF MONEY
The head’s up chip count:
Phil- $10.82 million
Quinn- $2.48 million
First hand in the final:
BASE POT: $360K
Instant flush draw for Ivey! He also had top pair. He didn’t need the flush, though, as Do folded to give him a $520K pot. This next hand could’ve been the one that did it for Ivey.
BASE POT: $1.16 million
Instant two pair for Ivey, while Do had a pair of 8s. Ivey bet 700 grand…as did Do.
TURN: ACE OF CLUBS- FULL HOUSE!!
Ivey tried to make Do go ALL IN here. Since Do was drawing dead at this point, if he called ALL IN, he automatically lost and Ivey would’ve done it…
…AND PHIL IVEY’S WPT DREAMS FINALLY COME TRUE IN HOLLYWOOD!!!!!
RIVER: 4 OF CLUBS
Ivey won the night’s jackpot at $1,596,100, but that obviously wasn’t the most important thing to this man. Do took home $909,400 as the runner up.