Tuesday, August 26, 2008

"World Poker Tour"- GSN GRAND FINALE

Well, this is it. Not only was this the WPT World Championship, this is the GSN finale and the last time I will be blogging poker for a while. And we saved the best for last, because this night’s record-breaking top prize was…


$3,389,140

Opening chip count:

1. Gus Hansen- $8.57 million
2. Cory Carroll- $6.67 million
3. David Chiu- $6.05 million
4. John Roveto- $2.72 million
5. Tommy Le- $1.95 million
6. Jeff King- $1,305,000

CC won the first pot at $560,000 with a $350K raise that was enough to make Hansen fold. Roveto won the second pot at $645K in similar fashion, but with Chiu being the one to fold that time. The first full-fledged action of the night came in hand #3:

Tommy: (AC)(10C)
Cory: (AS)(QH)

BASE POT: $870,000
THE FLOP: (QC)(JS)(2S)

Top pair for Carroll, but Le had a Broadway Straight draw. Carroll tried to end the hand with a $550K bet…he did for a $1.42M pot! He faced Hansen in the fourth hand.

Cory: (AH)(3C)
Gus: (8C)(4H)

BASE POT: $890,000
THE FLOP: (3S)(10S)(10C)

Hansen bet $530K but Carroll raised to $1.13M…and Hansen folded to give him a $2.55M pot and the lead!

A few hands later, King went ALL IN and Hansen went for it.

Jeff: (KS)(JC)
Gus: DOUBLE 2s (Diamonds and Hearts)

POT: $2.09 million
THE FLOP: (JC)(8D)(KH)

King loved that flop!

TURN: 9 OF HEARTS

The only thing that could go wrong for King was for the last remaining deuce to show up (one deuce was folded before the flop)…




RIVER: 3 OF HEARTS

…close, but no cigar, so King doubled up. Next hand:

Cory: (KS)(QC)
David: (KD)(9H)

BASE POT: $1.14 million
THE FLOP: (QH)(3D)(AD)
TURN: 3 OF CLUBS

At this point, Chiu was drawing dead, and wisely folded after Carroll wagered $575K, for a total pot of $1,715,000. Next, King faced Hansen in an ALL IN situation for the second time.

Jeff: (AC)(QC)
Gus: (10S)(9S)

POT: $4,375,000
THE FLOP: (4H)(8D)(6C)

Gutshot straight draw for Hansen.

TURN: KING OF CLUBS

King now had a flush draw, and he now needed to stay away from a 7, a 9, or a 10 that was not of the Club variety…










RIVER: 10 OF HEARTS

OOPS, so he left in sixth place with $263,815. That also meant Hansen was now back in the lead and jumped into eight figures! The chip count after the first 31 minutes:

1. Gus- $10,465,000
2. Cory- $6.37 million
3. David- $4,945,000
4. John- $2.41 million
5. Tommy- $1,075,000

The top two traded near $2M pots on the next two hands. Next hand:

Tommy: DOUBLE 5s (Diamonds and Spades)
Gus: DOUBLE 10s (Diamonds and Spades)

BASE POT: $985K (I’m surprised it wasn’t bigger at that point, given both had a pair)
THE FLOP: (10C)(QH)(5C)

Triple 10s for Hansen, which meant Le was instantly drawing dead.

TURN: 4 OF SPADES

Le then commits SUICIDE by going ALL IN, and needless to say, Hansen didn’t fold.

RIVER CARD JUST FOR GIGGLES: 3 OF CLUBS

Le’s fifth place haul was $395,725. The next hand was between the top two chip leaders.

Cory: (AD)(JS)
Gus: (7D)(5D)

BASE POT: $3.36 million
THE FLOP: (6D)(QC)(JD)

Instant diamond flush draw for Hansen, while CC made middle pair. This hand could’ve come a long way towards deciding the champion between these two, with over $3M in the pot already. Hansen then went well over the top by pushing ALL IN, which would place Carroll ALL IN…






HE WENT FOR IT!! We now had the most critical hand of the night; whoever won this $17.12 million pot would likely go on to win this tournament. The turn card…









TURN: QUEEN OF HEARTS

…was of no help to anybody. If this last card was a Diamond and it wasn’t the Queen, Hansen won and Carroll would be eliminated…



























RIVER: 3 OF DIAMONDS

HANSEN GOT THE FLUSH!!! Carroll had to settle for the fourth place prize of $593,645. And color commentator Vince Van Patten nearly left the broadcast booth!

1. Gus- $20,635,000
2. David- $4,645,000
3. John- $1,985,000

Two hands later, it looked like Roveto would be a goner when he pushed ALL IN against Hansen, but lucky for him, Hansen folded to put him at an even $2M. But Roveto went ALL IN for good against Hansen on the next hand.

Gus: (AC)(10C)
John: DOUBLE KINGS (Hearts and Spades)

POT: $4,175,000
THE FLOP: (JH)(9D)(8S)

Hansen now had an open-ended straight draw.

TURN: 6 OF DIAMONDS

And that last card was…









RIVER: 7 OF QUEENS

…a 7 and Hansen has knocked out his fourth player in a row!!! Roveto left as the second runner-up with $923,355.

MONEY PRESENTATION: TRAYS OF MONEY

HEAD’S UP CHIP COUNT:
Gus- $22,905,000
David- $4.36 million

Three hands into the final round, this could be the history-making moment as Chiu was ALL IN.

Gus: DOUBLE 2s (Clubs and Hearts)
David: DOUBLE 5s (Clubs and Hearts)

POT: $7.61 million
FLOP: (JD)(7D)(KS)- DUD
TURN: 7 OF SPADES

If a Jack or a King popped up on the river, this would be a split pot. But if it was a deuce, Hansen has won it all…










RIVER: QUEEN OF CLUBS

…it was a Queen, so Chiu doubled up outright. But he lost a lot of that momentum when he got bluffed out on a later hand to give Hansen a $5.4M pot. But he would regain it and then some by going ALL IN and going up to $12,125,000! With about 15 minutes left, the new chip count:

Gus- $14,825,000
David- $12.45 million

Next hand:

David: (9H)(7H)
Gus: (JS)(6D)

BASE POT: $1.65 million
FLOP: (4D)(5D)(5H)
TURN: ACE OF SPADES
RIVER: 9 OF CLUBS

That last card gave Chiu the lead. Hansen then attempted a bluff by betting $900K, but it didn’t work, giving Chiu a $3.45M pot and the lead! Next hand:

Gus: (KH)(2D)
David: (8C)(7H)

BASE POT: $1.4 million
FLOP: (10D)(6D)(3H)

Chiu had a straight draw.

TURN: 4 OF HEARTS

Hansen now had a straight draw as well, and then bet $850K…but Chiu responded by raising to $2.35M! Hansen’s next decision…








WAS TO FOLD, giving Chiu a $4.6M pot! Are we about to see a royal collapse here? Next hand:

David: (AS)(9S)
Gus: (10S)(8H)
BASE POT: $1.55M
FLOP: (AC)(10C)(8S)

Chiu had top pair, but Hansen led with two pair. Hansen needed to win a huge pot on this next hand to take the lead back. He wagered $900K next and Chiu matched it.

TURN: 5 OF SPADES

Chiu now had a flush draw and winning this hand would put him in the driver’s seat. He then quickly bet $1.2 million…









…and Hansen went ALL IN! This meant this hand would decide it. If Hansen won this pot, he would be over $23M in chips and with time running short, he would avoid one of the biggest collapses in WPT history and win GSN’s largest prize ever; if Chiu went for it and won, he would win it. Chiu’s decision was…



















TO GO FOR IT!! Here’s the deal. If this last card was a 5, a 9, an Ace or a Spade, David Chiu has pulled off what might very well be the greatest comeback in WPT history. Otherwise, Hansen has won.

THE ALL-IMPORTANT RIVER CARD…








…WORTH ALMOST $3.4 MILLION…






…IS…

























RIVER: ACE OF HEARTS

THE BIG UPSET HAS HAPPENED!!! David Chiu has prevented Gus Hansen from winning his fourth WPT title and has now made GSN history by winning almost $3.4M! Hansen leaves with $1,714,800.

Despite the WPT leaving GSN, I will still remain a poker fan. I’ve had so much fun covering all the fun this season!

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