Ville Wahlbeck's aggression finally paid off. He opened with a raise to 35,000 that induced an all-in re-raise from Vince Musso. Wahlbeck called and stood pat, prompting Musso to draw one. It didn't matter what card Musso caught; Wahlbeck opened a pat Number One, 7-5-4-3-2. Musso's 9-5-2-4 was drawing dead.
For sixth place in this event, Musso takes home $39,697. We're not sure how that compares to the $15,000 he won in 1979 for this event, but it's still a good sum of money.
- Vince Musso has been at the final table of this event before... in 1979, when he finished in third place.
- NYC native Nick Schulman has over $3.5 million in tournament earnings and two WPT titles, but is going for his first WSOP bracelet this afternoon.
- John Juanda earned his fourth bracelet at last fall's WSOP-Europe Main Event after a 22-hour final table, the longest in WSOP history and will be attempting to add number five today.
- Steve Sung already picked up a bracelet this month, winning the $1,000 "Stimulus Special," beating out the largest non-Main Event field in WSOP history (6,012).
-Ville Wahlbeck was on the verge of quitting poker... that is until he won his first bracelet in last week's $10,000 Mixed Event.
- Then there is Archie Karas-- the man, the myth, the legend, who in 1992-1995 famously ran $50 into a $40 million bankroll before losing it all within three weeks. At the 2008 WSOP, Karas made the final table of the Razz event, finishing seventh, and has already cashed once this year, in the other NL 2-7 event, which was ultimately won by Phil Ivey.
Our first aggressor this time was Finnish It-Boy, Ville Wahlbeck. He opened for 35,000 and was called by Vince Musso and big blind Steve Sung. Each player drew one card, then checked the action after the draw. In a showdown of ugly, uglier and ugliest, it was Wahlbeck's Q-10-7-5-3 that took down the pot.
Steve Sung and Ville Wahlbeck aren't known for being passive poker players. In this game, aggression, guts and reads are almost all of the information a player has to work with. So it was interesting to see the two tangle in a recent pot.
Both players were pat on the draw. That led a very cautious Wahlbeck to check the action to Sung. Sung fired out 100,000, enough to take down the pot.
Vince Musso raised to 36,000 from the small blind and John Juanda moved all in from the big blind, having Musso well-covered. Musso made the call. Each player drew one card.
Musso showed 7-5-4-3 and Juanda 9-8-3-2. Musso drew an eight to make an 8-7 low and had the hand locked up before Juanda even looked at his new card, a seven. Musso reclaimed some of his chips from Juanda, taking his stack back up to 450,000.
Nick Schulman may have taken a page out of John Juanda's book. After Juanda opened for 35,000 and was called by Archie Karas and Ville Wahlbeck, Schulman went for the squeeze play from the small blind, moving all in for 274,000. Since Schulman would have to draw first on the draw, it was a move of extreme strength. Everyone respected it and folded their hands.
Steve Sung already has one bracelet at the 2009 WSOP. He's fighting for his second here at this final table. Sung opened for 35,000 and was called by Nick Schulman out of the big blind. When Schulman drew two, Sung elected to rap pat.
Both players checked after the draw. Sung's Q-9-8-6-5 was enough to take the pot.
John Juanda has been studying his opponents for two full days before today's final table. He may have picked something up. Twice last night and already earlier today, we've seen Juanda four-bet pre-draw. He just did it again. After Ville Wahlbeck opened for 35,000 and Vince Musso three-bet to 135,000, Juanda announced raise and slid 335,000 chips into the middle. As it has previously, Juanda's four-bet got the desired outcome: both players folded. He picked up 170,000 chips without having to draw.