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2009 World Series of Poker

Event 7 - $1,500 No Limit Hold'em

Day 3 Completed

Posted 06-04-2009 22:53 GMT-12
Event 7 - $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Day 3 Completed

Travis Johnson Wins Event 7, $1,500 No Limit Hold'em ($666,853)

Travis Johnson Wins!
Travis Johnson Wins!
Congratulations to Travis Johnson - the World Series of Poker's newest bracelet winner!

A huge field of 2,791 players entered this event and after three long days of play only one player is left standing. Travis Johnson was a prominent figure throughout play today as he got the better of some big pots early on against Gary Tang and Michael Pesek, and rode the wave all the way to the final table.

He continued to apply pressure on his opponents, and his aggressive approach finally got him over the line against a valiant Steve Karp in a tough heads-up battle.

Travis Johnson will take home an incredible $666,853 for his efforts, and of course, the coveted bracelet.

Thanks for your company and join us again tomorrow for our continued coverage of the 40th annual World Series of Poker!

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Steve Karp Eliminated in 2nd Place ($414,116); Travis Johnson Takes the Bracelet

Steve Karp
Steve Karp
Steve Karp limped in on the button and Travis Johnson open shoved. Karp made an instant call and we saw the hands.

Karp - {5-Clubs}{5-Spades}
Johnson - {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}

Karp held his lead on a flop of {K-Hearts}{10-Spades}{4-Hearts}, but the {Q-Hearts} on the turn snatched it away. The {J-Hearts} on the river offered no help and Johnson took the pot, the $666,853 first-place prize, and the bracelet. Karp earned $414,116 for his play.

Karp Pads His Stack

Johnson continued to apply pressure, raising to 335,000 from the button. When Karp called, we saw a flop of {4-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}.

Both players checked and, with the {5-Diamonds} on the turn, Karp led out for 340,000. Johnson called and Karp bet 500,000 more when the {J-Hearts} spiked on the river, forcing a fold from Johnson.

Karp now has 2.6 million chips vs. Johnson's 9.9 million.

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Posted 06-04-2009 20:43 GMT-12
Level:
29
Blinds:
60,000/120,000
Ante:
10,000

Johnson Takes a Big Pot

Travis Johnson
Travis Johnson
When Karp limped in from the button, Johnson checked his option and we saw a flop of {Q-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{J-Spades}.

Johnson checked, Karp bet 150,000, and Johnson raised to 500,000. Karp called and the came {9-Spades}. Johnson led for 1 million and Karp called again. With the {10-Diamonds} on the river, Johnson shoved and Karp tanked before finally releasing his hand.

When Johnson took the pot, Karp had just 2,650,000 left behind.

A Conservative Start to Heads Up

Steve Karp and Travis Johnson seem to be feeling each other out in the starting stages of heads-up play. Neither man has been willing to put a lot of chips in the middle, and they're trading a lot of small pots.

In one recent hand, Johnson raised to 275 from big blind and Karp called. The pair then checked down the board of {9-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{6-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}.

When the hands opened, Karp showed {J-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for a pair while Johnson showed {A-Clubs}{7-Hearts}.
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