An hour ago, Michael Chow looked like he couldn't lose a hand. He was confident and chatty and loving the support of his rail. Heimiller was frustrated and going in the wrong direction. Now, things are starting to turn around. Chow's chip lead is rapidly disappearing, as is his swagger. And Heimiller is starting to act like he's in control.
Chow raised preflop, and Heimiller called. The flop came out [kh9h56h], and Heimiller checked. Chow bet, and when Heimiller raised, he mucked instantly. His rail groaned, and he tried to focus on his stack.
Ylon Schwartz was in once. Twice. Three times. Four times, over the course of this final tble. Every time he was in, somehow chips came back out to him. He successfully hung on with 100,000 chips until after Koubi busted in 4th place. The next hand, Schwartz was all in yet again and chopped it. The hand after that, he doubled up. But eventually, it had to happen. With 250,000 to his name after doubling, Schwartz three-bet all in on a flop of against Dan Heimiller. Heimiller called with , two pair, nines and threes. Schwartz had the same two pair with . The turn gave Heimiller a better two pair, which held when the turn bricked .
With the elimination of Schwartz in 3rd place, the tournament is now on an unscheduled break.
After Koubi doubled up Schwartz, he was down to his last 250,000 chips. Schwartz then lost a huge pot to Michael Chow and was left with 100,000. That hand also cost Koubi 100,000, giving him 150,000.
The race was on to see who could survive an extra spot in the pay outs. After Schwartz was crippled, he folded his small blind, and Koubi was forced to fold the big blind when Dan Heimiller raised and Michael Chow called. The next hand, Schwartz folded again, and Koubi made his move. Heimiller called, and it was time for showdown.
The flop gave Koubi a set, but gave Heimiller a low draw. Things got a whole lot worse for Koubi when the turn gave Heimiller a straight, and when the river didn't pair the board, Koubi was eliminated in 4th place.
Fred Koubi raised preflop, and Dan Heimiller called on the button. Ylon Schwartz joined from the big blind. The flop came out , and Schwartz and Koubi both checked. Heimiller bet, and Schwartz called. Koubi folded, leaving himself even shorter, and his buddy Mike Matusow threw his hands up in disgust and came through the rail barrier to grab Koubi. They spent the rest of the hand in whispered conversation right in between Schwartz and Heimiller.
The turn was the , and both players checked. After the on the river paired the board and completed a club draw, Schwartz bet, and Heimiller called. "I have a flush," he said, sounding like he didn't think it was good. Schwartz wasn't happy to hear the bad news. Heimiller's was good for the pot, leaving Schwartz crippled with just 100,000.
"You have a flush?" Matusow yelled. "You mean you have the nut flush!"
It was very straightforward. Ylon Schwartz raisedpre-flop and Fred Koubi called from the button. Schwartz bet the flop and Koubi called again.
On the turn, Schwartz beta third time, leaving only 5,000 behind in his stack. Koubi stood up from his chair, leaned over the table and stared intently at Schwartz. Schwartz st in his chair, calmly stroking his chin. Koubi finally elected to put Schwartz in. Schwartz splashed his last 5,000 into the pot and opened .
"I only need a heart," said Koubi. He showed . The river bricked to double up Schwartz.
In modern poker parlance, sometimes "Internet player" is used synonymously with "young gun." The phrases "Internet kid" and "over 30" carry often unfair connotations about skill. But Dan Heimiller puts those notions to the test. Under the screen name "Lenny" on PokerStars, Heimiller has made five final tables at the World Championship of Online Poker, more than any other player. He earned a WCOOP bracelet in 2003 in a $300 PLO High-Low event. Heimiller also proved he can run with the Internet kids with a 7th-place finish at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2009.
Heimiller also has a slew of old school achievements, including a WSOP bracelet. He earned it in 2002 in an event you won't find anymore - half limit hold'em, half seven-card stud. He earned $108,300 for that victory, half of what this one would be worth.