Day 3 completed
Day 3 completed
After over fourteen hours of play, including a two-hour heads-up match, Kenny Hsiung is the winner of Event 48: $3,000 Limit Hold’em.
Day 3 began with 20 players looking to capture World Series of Poker glory, and the top prize of $165,205. Paul Berende was the chip leader to start the day, and he was closely followed by Kenny Hsiung, John Virtue, and Cary Marshall. Marshall was the only member of that group to miss the final table – he was ultimately eliminated in thirteenth place, earning him $9,272.
Vladimir Shchmelev and Justin Bonomo were the first two players eliminated today, and they busted fairly quickly, but after that, there was a lull in play until the start of Level 19. Within an hour however, the field shrunk from eighteen players to eleven, and six minutes into Level 20, we had reached the official final table.
Stephen Hung was the first player to be eliminated from the final table when his ace-ten was out-raced by Mitchell Davis’ pocket nines. The board ran out , and Hung’s day was finished. John Myung was the next player to bow out, followed by Davis, who started the final table as the chip leader. Davis took a couple of hits, including a big one against Dwyte Pilgrim, and was busted by Hsiung, who assumed the chip lead.
Matthew Woodward, and Pilgrim were the next two players eliminated. Pilgrim, who was down to one big blind on Day 2, climbed all the way to the top of the chip counts at one point during the final table, only to bust at the hands of Berende. Berende was still short however, and couldn’t get anything going during four-handed play. Hwang did him in with against the of Berende on a flop of . The gave Berende outs, but the bricked on the river, eliminating him from the tournament.
Hsiung began pulling away as John Virtue began sinking, and Virtue was crippled when Hsiung turned a flush against Virtue’s flopped set. Virtue was eliminated the next hand, and was off to the cage to collect $76,244.
Hsiung began heads-up play with a massive lead over Hwang, but Hwang quickly fought back and evened the match. For the next two hours, the chip lead changed hands numerous times, until finally Hsiung began to pull away for good. On the final hand, Hwang was all in with an open-ended straight draw, and Hsiung held just king high. The board paired on the river, and Hsiung was the champion.
Congratulations are in order to Hsiung, who considers himself a limit-hold’em specialist. He’ll take home $165,205, along with the WSOP gold bracelet.
Kenny Hsiung raised with the button, Robert Hwang called, and the flop fell . Hwang checked, Hsiung bet, and Hwang raised. Hsiung re-raise, and Hwang called.
The turn was the , and the rest of the money went in.
The completed the board, and Hsiung won with king-high. Hwang fell just short of the bracelet, but will take home $102,118 for his efforts.
Robert Hwang raised with the button, Kenny Hsiung called, and the flop fell . Hsiung check-called a bet, and the turn brought the . Hsiung led out, Hwang called, and the completed the board. Hsiung led again, Hwang called, and Hsiung tabled for trip sixes.
Hwang mucked, and now has two-and-a-half big bets.
And just like that, we're back to even.
Robert Hwang had the button, and raised. Kenny Hsiung called, and the flop fell . Hsiung check-raised Hwang, who called.
The turn was the , and Hsiung led out. Hwang called. The completed the board, but before it did, Hsiung moved all in blind.
"I can't fold now," Hwang announced, calling.
Hsiung turned over for trip tens, and doubled.
Kenny Hsiung had the button, and raised. Robert Hwang called, and the flop fell . Hwang check-called a bet, and the turn was the . Hwang check-called another bet, and the completed the board.
Hwang led out for the first time, and Hsiung called. Hwang showed for a straight, and Hsiung mucked.
Robert Hwang strung a few pots together before raising with the button. Kenny Hsiung called, and the flop fell . Hsiung led out, and Hwang called.
The turn was the , and Hsiung led again. Hwang raised, Hsiung made it three bets, and Hwang called. Hsiung bet in the dark before the completed the board, and Hwang tank-called.
Hsiung tabled two black eights for a set, and raked in the pot.
Kenny Hsiung raised with the button, Robert Hwang called, and the flop fell . Hwang led out, Hsiung raised, and Hwang called. The turn was the , and Hwang led out. Hsiung called.
The completed the board, and Hwang check-called a bet from Hsiung, who tabled for king-high. Hwang had for a pair of fours, and won the pot.
Kenny Hsiung had the button, and raised. Robert Hwang defended his big blind, and the flop fell . Hwang checked, Hsiung bet, and Hwang check-raised. Hsiung re-raised, and Hwang called.
The turn was the , and Hwang check-called a bet. He then check-folded when the completed the board, and Hsiung raked in the pot.