High stakes cash game poker professional David Grey came back from a 3-to-1 chip deficit against John Hennigan to win the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP) $5000 buy-in No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Draw with re-buys event.
Besides winning $365,135 in prize money, Grey won his second WSOP bracelet of his career.
In a heads up match that lasted 18 hands, Hennigan maintained a chip lead of more than 2-to-1 for 15 hands, but then proceeded to lose two of the next 3 hands to finish in second place.
On Hand 188 with blinds at 8000-16000, Grey opened from the button for 50000, Hennigan announced "raise", Grey declared "all-in" for a total of 332000, and Hennigan called instantly. Hennigan drew one card while Grey stood pat. Grey showed 9-8-7-6-4 and Hennigan flipped over a Jack before mucking his hand.
Grey eliminated Hennigan on Hand 190. Grey opened from the button for 50000 and Hennigan called. Hennigan drew two cards while Grey drew one card. After the draw, Hennigan checked, Grey bet 100000, Hennigan moved all-in, and Grey called instantly. Hennigan showed 9-8-6-5-2 while Grey showed 8-7-6-5-3 and told the crowd "We have a new champion."
"(The victory) was a lot of hard work and a lot of luck," said Grey. "I had to come back from being down to 16000 chips with 8 players left."
Hennigan, who started the final table as the short stack, took home $217,110 for finishing second.
Dewey Tomko was eliminated in by Hennigan on Hand 172. With blinds at 8000-16000, Tomko opened for 70000 from the small blind, Hennigan moved all-in from the big blind, and Tomko called. Tomko stood pat while Hennigan drew one card. Tomko's T-8-6-4-2 was outdrawn by Hennigan, who drew a Ten to go with 8-5-4-3 in his hand. Tomko collected $138,160 for his 3rd place finish.
After losing 50000 chips each on Hands 128 and 134 to reduce his chip stack to a critital state, Mark Weitzman moved 30000 all-in from the small blind on Hand 135 and Tomko called the additional 14000 from the big blind. Weitzman stood pat while Tomko drew two cards. Weitzman showed Q-J-8-7-3 while Tomko flipped over the 8 and the 6 he drew to go along with T-9-5 in his hand to make T-9-8-6-5. Weitzman, who started the final table as the chip leader, had to settle for the 4th place prize of $108,555.
Doug Booth was eliminated on Hand 63 by Weitzman. With blinds at 6000-12000, Booth moved his remaining 38000 all-in from the button and was called by Weitzman from the big blind. Weitzman stood pat while Booth drew one card. Weitzman showed T-9-5-3-2 and Booth mucked. "I made a T-9-7-4-3," said Booth to a reporter as he was waiting to receive his 5th place prize of $78,590.
Russell Salzer was eliminated on Hand 40 by Hennigan. With blinds at 4000-8000, Salzer moved 40000 all-in under-the-gun, and Hennigan called from the big blind. Hennigan stood pat while Salzer drew one card. Hennigan showed 8-6-5-4-2 and Salzer said that he was drawing dead. Salzer collected $49,345 for finishing 6th.
2005 Lake Tahoe WSOP Circuit main event champion Jeffrey Lisandro was eliminated on Hand 22 by Hennigan. With blinds at 4000-8000, Grey opened for 28000, Lisandro well all-in for 70000 total, Hennigan re-raised all-in, and Grey folded. Both Hennigan and Lisandro chose to stand pat. Hennigan's T-8-7-3-2 pipped Lisandro's T-9-6-3-2 to send Lisandro home in 7th place with a prize of $29,605. Lisandro decided to "rabbit hunt" one card and found a 5, which meant he would have survived and made 9-6-5-3-2 if he had chosen to draw one card.
(Notes: Harrah's Entertainment announced during a press conference that the 2006 WSOP will return to the Rio Pavilion Convention Center. In a press release, ESPN announced that it had picked up an option for the TV rights to the 2006 and 2007 WSOP.)
2005 WSOP Event 39 $5000 buy-in No Limit 2-7 Draw with Re-buys Final Results:
Place Player Hometown Prize
1 David Grey Henderson, NV $365,135
2 John Hennigan Philadelphia, PA 217,110
3 Dewey Tomko Winter Haven, FL 138,160
4 Mark Weitzman Las Vegas, NV 108,555
5 Doug Booth Bowling Green, KY 78,590
6 Russell Salzer Las Vegas, NV 49,345
7 Jeffrey Lisandro Salerno, Italy 29,605