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2008 WSOP Event #46 $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed: Commisso Beats Lyndaker in Marathon

2008 WSOP Event #46 $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed: Commisso Beats Lyndaker in Marathon 0001

Going into the final table of the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed Event #46, Richard Lyndaker and Joe Commisso were one and two on the leaderboard. They would be the last two standing. By the end of their grueling, six-hour heads-up match, Commisso emerged the winner of Event #46, earning his first WSOP bracelet and his first WSOP cash – $911,855. Lyndaker finished in second, taking home over half a million dollars for his second WSOP cash in just over a week

In the first 90 minutes of play, there were three eliminations. First out was Belgian Davidi Kitai, who unable to match his win in Event #38 last week. Sitting on the short stack, Kitai went over the top of Richard Lyndaker all in preflop with {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}. Lyndaker called, turning over {k-Spades}{k-Clubs} and Kitai needed help. Unfortunately for him, the board ran out {a-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{a-Diamonds} and he was out in sixth place with a $120,693 payday.

The next elimination again involved Lyndaker. After heavy betting preflop, he and Tom Lutz got it all in after a flop of {9-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{8-Hearts}. Lutz showed {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}, but Lyndaker tabled {9-Hearts}{9-Spades} for a flopped set. The turn fell the {4-Clubs} and Lutz was looking for one of the two remaining aces, but the river brought the {2-Spades} and Lutz finished in fifth place, taking home $174,041.

Pocket pairs brought down the next player as well. Sam Trickett had raised preflop 90,000 and Edward Ochana in the big blind went along to see the flop. It came {10-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{6-Clubs} and Ochana led out for 105,000. Ticket reraised and Ochana shoved all in, having Trickett covered. Trickett had {k-Hearts}{k-Spades} for an overpair, but Ochana had flopped a set with {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}. The {9-Spades} and {4-Diamonds} turn and river failed to improve Trickett, and the Brit shook hands with the rest of the table as he exited in fourth place, with $245,927.

Ochana, though, was the next out, in a hand against Lyndaker. Ochana raised to 125,000 from the button, and Lyndaker called from the big blind. They both checked the {2-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{8-Spades} flop. The turn was the {9-Hearts}; Lyndaker check-raised Ochana to 310,000 and Ochana called. After the {10-Diamonds} river, Lyndaker moved all in, having Ochana covered. After tanking for some time, Ochana called. Lyndaker turned over {j-Clubs}{7-Clubs} for the rivered straight. Ochana showed {q-Clubs}{10-Spades} for a pair of tens. Ochana was the third-place finisher, leaving with $368,891.

Las Vegas local Commisso had won other large pots during the final and began heads-up play ahead in chips, 5.3 million to 2.68 million. He then expanded his lead to a seven-to-one advantage after hitting a winning two pair while holding a modest 6-4 off. But then Lyndaker mounted one of many comebacks, taking his first lead in heads-up play with a pair of sixes over the A-high of Commisso. Lyndaker's stack rose to over five million in chips, only to drop back down when, on a board of {2-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{a-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}, Commisso showed {a-Clubs}{3-Hearts} for a baby flush to beat Lyndaker's pair of tens.

At one point, about five hours in, Lyndaker had dropped down to just one million, only to double up twice in a row, once when he had A-Q against Commisso's Q-6, and again when he had K-J to his opponent's K-9. They were almost back to even. Over the entire battle, Lyndaker survived nine all-ins, but his luck finally ran out.

Commisso had just taken the chip lead back when his 9-7 found a friendly board – K-8-6-5-5 – besting Lyndaker's pair of kings. Two hands later, Lyndaker moved all in from the button with his own {9-Spades}{7-Hearts}. Commisso called and showed {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}. The board held no surprise this time, coming {q-Hearts}{4-Spades}{10-Spades}{10-Hearts}{7-Clubs}, and Lyndaker was eliminated. For his second-place finish, he earned $570,551. Joe Commisso, whose only prior cash had been in a WSOP Circuit event, is now a WSOP bracelet winner, taking home a whopping $911,855.

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