With both players keeping things very close to the vest, you knew they'd both need to pick up big hands before anything decisive took place. And that's exactly what happened on the last hand of this Pot-Limit event. Jason Newburger was dealt
and he raised the pot, and Greg Hopkins looked down at the
. He reraised, and although he'd made some big laydowns earlier in the day Newburger wasn't about to give up his hand now. He moved all in for the last of his chips and Hopkins called.
gave Newburger a gutshot draw and two additional outs. The
didn't help, and needing paint on the last card, the
arrived on the river to give the pot to Hopkins. The chip counts were so close that it wasn't immediately clear the match was over, but Hopkins seemed to know as he raced over and hugged some supporters in the audience who just watched him win his first bracelet.
Jason Newburger turned the tide of the match over the last hour or so, but after fighting back from next-to-nothing, he had to settle for being our runner-up and $165,707 in prize money. And in addition to the coveted World Series of Poker bracelet, Greg Hopkins won $269,707.