It took three long and gruelling days of poker and a six hour final table to crown Mike Eise the champion of Event 28 - $1,500 No Limit Hold'em!
Eise battled through 2,641 of the world's best players from the seasoned pro of JC Tran, to the veteran Amarillo Slim, to the up-and-coming youngster of Jason Mercier.
However when play returned for the final day everyone had a chance of claiming their first WSOP victory with Joe Simmons, Jason Potter and Rico Ramirez placed well on top. Simmons would fall short, but both Potter and Ramirez would fight it right out eventually finishing in fourth and third spot respectively.
Entering heads-up play against Jeff Chang with a commanding nine-to-two chip lead, play would swing back and forth until Chang made a great call for his tournament life holding just Ace-high. Eise would outdraw Chang on the turn when he made a pair of sevens; but behind the luck on the final hand Eise displayed patience, aggression, skill and timing to capture the gold bracelet, title of champion and $639,331 first prize.
Congratulations to Mike Eise for capturing the Event 28 Gold Bracelet and make sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for the remainder of what is to be a very exciting 2009 World Series of Poker!
Mike Eise min-raised from the button and Jeff Chang made the call from the big blind.
The flop fell down and Chang checked to Eise who moved all in. Chang insta-called for his tournament life and the cards were tabled.
With Chang making a great call, both players sat there emotionless waiting to see how their poker fate played out at the hands of the dealer.
The crowd leaned in, and for once it was fairly quiet around the secondary feature table . . . until the dealer burned and turned the to cause and eruption from both the railbirds, random onlookers and most importantly Eise.
Dejected, but still with outs, Chang would need one of the remaining Aces or Jacks in the deck; but seeing the land on the river, all hope was lost.
Eise was rushed by his family and friends, and the ever-calm Chang walked over and shook his hand while on his way to collecting $392,494 for his runner-up finish.