If our reigning champion, James Bord, is going to retain his title then he is going to have to do it the hard way. How about this for a table of talent. WSOP bracelet winner Fabrice Soulier (seat 3: 36,000), WSOP Circuit event winner Sam Chartier (seat 4: 52,000), WSOP bracelet winner Alex Kravchenko (seat 5:19,000) and WSOP bracelet winner James Dempsey (seat 6: 56,000). Bord himself is sat on 41,000 chips.
The action folded around to James Dempsey in the small blind and he was sat with 47,525 chips and he raised to 1,800. His opponent in the big blind was Sergey Tikhonov with 111,800 chips and he made the call. The flop was and Dempsey c-bet 3,000 but Tikhonov immediately clicked it back for 6,000. Dempsey took his time before making the call and both players then checked the turn. The last card the pair would share was the and Dempsey bet 9,000 to win the pot.