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World Poker Tour: Five Diamond World Poker Classic - Event #8
by 2006 World Poker Tour Coverage   
Saturday, 09 December 2006


$2,500 No Limit Hold 'Em by Jon Eaton

Saturday, 09th of December 2006 07:19 PM

Wong opens for 42k on the button and Pham reraises another 70k. Wong moves all in and Pham calls for 528k total. Wong has A 4 and Pham J J . The flop comes 4 4 T and Wong flops trips. The turn is the T . Now Pham can catch a ten or jack to win the pot. The river is the K and David Pham is our runner up for $181,540.

Danny Wong is our champion! He wins $319,420, a $25,500 WPT seat, and the Bracelet!

Saturday, 09th of December 2006 07:13 PM

Wong check-calls a 45k bet on a Q T Q flop. The K comes on the turn. Wong bets 90k and Pham moves in for 171k more. Wong folds.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 07:09 PM

Wong opens for 42k on the button. Pham reraises 80k more. Wong thinks and then puts him all in for 45k more (a total of 167k). Pham calls with A Q . Wong shows K 7 . The board comes 8 3 9 8 6 and Pham doubles up.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 07:04 PM

Heads up play begins.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 06:58 PM

Wong 1.6m
Pham 220k


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 06:55 PM

Madsen opens for 40k from the small blind and Wong calls. The flop is T 4 8 . Madsen checks, Wong bets 60k, Madsen calls. The turn is the T . Madsen moves all in and Wong calls with K 8 . Madsen looks sick and turns over A K . The river is a brick and Jeff Madsen is our third place finisher, earning $90,770.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 06:48 PM

Wong 1.2m
Pham 210k
Madsen 400k


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 06:45 PM

Pham opens for 46k on the button and Madsen moves in for 154k more. Pham calls with K T . Madsen shows A 7 . The board comes 8 2 7 Q Q . Madsen doubles up.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 06:37 PM

With the board showing 4 4 J K, Madsen bets 65k. Wong calls. The river is another jack, making the board 4 4 J K J. Madsen checks, and Wong bets 120k. Madsen instantly calls and Wong shows J 3 for jacks full. Madsen disgustingly shows 4 6 for fours full.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 06:33 PM

Butler moves all in first to speak for 132k. Wong calls on the button. Butler has Q J and Wong K J . The flop is A T 4 , giving Wong a flush draw and Butler a gut shot straight draw. The turn is the 6 , and Butler is drawing dead.  Rhett Butler is our fourth place finisher, earning $51,890.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 06:27 PM

The ante is 3k, and the blinds are 8k-16k.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 06:25 PM

Butler 175k
Wong 650k
Pham 570k
Madsen 415k


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 06:22 PM

Pham opens for 38k first to speak. Wong calls from the large blind. The flop is A J 2 . Wong checks to Pham, who bets 62k. Wong raises another 120k. Pham thinks for a minute or two then mucks.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 06:13 PM

Butler 190k
Wong 640k
Pham 580k
Madsen 460k


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 06:10 PM

One of the most interesting things in a poker room is when a fight breaks out. I think it's interesting because the people near the table where the fight is always stay put. They could have guns blazing and knives being thrown, but most people would rather just stay put in their game.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 06:04 PM

Wong limps from the small blind and Gaffney checks his option. The flop is A K 2 . Both players check. The turn is the 3 . Wong bets 35k and Gaffney pushes for about 100k more. Wong thinks for a bit, counts the chips, then puts them in the middle. Gaffney shows Q 3 , Wong shows K 9 . The river is the 4 and William Gaffney is our fifth place finisher, earning $38,900.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 06:00 PM

Madsen and Wong get all in preflop. Again, they both have AK. Again, they chop.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 05:52 PM

Wong opens for 33k, and Bjorin moves all in for 42k total. Pham calls from the large blind, and Wong calls. The flop is A 6 3 . Both Pham & Wong check. The turn is the 7 . Pham starts to bet and Wong folds before he can get the chips out. Pham shows 6 6 , and Bjorin is drawing dead with A Q . Chris Bjorin is our sixth place finisher, earning $30,255.

Saturday, 09th of December 2006 05:50 PM

Butler 350k
Wong 300k
Bjorin 40k
Gaffney 150k
Pham 420k
Madsen 600k


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 05:40 PM

Bjorin opens for 33k from the button. Pham makes it 98k more from the large blind. It's enough to put Bjorin all in. He contemplates for a minute before mucking.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 05:32 PM

Bjorin opens for 35k and Pham flat calls in position. Butler calls from the large blind. The flop is 8 3 8 . Butler bets 130k, leaving himself just 25k. Bjorin thinks for a long while before folding. Pham counts out the chips and thinks for a long while then folds pocket sixes. Butler claims to have had 87.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 05:25 PM

Play has resumed at the 6k-12k with a 2k ante level.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 05:09 PM

Pham opens for 24k on the button. Madsen makes it 100k from the small blind and Pham shoves all in. Madsen thinks and stands up out of his chair. He finally says call and turns over A K . Pham shows... A K . The board offers neither a flush draw and they chop the pot.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 05:03 PM

There's seven minutes left at this level. They will take a break then return after that to play 6k-12k with a 1k ante.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 04:59 PM

Butler opens for 30k from first position and Madsen calls from the large blind. The flop is 8 7 6 . Madsen bets 75k, all of Butler's chips. Butler calls and shows Q J . Madsen has 4 4 , but is a dog to win. The turn is the J , and river 7 . Butler doubles up.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 04:53 PM

Butler 140k
Wong 200k
Bjorin 195k
Gaffney 160k
Pham 380k
Madsen 580k


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 04:43 PM

Lund limps from the small blind. Madsen raises 25k more from the large blind and Lund immediately pushes all in for about 100k more. Madsen calls and shows A Q . Lund has A J . The board comes K 5 2 7 8 . Hans "Tuna" Lund is our seventh place finisher, earning $21,610.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 04:25 PM

Pham opens for 24k and Madsen makes it 100k from the button. All fold to Pham who moves all in for 153k total. Madsen calls and shows Q J . Pham has him in bad shape with K K . The board comes Q 5 7 4 3 and Pham doubles up.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 04:22 PM

Action folds to Le who moves in from the button for 38k. Madsen calls from the small blind with A 7 . Le has K J . The board comes 9 2 5 2 5 . Nam Le is our eighth place finisher, earning $17,290.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 04:19 PM

Butler opens for 37k and all fold to Kim in the large blind who moves all in. Butler calls with K K . Kim shows A Q . The flop is A K 3 , eliciting a cheer from Kim--until he realizes he's drawing slim. The turn is a four and Yoon Kim is our ninth place finisher, earning $13,830.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 04:10 PM

Butler 125k
Wong 240k
Bjorin 200k
Gaffney 180k
Pham 136k
Lund 150k
Le 60k
Kim 45k
Madsen 590k

The blinds are now 4k-8k with a 1k ante.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 04:06 PM

Pham opens for 21k and Lund moves in for about 45k. Tran calls leaving himself just 16k behind on the button. Pham calls the additional 24k. The flop is J 8 2 . Pham checks, and Tran moves in for 16k. Pham calls with J T . Tran shows 9 9 , and Lund shows 8 8 . The turn and river are both sixes. Lund wins the main and triples up, and Pham wins 16k in the side pot. Nhut Tran is our tenth place finisher, earning $10,375.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 04:02 PM

Butler is all in for 64k and Le calls. Butler shows 7 8 and Le has A Q . The flop is Q 4 T , giving both a little something. The turn gives Butler a flush and Le is drawing dead to the river. Butler doubles up.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 04:00 PM

Gaffney moves all in for about 88k total and Pham calls. All others fold. Gaffney has the lead with 7 7 ; Pham shows A Q . The board comes K 2 2 T 3 and Gaffney doubles up.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 03:49 PM

Le opens for 22k and Kim flat calls. The flop is T 8 7 . Le bets 20k and Kim calls. They both check the 8 and 2 , and Le shows AQ and rakes the pot.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 03:37 PM

1 Butler 80k
2 Wong 160k
3 Bjorin 220k
4 Gaffney 70k
5 Pham 230k
6 Lund 65k
7 Le 120k
8 Kim 135k
9 Tran 60k
10 Madsen 560k


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 03:31 PM

Tran opens for 20k and Bjorin shoves all in for about 100k. Tran calls with A A . Bjorin is obviously in bad shape with 9 9 . However, Bjorin spikes a nine on the river to stay alive and double up.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 03:25 PM

Tran & Jones get their chips in preflop. Tran shows 9 9 and Jones K T . The board comes 4 6 2 Q Q . Jesse Jones is our 11th place finisher, earning $10,375.

Play is pausing to combine the final ten to the main table.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 03:17 PM

Thomas Fuller opens for 18k on the button. Jeff Madsen raises enough to put him all in (about 100k total). Fuller calls all in with 7 7 , Madsen shows A Q . The doorcard is an ace, and that's all she wrote for Fuller. Thomas Fuller is our 12th place finisher, earning $10,375.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 03:05 PM

The blinds are starting at 3k-6k with a 1k ante.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 03:02 PM

Play is about to begin shortly. Stay tuned.


Saturday, 09th of December 2006 02:41 PM

Yesterday's final table was supposed to be the stiffest competition, yet it took the shortest time to settle. David Pham went from short stack to runner up in just over three hours. JC Tran took a jump in the Player Of The Year standings with his win, now just 819 points behind Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi for the overall lead. Men "The Master" Nguyen bluffed off his last chips for a third place finish.

Today 12 players return to battle for the $319,420 first prize for the $2,500 NLHE event. Our chip leader is the youngest to ever win two WSOP bracelets, Jeff Madsen. Madsen destroyed the WSOP, making final table after final table and scoring to wins. He has a sizeable lead with 473,500 chips. Second place is Danny Wong with 249,500.

Also still in the field today is David Pham, yet again. Yesterday he was blinded off during the final table, but had already built up a sizeable chip stack. Now he's reaping the rewards of a short final table yesterday, as he's back today for more. He'll have to contend with Yoon Kim, Chris Bjorin, Nhut Tran, Thomas Fuller, Hans "Tuna" Lund, William Gaffney, Rhett Butler, Nam Le, and Jesse Jones. This should be an entertaining final table to say the least.

Live coverage begins in 13 minutes!

Here are the chip counts and money finishers from yesterday's event:

$2,500 + $120 Buy-in 367 Entries 12/8/06

End of Day Event 8 Total Prize $889,975

Seat Name Hometown Chip Count
61-6B Jeff Madsen Los Angeles , CA 473,500
64-6 Danny Wong Walnut, CA 249,500
64-1 David Pham Cerritos , CA 194,500
61-2 Yoon Kim Milwaukee , WI 151,500
64-3 Chris Bjorin London , England 116,500
64-2 Nhut Tran Norwalk , CA 113,000
61-5 Thomas Fuller Boulder , CO 104,000
61-4 Hans Lund Dayton , NV 102,000
61-3 William Gaffney Las Vegas , NV 100,000
64-5 Rhett Butler Rockville , MD 91,000
61-1 Nam Lee Huntington Beach , CA 75,500
64-4B Jesse Jones Las Vegas , NV 64,500
    
Place Name Hometown Prize Money
13 Ernest Shepherd Lizella , GA $8,645
14 Charles Chattha London , England 8,645
15 Tuan Nguyen Lynwood , IL 8,645
16 Adam Levy Gainesville , FL 6,915
17 Brian Powell Louisville , KY 6,915
18T Michael Heintschel Escondido , CA 6,050
18T Kirk Morrison Wichita , KS 6,050
20 Kian Kiarash New York City , NY 5,185
21 James Van Alstyne Las Vegas , NV 5,185
22 Chris Ball Dallas , TX 5,185
23 Nick Binger Raleigh , NC 5,185
24 Dapo Fadeyi Centennial, CO 5,185
25 Bret Holle Valrico , FL 5,185
26 Gervork Kasabyan Los Angeles , CA 5,185
27 Scott Epstein Las Vegas , NV $5,185
    

Prize Money

1st $319,420*4th $51,8907th $21,610
2nd $181,5405th $38,9008th $17,290
3rd $90,7706th $30,2559th $13,830
10th-12th $10,375

*First place includes a $25,500 entry in World Poker Tour Finals on April 21, 2007.

And yesterday's results:

$2,000 + $100 Buy-in 379 Entries 12/7/06

Final Event 7 Total Prize $735,260

Place Name Hometown Prize Money
1 J C Tran Sacramento , CA $266,820*
2 David Pham Cerritos , CA 149,050
3 Men Nguyen Bell Gardens , CA 74,525
4 Justin Bonomo Los Angeles , CA 42,565
5 Barry Greenstein Rancho Palos Verde,CA 31,940
6 Peter Gould London , England 24,840
7 Todd Arnold Ft Lauderdale, FL 17,745
8 Ken James Las Vegas , NV 14,195
9 Alan Sass Las Vegas , NV 11,355
10 Mike Vanier Lincoln , NE 8,515
11 Nai Saetern Gresham , OR 8,515
12 Joel Frank Princeton , NJ 8,515
13 Tom Pniak Las Vegas , NV 7,100
14 Robert Mazzie Pittsburgh , PA 7,100
15 Andrew Boosamra Montreal , Canada 7,100
16 Joseph Pulliam Westerville , OH 5,680
17 Sam Haddad Westwood , CA 5,680
18 Ron Kirk McKinney , TX 5,680
19 Mimi Tran Las Vegas , NV 4,260
20 Richard Tatalovich Scottsdale , AZ 4,260
21 Davood Mehrmand Frankfurt , Germany 4,260
22 Robert Oxenberg Aspen , CO 4,260
23 Jonathan Cantor New York City , NY 4,260
24 Yakov Hirsch Brooklyn , NY 4,260
25 Joel Casper Chicago , IL 4,260
26 Dapo Fadeyi Centennial, CO 4,260
27 Gary Dolenga La Quinta, CA 4,260
  Total $735,260
    

*First place includes a $25,500 entry in World Poker Tour Finals on April 21, 2007.





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