$9,700 + $300 NLHE Championship
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 09:33 PM
Here are the complete payout results for this event.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 09:26 PM
Heads Up Hand 30: Chuck raised 550K and John called. Flop was 3 7 3 . John checked,Chuck bet 700K and John called. Turn was A and again John checked, Chuck bet 700K, and John called. Apparently Chuck lost his concentration and thought that was the river and turned up his hand, which was Q 7 . His hand was still live, but he was issued a warning. River card was 3 giving John 3s full of 7s. John moved all-in, putting Chuck to the test. Chuck called and John showed A5 offsuit, for 3s full of Aces and the WIN!
John 'World' Hennigan finished in 1st place, earning $1,606,223 and the $25,500 entry to the WPT Season 5 Championship.
Chuck Kelley finished in 2nd place, earning $849,082.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 09:12 PM
Blinds are now 100K/200K with 20K antes.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 09:06 PM
HUH 15: John called and Chuck jacked it to 475, which John called. Flop was 2 5 6 . Chuck checked, John bet 500K and Chuck called. Turn was 5 . John bet 700K and Chuck called. River was 6 and both checked. Chuck had King-high and John held Ace-high and took the pot.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 09:01 PM
HUH 14: Chuck raised to 420K on the button and John made it 1.5 million. Chuck folded.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 08:54 PM
Heads Up Hand 6: Chuck made it 420K to go and John re-raised to 1.1 million. Chuck moved all in and John folded.
HUH 8: Chuck raised to 420K and John called. Flop was T 8 7 rainbow. John checked, Chuck bet 500K and John called. Turn was A ; John checked, Chuck fired 1 million and John folded.
John has about 9.25 million to Chuck's 7.8 million.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 08:40 PM
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 08:30 PM
Hand 86: John Gale raised to 275K from the button and John Hennigan called from the big blind. Flop was 4 A K . Gale bet 400K and Hennigan bumped it on up to 1.5 million. Gale moved all in and after a moment, Hennigan called, showing A 9 . Gale held A6 offsuit and was behind. Last two cards were 5 7 and Hennigan's kicker played.
John Gale finished in 3rd place, earning $443,096.
Play has paused while they film the money presentation.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 08:22 PM
Hand 80: Chuck raised to 310K from the small blind and John Hennigan called from the big. Flop was Q 4 9 . Chuck fired 325K and John called. Turn was 2 ; Chuck bet 500K and John called. River was T . Chuck bet 1 million. After a few seconds, John called. Chuck showed pocket Queens for top set and John mucked. Chuck dragged the huge pot, adding almost 2 million to his stack.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 08:14 PM
Blinds are still 60K/120K with 15K antes. Play has resumed.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 08:00 PM
Players are taking a short break.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 07:51 PM
Blinds are now 60K/120K with 15K antes. Chip count estimates:
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 07:46 PM
Hand 65: Joe raised to 250K and John Gale called from the button and John Hennigan called from the big blind. Flop was K 9 3 . Joe bet 600K and John Gale folded. John Hennigan asked for a count, then moved all in. Joe called all in (3.09 million) and showed K J for top pair. Hennigan held 4 3 for bottom pair and the flush draw. Turn was T and changed nothing. River, however, was the A and completed Hennigan's flush.
Joe Simmons finished in 4th place, earning $387,709.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 07:39 PM
Hand 63: Chuck called, John Hennigan called, then Joe raised to 400K from the small blind. Chuck called and Hennigan folded. Flop was 8 4 3 . Joe bet 600K and Chuck called. Turn was 2 and Joe checked. Chuck moved all in (1.475 million) and after a few seconds, Joe folded.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 07:33 PM
Hand 59: John Hennigan raised to 225K from the button. Joe called from the small blind and John Gale called from the big. Flop was J 8 7 . Checked to Hennigan, who bet 300K. Joe called and Gale folded. Turn was 4 and both checked. River was 2 and Joe checked. Hennigan bet 850K and after a little thought, Joe folded.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 07:27 PM
Hand 56: Chuck limped, then Joe raised to 400K from the small blind. Chuck called to see the flop: T 3 Q . Both checked and the turn was 4 . Joe bet 500K and Chuck called. River was 8 and both checked. Chuck showed KJ for the busted straight draw. Joe held pocket 7s and took the pot.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 07:05 PM
Michael moved all in from the small blind and after a little thought, John Hennigan called from the big. Michael's pocket 8s were ahead of John's T9, but the board came 9 Q 5 3 Q and John's pair of 9s was good to take the pot.
Michael "shag" Sukonik finished in 5th place, earning $332,322.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 06:56 PM
Hand 48: Chuck moved all in for 1.19 million and Joe called from the small blind, showing AJ off. Chuck was ahead with AK off. Board came 5 7 T 8 8 and Chuck doubled up.
Chip count estimates:
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 06:49 PM
Hand 45: John Hennigan raised to 225K and both Joe and John Gale called. Flop was 4 K K and it was checked to Gale, who bet 400K. Hennigan called and Joe folded. Turn was 5 and Hennigan checked, Gale bet 1 million, and Hennigan moved all in. Gale called, showing T 7 for the flush, but Hennigan showed A J for the nut-flush and Gale was drawing dead. Hennigan doubled up to about 6.7 million and became the chip leader with that pot. Gale was left with about 2.2 million.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 06:41 PM
Blinds are now 40K/80K with 10K antes. Play has resumed. Here are the chip counts:
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 06:27 PM
They've played 42 hands and haven't seen a flop since hand 31. Players are on break and when they return, the blinds will be increased.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 06:05 PM
Hand 24: John Gale raised to 130K from the small blind and Chuck moved all in for another 510K. John called, showing pocket Tens. Chuck was ahead with pocket Queens. Board came 6 6 3 8 Q and Chuck doubled up.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 05:48 PM
On hand 15, Joe and John H. checked the river with the board showing J J 7 8 7. John had KQ for King kicker and Joe took it down with Ace-high.
Hand 16: John Gale raised to 130K and Jon James moved all in from the big blind, for 410K more. John Gale called, showing J8. Jon held KQ and was ahead, but the board came 5 7 8 7 T and John Gale took it down with a pair of 8s.
Jon James, Jr. finished in 6th place, earning $276,935.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 05:38 PM
They are 10 hands in and we've just seen the first river card. With T 8 2 2 8 on the board, Michael and John Hennigan checked it down and Michael took the pot with pocket 5s.
Updated chip estimates:
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 05:20 PM
Blinds 25K/50K with 5K antes. Cards are in the air.
Tuesday, 30th of January 2007 04:20 PM
Final table action is set to begin shortly after 5pm, following player introductions. Here's the final table lineup, sorted by seat:
The chip leader coming to today's final table is Joe Simmons of Philadelphia, PA. Joe has gathered 5.5 million chips in his quest for the title at the Borgata Winter Open. He's a musician by trade, but has added poker to his vast repetoire. Before today, his only major win was a first-place finish at the World Poker Finals where he took home $147,945 in the $530 Omaha Hi/Lo event. I'm sure Joe is itching to add another win to his resume.
Joe better watch his back, however, as John Gale is nipping at his heels and sitting on his left with a bit over 4.8 million chips. A true gentleman both on and away from the felt, John was born and raised in Bushey, a small town on the outskirts of London, England. Like a lot of players, John got his start in major tournament poker by qualifying online, making his way through the fields online to find himself on a World Poker Tour final table in 2005. At the time, he worked as a managment consultant but after earning almost $1,000,000 in the WPT event, he found his day job lackluster and sold the company to focus on poker full time. John has one WSOP bracelet, one WPT title, and over $2 million in lifetime tournament earnings.
Charles (Chuck) Kelley of Staunton, VA, was a broker (who sold his business and retired) so he's used to tossing around large sums of money. He has over $90K in tournament earnings, but no major wins to his name. That could all change today, as he's got 1.6 million chips and isn't afraid to shove them all in.
Michael "shag" Sukonik has over $150,000 in tournament earnings, but only one major win: He won the U.S. Poker Championship in 1999. He's a businessman from Warminster, PA and a frequent face in the high-stakes games here in Atlantic City. He's bringing 1.3 million chips to today's final table.
John "World" Hennigan of Las Vegas, NV, has two WSOP bracelets and won the U.S. Poker Championship in 2002, but has yet to take down a WPT title, but did finish 4th in the very first WPT event. He's one of the most highly regarded live action players in the world. He comes to the final table today in third place with over 3.2 million chips.
Jon James, Jr. of Lowell, MA is probably the least known player at today's final table, with no tournament earnings reported. He's today's wild card with just over 500K in chips.
Kaelaine Minton Reporting
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