$5,000 + $150 NLHE Championship
Final table money results:
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 07:59 PM
On the turn with the board showing K 4 T A, Kai bet 50k, David raised to 150k, Kai moved all-in, and David called all-in. Kai held QJ off for the Broadway straight. David rolled over J 7 for the gutshot royal draw and flush draw. He needed a Queen to chop or any diamond to win. The river was the 6 and it is over!
Kai Landry finished in 1st place, earning $183,974, a $10k seat in the 2009 WSOP Main Event, (with $1k in travel money) and the gold circuit championship ring.
David Dao finished in 2nd place, earning $117,744.
David was born in Vietnam, but now lives in Elizabethtown, KY. He's 60-years-old and has been playing poker seriously for about 4 years.
Kai lives in Biloxi, MS. He mixes his tournaments with cash games and plays lots of the daily events in Biloxi, but this is by far his first major tournament score.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 07:52 PM
On a flop of 6 6 2, David and Kai got all the chips in the middle. David held pocket 4s. Kai held pocket Queens and was way ahead. David would need one of two remaining 4s to bust Kai, but the last two came 2 J and Kai doubled up to ~2.2 million. David was left with about 800k.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 07:25 PM
Hand 164: Kai and Matt got all the chips in the middle. Kai held pocket 7s and Matt held AQ off. The board came 9 6 4 5 7 and Kai's hand held up. The stacks were close and had to be counted down. Matt hadn 697k and Kai had 708k, so Kai had Matt covered.
Matt 'Allinat420' Stout finished in 3rd place, earning $73,590.
Matt is a professional poker player from Atlantic City, NJ. He won a preliminary circuit event at Caesar's Atlantic City, in March, 2008, and has several 5-figure cashes, but has yet to take down a 6-figure payout (in live events). This is his largest single cash to date.
At the beginning of heads-up play, Kai has about 1.4 million to David's 1.6 million.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 07:18 PM
Hand 158: Kai shoved from the button and Matt made the call, showing K Q. Kai held K 9 and was dominated. The flop came A J 8 and it changed nothing. Turn was the 8 which gave Kai a flush draw. He would need a 9 or club on the river to survive. River was....the K giving Kai the flush and the double-up.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 07:09 PM
Level 19: Blinds 12k/24k with 3k antes. Play has resumed. Here are the chip counts as of the break:
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 06:52 PM
Hand 152: Kai limped on the button, then David raised to 110k from the small blind. Kai called and the flop came T 9 2. David moved all-in for 719k and after a little tank-time, Kai called. David held K T for top pair. Kai showed pocket 4s for the under-pair. The last two cards were A Q and David doubled up.
End of level and players are taking 15.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 06:43 PM
Hand 148: Matt opened for 55k on the button and Kai called from the small blind. The flop came A 9 3 and Kai checked. Matt bet 80k, Kai check-raised to 300k, and Matt moved all-in for 376k more. Kai let it go and Matt added 355k of Kai's chips to his stack.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 06:23 PM
The final three had settled into a rhythm of 'raise and take it' or 'limp and check it to showdown'. Then there was a little flurry of action:
Hand 135: David limped on the button and Kai raised 60k more from the big blind. David called and the flop came J 8 7 -- all hearts. Kai checked, David bet 100k, and Kai called. Turn was the 6. Kai bet 300k. After a bit of tank-time, David folded. Kai showed the A Q (just the nut flush, folks).
Hand 137: Kai limped on the button, David completed the small, then Matt raised 100k on top. Kai opted out and David called. The flop came T 4 3. Both checked. Turn was the Q. David checked, Matt bet 135k, and David called. River was the A. David checked. Matt took abotu half a minute, then fired 200k. David surrendered.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 05:52 PM
Hand 111: LB opened for 40k on the button and Kai (sb) raised to 170k. LB called and the flop came Q 9 5. Kai checked, LB moved all-in, and Kai insta-called, showing KQ for top pair. LB held Q T for the same pair with inferior kicker. He needed a Ten or running diamonds, but the last two came A J and Kai doubled up to ~870k, leaving LB with ~120k.
Hand 113: Kai raised to 40k, Matt called from the small, then LB moved all-in from the big. Both players called and checked down the board of J 8 6 T T. LB held A7 off for Ace-high, but Kai showd 65 suited for a pair of 6s to take the pot.
Leonard 'LB' Eidson finished in 4th place, earning $61,816.
Leonard is a 33-year-old poker player from Bulls Gap, Tennessee. Today's cash is his largest to date.
Level 18: Blinds 10k/20k with 3k antes. Play continues.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 05:38 PM
Hand 104: David (sb) and Matt (bb) see a flop of 7 5 2. David checked, Matt fired 70k, David moved all-in for 423k and Matt called, showing A Q (two overs plus the flush draw). David held 6 2 and was actually ahead with bottom pair. The last two cards came 3 5 missing all of Matt's outs and David doubled up, taking the chip lead with ~950k. Matt dropped down to ~850k.
Hand 106: All four players saw the flop for the minimum: 9 3 2. LB (sb) checked, Kai bet 25k, the other two folded and LB called. Turn was the 3 and both checked. River was the 7 and LB fired 70k. Kai called and LB showed Q3 off for trip 3s. Kai mucked and LB took the pot.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 05:31 PM
Hand 99: Matt and David take a flop of A J 3. David (bb) checked to Matt, who bet 65k. Turn was the Q and again David checked. Matt bet 120k and David called. River was the 3 and both checked. David showed KQ for a pair of Queens, but Matt showed A4 for a pair of Aces to take the pot.
Hand 100: Kai got all-in for 407k against David, who held AK off. Kai held pocket Jacks and the lead. The board came 9 8 2 Q 6 and Kai doubled up.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 05:27 PM
Hand 98: David limped utg, Matt limped on the button, then LB raised to 59k from the small blind. David then re-raised 200k on top. Matt mucked and LB tanked for a bit. He finally folded, flashing an Ace. David rolled over two more Aces as he collected the pot.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 05:09 PM
Hand 80: Kai moved all in for 166k utg and Jeremy called quickly from the button. Everyone else got out of the way. Kai showed K3 off. Jeremy showed pocket Queens. The board came 9 8 6 K 2 and Kai caught his pair on the turn to take the pot and double up.
Jand 84: LB moved in utg, then Jeremy called all-in, showing KJ off. LB held pocket Queens. The Ladies have not been good for Jeremy today. The board came J 9 4 A 6 and LB's Queens held up.
Jeremy Byrum finished in 5th place, earning $51,513.
Jeremy is from Katy, Texas, and this is his first cash in a major event.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 04:59 PM
Hand 76: Matt opened for 40k from the button and LB called from the small blind, then checked dark. The flop came A 9 5 and Matt bet 55k. LB called and the turn was the T. LB moved all-in. Matt thought about it, then folded. LB showed T 9 (two pair).
Hand 77: Mike opened for 32k and got calls from Matt, LB, and Kai. On the flop of 7 5 2 action checked to Mike, who moved in for 183k. Matt insta-called and the others dove for cover. Mike showed pocket Queens and Matt showed the boss pair, pocket Aces. The last two cards came 9 K and Matt took the pot.
Mike 'GoLeafsGoEh' Leah finished in 6th place, earning $44,154.
Mike finished third in the 2008 US Poker Championship at the Taj Mahal. He hails from Toronto, Ontario.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 04:51 PM
Level 17: Blinds 8k/16k with 2k antes. Play has resumed. Here are some chip estimates as of the break:
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 04:37 PM
Hand 75: David opened for 30k and both blinds made the call. The flop came J 8 7 and David fired 100k. Matt called from the small blind and LB folded from the big. Turn was the Q and both checked. River was the 5 and Matt led out for 135k. David called and Matt showed KJ suited for a pair of Jacks. David rolled over pocket 7s for the set to take the pot.
End of level 16 and players are taking 15.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 04:29 PM
Hand 72: David moved all in from the small blind and Jeremy called from the big. David held A7 off and was dominated by Jeremy's AT off. Then the board came 7 3 2 6 7 and David doubled up to ~630k.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 04:23 PM
Hand 65: Jeremy limped, Matt limped, Kai completed the small, and David checked his option. The flop came K T 6 and it was checked around. The turn was the 9 and this ignited the fireworks. Kai checked, David checked, Jeremy bet 30k, Matt raised to 80k, Kai folded, then David moved all-in. Jeremy called all-in (370k) and Matt mucked his hand in disgust (he apparently had a straight). David held T9 off for two pair, but was crushed by Jeremy's QJ for the King-high straight. River was the 4 and Jeremy doubled up, leaving David with ~120k.
Hand 66: David moved all-in from the small blind but got no action.
Hand 67: LB opened for 31k, Kai called, then David moved all in for 106k more. LB called and Kai got out of the pot. LB held A8, but was dominated by David's AQ. The board came A 6 4 3 9 and David doubled up.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 04:04 PM
Play has settled into a quiet routine. With six players remaining, there have been several all-ins, but no calls yet.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 03:37 PM
Level 16: Blinds 6k/12k with 1k antes. Play continues.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 03:32 PM
Hand 41: Matt raised from the button and Kai moved all-in from the big blind. Matt called, showing A7 off. Kai's KJ offsuit was trailing. The flop came A 5 3 giving Matt a bigger lead with a pair of Aces. Turn was a Jack, giving Kai a pair, but he still needed help. River was another Jack, giving Kai the help he needed. He doubled up to ~256k.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 03:13 PM
Hand 28: Mike opened for 16k, then Glenn shoved for 45k on top. Mike called, showing 6 5. Glenn was ahead with KJ offsuit, but the board came 8 5 4 7 8 and Mike made a straight to take the pot.
Glenn Hyde finished in 7th place, earning $36,795.
Glenn is 55 years old and lives in Marietta, GA.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 03:02 PM
Hand 21: David limped utg, then Matt raised to 34k from the hijack. Brian moved all-in for 110k from the button. David got out of the way and Matt called, showing AK suited. Brian held AJ offsuit and was in bad shape. The board came 9 9 8 Q 4 and Matt took the pot.
Matthew 'Brian' McCoy finished in 8th place, earning $29,436.
Brian is 33 years old, from Memphis, TN, and is self-employed.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 02:52 PM
Hand 16: David Dao moved all-in from the cutoff and Frank Wyville (big blind) tanked for a minute, then called all-in showing KQ off. David held AK off and had Frank badly dominated. The board came 8 7 2 5 A and David took the pot.
Frank Wyville finished in 9th place, earning $22,077.
Frank is a firefighter from Anniston, AL.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 02:36 PM
Level 15: Blinds 4k/8k with 1k antes. Play has resumed. Here are the chip counts as of the break:
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 02:23 PM
Hand 7: Kai opened for 16k, then David raised it up to 66k. Jeremy then moved all-in. Kai opted out, but David called all-in for 156k. Jeremy held pocket Jacks and was in bad shape against David's pocket Kings. The board came A 5 3 Q 9 and David doubled up. Jeremy was left with ~255k.
Level 14 came to an end and players are taking 15 while they color up the purple 500 chips.
Wednesday, 04th of February 2009 02:06 PM
Level 14 (continued): Blinds 3k/6k with 500 antes. Cards are in the air. About 15 minutes remain in this level.
Kaelaine Minton Reporting
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