Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Event 20 Recap

$300 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

After a marathon heads up session, Pierre-Alain Dubois (Montreal, Canada) beat Kevin Way (Warrington, PA) to win the Event 20 title and $23,384.

After they traded chips for more than one hour, the final hand is Dubois with A 5 vs Way's A 10

As the dealer put out the flop, Way was cheering for the "5 of hearts," which clearly would help his opponent.

Flop: 3 Q 5

Way again says, "come on end it, give him the 5 of hearts."

And with the burn and turn, the 5 hit the board and Way was drawing dead. "I can't believe it," says Dubois, "This was supposed to be my last tournament, now I don't know."

Dubois is a family man who felt he's been playing too much poker and wants to spend his time more productively. So when he woke up Tuesday morning, Dubois was in the mindset that he would honor the commitment he gave his friend to play in the tournament, but it would be the last time he'd play poker for awhile.

Now that he's padded his bank account, Dubois said about the decision, "I'll sleep on it, that is if I can get to sleep."

"It was great," said Way, who earned $13,780 for second place, "a lot of fun." Watching Way route for his opponent's cards was refreshing as he genuinely seemed to enjoy the game no matter what the outcome.

"Either way I get what I want," he says, "he either gets his card or I win the hand, which isn't so bad."

It must of felt like deja vu for both players after experiencing a 75 minute bubble to hit the money. Hand-for-hand play had one player, Daryl Boatwright (Sicklerville, NJ) down to one single ante, but he was able to survive his 1k all-in.

Also dodging elimination was Ephy Uzan (Brooklyn, NY), who at one point, earlier in the day, was down to 400 chips. Both Uzan (12th) and Boatwright (27th) survived the bubble and cashed in the event.

Before the dinner break Tony Mandia (Long Island, NY) went on a serious heater and built his stack to 260k for a commanding chip lead. But as they approached he bubble, Mandia came back to the pack and finished 17th.

287 players entered the event which created a total buy-in of $86,100. Notables in the field
included Tyler Patterson (Everett, WA), who won Event 19 and was looking for back-to-back titles. He was joined by Paul Spitzberg (Tenafly, NJ), who finished 2nd in Event 13, but neither player cashed in this event.

Other notables who played, but failed to make the money included: Adam Lippert (Brooklyn, NY), Sheree Bykofsky (Atlantic City, NJ), Gene Castro (New York, NY), Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) and Eric Siegel (Melville, NY)

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