WSOP Event #15 and Event # 16 – $1,500 PLH and $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball

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2011. June 13. |
Brian ‘tsarrast‘ Rast won WSOP Event #15 $1,500 PLH, defeating Allen ‘Chainsaw’ Kessler heads-up. Event #16 $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball was taken down by John Juanda, who managed to turn the tide in the HU against Phil Hellmuth.
A ten-handed final table session took place on Day 3 of the $1,500 PLH event at the Rio. Chipleader was Brian ‘tsarrast‘ Rast with 1,081,000, being way ahead of the field that included the other favourite of the match, Allen ‘Chainsaw’ Kessler. The chip counts were as follows:

WSOP Event 15 Final Table Stacks

Andrew Cohen said goodbye first, then it was WSOPE 2010 Main Event 3rd finisher Ronald Lee’s turn. WSOP champion Ted Lawson was sent to the rail next, followed by John Gordon, then in as few as 15 minutes Ali Eslami, Mika Paasonen, Daisuke Endo and Dajuan Whorley were all railed.

The two favourites remained to clash heads-up, fighting a relatively balanced battle. In the last hand at Level 25 (20,000/40,000), Rast had a minor lead and they shoved on the {#}A {#}3 {#}5 flop:

Rast: {#}K {#}9
Kessler: {#}5 {#}3

Turn: {#}7
River: {#}7

Brian ‘tsarrast‘ Rast
Brian ‘tsarrast‘ Rast

Rast won his first WSOP bracelet with nut flush. The results can be seen below.

WSOP Event 15 Final Table Winnings

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The final table on Day 3 of the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball event had an incredible setup (as can be seen in the chart below): altogether the participating players possessed a total of 21 golden bracelets and it was Joe Cassidy alone who has not yet won a world championship event. In addition to Phil Hellmuth (11), John Juanda (4 + a WSOPE Main Event) and Greg Raymer (2004 World Champion), Richard Ashby, David Baker, Steve Sung, Hasan Habib and Nick Schulman all have their WSOP bracelets.

WSOP Event 16 Final Table Stacks

Raymer was eliminated in 9th place, showing J-7-6-5-3 against Juanda’s T-8-6-5-4. Following Cassidy, Habib, Baker, Schulman and Sung, it was Ashby to be railed and so it came down to the heads-up between Hellmuth and Juanda.

The ‘Poker Brat’ started with a major lead (2,900,000 in chips over Juanda’s 900,000) but in an intense, three and a half hours long session both players found themselves in a minor lead from time to time. At Level 25 (10,000/20,000/40,000), eventually, Juanda managed to get hold of the lead and did not let it go anymore; at Level 26 (15,000/25,000/50,000) Hellmuth shoved his remaining 555,000 and Juanda called. He changed one card, Hellmuth stood pat with Q-T-8-5-2. Juanda got an 8 to his J-6-3-2 with which he won the event.

John Juanda
John Juanda

The results are as follows:

WSOP Event 16 Final Table Winnings

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