WSOP Event #43 - Henry Lu's First Live Win is a Bracelet

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2012. June 26. |
20 players started day 3 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Event #43. The chipleader was Zachary Clark, but other big names were still in for the bracelet, including Neil Channing, Randy 'nanonoko' Lew, and WCOOP champion James 'mig.com' Mackey.
Only 11 players remained by the 25th blind level (5,000/15,000/30,000), with Randy 'nanonoko' Lew also among the ones that had to leave. He lost his stack against Henry Lu in a coinflip. Jesse Yaginuma finished eleventh, and players sat together at one table after that. 
 
The "real" final table started when Clark went all-in with pocket Kings against Lu's Queens, and a Queen came on the flop. The nine-handed final started with the following chip counts: 
 
Chair 1. Henry Lu – 2,745,000     
Chair 2. Tom Alner – 1,550,000
Chair 3. Botond Balázs - 775,000     
Chair 4. Hovan Nguyen - 295,000     
Chair 5. Francois Dur - 590,000
Chair 6. Jared Rosenbaum - 305,000 
Chair 7. Neil Channing – 2,735,000
Chair 8. James Mackey – 2,015,000
Chair 9. John Nelson – 1,460,000
 
Jared Rosenbaum said goodbye in ninth place, and next to leave was Francois Dur; both stacks were taken by Channing. 
 
Neil Channing
Neil Channing

At the 26th blind level (5,000/20,000/40,000) Botond, the shortstack went all-in with dealt Sixes preflop, and got called by John Nelson. Nelson had pocket Nines and won on a neutral board. 
 
Hovan Nguyen took 6th place, and was followed by John Nelson, Tom Alner, and James Mackey. 
 
Neil Channing - 10,200,000
Henry Lu - 2,250,000

In the three-hour-long heads-up Lu managed to come back on top with great play, and started the last hand with a huge advantage. Channing bet 250,000, Lu went all-in, and Channing called. 
 
Channing: {#}A {#}
Lu: {#}4 {#}
 
Board: {#}2 {#}3 {#}Q {#}K {#}
 
Lu won the flip, and with this, he did not only get his first WSOP bracelet, but also achieved his first live tournament win. 
 
Henry Lu
Henry Lu

Final Results: 

1. Henry Lu - $654,380
2. Neil Channing - $406,409
3. James Mackey - $286,633
4. Tom Alner - $207,019
5. John Nelson - $151,338
6. Hovan Nguyen - $111,961
7. Botond Balázs - $83,802
8. Francois Dur - $63,459
9. Jared Rosenbaum - $48,614
 
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