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Monday, June 11, 2007 | Francis Lee


Event 13 of The World Series of Poker  was the $5,000 buy in World Championship Pot Limit Hold’em event, played over three days with the final table to be contested on the final day.  398 players started out in this tournament, generating a total prize pool of $1,870,600.  Only the top 36 players were set to make the money with the 1st place prize set at $487,287.

At the start of play the card room was filled with multiple WSOP bracelet winners looking to be crowned the Pot Limit Hold’em champion.  One of the toughest tables in play had Mark Vos, Daniel Negreanu, Perry Friedman and Davis Williams all sat at the same table.

Only 51 players made it past the first days play, with the most notable players missing out were Doyle Brunson, Jamie Gold last years main event winner, Phil Hellmuth,and John Juanda.  Greg Mueller was in the chip lead with $180,000 in chips closely followed by Travis Rice on $177,000.  The short stacks had to act quickly as the blinds started out at $2000-$4,000 and the bubble had yet to burst.

At the end of day two we had our nine finalists, most of whom were some of the top players around, attracting a big crowd to watch the event.  Allen Cunningham a four time WSOP bracelet winner looking to be the 17th player in history to win a fifth bracelet.  Last years Pot Limit Hold’em champion Jason Lester defending his title, which doesn’t happen very often at the WSOP.  Humberto Brenes winner of two WSOP bracelets in 1993, and this being his second final table appearance finishing 8th in event 8 at this years World Series.

The chip rankings leader board had Jeff Lisandro sat at the top of the pile holding $982,000 in chips, followed by Joe Patrick on $613,000.  Keith Lehr was in last place on $182,000, not too far behind Humberto Brenes on $225,000.

Final Table Chip Standings:

  • 1st Jeff Lisandro $982,000
  • 2nd Joe Patrick $631,000
  • 3rd Travis Rice $544,000
  • 4th Gavin Griffin $524,000
  • 5th Allen Cunningham $341,000
  • 6th Jason Lester $295,000
  • 7th Alan Jaffray $254,000
  • 8th Humberto Brenes $225,000
  • 9th Keith Lehr $182,000

The blinds started out at $8,000-$16,000 with no ante giving the short staked players time to catch a hand.  It wasn’t until the 24th hand when we lost our first player.  Alan Jaffray making a stand with :ah :jc on a short stack got caught against Joe Patrick with a :ks :kc Jaffray didn’t improve with the board coming down :9c :5h :4c :8d :jd going out in 9th place collecting $31,800.

Then Keith Lehr moved All In with :10c :10s with the Flop coming down :8s :7h :6c Unfortunately for him, he ran into Jeff Lisandro holding a higher pocket pair :qc :qd The Turn :7s and River :6d gave no help to Lehr eliminating him in 8th place winning $43,959.

Gavin Griffin headed for the rail on the 69th hand of play, going out in 7th winning $58,924.  Griffin moved All In holding :ad :10s with the Flop showing :qs :9d :2d This was called by Jeff Lisandro holding :kd :jd The Turn :js put Lisandro in the lead but left Griffin with quite a few outs with one card remaining but not wanting to see a diamond.  The :8d gave Griffin a straight but was the wrong colour giving Lisandro a Flush and the pot.

We didn’t have to wait as long for the next elimination hand to come.  Travis Rice All In with :ks :7s after the Flop coming down :ah :kd :4h Rice needed help on the last two cards, up against Allen Cunningham holding :as :js The :qd on the turn was not help to either player and the River :9c knocked Rice out of the tournament in 6th place winning $78,565.

Allen Cunningham started to dominate the table from this point onwards taking the chip lead from Lisandro winning some big pot along the way.  This was until the 93rd hand when Lisandro eliminated two players on the same hand.  Joe Patrick, Jason Lester and Lisandro was All In pre Flop, Patrick with :7d :7h Lester with :ad :ks and Lisandro in the lead with :qc :qd Amazingly no one hit the board with it showing :jc :jh :9h :6s :6d and Lisandro took the massive pot and the chip lead back off Cunningham.  Joe Patrick was eliminated in 5th place winning $99,142 and Jason Lester collected $132,813 in 4th.

Cunningham didn’t wait around coming straight back at Lisandro, gaining the lead back by taking down some large pots, and then eliminating Humberto Brenes into 3rd place.  Brenes on the short stack moved All In with :10h :9c and was called by Cunningham holding :ac :qh The Flop was terrible for Brenes coming down :qs :8h :2s giving Cunningham top pair.  The Turn :7c and River :4d didn’t improve his hand and he was out of the tournament taking home $197,348.

At the start of heads up play Allen Cunningham was in the lead with 2.1 million in chips just ahead of Jeff Lisandro on $1.8 million.  Both players went into this match up playing aggressively, its was amazing that this match up lasted as long as it did.

The final hand of play came on the 80th hand of heads up play.   Lisandro was in the lead in this hand, after the flop came down :as :8h :3s holding pocket Queens.  But the Turn :kh put Cunningham in touching distance of his 5th bracelet win holding :kc :9d The :7d came down on the River giving Cunningham the win taking $487,287, and making a small piece of WSOP history at the same time, being the 17th player to win 5 WSOP bracelets.  If he wins another one this year he will become the youngest ever player to reach 6 WSOP bracelet wins.

WSOP 2007 PL Hold’em Championship Result:

  • 1st Allen Cunningham $487,287
  • 2nd Jeff Lisandro $294,260
  • 3rd Humberto Brenes $197,348
  • 4th Jason Lester $132,813
  • 5th Joe Patrick $99,142
  • 6th Travis Rice $78,565
  • 7th Gavin Griffin $58,924
  • 8th Keith Lehr $43,959
  • 9th Alan Jaffray $31,800

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