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Tuesday, June 5, 2007 | Francis Lee


Event three of the World Series of Poker 2007  was a $1,500 buy in tournament playing No Limit Hold’em.  This three day event started on June 2nd and finished with the final table on June 5th.  2998 players entered the tournament creating a total prize pool of $4,092,270, one of the biggest in WSOP history for a non main event.  The winner was set to collect $727,012 and the payout going down to 270th place.

The card room floor was packed to the rafters before play started with the large numbers of entrants, making getting around rather difficult with all the congestion.  A large number of pro’s and stars in the poker world were spotted, such as Jamie Gold the 2006 World Champion and the 2003 Main Event winner Chris Moneymaker.  Mike Mattasow was seen milling around and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson was seen relaxing in his seat reading what was probably his own poker book.

Day 1 would determine who made the money and who didn’t loosing 2298 players in the process.  It took just over 13 hours in total to complete with some big names missing out like Chris Furguson, Daniel Negreanu, Jamie Gold and Phil Hellmuth chasing his 11th bracelet. 

The day ended with Alex Jacob holding the chip lead on $191,000 in chips closely followed by Ronald De Wolfe.  At the other end of the chip table rankings was Ron Dorvell in last place on $1,300 and the most notable player Dave “Devilfish” Ulliot just ahead on $1,400.  No real pressure on these guys as the bubble had already burst and they were guaranteed to cash in.

The second days play would decide the final table to be contested on day three, which took nearly 15 hours to complete.  When it finally ended Alex Jacob was still going strong heading the field with £3.1million in chips, over double of what his nearest rival had with Paul Evans on $1.69million.  Bart Hanson brought up the rear on $210,000 followed by Andreas Krause and Craig Crivello both on around $490,000.

Final table chip standings:

  • 1st  Alex Jacob $3,100,000
  • 2nd Paul Evans $169,000
  • 3rd Jeff Yoak $965,000
  • 4th Matt Vengrin $930,000
  • 5th Ciaran O’Leary $610,000                                                          
  • 6th Thad Smith $555,000
  • 7th Craig Crivello $495,000
  • 8th Andreas Krause $490,000
  • 9th Bart Hanson $210,000

The final table started off seeing Bart Hanson making a much needed double up against Craig Crivello, hitting a flush holding :js :2s against :ac :10d and then the other short stacked player Krause doubling up against Matt Vengrin, Krause’s pocket nines holding up against :ah :qs

On the 9th hand of play we had our first knockout of the night.  Matt Vengrin going All In for $680,000, holding :ad :jd he was called by Alex Jacob with :ks :qc The Flop was kind to Jacob, putting him in the lead with it showing :qs :8s :3c giving him a pair of queens.  The Turn :4d left Vengrin needing an ace on the River to survive, the :9c ended his tournament in 9th place winning $43,378.  He didn’t seem to happy considering his starting position and its never nice to go out first.

The pace of the table was very fast with a lot of blind steals, this quickly lead to our next player going to the rail in 8th place winning $55,246.  Bart Hanson went All In pre flop and was called by Andreas Krause, Hanson found that he was behind when they showed there cards, with his :as :10h being bettered by Krause with :qh :qs The board was no help to Hanson giving Krause the full house with it coming down :jc :4c :4h :2s :4d eliminating him out of the tournament winning $55,246.

It was only three hands later when Craig Crivello hit a full house holding pocket fives with the Flop coming down :9d :9h :5h Thad Smith All In was his unlucky opponent with :kd :qh The turn :jh meant Smith was drawing dead on the river :7c and he was out in 7th taking $73,661.

The Break saw Alex Jacob still dominating leading the chip rankings with $4.2million in chips.  His nearest rivals Jeff Yoak and Paul Evans on around the $1.5million mark, with Ciarin O’Leary on the short stack with $235,000.

Things changed quickly with Ciarin O’Leary  storming up the chip rankings taking the lead off Alex Jacob getting to just over 2.5million.  Along the way Andreas Krause had slipped into last place on the short stack and was eventually eliminated in 6th place.

Krause moved All In with :kh :10c and was called by Paul Evans on the small blind holding :ad :9d Evans hit top pair on the Flop :as :6h :5h and with the Turn coming down with the :8c this meant he was drawing dead on the river :kc and he was out in 5th winning $94,122.

Two hand later Paul Evans was at it again knocking out Craig Civello in 5th place taking $128,907.  Crivello found his :as :7d dominated against Evans with :ad :8h The Flop gave Evans a pair of eights coming down :qh :8s :6d and Crivello was out when the Turn and River came down :2h :ks

Jeff Yoak was the next player to go, loosing with :kc :qs against Ciarin O’Leary with :ah :6s O’Leary hit top pair on the Flop and Yoak never recovered with the final board showing :as :9d :4d :4c :9s Yoak takes $184,152 in 4th place.

The final three players had Ciarin O’Leary in the lead on 3.65 million followed by Alex Jacob and Paul Evans both on $2.6million.  It didn’t take log for it to down to Two.

Alex Jacob Leader of the first two days play met his end on the 57th hand of final table play.  O’Leary called in the small blind for $120,000 and Jacob check.  The Flop came down :ac :4c :2s Jacob opens the betting for $150,000 and O’Leary re-raised to $600,000.  Jacob thinks for a while before calling and the turn comes down with :ks O’Leary immediately moves All In and again Jacob takes his time but eventually calls.  Both players shows there cards with O’Leary in the lead holding pocket sevens against :9h :4h Jacob needed a nine or four to survive, but the :6h ended his tournament going out in 3rd winning $282,367.

Down to heads up and O’leary held a massive chip lead over Evans with 7.5million against 1.4m.  He made this advantage count in super quick time wining the event on only the second hand of heads up play. 

Both players were in for the Flop for the minimum price and it came down :kh :6c :2s O’Leary checked and was then raised by Evans by $500,000, O’Leary comes back at Evans moving All In which he immediately calls.  Evans found himself to be behind with :6s :3s against O’leary with :kc :10s The :ks on the Turn strengthen his position but gave Evans a flush draw needing a spade to make his flush, as long as it didn’t pair the board up.   The :9d confirmed O’Learys win taking home $727,012 and the most sought after World Series of Poker Bracelet.

 Final Standings:

  • 1st Ciarin O’Leary $727,012
  • 2nd Paul Evans $450,150
  • 3rd Alex Jacob $282,367
  • 4th Jeff Yoak $184,152
  • 5th Craig Crivello $128,907
  • 6th Andreas Krause $94,122
  • 7th Thad Smith $ 73,661
  • 8th Bart hanson $55,246
  • 9th Matt Vengrin $43,378

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