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Tuesday, June 19, 2007 | Francis Lee


The $2,000 buy in No Limit Hold’em event at the WSOP 2007 attracted 1,619 players to enter, creating a total prize pool of just over 3million dollars. The event played over three days was filled with some of the most well known poker players around, all looking to win the WSOP bracelet on offer for the winner.

The final table was held on the third day with the remaining nine players battling it out for the win. Travis Rice was leading the chip rankings on 1.2million in chips, not far behind was David Hewitt on just over 1million. The short stacked players had a half decent amount with the lowest Adam Ross with $346,000, and a double up for any of them would put them back in the mix.

Final Table Chip Rankings:

  • 1st Travis Rice $1,284,000
  • 2nd Ken Einiger $1,039,000
  • 3rd Evan Schwartz $972,000
  • 4th Justin Rollo $772,000
  • 5th Darryl Ronconi $662,000
  • 6th David Hewitt $600,000
  • 7th Danny Noam $563,000
  • 8th Ben Ponzio $415,000
  • 9th Adam Ross $346,000

David Hewitt made a good start winning a pot totalling just over 1million in chips, eliminating Darryl Ronconi in 9th place. Ronconi was in the lead pre Flop with pocket Jacks against :kh :qh The perfect Flop came down for Hewitt though hitting a Queen with the first card out putting him in the lead. Ronconi wasn’t helped by either the Turn or River with the final board showing :qd :8h :2c :6d :7h

Ken Einiger was unlucky to go out next after Evan Schwartz hit a King on the River holding :as :ks when Eliniger was ahead with :ad :qs after the Flop came down :qh :6h :6s Elinger won $45,672 in 8th place.

After a Dozen hands it was Adam Ross’s turn to go out of the tournament loosing to Travis Rice. Ross on the short stack moved All In holding :ah :7s and was up against :ks :10c Travis Rice hit a King on the Flop and Ross had no piece of the board with it coming down :kc :10h :3c :3s :2s Ross taking $61,878 for his 7th place finish.

Evan Schwartz sent Danny Noam to the rail only a couple of hands later. Noam holding pocket Eights was beaten against :as :10s with the board showing :qd :10d :5c :4d :4s Noam winning $82,504 in 6th place.

The end came for Travis Rice moving All in on the short stack with :8c :7h he found himself dominated against David Hewitt calling with :as :7s Both players had a pair of sevens after all the cards came down and Hewitt’s higher kicker was enough to take the pot.

The chips were evenly spread between the final four players so it took a while before we witnessed the next elimination hand. Evan Schwartz was caught trying to steal the blinds going All In with :qd :3s but was called by Justn Rollo with pocket Sixes. The pocket pair held up with the final board showing :ah :jh :9d :8s :5h and Schwartz collected $165,008 finishing in 4th place.

This win put Justin Rollo level with the other two players with all of them on 2.1million in chips. This didn’t last long though when Rollo was crippled, when loosing to Ben Ponzio with pocket Queens against his :ac :3c Rollo missed the board going out in 3rd place winning $244,566.

Ben Ponzio had double the chip stack of what David Hewitt had and this advantage played into Ponzio’s hands playing an aggressive game grinding Hewitt down. The final hand of play came when Hewitt tried to stand up to Ponzio with :10h :3h Ponzio had :kh :qh and was looking favourite to win the event. The board came down :jd :9d :6c :8s :ad missing both players handing Ponzio the victory. Ponzio took just under $600,000 in first place, also taking a Corum Watch and more importantly the WSOP bracelet.

WSOP 2007 Event 25 Result:

  • 1st Ben Ponzio $599,467
  • 2nd David Hewitt $374,216
  • 3rd Justin Rollo $244,566
  • 4th Evan Schwartz $165,008
  • 5th Travis Rice $111,970
  • 6th Danny Noam $82,504
  • 7th Adam Ross $61,878
  • 8th Ken Einiger $45,672
  • 9th Darryl Ronconi $34,770

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