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Sunday, June 24, 2007 | Francis Lee

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The $3,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament starting on June 17th was scheduled to be the 28th event of The World Series of Poker 2007. 827 players entered the event boosting the prize pool to $2,282,520 giving the winner $527,829 and the top 81 placed contestants cashed in. Some of the most well known poker players started out all looking to win the coveted WSOP bracelet on offer. 

When we reached the third and final day Dustin Holmes was leading the chip rankings on just over 1million in chips followed by three players all on around $700,000. Phil Hullmuth was looking to get his 12th WSOP bracelet win but had is work cut out being one of the short stacked players with only $213,000.

Final Table Chip Standings:

  • 1st Dustin Holmes $1,076,000
  • 2nd Beth Shak $740,000
  • 3rd Brett Richey $738,000
  • 4th Perry Friedman $723,000
  • 5th Shankar Pillai $371,000
  • 6th Jason Song $284,000
  • 7th Ben Fineman $272,000
  • 8th Phil Hellmuth $213,000
  • 9th Daniel Corbin $210,000

It was Daniel Corbin on the short stack who was the first player to go out of the tournament. Moving All In with :kd :9d was called by Shankar Pillai with pocket Eights and Beth Shak with :as :qc Both Pillai and Shak checked down to the River and Pillai’s pocket Eights were good to take the pot with the final board showing :jc :7c :6d :3c :3h Corbin took home $42,227 in 9th place.

Brett Richey was unlucky running into both Beth Shak and Phil Hellmuth both holding pocket Aces when having pocket Kings. The Aces held up with the board coming down :10s :7s :3d :8c :4c and both Hellmuth and Shak split the pot eliminating Richey out of the tournament in 8th place winning $57,063.

Hellmuth was involved again in the next elimination hand knocking Perry Friedman out of the tournament in 7th place. Hellmuth called an All In bet holding :ac :3h against Freidman with :jc :10h The first four cards gave Hellmuth a seven high straight with it showing :7h :6c :4d :5s leaving Freidman drawing dead on the River and headed for the rail.

Phil Hellmuth then found himself on the wrong end of the next elimination hand All In with :ac :10c against Beth shak with :kh :qh The board came down :qs :10d :6h :9h :2s knocking Hellmuth out of the tournament in 6th winning $76,464. He will have to wait till the next WSOP final table before having another shot a bracelet number 12 but this final table apprearance put him level with T.J. Cloutier on the most WSOP final table finishes on 39.

Only four hands later it was Ben Fineman’s turn to head for the rail. On the short stack he made a move holding :qh :3h and was called by Jason Song with pocket Nines. The pocket pair held up with the board coming down :10d :6c :4d :ac :jc confirming Fineman’s exit from the tournament in 5th place winning $100,431.

Dustin Holmes was the next unlucky player to leave the table. He looked to be in a good position with his :ad :4h in a dominating position All In against Shankar Pillai with :as :2d His position looked even better with the Flop pairing his four coming down :qd :4d :3c This quickly changed with the :5c coming down on the River giving Pillai the straight leaving Holmes needing a deuce to split the pot. The :jh came down instead and Holmes was out in 4th place.

Down to three players and the chip rankings were quite evenly spread and it took a while before we reached heads up. Jason Song saw his chip stack disintegrate in front of him in the space of only a few hands before making a stand moving All In with :qs :5h with his last $175,000. Unfortunately he ran into Pillai with pocket Aces. Song’s hand missed the board with it showing :jh :js :8c :jc :kc going out in 3rd place winning $212,274.

The tournament ended when Shak found his :kd :8s dominated by Pillai holding :ad :8d with the Flop showing :10c :8h :3h Shak needed help having the weaker kicker which never came with the :7s on the Turn and :2c coming down on the River. Pillai winning $527,829 for taking 1st place finish and getting his first WSOP bracelet.

WSOP 2007 Event 28 Final Standings:

  • 1st Shankar Pillai $527,829
  • 2nd Beth Shak $328,683
  • 3rd Jason Song $212,274
  • 4th Dustin Holmes $141,516
  • 5th Ben Fineman $100,431
  • 6th Phil Helmut $76,464
  • 7th Perry Friedman $57,063
  • 8th Brett Richey $42,227
  • 9th Daniel Corbin $30,814

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