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Sunday, July 1, 2007 | Francis Lee


Event 34 at the World Series of Poker 2007 started on the 20th June lasting for three days, playing No Limit Hold’em. Only 296 players entered the $3,000 buy-in event, a relatively small field compared to some of the Hold’em events that had already took place at this years WSOP. The prize pool ended up at $816,960 with 1st place set to collect $225,483, with a total of 27 places cashed in.

Due to the small field of players it didn’t take too long to reach the end of day two. Alexander Borteh was leading the chip rankings on $389,000 in chips but the rest of the field wasn’t too far behind, meaning any of the other eight players had a good chance at winning the event.

Final Table Chip Standings:

  • 1st Alexander Borteh $389,00
  • 2nd Shawn Keller $260,000
  • 3rd David “the dragon” Pham $254,000
  • 4th Michael Byrne $231,000
  • 5th Brandon Wong $216,000
  • 6th Vivek Rajkumar $170,000
  • 7th Mathew Kelly $97,000
  • 8th Petri Pollanen $94,000
  • 9th Marco Johnson $66,000

It was on the first two hands of play that we lost two of the short stacked players. First Petri Pollanen holding :ad :qd was beaten by Vivek Rajkumar with :ah :5d Rajkumar paired his Five on the Flop and Pollanen never improved on his Ace- Queen high on the final two cards. It was Marco Johnson holding :as :qc that was beaten into 8th place when running into Michael Bryne hitting a flush holding :7s :8s with the final board coming down :9s :7c :5s :10s :qc

Only a few hands later it was Michael Bryne’s turn to head for the rail beaten in a three way pot between himself, Shawn Keller and Vivek Rajkumar. Keller with :ad :ks went into the lead when the Flop came down :kd :jd :3s with Byrne holding pocket Sevens and Rajkumar having pocket Tens. The :qd on the Turn and :6d on the River won Keller the huge pot putting him in a good chip lead over the rest of the remaining players, Byrne won $27,777 going out of the tournament in 6th place.

This hand was the start of the end for Rajkumar going on tilt, first doubling up David “the dragon” Pham, and then two hands later going out of the tournament loosing to Brandon Wong. Rajkumar’s :ad :7h was beaten by Wong’s :6h :8h with Wong hitting trip Eights on the River winning the pot, as Rajkumar had no piece of the board at all.

Mathew Kelly was the next player to go out of the tournament not long after, going out in 5th place winning $46,567. Kelly’s pocket Sevens were beaten by Alex Borteh with :qd :9c when the final board came down :kh :qh :10c :10s :6s

David Pham lost out to Shawn Keller just after the break when his :kc :qs was beaten by :qc :9c Keller paired his Nine on the Flop and Pham never recovered going out in 4th place winning $62,906

Down to three players and Brandon Wong had $875,000 in chips, double the ship stack of both Shawn Keller and Alex Borteh on around $400,000. This was soon to change with Alex Borteh first doubling up against Steve Wong, and the knocking Shawn Keller out on the tournament in 3rd place. Borteh’s :kh :8h dominating Keller’s :8d :10c and winning through with the board coming down :as :8c :6d :ks :2c

Alex Borteh put his large chip advantage over Steve Wong to good use winning the event winning three big pots in a row, crippling Wong down to his last few chips. Wong then Moved All In with :qh :8h and as beaten by :kc :6d with the first four cards coming down :9d :9s :6c :ks meaning he was drawing dead on the River. Alex Borteh collecting the $225,483 first place prize and the WSOP bracelet.

WSOP 2007 Event 34 Result:

  • 1st Alexander Borteh $225,483
  • 2nd Brandon Wong $135,615
  • 3rd Shawn Keller $92,316
  • 4th David “the dragon “ Pham
  • 5th Mathew Keller $46,567
  • 6th Vivek Rajkumar $36,763
  • 7th Michael Bryne $27,777
  • 8th Marco Johnson $20,424
  • 9th Petri Pollanen $14,705

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