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Tuesday, July 10, 2007 | Francis Lee

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 The 37th event at the World Series of Poker 2007 was a $2,000 buy-in Pot Limit Hold’em event. This three day event attracted 599 players pushing the prize pool to just over 1 million dollars with the top 52 placed finishers cashing in. When we eventually reached the end of day two the final table chip rankings was quite evenly spread with only a couple of short stacked players sat at the table.

Final Table Chip Rankings:

  • 1st Yuval Bronshtein $516,000
  • 2nd Greg Hopkins $454,000
  • 3rd Jason Newburger $278,000
  • 4th Gioi Luong $240,00
  • 5th David Zarrin $238,000
  • 6th Pete Lawson $198,000
  • 7th Robert Collison $197,000
  • 8th Bryan O’Connell $179,000
  • 9th Ray Coburn $100,000

The final table started off very quickly seeing three players go out of the tournament in the space of half an hour. First of all it was Brian O’Connell on the short stack who was eliminated out in 9th place winning $16,353. O’Connells :ad :js was beaten by Greg Hopkins holding pocket Tens with the final board coming down :2s :2h :qd :8s :4c

Only a few hands later Ray Coburn decided to push All In with pocket Fours with his last few remaining chips. He was up against Gioi Luong holding :ad :ks and it was a race to the finish to take down the pot. Luong hit top pair on the Flop :kd :jh :2s leaving Coburn needing a Four to survive. The pot went to Luong when the :10c :7d came down knocking Coburn out in 8th place winning $22,894.

On the very next hand Luong again had :as :kd and looked favourite to take down the pot going All In against Bronshtein with :kh :8h after the Flop came down :8s :kc :ad This quickly changed with the :8d falling on the Turn leaving Luong needing an Ace on the River. This never came confirming his elimination in 7th place winning $31,070.

This win had put Bronshtein in a big chip lead and he started to push the table around almost raising with any two cards. Bob Collison decided to make a stand with :qc :9d and found he was up against :jh :4d The first four cards :ks :10d :3d :7s missed both players hands and Collison was favourite to win the pot with one card to come. The :4d on the River spelt the end for Collion leaving the lucky Bronshtein in an even better position increasing his chip advantage.

Proceeding didn’t slow down with each elimination coming one after the other. This time it was David Zarrin who went out of the tournament in 5th place taking $52,874 in prize money loosing a three way pot. Both Zarrin and Greg Hopkins hit a pair of Aces with low kickers with the Flop coming down :ad :js :10c Pete Lawson was the other player in the pot holding :ks :qc having the broad way straight in a good lead over the other two players. Both players checked when the :7d fell on the Turn and the final card came down with the :qd Hopkins checked and then folded to Lawson’s bet leaving Zarrin and Lawson to the showdown. Lawson’s straight was easily good enough to win leaving Zarrin to head for the rail.

This good fortune didn’t last long for Lawson eventually loosing all his chips to Jason Newburger in the next dozen hands. The final nail in his coffin came when pushing All In with :ks :8s against Newburger with pocket Deuces. The Deuces held up with the final board coming down :9c :10d :4s :5d :4d knocking Lawson out in 4th place taking home $72,497.

It was the chip leader Yuval Bronshtein who was the next player to head for the rail, first loosing a large majority of his chip stack holding :ks :qh against Greg Hopkins with :ah :9h Hopkins hit an Ace on the River to win the pot with Bronshtein missing the board completely. Then the very next hand he pushed All In with pocket Sixes and again was up against Hopkins. Hopkins with :as :10s won through again hitting an Aces but this time it came on the Flop. The Six never came for Bronshtein ending his lucky run going out in 3rd place.

This win put Hopkins in the chip lead with 1.6 million in chips, heads up against Jason Newburger holding $740,000.

Jason Newburger did well to almost draw level on chips with Hopkins before loosing all his chips in one go. Newburger was dealt :ks :qs and made a big bet pre flop. Hopkins looked down at his cards and instantly called holding pocket Jacks. The Flop came down :9d :10d :2h to which Newburger moved All In and again was instantly called by Hopkins. The :10c fell on the Turn missing both players and Hopkins victory was confirmed with the :4c coming down on the River. Hopkins danced around the room with joy at winning his very first WSOP bracelet and taking home $269,707 in prize money.

WSOP 2007 Event 37 Result:

  • 1st Greg Hopkins $269,274
  • 2nd Jason Newburger $165,707
  • 3rd Yuval Bronshtein $109,018
  • 4th Pete Lawson $72,497
  • 5th David Zarrin $52,874
  • 6th Robert Collison $41,427
  • 7th Gioi Luong $31,070
  • 8th Ray Coburn $22,894
  • 9th Bryan O’Connell $16,353



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