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Sunday, July 15, 2007 | Francis Lee


Event 38 of the World Series of Poker 2007 attracted another massive field with 2778 turining out to play No Limit Hold’em costing $1,500 to enter. The total prize pool to be shared between the top 270 finishers was $3,791,970 with 1st prize set at $673,628. The event lasted for three days with the final table to be played out on the final day.

When we reached the end of day two the chip count for the final table was quite evenly spread with five players all having over 1 million in chips. Ernie Crespo was on the short stack with $490,000 and one double up would be enough to put him right back in with a shot at winning the tournament.

Final Table Chip Rankings:

  • 1st Andrew Lee $1,575,000
  • 2nd Robert Cheung $1,100,000
  • 3rd John Kranyak $1,040,000
  • 4th Erica Schoenberg $1,020,000
  • 5th Chris Bjorin $875,000
  • 6th Nick Goodall $770,000
  • 7th Suey Wong $735,000
  • 8th Richard Murnick $710,000
  • 9th Ernie Crespo $490,000

On the very first hand of play on the final table we saw our first elimination come in a three way pot. Robert Cheung raised from an early position to $80,000 and was called by both Nick Goodall and Erica Schoenberg, to which the Flop came down :7s :6d :2s Both Cheung and Schoenberg checked which was followed by Goodall moving All In for just under $700,000. Schoenberg came over the top moving all of her chips into the middle and Cheung folded revealing :ad :qs Goodall flipped over pocket Eights but found himself behind up against Schoenberg hitting a set of Deuces. The :6c turned this set into a full house leaving Goodall with only two outs to stay alive. The :jd confirmed his exit in 9th place winning $40,195, this win had put Schoenberg into the chip lead taking just under 2 million in chips.

Erica Schoenberg extended her chip lead on around the 20th hand of play knocking out Ernie Crespo on the short stack. Crespo moved All In pre flop holding pocket Fives and as up against Schoenberg with pocket Tens. The Tens held up with the board coming down :7h :6h :6c :6s :3d knocking Crespo out of the tournament in 8th place winning $51,192.

Suey Wong was the next player to go out of the tournament when his :ah :qh was dominated by Richard Murnick holding :ad :ks The board came down :8s :7h :5s :2d :8c giving Murnick the pot leaving Wong to head to the rail to collect $68,255 in 7th place.

Half a dozen hands later Murnick was at it again eliminating Chris Bjorin out in 6th place winning $87,215. Bjorin on his third final table at this years WSOP called an All In move with :kh :qd against Murnick with :ah :10h The Flop came down :10s :8h :2h giving Murnick top pair and a flush draw making him a big favourite to take down the pot. Bjorin never recovered with the :9d and :8c coming down on the Turn and River.

Andrew Lee found himself under pressure at this point on the short stack with the blinds and ante’s eating away at his chip stack. He decided to make a stand with :10c :5c and was behind up against John Kranyak with :kc :8s The Flop paired Kranyak’s Kings leaving Lee almost drawing dead with no clubs on the board. Lee didn’t improve and went out in 5th place winning $119,447.

The chip stacks at this point were evenly spread with Richard Murnick on the shot stack with 1.1 million in chips and John Kranyak leading the way with 2.4 million.

The chip lead swung from player to player and it wasn’t until the 88th hand of play when we had our next elimination. Kranyak holding pocket Queens found himself behind All In up against Cheung with pocket Kings. The board all came down low giving Cheung the pot knocking Kranyak out in 4th place winning $170,639.

On the very next hand Cheung extended his chip lead even further eliminating Erica Schoenberg out in 3rd place. It was a race pre Flop with Cheung’s pocket Eights All In up against :as :jh The board came down :7d :5c :4s :7s :qh giving Cheung the pot.

Robert Cheung had 7.1 million in chips at the heads up show down against Richard Murnick with only 1.1 million, and was favourite to win the event. It only took one hand to end this tournament when Cheung moved All In with :ac :kd and amazingly was called by Murnick holding :8d :7s The big slick held up with the final board showing :jh :5c :4c :ac :4s giving Cheung the win taking $673,628 and his first WSOP bracelet.

WSOP Event 38 Result:

  • 1st Robert Cheung $673,628
  • 2nd Richard Murnick $417,117
  • 3rd Erica Schoenberg $261,646
  • 4th John Kranyak $170,639
  • 5th Andrew Lee $119,447
  • 6th Chris Bjorin $87,215
  • 7th Suey Wong $68,255
  • 8th Ernie Crespo $51,192
  • 9th Nick Goodall $40,195



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