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Sunday, June 10, 2007 | Francis Lee

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The tenth event at the World Series of Poker 2007  was a $2,000 buy-in tournament playing No Limit Hold’em.  The total prize pool generated by the 1,531 entrants was $2,786,420, the winners prize was set at just over half a million dollars, with up to 135 paid places.

This event was played over three days, with the final table scheduled to be played out on the final day.  The bubble had burst when we reached the end of day one with only 135 players coming back for day two.  The notable players not making the action on day two were Greg Raymer, Allen Cunningham, Phil Ivey and Scotty Nguyen.  Phil Hellmuth again broke his own record of most WSOP cash finishes, reaching his 58th career WSOP cash finish. 

At the end of the second day Justin Bonomo found himself in a great position, holding the chip lead on $1,840,000 in chips.  His nearest rival Hunter Frey, was on just less than half this amount on $900,000. Walter Browne was on the short stack with $300,000.

Final Table Chip Rankings:

  • 1st Justin Bonomo $1,840,000
  • 2nd Hunter Frey $900,000
  • 3rd Mike Banducci $687,000
  • 4th Todd Terry $560,000
  • 5th Stan Weiss $460,000
  • 6th Will Durkee $438,000
  • 7th Gil George $370,000
  • 8th Ronnie Hofman $340,000
  • 9th Walter Browne $300,000

The table started off with two elimination hands coming within the first ten minutes.  First Hunter Frey with :as :9c hit trip nines on the Flop, with it coming down :9s :10d :9d Ronnie Hofman All In with :ac :qs never recovered from this, going out in 9th winning $32,880.  Then Gil George’s pocket Kings ran into Todd Terry with pocket Aces, the Aces held up with the board missing both players and George was out in 8th taking home $43,190.

Two short stacks down and the third was shortly to follow, Walter Browne moved All In for his last $200,000 with :qs :3d which is called by the chip leader Bonomo with :as :jc The board missed both players showing :2d :7c :5c :7h :10s knocking Browne out in 7th winning $58,515.

Half a dozen hand later Bonomo was at it again, eliminating Stan Weiss into 6th place.  Bonomo called an All In move from Weiss, Bonomo was in the lead pre Flop with :as :8s against :8h :10c The Flop :6s :7h :4s gave both players a draw, Bonomo needing a spade for a flush and Weiss needing a nine for a straight.  The :7d on the Turn was no help to either player, but the :3s on the River gave Bonomo his flush knocking Weiss out of the tournament winning $78,020.

Michael Banducci was the next player to head for the rail.  Banducci from the small blind calls the minimum and Will Durkee in the big blind checks with no other callers, the Flop comes down :5d :6c :7s Banducci raised the pot, followed by an All In from Durkee ,which is immediately called. Banducci shows :6s :5c having two pair but is dominated by a higher two pair with Durkee holding :7c :5s The Turn :9s left banducci needing an eight to split the pot.  The River :kd confirmed his exit in 5th taking $105,884 in prize money.

Surprisingly it was Justin Bonomo who was eliminated in 4th place, Bonomo lost the majority of his chips when Will Durkee crippled him beating Bonomo’s pocket Kings with his pocket Aces.  The very next hand Durkee’s pocket sevens held up against :kh :10d with the board coming down :7d :js :qh :4h :5s Bonomo will have felt hard done by, as he was dominating the table up until this point, and looking a good bet to take the win in this tournament playing some good aggressive poker.  It just goes to show how quickly things can change in No Limit Hold’em, 4th place gave him $156,0400 to soften the blow.

Moments after this it was Hunter Frey’s turn to go out of the tournament.  Frey on the short stack moved All In with :8s :6d and was called by Todd Terry holding :9c :9d The board missed both players coming down :ad :10c :as :jd :7c and Frey was out in 3rd winning $21,273.

The heads up showdown chip count had Will Durkee holding a big lead with 4.5million in chips, compared to Todd Terry’s 1.5 million.  Durkee was a big favourite to take the win seeing it was Todd terry’s first entry into a WSOP event,  not a bad start with a guaranteed prize of $353,875 going to second place.

Todd Terry’s inexperience told with Durkee grinding him down increasing his chip lead with some aggressive plays, a must when down to heads up.  The final hand came when Terry went all in with :as :qd with the Flop showing :8c :9s :10d Durkee calls with :js :4s The Turn :qs gave Terry top pair but needed a Jack on the River to split the pot, with Durkee hitting a straight.  The :qc on the River confirmed Durkee’s win taking $566,916 for 1st place and a WSOP bracelet.

WSOP 2007 Event 10 Final Result

  • 1st Will Durkee $566,916
  • 2nd Todd Terry $353,875
  • 3rd Hunter Frey $231,273
  • 4th Justin Bonomo $156,040
  • 5th Mike Banducci $105,884
  • 6th Stan Weiss $78,020
  • 7th Walter Browne $58,515
  • 8th Gil George $43,190
  • 9th Ronnie Hofman $32,880

Win your seat at the WSOP 2007 main event, by entering the many online freerolls on offer at Full Tilt, Pacific Poker and Party Poker over the next couple of weeks.  Check out our freerolls page for full details.



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