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Wednesday, June 11, 2008 | Francis Lee


Event 13 at the World Series of Poker was the $2,500 buy in no limit hold’em tournament. 1390 players started out with many of the top poker players in attendance. The prize pool rose to $3,475,000 with the last 99 finishers making the money, the first place prize set at $666,777.

A total of 1253 players didn’t make the second day with just 137 remaining. At the top of the chip leader board was Eli Elezra with $147,000 in chips followed by Theo Tran on $134,900. The second day lasted for over 12 hours before the final nine players remained, Duncan Bell was leading the field on just under $2 million in chips, the rest of the final table was as follows.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Duncan Bell $1,966,000
  • 2nd Shawn Buchanan $1,133,000
  • 3rd Steve Merrifield $1,109,000
  • 4th Jason Sanders $1.099,000
  • 5th Brent Hanks $775,000
  • 6th Brent Ditzik $384,000
  • 7th Nicolas Levi $233,000
  • 8th Ariel Soffer $191,000
  • 9th Nathan Doudney $113,000

The final table burst into life straight away with the elimination’s starting straight away. Nicolas Levi moved All In with pocket Sevens and had one caller in Steve Merrifield with :ah :10s Merrifield took the lead on the Flop of :10h :6s :6d and made a full house after the last two cards came down :8h :10c

Two hands later the chip leader Duncan Bell called Brent Ditzik All In with pocket Jacks and found himself up against :as :qc The Flop :qd :8s :jc gave Bell a set taking a huge lead in the hand to which Ditzik never recovered. Just seven hands later Bell increased his chip lead eliminating Ariel Soffer in the process. Bell rivered a King high straight holding :jd :10s against Soffer’s pocket Sixes.

Bell’s luck continued as just five hands later on hand 16 he eliminated Jason Sanders with pocket Deuces, hitting a full house on the final board of :6s :6c :9c :2h :ad Sanders had :10d :7h leaving him to head for the rail in 6th place.

A dozen hands later saw the elimination of Brent Hanks in 5th place as his :ad :2s was dominated by Steve Merrifield with :ah :10c Neither player hit any of the board of :js :7d :jh :kc :4h leaving Hanks to cash in for $178,327. It Shawn Buchanan’s turn to head for the rail at the hands of Merrifield just six hands after he eliminated Hanks, his big slick :ac :kc was out gunned by Merrifield’s pocket Nines on the final board showing :7h :8h :6c :2s :5s

It took just another twenty hand to get to heads up as Merrifield struck again. Merrifield called Nathan Doudney All In with :as :9s up against :kh :8h Doudney was looking set to double up after the first four cards down were :kd :ac :js :8c having two pair. But the :9c on the River gave Merrifield a higher two pair to steal the pot form under Dudney’s nose.

Merrifield held the chip lead at the start of heads up but wasn’t too far ahead of Bell. Bell came back at Merrifield early taking the lead and then finishing off the event just after. All the chips went into the middle after the Flop came down :6c :8s :2s Merrifield had pocket Tens but found himself behind against Bell’s pocket Aces. The final two cards came down :4c :jh confirming Bell as the winner picking up the $666,777 first place prize and the WSOP bracelet.

WSOP Event 13 Final Standings

  • 1st Duncan Bell $666,777
  • 2nd Steven Merrifield $428,948
  • 3rd Nathan Doudney $260,261
  • 4th Shawn Buchanan $218,491
  • 5th Brent Hanks $179,327
  • 6th Jason Sanders $139,769
  • 7th Ariel Soffer $107,638
  • 8th Brent Ditzik $83,540
  • 9th Nicolas Levi $59,442



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