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Sunday, June 15, 2008 | Francis Lee

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The $2,500 mixed pot limit hold’em / omaha event attracted 457 players starting out, all fighting for the $246,471 first place prize on offer. The total prize pool reached $1,142,500 which was shared between the last 45 players left standing.

Just 85 players made it to day two with Stephen McKinney leading the field on $92,500 in chips. Stephen couldn’t hold on to his chips in the 14 hours of play, on day two going out before the final table positions was confirmed. Kyle Kloeckner was leading the field on $494,000 just ahead of Allen Cunningham on $484,000, Cunningham was looking for his sixth career WSOP bracelet.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Kyle Kloeckner $494,000
  • 2nd Allen Cunningham $484,000
  • 3rd Lennart Heeltap $253,000
  • 4th Max Pescatori $212,000
  • 5th Kyle Hageman $198,000
  • 6th Greg Hurst $197,000
  • 7th Jonathan Depa $185,000
  • 8th Minh Ly $177,400
  • 9th John-Paul Kelly $79,000

Short Stacked John-Paul Kelly was the first to go making a stand when picking up :kh :jh Chip leader Kyle Kloeckner made the call having :ad :10s holding the advantage. Kloeckner’s advantage became even greater as the Flop produced an Ace and Kelly was drawing dead with the Turn being no help.

Minh Ly was to have as much luck as Kelly as he was out shortly after. He was first crippled by Depa with pocket Jacks against :ac :ks Depa paired a King on the Flop which doubled him up off the short stack. Ly moved All In on the next hand with :ks :2c Cunningham called with :kc :5d and Kyle Hegeman had :kd :qd Nobody hit any piece of the flop and Hegeman’s Queen kicker won him the pot.

Jonathan Depa’s tournament came to an end at this point. He lost the majority of his chips to Allen Cunningham after Cunningham rivered a lucky straight. This left Depa with just a few chips left and he pushed All In with :3d :6d Max Pescatori made the call with :kc :js and won the pot pairing his Jack on the Flop.

Kyle Hegeman took fifth place whilst playing Omaha, the first elimination on this final table playing this game. Hegeman Max Pescatori and Kyle Kloeckner all were involved and saw a flop of :4d :5c :jh Hegeman moved All In Pescatori folded and Kloeckner called. Hegeman had :ad :ks :jd :9c having top pair and Kloeckner had :3c :6c :8d :9d looking for a straight. One of Kloeckner’s out fell on the Turn with the :7s completing his straight, meaning Hegeman was drawing dead on the River.

Allen Cunningham’s chase for his sixth career bracelet came to a halt at this point, as he moved his short stack All In with :jd :9c :7c :2d He was up against Kloeckner who had :ac :as :10c :3c Cunningham didn’t stand much of a chance all the way through the cards as the final board came down :ad :6h :5s :7s :3s

It didn’t take too long to get to heads up as Kloeckner took out his next victim in Greg Hurst. Hurst moved All In after the Flop came down :js :qd :9s It didn’t cost a lot for Kloeckner to call and found his :ad :7s in the lead against :ks :7d Kloeckner won the hand pairing his Ace on the River sending Hurst to the rail in third place.

Pescatori held a big chip lead going into heads up against Kloeckner and put this to good use winning the tournament very quickly. Pescatori hit two pair on a Flop showing :kd :jd :3h when playing Omaha. Kloeckner only had pocket Tens and didn’t improve to take second place. This was Pescatori’s second WSOP bracelet win and he added $246,471 to his bank roll.

WSOP 2008 Event 24 Final Standings

  • 1st Max Pescatori $246,471
  • 2nd Kyle Kloeckner $152,410
  • 3rd Greg Hurst $94,599
  • 4th Allen Cunningham $76,205
  • 5th Kyle Hageman $62,015
  • 6th Jonathan Depa $48,876
  • 7th Lennart Heeltap $38,482
  • 8th Minh Ly $30,482
  • 9th John-Paul Kelly $22,599



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