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Wednesday, June 4, 2008 | Francis Lee


Event 2 $1,500 NL Hold’em - Final day

18 players returned for the final days action in the second WSOP event, all fighting for the $831,462 first place prize and the coverted WSOP bracelet. It took almost 10 hours of play to reach the nine seat final table, with some big names making it through including Chris Ferguson, Theo Tran and David Bach. James Akenhead held a narrow chip lead nearing the $2 million mark.

It took just 12 hands before the first elimination came about. Joe Rutledge moved All in for $520,000 holding pocket Sixes, and all the other players folded round to Chris Ferguson on the Big Blind. Ferguson thought for a while before making the call with :ah :9h Ferguson paired his Ace on the Flop which was enough to eliminate Rutledge into 9th place collecting $83,127.

David Bach was next to go in 8th place ($117,987) when his All In raise, whilst on a double gun shot straight draw was called and beaten by Theo Tran having middle pair. Tran didn’t stop there as he slow played pocket Aces against Melvin Jones suckering him into the pot. Jones with :qs :10d only managed a pair of Queens and head for the rail in 7th place ($158,211).

Play slowed down after Jones’s exit and it wasn’t until the 84th hand before the next players was out. This came when Aaron Coulthard All In with :kc :jh was dominated by James Akenhead holding :ah :kh The big slick held up eliminating Coulthard in 6th place.

Ten hands later we were down to just three players, first Grant Hinkle Rivered a Jack holding :ad :jc against Mike Ngo with :ah :ks Then Hinkle knocked Theo Tran out hitting a full house with :ah :4h against :ad :qd with the board showing :ac :4h :kc :as :8d

This win put Hinkle into a huge chip lead with over $9 million in chips compared to Akenhead’s $1.9 million and short stacked Ferguson on just $500,000. Ferguson inevitable went out in third place dominated with :ks :10s against Akenhead with :ah :10d to set up the heads up show down.

After two hours of heads up play Akenhead was coming back at Hinkle almost getting back level on chips. This was until the 160th hand of play, All the chips went into the middle Pre Flop with Akenhead having :ac :kh and Hinkle only having :10d :4d Akenhead’s heart sank as the Flop came down :10h :4h :10s giving Hinkle a perfect Flop. The :10c on the Turn improved his hand further to rub salt into the wound and the tournament was all over. Grant Hinkle picked up the $831,462 first place prize and the much sought after WSOP bracelet.

Final Standings

  • 1st Grant Hinkle $831,462
  • 2nd James Akenhead $520,219
  • 3rd Chris Ferguson $38,287
  • 4th Theo Tran $32,148
  • 5th Mike Ngo $268,154
  • 6th Aaron Coulthard $211,841
  • 7th Melvin Jones $158,211
  • 8th David Bach $117,987
  • 9th Joe Rutledge $83,127



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