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2007 WSOP: Michael Graves, Ram Vaswani win
Two new golden bracelets were handed out on Day 34 of the 2007 World Series of Poker. Michael Graves held on to his chip lead and took home Event 52, $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em w/re-buys, and Ram Vaswani won Event 53, $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout.
When the heads-up match for the title in 2007 WSOP Event 52 began, Michael Graves had a commanding lead with 4.2 million in chips against Theo Tran's 2.5 million.
The far more experienced Tran started a comeback, closed the gap some, and came very close to doubling up in a key pot near the end. The players moved all-in on a 8-3-5 flop, and Tran had Graves slightly out-kicked with 6-5 against 5-4. The board, however, finished out Q-T and it was a split pot.
A few minutes later it was all over. Once again it was all-in on the flop, but this time Michael Graves, who had hit a pair of fives, was in the lead. Theo Tran had a gut-shot straight draw and two overcards, but no help came on the turn or river, and Tran had to settle for second place and $387,193. Michael Graves received a $742,121 prize check for the victory.
In Event 53, Ram Vaswani defeated Andy Ward heads-up to win the gold bracelet and $217,438 in prize money.
Otherwise, the last tournament before the Main Event got underway, and the size of the starting field will be a great contrast to the big one on Friday. Only 78 players entered Event 54 - $5,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball w/re-buys, the lowest number of entrants in the 2007 WSOP.
Besides the battle for the bracelet and the $538,835 top prize, Jeffrey Lisandro and Tom Schneider are competing for the 2007 WSOP Player of the Year award. Since the Main Event doesn't count towards the ranking, Event 54 is the last chance to collect points.
2007 WSOP double-bracelet winner Schneider leads the race so far, but on the other hand Lisandro will have a much bigger stack coming in to the final day of Event 54. With 17 players remaining in the tournament, Lisandro is in the lead with 337,500. Tom Schneider is the short stack with only 60,000.
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