Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic - Live Updates

Eugene Katchalov outlasted his five final-table competitors, defeating Ted Kearly during heads-up play to take down the title and the first-place cash prize!

Day 6 Live Updates

12/18/2007 (7 years ago)

Katchalov Wins!

Eugene Katchalov
Katches the Five Diamond!

The heads-up match didn't last as long as one might have thought. In fact, this has to be one of the fastest final tables in WPT history.

The action on the final hand began when Ted Kearly made it $380k total and Eugene Katchalov made the call. The flop came down 6 10 3 and Katchalov check-raised a $300,000 bet from Kearly, making it $500k more.

Kearly wasted little time announcing he was all-in and almost as quickly Katchalov made the call. It turned out Kearly shipped it with two overcards to the board holding K J. Katchalov only needed to fade a king with his 10 J. The turn was the J and the river the 2 ending the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic.

Ted Kearly takes home second place and the 75-year-old former football coach will cash $1,252,640 for his efforts.

Katchalov gets a seat at the WPT Championship, a lovely chip set, his very own interview with PL.com coming up on the site a little later and, oh, by the way, a cool $2,482,605 in prize money.

Thanks for keeping it locked!

Level
25
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
15000
Average Stack
$19,920,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
12/18/2007 (7 years ago)

Katchalov Krushing!

Since the heads-up match began Eugene Katchalov has been quietly accumulating chips through aggressive pre-flop play. Kearly's stack is about $1 million lighter at the moment. Katchalov has been laying down most hands when Kearly plays back at him but has managed to pick up a lot of blinds and push Kearly off a few hands.

One for Katchalov

Ted Kearly opens to $380,000 from the button and Katchalov re-pops $650,000 more from the big blind. The flop comes down Q 4 2 and Katchalov leads for $420,000, a small bet in relation to the size of the pot. Kearly thinks for a moment before releasing his hand.

Chip Count

Here are the counts at this stage in the game.

Eugene Katchalov $16,600,000
Ted Kearly
$2,650,000

 

Level
25
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
15000
Average Stack
$9,960,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
12/18/2007 (7 years ago)

Here We Go!

Heads-up play is about to get under way and we'll start with the start of Level 25!
Level
25
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
15000
Average Stack
$9,960,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
12/18/2007 (7 years ago)

Devilfish Hooked! (Third)

David
Not the Devil's day!

After losing a few hands on the flop to Ted Kearly, David "Devilfish" Ulliott open-shoved for close to $2 million.

"If I can't out-flop them I have to bet them out," he tells the crowd. Kearly folded, but Eugene Katchalov began contemplating the call.

"Why would you go all-in?" he asked. Eventually Katchalov called showing A J to Devilfish's A 10. Katchalov found great cards and pounded on The Fish when the board came K 5 3 9 K.

Ulliott grabs $674,500 for his third-place finish and we'll go to heads-up.

Once the WPT does the money presentation Ted Kearly will bring $3,175,000 to the final duo and Katchalov has a whopping $16,775,000.

Level
24
Blinds
60000/120000
Ante
15000
Average Stack
$9,960,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
12/18/2007 (7 years ago)

The Devilfish and a Kearly Double!

David
Made for TV!

Somebody finally went up against Eugene Katchalov and won. Katchalov open-raised to $300k and Ted Kearly moved all-in for his last $1.2 million.

Katchalov called showing A 4 and was in the lead against Kearly's Q J. The flop of K J 4 gave them both pairs, but put Kearly in the lead. He doubled-up when the 7 K turn and river ended the action.

"I'm against Katchalot and catch even better," David Ulliott chimed in. "What am I going to do."

With the Devilfish miked up everybody is being treated to a few of his hilarious barbs.

A few minutes ago Tournament Director Jack McClelland reminded the crowd - as if they needed to be - that the veteran card player is one of the most colorful characters the WPT has ever seen. He told what he claimed is a true story about a phone call he received from The Fish one evening a few years back. Apparently Ulliott couldn't get a lady friend into the Bellagio buffet and was looking for some help.

"Why won't they let her in?" McClelland asked.

"I don't know; they told her to come back in a few years when she's 21," Devilfish answered.

Devilfish will turn 58 in the new year, but apparently likes his ladies on the younger side.

Chip Count

Here are the latest counts as we begin a short break for the WPT cameras to change their tapes.

Eugene Katchalov $14,150,000
Ted Kearly
$3,000,000
Dave Ulliott
$2,850,000

 

Level
24
Blinds
60000/120000
Ante
15000
Average Stack
$6,640,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
12/18/2007 (7 years ago)

Katching Rosen! (Fourth)

Kenneth Rosen
Not so rosy!

After Eugene Katchalov opened the pot with a $300k raise Ken Rosen made a move and ran right into Katchalov's crazy luck. He shoved making it $600k more with A 2 and Katchalov called felting 10 7.

The flop hits 5 4 5 and Rosen led. Things looked good for the double when the 9 turn came, but the 10 on the river continued Katchalov's amazing run. Rosen is out fourth and will head to the cage to grab $433,675.

Picking up another $1 million in chips, Katchalov is over the $15 million mark.

Level
24
Blinds
60000/120000
Ante
15000
Average Stack
$6,640,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
12/18/2007 (7 years ago)

Rich Bankrupt! (Fifth)

Jordan Rich
Richie Not So Rich.

Jordan Rich, the player many were calling the favorite to win this event, has been eliminated. Throughout the last day Rich has been butting heads with Eugene Katchalov and his final hand was no different. Katchalov opened to $300,000 from under the gun and when it got to Rich in the big blind he re-popped to $1 million.

Katchalov then moved all-in and after a bit of thought Rich made the call. We saw Rich was crushed with J J against A A. The flop was scary, coming T 9 8 and giving Rich the open-ender, but the board finished out T 5 and Katchalov's pocket aces were good for the pot and the elimination. Jordan Rich is out in fifth for $289,070.

Level
24
Blinds
60000/120000
Ante
15000
Average Stack
$4,980,000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
12/18/2007 (7 years ago)

Clash of the Titans! Katchalov Takes a Big One!

Eugene Katchalov
Eugene Katchalov

Eugene Katchalov has just taken down ein monsterpotten, relieving Jordan Rich of a big chunk of his stack and making himself the undisputed chip leader.

Jordan Rich is on the button and takes the opportunity to pump it up to $220,000. Eugene Katchalov makes the call from the small blind and the flop comes down Q-J-8 unsuited. After a check from Katchalov, Rich fires $320,000.

After a bit of thought Katchalov check-raises to $840,000. Rich then re-raises to $1,620,000 and Katchalov thinks for a moment before re-re-raising to $2,640,000. Rich tanks for a few minutes before reluctantly folding his hand.

Chip Count

Here's a look at how the remaining five players are stacked at the moment.

Eugene Katchalov $10,850,000
Jordan Rich
$3,650,000
David Ulliott
$3,100,000
Ted Kearly
$2,000,000
Kenneth Rosen
$800,000

 

Level
23
Blinds
40000/80000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$3,984,000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
12/18/2007 (7 years ago)

Leaving No Daut! (Sixth)

Ryan Daut
Daut it!

As expected, Ryan Daut shipped it early. Hand one, to be exact, when he woke up with A J in middle position. Ted Kearly called from the small blind with 8 8 and the race was on.

Wasn't much of a tight one though, as Kearly flopped a set when the 8 5 2 came. Already drawing dead, Daut got the feeling he wasn't wanted around here much more when Kearly turned quads with the 8.

The river was the Q and the 2007 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure winner Ryan Daut heads out sixth, picking up $192,715.

Level
23
Blinds
40000/80000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$3,984,000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
12/18/2007 (7 years ago)

Shuffle Up and Deal!

Did somebody just say shuffle up and deal? I think so. Let's get it on!
Level
23
Blinds
40000/80000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$3,320,000
Players Left
6
Tables Left
1
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Event Information

Event Name
Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic
Venue
Bellagio Casino, Las Vegas
Date
2007-12-12
Final Day
2007-12-18
Buy In
$15,000
Entrants
664
Prize Pool
$9,661,200
First Prize
$2,482,605

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Eugene Katchalov $2,482,605
2 Ted Kearly $1,252,640
3 David Ulliott $674,500
4 Kenneth Rosen $433,675
5 Jordan Rich $289,070

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