Event 11 - Phil Tom is Champion!

The champ.
The champ.

The $5,000 Shootout is over. Shortly after doubling up with pocket jacks against a pair and a straight draw, Mueller's run of cards came to an end.

The final hand happened when Greg Mueller completed from the small blind and Phil Tom checked. Both players checked when the flop came down 9 J 3. The turn came down the 5. Tom bet $150,000 and Mueller made it $350,000 to go. Tom thought for a little before shoving all in. Mueller made the call and turned over J 8. Tom had him outkicked with his A J. The turn and river were bricks and Tom dragged the pot, $477,990, and the bracelet.

Mueller will get a check for $298,638 for his second place effort. Tom takes $477,990 and the bracelet!

"Not that I didn't need the money, but it was all about the bracelet," said Mueller.

We had the chance to speak with our champion moments after the win so make sure to click through and check out the interview.

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Event 11 - Final Table - Heads-Up Begins

The dinner break is over and the players are back in their seats for the fifth level of the final round. One of the three barely had enough time to get comfortable. Leo Wolpert has been eliminated, paving the way for this heads-up match. Read on for details on that elimination and the chip counts for our final two.

The scene is reminiscent of Event 1 from last year's WSOP as Greg Mueller went heads-up against Steve Billirakis. He was unable to lock up the bracelet then but he's found another opportunity here tonight. 

Wolpert Walloped (3rd)

Leo Wolpert has been eliminated, taking third place honors and $187,812. On his final hand Phil Tom folded his button and Wolpert shoved from the small blind for $425,000. Greg Muellre was in the big blind and, after some thought, he made the call.

We saw a chop pot was very likely as Mueller turned K 2 to Wolpert's K 3. The flop came A Q 8 and the turn the 5. The split looked guaranteed until the river hit the felt, the 2!

Mueller nails his kicker on fifth street and a bewildered Wolpert gets up to go.

Table for Two

Here's a look at the chip counts going into this heads-up match. courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com

Phil Tom $3.6 million
Greg Mueller
$2.4 million


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Event 11 - Final Table - Jamshidi and West Bust

Sirious Jamshidi has busted from this event, which is a shame because we had a lot of fun things we were going to do with his name.

In the hand Phil Tom bet $125,000 from the button and Jamshidi re-raised all-in for $325,000 and Tom snap-called. The players flipped over their cards and it was easy to see why Tom called so quickly:

Tom: A A

Jamshidi: J J

The board ran K T 5 2 7 and the aces held up just fine thank you very much. Jamshidi will receive $118,440 for finishing fourth.

West Goes East (Fifth)

Celebrated online player Tim "TMay420" West has been knocked out of the tournament. West got all-in with pocket nines and ran into pocket kings. Nothing improved for West on the board and he's our fifth place finisher. West gets $63,450 as a consolation prize.

Players are currently on a dinner break until 8:30 p.m. PDT so check back then for more PokerListings live updates.

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Event 11 – Final Table – Thomas Roupe Busts (Sixth)

What does it take to bust a player? If you’re playing the Event 11 final table then apparently the answer is quite a lot.

We’re several hours into the final table and finally, after numerous all-ins, we have our first elimination. Greg “FBT” Mueller crippled Thomas Roupe and then Leo Wolpert finished him off.

The pivotal hand was the Mueller one. In the hand Mueller bet $80,000 from UTG and Thomas Roupe re-raised to $280,000 from the cutoff. Mueller made the call and the flop came 7 3 3. Mueller checked but Roupe announced he was all-in.

Mueller thought for a couple minutes but eventually said, “Ok I call,” flipping over 9 9. It was a good call because Roupe flipped over 8 8. Roupe had Mueller barely covered and as the dealer prepared to flip over the turn FBT started pacing the tournament floor.

The turn came 2 and the river fell K to give me Mueller the all-important checkmark. Roupe was crippled to just $45,000 in the hand.

Just one hand later Roupe pushed from one of the blinds with T 7 only to have Leo Wolpert call with A K.

The 9 4 2 5 9 board meant Roupe had a one way ticket to rail. He will receive $38,070 for coming in sixth.

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Event 11 - Final Table - Short-stacks Survive

The theme of today's event seems to be "Staying Alive" as all six players are still alive. Greg Mueller is still the man to beat with a stack that's closing in on $2 million but has been unable to deliver the killing blow to any of his opponent.

Sirious Jamshidi Jams the Pot

Short-stack Sirious Jamshidi saw a flop of T 5 4 against Tim West and decided to shove for his last $520,000. West made the call and tabled JJ but Jamshidi had him beat with 5-4 for two-pair. There was no mercy for West on the turn or the river. Jamshidi doubles up.


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Event 11 - Final Table - Tim West Doubles up

We've made it through the first hour of play at the Event 11 Final Table and so far Greg Mueller and Leo Wolpert have established themselves as the chip leader.

In a recent hand Tim West doubled through Mueller. In the hand Wolpert bet $55,000 and West re-raised $400,000. Mueller called and then announced he would cover West for his last $15,000 before the flop was dealt. West obviously called in the dark and the players flipped over their cards:

Mueller: 9 9

West: A K

The board came K 4 2 5 6 and West doubled through Mueller. West now has approximately $800,000 while Mueller is still stacked with around $1.5 million.

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Event 11 - Final Table - A Good Old Fashioned Shootout!

After a slight delay (one player was missing from the final table) we are underway in the Event 11 final table. It's a six-player shootout and only one gunslinger will walk out of the Rio with a bracelet today. The six remaining players are Greg "FBT" Mueller, Leo Wolpert, Sirious Jamshidi, Philip Tom, Thomas Roupe and Tim West. Because it's a shootout every player will begin with $1 million chips.

Ready? Set. Draw!


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Event Name Event 11, No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
Venue Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 6 June 2008
Final Day 8 June 2008
Buy In $5,000
Entrants 360
Prize Pool $1,692,000
First Prize $477,990
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 0/0
Level 1 3000 10000/20000
Level 1 300 1000/2000
Level 1 0 0/0
Level 1 0 0/0
Level 1 0 100/200
Level 2 400 1500/3000
Level 2 25 150/300
Level 2 3000 12000/24000
Level 3 50 200/400
Level 3 500 2000/4000
Level 3 4000 15000/30000
Level 4 500 2500/5000
Level 4 5000 20000/40000
Level 4 50 250/500
Level 5 500 3000/6000
Level 5 75 300/600
Level 5 5000 25000/50000
Level 6 5000 30000/60000
Level 6 1000 4000/8000
Level 6 100 400/800
Level 7 10000 40000/80000
Level 7 1000 5000/10000
Level 7 100 500/1000
Level 8 10000 50000/100000
Level 8 200 600/1200
Level 8 2000 6000/12000
Level 9 2000 8000/16000
Level 9 200 800/1600
Level 9 20000 60000/120000
Level 10 300 1000/2000
Level 10 3000 10000/20000
Level 10 20000 80000/160000
Level 11 30000 100000/200000
Level 11 400 1200/2400
Level 11 4000 12000/24000
Level 12 500 1500/3000
Level 12 40000 120000/240000
Level 12 4000 15000/30000
Level 13 5000 20000/40000
Level 13 500 2000/4000
Level 13 40000 150000/300000
Level 14 5000 25000/50000
Level 14 500 2500/5000
Level 14 50000 200000/400000
Level 15 50000 250000/500000

Phillip Tom

Event 11, No-Limit Hold'em Shootout

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Phillip Tom $477,990
2. Greg Mueller $298,638
3. Leo Wolpert $187,812
4. Sirous Jamshidi $118,440
5. Tim West $63,450
6. Thomas Roupe $38,070
7. John Juanda $16,920
8. John Murphy $16,920
9. Elton Beebe $16,920
10. Eugene Katchalov $16,920