Event 13 - Ring the Bell!

And the $2,500 event is over!! Duncan 'Pumper' Bell is the winner ahead of Steve Merrifield. He takes home over $600,000 for his 1st place finish. In a fast and frenetic battle, with the lead swapping over multiple times, Bell eventually triumphed in a total cooler hand which you can read about below.

A Cold Finish

Merrifield raises to $155,000 and Bell calls. The flop is an uninspiring 6 8 2, and Bell bets $150,000. Merrifield raises to $500,000 and Bell moves all-in with Merrifield quickly calling.

Merrifield: T T

Bell: A A

No tens appear with the turn coming 4 and river J meaning Vancouver native Duncan Bell become the $2,500 NLHE event winner!

Alarm Bells Ringing

Duncan Bell raises to $175,000 from the button, Merrifield makes the call and then donk-leads out for $270,000 on the 8 5 2 flop. Bell calls, and then another $475,000 on the 4 turn when Merrifield fires again.

The river is the 9 and Merrfield bets $1,000,000. Bell again calls quickly but folds when he discovers his opponent has hit the river with K 9. This swings the chip lead over to Merrifield for the first time during the HU.

Back And Forth

Merrifield raises to $175,000 from the button and Bell makes the call and leads out on the 9 4 7 flop, Merrifield calls before raising all-in on the 4 turn. Bell calls with A 9, with his opponent only able to show 5 5. The river is the T and Bell regains the chip lead.

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Event 13 - Final Table - Turbo SNG!

In what must be the fastest final table of the WSOP so far, we are now already heads-up in this $2,500 event. Unlike the other events, these players have been quite content in playing big pots instead of the smallball that most players tend to prefer in this position..

Hanks Very Much

Having been crippled earlier by Merrfield, Brent Hanks moved all-in for his short stack but was called this time by his nemesis. Hanks showed A 2, and was in poor shape against A T, neither hit the board, but the ten kicker played, leaving four players remaining.

Merry March

After Duncan Bell's earlier rush of eliminating players, it's now Steve Merrfield's turn. He raised to $100,000 preflop and Shawn Buchanan moved all-in with A K, Merrfield calling with 9 9, the board was no help for big slick, running out 7 8 6 2 5. Merrfield's straight was good and Buchanan was out.

Dourden Done!

Merrfield raised the button once more, this time Nathan Dourden moved in once more, Steve Merrfield again making the call with A 9, Dourden showing K 8. The flop helped both players, coming K A J, but then Dourden raised into the lead when he hit the 8.

Merrfield needed to hit an ace, jack or nine to stop Dourden from doubling up yet again. The river was the last of these three, coming 9 making a better two pair and putting us heads up after barely two hours of play.


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Event 13 - Final Table - More Exits

Another two players have gone out on this seemingly rapid fire final table. The bubble last night lasted so long that it's made the stacks that much shorter. But with them now seemingly busting out left, right and centre, the poker is starting to become a little more deepstacked.

Soffer Made To Leave His Chair 

Ariel Soffer is next out, he called all-in with pocket sixes against Duncan Bell's J-T. Bell flopped a straight draw and made the straight on the turn, leaving Soffer drawing dead, and consequently out in 7th place.

Bell Ends Sanders Challenge

After doubling up Brent Hanks by moving in with Q-2 on a K-J-T flop and being instantly called by Hanks' K-K which made quads on the turn. Sander was left to just shrapnel, and called for his last couple of blinds with T 7 against Bell's 2 2. The flop was 6 6 9, and gave Sanders extra outs but the turn 2 left him drawing dead and gone in 6th.

Spanked Hanks

Hanks raised preflop and Steve Merrfield called from the blinds. On the A 5 K flop, Merrfield donk-led for $200,000 with Hanks raising to $525,000. Merrfield moved all-in and Hanks snap-called with A K, Merrfield needing some help for his 8 7. The 9 on the turn gave him some extra outs, and the Q river doubled him up for a huge pot.

Doudney Doubles Again! 

After Merrfield raises pre-flop to $125,000, Shawn Buchanan made it $300,000 with Nathan Doudney moving all-in. Buchanan made the call as Merrfield got out of the way. Doudney showed jacks against Buchanan's ace king and survived the flip.

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Event 13 - Final Table - Action Already

There's going to be action early on during this final table as three of the final table players have less than 10 big blinds. First prize pays over $600,000 with 9th paying just shy of $60,000.

The Levi Breaks

Nicolas Levi and his awesome hat have gone out in 9th place winning $59,442 after he pushed in over the top of Steve Merrifield's raise with pocket sevens, Merrifield made the call, commited as he was, with ace ten and managed to catch the best of it, making a full house on the T 6 6 8 T board.

#img:nicolas-levi_19277.jpg:left:The Hatpimp is out.#

Bell Tolls For Ditzek

Brent Ditzek has gone out in 8th place after moving all-in with A-Q and being called by Duncan Bell's pocket jacks. Ditzek hit a queen, but the flop also brought trip jacks for Bell, leaving his opponent drawing dead after the turn. We're already down to seven after just four hands!

Double-up Delights Doudney

Nathan Doudney is running good, he's just been all-in four hands in a row. The first time he chops with Brent Hanks when both show K-T. Next hand he moves in his short stack with Q J and gets called by Steve Merrifield's 4 2 and hits a flush to win. Next hand he moves in again and isn't called. Finally he moves in a fourth time with A-K and gets called by Brent Hanks A-9, again holding to win.
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Event Name Event 13, No-Limit Hold'em
Venue Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 7 June 2008
Final Day 9 June 2008
Buy In $2,500
Entrants 1397
Prize Pool $3,213,100
First Prize $666,697
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 25/50
Level 2 0 50/100
Level 3 0 100/200
Level 4 25 100/200
Level 5 25 150/300
Level 6 50 200/400
Level 7 75 300/600
Level 8 100 400/800
Level 9 100 500/1000
Level 10 100 600/1200
Level 11 200 800/1600
Level 12 300 1000/2000
Level 13 400 1500/3000
Level 14 500 2000/4000
Level 15 500 3000/6000
Level 16 1000 4000/8000
Level 17 1000 5000/10000
Level 18 1000 6000/12000
Level 19 2000 8000/16000
Level 20 3000 10000/20000
Level 21 3000 12000/24000
Level 22 4000 15000/30000
Level 23 5000 20000/40000
Level 24 5000 25000/50000
Level 25 5000 30000/60000
Level 26 10000 40000/80000
Level 27 10000 50000/100000
Level 28 15000 60000/120000

Duncan Bell

Event 13, No-Limit Hold'em

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Duncan Bell $666,697
2. Steven Merrifield $428,949
3. Nathan Doudney $260,261
4. Shawn Buchanan $218,491
5. Brent Hanks $178,327
6. Jason Sanders $139,770
7. Ariel Soffer $107,639
8. Brent Ditzik $83,541
9. Nicolas Levi $59,442
10. Adam Katz $38,236