Event 2, No-Limit Hold'em - Live Updates

Players begin with $3,000 in Tournament Chips. All levels will last 60 minutes. Breaks will be every two levels and last 20 minutes. Dinner break will be at the end of level 6 and last 90 minutes. Play will continue on Day 1A and 1B until the completion of level 10. The field will be combined and play will resume at 2 PM on June 2, 2008. Play will continue on June 2 down to the final table. Day 4 - Final Table at 2 PM. 6.3% of the total entry pool will be withheld for entry fees, and 2.7% of the total entry pool will be withheld for tournament staff.

Day 3 Live Updates

06/04/2008 (7 years ago)

Event 2 - It's Ovar - Hinkle Wins!

Grant Hinkle
Winnar!

In the final hand of this marathon heads up match, after Grant Hinkle had built himself a slight lead, he shoved over the top of a James Akenhead re-raise and Akenhead called.

It was 10 4 for Hinkle against A K for Akenhead, but amazingly, the 10 4 10 flop gave Hinkle a full house. As if that wasn't bad enough, the 10 turn then gave Hinkle quads and it was all over. A shocked Akenhead will take home $520,219 for second.

Hinkle gets the $831,279 first place prize, the bracelet and he will surely go down in history as one of the biggest luckboxes in WSOP history!

Level
27
Blinds
50000/100000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$5,893,500
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
06/04/2008 (7 years ago)

Event 2 - FInal Table - The Warriors Battle On!

Akenhead has been slightly more aggressive heads up, picking up six out of seven pots in a row at one point.

Akenhead-ache

Grant Hinkle raises to $300,000, only to find James re-raising as he has done several times to $900,000.

Grant has laid down previously in the face of this aggression, but this time he is prepared to go to war, mulling over his options, before making what is a minimum re-raise to $1,500,000 chips.

James thinks carefully, before calling the extra $600,000 chips.

The flop comes K 7 4. James checks and Hinkle announces a bet of $1,500,000. James quickly mucks and that enormous 3,000,000 pot gets Hinkle back on top of things again.

Brit Bites Back

James limps in from the button and the laid back Grant checks.

The flop pops out Q J 9.

Check from Grant and James bets out $175,000. Grant calls.

The turn is the 7.

Check from Grant again and this time Akenhead counts out a stack of $375,000. Again Grant calls.

The river falls the J.

Check from Grant once more and this time, James reaches into his stack and makes a large bet totaling $800,000. Grant spends a while in quiet contemplation before finally calling, only to be shown J 8 in James' hands for trips.

Grant looks a bit upset as he flashes Q-8 for a rivered top pair.

That hand sees James eat into Grant's lead, bringing the two combatants close to parity.

Here are the current chip counts, courtesy of worldseriesofpoker.com.

Grant Hinkle - 6,500,000
James Akenhead - 5,200,000

James Wins A Giant Peach

James Akenhead uses position on the button and raises it up to 350,000. Grant Hinkle calls from the big blind and they see a 6 4 2 flop.

James bets out $500,000 and Grant calls. A storm is brewing...

The turn is the 6. Hinkle checks and James checks behind.

The river falls as the 7.

For the third time Hinkle checks and James now bets out a mighty bet of $1,000,000. After thinking it over and deciding he was good, Grant calls, but when James shows 7-4 for 2 pair, Grant quickly mucks.

This giant pot moves James into the chip lead for the first time with a shade over $6,000,000 in chips.

We're now on a 20 minute break whilst the players collect their thoughts and do their best to dodge the nippers.

Level
27
Blinds
50000/100000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$5,893,500
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
06/04/2008 (7 years ago)

Event 2 - FInal Table - Heads Up For the Bracelet!

We are closing in now in the search to find the winner of this $1,500 NLHE event. Grant Hinkle has been the dominant chip leader for the last few hours and it looks like the race for 3rd place is between the multi braceleted Chris and young hit squad superstar James Akenhead.

Jesus Can't Rise Again (3rd)

Chris Ferguson has worked wonders with his short stack, winning a series of allins to get to 3 million chips or so.

Losing a key pot against James Akenhead, holding a flush draw and gutshot versus James' slow played Aces knocked him back down again and when he shoved on the button for $825,000, James quickly called with A T.

Chris Ferguson
Jesus Can Not Dodge Bullets Baby!

He gave a mini fist pump as Chris tabled the dominated K T.

The crowd were going wild, as they have done every time Ferguson has had all his chips in the middle. One fan was especially vocal.

"Hit a King. Do it on the river. Make him scream!!!" he bellowed in partisan fashion.

The dealer dealt the cards out slowly and the tension grew.

Q 8 A!

James' fans roared their approval as the Ace came, leaving Ferguson needing a Jack or some running cards to stay in it...

Turn: 3 A blank rolled off the bat to leave James holding the advantage and finally a further blank 3 appeared on the river, giving Ferguson no more chances and there were no screams from James to the disappointment of Ferguson's vocal contingent.

Chris Ferguson is OUT, eliminated in 3rd spot, winning $388,287.

Chris has won an amazing number of allins today but finally, his luck ran out, the Full Tilt Pro putting in an immense performance once more, finishing just short of adding to his tally of bracelets

Bracelet Business

This leaves British playerJames Akenhead at a 7:4 disadvantage heads up against American Grant Hinkle as the race to win the second bracelet of the series hots up!

Here are the exact heads up chip counts, courtesy of worldseriesofpoker.com

Grant Hinkle - 7,595,000
James Akenhead - 4,235,000

The Heads Up has started with the players swapping several pots.

James took down the most recent when he turned trips with 6 2 on a Q K 6 6 board, James betting the turn, being raised by Hinkle before both players checked the river.

 

Level
27
Blinds
50000/100000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$5,893,500
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
06/04/2008 (7 years ago)

Event 2 - FInal Table - Sickness

Time For Mike To Ngo (5th)

On the very first hand after the break, Hinkle pops it up to $325,000 from the small blind. However Ngo in the big blind now quietly announces allin for $1,500,000 or so and after a long pause Hinkle makes the call for what is a giant three million chip pot.

Ngo : A K
Hinkle: A J

The BadBeatometer
High Up The Bad Beat Scale!

A bit of a cooler in the blinds, but Ngo looks ready to double up with his dominating hand.

The flop comes 3 Q 5, bringing no help to either player and keeping Ngo's dominant big slick on top.

The turn falls the 8 and Ngo's supporters cheer their man on with gusto as he prepares to double.

River: J !

A dramatic final card as Hinkle spikes the jack he needed to send the unlucky Ngo crashing out and his stunned supporters reach out to console him.

Mike Ngo is OUT, eliminated in 5th spot, winning $268,154.

Chris Ferguson
Sigh, variance!

Jesus Cross!

Hinkle cuts out a raise to $250,000, only to find Theo Tran shoving behind for $1,500,000. Ferguson goes through his usual quiet routine of cupping his jaw in his hands and thinking, before he too raises his stack ALLIN!

Hinkle ducks out of the way and we find ourselves in a race situation as Ferguson tables 8 8 and Tran shows A K.

A flop of 3 J T gave Tran a few more outs to hit and he turned the K to hit the lead, with TPTK and the nut flush draw.

Only one card in the deck could save Jesus now, but the 6 was not the 8 he required, and for once Jesus' miraculous ability to win coin flips deserted him, leaving him crippled after that hand.

As the most celebrated name at the final table, Chris is probably the best supported player here and his vocal railbirds seemed most displeased at watching their idol lose this pot.

Tran's Not The Man (4th)

The dominant chip leader Hinkle raises on the button to $250,000 and Theo Tran flat calls from the small blind.

The flop falls A 4 K and once Tran checked, Hinkle bet out $350,000. Tran called.

The turn fell the A and again Tran checked. Once again Hinkle was in no mood to slow down, betting out $700,000 in chips this time. Again, Tran made the call.

The river was the 4 and Tran checked for a third time, only for Hinkle to set him in!!


He called, showing A Q, but Hinkle had outflopped him, holding A 4 for a mighty full house that sent Tran spiralling off to the rail.

Theo Tran is OUT, eliminated in 4th spot for $327,148

 

Level
26
Blinds
40000/80000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$3,929,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/04/2008 (7 years ago)

Event 2 - FInal Table - Bracelet Gets Closer!

The players are relatively evenly matched in chips and it seems as though there are few weak links out there. As a result there has been lots of uncontested preflop raising and re-raising and flops are quite rare.

James Akenhead has been one of the most busy recently in this respect, re-popping Chris Ferguson once and winning a pot off Mike Ngo with pocket Tens on a Jack high flop.

The Cowboys Take A Bullet

When Mike Ngo shoved his stack of roughly a million chips into the middle from under the gun, James went over the top with his K K.

Ngo could only table A T and James looked in great shape to take a dominant chip lead.

Pocket cowboys are always vulnerable to an ace-bit hand though and this was proved as a cruel A 6 4 fell, leaving James and his fans reeling, whilst Ngo's supporters whooped and hollered enthusiastically.

The turn Q and river 6 did nothing to change things and this huge 2 million chip pot made a big dent in James' stack and changed the status quo at the table somewhat.

James was left holding his shaking head in his hands and looking somewhat distraught and glum though his previous play and aggression means he still has chips at his disposal.

Make Some Noise Boys!

This has been a strange final table in some respects, dramatic moments scattered in between long periods where little has happened.

Chris Ferguson
Jesus Loves You Crazy Rail Guy!

As a result the audience has been somewhat subdued, quietly applauding occasionally and only really making a lot of noise when a dramatic hand like the one above occurs.

The tournament announcer has tried several times to squeeze more enthusiasm out of the passive rail.

He seemed to get at least a partial reward for his efforts as Ferguson took down a nondescript pot with a raise preflop and one audience member bellowed out "Chris' name erz Jeeesus! How d'ya keeerm-pete with-a that!"

Too hard for Coulthard! (6th)

Grant Hinkle has upped the aggression, winning a series of pots in recent times and cementing himself as the chip leader. It's made it hard for the shortstack Aaron Coulthard to find a spot but when James Akenhead opened for $225,000, Aaron pushed for $875,000.

James has passed to a couple of re-raises already, but holding A K here he was going nowhere and with Aaron tabling the dominated K J, he was in great shape to take down the pot.

The board was dealt out 8 7 2 Q 9.

No bad beat for Akenhead this time, and as he had his opponent covered, this means Aaron Coulthard is OUT, eliminated in 6th spot for $211,841.


Here are the current standings, courtesy of worldseriesofpoker.com.

Grant Hinkle 4,500,000

James Akenhead 2,500,000

Chris Ferguson 1,950,000

Mike Ngo 1,500,000

Theo Tran 1,500,000

With that elimination, the players are on a short break.

Level
26
Blinds
40000/80000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$1,964,500
Players Left
6
Tables Left
1
06/03/2008 (7 years ago)

Event 2 - FInal Table - The Game Is On!

The final continues apace and there have been some exciting developments. Read on for details...

Theo Tran
Aces Cracked!

Sevens From Heaven

Aaron Coulthard found himself looking pretty short after losing a big pot to Hinkle in the previous hand, passing when Hinkle check raised him on a 4 2 2 6 board.

With only about $500,000 chips remaining Aaron shoved in preflop, finding Tran isolating him by re-raising allin behind.Aaron flipped over two black sevens but was in all sorts of bother against Tran, who had picked up bullets. The crowd ooohed and ahhhed as they awaited the flop eagerly.

One lady in the rail was heard commenting "It not over yet!" and her prophetic abilities proved to be superior to her grammar as a spiky seven fell on the 6 3 7 flop.

A massive roar rippled through the crowd at this development and as the turn and river blanked it meant Tran was hurt and Aaron picked up a vital double up to over a million chips.

Lucky Be The Ladies Tonight

Feelin friskier now, Aaron Coulthard popped it up to $150,000 pre and Mike Ngo called. Melvin Jones saw an opportunity and announced "ALLIN!"

Theo wasted little time in shoving from the cut off for his remaining $750,000 and both Aaron and Mike passed their hands.

Theo Tran showed another big pair in Q Q, whilst Jones had the inferior A J. Would Tran's big pair do a better job of holding up this time?

A board of T 8 2 6 5 answered this question definitively, no ace spiking and Tran moving to 1,500,000 or so, leaving Jones pretty short on $400,000.

Home for Jones (7th)

Melvin Jones wasted little time in searching for that required double up, pushing allin soon after this hand.

Theo Tran
Big Pairs Aplenty!

Tran, who seems to have been involved in 75% of the key pots on this final table, isolated his raise by pushing allin.

Hands on their backs, its Q T for Melvin, but Tran has found yet one more big pair in A A.

The board fell Q K 6 to give Jones a chink of light at the possibility of an outdraw but the 8 turn and 5 river consigned his hopes of victory to the waste disposal unit of poker dreams.

Melvin Jones is OUT, eliminated in 7th place for $158,211.

 

Level
25
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
$1,964,500
Players Left
6
Tables Left
1
06/03/2008 (7 years ago)

Event 2 - FInal Table - Player Down!

Yes one more player has joined the ever growing ranks of nearly rans in the quest to win bracelets and glory.

Bach Out! (8th)


David Bach, wearing his trademark cowboy hat, raises to $130,000 off his $650,000 stack and is called by Theo Tran in the small blind, which persuades Chris Ferguson to also make the call in the big blind.

David Bach
That is hat for Bach!

The three players see the flop of K 9 5 and a series of checks ensues.

The turn card is the 3 and with Theo and Chris checking once more, Bach now makes his move, pushing allin for his remaining stack, $500,000. Ferguson looks like he may be considering a call...but then Tran re-raises allin!

Ferguson now folds and the players flip their cards.

Theo Tran: J 9
David Bach: 6 7

Bach showed he was semi-bluffing with a double belly buster whilst Tran picked off his bluff with second pair. Looking good for Tran, he just needed to dodge a four or eight to eliminate Bach and the river is the ultimate of blanks, the 2.

That card means David Bach is eliminated in 8th spot, winning the attractive sum of $117,987 for his sterling efforts.

Congratulations but we have to say goodbye to David and his hat.

Full steam ahead for Akenhead


Former train driver, James Akenhead, responds to a raise from Ferguson in the cutoff to $150,00 by re-popping him to $450,000. After a moment's contemplation, Chris makes the call and they see a flop.

The flop falls 8 8 K and both players check it down.

Turn: T

Again both players check.

River: 2

Check from Chris and James now bets out $500,000, but 'Jesus' is not interested in pursuing his hand and lays it down, leaving James to sweep up the one million dollar pot.

That coup has moved James Akenhead into the chip lead and leaves Chris a little short.

Current chip counts, courtesy of worldseriesofpoker.com.

James Akenhead
$2,160,000
Theo Tran
$2,060,000
Mike Ngo
$1,985,000
Aaron Coulthard
$1,695,000
Grant Hinkle
$1,630,000
Chris Ferguson
$1,300,000
Melvin Jones
$1,000,000

 

 

Level
21
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$1,683,857
Players Left
7
Tables Left
1
06/03/2008 (7 years ago)

Event 2 - Final Table - Elimination!

Yes, first blood of this final table has been drawn and a dramatic hand it was too.

Jeff Wiedenhoeft (10th)


The drama started with Jeff Wiedenhoeft opening for $125,000, which picked up a solitary caller in Mike Ngo, who called out of the small blind.

The flop fell 8 7 6 and after a check from Mike, Jeff elected to overbet the pot, shoving all of his $700,000 in chips into the middle. Ngo took little time in calling holding A T and although he was merely drawing with his nut flush draw, gutshot straight draw and overcards, once Wiedenhoeft flipped the K T, it transpired Ngo was well in front with Ace high.

The A on the turn merely improved Ngo's position, leaving Jeff rooting for a nine on the river to split the pot.

However the Q fell to deny him, meaning Jeff Wiedenhoeft is our first elimination, knocked out in 10th spot, taking home $52,021 for his troubles.

Jeff was apparently heard lamenting the fact he had misread his hand, claiming he thought he had the K in his hand. Although it would have ultimately proved academic, he may have been more reticent to ship his chips into the middle had he read his hand properly. Tournament poker is an unforgiving beast though and with no second chances, Jeff is on his way!

The play continues...

Joe Rutledge (9th)

Joe found himself short and pushed allin from middle position with pocket sixes. Chris Ferguson made the call from the big blind though and once he flipped A 9 the race was on!

'Jesus' has run pretty well so far and this trend continued as he spike an ace on an A 8 T flop to move into the lead.

Joe needed to hit a 6 if he was to continue in the tournament, but a Q and 7 proved no good, meaning Ferguson takes another victim and Joe Rutledge is eliminated in 9th spot, winning $83,127.
Level
21
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$1,473,375
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
06/03/2008 (7 years ago)

Event 2 - Final Table Time!

We've been on break for some time, over two hours, and are only now getting back down to business. Even though we're still at ten the decision has been made to put everyone on the ESPN TV table and get the cameras rolling.

There's been some debate over the legitimacy of this move since it certainly changes things for the remaining players. Theo Tran is reportedly unhappy as there will be no TV-table bubble for him to take advantage of.

It could also be construed as unfair to tenth place finishers in other events who won't get the opportunity to appear on television.

Regardless, the cards are in the air and we're ready to start the playdown to the second bracelet winner of 2008. Here's a look at the current chip counts, courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

James Akenhead $1,995,000
Aaron Coulthard
$1,510,000
Theo Tran
$1,420,000
Mike Ngo
$1,375,000
Melvin Jones
$1,280,000
Chris Ferguson
$1,235,000
Jeff Wiedenhoeft
$880,000
Joe Rutledge
$785,000
Grant Hinkle
$680,000
David Bach
$675,000

 

Level
21
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$1,178,700
Players Left
10
Tables Left
1
06/03/2008 (7 years ago)

Event 2 - Soup's On!

We've reached the final ten in this event, meaning only one more player will be denied the honor of appearing on the official WSOP final table. Level 22 has just come to an end and a two-hour dinner break has been declared.

We're already behind in this event, having started with 18 today rather than the scheduled final table, which makes us wonder why the dinner break has been extended to two hours. Play will resume at 7 p.m.

Chip Counts Make the Word Go Round!

Here's a look at the final ten and their counts as we begin the dinner break, courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

James Akenhead $1,995,000
Aaron Coulthard
$1,510,000
Theo Tran
$1,420,000
Mike Ngo
$1,375,000
Melvin Jones
$1,280,000
Chris Ferguson
$1,235,000
Jeff Wiedenhoeft
$880,000
Joe Rutledge
$785,000
Grant Hinkle

$680,000

David Bach
$675,000

Jesus Resurrected!

Chris Ferguson is currently running strong in this event after fighting his way back from near destruction. He's back in the thick of things now with over a million in chips after a huge double-up at the expense of Aaron Coulthard.

Theo Tran got things started with an opening raise. Ferguson responded by moving all-in for just over half a million. Action folded to Coulthard who re-shipped all-in for a whopping $1.5 million. Tran gave it some thought before releasing and it was time for a showdown with Ferguson's tournament life on the line.

A K for Coulthard would need to improve against Ferguson's pocket nines but received none from the J 7 6 5 6 board. The pot is shipped to Jesus and Coulthard takes a substantial hit.

Level
21
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$1,178,700
Players Left
10
Tables Left
1
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Event Information

Event Name
Event 2, No-Limit Hold'em
Venue
Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date
2008-05-31
Final Day
2008-06-03
Buy In
$1,500
Entrants
3929
Prize Pool
$5,363,085
First Prize
$831,279

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Grant Hinkle $831,279
2 James Akenhead $520,219
3 Chris Ferguson $388,287
4 Theo Tran $327,148
5 Mike Ngo $268,154

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