Event 30 - Hollink is Champion!

This tournament is over and the 30th bracelet of the 2008 WSOP has found a home on the wrist of Dutch pro Rob Hollink. For those of you who don't remember Hollink took down the EPT Grand Final in it's first incarnation back on Season 1.

Rob Hollink takes $496,931 and Jerrod Ankenman takes $307,380 for runner-up. PL.com is on the floor as we speak snapping winner photos and speaking with Hollink himself so make sure to check back for those in a bit.

For now tide yourself over with the details of the final hand.

Jerrod Subway'd (Second)

Jerrod Ankenman, yin to Bill Chen's mathematically nerdy yang, just hit the rail in second place after getting short and being forced to make a stand. Hollink opened for a raise and Ankenman called all-in for the last of his chips.

Hollink: A 5

Ankenman: T 7

The flop hit Hollink like a subway train, coming A 5 4 and putting Hollink in a commanding spot. The turn and river brought nothing but bricks, 3 Q, and Ankenman is out in second position.

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Event 30 – Final Table – Can’t Hang On, Tommy Eliminated (Third)

Rob Hollink continues to dismantle this final table and Tommy Hang is the latest player to become a casualty of the Dutchman.

In his final hand Hang bet from the button and Hollink re-raised for the last of Hang’s chip. Hang called all-in and tabled 9 8 but would need some help against Hollink’s K Q.

The flop came 8 7 3 which paired Hang’s eight but the turn came Q which gave the lead back to Hollink. The river was a meaningless J and Hollink raked the pot. Hang is eliminated third and will receive $194,674 for hanging around as long as he did.

We are now heads-up between Hollink and Jerrod Ankenman with the Dutch pro holding a 3-1 chip lead.

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Event 30 - Final Table - Back to Business

The three remaining players have returned from their dinner break and with any luck we'll be crowning a champion in this event in the next couple of hours. Will it be Jerrod Ankenman, Rob Hollink, or long-shot Tommy Hang?

Stay tuned... 

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Event 30 – Final Table – Rob Hollink Rolling

Players are now on dinner break until 10:15 PST but Rob Hollink has established himself in the last 10 hands as the aggressor three-handed.

Jerrod Ankenman still has the chip lead with approximately $2 million but Hollink is closing the gap with $1.7 million and counting. Tommy Hang is doing his namesake proud by hanging on with $320,000.

It’s looking more and more like we will Rob Hollink and Jerrod Ankenman compete for the bracelet in heads-up play.

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Event 30 - Final Table - The Magic Three!

We've had two more casualties at the final table of Event 30 and one of them was the most well-known player remaining at the table. Dutch Pro Rob Hollink is leading the way with approximately $2 million chips:

J.C. Tran Hits the Deck (Fifth)

J.C. Tran bet pre-flop and Rob Hollink called. The flop came Q 7 3 and Hollink bet $30,000 and Tran called. Tran called and the turn came K. Hollink bet and Tran shoved for the last of his chips. The K came on the river and Hollink showed the J to rake the pot with a spade flush. Tran is eliminated fifth for $128,075.

Katz Dogg'ed (Fourth)

Aaron Katz, who won his first bracelet in the 2004 WSOP Limit Hold'em, will not be winning another in this event. In his final hand Katz called a bet from Jerrod Ankenman for the last of his chips. Rob Hollink also called and the board came A T 4 5 J. Incredibly Ankenman's queen-high was good enough to take down the pot and Katz was eliminated fourth. He will receive $158,813 for his poker efforts in this tournament.

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Event 30 - Final Table - Famous Five!

We're down to five players now, but the real revelation in the last level, has been Jerrod Ankenman, who has moved way up into the chip counts and is now threatening Rob Hollink's status as chip leader.

Park-ed On The Sideline

Brock Parker, who had lost a couple of recent pots, re-raises all-in against Jerrod Ankenman with Q 8, but Ankenman was ahead with A 9, and neither could catch anything on the board, which meant the Jerrod 'Ron Burgundy' Ankenman was standing tall and is now just behind Hollink in the chip stakes.

J-Rod Hits Again

Jerrod Ankenman has really stepped up the pressure over the last level, he's winning pot after pot, and has really began to push the other stacks around, particularly J.C Tran, Aaron Katz and Tommy Hang. Most recently, Ankenman was involved in a 3-bet pot with Hollink and Tran, they all saw a A-8-4 flop where Hollink bet $30,000, Ankenman raised to $60,000 and Tran folded.

The Dutchman made the call and then another one on 9 turn, before both players checked the 5 river. Ankelman showed A-J and Hollink mucked.

#img:rob-hollink_15101.jpg:left:Dutchman is flying...#

Tommy Still Hanging Around

Tommy Hang has been pretty much short-stacked the entire tournament, but he's still picking up the odd pot. Here, he raised preflop and Aaron Katz made the call, Hang bet the T 8 5 after Katz checked. The same occurrence happened on the J turn and on the 9 river. Hang fired $50,000 one more time after Katz checked for a third time. This time though it was too much for the former chip leader and he gave up the pot.

J.C Not Done Yet

J.C Tran just managed a nicely timed double up. He was all-in on a K-9-2 board holding K-9 and found himself in dominating fashion against Ankenman's K-8 which needed runner-runner to knock him out. The 3 on the turn left Ankenman drawing dead, and Tran has now leap-frogged Katz into 4th place.

Chip Counts Courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com

Rob Hollink
Jerrod Ankenman
Tommy Hang
J.C Tran
Aaron Katz$400,000
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Event 30 - Final Table - The Katz And Hollink Show

Andy Bloch will have to wait for the next event before he can claim a much sort after bracelet, he's just busted out of this event in 7th place. Aaron Katz and Rob Hollink still look like the two who'll end up battling it out for the bracelet.

Katz Doesn't Hang Around

Aaron Katz continues to attack the other players, he raises preflop with Tommy Hang 3-betting him. They see a 9 8 7 flop, Katz led out with a $25,000 bet and Hang called. On the 4 turn, Katz fired another bet and again Hang just called, the 4 river seemed to help neither player and Katz once more bet $50,000. Hang tanked before making the call, only to see Katz flopped a monster draw that had been quickly made on the turn, as he was holding Q T.

On The Chopping Bloch

Andy Bloch had lost a few pots before managing to double up with A-9 against the T-5 of Jerrod Ankelman, soon after, he doubled again with A-T this time against Aaron Katz A-9 to again double up.

For a moment, an amazing comeback looked on the cards, but hopes were finally dashed when he was all-in with J-3 against Rob Hollink's 9-8 which caught the river of a A-T-2-7-8 board making Bloch the bridesmaid once more. For his efforts though, he picks up $81,968.

#img:andy-bloch_2213.jpg:left:Still waiting...#

Double Dutch

If there is anyone who might catch the chip leader Aaron Katz, it looks like it'll be Rob Hollink, he's just picked up another huge pot. Ankelman raised and Katz repopped it, Hollink and Ankelman both called. The flop came out 4 Q 4, Hollink bet $25,000, Ankelman re-raised and Katz made it $75,000 before Hollink capped the betting, Ankelman folded and Katz called.

On the 3 Hollink bet $50,000 again with Katz calling, the same thing happened on the A river, Hollink flipping pocket queens with Katz showing his outdrawn kings.

Can He 'C' A Way Back?

J.C Tran is the shortest stack remaining, but he's not going down without a fight, Ankenman raises to $50,000 preflop and Tran makes the call before check/raising the K 9 3 flop.Ankeman decided that discretion was the better part of valour and gave up. Tran doesn't have much, but he's still in here, just.

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Event 30 - Final Table - Man Down!

It's slow and steady on the limit final table, we've lost one more player in Cy Jassinowsky, while prefinal favorites Andy Bloch and JC Tran are amongst the short stacks while Aaron Katz and Rob Hollink are the chip leaders.

Brock Rocks

Brock Parker has slipped right back into contention here after raising preflop and having Cy Jassinowsky reraise him, Brock 4-bet for all but his last $20,000 and his opponent made the call. The remaing chips went in on a J-T-2 flop where Cy found that Brock's A-T had outflopped his own A-K and needed a queen or king to eliminate Brock. None of his seven outs came and Brock has jumped up to third place in chips.

#img:jerrod-ankenman_8531.jpg:left:By the beard of Zeus!# 

I Am A Man, I Am Ankelman!

Jerrod 'Ron Burgundy' Ankelman has managed to double up his short-stack, he must have been fearing the worst though when he turned over pocket queens on the A-K-3 flop, but Rob Hollink, who had called his push could only show tens, no ten on the turn or river and the legend of Ankelman goes on.


Cy Jassinowsky was all-in for his last $40,000 with Andy Bloch calling, Rob Hollink made it $60,000 while Tommy Hang made it 4 bets to go and $80,000. Bloch folded and Hollink called. The flop came out, K 6 9, Hollink checked then folded to Hang's bet. Hang flipped Q Q whilst Jassinowsky could only show A 2 and needed an ace from space to stay in the tournament. The turn was 5 and the 7 appeared on the river. Cy Jassinowsky goes out in 8th place winning $66,599.

Clever Kitty

Aaron Katz has just won a huge pot in a limit cooler. Bloch raised preflop, JC Tran 3-bet it and Aaron Katz 4-bet with the other two calling. On the 7 6 2 flop each player ended up putting three bets in, on the J turn, Tran bet $40,000, Katz made it $80,000 and Bloch folded. Tran called before check/calling the 5 river, only to discover his kings were no good against Katz' aces.

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Event 30 - Final Table - We Begin!

The $10,000 Limit Hold'em event is yet another in a long line of star-studded final tables, this one featuring JC Tran, Dutch stalwart Rob Hollink and the nearly man of poker, Andy Bloch. Could this be the latter's event, finally?

Vitch Suffers Hitch

Rob Hollink raises preflop and Chris Vitch calls from the blinds. Vitch calls Hollink's bet on the flop, before both check the 5 turn, Vitch check/raised the ace river, and Hollink called with Q-J for a straight while Vitch's attempt at getting value from his A-Q had back-fired.



JC Tran raises preflop, and Andy Bloch 3-bet, Tran calling. Bloch bet the T-7-5 flop and Tran check/raised, Bloch called and then raised Tran's $30,000 bet on the 8 turn, Tran moved all-in with K-7 and Bloch called with 6-6. Tran needed to avoid a six, nine or four to win, but the river was a queen which shipped the pot to Tran.

Katz Got The Cream

Chris Vitch busts out in 9th place after he moved in for his last $22,000 with Q-9, and was called by Aaron Katz's 8-3. The flop was pretty safe until the river was an eight, busting Vitch from the tournament. He collects $51,230 by way of consolation though.
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Event Name Event 30, World Championship Limit Hold'em
Venue Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 15 June 2008
Final Day 17 June 2008
Buy In $10,000
Entrants 218
Prize Pool $2,049,200
First Prize $496,931
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 100/200
Level 2 0 200/300
Level 3 0 200/400
Level 4 0 300/500
Level 5 0 300/500
Level 6 0 400/800
Level 7 0 500/1000
Level 8 0 600/1200
Level 9 0 800/1600
Level 10 0 1000/2000
Level 11 0 1300/2500
Level 12 0 1500/3000
Level 13 0 2000/4000
Level 14 0 2500/5000
Level 15 0 3000/6000
Level 16 0 4000/8000
Level 17 0 5000/10000
Level 18 0 6000/12000
Level 19 0 8000/15000
Level 20 0 10000/20000
Level 21 0 13000/25000
Level 22 0 15000/30000
Level 23 0 20000/40000
Level 24 0 25000/50000
Level 25 0 30000/60000
Level 26 0 40000/80000
Level 27 0 50000/100000
Level 28 0 60000/120000

Rob Hollink

Event 30, World Championship Limit Hold'em

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Rob Hollink $496,931
2. Jerrod Ankenman $307,380
3. Tommy Hang $194,674
4. Aaron Katz $158,813
5. J.C. Tran $128,075
6. Brock Parker $102,460
7. Andy Bloch $81,968
8. Cy Jassinowsky $66,599
9. Chris Vitch $51,230
10. Eric Buchman $35,861