Day 3 Live Updates

06/19/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 32 - Jose Luis Velador WINS!

Luis Velador
Winnar!

Yes we have our winner, Jose Luis Velador the man who picks up the much coveted world series of poker bracelet!

He has held a big stack throughout the latter stages of the tournament, never really relinquishing it and finally he holds ALL the chips.

Here's how it happened.

Luis-y Peasy!

Jose Luis Velador has been putting the pressure on Anthony G Signore, and when Signore found A-6 he was happy to play back, getting all his chips into the middle.

Signore however was going nowhere and flipped over the slightly better A 7 !

With two low kickers, a split was a distinct possibility, but that possibility evaporated as the dealer dealt out an Ace and a Seven on the flop to give Velador a dominant two pair.

A blank on the turn left Signore drawing dead, and although he hit a 6 on the river to make aces up himself, it was too little, too late, meaning Anthony G Signore is OUT, eliminated in 2nd, winning $366,387.

And Juis Luis Velador is the champion of this $1,500 NLHE WSOP event, picking up an impressive $573,374 for his troubles, along with the shiny gold WSOP bracelet, and the plaudits of the watching rail.

Join us shortly for pictures of the newly crowned champion and a full interview .

 

 

Level
23
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
$1,728,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
06/19/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 32 - Final Table - Heads-Up Begins!

We are down to two in this event with the elimination of Osmin Dardon in third place. The bracelet and a whole lot of cash is on the line so stay with us to see how it all shakes out

Signore Doubles

Anthony Signore has doubled up. The hand began with Luis Velador limping his button and Signore popping it to $140,000 from the big blind. Velador then re-raised to $590,000 and Signore moved all-in.

The call was made and we saw it was a race between Velador's pocket sevens and Signore's A 9. The flop was no help, coming three kings, but the ace on the turn did the trick. The river's a brick and Signore doubles.

Osmin Annihilated (3rd)

We are down to two in this event with the elimination of Osmin Dardon in third position. His final hand started with a raise from Luis Velador on the button and a re-raise from Dardon in the small blind. Anthony Signore folded his big blind and Velador moved all-in.

Dardon made the call and when the cards were rolled we saw it was a race between Dardon’s A K and Velador’s Q Q. The flop came J 7 2 and things go from bad to worse for Dardon since he can no longer hit a heart.

The turn is the T, which gives Dardon the inside straight draw, but the river is the 9, completing Velador’s flush and eliminating Osmin Dardon for $243,734.

Another All-In from Signore

Anthony Signore is showing more signs of life at this final table and seems intent on picking up chips and making a run at the big stack of Luis Velador. Earlier this level we saw Osmin Dardon open to $95,000 from the button only to be re-popped to $245,000 by Signore.

Dardon made the call and the flop came down 8 6 2. Signore quickly moved all-in for $680,000, putting Dardon to a decision for a huge chunk of his stack. After a long time in the tank Dardon opted to muck his hand and wait for a better spot.

New Counts

Here's a look at how both players are faring in the stack department, courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

Luis Velador $3,850,000
Anthony Signore
$3,140,000

 

Level
23
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
$1,728,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
06/19/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 32 - Final Table - Down to Three

The flurry of activity we saw two levels ago has abated as the final three players realize they’re within sight of the bracelet and the big first place cash. There hasn’t been a whole lot of action to speak of but big-stack Luis Velador has lost a little ground to his two shorter-stacked opponents.

The players were on break for almost half of the last hour so for now check out the one hand of note we saw.

Signor with the All-In

Anthony Signore has taken a little back from monster-stack Luis Velador with this all-in move. It started as a three-way limped pot with Signore on the button. The flop came down J T 9 and Osmin Dardon and Velador checked in the blinds.

Signore led out for $150,000 and only Velador called. The turn was the 2 and after another check from Luis, Signore announced all-in and Velador went way into the tank to try to sort things out. It was obvious he wanted to make the call but it seemed the price was just too high.

After a bit more thought, and a lot more head-shaking, Velador mucked K 8 face-up. No rabbit hunts available.

Table for Three

Here’s a look at the new counts for our final three, courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

Luis Velador $4,950,000
Osmin Dardon
$1,180,000
Anthony Signore
$860,000
Level
23
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
$1,152,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/19/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 32 - Final Table - First Place or Bust!

This last level has seen a flurry of eliminations, leaving the number of survivors at just three. Luis Velador is still in a commanding position but, as we all know, anything can happen now. Read on for a trio of eliminations and a look at the new counts.

Three on the Tree

Here they are, courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

Luis Velador $4,694,000
Osmin Dardon
$1,200,000
Anthony Signore
$865,000

Jae Rocked (4th)

Jae Chung has been eliminated, sent packing by the tag-team effort of Osmin Dardon and Luis Velador. Dordon got the action started with a raise to $75,000 which was called by Velador. Chung then shipped all-in for $280,000 and both other players called.

They checked down the board of K J 2 J 4 and, surprisingly, they both turned over K-T for the chop. They each profit almost $150,000 while Chung is out in fourth place, pocketing $204,422.

Shane Shot Down (5th)

Shane Stacey has become our most recent casualty, getting extremely unlucky to go out in fifth for $166,682. The hand began with Stacey opening from the small blind to $80,000 and Osmin Dardon defended from the big blind.

The flop came down Q 9 8 and Stacey led out for $125,000. Osmin moved all-in and Stacey made a quick call.

Stacey: A Q

Osmin: T T

The double looked like a lock for Stacey until the board finished out 6 7. Osmin had somehow pulled out the backdoor straight which was enough to earn him the check mark and send a bewildered Shane Stacey on his way.

Bui Knifed (6th)

Dean Bui’s tournament just came to a disastrous end in a sick set-up hand with chip leader Luis Velador. It started with Bui limping in the small blind and Velador popping it from the big. Bui made the call and the flop came down K T 7 and Bui checked.

Velador fired $90,000 and Bui flat-called. The turn was the 4 and both players checked. The river was the 9 and Bui cut out a stack of chips, pushing $255,000 into the middle. Velador paused for just a beat before moving all-in. Bui snap-called.

When the cards were on their backs we saw Bui never stood a chance. Pocket tens for the all-in Bui were crushed by the pocket kings of Velador. With that set over set debacle Bui is out for $132,088 and Velador has even more chips.

Level
22
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
$1,152,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/19/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 32 - Final Table - The Pwnage Continues!

We've had just one elimination this past level leaving six players to duke it out over the final table felt. Luis Velador is the one doing most of the duking and has increased his already gargantuan chip lead.

Read on for the updated counts and a snapshot of the action.

Georges Jungle'd (7th)

Dany Georges has been eliminated and the deed was done by Dean Bui. The two got all-in before the flop with Bui's 6 6 looking to hold up against Georges' A J. The board ran K T 3 7 3 and, despite picking up a gut-shot to go with his overcards, Georges is out for $100,638.

Wicked Chop

Dean Bui just found himself in a great spot to double through chip leader Luis Velador but, as we've seen so many times before, the cards refused to cooperate. It began with Velador opening to $57,000 and Bui making the call.

The flop came down A 3 3 and Bui led out for $105,000. Velador came back over the top and moved all-in, meaning Bui would have to call for his remaining $250,000 or so. After a bit of a dwell Bui made the call and tabled A J which was dominating Velador's A T.

Before Bui could enjoy the situation for long the dealer laid the 3 down on the felt, making aces-full for both players and splitting the hefty pot.

Velador Dominates

Luis Velador has been busy taking down most of the big pots contested at this table. He seems prone to playing passively early in hands and then ramping up the aggression on the turn and river. It's been successful so far but we'll see if he can keep it in check going forward.

The Power of the Count Compels You

Here's a look at the new counts for the remaining seven players, courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

Luis Velador $3,433,000
Osmin Dardon
$858,000
Dean Bui
$800,000
Jae Chung
$748,000
Anthony Signore
$590,000
Shane Stacey
$585,000

 

 

Level
21
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$493,714
Players Left
7
Tables Left
1
06/19/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 32 - The Luis Velador Show

This final table has turned into a study of Luis Velado and his gigantic stack. He now has close to half the chips in play. Read on for counts as well as the last two eliminations.

Saha Slaughtered (8th)

Just minutes after Justin Hoffman’s bustication we watched Utsab Saha get all-in bad and fail to improve. Luis Velador opened from the button and Saha re-popped from the big blind. Velador then re-re-raised and Saha moved all-in.

Velador snap-called and turned over Q Q which had Saha’s A T in a bad spot. The board ran K J J 2 6 and Saha falls victim to the monster stack of Luis Velador.

Hoffman Hammered (9th)

We have our first elimination at this final table and it is Justin Hoffman headed out the door in ninth place for $54,464. Hoffman was shortstacked and seemed unable to pick up a playable hand in the first few orbits of the day.

On his final hand he was under the gun and must have seen the big blind peeking around the corner. He shipped it with J 8 and the action folded to Dean Bui in the big blind who was priced into the call with K 3.

The board ran A T 7 4 and Hoffman needed help on the river. Fifth street was a five, however, and Hoffman taps the table and gets up to go.

New Counts

Here's a look at the final seven and their updated chip counts, courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

Luis Velador $3,000,000
Dany Georges
$1,133,000
Osmin Dardon
$840,000
Jae Chung$714,000
Shane Stacey
$593,000
Anthony Signore
$583,000
Dean Bui
$150,000

 

Level
20
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$493,714
Players Left
7
Tables Left
1
06/19/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 32 - Final Table Underway

This final table is getting rolling as nine players take to the felt to see who will walk away with the bracelet and who will not. There are plenty of chips on the table and with nine relatively unknowns it'll be interesting to see how it all shakes out.

Counts Galore

For the official start of day counts click through to the Chip Count page. Or, for the more up to date version, courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com, see below.

Luis Velador $1,996,000
Dany Georges
$950,000
Osmin Dardon
$843,000
Utsab Saha
$772,000
Jae Chung
$714,000
Shane Stacy
$596,000
Anthony Signore
$586,000
Dean Bui
$355,000
Justin Hoffman
$102,000

Dean Doubles

Dean Bui came into this final table low on chips but managed a quick double up to get his day started right. Dany Georges opened to $55,000 from under the gun and it was folded to Bui on the button who moved in for an additional $92,000.

After a short dwell Gearges made the call and tabled A 8 which was in rough shape against Bui's J J. The board ran K 9 3 Q T and Bui is good for the double.

Level
19
Blinds
8000/16000
Ante
2000
Average Stack
$384,000
Players Left
9
Tables Left
1

Event Information

Event Name
Event 32, No-Limit Hold'em
Venue
Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date
2008-06-17
Final Day
2008-06-19
Buy In
$1,500
Entrants
2304
Prize Pool
TBA
First Prize
TBA

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Luis Velador $574,734
2 Anthony Signore $366,387
3 Osmin Dardon $243,734
4 Jae Chung $204,422
5 Shane Stacey $166,682

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