Event 35 Over! Michael Rocco Wins!
We have a brand new bracelet winner and it's Michael Rocco. He came back from the last break with a significant edge chip-wise and finished off his heads-up opponent with a crippling blow and one final knock-out punch!
When the two sat back down at the table our runner-up, Al Barbieri, made an announcement. "I'm making a statement right now. If you don't end it in 15 hands or less we're going to be here for a long time!"
In the end it would only take half that number for every last chip in play to end up in front of our champion. Michael Rocco takes his first bracelet and $135,753 while Al Barbieri takes second and the $83,210 that goes with it.
When the final hand had been completed and Rocco knew the title was his he leaped from the table, pumping his fist and letting out a cry of victory. These days it's rare to see such a display of emotion but when it occurs it's great to see. One thing is for sure, Michael Rocco is squeezing every last drop of enjoyment out of his win.
Details on those last two key hands will be up in a moment. Ditto for winner photos and the interview, although those will take a bit longer.
On the sixth or seventh hand since returning from break Rocco brought it in with the #Q4c and Barbieri popped it with the 9♦. Barbieri stayed in the driver's seat until all the up-cards were on the felt, leaving the boards as so.
Barbieri: (X-X)9dA♣ 7♠ 9♥
Rocco: (X-X)4♣ 7♣ J♣ 2♠
Barbieri bet and Rocco raised. Barbieri called and tossed in a blind bet on seventh street. Rocco raised and Barbieri made a crying call. Rocco tabled 5♥ 3♦ for the straight and Barbieri mucked in disgust.
The Death Blow
Left with only $40,000 or so Barbieri was all-in on the next hand with 3♦ to Rocco's 7♥. The dealer ran it and after all the cards were out we saw Rocco had done it. Long story short Rocco made a pair of kings on seventh street which was good against Barbieri's pair of treys.
Congratulations Michael Rocco!
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