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Event 36 - Hous Zat!?!

Jesper Hougaard
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

And it's all over! Jesper Housgaard managed a marvelous comeback after that one hour dinner break. Through a combination of aggression and being dealt a few good cards at the right time, Housgaard managed to break Cody Slaubaugh's heart and take the bracelet.

The final hand was a nasty one for the latter, Cody raised to $150,000 and Jesper made it $500,000, having started to re-raise preflop a lot. Cody then made it $1,300,000 and Jesper moved in. Cody made the call and Jesper had him covered by just $25,000, a single green chip.

Cody: A T

Jesper: Q Q

The board pretty much left the young American drawing dead on the flop, coming Q 2 8 before the 5 left him dead on the turn and the A was too little, too late.

Slaubaugh did get a consolation in the form of $389,128 while Housgaard will be more than happy with the $610,304 he receives.

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Level
24
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
5000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1

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Event 36 - An Impromptu Break

And just as this heads-up got interesting, we've gone on to a break. Hougaard though will be the happier of the two as he's contrived to go from having a 7:1 chip lead, all the way down to being the 2:1 dog. And here's how it happened...

Quick Double

The very first hand Cody Slaugbaugh raised preflop and Hougaard moved all-in. Slaugbaugh called with A-T and found himself dominating Hougaard's Q-T. The board ran out 7-7-K-K-5 and Slaughbaugh had quickly climbed the first rung of a big ladder.

No Fear

Soon after, Slaugbaugh raised to $125,000 preflop and Hougaard made it $320,000. Slaugbaugh called before moving all-in over the top of his opponent's $375,000 bet. Hougaard passed an ace face up and Slaugbaugh showed his Q-9.

All Cody

Slaugbaugh raises preflop and Hougaard made the call. Both players checked the 8-7-3 flop, before Hougaard bet $200,000 on the 9 turn. Slaugbaugh called and then fired $350,000 on the jack river, his opponent called with J-9 for two pair, but Slaugbaugh had rivered his straight with K-T.

Cody Again

Slaugbaugh re-raised preflop before firing on the A-Q-7 flop, Hougaard made the call and both checked the second queen on the turn. The river was a 4 to give a A-Q-7-Q-4, and Cody checked again, Hougaard fired out $650,000 and Cody quickly called with A-T. Hougaard mucked and suddenly, from being 7:1 down. Cody Slaugbaugh is in charge here.

Cody Slaugbaugh
$4,800,000
Jesper Hougaard
$2,500,000

 

Level
24
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
5000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1

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Event 36 - Heads-Up!

We're now heads-up at the final table of Event 36, the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament and Jesper Hougaard is running like god. Here's how the last two eliminations played out as we prepare for the mano a mano culmination to this thrilling event.

Wong Gone!

Aaron Kanter raises to $130,000 and Danny Wong moves all-in over the top for his last $380,000 from the small blind. In the big blind, Hougaard moves all-in to isolate and Kanter gets out of the way. Wong is well ahead with K K against Hougaard's A 5, but the flop is a killer for Danny boy, coming Q T 6 to give Hougaard the nut flush.

The turn is the 8 and the river the J and Wong is eliminated in fourth place. He'll take $217,110 for his finish, although he'll doubtless wonder what might have been as he's counting his stacks.

DeKantered!

A few hands later, Kanter gets his last $800,000 in the middle preflop against Hougaard, Q Q against K J. The flop comes A 4 3 and the turn the 7. Kanter looks primed for the double-up, but the river is the dagger K and Hougaard spikes the best hand, busting Kanter to the delirious cheers of his countrymen.

Kanter is out in third and earns $258,862 for his efforts.

Heads-Up!

We're now heads-up between Hougaard and Cody Slaubaugh, with Hougaard holding a $6.6 million to $850,000 chip advantage. Game on!

Level
24
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
5000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1

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Event 36 - Downs Wong!

It's more and more looking like the Jesper Hougaard show at the final table of the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament. With four players remaining, Hougaard has jumped to a substantial chip lead and looks to be in complete control of the proceedings.

Wong Takes A Hit

Danny Wong and Hougaard are in the blinds and see a flop come A 7 4. Wong bets out $50,000 and Hougaard makes the call. The turn is the 9 and Wong again fires, making it $131,000 to go. Hougaard again flats and the river is the 2. Wong bets a third time, making it $205,000 to go. Hougaard tanks for a few minutes before re-raising to $570,000 and Wong gives the matter some thought before laying it down.

Kanter Doubles!

Jesper Hougaard puts Aaron Kanter all-in from the small blind and the 2005 WSOP final-tablist makes the call, showing K T to Hougaard's K 5. The board comes K 8 3 T 4 and Kanter makes two pair to double through Hougaard, who maintains a big lead on the rest of the field.

Chip Counts!

Here are the final table chip counts, courtesy www.worldseriesofpoker.com:

Jesper Hougaard $4,100,000
Cody Slaubaugh
$1,800,000
Aaron Kanter
$675,000
Danny Wong
$440,000

 

Level
23
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1

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Event 36 - The Final Four!

We're down to the final four in this $1,500 No Limit Hold'em final table with the last hour seeing two more hopefuls fall in their quest for donkament glory and oodles of cash. Here's how it all went down in the Amazon Room at the Rio:

Wald Out (6th)

Cody Slaubaugh raises to $77,000 and Doug Middleton ships it all-in for his last $150,000. Justin Wald moves all-in over the top and Slaubaugh folds out after some tankage, leaving Middleton to show A 6 and Wald K Q. The board comes A T 7 9 5 and Middleton doubles through Wald while Slaubaugh is not particularly happy with the latter's re-shove.

A few hands later, Wald, Danny Wong and Jesper Hougaard see a flop come J J 4. Wald bets out $50,000 and both opponents make the call. The turn is the K and the action checks around, but on the 5 river Wald moves all-in. Hougaard folds but Wong makes the call and tables a pair of diamonds to Hougaard's Q-J. Wong has the flush and it's good to bust Wald, who leaves in sixth place and collects $140,286 for his time.

Middleton Muddied (5th)

Jesper Hougaard raises to $78,000 and Doug Middleton moves all-in for $410,000 from the small blind. Hougaard makes the call, showing a pocket pair of treys to Middleton's A Q. The board comes J J 2 5 T and the treys hold, giving Hougaard the pot and sending Middleton to the rail in fifth place. The boy will take home $177,028 for his time.

Chip Counts!

Here are the current chip counts, courtesy www.worldseriesofpoker.com:

Jesper Hougaard $4,080,000
Cody Slaubaugh
$1,800,000
Danny Wong
$1,000,000
Aaron Kanter
$380,000

 

Level
22
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1

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Event 36 - As We Proceed!

We're down to the final six in this $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament with two more eliminations headlining the last hour of play. Here's how the last sixty minutes of play has looked beneath the mood lighting of the ESPN soundstage:

Crowe Eaten (8th)

The tastefully-named Owen Crowe and Danny Wong see a flop come A 9 8 and Wong check-calls Crowe's $70,000 wager. The turn is the A and Wong check-raises Crowe all-in after the Nova Scotian fires out $225,000. Crowe makes the call and turns up A 7 for trips while Wong has K 6 for the club flush. The river is the 5 and Wong hits his flush, busting Crowe in 8th place for an $81,833 final score.

Solis Quantum'd (7th)

Jesper Hougaard and Rick Solis see a flop come Q T 9 and both players check. The turn is the 9 and Hougaard bets out $76,000 and Solis moves all-in over the top. Hougaard beats him to the pot and shows A 3 for the flush while Solis is behind with J T for two pair. The river is the J and Solis is eliminated in seventh place. He takes $106,884 for his time.

Chip Counts!

Here are the current chip counts, courtesy www.worldseriesofpoker.com:

Jesper Hougaard $3,000,000
Danny Wong
$1,600,000
Cody Slaubaugh
$1,200,000
Aaron Kanter
$500,000
Justin Wald
$465,000
Doug Middleton
$300,000

 

 

Level
21
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
3000
Players Left
6
Tables Left
1

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Event 36 - When Nine Become Eight!

The final table of Event 36, the $1,500 Unlimited Hold Them donkament is underway on the main stage and we've got the details. Here's how the action has played out thus far:

Kanter Doubles!

On the first hand at the final table, Aaron Kanter open-shoves for his last $163,000 and is called by Cody Slaubaugh, who turns up A J to Kanter's A 7. The board comes 9 8 2 Q 7 and Kanter rivers a pair of sevens to double up and stay alive.

Shipley Sunk (9th)

Cody Slaubaugh raises to $55,000 and John Shipley moves all-in over the top. Slaubaugh makes the call and turns up a pocket pair of jacks to Shipley's K Q. The board comes 9 5 4 6 T and Shipley can't pair either of his overcards. He's eliminated in ninth place and takes home $56,782.

Level
20
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1

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Final Table Time!

It's final table time for the Event 36, the third $1,500 No Limit Hold'em donkament of four this week. Players are at the final table getting their chips unbagged and untagged and the action should commence shortly.

Here are the chip counts of the final nine:

Jesper Hougaard $1,582,000
Cody Slaubaugh
$1,419,000
Danny Wong
$1,105,000
Rick Solis
$900,000
Justin Wald
$873,000
Owen Crowe
$674,000
Doug Middleton
$356,000
John Shipley
$269,000
Aaron Kanter
$165,000

 

Level
16
Blinds
4000/8000
Ante
1000
Players Left
9
Tables Left
1

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Event Name Event 36, No-Limit Hold'em
Venue Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 19 June 2008
Final Day 21 June 2008
Buy In $1,500
Entrants 2447
Prize Pool $3,340,155
First Prize $610,276
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

Jesper Hougaard
wins
$610,304

Event 36, No-Limit Hold'em

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Jesper Hougaard $610,304
2. Cody Slaubaugh $389,128
3. Aaron Kanter $258,862
4. Danny Wong $217,110
6. Justin Wald $140,286
7. Rick Solis $106,884
8. Owen Crowe $81,833
9. John Shipley $56,782
10. Jeremy Schofer $36,741
11. Bryan Paris $36,741

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