Event 39 - Woo Hoo!

David Woo
Woot woot!

David Woo has won the bracelet, $631,656 and an interview with PL.com. We'll leave it up to you to decide which he was happiest about.

In the final hand Matt Wood raised from the button making it $360,000 and Woo called. Wood fired out $175k on the 9 5 4 flop and Wood repopped making it $675k total. Without hesitation Woo came over the top of the reraise making it $1 million dollars - Whahahaha!

Wood shoved and Woo took a few seconds before doing the math and making the call.

Woo had an overpair with 10 10 against Wood's 9 6 flopped top pair and when the Q turn and 4 river fell it was over.

Wood takes $389,844 for second while Woo grabs all the glory!

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Event 39 - You Better Knock, Knock, Knock On Wood

Like most of this final table, heads-up has been the David Woo show. That is until the biggest pot of the match played out in the last half of the first hour.

Matt Wood limped the button but Woo decided to raise. He made it $300k and Wood flatted.

The 9 8 7 flop fell and Woo bet out $100k. Wood leaned in and fired out a raise making it $500k, which Woo called.

The turn brings the 2 and a check from Woo. Wood then cut out a $1.1 million bet and slid it towards the centre of the table sending Woo into the tank.

He pulled out enough for a call, but Woo seemed hesitant, first staring over at Wood before sliding his fingers up and down over the two stacks of $25k chips in front of him.

Eventually he threw his cards in the muck and Wood had taken $800k off the leader.

Wood now has $3.3 million to Woo's $4.8 million and it's really anybody's ball game.

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Event 39 - Heads Up For Gold!

The three players had been on a break for much of the last hour, but once they returned, it didn't take long before things kicked off.

The third place player has been decided and the two remaining combatants are heads up for the bracelet.

David Woo has been an unstoppable juggernaut so far, can anything stop his inexorable ascent to the throne?

Here's how we got to heads up.

Show Him The Door, Matt!

Eric Beren was the shortstack three handed and pushed on the button with A T, only to run into Matt Wood making a very standard call with his A Q. Ooooh nasty!

Calling for a Ten, Beren watched the dealer fan out a board that had no tens on it, and once the smoke had cleared, Wood's A-Q high was good for the pot, meaning Eric Beren is OUT, eliminated in 3rd spot, winning $278,4640!

David Woo and Matt Wood are heads up, vying for the bracelet, but as Wood knocked out Beren in third he has eaten into the previously impregnable lead Woo has amassed!

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

David Woo $5,315,000
Matthew Wood



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Event 39 - Woo Woo - Full Steam Ahead!

Ed Sevillano
Wow Nice Hand Sir!

The final has been relatively one way traffic so far and a huge and amazing pot just played out that is likely to be the definitive pot of the tournament.

Here's how it all went down.

Woo Takes Two!

An absolute stonker of a pot here.

Woo, Curtis Early and Thom Wethmann saw an unraised Q J T flop, and Werthman bet out $275,000, Woo flat called and Curtis Early moved all-in for $1,300,000.

Big push, but Werthmann was going nowhere, also pushing in for $1,500,000.

Unbeleivably David Woo now looked like he might call, he looked stunned and amazed but had a relatively easy decision, calling the two pushes, holding the nuts, A K!

An amazing cooler-esque flop it had proved as Werthmann flipped Q J for top two pair and Curtis Early K Q for top pair and an open ended straight draw!

With the stack sizes getting so small relative to the blinds, it was almost inevitable all the players would fire their chips in on this flop but it was Woo who was best placed to pick up the $4,500,000 pot and take an even more dominant position in the chip count standings.

Needing to dodge a Jack, Queen or Ace to scoop, he did just that as the turn and river blanked in the form of the 3 and 8!

Two players busted by the rampaging Woo then, Curtis Early picks up $150,368 for his fifth place finish while Thom Werthmann is also eliminated, finishing 4th by virtue of his slightly superior chip position, winning $191,209.

Who can stop Woo?

Habib Khan't

Habib Khanis won't be the man to put the brakes on Woo as he shoved his shortstack in from the cutoff with J Q and found Eric Beren calling from the small blind with the dominating K Q.

Looking for a knave to spike to save his tournament, he was out of luck as the board ran out blanks and Beren's King high finished up best, meaning we are left three handed!

Habib Khanis is OUT, eliminated in 4th spot, winning $233,906.

Here are the current chip counts, courtesy of worldseriesofpoker, showing Woo's superiority as he looks increasingly likely to take down the title!

David Woo $5,450,000
Matthew Wood
Eric Beren




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Event 39 - Woo Tang Bang

The relatively high blinds the players have faced today, mean often a three bet preflop will involve an all-in. This has made the final play out fast and furiously, with David Woo the recipient of many of the chips.

Here's the latest Woo Coup.

Tran Off The Tracks (OUT - 7th)

Kenny Tran
Kenny: Still The Only Tran With A Bracelet In 2008

When David Woo limped in from early position, Tran was in the mood to punish any limpage, raising it up to $310,000 with A Q.

However, he faced an unexpected all-in from Woo for the remainder of his $480k stack. He didn't look happy as he guessed Woo had limped a monster, but getting some attractive pot odds and with the blinds likely to swallow him up should he fold, he made the call.

He was probably praying to see pocket Tens or Jacks, but instead he was shown the dominating A K in Woo's hands.

Looking for a lady to spike, he laughed at his positioning worsening on a 9 4 3 flop.

With only three outs to start, now reduced to two, he was in dire shape and the board ran out 4 and J to give Woo an unnecessary but very pretty nut flush.

Thanh Dat Tran's tournament is brought to an end, eliminated in 7th spot, winning $113,240 for his performance.

The First Curt-Is The Deepest

Curtis Early and Wood tangled preflop, Early making a call of Matt Wood's shove after his initial raise.

He showed down a strong pair of Tens, but was a rizla paper's width behind Wood, who tabled pocket Jacks for a dominant position.

That all changed on the flop however, as the dealer slid out Q T 6. Curtis had spiked a ten and Wood needed a lot of help at this point.

The turn K was very useful, giving him 10 outs instead of two with his open ended straight draw.

The re-suck beckoned and the re-suck arrived, Wood looking massively relieved as a 9 arrived on the river to give him his backdoor straight and keep him in the competition, doubling him through and leave Early in a spot of bother!

Here are the chip counts, illustrating Woo's current dominance, courtesy of worldseriesofpoker.com

David Woo $3,370,000
Matthew Wood
Thom Werthmann
Eric Beren
Curtis Early
Habib Khanis


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Event 39 - More Mayhem - 7 remain...

After a sluggish start, momentum is starting to gather as the players fall into their stride.

Many of the key hands in the previous level have revolved around Mike Glasser.

Here's his tale.

Glasser Hunts A Heart

Raising to $150,000 from middle position, Mike Glasser found Eric Beren moving in from the big blind for $530,000.

He squirmed in his seat fearing the worst, but ultimately felt he was getting a good price with his A Q, calling only for Beren to turn over one of four hands he feared, the dominating A K.

The flop fell 5 3 3, a relatively good one for Glasser, opening up some split and backdoor draw outs, and the A on the turn opened up the distinct possibility of an outdraw.

Needing a heart to complete his flush, the river was red, but the 7 was not what he needed, leaving Beren to scoop up the $1,000,000 plus pot and crippling Glasser in the process, down to a mere $70,000 in chips.

Top Of The Glass!

Needing to move fast, Mike Glasser did so, shipping it in from early position and picking up two callers, Curtis Early and his previous nemesis Eric Beren.

Seeing a flop of J T T, Early bet out $300,000 into the dry pot, clearing Beren out and taking the pot heads up with Glasser.

He showed 9-9, only for Glasser to show the nut full house with J-J!

Drawing dead to running nines, Curtis missed, leaving Glasser to rake in a very handy triple up.

Glass Dismissed! (OUT - 8th)

Phil Ivey
Did You See That River?!?

Mike Glasser's rampaging recovery was brought crashing to a halt by Matt Wood.

Pushing his $300,000 stack into the middle from the button, Matt called from the big blind and the cards were on their backs...

Glasser: 9 9

Wood: A Q

The players strapped themselves in and went to the races and a J 7 4 was great for Glasser. With only two more cards to fade Wood's overs, the J turn was safe and he looked like he might be on the verge of a quickfire recovery.

Wood's supporters burst into cheers however as the killer A arrived to secure his victory on the river and Mike Glasser is eliminated in eight place, winning $85,394.

Here's how that has affected the current chip standings, courtesy of worldseriesofpoker.com

David Woo
Curtis Early $1,200,000
Thom Werthmann $1,800,000
Eric Beren
Matthew Wood
Thandat Tran
Habib Khanis


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Event 39 - Final Table Time!

We're back, ready and poised to play down to the bracelet in this, the latest $1,500 NL Hold'Em final.

The tournament took its time last night to play down to the final table, resulting in the blinds being a hefty $20,000 $40,000 at the resumption of today's play.

We've already had some action at this early stage!

Beware Of Flops Bearing Gifts, Paras (OUT - 9th)

With two limpers in front of him, Jim Paras raised it up to $150,000 from the cut-off with A J and picked up a caller in David Woo.

Woo checked the J 5 2 flop, only for Paras to move all-in on what looked like a favorable board but his 'top,top' looked considerably weaker when he found Woo playing possum, insta-calling with a juicy set of deuces in the hole.

Drawing thin, the J on the turn for Paras was massive, giving him seven outs to make a miraculous escape, but his runner runner dreams were crushed along with any thoughts of a bracelet win as the river blanked out with the 9.

Jim Paras is our first elimination, knocked out in 9th place, winning $58,290.

Jamie Gold
Paras: But I Had Top, Top!

In what was a terse finale as we approached the final table last night, David Woo was one of the more aggressive players, and so far, he has made much of the early running today,boosting his stack up from its starting position of just over $1,000,000 to over $1,700,000, which is good for the chip lead at present.

Here are the chip counts after the first hour, courtesy of worldseriesofpoker.com

David Woo $1,750,000
Thom Werthmann
Curtis Early
Thanhdat Tran $1,240,000
Matthew Wood
Mike Glasser
Habib Khanis
Eric Beren




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Event Name Event 39, No-Limit Hold'em
Venue Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 21 June 2008
Final Day 23 June 2008
Buy In $1,500
Entrants 2720
Prize Pool $3,712,800
First Prize $631,656
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

David Woo

Event 39, No-Limit Hold'em

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. David Woo $631,656
2. Matthew Wood $389,844
3. Eric Beren $278,460
4. Habib Khanis $233,906
5. Thom Werthmann $191,209
6. Curtis Early $150,368
7. Thanhdat Tran $113,240
8. Michael Glasser $85,394
9. Jim Paras $58,290
10. Paul Kerr $36,756