$2.5k Limit Holdem 6-handed - Parker Wins!


Brock Parker has won the $2,500 Limit Hold'em Six-Max tournament, defeating Daniel Negreanu in heads-up play to claim his first WSOP bracelet.

Parker took control of the heads-up match after about an hour of play and continued to turn the screws, taking all but 600k of Kid Poker's stack in rapid succession before the final climactic hand.

The tournament's culmination began with Negreanu calling a raise from Parker and watching the flop come A T 6.

Negreanu check-raised the flop and then capped after Parker three-bet, and when the 4 hit the turn the last of Negreanu's chips hit the middle.

But the Team PokerStars Pro was in dire straits with his K T, his second pair no good compared to "TSoprano's" A J.

Negreanu needed a king or a ten to stay alive, but the river card was the 8 and that ended the tournament.

Parker, a legend in LHE circles, earns $223,688 for his victory, while Negreanu takes $138,280 for a second place that must be doubly disappointing given the number of bracelet bets with which he's reportedly involved.

Congratulations to Brock Parker and all who cashed!

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$2.5k Limit Holdem 6-handed - Parker Takes The Lead!


It's been a wild and crazy hour of heads-up play at the final table of the $2.5k Limit Hold'em Six-Max tournament.

Daniel Negreanu began with the chip lead and immediately set about taking the rest of rival Brock Parker's stack, reducing Parker to 750k before "TSoprano" mounted a comeback. 

Parker has just taken over the chip lead and Negreanu is visibly flustered at the latest turn of events.

Here's how it played out:

Negreanu pushed Parker below the 2 million mark with top pair on an A 6 2 7 T board with both players putting in three-bets on the flop and then checking down the turn and river.

Brock Parker
Chipping up!

Negreanu turned up A 9 and Parker had to muck.

But Parker would recover, taking a bit pot from Kid Poker with J 4 on a 9 5 4 J T.

Negreanu bet-called the turn and check-called the river before mucking to Parker's two pair and relinquishing the pot.

Kid Poker would take back a little with jacks-up (A-J) on a J-8-2-7-2 board, but would give up the chip lead a few hands later when he called Parker down on a 9-5-2-J-2 board, looking all FML as he called Parker's river bet and mucked to his rival's J-7.

Negreanu is clearly frustrated and Parker looks to be in complete control at the moment.


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$2.5k Limit Holdem 6-handed - Heads-Up!

This is what three-handed looked like.
This is what three-handed looked like.

We're now heads-up at the $2,500 Limit Hold'em Six-Max tournament and Daniel Negreanu and Brock "TSoprano" Parker are facing off for the bracelet.

Parker precipitated two-handed play by crippling Tommi Horkko in a massive pot. 

The hand began with Horkko raising from the blind and Parker re-raising out of the small blind. Negreanu folded but Horkko four-bet and Parker made the call.

The flop came 8 7 4 and Parker checked to Horkko, then raised when his opponent bet. Horkko called and the turn was the A and Parker led out. Horkko raised and Parker re-raised, getting a call from his opponent.

The river was the 5 and Parker bet. Horkko called, only to muck when TSoprano showed pocket sevens for the set.

Horkko would double up to stay alive, but then found himself all-in against Negreanu a few hands later on an A T 4 T board holding A 8 against Kid Poker's K T.

Negreanu had trips and the lead in the hand and after the river was the J, had taken the pot, busting Horkko in third place for $89,660 and kick-starting heads-up play.

Negreanu enters the action with a 1.55 million to 1.1 million chip lead.

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$2.5k Limit Holdem 6-handed - Million Dollar Kid!

Negreanu is the limit master. Plus he runs good!
Negreanu is the limit master. Plus he runs good!

The players have elected to swerve the dinner break, taking a shorter twenty-minute interval instead.

We'll be back soon, but here's the action that preceded the halt in the killer action.

Capped Three-way!

It is not that common to see a three-way cap at this level, what with the blinds being 13k/25k - but that is exactly what we just saw.

The action saw Tommi Horkko raise to 50k, Brock Parker re-raise to 75k and Negreanu cap the betting at 100k.

Both players called, meaning a huge 300k+ pot was in the offing.

The flop fell 9-5-2 rainbow, Negreanu led for 25k and both players called.

The turn was the 9 and again Negreanu bet 50k, only for Horkko to fold this time and Parker called.

The river was the T and Parker checked to Negreanu, who bet again and this time Parker gave it up, presumably as he realised Daniel was likely to have KK or AA in this spot.

Negreanu rakes it a monster-pot to propel him over the six figure mark, close to double the second player's chips.

It looks like his name is all over this tournament.

Phil Ivey
Sweating yet, Phil?

Props To Negreanu and Ivey

Just as a reminder to those who aren't aware, there is more than just a fifth bracelet for Negreanu riding on this result.

He and Phil Ivey have a $200k per bracelet prop bet with each other, and last week Ivey took pole position as he picked up the deuce-to-seven draw title.

Negreanu would win his 200k back by picking up the title and rumours abound about some crazy side-action that could be worth anything from another few hundred thousand dollars to significantly more than this.

PokerListings spoke to Daniel prior to the final about these prop bets and his chances here. Here's the link to what was an enlightening interview.

Kid's Not Scared of Monsters

Negreanu's picking up some big pots at the moment, and with the blinds starting to look menacingly large, now is the time to be getting monsters.

His last hand easily qualified, Daniel betting every street of a 9-2-2-5-J board, being called at every turn by Brock Parker, only for Kid Poker to showdown pocket jacks for the nut full house.

The very next hand, Negreanu got value from king-eight, betting the river of a dangerous looking board with top pair, only for Hong to make the call with what appeared to be ace-high!

It seems like Negreanu is beginning to lay the smack down on his opponents right now.

Brock Parker
Hong Move Kevin!

It's All Gone Hong! (4th)

Hong's chip stack rose majestically through much of this final table, but in recent times his towers have crumbled away, Hong looking visibly more upset at each further beat.

When Parker raised and Negreanu 3-bet, Hong now sprung into action, making it four bets, which both players called.

When the flop fell 9 5 2, Hong bet and both players called again.

The turn was the J, Hong led again and now Parker raised enough to set him in. He made the call, tabling king-queen for a gutshot.

He needed to hit a ten to get out of it, as Parker showed down a set of fives.

The five on the river to give Parker quads was not what the doctor ordered and Hong is out in 4th, collecting $60,885 for his performance.

The Count!

Here are the counts as the players take their dinner break, counts courtesy of worldseriesofpoker.com.

Daniel Negreanu
Brock Parker
Tommi Horkko
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$2.5k Limit Holdem 6-handed - King Hong!

Shulman Bustified!
Shulman Bustified!

There's a lot going on at this final table. There have been some powershifts over the last hour and we've seen one elimination.

We have also seen Daniel Negreanu surpassed on the leaderboard by the man who was nursing a shortstack not long ago!

Here's how that situation came to pass.

In the Land of the Blinds, One Pair is King!

When Daniel found ace-ten in the small blind and Kevin Hong found ace-queen, there was always likely to be some action and this was proved by a flurry of raises pre-flop.

The flop came ace-high which was bad news for Daniel as he paid off several more bets from Hong, only to discover the sad truth was that he was out-kicked.

Hong's star is still rising!

Barry Taken To School, Man! (5th)

Barry Shulman has had a torrid last level and he finally succumbed to Tommi Horkko, firing in the last of his chips with Q T, only for Horkko's pocket fours to hold on a jack-high board.

Schulman mentioned that he had run badly on the final table and it's hard to argue as he was outdrawn time and again.

Still fifth place is a worthy result and Shulman picks up $43,201 for his performance. 

Negreanu Entertains

Clearly relishing the wave of support he is receiving from the crowd, Daniel was happy to pose for photographs and sign autographs for fans on the rail.

Even at the felt, he is making great efforts to entertain the watching crowds, turning round to chat and at one point even doing a Yosemite Sam impression!

Well-known for his vegetarianism,  one joker in the crowd shouted out, "Hey Daniel, they've got something for you!" as beef jerky was distributed round the felt.

Tommi Horkko
Horkko is the new chip leader!

Negreanu laughed it off and even mimed eating all the jerky off the tray like a pig at the trough, much to the amusement of his star-struck rail.

The Fantastic Four

Just four remain and it is neck-and-neck for the bracelet!

Here are the counts, courtesy of worldseriesofpoker.com.

Tommi Horkko
Kevin Hong
Daniel Negreanu
 Brock Parker
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$2.5k Limit Holdem 6-handed - Five Stars, One Bracelet!

The action is hotting up!
The action is hotting up!

A closely-contested last hour has seen one more elimination as the field is reduced to just five.

Negreanu remains in contention for that fifth bracelet that will see him draw level with Ivey this year in their much-vaunted "bracelet war."

Here's the news from table-side.

Hong Pings!

Kyle Ray must have felt pretty good about his pocket nines on a J 9 8 board and he elected to slow-play his set, just flat-calling a bet from Kevin Hong.

The turned T looked like it might be a danger-card but Ray led out with his set and Hong called.

The river blanked and Ray again bet his set for value, but when Hong made the call and turned up with ace-seven for a turned straight, he scooped a big pot to leave Ray short.

Ray Burns! (6th)

Ray couldn't recover from that set-back and the killer hand saw him commit the last of his chips with T 9, only to be picked off by his nemesis from the previous hand, Kevin Hong, who held a dominating K 9.

A board of J 8 2 gave him some straight outs to turn the tables and the 4 on the turn added more outs in the form of a flush draw.

He sweated a heart, ten, queen or seven on the river, but the 5 was the brick Hong was looking for and Kyle Ray is the first man to bust at the final table, out in 6th place for $31,966.

After his elimination, he revealed Negreanu was the favorite right now.

"He's got so many chips right now, he will be tough to beat. It was cool to play with him."

Daniel Negreanu
Kid Poker: Crowd pleaser.

Tales from the Rail

There is a healthy rail surrounding this final table and a quick poll of the railers revealed that Kid Poker is the big draw here.

One railer commented "Negreanu's the man, how many bracelets has he got? Too many!"

Another railer was impressed with Negreanu's open attitude to poker. "I love it when Daniel talks about hands on High Stakes Poker and other shows. The guy just makes these sick reads. You can learn so much!"

Kid Poker is certainly one of the more interesting characters and the public's love for the chirpy Canadian pokerstar can only be good for the game

Take The Count

Negreanu remains in pole position as this tournament enters the home stretch. Here's how the chips are distributed right this second, counts courtesy of worldseriesofpoker.com.

Daniel Negreanu
Brock Parker
Tommi Horkko
Barry Shulman
Kevin Hong
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$2.5k Limit Holdem 6-handed - Negreanu Makes Final Six!

Five men in the way of bracelet number five.
Five men in the way of bracelet number five.

The last hour has been a stop and start affair, what with a twenty-minute break followed by the seventh-placed elimination precipitating our final table of six.

Here's news of that bustout, plus the current standings as the race for this $2.5k limit Hold'em bracelet reaches the latter stages.

Ice-Cold Deck Freezes Out Buckley (7th)

Playing short-handed limit kings versus aces is a cooler.

When the flop comes down A K 8 then the temperature drops to absolute zero.

There really is no escape for the player with cowboys in this spot and when Jim Buckley's kings ran into Brock Parker's aces on that very flop, he was trapped like a deer in the headlights with his second set.

No miracle came to pass on turn or river, meaning Buckley is out in 7th place.

It was a cruel hand to see him busted on the threshold of a final table, but that's poker, and he picks up $23,179 for his efforts in this tournament. 

Well played sir!

The rest of the level has seen the final six-handed table being prepared but here are the chip standings as the players prepare to take their seats.

The Final Countdown

Well Negreanu is leading the way and looking likely to take down his fifth bracelet, but he will have to overcome a well-stacked Brock Parker if he is to win this comp.

Daniel Negreanu
Brock Parker
Tommi Horkko460,000
Kyle Ray
Barry Shulman
Kevin Hong
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$2.5k Limit Holdem 6-handed - The Final Table!

We started today with 11 combatants poised to do battle at the felt in the limit variant of poker. Already we have seen four eliminations in the opening stages, but one of those has not been star-name Daniel Negreanu.

In fact the superstar Canadian has prospered early on, rising from 2nd place to the top of the leaderboard, and his bid to strike back at Ivey in the 'bracelet wars' looks well on track.

Here's a breakdown of the early news from the felt.

Tran Crash (11th)

Jimmy Tran was very short and went for a double-up, managing to get all his chips in on the turn of a 9 6 4 3 board with just ace high, holding A J.

When Shulman called with K Q however, it looked like a double-through was on the cards. Until the river fell the K and shattered his hopes that is.

Harsh, but Tran exits in 11th spot, picking up $12,197.


Robert Como was similarly short and four-time bracelet winner Negreanu dealt him the final blow, holding ace-nine to Como's king-ten, an ace flopped and that was all she wrote as Como exits in 10th spot for $16,814.

Meanwhile, Negreanu takes over the chip lead and moves ever closer to that 5th bracelet. Ivey starting to sweat a little perhaps?

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Losev Loses (9th)

It's been a successful series for the Russian players so far, but Nikolay Losev can't add another bracelet to their tally, knocked out in 9th spot to Kyle Ray.

Losev was short but got his chips in good pre-flop with pocket kings to Ray's A 7.

The poker gods are fickle creatures and though the board ran out a safe-looking T 9 2 3 up till the turn, the river was a cruel A and that card means we lose Losev in 9th, as he collects $16,814 for his performance.

Shawn Drawin' Dead (8th)

Well not quite, but his situation looked pretty dire when he got his chips in with ten-jack, was called by queens...and a queen flopped.

The presence of an ace meant he had a slim shot to hit a king but his gutterball shot missed and he hits the rail, bounced out in 8th position, winning $23,179.

Chip Counts!

The fast start has shaken up the standings somewhat. Here's the lay of the land as the players battle on 7-handed for the bracelet.

Daniel Negreanu
Barry Shulman
Brock Parker
 Kyle Ray
Tommi Horkko
Jim Buckley
 Kevin Hong
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Event Name Event 14 - Limit Hold'em/ Six Handed
Venue Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 5 June 2009
Final Day 7 June 2009
Buy In $2,500
Entrants 367
Prize Pool $844,100
First Prize $233,688
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 50/75
Level 2 0 50/100
Level 3 0 75/150
Level 4 0 100/200
Level 5 0 150/300
Level 6 0 200/400
Level 7 0 300/500
Level 8 0 300/600
Level 9 0 400/800
Level 10 0 500/1000
Level 11 0 600/1200
Level 12 0 800/1600
Level 13 0 1000/2000
Level 14 0 1300/2500
Level 15 0 1500/3000
Level 16 0 2000/4000
Level 17 0 3000/5000
Level 18 0 3000/6000
Level 19 0 4000/8000
Level 20 0 5000/10000
Level 21 0 6000/12000
Level 22 0 8000/15000
Level 23 0 10000/20000
Level 24 0 13000/25000
Level 25 0 15000/30000
Level 26 0 20000/40000
Level 27 0 25000/50000
Level 28 0 30000/60000
Level 29 0 40000/80000
Level 30 0 50000/100000
Level 31 0 60000/120000
Level 32 0 80000/150000

Brock Parker

Event 14 - Limit Hold'em/ Six Handed

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Brock Parker $223,688
2. Daniel Negreanu $138,280
3. Tommi Horkko $89,660
4. Kevin Hong $60,885
5. Barry Shulman $43,201
6. Kyle Ray $31,966
7. James Buckley $23,179
8. Shawn Buchanan $23,179
9. Nikolay Losev $16,814
10. Robert Como $16,814