$10k Stud Championship - Freddie Ellis - The Top Stud!
Eric Drache made a valiant effort to mount a comeback. He had clawed his way back to 1 million chips. It may sound like a lot, but the number gets much smaller when you consider the 100,000/200,000 level they were playing.
The final hand came when Drache picked a hand to go with and got all of his chips in on seventh street.
Drache was showing: 4♦ T♥ Q♠ 5♦
Freddie was showing: 4♥ 9♥ 3♦ J♥
Ellis made the call and turned over a heart flush. Drache couldn't beat it and mucked for the last time.
Tournament pioneer Eric Drache has done a lot for poker and has the utmost respect from those in the know. He ran the World Series of Poker for over a decade and did many things to advance tournament poker. He invented tournament satellites which have been responsible for the ever increasing numbers of players year after year.
PL.com would have been thrilled to see someone that has done so much for the game win but, as it turns out, Freddie Ellis is deserving champion as well.
Ellis has a little story of his own. He moved to New York City in the 1950's with high hopes of becoming a famous singer. While that didn't pan out, he did manage to make a fortune in real estate. This was only the second tournament he has ever played in his life (he final tabled the first one too) and his first WSOP event.
Ellis has been known for a long time in the Atlantic City poker scene. He regularly played in the biggest stud cash games on offer with his wife at his side. Sadly, Ellis' wife just passed away two weeks ago.
Surely this makes Ellis' win bitter sweet, but nonetheless he said he was very excited for the win and PL.com wishes him the best.
While Drache didn't get the bracelet, he took home a not-too-shabby $231,014.
Ellis took down the top prize of $373,744 and the bling to go along with it.
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