Mizrachi, Hall chop Aruba Poker Classic

Brandon Hall
Brandon Hall went from short stack to champion at the 2009 Ultimate Bet Aruba Poker Classic.

Because of a chop heads-up, Robert Mizrachi may have walked away from the Ultimate Bet Aruba Poker Classic the biggest winner this weekend, but Brandon Hall will forever be known as the 2009 champion.

Hall, whose biggest previous cash was $16,818 for a 30th-place finish at PokerStars EPT Dortmund this year, came into a rather tough seven-handed final table as the second-shortest stack.

Mizrachi, a 2007 WSOP bracelet winner with almost $3 million in career tournament earnings, held a sizable lead.

Short stack Matt Ross busted first, taking $41,470 in seventh-place money. He ran sevens into Jose Santos' big slick and an ace on both the flop and the river did him in.

Brock "t_soprano" Parker, who won two bracelets at the 2009 WSOP, was the next to go, cashing $66,810 for sixth when he failed to connect with big slick against Eric "basebaldy" Baldwin's queens.

Parker was soon followed by Santos, who took the $92,150 reserved for fifth when he called all-in on a K 5 3 4 K board only to muck after Chase Steely showed him a seven-high straight.

Baldwin, who won one of the many $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em events at the 2009 WSOP this summer, busted in fourth cashing for $126,710 when Mizrachi called his push with a dominated ace, but managed to suck out.

Mizrachi then sucked out again moments later when he called Steely's shove holding K J versus queens and found one of only two queens left in the deck to hit a gutshot straight on the river.

As Steely went off to collect the $218,860 for third, heads-up play began with Mizrachi on 4.2 million to Hall's 2.8 million.

The two players agreed to a chop where each took $414,680 in second-place money, $30,000 was reserved for the winner and the rest split based on the stack sizes, giving Mizrachi the majorty of the cash.

Within a few minutes, Hall turned the chip deficit around taking the lead when his king-high outkicked Mizrachi's.

Soon after, Hall called Mizrachi's top-pair shove with an open ended straight draw, turned a better pair, rivered the straight and the title was his.

The Ultimate Bet Aruba Poker Classic drew 475 players to the Caribbean island creating a $2,303,750 prize pool with 45 places paid.

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