World Series of Poker -- Jason Somerville Wins $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event
Somerville Takes Home his First Gold Bracelet and $493,091 in his 12th WSOP Cash
The 2011 World Series of Poker crowned yet another notable champion late Tuesday night at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This time around it was Jason Somerville and he achieved his first gold bracelet and $493,091 in prize money for topping a field of 3,175 players in Event No. 20 ($1,000 no-limit hold’em). Somerville had scored 11 cashes and more than $1 million in WSOP earning before his victory in the tournament, and now he can include a gold bracelet in his list of WSOP accolades at just 24 years of age. He increased his career earnings to $3,252,215 with his 14th career victory in the live and online arenas.
The final table was a quick one, with play lasting just a little bit longer than five hours. The heads-up match mirrored the fast nature of the final day of this event. Somerville was dealt pocket aces and his heads-up opponent Yashar Dorian picked a poor time to move all-in preflop. Dorian was far behind with K-4 in the hole and even though he paired his king on the flop, Somerville’s victory was never in doubt on the final hand of the tournament.
Here is a look at the elimination hands as featured in CardPlayer.com’s summary reports:
James Schaaf Eliminated in 9th Place ($36,833)
Almost as soon as the official nine-handed final table began, James Schaaf was all in from the button 600,000 before the flop. Diana Allen had opened the pot for 75,000 and then called Schaaf’s raise.
Schaaf turned over 10 10 for the lead while Allen showed A 9 for the draw.
The board came A Q 2 3 6, giving Allen top pair on the flop. James Schaaf was the fist one eliminated in 9th place ($36,833).
Shane Rose Eliminated in 8th Place ($48,091)
Shane Rose open-shoved the short stack for 300,000 before the flop and Alex Martin called.
Martin was ahead with Q Q against Rose’s K 4
The board came 10 2 2 4 A, no help to Shane Rose who was eliminated in 8th place ($48,091).
Diana Allen Eliminated in 7th Place ($63,493)
Jason Somerville raised to 75,000 from under the gun, Alexander Martin called from the button and Diana Allen called from the big blind.
The flop came J 8 2, Allen bet 100,000, Somerville called and Martin folded.
The turn was the 2, Allen checked, Somerville bet 200,000 and Allen called.
The river was the 7, Allen moved all in for about 700,000 and Somerville called.
Allen turned over K- J for two pair but was behind Somerville’s pocket kings. Somerville raked the pot and Diana Allen was eliminated in 7th place ($63,493).
Gian Carlos Oliveri Eliminated in 6th Place ($84,753)
Jason Somerville opened the pot for 80,000, Gian Carlos Oliveri moved all in for 200,000 more and Somerville called.
Somerville was ahead with J 10 against Oliveri’s 8 7.
The board came J 3 2 4 8, giving Somerville top pair on the flop. Gian Carlos Oliveri was eliminated in 6th place ($84,753).
Alexander Martin Eliminated in 5th Place ($114,414)
Alexander Martin button-raised to 90,000 before the flop, Jason Somerville reraised to 285,000, Martin moved all in for around 1.2 million and Somerville called.
Somerville showed Q Q for the lead against Martin’s A J.
The board came 10 8 9 4 10, no help for Alexander Martin who was eliminated in 5th place ($114,414). This elimination marked the third in a row for Somerville, putting him amongst the chip leaders with roughly 3.5 million.
Richard Fridvalszki Eliminated 4th Place ($156,248)
Jason Somerville opened to 100,000 from the button, Richard Fridvalszki moved all in for 750,000 from the big blind and Somerville called.
Somerville turned over A K for the lead against Fridvalszki’s K 10.
The board came 7 3 3 6 2, no help for either player as Somerville’s ace-high won the pot. Richard Fridvalszki was eliminated in 4th place ($156,248) this hand.
Travis Atkins Eliminated in 3rd Place ($215,855)
It may have been Yashar Darian that put Travis Atkins on the short stack, but it was Jason Somerville that finished him off. Travis Atkins open-shoved the button for 450,000 and got two callers.
Jason Somerville and Yashar Darian both checked to the river on a board of 9 8 6 K J. Somerville bet 150,000 into the side pot and Darian folded.
Atkins showed K 7 for top pair but Somerville turned over K 10 for top pair with a better kicker. Travis Atkins was eliminated in 3rd place while Jason Somerville took a chip lead of 5.2 million to 4.25 million into heads-up play against Yashar Darian.
Yashar Darian Eliminated in 2nd Place ($305,009)
Jason Somerville came to the final heads-up match with a chip lead of 5.2 million to Yashar Darian’s 4.25 million. Somerville steamrolled through Level 27, eliminating Alexander Martin in 5th place, Richard Fridvalszki in 4th, Travis Atkins in 3rd, and in a similar speedy fashion, Somerville ended the heads-up match victorious, and in only one hand.
Jason Somerville button-raised to 125,000, Yashar Darian reraised to 350,000 from the big blind, Somerville four-bet to 950,000, Darian moved all in and Somerville called.
Somerville turned over A A and was a monster favorite against Darian’s K 4.
The board came K Q 7 2 6, giving Darian top pair on the flop, but not enough help. Yashar Darian was eliminated in 2nd place ($305,009) while Jason Somerville claimed his fourth knockout of the night, the $493,091 grand prize and the gold bracelet for winning Event #20.
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