World Series Of Poker -- Michael Chow Wins Event No. 4
Takes Home First Bracelet And $237,463
Michael Chow (pictured left) won event No. 4 ($1,500 Omaha eight-or-better) of the 2010 World Series Of Poker in the early hours of Wednesday morning. He defeated Dan Heimiller in an epic back-and-forth heads-up match that lasted well over three hours. Chow took home his first bracelet and $237,463.
The three-day event had 818 entrants, accumulating a total prize pool of $1,104,300. There were 81 places paid, with 81st receiving $2,749. Notables who managed to cash in the event included Andy Black, Chip Jett, Berry Johnston, Steve Sung and Todd Brunson.
The final day of the event had 26 players return to play down to a final table and an eventual winner. Notables like Shawn Buchanan (21st), Huck Seed (18th) and Jeff Madsen (12th) were some of the players who returned only to be eliminated just shy of the final table.
When the field finally reached the final table after six-and-a-half hours of play, the blinds were getting very high. One by one the players fell until Heimiller and Chow were left to battle it out for the bracelet. Despite both players having less than 20 big bets throughout the heads-up match, the two opponents battled fiercely. They traded the chip lead on several occasions and each player found himself playing for the rest of his stack at one point in the contest.
Finally, it was Chow who prevailed when Dan Heimiller was down to his last few chips and had to put them in with the small blind. Chow made a king-high straight and secured his first bracelet.
Here are the official final-table results:
1. Michael Chow — $237,463
2. Dan Heimiller — $146,684
3. Ylon Schwartz — $94,561
4. Fred Koubi — $69,272
5. Scott Epstein — $51,493
6. Michael Cipolla — $38,794
7. Sasha Rosewood — $29,584
8. Joe Leibman — $22,825
9. Todd Barlow — $17,780
Here are the elimination hands as reported on CardPlayer.com’s live updates:
Todd Barlow Eliminated in Ninth Place ($17,801)
Dan Heimiller raised to 60,000 preflop and Todd Barlow made the call from the button. The flop came down 6 5 5 and Heimiller led out with 30,000.
Barlow raised the remainder of his stack into the middle and Heimiller made the call. Heimiller tabled A 2 7 Q while Barlow showed A-2-5-7.
The turn was the 6 and the river was the 6, giving each player three sixes but Heimiller took the pot with his A-Q kicker and Barlow was out.
Joe Leibman Eliminated in Eighth Place ($22,825)
One hand after losing the majority of his stack, Joe Leibman was all in from the big blind. Michael Chow and Sasha Rosewood jumped into the pot to try to take out Leibman.
The board ran out K 5 3 Q 2 and Chow turned over A-4 for a wheel. Rosewood mucked and Leibman could only turn over A-2 and was eliminated from the tournament.
Sasha Rosewood Eliminated in Seventh Place ($29,584)
Dan Heimiller raised to 80,000 preflop and Sasha Rosewood made the call. The flop was K J 8 and Rosewood led out with 40,000. Heimiller raised to 80,000 and Rosewood moved in for 10,000 more. Heimiller called and tabled A A A J for aces while Rosewood tabled A 10 9 3 for an open-ended straight draw.
The turn was the 2, giving Rosewood hope to chop with a low hand. But the J gave Heimiller trip jacks for the win and Rosewood was out.
Michael Cipolla Eliminated in Sixth Place ($38,794)
Michael Cipolla got the last of his stack into the middle on a board reading A K K 2.
Michael Chow put Cipolla at risk, tabling A J J 7 for two pair. The river gave Cipolla no help and he was eliminated.
Scott Epstein Eliminated in Fifth Place ($51,493)
Scott Epstein raised to 80,000 preflop and Michael Chow made the call. The flop was 8 6 4 and Epstein fired 40,000. Chow raised to 80,000 and Epstein made the call.
The turn was the K and Epstein checked. Chow fired 80,000 and Epstein made the call. The river was the 10 and Epstein check-called the remainder of his stack into the pot.
Chow then showed A Q Q 3 for the nut flush and an A-3 low. Epstein could not beat that and he was out of the tournament.
Fred Koubi Eliminated in Fourth Place ($69,272)
Fred Koubi found himself all in against Dan Heimiller. Heimiller held K 7 6 4 while Koubi held K Q Q 5.
The board ran out A 6 5 8 J, giving Heimiller the straight to the eight and the pot, and knocking Koubi out of the tournament.
Ylon Schwartz Eliminated in Third Place ($94,561)
Ylon Schwartz got his short stack of about 250,000 into the middle against Dan Heimiller after a flop of A 9 3.
Schwartz held 9 5 3 2 while Heimiller held K 9 3 2.
The turn was the K giving Heimiller top two pair and the river was the 10, giving Schwartz no help and sending him to the rail in third place.
Dan Heimiller Eliminated in Second Place ($146,684); Michael Chow Wins Event No. 4 ($237,463)
Dan Heimiller was all in with his small blind. Heimiller turned over 10 8 7 2 while Chow turned over Q 9 3 2.
The board ran out A 10 5 J K and Chow made a king-high straight to take down the pot and win his first bracelet.
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