World Series of Poker -- Pascal LeFrancois Wins Event No. 8
LeFrancois Dominates After Hellmuth Exit
While all the attention leading up to the final table in event No. 8 ($1,500 no-limit hold’em) was on Phil Hellmuth’s shot at his 12th bracelet, Canadian Pascal LeFrancois sat inauspiciously as the chip leader.
When Hellmuth finally fell in 15th place, LeFrancois began a surge that resulted in a 3.5-1 chip lead over his next closest competitor when the final table began.
LeFrancois dominated a relatively inexperienced final table en route to the bracelet and $568,974 in prize money. He never lost his chip lead under the bright lights in the Amazon room, and remained patient behind the support of his friends in the crowd. LeFrancois didn’t eliminate a player at the final table until he knocked out his final two opponents.
Here is a look at the final results:
1. Pascal LeFrancois — $568,974
2. Max Steinberg — $352,916
3. Kevin Howe — $249,351
4. Daniel Wjuniski — $179,286
5. David Aue — $130,617
6. James Andersen — $96,422
7. Kurt Disessa — $72,087
8. Josh Brikis — $54,579
9. Saar Wilf — $41,843
Here are the elimination hands as featured in CardPlayer.com’s live updates:
Double Knockout: Saar Wilf Eliminated in Ninth Place ($41,843) and Josh Brikis Eliminated in Eighth Place ($54,579)
Josh Brikis (570,000) and Saar Wilf (315,000) were all in against the bigger stack of Max Steinberg. Brikis tabled the A K and was unhappy to see the A K of Wilf. Steinberg exposed the J J and had his two opponents in bad shape. You can utilize Card Player’s Texas Hold’em Odds Calculator to find the exact percentages.
The board ran out Q 7 5 6 8 and Steinberg recorded the double elimination.
Kurt Disessa Eliminated in Seventh Place ($72,087)
In a blind vs. blind battle, Kurt Disessa moved all in for 410,000 with the Q 9 and was called by the A 2 of Kevin Howe. The board ran out A J 5 Q A and Disessa was eliminated.
James Andersen Eliminated in Sixth Place ($96,422)
James Andersen bet 150,000 preflop and action was folded to Daniel Wjuniski, who moved all in. Andersen made the insta-call for his tournament life and exposed the A A. Wjuniski tabled pocket tens and was way behind. However, the flop came 10 5 3 giving the underdog a set and the huge advantage. The turn brought the K and the river bricked with the 4. Andersen was eliminated.
David Aue Eliminated in Fifth Place ($130,617)
Kevin Howe bet 140,000 from the cutoff and David Aue shipped from the small blind. Howe made the call and exposed the 9 9. He was far behind the 10 10 of Aue. The flop came 7 6 4 and everything looked good for Aue. The 10 on the turn gave Aue a set but gave Howe four outs to win. The 8 on the river sent Aue to the rail in heartbreaking fashion.
Daniel Wjuniski Eliminated in Fourth Place ($179,286)
Kevin Howe made it 140,000 from under the gun and Daniel Wjuniski shoved for 830,000 on the button. Max Steinberg was caught in the middle and moved in over the top. Howe mucked and Wjuniski exposed the 7 7. He was in horrible shape against the J J of Steinberg. The board offered no help for Wjuniski and he was eliminated.
Kevin Howe Eliminated in Third Place ($249,351)
Pascal LeFrancois opened to 180,000 on the button. Kevin Howe reraised to 455,000, prompting a four-bet from LeFrancois. Howe moved all in and LeFrancois made the call with the K K, while Howe tabled the A 10. The flop of 8 5 3 gave Howe the nut-flush draw, however the turn and river bricked and he was eliminated in third place.
Max Steinberg Eliminated in Second Place ($352,916) — Pascal LeFrancois Wins Event No. 8 ($568,974)Pascal LeFrancois limped in and Max Steinberg checked. The flop came K J 4 and Steinberg bet 140,000. LeFrancois made the call. The 5 on the turn prompted Steinberg to bet 360,000. Once again the bet was called. The 10 hit the felt and Steinberg moved all in. LeFrancois contemplated briefly before making the call with the J 6. Steinberg’s 4 3 was no good and he was eliminated in second place. LeFrancois won the bracelet and $568,974.
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