World Series of Poker -- Huck Seed Wins Tournament of Champions
Seed Outlasts Elite Field to Net $500,000
Huck Seed has been a monster in the poker world for over 15 years. Now he can add another title to his name with his victory in the 2010 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions.
As if he had anything else to prove, Seed already has four bracelets to his name and won the 2009 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. With the win on Monday morning, his career tournament earnings total just over $5,700,000.
The 1996 main event champion outlasted 27 of the most elite players in the game to take home $500,000 in his first Tournament of Champions victory. He joins the likes of Annie Duke, Mike Sexton, and Mike Matusow as the only winners in the history of this event.
Coming into the final day second in chips, Seed didn’t seem to get involved in too many big pots early on. He was able to stay under the radar and get to the final table without taking too many risks. All while keeping his chip stack around where it was at the day’s start.
He slowly chipped up at the final table and was able to get heads-up with Howard Lederer after playing pots against Johnny Chan when they were three-handed. On a six-high fop, Seed got all of his chips in with 9-6 against Lederer’s pocket tens. Seed was able to back door a straight to double up and stay alive. A few hands later, Seed finished the job to take the title for himself.
Here are the final table results.
1. Huck Seed – $500,000
2. Howard Lederer – $250,000
3. Johnny Chan – 100,000
4. Joe Hachem – $25,000
5. Barry Greenstein – $25,000
6. Daniel Negreanu – $25,000
7. Jennifer Harman – $25,000
8. Annie Duke – $25,000
9. T.J. Cloutier – $25,000
Here are the elimination hands as seen on CardPlayer.com’s live updates.
T.J. Cloutier Eliminated in Ninth Place ($25,000)
Daniel Negreanu raised and T.J Cloutier called from the button. Annie Duke joined from the big blind and the flop came K J 5. Duke and Negreanu both checked and Cloutier bet 12,000.
Duke folded and Negreanu called. The turn came the 6 and Negreanu put out enough chips to move Cloutier all-in. Cloutier made the call and showed A J.
Cloutier was in deep trouble against the K 10 of Negreanu. The river was the 7 and Negreanu moved up to 240,000 with the knockout.
Annie Duke Eliminated ($25,000)
Annie Duke moved all-in for 33,000 from early position. Barry Greenstein isolated Duke by moving all-in over the top.
Jennifer Harman tanked for a while before releasing her hand. Duke showed A Q and was way ahead of Greenstein’s A J.
The flop came 8 3 2 and Duke was still way ahead. The turn was the 7, giving her a flush draw, but Greenstein got there on the river with the J and hit his two-outer to take the pot and is now up to 127,000 while Duke is on her way to the rail.
Jennifer Harman Eliminated in Seventh Place ($25,000)
After being severely short stacked, Jennifer Harman tripled and then doubled up, but was still short on chips. She was all-in again and was in trouble against Barry Greenstein.
Harman held A 4 and needed an ace against the K K of Greenstein.
The J 6 4 gave her a few more outs, but the J and 5 on the turn and river didn’t give her what she needed and Greenstein sent her home.
Daniel Negreanu Eliminated in Sixth Place ($25,000)
Daniel Negreanu was once the chip leader, but was run over by Johnny Chan throughout the last two levels and dropped under 100,000.
We found Negreanu getting all in on a flop of 6 5 2 and was called by Joe Hachem.
Negreanu tabled A A, but Hachem showed 5 5, giving him a set of fives. The turn was the 3, giving Negreanu some chop outs, but the 10 on the river kept Hachem’s set in the lead and eliminated the one-time chip leader earlier than he would have liked.
Barry Greenstein Eliminated in Fifth Place ($25,000)
Barry Greenstein raised to 15,000 and Howard Lederer called from the big blind.
The flop came A 8 2 and all of the chips got into the middle. Greenstein held 4 3 giving him a straight and flush draw and Lederer showed A 10, good for top pair.
The turn was the 10, which kept Lederer in the lead and gave him two pair, and the river was the 7. Greenstein missed both of his draws and took home $25,000 for his efforts.
Lederer is now up to 340,000 and is the chip leader.
Joe Hachem Eliminated in Fourth Place ($25,000)
Howard Lederer raised from the button and Joe Hachem three-bet to 49,000 from the small blind. Lederer moved him in for his 88,000 total and Hachem made the call.
Hachem showed A 8 and was up against Lederer’s 8 8.
“Ace of spades one time,” said Hachem. “Actually, another time. One more time.”
The board came 9 5 5 J 5 to send the former main event champion home just short of a money jump.
Johnny Chan Eliminated in Third Place ($100,000)
After Huck Seed folded the button, Howard Lederer made a raise from the small blind to put the extremely short stacked Johnny Chan all-in.
Chan made the call after a few moments of thought and tabled 7 5 and was up against the J 9 of Lederer.
The fop was J 8 6 and each player had a piece. Chan had a straight draw and Lederer had top pair. The turn was the A and the 2 fell on the river to eliminate Chan and leave Lederer heads-up with Seed for the title and the $500,000.
Howard Lederer Eliminated in Second Place ($250,000), Huck Seed Wins ($500,000)
A few hands after losing the chip lead, Lederer was down to just 138,000 in chips and moved all-in preflop and was called by Seed.
Lederer showed Q 8 and was slightly behind Seed’s A 2. The flop came 7 6 6, which didn’t change much for Lederer, still needing an 8 or a queen.
The 9 gave Seed a flush draw and Lederer a straight draw, but the A on the river kept Seed in the lead and gave him the title.
Lederer will take home $250,000 after being able to taste victory and Seed will take home a cool $500,000 for his efforts.
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