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Buy-In: $3,000
Prize Pool: $870,870
Entrants: 317

Event 3 - $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Heads-Up/Pot-Limit Omaha

  • May 29, '12 - May 31, '12
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Updates on Final Day (May 31, 12)

 
 

Leif Force Wins Event no. 3 ($207,708)

Leif Force Wins Event no. 3 ($207,708)
Jason Koon Eliminated in 2nd Place ($128,660)

Leif Force

The players began the PLO portion of the round in Level 4 with nearly even stacks. Leif Force found a quick double up after three-betting to 260,000 before the flop and getting a call from Jason Koon.

The flop came 8Spade Suit6Club Suit2Diamond Suit, Force shoved and Koon called all in (he was slightly covered).

Koon led the flop with 7Heart Suit6Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit3Spade Suit for middle pair and a straight draw against Force’s bottom pair and over cards with AHeart SuitQSpade Suit9Club Suit2Spade Suit.

The turn and river were the 10Club Suit and the ADiamond Suit, giving Force top pair on the river to bust Koon’s second leg, forcing him to cash in his final lammer.

Koon was down to his last leg when he called all in on a flop of 8Heart Suit7Diamond Suit5Club Suit.

Koon led the flop with 10Diamond Suit9Spade Suit8Spade Suit5Diamond Suit for two pair against Force’s single pair with AClub SuitJHeart SuitKClub Suit8Club Suit.

The turn and river were the 10Club Suit and the QClub Suit, giving Force a backdoor flush to win the pot and eliminate Jason Koon in 2nd place ($128,660). Leif Force wins Event no.3, the $207,708 grand prize, and third gold bracelet of the 2012 WSOP.

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Player Tags: Leif Force,   Jason Koon
 

Levels 1-3 Update: Both Players Down One Lammer, Stacks Even Out

Players Remaining: 2 out of 4

Live Updates:

NLH
Level: 3
Blinds: 15,000-30,000

Jason Koon Doubles Through Leif Force

Jason Koon

Leif Force min-raised the button to 60,000, Jason Koon reraised to 160,000 from the big blind, Force shoved and Koon called.

Koon led before the flop with a pocket pair of jacks against Force’s QClub Suit9Heart Suit.

The board came JDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit6Heart Suit9Diamond Suit9Club Suit, giving Koon top set on the flop and a full house on the river to double up.

Force Doubles Back

Shortly after being doubled through by Jason Koon at the beginning of the NLH level, Leif Force himself found a double up after getting it all in for about 70,000 before the flop with QHeart Suit3Diamond Suit against Koon’s 5Heart Suit4Diamond Suit.

The board came 10Spade Suit8Diamond Suit7Heart SuitAClub SuitJClub Suit, offering no help to either player as Force’s queen high held to win the pot.

Leif Forced to Cash in First Lammer

While Lief Force seemed to get the best of Jason Koon during the PLO portion of the last hour, it was Jason Koon who was able to gain some ground during the last NLH round. Koon cashed in his first lamer at the start of the level while Force busted his first leg as the level closed and the stacks evened out with both players down to one lamer each.

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Player Tags: Leif Force,   Jason Koon
 

Action Begins, Leif Force vs. Jason Koon in Heads-Up Final

The final heads-up match of Event no. 3 ($3,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha) is now underway, and Card Player will be posting level-by-level updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

Day 3 saw eight players return for the quarter-finals round of this event, and Leif Force eliminated Julian Powell to earn his seat at the table across from Jason Koon who knocked out Simeon Naydenov to get there.

Both players will start with 2,304,000 in chips. Play will begin in Level 1 with No-Limit Hold’em and blinds of 6,000-12,000 with games switching every twenty minutes back and forth between NLH and PLO.

While only 2 remain, this event gathered 317 players, creating a total prize pool of $870,870. Here is a look at the final payouts:

1st Place — $207,708
2nd Place — $128,660

Be sure to check back with Card Player at the conclusion of each level for regular updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

Player Tags: Leif Force,   Jason Koon
 

Leif Force, Jason Koon Advance to Final Heads-Up Match

Players Remaining: 2 out of 4

Chip Counts:

Leif Force — 2,304,000
Jason Koon — 2,304,000

Players Eliminated:

Simeon Naydenov — 3rd Place ($73,655)
Julian Powell — 4th Place ($73,655)

Live Updates:

PLH
Level: 4
Blinds: 10,000-20,000

Leif Force vs. Julian Powell
Julian Powell Eliminated in 4th Place ($73,655)

Julian Powell

During the PLO portion of the last hour, Leif Force had been slowly chipping away at his opponent until Julian Powell finally got the last of his chips in the middle before the flop on the last hand of their quarter-final match up:

Powell was slightly ahead before the flop with AHeart SuitKSpade Suit4Heart Suit3Diamond Suit against Force’s ASpade SuitQHeart Suit10Heart Suit9Diamond Suit.

The board came ADiamond Suit10Diamond Suit3Heart SuitQDiamond Suit2Club Suit, giving both players two pair on the flop, but Force got the best of it and secured his seat in the finals. Julian Powell was eliminated in 4th place ($73,655) while Leif Force advanced to the final heads-up match.

PLH:
Level: 5
Blinds: 15,000-30,000

Jason Koon vs. Simeon Naydenov
Simeon Naydenov Eliminated in 3rd Place ($73,655)

Simeon Nayendov

After losing a big double up to Jason Koon, Simeon Nayendov gets the last of his chips in the middle before the flop with ASpade Suit6Heart Suit against Jason Koon’s 10Club Suit9Club Suit.

The board came QClub Suit5Spade Suit3Heart Suit2Diamond Suit9Spade Suit, giving Koon a pair on the river to win the match. Simeon Naydenov is eliminated in 3rd place ($73,655) while Jason Koon advances to the finals where he will play Leif Force heads-up for the title.

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Levels 1-3 Update: Koon and Force Lead Final Four

Players Remaining: 4 out of 4

Average Chip Count: 1,152,000

Live Updates:

NLH
Level: 1
Blinds: 3,000-6,000

Jason Koon vs. Simeon Naydenov
Jason Koon Cashes In

Jason Koon was the first player in the semi-finals round to cash in one of his lammers. Koon got off to a slow start this afternoon, cashing in his first lamer after losing most of his starting stack to Simeon Naydenov after four-betting a rag flop only to be forced to fold after Naydenov shoved over the top. This hand left Koon short and he decided to chip himself up. Shortly after, Koon took down a big pot that went to the river after turning trip jacks.

PLH
Level: 2
Blinds: 6,000-12,000

Leif Force vs. Julian Powell
Julian Powell Loses One Leg

Julian Powell was the next player to cash in a second lammer, but he did it during the PLO portion of play. Powell got the last of his chips in on the turn with two pair and a gunshot straight draw while Leif Force had already flopped the nut straight. Powell was drawing to a chop and bricked when the river blanked. This hand put force out in front with a 2:1 chip lead (chips in play) and Powell down to one lammer while Force still had both of his.

NLH
Level: 3
Blinds: 8,000-16,000

Jason Koon vs. Simeon Naydenov
Jason Koon Doubles Through Simeon Naydenov

Jason Koon

Simeon Naydenov min-raised the button to 32,000, Jason Koon three-bet to 80,000 from the big blind and Naydenov called.

The flop came KHeart Suit10Heart Suit4Diamond Suit, Koon bet 84,000, Naydenov moved all in and Koon called.

Koon led on the flop with KDiamond Suit8Club Suit for top pair against Naydenov’s middle pair with 10Club Suit5Club Suit.

The turn and river were the 3Spade Suit and 4Club Suit, offering no help to Naydenov as Koon doubled up to take the chip lead. Naydenov cashed in his final two lammers after the hand.

Be sure to check back with Card Player at the conclusion of each level for regular updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

 

Action Begins, Semi-Finals Now Underway

The semi-final round of Event no. 3 ($3,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha) is now underway, and Card Player will be posting regular updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

Day 3 began with eight players and kicked off the quarter-finals round of Event no. 3 where the field was whittled down to the final four. Jason Koon defeated Annette Obrestad in the first match of the day, followed by Simeon Naydenov scoring a win over David Benefield. These two players will face each other in the semi-finals alongside Leif Force who defeated Andy Frankenberger in his quarter-finals match and Julian Powell who triumphed over Gregg Merkow.

While eight players began the day, only four survive, and they have all advanced to the semi-finals round which consists of a single match of heads-up play. The winners from each match will face each other in the finals where one of them will walk away with the bracelet.

All players will start with 1,152,000 in chips. Play will begin in level 1 with No-Limit Hold’em and blinds of 3,000-6,000 with games switching every twenty minutes back and forth between NLH and PLO.

With cards now back in the air, here is another look at the semi-final match ups:

Match 1: Jason Koon vs. Simeon Naydenov

Match 2: Leif Force vs. Julian Powell

While only 4 remain, this event gathered 317 players, creating a total prize pool of $870,870. Here is a look at the final payouts:

1st Place — $207,708
2nd Place — $128,660
3rd Place — $73,655
4th Place — $73,655

Be sure to check back with Card Player at the conclusion of each level for regular updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

 
 

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