|Buy-In:||$1,000 + $100|
A speedy four-and-a-half hour final table has resulted in John McNulty holding all of the chips. His final hand in a short heads-up battle with Luke Brereton was a classic coinflip.
Brereton was down to around 1.35 million versus McNulty’s 5.82 million when all the money went in preflop with Brereton holding A K and McNulty possessing Q Q.
The flop fell 8 4 6, which wasn’t what Brereton needed. At this point he was standing up and needling his opponent on how well he was running.
The turn brought the 2, which was safe for McNulty.
And finally, the 7 on the river sealed the deal, giving McNulty the top prize and the trophy, and sending Brereton to the rail. Brereton was talkative and upbeat in defeat, clearly content with his deep run in this 287-player tournament. McNulty was of course ecstatic after the final river card hit the felt, but he was humble, telling his opponent that his victory was definitely the result of picking up some hands late in the game.
Congrats to both McNulty and Brereton for their performances here, as well as all other players at Monday’s final table. Stay tuned for a full recap of the tournament.
There is a new level here at the CPPT Palm Beach Kennel Club. John McNulty and Luke Brereton are now playing 20,000-40,000 with a 5,000-chip ante.
Evan Teitelbaum has been eliminated as the third place finisher for $30,580.
Teitelbaum was all-in for his last 645,000 with A9 and John McNulty called with AJ. The board ran out J9587 and Teitelbaum was eliminated.
Luke Brereton raised to 60,000 from the button and Evam Teitelbaum three-bet to 140,000 from the small blind. John McNulty folded, and Brereton made the call.
The flop fell A Q J, and Teitelbaum led out 200,000. Brereton made the call, and the turn brought the A. Teitelbaum checked, and Brereton put him all in for around 665,000. Teitelbaum contemplated briefly before folding.
Sean Winter raised to 60,000 from the cutoff, and John McNulty three-bet to 155,000. It was folded back to Winter and he moved in for around 1.15 million total.
McNulty had a big decision, and he thought about it for awhile before finally calling.
McNulty: 9 9
Winter: A Q
The players were racing, and the board ran out K 7 4 2 7 to give McNulty the hand and 5 million in chips. There was 7.17 million in action.
Winter hit the rail in forth for a payday of $22,560.
Ian O’Hara was down to little more than a big blind when he got his stack holding the 10 5. Unfortunately for him, he was up against Luke Brereton’s K 5. The board ran out 9-8-2-K-2 to send O’Hara to the rail in fifth. He lost kings versus aces right before break.
The five left in this tournament are currently on a 10-minute brake.
Eric Blair held around 500,000 and got his stack into the middle with the A 9, but unfortunately was up against the pocket aces of John McNulty and the pocket kings of Ian O’Hara. McNulty held 901,000, and O’Hara had him barely covered.
The board ran out A Q 5 8 9, giving McNulty a mammoth pot and sending Blair to rail.
McNulty was up to around 1.8 million after the hand.
Ian O’Hara’s short stack of 449,000 and the accompanying A-9 off suit were all-in against the big stack and pocket eights of Evan Teitelbaum.
The flop brought a nine, and that held to give O’Hara the much-needed double.
Luke Brereton and Evan Teitelbaum have been butting heads since mid-day on Day 2, and their confrontations have only become more intense as play goes on here at the final table. Just six gamblers remain out of the starting field of 287.
The action in this hand started with Eric Blair opening, and Teitelbaum three-betting. Brereton four-bet to 345,000. Blair’s face was a cocktail of confusion and disgust, and he folded. Teitelbaum thought about it briefly before making the call.
The flop fell A 10 6, and Brereton only took a few seconds before announcing that his chips were in the middle of the table.
Teitelbaum, starring him down the entire time, went deep into the tank. He eventually decided to muck to the 757,000-chip all-in bet from the Brit.
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