Going into heads up play the chip stacks of Ryan Young and Dustin Dirksen were comparable in size. Dirksen quickly got into a rhythm and was winning the majority of pots through aggressive play. Young even gave Dirksen a number of walks. A very interesting hand came up when Dirksen raised to $220,000 with the 10 7 and Young called with 8 7. The flop brought the A 3 2, and both players checked. The turn brought the J and once again they each checked. The 9 on the river prompted Young to stab at the pot with $175,000. Dirksen looked incredulously at Young for a moment, and eventually just called. His intuition was correct and he took down the pot with ten high. Dirksen used his momentum to build up a chip lead of around $1,000,000 before the definitive hand of the match came down. Both players saw the flop for no raise with Young holding the 10 3 and Dirksen J 10. The 10 3 2 came down on the flop, Dirksen bet and Young raised. Dirksen quickly went all-in with his top pair and Young called instantly with his tens and threes. The turn brought the 9 and the river the 6. Young doubled up to $6,500,000 while Dirksen was left with around $1,000,000. Young had Dirksen 6-to-1, leaving Dirksen badly in need of a double up. He pushed a number of times, and picked up a few small pots before the flop until the last hand came down. With only minutes left in the level Young open-pushed with A 7 and Dirksen called with K J. The board came down 10 7 6 4 Q, giving Young the pot, the bracelet and the $615,154. Dirksen earned $381,531 for his second place finish.
Nam Le moves all-in with 8 8 and Dustin Dirksen quickly calls behind him with 10 10. The board comes 5 4 2 6 A, no help to Le as Dirksen's tens hold up and Nam Le is eliminated in 3rd place ($239,230). With Le's elimination, Dirksen and Ryan Young have gotten down to heads up for the bracelet and the $616,154 first place prize, with roughly the same amount of chips.
John Esposito Eliminated in 4th Place ($156,020)
Posted: Sat, Jun 23, 07, 11:19 AM
John Esposito comes in for a $200,000 raise with A 10 and Ryan Young just smooth calls with A A. The flop comes K 10 6, and Young bets out first. Esposito raises all-in for $730,000 more and Young quickly calls behind him. The turn and river bring the K and the 9, no help to Esposito as he is eliminated in 4th place ($156,020).
Michael Trimby Eliminated in 5th Place ($109,214)
Posted: Sat, Jun 23, 07, 10:59 AM
Michael Trimby pushes all-in with Q 8 and Dustin Dirksen makes the call with K 9. The board comes K 9 4 K 10, giving Dirksen a full house and eliminating Michael Trimby in 5th place ($109,214).
Paul Cheung Eliminated in 6th Place ($79,743)
Posted: Sat, Jun 23, 07, 10:52 AM
Paul Cheung moves all-in with 5 5 and Nam Le wakes up with J J and makes the call. The board comes K 9 J 10 A, flopping a set of jacks for Le and eliminating Paul Cheung in 6th place ($79,743).
Posted: Sat, Jun 23, 07, 10:43 AM
The remaining six players have just entered Level 21 where the blinds have increased to $30,000- $60,000 with a $5,000 ante.
Raj Jain Eliminated in 7th Place ($62,408)
Posted: Sat, Jun 23, 07, 10:25 AM
Chip leader, Ryan Young makes a pre-flop raise with 7 6 and Raj Jain just smooth calls with K K. The flop comes Q 7 6, giving Young two pair against an unsuspecting Raj Jain and his pair of kings. Young checks the flop to Jain who bets $150,000. Young check-raises him all-in and Jain quickly calls. The turn and river bring the 9 and the 6, no help to Jain as he is eliminated in 7th place, earning $62,408.
Darren Glenn Eliminated in 8th Place ($46,806)
Posted: Sat, Jun 23, 07, 10:18 AM
Darren Glenn pushes all-in for $300,000 with 4 4 when Nam Le wakes up with A A and calls behind him. The board comes K 9 6 2 9, no help to Glenn as Le’s aces hold up and Darren Glenn is eliminated in 8th place ($46,806).
Raj Jain Doubles Through Michael Trimby
Posted: Sat, Jun 23, 07, 9:40 AM
Michael Trimby moved all-in out of position with A 8 and Raj Jain called all-in behind him with A A. The board comes J Q 9 9 5, no help to trimby as Jain's aces hold up and he doubles up.
Michael Trimby Doubles Up Through Dustin Dirksen
The very next hand after doubling up Raj Jain, Michael Trimby gets his turn when he moves all-in with A 9. Dustin Dirksen makes the call with with J 9. The board comes K J 7 4 A, giving Dirksen the best hand on the flop but the ace on the river gives Trimby the win, allowing him to nearly tripple up with the blinds and antes.
Posted: Sat, Jun 23, 07, 9:36 AM
The remaining eight players have just returned from a short fifteen minute break where tournament staff has colored up the $1,000 chips. We are now enetering Level 20 where the blinds ahve increased to $20,000-$40,000 with a $5,00 ante.
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