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Sam Stein Wins World Series of Poker Event No. 31

Stein Now Just Four Points Behind Galen Hall For Card Player POY Honors


Sam SteinThe bracelet and title for WSOP event no. 31 now belongs to Sam Stein, winner of the $3,000 pot-limit Omaha tournament. Stein defeated a field of 685 and was rewarded with a $420,802 payday for his efforts.

Stein has been an absolute force on the tournament circuit for the past two years, racking up nearly $4 million in earnings. Earlier this summer, he finished third in the $10,000 pot-limit hold’em championship, where he picked up $264,651. In January, he final tabled the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event banking a cool $1 million.

Because of his success on the felt, Stein now finds himself just four points off the lead in the Card Player Player of the Year race, sitting behind current leader Galen Hall. Stein is no stranger to the POY race, having finished in 26th place in 2010.

The Henderson, Nevada resident defeated a stacked final table that included eventual runner up Ben Lamb, Christian Harder and Adam Junglen.

Here is a look at all the action according to Card Player’s live updates page.

Dilyan KovachevDilyan Kovachev Eliminated in 9th Place ($31,360)

Dilyan Kovachev came to the final table as the short stack and was the first one eliminated in 9th place. Austin Scott raised to 40,000 before the flop, Dilyan Kovachev three-bet the size of the pot, Scott reraised enough to put Kovachev all in and Kovachev called.

Kovachev: ADiamond Suit KSpade Suit 8Diamond Suit 5Club Suit
Scott: KHeart Suit 10Club Suit 9Spade Suit 2Club Suit

The board came 9Spade Suit 4Heart Suit 4Club Suit 3Club Suit 9Club Suit, giving Scott a flush on the turn. Scott raked the pot and Dilyan Kovachev was the first one to go in 9th place ($31,360).

Austin Scott Eliminated in 8th Place ($40,748)

Austin Scott button-raised to 48,000 before the flop and Warren Fund called from the big blind.

The flop came 7Spade Suit 4Club Suit 2Club Suit, Fund bet 106,000, Scott potted to 424,000 and Fund called.

The turn was the KClub Suit and Scott got it all in with a baby flush against Fund’s nut flush.

Scott: 10Club Suit 7Club Suit 5Club Suit 2Diamond Suit
Fund: AClub Suit JClub Suit8Diamond Suit 4Diamond Suit

Scott wasn’t drawing completely dead however because he also held two pair (sevens and deuces). He was drawing live to a full house, but the river was the 6Heart Suit, and Austin Scott was eliminated in 8th place ($40,748).

Brock ParkerBrock Parker Eliminated in 7th Place ($53,633)

Christian Harder raised to 53,000 before the flop, Warren Fund potted to 175,000, Brock Parker moved all in, Harder folded and Fund called.

Parker: AHeart Suit KHeart Suit KDiamond Suit 10Heart Suit
Fund: ADiamond Suit AClub Suit 9Spade Suit 3Diamond Suit

Fund was ahead with a pair of aces against Parker’s pair of kings. The board came JSpade Suit 4Diamond Suit 2Heart Suit JDiamond Suit 4Spade Suit, ho help to Brock Parker who was eliminated in 7th place ($53,633).

Zimnan Ziyard Eliminated in 6th Place ($71,548)

Zimnan Ziyard started the level as the short stack and managed to find an early double up through Christian Harder with a set of kings against top two pair. Ziyard was still short however when he got it all in preflop against Adam Junglen with the best hand.

Ziyard: ADiamond Suit KDiamond Suit KClub Suit 4Club Suit
Junglen: JClub Suit 10Club Suit 9Club Suit 7Heart Suit

The board came 9Heart Suit 9Diamond Suit 7Spade Suit AClub Suit QSpade Suit, giving Junglen a full house on the flop. Zimnan Ziyard was eliminated in 6th place ($71,548).

Adam JunglenAdam Junglen Eliminated in 5th Place ($96,737)

Adam Junglen raised to 100,000 before the flop and Sam Stein called.

The flop came 8Club Suit 5Diamond Suit 3Heart Suit, Stein checked, Junglen bet 125,000, Stein check-raised the size of the pot to 575,000, Junglen shoved and Stein called.

Junglen: QClub Suit 10Diamond Suit 9Diamond Suit 8Spade Suit
Stein: JDiamond Suit 8Heart Suit 5Heart Suit 4Diamond Suit

Junglen was behind with top pair against Stein’s top two pair. The turn and river were the 2Spade Suit and AClub Suit, no help to Adam Junglen who was eliminated in 5th place ($96,737).

Christian HarderChristian Harder Eliminated in 4th Place ($132,623)

Ben Lamb button-raised to 120,000, Christian Harder reraised the size of the pot to 420,000, Lamb shoved and Harder called all in.

Lamb: AClub Suit JDiamond Suit 9Heart Suit 9Diamond Suit
Harder: KClub Suit JSpade Suit 9Club Suit 8Diamond Suit

Harder was behind and he would need to catch up to stay alive. The board came ADiamond Suit 7Club Suit 5Diamond Suit QHeart Suit 4Diamond Suit, giving Lamb top pair on the flop to win the pot. Christian Harder was eliminated in 4th place ($132,623).

Warren Fund Eliminated in 3rd Place ($184,368)

Warren Fund button-raised to 180,000 before the flop and Sam Stein called from the big blind.

Fund: ASpade Suit AHeart Suit 10Diamond Suit 7Heart Suit
Stein: KClub Suit QClub Suit JSpade Suit 6Diamond Suit

Stein was ahead on the flop with two pair. The turn and river were the 2Diamond Suit and the 9Diamond Suit, no help to Warren Fund who was eliminated in 3rd place ($184,368).

Ben LambBen Lamb Eliminated in 2nd Place ($259,918), Sam Stein Wins Event No. 31 ($420,802)

Ben Lamb started the final heads-up match at a 2:1 chip disadvantage and was never able to overcome the deficit. There was a little back and forth action but nothing major until about a half hour into the level when Sam Stein button-raised to 120,000 before the flop and Ben Lamb called from the big blind.

The flop came KHeart Suit JClub Suit 3Diamond Suit, Lamb bet 150,000 and Stein called.

The turn was the 10Club Suit, Lamb bet 225,000, Stein reraised the size of the pot, Lamb moved all in and Stein called.

Lamb: QClub Suit JSpade Suit 9Diamond Suit 4Heart Suit
Stein: AClub Suit QHeart Suit JHeart Suit 6Heart Suit

Stein had turned the ace-high straight and could not lose the pot. Although Lamb was not drawing dead on the turn, he was drawing to only a chop with another ace. The river was the 2Club Suit, and Ben Lamb was eliminated in 2nd place ($259,918). Sam Stein wins the gold bracelet for Event #31 and the $420,802 grand prize.