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Joe Ebanks Wins No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed Championship at 2011 World Series of Poker

Poker Pro Captures First Bracelet at Stacked Final Table

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Joe EbanksThe first $1 million prize at the 2011 World Series of Poker has gone to 26-year-old poker pro Joe “ender555” Ebanks. With his first WSOP bracelet, coming in the 474-player $10,000 no-limit hold’em six-handed championship, the Ohioan brings his lifetime earnings to $3,378,557.

Ebanks had to beat out arguably the toughest no-limit hold’em final table of the summer, a final-six that included poker greats Mike Sowers, Taylor Paur, Tristan Wade, Bertrand Grospellier, and eventual runner-up Chris Moorman.

“This is a dream come true,” Ebanks said in a press release. “It’s what I have been working on ever since I came into poker, like seven years ago. I always wanted to win a World Series of Poker bracelet. And, I also won it in one of the best events to win it in, so it’s great.”

Here are the elimination hands, as featured in Card Player’s live updates:

Mike Sowers Eliminated in 6th Place ($138,301)

Mike Sowers began the official six-handed final table second from the bottom and was the first one eliminated in 6th place.

Sowers button-raised to 105,000 before the flop, Joe Ebanks reraised to 275,000 from the big blind and Sowers called.

The board came 9Club Suit 6Diamond Suit 5Diamond Suit, Ebanks bet 275,000 and Sowers called.

The turn was the 3Diamond Suit, Ebanks shoved and Sowers called all in.

Sowers was ahead with top pair on the flop, but Ebanks had a flush draw and a straight draw. The river was the 9Diamond Suit, giving Sowers trips but Ebanks a flush to win the pot. Mike Sowers was the first to go, eliminated in 6th place ($138,301).

Taylor PaurTaylor Paur Eliminated in 5th Place ($198,140)

Taylor Paur button-raised to 130,000 before the flop, Joe Ebanks reriased to 295,000 from the big blind, Paur moved all in for about 1.7 million and Ebanks called.

Paur had 5Spade Suit 5Diamond Suit against Ebanks’ ADiamond Suit QHeart Suit.

The board came QSpade Suit 4Spade Suit 4Diamond Suit 6Heart Suit 8Spade Suit, giving Ebanks top two pair on the flop to win the pot. Taylor Paur was eliminated in 5th place ($198,140).

Tristan Wade Eliminated in 4th Place ($292,866)

Tristan Wade raised to 155,000 from the small blind, Chris Moorman reraised to 335,000 from the big blind, Wade moved all in and Moorman called.

Moorman lead with ADiamond Suit JClub Suit against Wade’s ASpade Suit 9Heart Suit.

The board came AClub Suit QSpade Suit 7Heart Suit 8Spade Suit QClub Suit, giving both players two pair (aces and queens), but Moorman’s jack-kicker played and he won the pot. Tristan Wade was eliminated in 4th place ($292,866).

Bertrand Grospellier Eliminated in 3rd Place ($447,074)
Bertrand Grospellier

Bertrand Grospellier button-shoved before the flop for about 1.7 million, Joe Ebanks re-shoved from the small blind and Chris Moorman folded the big blind.

Ebanks had 8Heart Suit 8Club Suit against Grospellier’s KSpade Suit 10Club Suit.

The board came 9Spade Suit 9Diamond Suit 5Spade Suit 3Club Suit QHeart Suit, no help for Bertrand Grosppelier who was eliminated in 3rd place ($447,074).

With the elimination of Bertrand Grospellier in 3rd place, Chris Moorman took the chip lead going into heads-up play with roughly 7,400,000 to Joe Ebanks’ 6,800,000.

Chris Moorman Eliminated in 2nd Place ($716,282)

Joe Ebanks came into the unscheduled fourth day of this event with a commanding chip lead of 11,015,000 to Chris Moorman’s 3,215,000. Ebanks began the day as the aggressor and quickly went to work chipping away at Moorman’s stack.

After losing a few small pots to the chip leader, Moorman button-raised to 240,000 before the flop in the final hand of the tournament and Joe Ebanks called from the big blind.

The flop came QSpade Suit 10Diamond Suit 3Diamond Suit and both players checked.

The turn was the KHeart Suit, Ebanks bet 250,000, Moorman moved all in and Ebanks called.

Ebanks was ahead with top pair and a flush draw against Moorman’s straight draw.

The river was the 9Diamond Suit, giving Ebanks a flush to win the pot.

Chris Moorman was eliminated in 2nd place ($716,282) while Joe Ebanks won the gold bracelt for Event No. 46 and the $1,158,481 grand prize.


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