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WSOP: Kenny Tran Wins Event No. 25

Tran Captures the $10K Heads Up Championship

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Kenny TranA final table appearance at last year's $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament got him noticed. A deep finish in the WSOP main event made him feared, and a final table showdown at the WPT championship made him one of poker's best. But after coming so close to a major title for over a year, L.A. cash game pro Kenny Tran finally sealed the deal and in the process picked up his first WSOP bracelet.

It was truly the best father's day gift the father of three could ask for.

Here were the final four competitors who entered the semi-finals to begin the day.

Vanessa Selbst
Alec Torelli
Kenny Tran
Jonathan Jaffe

Here are highlights from all of the action, as featured in CardPlayer.com’s live coverage of the final table:


Kenny Tran vs. Jonathan Jaffe

Jonathan Jaffe Strikes First

Kenny Tran raised to 36,000 and Jonathan Jaffe reraised to 125,000. Tran called and the flop came down J76. Both players checked and the turn was the 8. Jaffe checked and Tran bet 150,000. Jaffe called and the river was the A. Jaffe bet 275,000 and Tran folded. As he took the pot, Jaffe flashed the 3.

 


Kenny Tran Takes the Chip Lead

Jonathan Jaffe raised to 36,000 and Kenny Tran called. The flop came K103 and Tran checked. Jaffe bet 52,000 and was called. The turn was the 8 and Tran checked raised a bet of 92,000 from Jaffe to 242,000. Jaffe thought for a bit before calling. The river was the 2 and Tran bet 500,000. Jaffe folded, and Tran took the chip lead for the first time in the match.


Jonathan JaffeJonathan Jaffe Takes the Lead Back

Jaffe raised to 48,000 and Tran reraised to 143,000. Jaffe called and the flop came K104. Tran bet 175,000 and Jaffe called. The turn was the Q and Tran checked. Jaffe bet 175,000 and Tran decided to call. The river was the 10 and both players checked. Tran revealed A-Q, but it wasn't enough to best Jaffe's K-J. After the hand, Jaffe too a 3-2 chip lead in the match.


Kenny Tran Claws Back

Jaffe raised to 48,000 and Tran reraised to 168,000. Jaffe called and the flop came K85. Tran continued with a bet of 150,000 and Jaffe called. The turn was the 3 and Tran didn't let up with a bet of 250,000. Jaffe folded and Tran evened the playing field.


Kenny Tran Makes a Big Bluff

Tran raised to 48,000 and Jaffe reraised to 150,000. Tran made the call and the flop came AQQ. Jaffe thought for a bit before betting 125,000. Tran tanked and then reraised to 450,000. Jaffe mucked his hand and Tran revealed his 7-5 offsuit bluff.


Kenny Tran Advances, Jonathan Jaffe Eliminated ($108,288)

Jaffe raised to 60,000 and Tran reraised to 210,000. Jaffe suddenly moved all in and Tran went into the tank. After a few minutes, Tran made the call and showed pocket jacks. Jaffe showed one over with K8. The board ran out 1044A8 and Tran advanced to the finals. 


Vanessa Selbst vs. Alec "traheho" Torelli

Alec Torelli Takes an Early Pot

Selbst raised to 30,000 and Torelli made the call. The flop came down 422 and Torelli checked. Selbst bet 35,000 and Torelli called. The turn was the 3 and both players checked. The river was the 10 and Torelli bet 80,000.  Selbst made the call and Torelli showed A-10 to take the pot.


Vanessa SelbstVanessa Selbst Takes a 3-2 Chip Lead

Alec Torelli raised to 30,000 and Selbst reraised to 100,000. Torelli called and both players saw a flop of K65. Selbst bet 128,000 and Torelli raised to 260,000. Selbst thought it over before calling. Both players then checked it down when the turn and river came 49. Selbst showed 9-8 for a rivered pair of nines and Torelli mucked his hand.


Alec Torelli Makes Big Calls To Take Back the Chip Lead

Selbst limped on the button and Torelli raised to 47,000. Selbst then reraised to 122,000 and Torelli made the call. The flop came JJ6 and Torelli checked to Selbst who bet 150,000. Torelli took a long time before calling and the turn was the A. Torelli checked again and Selbst fired in 275,000. After Torelli made the call, both players checked the K on the river.  Torelli showed pocket nines and Selbst couldn't beat it. After the hand Torelli took slightly more than a 3-2 chip lead.


Alec Torelli Advances, Vanessa Selbst Eliminated ($108,288)

Selbst raised to 40,000 and Torelli reraised to 130,000. Selbst made the call and the flop came J54. Torelli bet 150,000 and Selbst made the call. The turn was the 10 and Torelli thought for a long while before betting 350,000. Selbst tanked for a minute before moving all in and Torelli reluctantly made the call. Selbst was ahead with K10 against Torelli's KQ, but the river was the 9 giving him a straight and sending him to the finals against Kenny Tran. Selbst finishes in the semi-finals for the second consecutive year, earning $108,288 and adding to her already impressive WSOP.

 

Finals - Kenny Tran vs. Alec Torelli

Alec TorelliKenny Tran Wins the Small ones and the Big One

Both players have been ultra conservative throughout the match, opting to take their time and favoring checks over bets. But one decent sized hand did go down when Torelli limped the button and Tran checked his option. The flop came 7-6-2 and both players checked. The turn was another 6 and again they checked. The river was an 8 and Torelli fired in 300,000 after Tran checked. Tran made the call and Torelli showed his pair of sevens with K-7, but Tran rivered a better two pair with 8-7. This hand caused more than a few eyebrows to raise, as both players passively played their hands.

After the hand, Tran held a clear 2-1 chip lead over Torelli.


Kenny Tran Wins Match One

Tran raised to 110,000 and Alec Torelli reraised to 350,000. Tran took some time and then made the call. The flop came 842 and Torelli moved in for about 1 million. Tran instantly called and turned over A4. Torelli was reverse dominated with AJ. The turn and river came 7A and Tran won the first match.


Kenny Tran Retakes The Chip Lead

Kenny TranAlec Torelli raised to 80,000 and Kenny Tran made the call. The flop came 632 and Tran bet 125,000. Torelli called and the turn was the 9. Tran fired in 300,000 and got another call. The river was the A and both players checked. All Tran could show was 4-3 for fourth pair, but Torelli mucked. After the hand, Tran had regained a very slight chip lead.


Kenny Tran Wins Event No. 25 ($539,040)

After increasing his lead with numerous small pots and blind steals, the big one finally came down. Tran raised to 110,000 and Torelli made the call. The flop came Q74 and Tran bet 150,000. Torelli raised to 430,000 and Tran reraised to 1,030,000. Torelli moved all in and Tran made the call showing A8 for the nut flush draw. Torelli was ahead with Q-10, but the turn and river came 8J to give the victory to Tran. Torelli finishes runner up and earns $336,896.