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WSOP: Davidi Kitai Wins Event No. 38

Kitai Top Chris Bell In a Marathon Heads Up Session


Davidi KitaiAfter a speedy playdown that saw heads up play begin just over three hours into play, it would take nearly four more hours to finally determine a champion of event no. 38, $2,000 pot-limit hold'em. After a back and forth affair, Davidi Kitai bested veteran professional Chris Bell to claim his first World Series of Poker bracelet.

Here were the chip counts and seating assignments heading into the final table:

Seat 1: David Kitai - 274,000
Seat 2: Ben Roberts - 82,000
Seat 3: Ayaz Mahmood - 314,000
Seat 4: Michael Greco - 120,000
Seat 5: Chris Bell - 260,000
Seat 6: Jan Von Halle - 485,000
Seat 7: Robert Cheung - 352,000
Seat 8: Keith Greer - 238,000
Seat 9: Lee Watkinson - 357,000

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


Michael GrecoBen Roberts Doubles Up

Short stacked and desperate, Ben Roberts got his last 34,000 in against Michael Greco in the big blind. Roberts revealed A8 and was up against Greco's 42. The board ran out AJQ58 and Roberts was given new life.

Michael Greco Eliminated in Ninth Place ($22,573)

Michael Greco raised to 40,000 and Chris Bell reraised to 100,000. It was folded back around to Greco who moved all in and Bell quickly called. Greco showed pocket kings and Bell predictably turned over pocket aces. The board came 1075108 and Greco was eliminated in ninth place.

Ben RobertsBen Roberts Eliminated in Eighth Place ($30,831)

Robert Cheung raised to 39,000 and Ben Roberts moved all in for his last 52,000. Cheung called with KJ and needed to hit against Roberts and his pocket sevens. The board came 855J2 and Roberts was sent home in eighth place.

Keith Greer Doubles Up

Keith Greer raised to 56,000 and Chris Bell made the call. The flop came 852 and Greer checked. Bell bet enough to put him all in and Greer instantly called with pocket aces. Bell could only produce pocket jacks, and the board failed to produce any miracle two-outers. Greer doubled up to over 400,000.

Ayaz Mahmood Eliminated in Seventh Place ($39,089)

On a flop of QJ3, Ayaz Mahmood moved all in for his last 69,000. Chris Bell called, and showed Q-4 for top pair. Mahmood could only produce J-9, and when the turn and river bricked out, he was sent home in seventh place.

Robert CheungRobert Cheung Eliminated in Sixth Place ($50,100)

Chris Bell raised to 60,000 and Robert Cheung reraised the pot to 210,000. Bell thought it over, and then put Cheung all in for his last 39,000. Cheung showed 99 and Bell was racing with AK. The board came Q7510J and Bell rivered a Broadway straight to send Cheung to the rail in sixth place.

Lee WatkinsonLee Watkinson Eliminated in Fifth Place ($63,313)

Lee Watkinson and Chris Bell got it all in preflop. Watkinson held A4 but was dominated by Bell's A6. The board came QJ829 to give Bell the nut flush and Watkinson was eliminated in fifth place.

Jan Von Halle Eliminated in Fourth Place ($77,077)

David Kitai raised to 75,000 on the button and Jan Von Halle called in the big blind. The flop came A76 and both players checked. The turn was the Q and Von Halle bet the pot. Kitai put him all in and Von Halle made the call with A10. Kitai showed A4 and the river was the 8 eliminating Von Halle in fourth place.

Keith GreerKeith Greer Eliminated in Third Place ($94,695)

Chris Bell raised to 80,000 and Keith Greer raised the pot. Bell thought it over and moved all in, having Greer covered. Greer made the call with JJ, but was crushed by Bell's QQ. The board ran out K9833 and Greer was eliminated in third place.

Heads Up Begins After a Brief Break

Chris Bell - 1,425,000
David Kitai - 1,000,000

David Kitai Takes the Lead

Chris BellWithout playing a single big pot or an all in confrontation, David Kitai has taken the lead by having the majority of nearly 90 small ball hands go his way. As a result, the players have swapped their chip counts and Kitai has nearly a 2-1 chip lead.

Davidi Kitai Wins Event No. 38 ($244,546)

It took a long four hours of heads up play before a champion could be crowned, but finally, on the 287th hand of play, Chris Bell committed his last four big blinds with AJ against Davidi Kitai's AQ. The board came ten-high, and Kitai won event no. 38, $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em.

Chris Bell finished in second place, earning $155,806 for his runner-up effort.