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WSOP -- Tomas Alenius Wins Event No. 26

Alenius Pockets $197,488 for his Second Cash of the Series


Tomas AleniusTomas Alenius made his second cash of the 2009 World Series of Poker count. The Sweden native outlasted a field of 643 players to capture his first bracelet, along with just under $200,000, Sunday night in the $1500 limit hold’em event.

Alenius had to overcome a short stack at the final table in order to take home the gold. With six players left, Al “Sugar Bear” Barbieri held 1.2 million in chips, with his closest competitor having only 435,000. The turning point for Alenius came four-handed when he held pocket aces and eliminated Glenn Engelbert. This left the remaining three players just about even in chips.

At the start of heads-up play, Jason Tam held a 3-to-1 chip advantage over Alenius, but over the course of an hour, Alenius found a way to accumulate over all the chips in play to secure the bracelet and the cash.

With the victory, the 33-year-old professional has increased his career tournament earnings to $329,408.

Here are a look at the results.

1. Tomas Alenius – $197,488
2. Jason Tam – $122,000
3. Al “Sugar Bear” Barbieri – $80,072
4. Glenn Engelbert – $55,576
5. Demetrios Arvanetes – $40,681
6. Dominik Kulicki – $31,325
7. Rep Porter – $25,313
8. Kim-Phong Duong – $21,416
9. Cole Miller – $18,932

Here are a look at the elimination hands as seen in Card Player’s Live Updates:

Cole Miller Eliminated in 9th place ($18,932)

Action folds around to Cole Miller who raises from the small blind, Al Baribieri calls from the big blind.

The flop comes QHeart Suit5Club Suit3Heart Suit, and Miller leads out. Barbieri raises and Miller three-bets. Barbieri puts in one more raise as Miller calls all in for his last 2,000. Both players turn over their cards.

Barbieri: 8Club Suit5Heart Suit
Miller: AHeart Suit9Diamond Suit

Baribieri flops a pair of fives, leading the hand. The turn and river are the 10Club Suit and the QSpade Suit, no help to Cole Miller who is eliminated in 9th place ($18,932).

Kim-Phong Duong Eliminated in 8th Place ($21,416)

Glenn Engelbert raises from under the gun and Kim-Phong Duong calls all in for his last 22,000. Jason Tam calls from the small blind and they check down the side pot.

The final board is 6Heart Suit4Diamond Suit2Diamond Suit4Spade Suit10Heart Suit, and everyone turns over their hand.

Rep Porter
Duong: AHeart SuitQDiamond Suit
Engelbert: AClub SuitKDiamond Suit
Tam: 9Heart Suit7Club Suit

No one is able to improve as Engelbert’s A-K high rakes the pot, eliminating Kim-Phong Duong in 8th place ($21,416).

Rep Porter Eliminated in 7th Place ($25,313)

Rep Porter raises from under the gun and Demetrios Arvanetes calls from the big blind. The flop comes 7Spade Suit5Spade Suit2Spade Suit, and Arvanetes bets out. Porter raises and Arvanetes calls. The turn is the 4Spade Suit, Porter bets and Arvanetes calls. The river is the 7Heart Suit and Porter gets his last few chips in the middle. Arvanetes calls and turns over JSpade Suit10Spade Suit for a flush. Rep Porter is eliminated in 7th place ($25,313).

Dominik KulickiDominik Kulicki Eliminated in 6th Place ($31,325)

Jason Tam raises from early position and Dominik Kulicki three-bets all in. Tam calls and both players turn over their cards.

Kulicki: KHeart SuitQDiamond Suit
Tam: ASpade SuitAHeart Suit

Board: QSpade Suit7Club Suit4Spade Suit10Club Suit6Diamond Suit

Tam’s aces hold up and Dominik Kulicki is eliminated in 6th place ($31,325).

Demetrios Arvanetes Eliminated in 5th place ($40,681)

Tomas Alenius raises from the button and Glenn Engelbert calls from the small blind. Demetrios Arvanetes three-bets for almost all of his chips from the big blind and both opponents call.

The flop comes JHeart Suit7Club Suit3Club Suit, Arvanetes moves all in for his last 10,000 and both players call. The turn is the 2Club Suit and both players check the side pot. The river is the JClub Suit, pairing the board and once again, both players check the side pot. Everyone turns over their cards.

Alenius: KClub Suit9Heart Suit
Engelbert: 7Spade Suit7Diamond Suit
Arvanetes: ASpade Suit7Heart Suit

Engelbert flops a set and rivers a full house, raking the pot and eliminating Demetrios Arvanetes in 5th place ($40,681).

Glenn Engelbert Eliminated in 4th Place ($55,576)

Tomas Alenius raises from under the gun, Glenn Engelbert gets it all in for 45,000 from the button and Jason Tam calls from the big blind. The flop comes 8Spade Suit8Heart Suit5Diamond Suit, Alenius bets and Tam folds. Both players turn over their cards.

Alenius: AHeart SuitAClub Suit
Engelbert: QSpade Suit7Spade Suit

Alenius is miles ahead. The turn and river are the 6Club Suit and the river is the 5Club Suit, no help to Glenn Engelbert who is eliminated in 4th place ($55,576).

Al BarbieriAl Barbieri Eliminated in 3rd place ($80,072)

Al Barbieri raises before the flop, Jason Tam reraises from the small blind and Barbieri calls. The flop comes ASpade SuitJClub Suit8Spade Suit, and Tam leads out. Barbieri raises, Tam three-bets, Barbieri four-bets and Tam calls. The turn is the 7Heart Suit, Tam bets and Barbieri calls all in for his last 15,000. Both palyers turn over their cards.

Barbieri: JSpade Suit10Diamond Suit
Tam: ADiamond SuitKSpade Suit

Barbieri gets it in with middle pair and a gut-shot straight draw while Tam has the best hand with top pair. The river is the 4Diamond Suit, failing to improve Barbieri’s hand as he is eliminated in 3rd place ($80,072).

Tomas Alenius Wins Event No. 26 ($197,488) Jason Tam Eliminated in Second Place ($122,000)

Jason Tam raised on the button and Tomas Alenius reraised. Tam put in the last of his chips with another raise and Alenius called.

Tam was well behind with QSpade Suit5Club Suit against Alenius and his ASpade Suit4Club Suit.

The board ran out 10Club Suit6Heart Suit2Heart SuitKDiamond SuitKHeart Suit and ace-high was all that Alenius needed to pick up his first career WSOP bracelet. For his victory, Alenius pocketed $197,488 and Tam banked $122,000 for his runner-up performance.