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WSOP -- Marcus Naalden Wins Event No. 38

Naalden Takes Home First Bracelet and $190,770


Marcus Naalden made his first cash of the 2009 World Series of Poker count. Naalden took down event No. 38 ($2,000 limit hold’em) late Sunday night, besting a field of 446 players.

Naalden recently finished 10th at the EPT Grand Final in May for $162,500. His only other final table at the WSOP was in a $1,500 no-limit hold’em event in 2006, where he finished third.

Hailing from the Netherlands, Naalden netted $190,770 for the win. His bracelet was only the second ever for the country. The other was won in 2008 in event No. 30 ($10,000 world championship limit hold’em) by Rob Hollink.

Naalden had to defeat an experienced final table that included bracelet winners Ian Johns (2006 limit hold’em) and Rep Porter (2008 no-limit hold’em) to take the title.

Here are the final table results:

1. Marcus Naalden — $190,770
2. Steve Cowley $117,902
3. Ian Johns — $77,576
4. Tommy Hang — $54,182
5. Alexander Keating — $39,977
6. Danny Qutami — $31,088
7. Jared O’Dell — $25,439
8. Jameson Painter — $21,819
9. Rep Porter – $19,594

Here are the final-table eliminations as featured in Card Player’s Live Updates:

Rep Porter

Rep Porter Eliminated in Ninth Place ($19,954)

Rep Porter was all in on a flop of KClub Suit 8Diamond Suit 7Club Suit against Jameson Painter. Porter’s AHeart Suit 7Diamond Suit was well behind Painter’s AClub Suit ADiamond Suit, and he was eliminated when the turn and river improved Painter to the nut flush.

Jameson Painter Eliminated in Eighth Place ($21,819)

Marc Naalden raised from under the gun, and Jameson Painter reraised from the cutoff. Naalden called and checked a flop of 10Club Suit 7Spade Suit 6Heart Suit.

Painter bet, Naalden raised, and Painter called all in with KHeart Suit QHeart Suit. Naalden’s 10Diamond Suit 8Heart Suit was in the lead, and it stayed that way when the turn and river fell AClub Suit 9Heart Suit.

Jared O’Dell Eliminated in Seventh Place ($25,439)

Jared O’Dell was all in for his last 45,000 preflop holding ADiamond Suit 10Diamond Suit against Tommy Hang’s dominating AHeart Suit QDiamond Suit.

The flop brought an ace and a queen, and Hang’s two pair sent O’Dell to the rail.

Danny Qutami Eliminated in Sixth Place ($31,088)

Danny Qutami raised under the gun, and Marc Naalden reraised in the cutoff. Qutami called, and the flop came down JSpade Suit 5Heart Suit 4Club Suit.

Qutami checked, Naalden continued with a bet, Qutami called, and the turn was the QSpade Suit. Qutami checked, Naalden bet, Qutami check-raised all in, and Naalden called with KSpade Suit JDiamond Suit. Qutami needed an ace or a king with his ADiamond Suit 10Club Suit, but the river was the 8Club Suit, sending him home from the tournament.

Alex Keating

Alex Keating Eliminated in Fifth Place ($39,977)

Marc Naalden raised under the gun, and Alex Keating moved in for his last 55,000. Naalden called with pocket fives, and they held against Keating’s AClub Suit KDiamond Suit when the board ran out queen high.

Tommy Hang Eliminated in Fourth Place ($54,182)

Marc Naalden raised in the cutoff, and Tommy Hang reraised from the button. Naalden called, but all the money went in on a board reading KSpade Suit 3Spade Suit 3Diamond Suit 5Diamond Suit.

Hang showed ASpade Suit 5Heart Suit, but it was behind to Naalden’s pocket tens. The river was the 8Spade Suit, and Hang was busted.

Marcus Naalden

Ian Johns Eliminated in Third Place ($77,576)

Ian Johns was all in against Marc Naalden and Steven Cowley, who both checked down a board of ADiamond Suit 7Club Suit 2Club Suit 9Heart Suit 5Club Suit, until Naalden bet the river.

Cowley folded, and Naalden showed 6Club Suit3Club Suit for the flush, busting Johns from the tournament.

Marc Naalden Wins Event No. 38 ($190,770), Steven Cowley Eliminated in Second Place ($117,902)

Marc Naalden raised on the button, and Cowley pushed for the last of his stack with ADiamond Suit 5Diamond Suit. Naalden called with QClub Suit 8Spade Suit and took the tournament when the board came QSpade Suit 10Heart Suit 9Heart Suit 4Diamond Suit 10Spade Suit.