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World Series of Poker -- Peter Traply Wins Event No. 41

Traply Takes Home $348,728 and First Hungarian Gold Bracelet

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Peter Traply

It took just five hours for the final table of five to crown a champion in event No. 41 ($5,000 no-limit hold’em shootout) at the 2009 World Series of Poker. The champion was Peter Traply, a young Hungarian player who also made a final-table appearance (eighth place — $221,000) at this year’s European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monte Carlo. Traply took home $348,728 and his first gold bracelet for the win in Las Vegas on June 23.

Each player began at the final table with 1.5 million in chips and it was Nasr El Nasr that quickly stepped in to set an aggressive tone. He dominated early play at the final table until his pocket aces were cracked by Andrew Lichtenberger. Nasr fell first in fifth place after that and he was followed to the rail by Danny Wong in fourth place and Maxim Lykov in third place.

Traply had Licthenberger on the ropes just 20 minutes into heads-up play. Lichtenberger’s stack had shrunk to 250,000, but he battled back and briefly took the chip lead. Traply fought back though, and he eventually won the title after an hour-and-a-half of heads-up battle.

Here are the final results:

1. Peter Traply – $348,728
2. Andrew Lichtenberger – $215,403
3. Maxim Lykov – $145,063
4. Danny Wong – $165,063
5. Nasr El Nasr – $82,697

Here is a look at how the elimination hands went down in CardPlayer.com’s live updates:

Nasr El Nasr Eliminated in Fifth Place ($82,697)

Nasr El Nasr was short stacked and forced to move all in with pocket threes. Unfortunately for him, he found a caller in Peter Traply with pocket eights.

The board ran out 10Diamond Suit 10Club Suit 5Spade Suit JDiamond Suit 7Heart Suit and Nasr was eliminated.

CAPTIONDanny Wong Eliminated in Fourth Place ($105,609)

Danny Wong raised to 72,000 on the button and was called by Andrew Lichtenberger in the small blind.

The flop came out 10Diamond Suit 2Spade Suit 2Club Suit and Wong bet 220,000. Lichtenberger called and the turn was the 7Club Suit.

Wong shoved and Lichtenberger called. Wong showed ADiamond Suit 10Club Suit but he was way behind Lichtenberger’s slowplayed pocket aces.

The river was the 2Heart Suit and Wong was eliminated.

Maxim Lykov Eliminated in Third Place ($145,063)

Maxim Lykov moved all in from the small blind and Andrew Lichtenberger quickly called in the big blind with JDiamond Suit JClub Suit. Lykov showed AHeart Suit 10Spade Suit and it failed to connect with a board of 6Diamond Suit 6Club Suit 3Club Suit 2Heart Suit 9Heart Suit, busting him from the tournament.

Andrew LicthenbergerPeter Traply Wins Event No. 41 ($348,728) Andrew Lichtenberger Eliminated in Second Place ($215,403)

Andrew Lichtenberger was on the short stack and committed his chips with ADiamond Suit JHeart Suit. Peter Traply was all to happy to showdown ASpade Suit KDiamond Suit.

The board came AClub Suit 5Heart Suit 3Club Suit QSpade Suit QHeart Suit and Traply’s kicker sent “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger to the rail. Traply picked up the bracelet and $348,728 for his efforts.