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WSOP -- Greg Mueller is Fourth Double Bracelet Winner of 2009

Picks Up Second Career Bracelet in Event No. 50 and Pockets $194,854


Greg Mueller Wins Second Bracelet Of 2009Greg Mueller entered the 2009 World Series of Poker with 13 career WSOP cashes and no bracelets. His best showings were two runner-up finishes. After last night, Mueller became the fourth player to win at least two bracelets at the 2009 World Series of Poker, joining an elite list featuring Jeff Lisandro, Brock Parker, and Phil Ivey.

Mueller won his first career bracelet by winning event No. 33 ($10,000 world championship limit hold’em). He topped a field of 185 and a final table that included Matt Hawrilenko, Pat Pezzin, and bracelet winner Daniel Alaei to win that event, pocketing $460,836.

To win his second bracelet tonight in event No. 50 ($1,500 limit hold’em shootout), Mueller had to win two tables in a shootout format to advance, including defeating Tom Schneider heads up on day two to make the final table.

The event began with 572 players divided among 64 tables on day 1. Some of the notables who could not cut the mustard on day 1 included Shaun Deeb, Jeff Williams, Thomas Keller, Victor Ramdin, and J.C. Tran. Each table played down to one final survivor, and each winner would have to do it all again on day 2 for a chance at the final table. Each winner on day 1 was guaranteed to cash in for $4,350. Some of the notables who were able to pull off this feat included double bracelet winner Brock Parker, Dan Heimiller, Jean-Robert Bellande, Juha Helppi, Shawn Buchanan, and Nick Binger.

Mueller entered a final table that included David Williams and event No. 38-winner Marc Naalden ($2,000 limit hold’em). All eight players at the final table started the day with 450,000 in chips, but it did not take too long for Jose Barbero to become the first casualty of the night. By the time it was all said and done, only Naalden and Mueller were left standing to battle it out to see who would be the fourth double bracelet winner of the 2009 WSOP.

Mueller entered heads-up play with nearly a 3-1 chip lead, but Naalden battled back to take the chip lead away from Mueller. The chip lead would change hands a few more times before Mueller made a set against Naalden’s top pair to reclaim the chip lead for good. Mueller proceeded to steamroll his opponent and build a 5-1 chip lead before the final hand of the night took place. Mueller called a preflop raise from Naalden and called a bet from Naalden on the flop. By the turn, Mueller had Naalden all in holding top pair with a weak kicker. Mueller held top pair with a better kicker, and the river offered no help to Naalden, giving Mueller the victory. Mueller took home his second piece of WSOP jewelry and $194,854.

Here are the official final-table results:

1. Greg Mueller — $194,854
2. Marc Naalden — $120,614
3. Mille Phung Shiu — $77,138
4. David Williams — $51,145
5. Matthew Sterling — $35,058
6. Flaminio Malaguti — $24,824
7. Joep van den Bijgaart — $18,136
8. Jose Barbero — $13,655

Here are the elimination hands, as reported on’s live updates:

Jose Barbero Eliminated in Eighth Place ($13,655)

Greg Mueller raises before the flop, and Jose Barbero calls from the big blind.

The flop comes AHeart Suit 10Club Suit 7Heart Suit, Barbero bets out, Mueller raises, Barbero three-bets, and Mueller four-bets him all in. Barbero calls.

Barbero: KHeart Suit 2Heart Suit
Mueller: ASpade Suit 10Spade Suit

Mueller flopped top two pair while Barbero flopped the nut-flush draw. The turn and river are the 6Spade Suit and the JClub Suit, no help to Jose Barbero, who is eliminated in eighth place ($13,655).

Joep Van Den Bijgaart Eliminated in Seventh Place ($18,136)!

Joep Van Den Bijgaart comes in for a raise from late position, and Marc Naalden reraises from the big blind.

The flop comes ASpade Suit 7Diamond Suit 2Diamond Suit, and Naalden bets out. Bijgaart raises all in, and Naalden calls.

Bijgaart: QSpade Suit 8Spade Suit
Naalden: AClub Suit 10Diamond Suit

Naalden flops top pair. The turn and river are the KDiamond Suit and the 7Heart Suit, no help for Joep Van Den Bijgaart, who is eliminated seventh place ($18,136).

Flaminio MalagutiFlaminio Malaguti Eliminated in Sixth Place ($24,824)

Flaminio Malaguti was short-stacked and committed the rest of his stack from the small blind with AClub Suit KDiamond Suit against the ASpade Suit 5Club Suit of David Williams.

The flop was safe for Malaguti, but a 5 on the turn was good enough to eliminate him from the tournament.

Matt Sterling Eliminated in Fifth Place ($35,058)

Matt Sterling was all in preflop against Greg Mueller and David Williams. The flop came out 7Club Suit 5Spade Suit 4Club Suit, and Mueller bet. Williams called, and the turn was the 10Heart Suit.

Mueller bet again, and Williams folded. Mueller showed 9Spade Suit 7Diamond Suit for a pair of sevens, and Sterling showed QHeart Suit 8Heart Suit for a straight draw.

The river was the 9Heart Suit, giving Mueller two pair and busting Sterling.

David WilliamsDavid Williams Eliminated in Fourth Place ($51,145)

Millie Shiu raised and Greg Mueller reraised. David Williams called all in, and Shiu reraised. Mueller called, and the flop came KDiamond Suit 8Heart Suit 4Spade Suit.

Shiu bet, Mueller called, and the turn was the JDiamond Suit. Shiu bet, Mueller raised, and Shiu called. The river was the 7Spade Suit, and Mueller bet. Shiu called with pocket aces, but was turned by the pocket jacks of Mueller.

Williams could only show 5Diamond Suit 4Diamond Suit and was eliminated.

Millie Shiu Eliminated in Third Place ($77,138)

Millie Shiu was all in on the big blind, and both Greg Mueller and Marc Naalden saw a flop of 10Heart Suit 8Heart Suit 5Spade Suit. Mueller bet, Naalden folded, and Shiu showed 4Spade Suit 2Club Suit. Mueller’s 8Club Suit 7Heart Suit was well ahead, and it held to get him heads up.

Marc NaaldenGreg Mueller Wins Event No. 50($194,854), Marc Naalden Finishes In Second Place($120,614)

It was a seesaw-battle between Marc Naalden and Greg Mueller, as both men traded the chip lead throughout their heads-up match. Both men were going for their second bracelet of the 2008 WSOP, and Mueller was able to gain the upper hand late into the night and finish off Naalden.

Naalden raised to 80,000 from the button, and Mueller made the call. The flop came down 10Diamond Suit 4Diamond Suit 3Spade Suit, and Mueller check-called Naalden’s 40,000 bet. The turn was the KClub Suit, and Mueller checked again. Naalden fired 80,000, and Mueller pounced, raising to 160,000. Naalden raised one more time, putting himself all in, and Mueller made the call.

Mueller showed KDiamond Suit 5Heart Suit for top pair, and Naalden showed KHeart Suit 2Spade Suit for the same hand with a weaker kicker. The river was the JHeart Suit, and Mueller’s kicker played, giving him the hand and his second bracelet at this year’s WSOP. Mueller pocketed $194,854 for the win, and he added his name to the list of double bracelet winners in 2009.