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Brandon Hall Wins Aruba Poker Classic -- Eric Baldwin Takes POY Lead

Hall Takes Home $753,330 First-Place Prize and Eric Baldwin Takes the POY Lead Thanks to a Fourth-Place Finish


Brandon Hall Wins the 2009 Aruba Poker ClassicThe final table of the 2009 UltimateBet Aruba Poker Classic saw seven players return at noon this afternoon to crown a champion. The eventual winner of the tournament, which had a field of 475 players, was Brandon “AreTheseUtz” Hall of Littlestown, Pennsylvania, who overcame the perennial chip leader for the event (Robert Mizrachi) in the heads-up final.

Eric Baldwin cashed in fourth place at the final table, and with the 960 Card Player Player of the Year points he was awarded, he moved into first place in the POY race, overtaking the former leader Yevgeniy Timoshenko. Baldwin now holds 5,596 points for the year. Another player who used the Aruba final table to make a move in the POY standings was Brock Parker. He finished in sixth place and picked up 640 points. Parker moved into fourth place with his total points standing at 3,772. Check out the tournament statistics from the final table below:

Final-Table Results:

1: Brandon Hall — $753,330
2: Robert Mizrachi — $414,680
3: Chase Steely — $218,860
4: Eric Baldwin — $126,710
5: Jose Santos — $92,150
6: Brock Parker — $66,810
7: Matt Ross — $41,470

Elimination Hands:

Matt Ross Eliminated in Seventh Place

Matt Ross moved all in preflop to open the action, and Jose Santos decided to call. Their cards:

Ross: 7Heart Suit 7Diamond Suit
Santos: ADiamond Suit KSpade Suit

Board: AClub Suit QSpade Suit 5Diamond Suit 4Diamond Suit AHeart Suit

The two sevens of Ross were no match for the three aces of Santos, and Ross made his exit in seventh place.

Brock Parker finished in sixth place in the Aruba Poker ClassicBrock Parker Eliminated in Sixth Place

Eric Baldwin raised to 40,000 under the gun preflop and Brock Parker reraised to 125,000 from the big blind. Baldwin reraised to 302,000, and then Parker moved all in for 1,103,000. Baldwin made the call. Their cards:

Baldwin: QSpade Suit QDiamond Suit
Parker: AHeart Suit KHeart Suit

Board: 6Heart Suit 2Club Suit 2Spade Suit 8Diamond Suit 10Spade Suit

Baldwin’s queens held up to eliminate Parker in sixth place.

Jose Santos Eliminated in Fifth Place

Chase Steely completed in the small blind, and Jose Santos checked on the big blind preflop. The flop was dealt KClub Suit 5Spade Suit 3Club Suit, and Steely bet 26,000. Santos made the call, and the turn fell 4Diamond Suit. Steely bet out 68,000, and Santos made the call once again. The river fell KHeart Suit, and Steely moved all in. Santos made the call, and Steely flipped up 7Club Suit 6Spade Suit. Santos folded his cards after seeing his opponent’s straight, and he was eliminated in fifth place.

Eric BaldwinEric Baldwin Eliminated in Fourth Place

Robert Mizrachi raised to 90,000 under the gun and Eric Baldwin (pictured right) reraised all in. Mizrachi made the call and they turned up their cards:

Mizrachi: ADiamond Suit 7Club Suit
Baldwin: AHeart Suit QSpade Suit

Flop: 7Spade Suit 4Spade Suit 2Club Suit

The inconsequential turn and river were no help to Baldwin, who was eliminated in fourth place by Mizrachi’s pair of sevens.

Chase Steely Eliminated in Third Place

Robert Mizrachi raised to 85,000 from the button, and Chase Steely reraised all in on the small blind. Mizrachi made the call and they flipped over their cards:

Mizrachi: KClub Suit JHeart Suit
Steely: QClub Suit QHeart Suit

Board: AHeart Suit 10Club Suit 9Diamond Suit 2Club Suit QDiamond Suit

Mizrachi won the hand with a Broadway straight, and Steely was eliminated in third place.

Robert Mizrachi finished as runner-up in the 2009 Aruba Poker ClassicBrandon Hall Wins the Aruba Poker Classic

On a flop of 9Heart Suit 8Spade Suit 2Club Suit, Brandon Hall checked, and Robert Mizrachi (pictured right) bet 225,000. Hall check-raised to 725,000, and Mizrachi reraised all in. Hall made the call, and they flipped up their cards:

Mizrachi: 9Club Suit 6Club Suit
Hall: JSpade Suit 10Diamond Suit

Board: JDiamond Suit QDiamond Suit

Hall won the hand with a straight and with the victory he captured the tournament title.