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Isaac Baron Wins Caesars Palace Classic Main Event

Baron Awarded $246,928 For Beating Stacked Final Table


Isaac BaronIsaac Baron and Glen Chorny have a history. The two faced off at the 2008 EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo, where Chorny got the better of the 2007 Card Player Online Player of the Year. Baron busted in fourth, and Chorny went on to the $3.2 million victory.

Thursday’s final table at the Caesars Palace Classic would prove to be a different story, as Baron, the man simply known as “Menlo,” steamrolled the competition to his first major live win and $246,928.

With seven players left, Baron, Chorny, and innocent bystander Theo Tran got involved in a crucial pot, one that wound up determining the eventual champion. Chorny opened on the button, Tran shoved, and Baron shoved behind him. Everyone expected a quick fold, but Chorny brought the crowd to its feet when he made the call.

The flop and turn helped Baron pick up a few more outs, but his nines were still behind to Chorny’s tens. He sat there motionless, seemingly unshaken by the events that had just transpired. Six outs from elimination, Baron calmly watched as the river filled his inside straight draw, snatching the momentum-shifting pot from his rival.

Baron proceeded to go on a tear, building his chip fortress so wide that by the time he took out Alex Keating in fourth place, he had amassed nearly four-fifths of the total chips in play.

Chorny hung on for as long as he could on the short stack, but Baron finally put him away for good in third place to go into heads-up play with a more than 5-1 lead against Michael Benvenuti. Thanks to a few fortunate cards, heads-up play went quickly, making Baron the last man standing.

Here are the final table results:

1. Isaac “westmenloAA” Baron — $246,928
2. Michael “WatchOutFish” Benvenuti — $129,562
3. Glen “choron” Chorny — $76,213
4. Alex “Kadabra” Keating — $60,970
5. Jimmy Tran — $45,728
6. Erik Nomberg — $38,106
7. Theo “pittrounder” Tran — $30,485
8. Kathy Liebert — $22,864
9. Mark Ketteringham — $15,243

Take a look at how the action went down according’s Live Updates:

Mark KetteringhamMark Ketteringham Eliminated in Ninth Place ($15,243)

Michael Benvenuti raised to 32,000, and Mark Ketteringham moved all in for 170,000 behind him.

Action folded back to Benvenuti, who made the call with pocket queens, while Ketteringham showed AClub Suit 7Heart Suit.

The board rolled out 10Club Suit 10Heart Suit 2Spade Suit KClub Suit 2Heart Suit, and Ketteringham was eliminated.

Glen Chorny Makes Great Call Against Erik Nomberg

Erik Nomberg raised to 35,000, and Glen Chorny called behind him. The flop came down 7Spade Suit 6Club Suit 3Diamond Suit, and Nomberg continued with a bet of 60,000.

Chorny called, and the turn was the 10Heart Suit. Nomberg bet 155,000, and Chorny called once again.

The river is the 6Diamond Suit, and after some thought, Nomberg announced “same bet,” which amounted to 155,000 of his 332,000 stack. Chorny took about 15 seconds before calling, and Nomberg congratulated him, showing AClub Suit KDiamond Suit.

Chorny showed pocket fours and took down the massive pot, leaving Nomberg with 155,000. Chorny is now a commanding chip leader with 1.25 million.

Kathy LiebertKathy Liebert Eliminated in Eighth Place ($22,864)

Kathy Liebert moved all in for about 140,000, and Isaac Baron made the call from the big blind.

Liebert showed pocket kings, and Baron showed pocket sevens. The board came out QSpade Suit 7Diamond Suit 6Heart Suit QDiamond Suit 4Spade Suit, and Baron’s full house eliminated Liebert from the tournament.

Theo TranTheo Tran Eliminated in Seventh Place ($30,485)

Glen Chorny raised on the button to 38,000, and Theo Tran moved all in for 261,000 in the small blind.

The action came to Isaac Baron in the big blind, who asked for a count. After thinking it over, he announced all in for about 735,000. Chorny then asked for a count from the dealer, and after a few moments, he decided to call, as well.

Tran turned over ADiamond Suit KDiamond Suit, hoping the other two had pairs. He got his wish when Baron showed 9Heart Suit 9Spade Suit and Chorny showed the superior 10Heart Suit 10Club Suit.

The board rolled out 7Diamond Suit 6Spade Suit 5Spade Suit 3Club Suit 8Heart Suit, and Baron spiked a straight on the river to double up to a massive chip lead of more than 1.7 million. Chorny was left with 595,000, and Tran was eliminated from the tournament.

Erik NombergErik Nomberg Eliminated in Sixth Place ($38,106)

Action folded to Erik Nomberg in the small blind, and he moved all in for just over 140,000. Glen Chorny snap-called with ADiamond Suit 9Club Suit, and Nomberg showed a dominated ASpade Suit 8Heart Suit.

The board came down 6Club Suit 5Heart Suit 2Heart Suit 10Diamond Suit JDiamond Suit, and Nomberg was eliminated, giving Chorny back some of the chips he gave up to Baron.

Jimmy TranJimmy Tran Eliminated in Fifth Place ($45,728)

Jimmy Tran got the last of his chips into the middle preflop against Alex Keating, and they turned over their cards. Tran held AHeart Suit QDiamond Suit, and Keating showed QSpade Suit QHeart Suit.

The board was dealt JClub Suit 8Spade Suit 8Diamond Suit 2Heart Suit 2Diamond Suit and Tran was eliminated.

Keating is now tied for the chip lead with 1.4 million.

Alex KeatingAlex Keating Eliminated in Fourth Place ($60,970)

Isaac Baron raised to 54,000 on the button, and Alex Keating called in the big blind. The flop came down QHeart Suit QClub Suit 4Heart Suit, and Keating checked.

Baron bet 75,000, and Keating check-raised to 170,000. Baron made it 270,000, and Keating reraised to 420,000.

The dealer brought in the 270,000, and Baron moved all in for an additional 1,295,000. Keating made the call, having Baron covered by about 15,000 in chips, not even enough for a big blind.

Baron showed AClub Suit QSpade Suit and had Keating’s QDiamond Suit 9Spade Suit out-kicked. The turn and river fell 3Heart Suit and JDiamond Suit, and Baron took a commanding lead of over 3.2 million in the tournament. Keating was eliminated shortly thereafter.

Glen ChornyGlen Chorny Eliminated in Third Place ($76,213)

Isaac Baron raised on the button to 54,000, and Glen Chorny moved all in for about 250,000 in the big blind.

Baron instantly called with AHeart Suit KHeart Suit, and Chorny showed down a dominated ASpade Suit9Diamond Suit.

The board ran out 8Heart Suit 4Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit JHeart Suit 3Spade Suit, and Chorny was eliminated.

Michael BenvenutiIsaac Baron Wins Caesars Palace Classic ($246,928), Michael Benvenuti Eliminated in Second Place ($129,562)

Just a few hands into the heads-up match, Isaac Baron raised 30,000 on the button, and Michael Benvenuti reraised all in for 399,000. Baron made the call, and Benvenuti turned over AHeart Suit 9Diamond Suit.

Baron flipped over ADiamond Suit 7Club Suit and he needed a 7 to win the tournament. The board obliged when it was dealt QDiamond Suit 7Spade Suit 4Diamond Suit 10Spade Suit KDiamond Suit, and Baron was the champion of the 2009 Caesars Palace Classic.

Benvenuti was awarded $129,562 in prize money for his runner-up finish, and Baron took home the top prize of $246,928. He was also awarded the championship trophy and championship watch.