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World Series Of Poker -- Michael Chow Wins Event No. 4

Takes Home First Bracelet And $237,463


Michael ChowMichael Chow (pictured left) won event No. 4 ($1,500 Omaha eight-or-better) of the 2010 World Series Of Poker in the early hours of Wednesday morning. He defeated Dan Heimiller in an epic back-and-forth heads-up match that lasted well over three hours. Chow took home his first bracelet and $237,463.

The three-day event had 818 entrants, accumulating a total prize pool of $1,104,300. There were 81 places paid, with 81st receiving $2,749. Notables who managed to cash in the event included Andy Black, Chip Jett, Berry Johnston, Steve Sung and Todd Brunson.

The final day of the event had 26 players return to play down to a final table and an eventual winner. Notables like Shawn Buchanan (21st), Huck Seed (18th) and Jeff Madsen (12th) were some of the players who returned only to be eliminated just shy of the final table.

When the field finally reached the final table after six-and-a-half hours of play, the blinds were getting very high. One by one the players fell until Heimiller and Chow were left to battle it out for the bracelet. Despite both players having less than 20 big bets throughout the heads-up match, the two opponents battled fiercely. They traded the chip lead on several occasions and each player found himself playing for the rest of his stack at one point in the contest.

Finally, it was Chow who prevailed when Dan Heimiller was down to his last few chips and had to put them in with the small blind. Chow made a king-high straight and secured his first bracelet.

Here are the official final-table results:

1. Michael Chow — $237,463
2. Dan Heimiller — $146,684
3. Ylon Schwartz — $94,561
4. Fred Koubi — $69,272
5. Scott Epstein — $51,493
6. Michael Cipolla — $38,794
7. Sasha Rosewood — $29,584
8. Joe Leibman — $22,825
9. Todd Barlow — $17,780

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

Todd BarlowTodd Barlow Eliminated in Ninth Place ($17,801)

Dan Heimiller raised to 60,000 preflop and Todd Barlow made the call from the button. The flop came down 6Heart Suit 5Diamond Suit 5Spade Suit and Heimiller led out with 30,000.

Barlow raised the remainder of his stack into the middle and Heimiller made the call. Heimiller tabled AHeart Suit 2Diamond Suit 7Club Suit QClub Suit while Barlow showed A-2-5-7.

The turn was the 6Club Suit and the river was the 6Diamond Suit, giving each player three sixes but Heimiller took the pot with his A-Q kicker and Barlow was out.

Joe Leibman Eliminated in Eighth Place ($22,825)

One hand after losing the majority of his stack, Joe Leibman was all in from the big blind. Michael Chow and Sasha Rosewood jumped into the pot to try to take out Leibman.

The board ran out KClub Suit 5Diamond Suit 3Heart Suit QHeart Suit 2Club Suit and Chow turned over A-4 for a wheel. Rosewood mucked and Leibman could only turn over A-2 and was eliminated from the tournament.

Sasha Rosewood Eliminated in Seventh Place ($29,584)

Dan Heimiller raised to 80,000 preflop and Sasha Rosewood made the call. The flop was KClub Suit JHeart Suit 8Spade Suit and Rosewood led out with 40,000. Heimiller raised to 80,000 and Rosewood moved in for 10,000 more. Heimiller called and tabled AClub Suit AHeart Suit ADiamond Suit JClub Suit for aces while Rosewood tabled ASpade Suit 10Spade Suit 9Spade Suit 3Heart Suit for an open-ended straight draw.

The turn was the 2Diamond Suit, giving Rosewood hope to chop with a low hand. But the JDiamond Suit gave Heimiller trip jacks for the win and Rosewood was out.

Michael Cipolla Eliminated in Sixth Place ($38,794)

Michael Cipolla got the last of his stack into the middle on a board reading AHeart Suit KClub Suit KDiamond Suit 2Spade Suit.

Michael Chow put Cipolla at risk, tabling ADiamond Suit JDiamond Suit JClub Suit 7Spade Suit for two pair. The river gave Cipolla no help and he was eliminated.

Scott EpsteinScott Epstein Eliminated in Fifth Place ($51,493)

Scott Epstein raised to 80,000 preflop and Michael Chow made the call. The flop was 8Heart Suit 6Heart Suit 4Spade Suit and Epstein fired 40,000. Chow raised to 80,000 and Epstein made the call.

The turn was the KHeart Suit and Epstein checked. Chow fired 80,000 and Epstein made the call. The river was the 10Club Suit and Epstein check-called the remainder of his stack into the pot.

Chow then showed AHeart Suit QHeart Suit QSpade Suit 3Spade Suit for the nut flush and an A-3 low. Epstein could not beat that and he was out of the tournament.

Fred Koubi Eliminated in Fourth Place ($69,272)

Fred Koubi found himself all in against Dan Heimiller. Heimiller held KSpade Suit 7Heart Suit 6Heart Suit 4Club Suit while Koubi held KHeart Suit QHeart Suit QSpade Suit 5Spade Suit.

The board ran out ADiamond Suit 6Spade Suit 5Diamond Suit 8Spade Suit JClub Suit, giving Heimiller the straight to the eight and the pot, and knocking Koubi out of the tournament.

Ylon SchwartzYlon Schwartz Eliminated in Third Place ($94,561)

Ylon Schwartz got his short stack of about 250,000 into the middle against Dan Heimiller after a flop of ADiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit 3Diamond Suit.

Schwartz held 9Club Suit 5Heart Suit 3Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit while Heimiller held KSpade Suit 9Spade Suit 3Club Suit 2Club Suit.

The turn was the KHeart Suit giving Heimiller top two pair and the river was the 10Heart Suit, giving Schwartz no help and sending him to the rail in third place.

Dan Heimiller Eliminated in Second Place ($146,684); Michael Chow Wins Event No. 4 ($237,463)

Dan Heimiller was all in with his small blind. Heimiller turned over 10Club Suit 8Spade Suit 7Club Suit 2Heart Suit while Chow turned over QHeart Suit 9Spade Suit 3Heart Suit 2Spade Suit.

The board ran out ADiamond Suit 10Spade Suit 5Spade Suit JDiamond Suit KDiamond Suit and Chow made a king-high straight to take down the pot and win his first bracelet.



12 years ago

AAAJ... no wonder I'm just so-so at this game... I'm playing the wrong hands... yep.