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World Series of Poker -- Pascal LeFrancois Wins Event No. 8

LeFrancois Dominates After Hellmuth Exit


Pascal LeFrancoisWhile all the attention leading up to the final table in event No. 8 ($1,500 no-limit hold’em) was on Phil Hellmuth’s shot at his 12th bracelet, Canadian Pascal LeFrancois sat inauspiciously as the chip leader.

When Hellmuth finally fell in 15th place, LeFrancois began a surge that resulted in a 3.5-1 chip lead over his next closest competitor when the final table began.

LeFrancois dominated a relatively inexperienced final table en route to the bracelet and $568,974 in prize money. He never lost his chip lead under the bright lights in the Amazon room, and remained patient behind the support of his friends in the crowd. LeFrancois didn’t eliminate a player at the final table until he knocked out his final two opponents.

Here is a look at the final results:

1. Pascal LeFrancois — $568,974
2. Max Steinberg — $352,916
3. Kevin Howe — $249,351
4. Daniel Wjuniski — $179,286
5. David Aue — $130,617
6. James Andersen — $96,422
7. Kurt Disessa — $72,087
8. Josh Brikis — $54,579
9. Saar Wilf — $41,843

Here are the elimination hands as featured in’s live updates:

Josh BrikisDouble Knockout: Saar Wilf Eliminated in Ninth Place ($41,843) and Josh Brikis Eliminated in Eighth Place ($54,579)

Josh Brikis (570,000) and Saar Wilf (315,000) were all in against the bigger stack of Max Steinberg. Brikis tabled the AClub Suit KClub Suit and was unhappy to see the ASpade Suit KHeart Suit of Wilf. Steinberg exposed the JClub Suit JDiamond Suit and had his two opponents in bad shape. You can utilize Card Player’s Texas Hold’em Odds Calculator to find the exact percentages.

The board ran out QSpade Suit 7Club Suit 5Heart Suit 6Club Suit 8Diamond Suit and Steinberg recorded the double elimination.

Kurt Disessa Eliminated in Seventh Place ($72,087)

In a blind vs. blind battle, Kurt Disessa moved all in for 410,000 with the QSpade Suit 9Heart Suit and was called by the AClub Suit 2Diamond Suit of Kevin Howe. The board ran out AHeart Suit JHeart Suit 5Heart Suit QDiamond Suit ADiamond Suit and Disessa was eliminated.

James Andersen Eliminated in Sixth Place ($96,422)

James Andersen bet 150,000 preflop and action was folded to Daniel Wjuniski, who moved all in. Andersen made the insta-call for his tournament life and exposed the AClub Suit ADiamond Suit. Wjuniski tabled pocket tens and was way behind. However, the flop came 10Spade Suit 5Spade Suit 3Heart Suit giving the underdog a set and the huge advantage. The turn brought the KSpade Suit and the river bricked with the 4Heart Suit. Andersen was eliminated.

David AueDavid Aue Eliminated in Fifth Place ($130,617)

Kevin Howe bet 140,000 from the cutoff and David Aue shipped from the small blind. Howe made the call and exposed the 9Heart Suit 9Club Suit. He was far behind the 10Diamond Suit 10Spade Suit of Aue. The flop came 7Heart Suit 6Club Suit 4Diamond Suit and everything looked good for Aue. The 10Club Suit on the turn gave Aue a set but gave Howe four outs to win. The 8Diamond Suit on the river sent Aue to the rail in heartbreaking fashion.

Daniel Wjuniski Eliminated in Fourth Place ($179,286)

Kevin Howe made it 140,000 from under the gun and Daniel Wjuniski shoved for 830,000 on the button. Max Steinberg was caught in the middle and moved in over the top. Howe mucked and Wjuniski exposed the 7Spade Suit 7Heart Suit. He was in horrible shape against the JClub Suit JHeart Suit of Steinberg. The board offered no help for Wjuniski and he was eliminated.

Max SteinbergKevin Howe Eliminated in Third Place ($249,351)

Pascal LeFrancois opened to 180,000 on the button. Kevin Howe reraised to 455,000, prompting a four-bet from LeFrancois. Howe moved all in and LeFrancois made the call with the KClub Suit KSpade Suit, while Howe tabled the ASpade Suit 10Spade Suit. The flop of 8Heart Suit 5Spade Suit 3Spade Suit gave Howe the nut-flush draw, however the turn and river bricked and he was eliminated in third place.

Max Steinberg Eliminated in Second Place ($352,916) — Pascal LeFrancois Wins Event No. 8 ($568,974)Pascal LeFrancois limped in and Max Steinberg checked. The flop came KHeart Suit JClub Suit 4Club Suit and Steinberg bet 140,000. LeFrancois made the call. The 5Heart Suit on the turn prompted Steinberg to bet 360,000. Once again the bet was called. The 10Diamond Suit hit the felt and Steinberg moved all in. LeFrancois contemplated briefly before making the call with the JSpade Suit 6Club Suit. Steinberg’s 4Heart Suit 3Diamond Suit was no good and he was eliminated in second place. LeFrancois won the bracelet and $568,974.