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World Series Of Poker -- Miguel Proulx Wins Event No. 28

Proulx Captures First Bracelet and Earns $315,311


Miguel ProulxMiguel Proulx (pictured right) entered the final day of event No. 28 ($2,500 pot-limit Omaha) at the 2010 World Series of Poker as the chip leader. Although he did not exactly lead wire-to-wire, he ended the day as the only man holding any chips, taking down his first WSOP bracelet and $315,311.

There were 596 players who registered for the three-day event, accumulating a prize pool of $1,370,800. There were 54 places paid with a min-cash earning $5,304. Notables who cashed in the event include Adam Junglen (15th), Andy Seth (16th), Chau Giang (20th), Christian Harder (26th) and Scott Clements (28th).

The final day of the event saw 12 players return and in less than two hours of play, the final table was set. Proulx was second in chips at start of the final table and he hovered around there for most of the early parts of play. As quickly as it took to get down to a final table, it took just as long to lose the first player at that final table, as Patrick Hanoteau was the first casualty after two hours of final-table play.

It would take three more hours before Tommy Le made his exit in eighth place. After the Le elimination, play sped up as the next five eliminations all occurred during level 26 and halfway through level 27, with Proulx knocking out three of those players.

By the time heads-up play began, Proulx found himself trailing L.J. Klein by almost 1 million in chips. But Proulx fought hard during the 45-minute heads-up match, took the chip lead, and got Klein to call off the rest of his chips with Proulx holding the nuts.

Here are the official final table results:

1. Miguel Proulx — $315,311
2. L.J. Klein — $195,147
3. Michael Greco — $129,691
4. Stephane Tayar — $96,243
5. Joerg Engels — $72,227
6. Karl Gal — $54,736
7. Trevor Pope — $41,850
8. Tommy Le — $32,254
9. Patrick Hanoteau — $25,044

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

Patrick Hanoteau Eliminated in Ninth Place ($25,044)

Patrick Hanoteau raised to 70,000 preflop and Karl Gal was next to act. He bet the pot and the action folded back around to Hanoteau.

He made the call, putting himself all in. He turned over ADiamond Suit KDiamond Suit JHeart Suit 7Spade Suit and was facing Gal’s aces, ASpade Suit AHeart Suit 9Spade Suit 3Spade Suit.

The board ran out 10Diamond Suit 7Diamond Suit 3Club Suit QClub Suit 4Spade Suit, offering Hanoteau no help and he was eliminated.

Tommy LeTommy Le Eliminated in Eighth Place ($32,254)

Miguel Proulx raised to 65,000 and Tommy Le made the call. Both players saw a flop of QHeart Suit 5Diamond Suit 3Diamond Suit.

Le shoved for the rest of his chips and Proulx made the call. Le showed 10Heart Suit 7Diamond Suit 4Club Suit 3Heart Suit for bottom pair and a gutshot straight draw.

Proulx showed AHeart Suit KSpade Suit 5Spade Suit 5Heart Suit for a set of fives. The turn was the 7Spade Suit and the river was the 8Diamond Suit and Le was eliminated.

Trevor Pope Eliminated in Seventh Place ($41,850)

Trevor Pope raised to 100,000 from under the gun and action folded to Miguel Proulx. He re-potted and Pope made the call for the rest of his chips.

Pope turned over JClub Suit 10Spade Suit 9Club Suit 8Spade Suit and Proulx showed KDiamond Suit KClub Suit JHeart Suit 7Club Suit.

The board ran out ADiamond Suit 6Diamond Suit 3Heart Suit 3Club Suit 4Spade Suit, missing Pope completely and he was ousted from the tournament.

Karl GalKarl Gal Eliminated in Sixth Place ($54,736)

Karl Gal moved all in for his last 200,000 and Miguel Proulx made the call. He showed down QHeart Suit JClub Suit 10Heart Suit 6Diamond Suit while Gal showed KSpade Suit KDiamond Suit 8Club Suit 7Diamond Suit.

The flop was good for both players as it came down QDiamond Suit JDiamond Suit 2Diamond Suit, giving Gal a flush and Proulx two pair. The turn was the ASpade Suit, helping neither player.

But the river was the QClub Suit, giving Proulx the full house and Gal was eliminated.

Joerg Engels Eliminated in Fifth Place ($72,227)

Joerg Engels raised to 110,000 from the button and Michael Greco made the call from the big blind. The flop came down 6Spade Suit 6Diamond Suit 5Diamond Suit and Greco checked. Engels moved all in and Greco made the call.

Engels showed down ASpade Suit 9Diamond Suit 9Spade Suit 4Club Suit and Greco showed ADiamond Suit 6Heart Suit 3Diamond Suit 3Heart Suit.

Greco had trips and improved to a full house when the AHeart Suit fell on the turn. The river was the 7Spade Suit, securing Engels’ fate as he was eliminated.

Stephane TayarStephane Tayar Eliminated in Fourth Place ($96,253)

Stephane Tayar raised to 140,000 from under the gun and Miguel Proulx was the only caller. Tayar only had 10,000 behind and threw it into the pot before the flop was dealt. Proulx made the call and showed ASpade Suit KSpade Suit 4Club Suit 3Diamond Suit, while Tayar showed QClub Suit JClub Suit 9Spade Suit 8Spade Suit.

The board ran out QSpade Suit 10Spade Suit 2Club Suit 2Spade Suit 7Club Suit, giving Proulx a superior spade flush and Tayar was eliminated.

Michael Greco Eliminated In Third Place ($129,691)

L.J. Klein opened for a raise and Michael Greco moved all in for his last 485,000. Klein made the call and turned over KDiamond Suit JHeart Suit 7Diamond Suit 6Heart Suit while Greco showed AClub Suit 10Club Suit 10Diamond Suit 5Diamond Suit.

The board ran out JClub Suit 8Heart Suit 6Club Suit 4Heart Suit 5Spade Suit, giving Klein a straight and knocking out Greco in third place.

L.J. KleinMiguel Proulx Wins Event No. 28 ($315,311), L.J. Klein Eliminated in Second Place ($195,147)

L.J. Klein raised to 125,000 from the button and Miguel Proulx made the call. The flop came down JSpade Suit 10Spade Suit 4Spade Suit. Proulx checked and Klein bet 75,000. Proulx made the call and the turn was the 9Diamond Suit.

Proulx then led out for 200,000 and Klein made the call. The river was the KHeart Suit and Proulx checked again. Klein then moved all in and Proulx snap-called, showing down ASpade Suit QDiamond Suit QHeart Suit 2Spade Suit for the nut flush.

Klein mucked and was eliminated in second place, surrendering the bracelet to Proulx.