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WSOP: Velador Claims Event No. 33 -- $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha

Defeats Former Bracelet Winners To Claim Second Career Bracelet


VeladorThree of the players who sat down at the final table of event No. 33 ($2,500 pot-limit hold’em/Omaha) have combined for six career World Series of Poker bracelets. As the quick pace started claiming victims, it was those former champions who found themselves three-handed, fighting for yet another WSOP bracelet.

Jose-Luis Velador, who won a bracelet in no-limit hold’em in 2008, maintained a chip lead throughout most of the night and was able to hold on to knock out fellow 2008 bracelet winner Rob Hollink in third place before cruising through four-time bracelet winner David Chiu.

Chiu was able to double up once in the heads-up battle, but the deficit proved to be too much to overcome.

While other final tables this year have lasted long past sunrise, Velador claimed his second WSOP title and the first-place prize of $260,517 just before midnight.

Final-Table Results

1. Jose-Luis Velador — $260,517
2. David Chiu — $160,902
3. Rob Hollink — $116,359
4. Craig Gray — $85,030
5. Kevin MacPhee — $62,791
6. Victor Ramdin — $46,861
7. James Mitchell — $35,331
8. Gavin Cochrane — $26,906
9. Matt Sterling — $20,698

Here Are The Elimination Hands, As reported on’s Live Updates:

Pot-Limit Hold’em

SterlingMatt Sterling Falls in Ninth Place ($20,698)

Facing a raise from Kevin MacPhee to 40,000, Matt Sterling pushed all in for 128,000 and MacPhee called. Their hands:

Sterling: AHeart Suit KHeart Suit
MacPhee: 10Diamond Suit 10Heart Suit

The flop brought the wrong kind of red, coming QDiamond Suit 6Spade Suit 5Diamond Suit to keep MacPhee ahead. The turn was the 6Heart Suit, leaving Sterling dependent on an ace or a king only. But the river brought the 10Diamond Suit to give MacPhee an unnecessary full house, and Sterling was out in ninth place, making $20,698.

Pot-Limit Hold’em

CochraneCochrane Bounced in Eighth Place ($26,906)

Jose-Luis Velador put in a raise only to have Gavin Cochrane re-raise from the big blind. Velador put in enough chips to cover Cochrane and was called. Their hands:

Velador: 8Diamond Suit 8Heart Suit
Cochrane: ASpade Suit JHeart Suit

The coin flip was on, with Cochrane needing the big cards. The flop brought 9Spade Suit 7Spade Suit 6Heart Suit, missing Cochrane completely. The 3Heart Suit hit on the turn, leaving him dead to an ace or jack. He got neither. The river was the 7Club Suit and Cochrane was gone in eighth place, taking with him $26,906.

Pot-Limit Omaha

MitchellChiu Knocks Mitchell Out in Seventh Place ($35,331)

David Chiu raised and James Mitchell re-popped it to 178,000. Chiu tanked then moved all in over the top of Mitchell, who called. Their hands:

Chiu: KClub Suit KHeart Suit 10Club Suit 5Heart Suit
Mitchell: 10Heart Suit 9Heart Suit 8Heart Suit 7Heart Suit

Chiu remained in the lead on a flop of QHeart Suit 7Club Suit 4Club Suit. The JSpade Suit hit on the turn and Mitchell was drawing to a straight, but the 4Spade Suit river ended his hopes and eliminated him in seventh place. He made $35,331.

Pot-Limit Omaha

RamdinVictor Ramdin Eliminated in Sixth Place ($46,861)

Sitting with the shortest stack at the table, Victor Ramdin moved all in for 110,000 and was called by Kevin MacPhee. Their hands:

Ramdin: AClub Suit KDiamond Suit JSpade Suit 9Club Suit
MacPhee: ASpade Suit AHeart Suit 6Spade Suit 3Diamond Suit

The flop came JHeart Suit 4Spade Suit 3Spade Suit. The 2Club Suit turn and 3Club Suit river was enough to give MacPhee trip 3’s and bust Ramdin in sixth place. Ramdin took $46,861 for his finish.

MacPhee held around 725,000 in chips following the hand, not far behind chip leader Jose-Luis Velador.

Pot-Limit Hold’em

MacPheeKevin MacPhee Eliminated in Fifth Place ($62,791)

Kevin MacPhee made it 60,000 to go from the button and Jose-Luis Velador called from the big blind.

Velador checked to MacPhee on a flop of KClub Suit 6Heart Suit 5Club Suit. MacPhee bet 80,000 and Velador check-raised to 200,000. MacPhee pushed all in for half a million and Velador thought a while and called. Their hands:

Velador: KDiamond Suit 3Diamond Suit
MacPhee: 7Spade Suit 7Heart Suit

Velador’s kings were ahead of MacPhee’s pocket sevens. The turn brought the 10Heart Suit and MacPhee was down to two sevens for his outs. The AClub Suit fell on the river and Velador exploded to 1.5 million in chips as MacPhee was gone in fifth place, making $62,791.

Pot-Limit Omaha

GrayGray Finishes in Fourth Place ($85,030)

On a flop of KDiamond Suit 8Spade Suit 2Heart Suit Craig Gray moved the rest of his short stack all in and was instantly called by Jose-Luis Velador. Their hands:

Gray: QHeart Suit QClub Suit 8Club Suit 4Heart Suit
Velador: AClub Suit KDiamond Suit 9Spade Suit 2Club Suit

Velador’s two pair was ahead, and when the KSpade Suit hit on the turn he had a full house. The ASpade Suit finished the board and Gray was gone in fourth place, taking $85,030 of the prize pool.

Pot-Limit Omaha

HollinkHollink Knocked out in Third Place ($116,359)

Rob Hollink called a 80,000 raise preflop from Jose-Luis Velador and everyone else got out of the way.

The flop came QSpade Suit 8Diamond Suit 3Heart Suit and Hollink found himself all in for his tournament life. Their hands:

Hollink: QHeart Suit 10Diamond Suit 8Heart Suit 4Diamond Suit
Velador: KHeart Suit KDiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit 7Heart Suit

Despite the queen on the flop, Velador held the lead with pocket kings. The turn was the 6Heart Suit and the 3Diamond Suit finished the board, giving Velador the pot and knocking Hollink out in third place, winning $116,359.

With that, Velador took a commanding chip lead going into heads-up play against David Chiu.

Pot-Limit Hold’em

ChiuVelador Wins Event No. 33 ($260,517), Chiu Falls in Second Place ($160,902)

Jose-Luis Velador raised from the button and David Chiu re-raised 124,000 more. Velador called and they saw a flop.

Chiu bet out 372,000 on a flop of 6Spade Suit 3Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit and Velador raised the pot, putting Chiu all in. Chiu called and they showed down:

Chiu: AClub Suit 10Heart Suit
Velador: 7Diamond Suit 6Club Suit

Velador had a pair of sixes and Chiu was still alive with two over cards. The 9Club Suit turn didn’t help Chiu, and he was dead to an ace or a 10. The river was the JSpade Suit and Chiu finished as the runner-up.

Velador won the event, and with it he earned his second career WSOP bracelet and $260,517. Chiu fell just shy of winning his fifth WSOP bracelet, but he won $160,902 for his solid play.