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World Series of Poker -- Jeffrey Papola Wins Event No. 32, Heads-up for Second Time in Four Days

Law Student Gets First Bracelet, Denies Men Nguyen His Eighth


Jeffrey PapolaEvery poker player dreams about getting a second chance at a missed opportunity. Jeffrey Papola made the most of his, by winning event no. 32, the $5,000 no-limit hold’em six-handed event.

Papola got heads-up for the second time in four days and while the sun was rising on Sunday morning, Papola won his first career WSOP gold bracelet and $667,443 by defeating Men Nguyen in a heads-up battle that lasted more than four hours.

Just four days prior to his showdown with Nguyen, this law student from New York was heads-up against Will Haydon in the $2,500 version of this same event. Haydon ended up getting the better of Papola on that night, but Papola showed his prowess in six-handed no-limit hold’em by getting to another final table in the very next six-handed event.

Papola entered heads-up play with a 3-1 chip advantage over Nguyen, who was looking to capture his eighth career bracelet and second of the 2010 World Series of Poker. Nguyen, however, wouldn’t go down easily and battled back to take a slight chip lead against Papola.

Papola stayed calm and wasn’t phased by what was at stake. After a big check-raise from Nguyen, Papola quickly moved all-in and forced a fold from the California pro. That gave him the chip lead back for good.

When he picked up pocket jacks against Nguyen’s K-10, Papola notched the bracelet and a payday that put his career winnings at the WSOP over $1.1 million.

Nguyen took home $412,746 for his second-place finish. A finish that was good enough to put Nguyen into a tie with James Dempsey and Michael Mizrachi for WSOP Player of the Year.

Nguyen wasn’t the only well-known pro at the final table. Erick Lindgren came into the final table very healthy in chips and was looking for his second bracelet. He was a victim of a cold deck though, when his pocket queens ran into Nguyen’s pocket kings and he was eliminated in sixth place.

Here are a look at the final table results:

1. Jeffrey Papola — $667,443
2. Men Nguyen — $412,746
3. Mark Radoja — $262,902
4. Bruno Launais — $173,123
5. Orlando Delacruz — $117,595
6. Erick Lindgren — $82,303

Here is a look at the elimination hands as seen on’s live updates.

Erick LindgrenCold Deck Sends Lindgren Out in Sixth

Bruno Launais raised to 90,000 from under-the-gun and Erick Lindgren three-bet to 260,000. Men Nguyen then made a cold four-bet all-in for 1,500,000. Launais got out of the way and then Lindgren went into the tank.

“I could always get lucky,” said Lindgren after a minute of thought.

“I’ll make you a deal,” Nguyen said. “If you fold and show, I’ll show.”

Lindgren thought a for a little longer before letting out a sigh and calling. Lindgren showed pocket queens and was in bad shape against Nguyen’s pocket kings.

Lindgren couldn’t find a queen on the board and that made him the first elimination at this final table. He’ll take home $82,303 for his finish.

Orlando Delacruz Eliminated in Fifth Place ($117,595)

Orlando Delacruz was left with less than a big blind after doubling up Mark Radoja the hand before this. Delacruz was all-in in the big blind and Jeffrey Papola limped in and Radoja completed the small blind.

The flop was 10Club Suit 3Club Suit 2Spade Suit and Papola bet 150,000 after a check from Radoja. Radoja folded and Papola showed 9Heart Suit 2Diamond Suit and Delacruz showed the KHeart Suit 7Heart Suit.

Delacruz failed to improve his hand and was eliminated in fifth place, good for $117,595.

Bruno LaunaisLaunais Runs into Big Slick, Eliminated in Fourth Place ($173,123)

Action folded to Bruno Launais in the small blind and he shoved all-in for 600,000 and was called by Mark Radoja.

Launais showed the QHeart Suit 4Heart Suit and Radoja showed ADiamond Suit KHeart Suit.

The board ran out ASpade Suit QDiamond Suit JSpade Suit AClub Suit 9Diamond Suit, meaning Launais was drawing dead on the turn and he was eliminated in fourth place.

PlayerNameMark Radoja Eliminated in Third Place ($262,902)

Mark Radoja raised to 175,000 on the button and Jeffrey Papola called from the big blind.

The flop was 9Club Suit 5Diamond Suit 4Club Suit and Papola checked over to Radoja, who fired out 225,000. Papola made a raise to 575,000. Radoja moved all in and was called by Papola.

Papola showed the 10Club Suit 9Heart Suit and Radoja had a flush draw with the QClub Suit 8Club Suit.

The turn gave Radoja more outs when the 8Diamond Suit peeled off, but the river was the KHeart Suit, giving the pot to Papola and sending Radoja home with $262,902 in his pocket.

The elimination sent Men Nguyen into a frenzied celebration that upset some of the supporters of Radoja on the rail. There were some things shouted at Nguyen before the tournament director asked them to leave.

Jeffrey PapolaMen Nguyen Eliminated in Second Place, Jeffrey Papola Wins Event No. 32

Jeffrey Papola made it 320,000 from the button and Men Nguyen moved all in for just over 2,000,000 and was snap called by Papola. Papola showed JDiamond Suit JSpade Suit and was ahead of Nguyen’s KSpade Suit 10Spade Suit.

The board ran out 7Diamond Suit 7Spade Suit 5Diamond Suit 9Heart Suit AHeart Suit, keeping Papola’s jacks in the lead and giving him the bracelet.

Nguyen will take home $412,746 for second place and Papola takes the bracelet, along with $667,443