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World Series of Poker -- Ian Gordon Wins Event No. 43

Relative Unknown Takes Home First Bracelet in One of the Toughest Fields of the Series


Ian GordonComing into the final day of the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship, Ian Gordon only had career tournament earnings of $4,345. He was not picked by many, if any, to win the event at the start of the day.

That all changed after 13 hours of poker.

Gordon showed that he was a force to be reckoned with, as he took on many of the game’s best players and came out on top. As the sun was rising Saturday morning, the Missoula, Montana native won his first career bracelet, along with $611,666 in just his second career WSOP cash.

Coming into the final table, Gordon was more of an afterthought as he was right in the middle of the pack in chips. Matt Glantz had picked up steam and took the final-table lead with almost 2 million in chips from the 7 million-plus in play.

Gordon never seemed to get too short on chips and won a critical pot five handed when he backed into the nut flush against Glantz to cripple the top pro. That pot propelled Gordon to the top of the chip counts and he never looked back. He used his stack to his advantage and tore through the competition when it got three handed.

Gordon’s heads-up match lasted just one hand when his pocket nines won the race against Richard Ashby’s A-J. Ashby was looking to become the second multiple bracelet winner at the WSOP this year, but fell just short, coming in second.

Here are the final table results.

1. Ian Gordon – $611,666
2. Richard Ashby – $378,024
3. Eugene Katchalov – $248,831
4. Marco Johnson – $181,503
5. Matt Glantz – $135,040
6. Carlos Mortensen – $102,237
7. Nick Schulman – $78,654
8. Marco Traniello – $61,414

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

Marco TranielloTraniello is First Final-Table Casualty

Omaha 8

Marco Johnson raised from the button and Marco Traniello raised all in from the small blind. Ian Gordon cold-called from the big blind and Johnson made the call.

The flop was 7Spade Suit 3Diamond Suit 3Heart Suit and Gordon led with a bet that was called by Johnson. Gordon fired again on the KClub Suit turn card and Johnson came along to see the KDiamond Suit river. Gordon fired the river and Johnson quickly folded his hand.

Gordon showed the 6Diamond Suit 5Heart Suit 4Diamond Suit 3Club Suit for trip threes and Traniello showed the QSpade Suit QClub Suit AHeart Suit 6Heart Suit. Traniello was eliminated in eighth place and collected $61,114 for his efforts.

Nick Schulman Eliminated


Marco Johnson raised from middle position and was three-bet all-in by Nick Schulman from the button. Johnson made the call and showed ASpade Suit KHeart Suit and was ahead of Schulman’s AClub Suit JSpade Suit

Schulman just dropped his head as the board ran out AHeart Suit 9Club Suit 3Club Suit 4Spade Suit KDiamond Suit and Johnson eliminated Schulman in seventh. Schulman will take home $78,654 for seventh place.

Carlos MortensenCarlos Mortensen Eliminated


Carlos Mortensen completed, Eugene Katchalov was the only caller, and he was the player who brought it in.

Mortensen bet fourth and was called and the last of his chips were committed on fifth street.

Katchalov: (2-6)-Q-8-4-5-(6)
Mortensen: (A-3)-7-5-7-8-(Q)

Mortensen was way ahead on fourth street, but Katchalov caught good and made a better eight-low than Mortensen. Mortensen was eliminated from the tournament with an extra $102,237 to his name.

Matt GlantzMatt Glantz Eliminated


Matt Glantz raised from under the gun to get all of his chips in the middle and was called by Richard Ashby in the big blind who showed QSpade Suit QHeart Suit.

Glantz said that he only looked at one and showed the AClub Suit. He was happy to find that his other card was the KDiamond Suit and was happy to be off to the races with Ashby.

After the dealer dealt out the 10Spade Suit 8Heart Suit 7Diamond Suit 3Heart Suit 3Diamond Suit board, Glantz was eliminated in fifth place and took home $135,040.

Marco JohnsonMarco Johnson Eliminated

Stud 8

Marco Johnson was all-in for his last 350,000 on third street against Ian Gordon.

Johnson: (AHeart Suit-6Club Suit)-7Heart Suit-KHeart Suit-2Club Suit-QDiamond Suit-(JSpade Suit)
Gordon: (ASpade Suit-4Club Suit)-6Diamond Suit-JHeart Suit-8Diamond Suit-ADiamond Suit-(5Heart Suit)

Gordon made a pair of aces and a low to scoop the pot and send Johnson home in fourth place, leaving us with the final three players. Johnson will take home $181,503 for his finish.

Eugene Katchalov Eliminated


Eugene Katchalov raised from the button, Ian Gordon made it three bets from the small blind, Katchalov made it four bets and Gordon called.

The flop came 10Diamond Suit 8Diamond Suit 3Diamond Suit and the rest of Katchalov’s chips got into the middle and Gordon made the call.

Katchalov held 7Heart Suit 7Spade Suit, but was drawing to runners when Gordon turned over the KDiamond Suit JDiamond Suit, for the second nut flush. The 3Spade Suit on the turn gave Katchalov hope, but the QDiamond Suit on the river sealed the deal for Gordon, giving him the pot and Katchalov was eliminated in third place.

Katchalov will take home $248,831 for his finish and Ian Gordon and Richard Ashby will go heads-up for the bracelet.

Ian GordonRichard Ashby Eliminated in Second, Ian Gordon Wins Event No. 43


After Katchalov was eliminated, heads-up play was as short as it could possibly be. Just one hand after Katchalov left the tournament area, this hand took place.

Richard Ashby raised from the button and Ian Gordon three-bet from the big blind. Ashby made it four bets and Gordon made the call.

The flop was 10Heart Suit 8Diamond Suit 6Heart Suit and Gordon check-raised a bet from Ashby. Ashby thought for a moment and then tossed in a call.

The turn was the 10Club Suit and Gordon fired another shell.

“I think you’ve got me, but I have to go all-in,” said Ashby as he moved his chips into the middle.

Gordon made the call and showed 9Heart Suit 9Spade Suit. He was ahead of Ashby’s ADiamond Suit JDiamond Suit. The river was the KDiamond Suit and Gordon’s nines held up to take home the title and $611,666.

Ashby will take home a consolation prize of $378,027.



almost 11 years ago

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