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World Series Of Poker -- Michael Linn Wins Event No. 49

Takes Home $609,493 And First Bracelet


Michael Linn won event No. 49 ($1,500 no limit hold’em) to take home his first bracelet and $609,493. He defeated Taylor Larkin in a two-hour heads-up match.

There were 23 players who returned on the final day to play down to a champion. Linn entered the day with the chip lead and he ended the day where he began, at the top of the chip counts. It took five hours to get down to the official final table with John Myung bubbling in 10th place.

Linn entered the final table fourth in chips but he hung around until the table got four handed. That’s when he knocked out Ben Smith (4th) and Anonymous (3rd) to enter heads-up play against Larkin with a 2-1 chip lead. Larkin did manage to double up a few times, but Linn finally managed to claim his first bracelet when Larkin’s Q-J could not outrun Linn’s A-2 on the final hand of the night.

Here are the official final table results:

1. Michael Linn — $609,493
2. Taylor Larkin — $378,905
3. Anonymous
4. Ben Smith — $193,418
5. Chadwick Grimes — $141,235
6. Alexander Kuzmin — $104,364
7. Justin Zaki — $78,067
8. Erle Mankin — $59,082
9. Tyler Cornell — $45,247

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

Tyler CornellTyler Cornell Eliminated in Ninth Place ($45,247)

Tyler Cornell raised to 80,000 from the cutoff and Justin Zaki called, as did Chadwick Grimes.

The flop came down 9Spade Suit 6Club Suit 5Heart Suit and Cornell put his last 5,000 into the middle. Both opponents called and the turn was the QHeart Suit.

Both players checked and they did the same when the 3Diamond Suit fell on the river. Cornell tabled JSpade Suit 9Club Suit for top pair on the flop, but Grimes turned over KSpade Suit QSpade Suit for a better pair and Cornell was the first player to bust from the final table.

Erle Mankin Eliminated in Eighth Place ($59,082)

Erle Mankin found himself all in preflop against Taylor Larkin. Here were their hands:

Mankin: ADiamond Suit JHeart Suit
Larkin: AHeart Suit KDiamond Suit

Mankin was dominated and the board ran out KHeart Suit 10Diamond Suit 2Diamond Suit 8Club Suit 10Heart Suit and Mankin was eliminated.

Justin Zaki Eliminated in Seventh Place ($78,067)

Anonymous raised to 100,000 from the button and Justin Zaki moved all in for 775,000 from the big blind. Anonymous snap-called and the players turned over their hands:

Anonymous: ADiamond Suit AClub Suit
Zaki: 6Club Suit 5Heart Suit

Zaki’s move failed miserably as he was up against the best starting hand in poker. The board ran out ASpade Suit 9Diamond Suit 8Spade Suit 9Heart Suit KHeart Suit and Zaki was eliminated.

Alexander KuzminAlexander Kuzmin Eliminated in Sixth Place ($104,364)

Alexander Kuzmin moved all in for 875,000 from under the gun and he was called by Taylor Larkin. Here were their cards:

Kuzmin: AHeart Suit QHeart Suit
Larkin: JHeart Suit JClub Suit

Kuzmin was racing for his tournament life and the board ran out 8Heart Suit 3Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit 6Club Suit 10Spade Suit and Kuzmin found no help as he was sent to the rail.

Chadwick Grimes Eliminated in Fifth Place ($141,235)

Taylor Larkin raised to 100,000 preflop and Chadwick Grimes made the call. The flop hit the table ADiamond Suit 4Spade Suit 3Diamond Suit and Grimes checked. Larkin bet 150,000 and Grimes made the call.

The JDiamond Suit fell on the turn and Grimes bet 360,000. Larkin went into the tank and then made the call. The river fell 4Diamond Suit and Grimes moved all in. Larkin made the call. Larkin flipped over QDiamond Suit 10Diamond Suit and Grimes was eliminated in fifth place ($141,235) when he mucked.

Ben Smith Eliminated in Fourth Place ($193,418)

Ben Smith moved all in preflop and Michael Linn made the call. Their cards:

Smith: ASpade Suit 4Heart Suit
Linn: 8Heart Suit 8Spade Suit

Board: QDiamond Suit 10Diamond Suit 5Diamond Suit JDiamond Suit 8Club Suit

Smith was eliminated in fourth place on the hand and he took home $193,418 in prize money.

Anonymous Eliminated in Third Place ($268,189)

Anonymous moved all in preflop for 1.5 million and Michael Linn made the call. Their cards:

Anonymous: 2Club Suit 2Heart Suit
Linn: ASpade Suit 9Heart Suit

Board: AClub Suit JHeart Suit 4Diamond Suit 5Diamond Suit KHeart Suit

Anonymous was eliminated on the hand in third place and he took home $268,189 in prize money.

Michael Linn Wins Event No. 49 ($609,493), Taylor Larkin Eliminated in Second Place ($378,905)

Taylor Larkin found himself all in against Michael Linn preflop. Here were their cards:

Larkin: QHeart Suit JSpade Suit
Linn: ADiamond Suit 2Club Suit

The board ran out 10Diamond Suit 6Club Suit 2Spade Suit 7Diamond Suit 4Heart Suit and Larkin was eliminated, surrendering the bracelet to Michael Linn.