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World Series of Poker -- Brendan Taylor Wins Event No. 53

Pasadena Native Takes Home First Bracelet and $184,950


Brendan TaylorJust after the clock struck midnight Saturday morning, Brendan Taylor was able to double his career tournament earnings, by winning event No. 53, the $1,500 limit hold’em shootout at the 2010 World Series of Poker.

Taylor won his first career bracelet, along with $184,950 after besting a fairly stacked table of limit players.

The day started off slow, with chips being passed back and forth, but once the eliminations really started to take place, Taylor began to accumulate some chips and pull away from the pack.

When the table was down to four players, Taylor had more than half of the chips in play and proceeded to knock out the last three players en route to the title.

Taylor topped some of best limit hold’em players in the world at this table. Terrence Chan and Mike Schneider are perennial powerhouses when it comes to limit hold’em, and Jonathan Little is one of the best players in the world.

After Chan and Schneider made early exits from this final table, and after Taylor finished off Little in third, he held a monstrous 10-1 chip lead on Ben Yu. Taylor finished off Yu in just a few hands and is now among the select group of players who own a bracelet.

Here are a look at the final table results:

1. Brendan Taylor – $184,950
2. Ben Yu – $114,484
3. Jonathan Little – $73,218
4. Joseph McGowan – $48,546
5. Brian Tate – $33,276
6. Mike Schneider – $23,563
7. Sijbrand Maal – $17,215
8. Terrence Chan – $12,961

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

Terrence ChanTerrence Chan Eliminated in Eighth Place ($12,961)

Jonathan Little and a very short stacked Terrence Chan got four bets in the middle preflop and saw a flop of JHeart Suit 8Diamond Suit 3Club Suit.

Chan checked, Little bet, Chan check-raised, Little three-bet, and Chan called off the last of his money. Chan showed 7Club Suit 7Heart Suit and was way behind Little’s ADiamond Suit AHeart Suit.

The QHeart Suit on the turn and the ASpade Suit on the river gave Little three aces and the pot.

Chan picked up his bag and headed off to the payouts cage to collect his $12,961 that he will receive for his eighth-place finish.

Sijbrand MaalSijbrand Maal Eliminated in Seventh Place ($17,215)

Brian Tate and Sijbrand Maal got four bets in preflop and saw a flop of AHeart Suit 10Diamond Suit 8Diamond Suit. Tate and Maal capped the action at 75,000 and the rest of the money got in on the QSpade Suit turn card.

Tate showed AClub Suit QClub Suit, giving him top two pair, and Maal showed QDiamond Suit JDiamond Suit, giving him a flush draw, a pair, and a double gutshot straight draw.

The river bricked off and Tate’s two pair held up for the win.

Mike SchneiderMike Schneider Eliminated in Sixth Place ($23,563)

Ben Yu raised on the button and Mike Schneider three-bet all-in from the small blind. Yu made the call and they were off to the races.

Yu showed 9Heart Suit 7Club Suit and was up against Schneider’s 3Heart Suit 3Diamond Suit.

The flop came QHeart Suit QSpade Suit 9Spade Suit and put Yu in the lead. The turn was JClub Suit, the river was the 5Club Suit, and Yu stayed in the lead the rest of the way to bust Schneider from the tournament.

Brian Tate Eliminated in Fifth Place ($33,276)

Brendan Taylor raised from the cutoff and Brian Tate three-bet from the small blind. Taylor made the call and they saw a flop of JClub Suit 9Club Suit 3Heart Suit.

Tate bet and Taylor called. The turn was the 6Heart Suit and Tate bet again. This time Taylor raised and called the three-bet all in from Tate.

Taylor showed QSpade Suit JClub Suit and was way ahead of Tate’s ASpade Suit QHeart Suit. The river was the 10Spade Suit and Tate was eliminated in fifth place.

Joseph McGowanJoseph McGowan Eliminated in Fourth Place ($48,456)

Joseph McGowan raised under the gun and Brendan Taylor made it three beta from the button.

Joseph McGowan called and they saw a flop of 9Spade Suit 9Diamond Suit 2Diamond Suit. McGowan checked, Taylor bet, McGowan raised, and Taylor called. They got the rest of the money in on the turn when the 6Heart Suit fell.

McGowan showed ADiamond Suit 4Diamond Suit and was up against the 5Heart Suit 5Spade Suit of Taylor.

McGowan was looking for an ace, a 6, or a diamond, but the 8Club Suit on the river was not what he was looking for and was eliminated in fourth place.

Jonathan Little Eliminated in Third Place ($73,218)

Shortly after McGowan’s elimination, a short stacked Jonathan Little got all his chips in the middle preflop with ASpade Suit QClub Suit against Brendan Taylor’s QHeart Suit 5Heart Suit.

The board ran out KDiamond Suit 5Diamond Suit 2Club Suit JHeart Suit 6Club Suit and Taylor paired his five to take the pot and eliminate Little from the tournament. Little’s departure leaves Taylor with a massive 10-1 chip lead against Brendan Yu.

Ben YuBen Yu Eliminated in Second Place ($114,484), Brendan Taylor Wins Event No. 53 ($184,950)

After a few raises, Ben Yu got all-in preflop with AClub Suit 9Heart Suit against Taylor’s ADiamond Suit 7Diamond Suit.

Yu was way ahead until the flop came KClub Suit JDiamond Suit 7Spade Suit. Taylor then took a big lead and stayed in the lead when the 4Club Suit fell on the turn and the 4Spade Suit hit on the river.

Yu takes home $114,484 for his second-place finish, while Taylor will take home $184,950