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World Series of Poker -- Huck Seed Wins Tournament of Champions

Seed Outlasts Elite Field to Net $500,000


Huck SeedHuck Seed has been a monster in the poker world for over 15 years. Now he can add another title to his name with his victory in the 2010 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions.

As if he had anything else to prove, Seed already has four bracelets to his name and won the 2009 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. With the win on Monday morning, his career tournament earnings total just over $5,700,000.

The 1996 main event champion outlasted 27 of the most elite players in the game to take home $500,000 in his first Tournament of Champions victory. He joins the likes of Annie Duke, Mike Sexton, and Mike Matusow as the only winners in the history of this event.

Coming into the final day second in chips, Seed didn’t seem to get involved in too many big pots early on. He was able to stay under the radar and get to the final table without taking too many risks. All while keeping his chip stack around where it was at the day’s start.

He slowly chipped up at the final table and was able to get heads-up with Howard Lederer after playing pots against Johnny Chan when they were three-handed. On a six-high fop, Seed got all of his chips in with 9-6 against Lederer’s pocket tens. Seed was able to back door a straight to double up and stay alive. A few hands later, Seed finished the job to take the title for himself.

Here are the final table results.

1. Huck Seed – $500,000
2. Howard Lederer – $250,000
3. Johnny Chan – 100,000
4. Joe Hachem – $25,000
5. Barry Greenstein – $25,000
6. Daniel Negreanu – $25,000
7. Jennifer Harman – $25,000
8. Annie Duke – $25,000
9. T.J. Cloutier – $25,000

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

T.J. CloutierT.J. Cloutier Eliminated in Ninth Place ($25,000)

Daniel Negreanu raised and T.J Cloutier called from the button. Annie Duke joined from the big blind and the flop came KClub Suit JClub Suit 5Spade Suit. Duke and Negreanu both checked and Cloutier bet 12,000.

Duke folded and Negreanu called. The turn came the 6Club Suit and Negreanu put out enough chips to move Cloutier all-in. Cloutier made the call and showed ASpade Suit JSpade Suit.

Cloutier was in deep trouble against the KHeart Suit 10Club Suit of Negreanu. The river was the 7Spade Suit and Negreanu moved up to 240,000 with the knockout.

Annie DukeAnnie Duke Eliminated ($25,000)

Annie Duke moved all-in for 33,000 from early position. Barry Greenstein isolated Duke by moving all-in over the top.

Jennifer Harman tanked for a while before releasing her hand. Duke showed ADiamond Suit QDiamond Suit and was way ahead of Greenstein’s AClub Suit JClub Suit.

The flop came 8Diamond Suit 3Heart Suit 2Spade Suit and Duke was still way ahead. The turn was the 7Diamond Suit, giving her a flush draw, but Greenstein got there on the river with the JSpade Suit and hit his two-outer to take the pot and is now up to 127,000 while Duke is on her way to the rail.

Jennifer HarmanJennifer Harman Eliminated in Seventh Place ($25,000)

After being severely short stacked, Jennifer Harman tripled and then doubled up, but was still short on chips. She was all-in again and was in trouble against Barry Greenstein.

Harman held AHeart Suit 4Club Suit and needed an ace against the KClub Suit KDiamond Suit of Greenstein.

The JDiamond Suit 6Club Suit 4Heart Suit gave her a few more outs, but the JSpade Suit and 5Diamond Suit on the turn and river didn’t give her what she needed and Greenstein sent her home.

Daniel NegreanuDaniel Negreanu Eliminated in Sixth Place ($25,000)

Daniel Negreanu was once the chip leader, but was run over by Johnny Chan throughout the last two levels and dropped under 100,000.

We found Negreanu getting all in on a flop of 6Club Suit 5Diamond Suit 2Spade Suit and was called by Joe Hachem.

Negreanu tabled AHeart Suit ADiamond Suit, but Hachem showed 5Club Suit 5Heart Suit, giving him a set of fives. The turn was the 3Club Suit, giving Negreanu some chop outs, but the 10Club Suit on the river kept Hachem’s set in the lead and eliminated the one-time chip leader earlier than he would have liked.

Barry GreensteinBarry Greenstein Eliminated in Fifth Place ($25,000)

Barry Greenstein raised to 15,000 and Howard Lederer called from the big blind.

The flop came AHeart Suit 8Heart Suit 2Diamond Suit and all of the chips got into the middle. Greenstein held 4Heart Suit 3Heart Suit giving him a straight and flush draw and Lederer showed ASpade Suit 10Spade Suit, good for top pair.

The turn was the 10Diamond Suit, which kept Lederer in the lead and gave him two pair, and the river was the 7Diamond Suit. Greenstein missed both of his draws and took home $25,000 for his efforts.

Lederer is now up to 340,000 and is the chip leader.

Joe HachemJoe Hachem Eliminated in Fourth Place ($25,000)

Howard Lederer raised from the button and Joe Hachem three-bet to 49,000 from the small blind. Lederer moved him in for his 88,000 total and Hachem made the call.

Hachem showed AHeart Suit 8Spade Suit and was up against Lederer’s 8Heart Suit 8Club Suit.

“Ace of spades one time,” said Hachem. “Actually, another time. One more time.”

The board came 9Heart Suit 5Heart Suit 5Diamond Suit JDiamond Suit 5Club Suit to send the former main event champion home just short of a money jump.

Johnny ChanJohnny Chan Eliminated in Third Place ($100,000)

After Huck Seed folded the button, Howard Lederer made a raise from the small blind to put the extremely short stacked Johnny Chan all-in.

Chan made the call after a few moments of thought and tabled 7Spade Suit 5Diamond Suit and was up against the JHeart Suit 9Heart Suit of Lederer.

The fop was JSpade Suit 8Spade Suit 6Diamond Suit and each player had a piece. Chan had a straight draw and Lederer had top pair. The turn was the AClub Suit and the 2Diamond Suit fell on the river to eliminate Chan and leave Lederer heads-up with Seed for the title and the $500,000.

Howard LedererHoward Lederer Eliminated in Second Place ($250,000), Huck Seed Wins ($500,000)

A few hands after losing the chip lead, Lederer was down to just 138,000 in chips and moved all-in preflop and was called by Seed.

Lederer showed QClub Suit 8Club Suit and was slightly behind Seed’s ASpade Suit 2Spade Suit. The flop came 7Spade Suit 6Heart Suit 6Diamond Suit, which didn’t change much for Lederer, still needing an 8 or a queen.

The 9Spade Suit gave Seed a flush draw and Lederer a straight draw, but the AHeart Suit on the river kept Seed in the lead and gave him the title.

Lederer will take home $250,000 after being able to taste victory and Seed will take home a cool $500,000 for his efforts.



9 years ago

If Varkoni is the "Forgotten Champion" than Huck is the "Quiet Champion". WTG Huck. Much like Ivey, you let public opinion determine your greatness. Are you listening PH??? "just sayin"