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World Series of Poker -- Marcel Vonk Wins Event No. 54

Vonk Wins First Bracelet in Second Career WSOP Cash


Marcel VonkMarcel Vonk topped a huge field to win the last $1,000 no-limit hold’em event of the
2010 World Series of Poker.

Vonk emerged victorious from a field of 3,844 to take home his first bracelet and $570,960 in event No. 54. This was just Vonk’s second career cash at the WSOP. Vonk cashed in the 2009 WSOP when he cashed for $2,745 in a $1,500 no-limit hold’em event.

Vonk and David Peters went to the final table with most of the chips in play and as many would have predicted, those two went heads-up. Peters took control early on in the heads-up match and got out to the early lead. It looked like Peters was going to run away with it, but Vonk found a couple hands and was able to grind back to just a short chip deficit.

Then Vonk picked up pocket kings when Peters picked up pocket jacks. All the money got in the middle and Vonk took a massive chip lead. Shortly after, Vonk’s A-3 trumped Peters’ K-8 and Vonk took the title.

Here are a look at the final-table results:

1. Marcel Vonk – $570,960
2. David Peters – $350,803
3. Paul Kerr – $255,076
4. Nathan Jessen – $186,818
5. Henrik Tollefsen – $138,107
6. Matthew Lupton – $103,061
7. Mehul Chaudhari -$77,633
8. Espen Moen – $59,020
9. Dustin Dorrance – $45,286

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

Dustin Dorrance-BowmanDustin Dorrance Eliminated in Ninth Place ($45,286)

The action folded to David Peters who raised in the hijack to 66,000. Henrik Tollefsen called in the cutoff and then Paul Kerr moved all-in from the button for 880,000.

Dustin Dorrance was in the big blind and went into the tank for quite a while as he was covered by just a few chips by Kerr.

Finally Dorrance made the call and tabled 10Heart Suit 10Club Suit and was up against Kerr’s AHeart Suit QDiamond Suit.

The flop came ASpade Suit 5Spade Suit 4Club Suit and Dorrance was in a world of hurt.

The turn was the 8Spade Suit and the river was the 9Spade Suit and Dorrance was the first casualty of today’s final table, while Kerr chipped up to 1,900,000.

Espen MoenEspen Moen Eliminate in Eighth Place ($59,020)

Espen Moen moved all-in from middle position for 325,000. David Peters called from the button.

Moen showed pocket threes and Peters showed pocket fives. Moen was in deep trouble and was going to need to hit his two-outer to stay alive.

Unfortunately for Moen, the board ran out ASpade Suit 10Diamond Suit 9Diamond Suit 6Club Suit AHeart Suit. Moen couldn’t find his two-outer and will take home just over $59,000 for his eighth-place finish. After the knockout of Moen, Peters has climbed to 2,325,000 and looks to be the chip leader.

Matthew LuptonMehul Chaudhari and Matthew Lupton Eliminated on the Same Hand

Marcel Vonk raised to 100,000 from the cutoff and Mehul Chaudhari moved all in from the button for 680,000. Matthew Lupton was in the big blind who moved all in over the top of that and Vonk made the call pretty quickly.

Lupton showed ADiamond Suit KHeart Suit, Chaudhari showed 4Diamond Suit 4Spade Suit, and Vonk showed QSpade Suit QDiamond Suit.

The board came out JClub Suit 10Diamond Suit 8Spade Suit 8Club Suit 6Spade Suit and Vonk won both the side pot with him and Lupton and the main pot for all three players. Vonk now has 4,200,000 and is the new chip leader.

Chaudhari finished in seventh place since he had less chips than Lupton and earns $77,633. Lupton finishes in sixth place and earns $103,061.

Henrik TollefsenHenrik Tollefsen Eliminated in Fifth Place ($138,107)

David Peters raised to 110,000 from the button and Henrik Tollefsen made it 270,000 from the small blind. After Paul Kerr folded his big blind, Peters thought for a half-minute before moving all-in.

Tollefsen thought for a few moments before making the call. Peters showed KHeart Suit 10Spade Suit and was slightly behind Tollefsen’s ASpade Suit QHeart Suit.

Peters moved into the lead on the flop of JHeart Suit 10Heart Suit 2Spade Suit and Tollefsen got out of his seat and got ready to leave. The 10Diamond Suit on the turn, gave Peters trips and left Tollefsen drawing dead.

The 7Club Suit on the river was meaningless and Tollefsen left the tournament area, while Peters is up to 5,500,000.

Nathan JessenNathan Jessen Eliminated in Fourth Place ($186,818)

Marcel Vonk raised to 150,000 on the button and Nathan Jessen moved all in from the small blind for 1,080,000.

Vonk made the call and showed ADiamond Suit JHeart Suit and was ahead of Jessen’s KClub Suit QHeart Suit.

The flop came 10Spade Suit 9Spade Suit 4Spade Suit and any paint would give Jessen the lead. Unfortunately for Jessen, the dealer peeled off the AHeart Suit on the turn and 7Diamond Suit on the river to give the pot to Vonk.

Jessen takes home $186,8181 for his deep run in the tournament and Vonk vaults his chip stack to 5,500,000 in chips.

Paul KerrPaul Kerr Eliminated in Third Place ($255,076)

David Peters and Paul Kerr saw a flop of JSpade Suit 9Spade Suit 5Club Suit in an unopened pot.

Peters bet 115,000 and Kerr made the call.

The turn was the QClub Suit and Peters bet 270,000 and Kerr moved all in and Peters made the call.

Kerr showed JClub Suit 6Club Suit, giving him a pair and a flush draw, while Peters showed QSpade Suit 9Diamond Suit, giving him two pair and the lead. The river card was the 9Club Suit, which gave Kerr a flush, but filled up Peters.

Kerr is our third-place finisher and leaves David Peters and Marcel Vonk heads-up for the bracelet.

David PetersDavid Peters Eliminated in Second Place ($350,803), Marcel Vonk Wins ($570,960)

David Peters was crippled and down to just 1,000,000 in chips after picking up pocket jacks against the pocket kings of Marcel Vonk.

With just 1,000,000 left, Peters moved all in preflop and was called by Vonk.

Vonk showed AHeart Suit 3Heart Suit and was slightly ahead of Peters’ KSpade Suit 8Club Suit. The flop was AClub Suit 8Heart Suit 7Diamond Suit and kept Vonk in the lead.

The turn was the 4Spade Suit and the 9Diamond Suit fell on the river and Peters was unable to improve and Vonk will take home the bracelet. Peters will take home $350,803 and Vonk will take home the first-place money of $570,960 with his bracelet.