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WSOP: Berda Takes Down Event No. 56

Wins First Bracelet in Second WSOP Final Table of 2010


BerdaAt his second final table of the 2010 World Series of Poker Tomer Berda didn’t just go deeper, he went all the way.

Rebounding from a fifth-place finish in event No. 5 ($1,500 no-limit hold’em) a few weeks ago, Berda sat down at the final table of event No. 56 ($2,500 no-limit hold’em) Monday ranked second in chips.

After getting heads up and trailing Vladimir Kochelaevskiy nearly 2-1 in chips, Berda battled back and just after midnight he claimed his first ever WSOP title and the hefty $825,976 first-place prize money.

To claim the crown he had to outlast former WSOP bracelet winner Mike Wattel, who also finished second in event No. 14 this year, as well as the day’s starting chip leader Salvatore Bonavena.

Final-Table Results

1. Tomer Berda — $825,976
2. Vladimir Kochelaevskiy — $510,939
3. Bryan Porter — $353,260
4. Salvatore Bonavena — $254,777
5. Mike Wattel — $186,250
6. Hungcheng Hung — $137,946
7. Ali Alawadhi — $60,580
8. Joseph Curcio — $78,705
9. Alfonso Amendola — $60,580

Elimination Hands

AmendolaAmendola Knocked out in Ninth Place ($60,580)

Not too long after he doubled up Mike Wattel, Alfonso Amendola got his last 490,000 all in against Tomer Curcio. Their hands:

Amendola: AHeart Suit 10Diamond Suit
Curcio: AClub Suit KClub Suit

The flop ran KHeart Suit 9Spade Suit 2Club Suit, pairing Curcio and putting him far ahead in the hand. The 7Heart Suit turn left Amendola drawing dead and the QSpade Suit river finished the hand. Amendola was the first elimination from the final table, making $60,580.

CurcioCurcio Falls to Aces in Eighth Place ($78,705)

Vladimir Kochelaevskiy opened to 190,000 and Joseph Curcio moved all in from the small blind. When action folded back to him, Kochelaevskiy had an easy decision. He called and they showed their hands:

Kochelaevskiy: ADiamond Suit ASpade Suit
Curcio: JClub Suit JHeart Suit

The flop didn’t bring any help for Curcio, running KSpade Suit 2Club Suit 2Spade Suit. The 9Spade Suit turn left him drawing to two outs but the river was the 8Spade Suit and Kochelaevskiy hit the unnecessary flush to eliminate Curcio in eighth place, for which he’ll take home $78,705.

AlawadhiAlawadhi Busts On Missed Draw in Seventh Place ($103,527)

Tomer Berda raised to 200,000 and when action folded to Ali Alawadhi he made the call from the big blind.

The flop fell AClub Suit 5Diamond Suit 3Diamond Suit and Alawadhi moved all in. Berda made the call and saw that he was ahead, but Alawadhi had outs. Their hands:

Alawadhi: KDiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit
Berda: ASpade Suit 6Spade Suit

The 9Club Suit fell on the turn to pair Alawadhi and give him even more outs, but the JHeart Suit on the river was not one of them. Alawadhi was gone in seventh place, taking $103,527 with him.

Berda had around 3 million in chips after the hand.

HungHung Hanged in Sixth Place (137,496)

Hungcheng Hung pushed all in from under the gun for 760,000 and Tomer Berda called from the small blind. Their hands:

Berda: ASpade Suit KClub Suit
Hung: QClub Suit JClub Suit

Hung was trailing and found no help on a flop of 8Diamond Suit 7Club Suit 6Diamond Suit. The 3Club Suit on the turn left Hung with one last chance to hit a jack or queen, but the 10Heart Suit finished the board and Hung was the sixth-place finisher, earning $137,496.

WattelIn Same Hand, Wattel ($186,250) And Bonavena ($254,777) Bust in Fifth and Fourth

Mike Wattel pushed all in for 685,000 only to have Salvatore Bonavena move all in over the top for 915,000. Bryan Porter also went all in, having both opponents covered, and the three players showed down. Their hands:

Wattel: ASpade Suit JDiamond Suit
Bonavena: 8Heart Suit 8Club Suit
Porter: JClub Suit JHeart Suit

The board missed everyone, running 5Club Suit 2Diamond Suit 2Spade Suit 6Heart Suit 4Diamond Suit to give Porter the best hand and eliminate Wattel in fifth place ($186,250) and Bonavena in fourth ($254,777).

PorterPorter Finishes in Third Place ($353,260)

Tomer Berda raised to 360,000 from the small blind and Bryan Porter moved all in. Berda quickly called and they showed down:

Berda: ADiamond Suit 10Heart Suit
Porter: QSpade Suit 9Spade Suit

The ASpade Suit 3Diamond Suit 2Club Suit hit on the flop and Porter needed running cards to stay alive. The AClub Suit turn left Porter drawing dead and the 5Spade Suit river finished the board.

Porter finished in third place for $353,260, leaving Vladimir Kochelaevskiy and Tomer Berda heads up. Kochelaevskiy had 9.8 million to Berda’s 4.8 million in chips.

KocheslaevskiyBerda Wins Event No. 56 ($825,976), Kochelaevskiy Finishes Runner-Up ($510,939)

Vladimir Kochelaevskiy moved all in from the button and was called by Tomer Berda. Their hands:

Berda: ADiamond Suit 4Club Suit
Kochelaevskiy: 10Club Suit 6Club Suit

The flop was best for Berda, running AHeart Suit 6Heart Suit 2Club Suit to give him a pair of aces and Kochelaevskiy a pair of sixes. The turn brought the 3Heart Suit and Kochelaevskiy needed to see a ten or six on the river to stay alive.

The 7Club Suit fell instead, and Kochelaevskiy was eliminated in second place, winning $510,939. Berda took down the event, the $825,976 first-place prize, and his first career WSOP bracelet.