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Buy-In: $10,000
Prize Pool: $1,700,500
Entrants: 179

No-Limit Hold'em Championship

  • Aug 22, '05 - Aug 25, '05
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Updates on Final Day (Aug 25, 05)

 
 

Hand 190 - Gregg Merkow has the button, he raises to $69,000, and Law calls. The flop comes Kh-8h-4h, and both players check. The turn card is the 9c, Law bets $80,000, and Merkow folds.

Hand 191 - Bobby Law has the button, he limps, Merkow raises to $86,000, and Law folds.
 

Hand 188 - Gregg Merkow has the button, he limps, and Law checks his option. The flop comes Qs-10c-9h, Law bets, and Merkow folds.

Hand 189 - Bobby Law has the button, he raises to $50,000, and Merkow folds.
 

Hand 186 - Gregg Merkow has the button, he raises to $69,000, and Law folds.

Hand 187 - Bobby Law has the button, he limps, and Merkow checks. The flop comes Ad-Kd-9d, and both players check. The turn card is the Js, Merkow bets $50,000, and Law folds.
 

Hand 184 - Gregg Merkow has the button, and he folds.

Hand 185 - Bobby Law has the button, he limps, and Merkow checks his option. The flop comes Jd-7s-6s, and both players check. The turn card is the 8h, Merkow bets $45,000, and Law folds.
 

Hand 182 - Gregg Merkow has the button, he raises to $69,000, and Law folds.

Hand 183 - Bobby Law has the button, he raises, and Merkow folds.
 

Hand 180 - Gregg Merkow has the button, he raises to $69,000, and Law calls. The flop comes 6s-2s-2c, Law checks, Merkow bets about $150,000, and Law folds. Merkow shows the "Doyle Brunson" (10-2) as he collects the pot.

Hand 181 - Bobby Law has the button, he raises to $50,000, and Merkow folds.
 

Hand 178 - Gregg Merkow has the button, and he folds.

Hand 179 - Bobby Law has the button, he raises to $56,000, and Merkow calls. The flop comes As-3s-2c, and both players check. The turn card is the Ah, and they check again. The river card is the 6d, and they check again. Merkow shows jack high, but Law shows a two to win the pot.
 

The Money Ceremony; Heads-Up Play Begins

A showgirl from the casino is part of the money ceremony, which is heavy on the money, and light on the ceremony. But it's always nice to have a beautiful woman in the room, wearing little more than a bunch of feathers. If that qualifies as a ceremony, I won't complain.

Hand 176 - Gregg Merkow has the button, he limps, Law raises to $56,000, and Merkow folds.

Hand 177 - Bobby Law has the button, he limps, and Merkow checks his option. The flop comes 9h-9d-3d, and both players check. The turn card is the Kc, Merkow bets $50,000, and Law folds.
 

Official Chip Counts

Here are the official chip counts for the final two players:

Gregg Merkow - $1,396,000
Bobby Law - $396,000

The button for heads-up play will start with Merkow. In heads-up play, the button has the small blind and acts first before the flop.
 

Short Break Before Heads-Up Play

There is a short break before the final two players go for the title.
 
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