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Prize Pool: $2,406,400
Entrants: 256

Event 25 - World Championship Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em

  • Jun 13, '08 - Jun 15, '08
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Updates on Final Day (Jun 14, 08)

 
 

10K Heads Up Championship - Kenny Tran Wins Event No. 25

Kenny TranKenny Tran Retakes The Chip Lead

Alec Torelli raised to 80,000 and Kenny Tran made the call. The flop came 632 and Tran bet 125,000. Torelli called and the turn was the 9. Tran fired in 300,000 and got another call. The river was the A and both players checked. All Tran could show was 4-3 for fourth pair, but Torelli mucked. After the hand, Tran had regained a very slight chip lead.


Kenny Tran Wins Event No. 25 ($539,040)

After increasing his lead with numerous small pots and blind steals, the big one finally came down. Tran raised to 110,000 and Torelli made the call. The flop came Q74 and Tran bet 150,000. Torelli raised to 430,000 and Tran reraised to 1,030,000. Torelli moved all in and Tran made the call showing A8 for the nut flush draw. Torelli was ahead with Q-10, but the turn and river came 8J to give the victory to Tran. Torelli finishes runner up and earns $336,896.


 

Player Tags: Kenny Tran,   Alec Torelli
 

10K Heads Up Championship - Alec Torelli Takes the Lead

Alec Torellii Picks Off a Bluff

Kenny Tran raised to 62,000 and Alec Torelli called. Both players checked down a board of J5388 until the river where Tran bet 100,000. Torelli called and Tran instantly mucked his hand without showing.


Alec Torelli Muscles In a Huge Pot

Kenny Tran opens on the button for 72,000 and Alec Torelli reraised to 270,000. Tran made the call and both players checked a flop of 1053. The turn was the 3 and again they checked. The river was the 9 and Torelli bet 400,000. Tran made the call and saw the bad news when Torelli flipped over pocket tens for a full house. After the hand, Torelli had opened up a 3-2 chip lead.


Alec Torelli Wins Big Again

Torelli raised to 72,000 and Tran called. The flop came KJ7 and Torelli bet 110,00. Tran check raised to 310,000 and Torelli called. Both players checked down the turn and river which came 94 and Torelli showed a jack to take down the pot.


 

Player Tags: Kenny Tran,   Alec Torelli
 

10K Heads Up Championship - Final Table

Kenny Tran vs. Alec Torelli - Match One - Hour Two

Kenny Tran Wins the Small ones and the Big One

Both players have been ultra conservative throughout the match, opting to take their time and favoring checks over bets. But one decent sized hand did go down when Torelli limped the button and Tran checked his option. The flop came 7-6-2 and both players checked. The turn was another 6 and again they checked. The river was an 8 and Torelli fired in 300,000 after Tran checked. Tran made the call and Torelli showed his pair of sevens with K-7, but Tran rivered a better two pair with 8-7. This hand caused more than a few eyebrows to raise, as both players passively played their hands.

After the hand, Tran held a clear 2-1 chip lead over Torelli.


Kenny Tran Wins Match One

Tran raised to 110,000 and Alec Torelli reraised to 350,000. Tran took some time and then made the call. The flop came 842 and Torelli moved in for about 1 million. Tran instantly called and turned over A4. Torelli was reverse dominated with AJ. The turn and river came 7A and Tran won the first match.

NOTE: The players are now on a quick break before the second match begins.

Player Tags: Kenny Tran,   Alec Torelli
 

10K Heads Up - Alec Torelli vs. Kenny Tran

Kenny Tran vs. Alec Torelli - Match One - Hour One

Aggression Pays Off For Alec Torelli

Alec Torelli raised to 72,000 and Kenny Tran reraised to 260,000. Torelli thought for a bit and then reraised to 525,000. Tran made the call, but folded when Torelli moved all in on a ten-high flop. The massive pot put Torelli at a slightly more than 3-2 chip advantage.


Kenny Tran Gets Some Back

Torelli limps on the button and Kenny Tran checks his option. The flop comes J84 and Torelli bet 35,000. Tran raised to 110,000 and Torelli made the call. Both players then checked down the turn and river, which came 68. Tran revealed his J-5 offsuit and took the pot.


Small Ball Poker

Kenny Tran and Alec Torelli haven't played many large pots thus far into match one. Both are content to play small ball until the blinds dictate otherwise. Of course, a cooler can happen at any moment in heads up play and this could end rather suddenly.


Chip Counts

Kenny Tran - 3,100,000
Alec Torelli - 2,020,000

Player Tags: Kenny Tran,   Alec Torelli
 

10K Heads Up Championship - Finals

Alec Torelli and Kenny Tran are in their seats and ready to fight for the bracelet. The first to two wins is the champion. Shuffle up and deal.

 

$10,000 Heads Up Championship - Alec Torelli vs. Vanessa Sebst

Vanessa Selbst vs. Alec Torelli - Hour Two

Vanessa SelbstAlec Torelli Advances, Vanessa Selbst Eliminated ($108,288)

Selbst raised to 40,000 and Torelli reraised to 130,000. Selbst made the call and the flop came J54. Torelli bet 150,000 and Selbst made the call. The turn was the 10 and Torelli thought for a long while before betting 350,000. Selbst tanked for a minute before moving all in and Torelli reluctantly made the call. Selbst was ahead with K10 against Torelli's KQ, but the river was the 9 giving him a straight and sending him to the finals against Kenny Tran. Selbst finishes in the semi-finals for the second consecutive year, earning $108,288 and adding to her already impressive WSOP.

 

NOTE: The finals match will begin at 7 p.m.

Player Tags: Vanessa Selbst,   Alec Torelli
 

$10,000 Heads Up Championship - Vanessa Selbst vs. Alec Torelli

Vaness Selbst vs. Alec Torelli - Hour One

Alec Torelli Takes an Early Pot

Selbst raised to 30,000 and Torelli made the call. The flop came down 422 and Torelli checked. Selbst bet 35,000 and Torelli called. The turn was the 3 and both players checked. The river was the 10 and Torelli bet 80,000.  Selbst made the call and Torelli showed A-10 to take the pot.


Vanessa Selbst Takes a 3-2 Chip Lead

Alec Torelli raised to 30,000 and Selbst reraised to 100,000. Torelli called and both players saw a flop of K65. Selbst bet 128,000 and Torelli raised to 260,000. Selbst thought it over before calling. Both players then checked it down when the turn and river came 49. Selbst showed 9-8 for a rivered pair of nines and Torelli mucked his hand.


Alec Torelli Makes Big Calls To Take Back the Chip Lead

Selbst limped on the button and Torelli raised to 47,000. Selbst then reraised to 122,000 and Torelli made the call. The flop came JJ6 and Torelli checked to Selbst who bet 150,000. Torelli took a long time before calling and the turn was the A. Torelli checked again and Selbst fired in 275,000. After Torelli made the call, both players checked the K on the river.  Torelli showed pocket nines and Selbst couldn't beat it. After the hand Torelli took slightly more than a 3-2 chip lead.


NOTE: The players then took a 20-minute break.

Player Tags: Vanessa Selbst,   Alec Torelli
 

Alec Torelli Shows Up

Alec Torelli just arrived, a little out of breath, explaining that the Wynn valet cost him a lot of time and made him late.

Whatever the reason, the players are seated and ready to begin. Shuffle up and deal.

 

Where are you Alec Torelli?

Card Player blogger Alec "traheho" Torelli has yet to show up for his semi-final match with Vanessa Selbst. He is running approximately 20 minutes late and the tournament director announced that the match will start soon with or without him.

Selbst, proving that not only is she talented but also a class act, stated that she refused to play a hand until Torelli got here. There's a lot of money on the line, but Selbst won't take an unfair advantage.

 

$10,000 Heads Up - Kenny Tran vs. Jonathan Jaffe

Kenny Tran vs. Jonathan Jaffe - Hour Two

Jonathan JaffeJonathan Jaffe Takes the Lead Back

Jaffe raised to 48,000 and Tran reraised to 143,000. Jaffe called and the flop came K104. Tran bet 175,000 and Jaffe called. The turn was the Q and Tran checked. Jaffe bet 175,000 and Tran decided to call. The river was the 10 and both players checked. Tran revealed A-Q, but it wasn't enough to best Jaffe's K-J. After the hand, Jaffe too a 3-2 chip lead in the match.


Kenny Tran Claws Back

Jaffe raised to 48,000 and Tran reraised to 168,000. Jaffe called and the flop came K85. Tran continued with a bet of 150,000 and Jaffe called. The turn was the 3 and Tran didn't let up with a bet of 250,000. Jaffe folded and Tran evened the playing field.


Kenny TranKenny Tran Makes a Big Bluff

Tran raised to 48,000 and Jaffe reraised to 150,000. Tran made the call and the flop came AQQ. Jaffe thought for a bit before betting 125,000. Tran tanked and then reraised to 450,000. Jaffe mucked his hand and Tran revealed his 7-5 offsuit bluff.


Kenny Tran Wins, Jonathan Jaffe Eliminated ($108,288)

Jaffe raised to 60,000 and Tran reraised to 210,000. Jaffe suddenly moved all in and Tran went into the tank. After a few minutes, Tran made the call and showed pocket jacks. Jaffe showed one over with K8. The board ran out 1044A8 and Tran advanced to the finals.  

 

Stay tuned for the second semi-final match of the day as Vanessa Selbst takes on Alec "traheho" Torelli.


 

Player Tags: Kenny Tran,   Jonathan Jaffe
 
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