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No-Limit Hold'em Championship

  • Jan 04, '06 - Jan 10, '06
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Updates on Final Day (Jan 10, 06)

 
 

Steve Paul-Ambrose Wins! ($1,363,100)

Hand #105 - Steve Paul-Ambrose has the button, he limps, Lyter raises to $380,000, and Paul-Ambrose calls. The flop comes Js-9s-2c, Lyter bets $300,000, and Paul-Ambrose raises to $1.5 million. Lyter asks for a count of Paul-Ambrose's remaining chips while he makes his decision.

He really takes his time, and we're talking ten minutes here.

Lyter eventually moves all in for $3.02 million, and Paul-Ambrose reluctantly calls with Qs-10c (overcard, open-ended straight draw). Lyter shows Kc-Jd (top pair, king kicker), and he's made a great call here to hopefully double up, but he needs his hand to hold up first.

The turn card is the Qh, and Paul-Ambrose makes a higher pair to take the lead! Now Lyter is behind, and he'll need to catch a ten (for a straight), or a jack (for trips) to stay alive.

The river card is the Kh, and Steve Paul-Ambrose makes a king-high straight to win the hand -- and the tournament.

Brook Lyter is eliminated in second place, earning $681,500. Steve Paul-Ambrose wins the 2006 WPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, winning $1,363,100 and a $25,500 entry into the WPT World Championship.
 

Hand #102 - Brook Lyter has the button, he raises to $250,000, and Paul-Ambrose folds.

Hand #103 - Steve Paul-Ambrose has the button, he raises to $200,000, and Lyter calls. The flop comes Ad-Qs-2c, Paul-Ambrose bets $250,000, and Lyter folds. Paul-Ambrose takes the pot.

Hand #104 - Brook Lyter has the button, he limps, and Paul-Ambrose checks. The flop comes Qc-Qd-6h, Paul-Ambrose bets $95,000, and Lyter folds. Paul-Ambrose takes the pot.
 

Official chip counts for the final two players:

Steve Paul-Ambrose - $3,260,000
Brook Lyter - $3,990,000

Hand #100 - Brook Lyter has the button, he limps, and Paul-Ambrose checks. The flop comes Kd-Qh-Jc, and both players check. The turn card pairs the board with the Kc, and they check again. The river card is the 5d, Paul-Ambrose checks, Lyter bets $200,000, and Paul-Ambrose folds. Lyter takes the pot.

Hand #101 - Steve Paul-Ambrose has the button, he raises to $200,000, and Lyter calls. The flop comes Kd-9s-7s, Lyter checks, Paul-Ambrose bets $250,000, and Lyter calls. The turn card is the 5h, and both players check. The river card is the 3c, Lyter checks, Paul-Ambrose bets $350,000, and Lyter folds. Paul-Ambrose takes the pot worth $920,000.

After that hand, the players are effectively even in chips.
 

David Singer Eliminated in 3rd Place ($436,200)

Hand #98 - Brook Lyter has the button in seat 3, he raises to $200,000, winning the blinds and antes. Lyter shows pocket aces as he collects the pot.

Hand #99 - Steve Paul-Ambrose has the button in seat 1, Paul-Ambrose raises to $225,000, and Singer calls from the big blind. The flop comes Qh-Jh-4d, Singer checks, Paul-Ambrose bets $350,000, and Singer moves all in for a total of $1.11 million. Paul-Ambrose calls with As-Ks (two overcards, gut-shot straight draw), but Singer shows pocket kings (Ks-Kh) for an over pair.

The turn card is the Ac, and Paul-Ambrose makes a higher pair to take the lead. Singer needs to catch a king (for a set) or a ten (for a straight) to stay alive.

The river card is the Qd, and David Singer is eliminated in third place, earning $436,200.

There will be a short break as we prepare for heads-up play, including a money presentation what will probably include bikinis in some way.


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

Steve Paul-Ambrose - $3,260,000
Brook Lyter - $3,990,000
 

Approximate Chip Counts

The following estimated chip counts are announced to the crowd:

1. Brook Lyter - $4,000,000 (seat 3)
2. Steve Paul-Ambrose - $1,900,000 (seat 1)
3. David Singer - $1,400,000 (seat 2)
 

Brook Lyter Doubles Through Steve Paul-Ambrose

Hand #97 - David Singer has the button in seat 2, Lyter raises to $220,000, and Paul-Ambrose calls. The flop comes 8d-6c-2h, Lyter checks, Paul-Ambrose bets $400,000, and Lyter calls. The turn card is the Qc, Lyter checks, Paul-Ambrose bets $500,000, and Lyter says "All in" for a total of $1,255,000. Paul-Ambrose carefully considers the situation for several minutes before he calls with Qd-Jc (pair of queens). Lyter shows pocket eights (8c-8s) for a set, and Paul-Ambrose is drawing dead. (The meaningless river card is the 4s.) Brook Lyter wins a huge pot to double up to about $4 million -- and the chip lead.
 

Approximate Chip Counts

The following estimated chip counts are announced to the crowd:

1. Steve Paul-Ambrose - $3,840,000 (seat 1)
2. Brook Lyter - $1,960,000 (seat 3)
3. David Singer - $1,300,000 (seat 2)
 

Hand #92 - Brook Lyter has the button in seat 3, Paul-Ambrose limps for $80,000, and Singer checks his option. The flop comes A-6-4, Paul-Ambrose checks, Singer bets $95,000, and Paul-Ambrose folds. Singer takes the pot.

Hand #93 - Steve Paul-Ambrose has the button in seat 1, and everyone folds to Lyter in the big blind, giving him the blinds and antes.

Hand #94 - David Singer has the button in seat 2, Lyter raises to $220,000, Paul-Ambrose reraises to $620,000, and Lyter folds. Paul-Ambrose takes the pot.

Hand #95 - Brook Lyter has the button in seat 3, Paul-Ambrose raises to $225,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #96 - Steve Paul-Ambrose has the button in seat 1, and everyone folds to Lyter in the big blind, giving him the blinds and antes.
 

Approximate Chip Counts

The following estimated chip counts are announced to the crowd:

1. Steve Paul-Ambrose - $3,500,000 (seat 1)
2. Brook Lyter - $2,200,000 (seat 3)
3. David Singer - $1,500,000 (seat 2)
 

Steve Paul-Ambrose Doubles Through David Singer

Hand #88 - David Singer has the button in seat 2, and everyone folds to Paul-Ambrose in the big blind, giving him the blinds and antes.

Hand #89 - Brook Lyter has the button in seat 3, he raises to $150,000, until announcer Linda Johnson points out that the minimum raise is $160,000. He adds $10,000 to his bet, and everyone folds. Lyter takes the blinds and antes.

Hand #90 - Steve Paul-Ambrose has the button in seat 1, Paul-Ambrose raises to $200,000, and Singer calls from the small blind. The flop comes As-8d-7d, Singer checks, Paul-Ambrose bets $500,000, Singer raises to $1.5 million, and Paul-Ambrose thinks long and hard before he moves all in for $95,000 more, and Singer obviously calls. Paul-Ambrose shows Kd-2d (flush draw), while Singer has Ad-9h (pair of aces). Paul-Ambrose needs to improve to survive.

The turn card is the Ah, and Singer makes trip aces. Paul-Ambrose needs a diamond to stay alive.

The river card is the 4d, and the crowd goes wild as Paul-Ambrose hits his flush to double up in chips. (His friends and family make up the largest portion of the crowd.)

Hand #91 - David Singer has the button in seat 2, Lyter raises to $200,000, winning the blinds and antes.
 
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