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Buy-In: $1,500
Prize Pool: $3,403,305
Entrants: 2521

Event 42 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

  • Jun 23, '10 - Jun 25, '10


Updates on Final Day (Jun 25, 10)


Dean Hamrick Wins Event No. 42

O’Neal Wins Event 42, O’Neal Finishes Runner-Up ($375,627)

Around 3 hours into a back and forth heads up battle, Thomas O’Neal raised to 700,000 after Dean Hamrick had limped from the button. Hamrick re-raised all in and O’Neal made the quick call. Their hands:

Hamrick: ADiamond SuitQHeart Suit
O’Neal: ASpade Suit9Spade Suit

The flop hit both players, running AHeart Suit2Club SuitKDiamond Suit, but Hamrick’s queen kicker had him in the lead. The turn brought the 7Spade Suit and O’Neal needed a 9 to win the pot or for the board to pair to chop it.

The 8Spade Suit came on the river and at around 5:30 a.m. Hamrick took the pot to eliminate O’Neal in 2nd place ($375,627). Hamrick earned his first WSOP bracelet and $604,222.


Heads Up Time

WileyRiver Floats Wiley Out in 3rd ($265,869)

Dean Hamrick made it 260,000 to go and Ian Wiley moved all in for his last 1,830,000. Hamrick took a few minutes to think it over, then made the call. Their hands:

Wiley: JDiamond Suit6Diamond Suit
Hamrick: ASpade Suit3Club Suit

Hamrick made the right call, as his hand was a slight favorite over Wiley’s, but the flop hit Wiley right away, running JHeart SuitQSpade Suit7Club Suit to pair his jack. The 2Diamond Suit came next, and Hamrick was down to one last chance to hit an ace.

Sure enough, the ADiamond Suit landed on the river and Hamrick eliminated Wiley in 3rd place. Wiley went to the rail $265,869 richer.

With Wiley gone, Hamrick was heads up with 6.3 million in chips against Thomas O’Neal and his 5 million.

Player Tags: Dean Hamrick,   Ian Wiley

We Are 3-Handed

KaiserKaiser Loses Flip, Out in 5th Place ($140,013)

Aaron Kaiser got all in preflop and was called by Dean Hamrick from the small blind. The two showed:

Hamrick: 7Club Suit7Heart Suit
Kaiser: QHeart Suit9Spade Suit

Kaiser held two overs but the flop didn’t connect with either of them, running 4Spade Suit6Diamond SuitJDiamond Suit. The turn brought the 6Club Suit and Kaiser was in need of a queen or nine to stay alive. The 2Spade Suit fell on the river and Kaiser was the 5th place finisher, making $140,013.

With the pot Hamrick held a nice chip lead with 3.9 million compared to the next closest stack of 2.4 million for Niccolo Caramatti.

Caramatti Gone in 4th ($191,744)

Niccolo Caramatti had been an active player at the final table, knocking out three of the first four victims, but he ended up on the other end when he collided with chip leader Dean Hamrick.

Hamrick raised to 180,000 and Caramatti moved all in from the big blind. Hamrick made the quick call and they showed down:

Hamrick: ADiamond SuitQDiamond Suit
Caramatti: KDiamond Suit8Diamond Suit

Caramatti was caught with the worst hand but the flop gave him reason to celebrate, running KSpade Suit6Club SuitJHeart Suit to pair his king.

Hamrick still held an overcard and a 10 would give him the broadway straight. The turn was the 3Spade Suit and Hamrick’s good call seemed as if it was going to cost him big time.

Hamrick’s rail called for the 10, and their calls turned out to be prophetic. The 10Spade Suit landed on the river to give Hamrick the straight and bust Caramatti in 4th place, for which he earned $191,744.

Hamrick was already the chip leader, but in eliminating Caramatti he increased his stack to 6.8 million — well above Thomas O’Neal’s next largest stack of 2.1 million and Ian Wiley’s 1.5 million.


Big Hands Make For Big Action

GustavsonGustavson Busts In 9th Place ($44,856)

Aaron Gustavson, winner of the 2009 EPT London main event, pushed all in for 440,000 and Niccolo Caramatti took a look at his cards and quickly called from the big blind. Their hands:

Gustavson: QClub SuitJSpade Suit
Caramatti: ADiamond Suit6Club Suit

Gustavson was trailing and hoping to see some paint, but the flop missed him completely. It ran 8Spade Suit6Heart Suit8Diamond Suit, keeping Caramatti ahead with two pairs, sixes and eights.

The turn was closer, as the 10Diamond Suit fell to give Gustavson some more outs with a gutshot straight draw.

But his hopes of staying alive ended with the 3Club Suit on the river. Gustavson finished 9th for $44,856, and Carmatti jumped into the chip lead with 2.5 million in chips.

JohnsonKings Let Johnson Down in 8th Place ($58,571)

Niccolo Caramatti made it 110,000 to go and Thomas Johnson saw him chance to move all in for his last 375,000. Caramatti called and they showed down:

Caramatti: ADiamond Suit9Club Suit
Johnson: KSpade SuitKHeart Suit

Johnson was the favorite to win the hand and double up but the flop was unkind to him, running AClub Suit3Heart Suit6Heart Suit.

Caramatti took the lead and Johnson was down to two kings or running hearts to save his tournament. He got neither, as the 3Diamond Suit hit on the turn and the 2Spade Suit finished the board. Johnson finished in 8th place for $58,571.

RosskammFlopped Set KOs Rosskamm in 7th Place ($77,392)

Andrew Rosskamm raised to 125,000 and was called by Thomas O’Neal. The flop ran 10Heart Suit3Diamond Suit4Spade Suit and O’Neal checked to Rosskamm who fired 80,000 into the pot only to have O’Neal check-raise to 200,000. Rosskamm raised again, putting himself all in and O’Neal called.

O’Neal showed 4Club Suit4Diamond Suit for a flopped set.
The JSpade Suit landed on the turn and the 3Club Suit officially ended Rosskamm’s run, busting him in 7th place for $77,392. O’Neal had around 2.2 million in chips after the hand.

HemmelHemmel Runs Into Caramatti’s Ladies, Out in 6th ($103,461)

Niccolo Caramatti had already eliminated the first two players from the final table, and he was back at it again when he opened to 115,000 and Ryan Hemmel reraised all in for 680,000. Caramatti called and they showed down:

Caramatti: QDiamond SuitQSpade Suit
Hemmel: AClub SuitJHeart Suit

The flop of JSpade Suit8Heart SuitKDiamond Suit connected with Hemmel, giving him some hope, but the KSpade Suit on the turn left him dead to another jack or an ace. The 7Diamond Suit came on the river and Hemmel was gone in 6th place, making $103,461.


Final Table Set

Known for his fighting skills inside the Octagon, UFC fighter Mike “Quick” Swick showed a ton of fight on the felt in recent days. He came up one spot short of the official final table for event No. 42 when his big slick ran into the pocket aces of Thomas O’Neal.
With that, the final table was set:

Dean Hamrick
Niccolo Caramatti
Aaron Kaiser
Thomas Johnson
Andrew Rosskamm
Ian Wiley
Thomas O’Neal
Aaron Gustavson
Ryan Hemmel


Dinner Break

The final 12 players are now on dinner break. They are:

Niccolo Caramatti
Aaron Gustavson
Dean Hamrick
Ian Wiley
Andrew Rosskamm
James Schaaf
Thomas O’Neal
Craig Bergeron
Thomas Johnson
Michael Swick
Aaron Kaiser
Ryan Hemmel

They are guaranteed at least $34,748, with the winner taking $604,222.

Stay tuned to for final table coverage.

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