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WPT Main Event

  • Feb 25, '11 - Mar 03, '11


Updates on Final Table (Mar 03, 11)


Gregory Brooks Wins L.A. Poker Classic ($1,654,120) -- Vivek Rajkumar Eliminated in Second Place ($908,730)

Gregory Brooks WinsGregory Brooks raised to 325,000 preflop and Vivek Rajkumar made the call. The flop was dealt 7Diamond Suit 3Spade Suit 2Heart Suit and Rajkumar checked. Brooks bet 400,000 and Rajkumar went into the tank for a while before he check-raised all in for 3.5 million. Brooks made the call and they flipped over their cards:

Brooks: 8Spade Suit 7Club Suit
Rajkumar: JHeart Suit 10Heart Suit

Turn and River: 2Diamond Suit and ASpade Suit

Brooks won the tournament and $1,654,120 in prize money. He was also awarded a trophy that is in the form of the classic Frederic Remington sculpture the “Bronco Buster,” a WPT bracelet, and $25,000 seat in the WPT Championship. This is his first major tournament title. Rajkumar was eliminated in second place, just short of his second WPT title. He did take home $908,730 in prize money as a consolation.

Player Tags: V R,   Gregory Brooks

Level 32 Begins

The blinds are now 75,000-150,000 with a 25,000 ante for the start of level 32.


Break Time

The players are now on a 10-minute break.


Gregory Brooks Grabs a Big Lead

Vivek Rajkumar raised to 250,000 preflop and Gregory Brooks made the call. The flop was dealt JSpade Suit 4Spade Suit 2Spade Suit and Brooks bet 375,000. Rajkumar made the call and the 5Diamond Suit fell on the turn. Brooks bet 950,000 and Rajkumar spent some time in the tank before he made the call.

The river was dealt 4Heart Suit and Brooks bet 2,450,000. Rajkumar made the call with AClub Suit KSpade Suit, but he fell to the 10Spade Suit 7Spade Suit of Brooks, who had flopped a flush.

Rajkumar was left with 4,625,000 after the hand and Brooks was back in a commanding lead with 15,805,000.

Player Tags: V R,   Gregory Brooks

Break Time

It is time to change the tapes on the final table set so there is a 10-minute break.


Vivek Rajkumar Doubles Up

Gregory Brooks raised to 230,000 preflop and Vivek Rajkumar reraised to 720,000. Brooks made the call and the flop fell QDiamond Suit JSpade Suit 7Spade Suit. Rajkumar checked and Brooks bet 540,000. Rajkumar spent some time in the tank and then he made the call.

The flop was dealt 5Diamond Suit and Rajkumar checked again. Brooks then tanked for a bit before moving all in. Rajkumar thought it over for a long time and eventually made the call for his tournament life. Their cards:

Rajkumar: 8Club Suit 8Diamond Suit
Brooks: KSpade Suit 10Spade Suit

River: 4Heart Suit

Rajkumar doubled up to 9,060,000 after the hand and Brooks still held the lead with 11,370,000.

Player Tags: V R,   Gregory Brooks

Cards in the Air

Cards are back in the air and the blinds are now 50,000-100,000 with a 10,000 ante.


Break in the Action

Play will now pause for 20 minutes or so for the filming of the money presentation.


Heads-Up Chip Counts

Here is a look at the chip counts heading into the final match:

Gregory Brooks: 14,450,000
Vivek Rajkumar: 5,980,000


Carlos Mortensen Eliminated in Third Place ($640,680)

Carlos MortensenCarlos Mortensen raised to 200,000 from the button preflop and Vivek Rajkumar made the call from the small blind. Gregory Brooks also made the call from the big blind and the flop fell JClub Suit 5Club Suit 3Diamond Suit.

Rajkumar checked and Brooks bet 380,000. Mortensen then raised to 800,000. Rajkumar mucked, Brooks reraised all in, and Mortensen quickly made the all-in call. Their cards:

Brooks: 6Club Suit 4Club Suit
Mortensen: KSpade Suit JDiamond Suit

Turn and River: 5Diamond Suit and 10Club Suit

Brooks hit a fifth club on the river to win the hand with a flush. Mortensen was eliminated in third place and he will take home $640,680 in prize money. That makes Brooks the dominating chip leader heading into the final match.

Player Tags: Carlos Mortensen,   Gregory Brooks
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