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Buy-In: $5,000 + $150
Prize Pool: $2,278,250
Entrants: 475

No-Limit Hold'em Championship Event 17

  • Mar 25, '07 - Mar 28, '07
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Updates on Final Day (Mar 28, 07)

 
 

J.C. Tran Wins the World Poker Challenge ($683,473)

62. JC Tran raises to $120,000 and wins the pot.

63. Tran gets a walk on his big blind.

64. On a flop of A52, JC Alvarado checks and Tran bets $50,000.  Alvarado calls and the turn is the Q.  Both players check and the river is the Q.  They check again and Alvarado shows a two.  Tran folds and Alvarado wins the pot.

65. Alvarado limps from the button and Tran raises an additional $150,000.  Alvarado moves all in and Tran makes the call.  Alvarado shows A6 and Tran turns over 1010.  The board comes K998J and JC Tran wins the pot, eliminating JC Alvarado from the tournament.

JC Alvarado finishes in second place and earns $366,798.

JC Tran wins the World Poker Challenge and earns $683,473 as well as a $25,000 entry into the WPT Championship Event.
 

J.C. Alvarado Rivers J.C. Tran to Double Up

61. JC Alvarado limps on the button and JC Tran checks.  The flop comes Q103 and Tran bets $50,000.  Alvarado calls and the turn is the A.  Tran bets $200,000 and Alvarado moves all in.  Tran calls and shows 103 for two pair.  Alvarado turns over K10 for a pair of tens.  The river comes the A, giving Alvarado two pair with a king kicker.  Alvarado has doubled up to around $1,600,000.
 

Updated Chip Count

The updated chip count for headsup play is:

JC Tran                 $3,900,000
JC Alvarado          $785,000
 

Money Presentation

The is a quick break in the action while tournament officials prepare for the money presentation.
 

Hands 55-58

55. David Pham raises to $125,000 from the button and gets no callers.

56. David Pham gets a walk on his big blind.

57. JC Tran raises to $110,000 from the button and David Pham calls from the small blind.  The flop comes Q104 and Pham checks.  Tran checks and the turn is the 7.  Pham bets $160,000 and Tran makes the call.  The river comes the 9 and Pham bets $200,000.  Tran moves all in and Pham shows a queen as he mucks.  Tran shows 8-6 for a straight as he rakes the pot.

58. JC Tran gets a walk on his big blind.
 

David "The Dragon" Pham Eliminated 3rd ($182,260)

59. David Pham gets a walk on his big blind.

60. JC Tran raises to $120,000 from the button and David Pham moves all in for $175,000 more.  Tran makes the call and shows KQ.   Pham turns over A8 and is in the lead.  However, the board comes 1073Q7 and Tran catches a queen to win the pot and eliminate Pham from the tournament.
 

Hands 51-54

51. All three players see a flop of A109 and David Pham bets $90,000.  Everyone folds and Pham wins the pot.

52. David Pham calls from the button, JC Alvarado limps from the small blind and JC Tran checks.  The flop comes AQ5 and it is checked to Tran, who bets $80,000.  Pham raises to $280,000 and Alvarado folds.  Tran moves all in and Pham mucks his cards immediately.

53. JC Alvarado raises to $120,000 from the button and David Pham moves all in from the big blind for $500,000 more. Alvarado goes into the tank for several minutes before finally mucking his cards.

54. All three players see a flop of 883, Pham checks and JC Alvarado bets $80,000.  Tran folds and Pham makes the call.  The turn is the 3 and both players check.  The river comes the 5 and Pham checks.  Alvarado moves all in for $670,000 and Pham folds.
 

Hands 49-50

49. David Pham raises from the button to $120,000 and wins the pot.

50. JC Tran raises to $140,000 from the small blind and David Pham calls from the big blind.  The flop comes J94 and Tran bets $220,000.  Pham makes the call and the turn is the A.  Tran bets $400,000 and Pham calls.  The river comes the A and Tran moves all in.  Pham goes into the tank before finally mucking his hand.  Tran rakes the pot.
 

Updated Chip Counts

The updated chip counts are:

JC Tran                   $2,100,000
David Pham           $1,500,000
JC Alvarado            $1,100,000
 

Blind Increase

The blinds have been increased to $20,000-$40,000 with a $5,000 ante.
 
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