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Buy-In: $2,500
Prize Pool: $977,500
Entrants: 425

Pot-Limit Hold'em

  • Jun 25, '05 - Jun 26, '05
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Updates on Final Day (Jun 26, 05)

 
 

Johnny Chan Wins His 10th WSOP Bracelet in Event #25 ($2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em)

Johnny Chan wins Event #25 ($2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em), earning $303,025 and his tenth World Series of Poker bracelet. Chan now holds the record for the most bracelets in a career, breaking the mark of nine he shared with fellow poker legends Doyle Brunson and Phil Hellmuth. Phil "Unabomber" Laak finishes in second place, earning $156,400.
 

Johnny Chan Wins His Record-Setting Tenth World Series of Poker Bracelet!

Johnny Chan - $850,000
Phil Laak - $220,000

Hand 16 - Laak has the button, Laak raises to $38,000, Chan reraises to $130,000, Laak reraises all in, and Chan calls. Chan shows pocket queens (Qs-Qh) against Laak's Kd-Jh. Laak needs to win this hand to stay alive, and he's on Chan's side of the table to watch the flop together. The flop comes Jc-5c-5h, and Laak makes a pair to give him more outs. Laak needs to catch a jack or a king to stay alive. The turn card is the 10d, and Laak is down to five outs. Johnny Chan turns away from the table to avoid seeing the river card, and Laak calls him on it. Chan says, "But I can see it on the monitor!" They both laugh before the final card is flipped. It's the 10h. Johnny Chan has just won his 10th World Series of Poker bracelet!
 

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Hand 15 - Chan has the button, he raises to $36,000, and Laak calls. The flop comes Qd-10d-8d, Laak checks, Chan bets $40,000, and Laak folds.
 

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Hand 12 - Laak has the button, he limps, and Chan checks. The flop comes 10h-9c-3c, and both players check. The turn card is the 2c, and they check again. The river card is the Jd, and they check again. Chan shows a pair of threes to win the pot.

Hand 13 - Chan has the button, he limps, Laak raises to $40,000, and Chan calls. The flop comes 8-7-3, Laak bets $92,000, and then drops to do push-ups while humming the theme to "Rocky." Chan eventually folds.

Hand 14 - Laak has the button, he raises to $40,000, and Chan calls. The flop comes 4-3-3, Chan checks, Laak bets $96,000, and Chan folds.
 

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Hand 10 - Laak has the button, and he folds. Johnny Chan shows pocket tens as he collects the pot.

Fresh off his World Series bracelet win, Farzad Bonyadi stops by to say "Good luck" to Johnny Chan before he leaves. Chan points back and says, "Congratulations."

Hand 11 - Chan has the button, he limps, and Laak checks. The flop comes Qd-Jc-3s, Laak bets $18,000, and Chan calls. Laak says, "Is this one of those times like on TV where you flop the nuts and you're slow playing me?" He's referring, of course, to the movie "Rounders." The turn card is the 7d, Laak checks, and then begs Chan to check as well. Chan checks. The river card is the 5c, and they check again. Laak says, "I have eight high." Chan shows king high to win the pot.
 

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Hand 8 - Laak has the button, he limps, and Chan checks. The flop comes 7x-7c-4c, Chan checks, Laak bets $18,000, saying, "Don't do it. Whatever you do, don't do it." Johnny Chan folds, and Laak yells, "He's not doing it!" and gets up to dance around like a boxer in the ring. Laak takes the pot.

Johnny Chan - $850,000
Phil Laak - $220,000

Hand 9 - Chan has the button, he limps, and Laak checks. The flop comes Qc-8h-3d, and both players check. The turn card is the Kh, and they check again. The river card is the Kd, Laak checks, and Chan bets $30,000 as Laak yells "Don't do it!". Unfortunately, we can't hear all of the things that Phil Laak is muttering, but this should make for great television. Laak eventually folds, giving the pot to Johnny Chan. Laak then gets up to walk over to Chan, offering to pay two dollars to see what cards Chan had. Chan politely rejects the offer.
 

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Hand 6 - Laak has the button, he raises to $24,000, and Chan folds. Phil Laak is giddy with excitement as he raises the legendary Johnny Chan out of a pot.

Hand 7 - Chan has the button, and he folds.
 

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Hand 4 - Laak has the button, and he folds.

Phil Laak approaches Johnny Chan, trying to make a deal with dollar bills. His girlfriend Jennifer Tilly shouts out, "Save your money, Phil!"

Hand 5 - Chan has the button, and he folds.
 

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Hand 3 - Chan has the button, he raises to $46,000, and Laak stops to think before raising to $138,000, Chan reraises $276,000 more, and Laak pulls down his hood and stands up to consider the situation. He is very chatty and full of energy at this final table, talking to Johnny and Assistant Tournament Director Jack Effel about various things like "If I fold, will they show the flop to the rabbit cam on TV?" He sits back down and scruffs up his hair, clearly sweating this decision. Laak asks Jack Effel for a lifeline, but there is no help available. He's on his own. He lets out a painful yell as he folds his cards. He then asks the dealer to show the flop to the rabbit cam so they can show it on TV. Realizing that it might make great television (and needing some extra footage if the heads-up match ends too quickly), they do run the entire flop, turn, and river cards for the Rabbit Cam, and Laak reacts to each card as if he can see it. (He can't.) As the dealer reshuffles for the next hand, Laak tells Chan that he would have hit the turn card to win the pot.
 

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Johnny Chan - $658,000
Phil Laak - $403,000

Hand 1 - Chan has the button, he reaches for his chips, and Laak folds, even though Chan may have only been calling.

Hand 2 - Laak has the button, he limps, and Chan checks. The flop comes 10-9-7 with two diamonds, and they both check. The turn card is the 3h, Chan bets $30,000, and Laak calls. The river card is the 6h, and both players check. Chan shows a pair of tens, and Laak folds.
 
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