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Buy-In: $10,000
Prize Pool: $52,818,610
Entrants: 5619

No-Limit Hold'em Championship

  • Jul 07, '05 - Jul 15, '05
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Updates on Final Day (Jul 15, 05)

 
 

Joseph Hachem Wins the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event ($7,500,000)

Joseph Hachem receives several rounds of "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oy! Oy! Oy!" from his fellow countrymen, and he takes a victory lap around the stage. Now to present him with the money, and give him an interview with Norman Chad.
 

Steve Dannenmann Eliminated in 2nd Place ($4,500,000)

Steve Dannenmann is eliminated in second place, earning $4,500,000. He goes to his wife for a hug and a kiss, disappointed, but clearly proud of his accomplishment.
 

Joseph Hachem Wins the Championship!

Hand 231 - Joseph Hachem has the button, he limps, and Dannenmann checks. The flop comes Ad-6d-5c, Dannenmann bets $400,000, and Hachem folds.

Hand 232 - Steve Dannenmann has the button, he raises to $700,000, and Hachem calls. The flop comes 6h-5d-4d, Hachem checks, Dannenmann bets $700,000, Hachem raises to $1,700,000, and Dannenmann calls. The turn card is the As, Hachem bets $2,000,000, and Dannenmann slowly raises to $5,000,000, Hachem reraises all in, and Dannenmann immediately calls. Hachem shows 7c-3s (seven-high straight), while Dannenman has Ad-3c (top pair). Dannenmann needs to catch a seven on the river to chop the pot with equal straights.

The entire crowd is on their feet as the river card comes. There are only three cards that can keep Hachem from becoming champion.

The river card is the 4c! Joseph Hachem has just become the 2005 World Series of Poker champion!
 

Hand 229 - Joseph Hachem has the button, he limps, Dannenmann raises, and Hachem folds.

Hand 230 - Steve Dannenmann has the button, and he folds.
 

Hand 227 - Joseph Hachem has the button, he calls, and Dannenmann checks. The flop comes Kd-6d-2s, Hachem reaches for his chips, and Dannenmann quickly folds.

Hand 228 - Steve Dannenmann has the button, he raises to $750,000, and Hachem calls. The flop comes Qh-5s-2c, Hachem checks, Dannenmann bets $750,000, and Hachem calls. The turn card is the 6h, Hachem checks, Dannenmann bets $1,450,000, and Hachem calls. The river card pairs the board with the Qc, Hachem checks, Dannenmann bets $2,000,000, and Hachem calls. Dannenmann shows Js-6d (pair of sixes), and Hachem mucks his cards. Dannenmann wins the pot.
 

Steve Dannenmann v. Joseph Hachem; Shuffle Up & Deal!

It's come down to this: Steve Dannenmann against Joseph Hachem. The blinds are still at $150,000-$300,000, with a $50,000 ante. Hachem starts out with the button, and in heads-up play, the button has the small blind, and acts first before the flop. Everything is ready to go, so it's time to shuffle up and deal!

Bruce Buffer makes the final introductions, ending with "Let's get ready to gamble!"

Here are the official chip counts:

Joseph Hachem - $39,995,000
Steve Dannenmann - $16,350,000
 

Joe Cassidy Joins Phil Hellmuth on the CardPlayer.com Audio Commentary

Joe Cassidy sits down with Phil Hellmuth at the Card Player table, just 15 feet away from the final table, where they are about to play heads up for $7.5 million. The "loser" will take home $4.5 million. Check out www.cardplayer.com/audio for more details on the Webcast.

If you're not listening in, you're missing out.
 

Tex Barch Eliminated in 3rd Place ($2,500,000)

Hand 226 - Steve Dannenmann has the button in seat 8, he raises to $750,000, Hachem calls, and Barch moves all in for $5,650,000, pushing his chips out in front of him.

The action is back to Dannenmann, who says, "Call," and then Hachem tells the dealer to wait, before he calls as well. (Neither of the big stacks raised, so all three players are in for $5,650,000 each.)

The players must be as tired as the spectators (and the media), unless they all woke up to great hands. There is still a side pot at stake, so the hole cards won't be revealed yet.

The flop comes 10c-3d-2d, and both players check the side pot. The turn card is the Qh, and they check the side pot again. The river card is the 9c, and they check again. Time to see what they have!

Hachem shows pocket jacks, Dannenmann has pocket sevens, and I heard that Barch had A-6. (I couldn't see the cards on the monitor.) Hachem wins a pot worth over $16,000,000, and Tex Barch is eliminated in third place, earning $2,500,000.
 

Hand 224 - Joseph Hachem has the button in seat 1, he limps for $300,000, Barch limps, and Dannenmann checks his option. The flop comes Qs-Qh-6h, and they all check. The turn card is the 9c, and it's checked to Hachem, who bets $750,000. Barch folds, Dannenmann folds, and Hachem takes the pot.

Hand 225 - Tex Barch has the button in seat 3, he limps for $300,000, Dannenmann limps, and Hachem checks. The flop comes 10h-5c-3c, Dannenmann bets $300,000, Hachem calls, and Barch folds. The turn card pairs the board with the 10s, Dannenmann bets $300,000, and Hachem calls. The river card is the 9s, and both players check. Dannenmann shows 4-2 (four high), but Hachem shows J-2 (jack high) to win the pot.
 

Tournament Director Johnny Grooms on the CardPlayer.com Audio Commentary

Tournament Director Johnny Grooms joins Jeff Shulman for a few minutes on the CardPlayer.com audio commentary. If you're interested in listening, go to www.cardplayer.com/audio for more details.

If you're not listening in, you're missing out.
 
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