Will Givens was late for the start of Day 3, and went AWOL at the start of the final table, but was there when it mattered to win Event #45 of the 2014 WSOP.
There was an incredible amount of action on the final day of the $1,000 buy-in NL Hold´em Event #45, as the eleven survivors from the 1,841 that entered the tournament contested the $306,634 first prize and the coveted WSOP bracelet.
The tempo for the day was established in the first hand of play when Paul Sokoloff doubled-up against Terik Brown 7♥ 7♣ > A♠ Q♣ – with Brown being bust in the next hand by Loren Klein A♣ A♥ > A♠ 10♠ – and the nine-handed final table was set shortly after when the late-arriving Will Givens also found Aces to eliminate Kim Ng.
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Three Orbits = Four Eliminations
Will Givens was late returning to the final table, and almost missed Patrick Curzio doubling up against Ivan Saul 8♥ 9♥ > 7♣ 7♦, but will probably wish he had stayed away for longer due to being forced out of a massive pot by Angela Prada-Moed – folding what he claimed was a pair of Kings.
Givens recovered some of chips when making a diamond flush to bust Loren Klein in ninth place A♦ 10♦ > A♥ J♠, and Patrick Curzio completed the demolition of Ivan Saul´s stack A♦ Q♠ > J♦ 10♣ to send the Argentinean to the rail in eighth spot.
The final table was still within the first three orbits of the button when Angela Prada-Moed moved into a commanding chip lead by busting out Dmitrii Shchepkin in seventh place A♥ K♦ > 8♥ 9♥ and Duy Ho in sixth place 7♥ 7♣ > K♠ 10♦, to become the first player through the 2 million chip barrier.
Givens the Action Man
Whereas some players quietly ladder their way up the payouts, Will Givens was the ultimate action man at the final table of WSOP #45 – and not always successfully. Givens was knocked back below 1 million chips when running into David Haas´ A♠ A♣, and then doubled-up Patrick Curzio K♦ 10♥ > A♣ 2♣.
Givens doubled up against Haas when his 6♣ 5♣ rivered two pairs, and then made a set of Jacks against Paul Sokoloff to move back into second place in the chip counts. However, as the first full level of the day came to a close, he still had plenty of work to do in order to catch runaway leader Angela Prada-Moed.
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Givens (Eventually) Leads into Heads-Up
Going into Level 24 (blinds 12,000/24,000 – ante 4,000) Will Givens was still involved in the bulk of the action – picking off a bluff by Patrick Curzio, before doubling Curzio back up K♠ Q♦ > K♣ J♠. Givens eventually sent Curzio to the rail in fifth place A♠ Q♦ > A♣ 6♠ and took the chip lead by default when Paul Sokoloff doubled up against Angela Prada- Moed A♥ 5♣ > 7♥ 9♥.
Prada-Moed regained the chip advantage when pairing an Eight to best Givens pair of Sevens, and went almost a million chips ahead of Givens and Paul Sokoloff when eliminating David Hass in fourth place 5♦ 5♣ > A♥ 8♣ with a flopped set of Fives.
Paul Sokoloff briefly took the chip advantage when spiking a Queen on the River to double-up A♥ Q♦ > 2♦ 2♥ against Angela Prada-Moed, but Will Givens caught a spade flush to double up against the chip leader A♠ J♠ > K♥ K♦, and then eliminated Sokoloff in third place 7♦ 7♥ > A♥ 9♥ to take a 4.2 million -v- 1.3 million chip advantage into the heads-up against Angela Prada-Moed.
Will Givens Makes Up for Last Week´s Disappointment
The heads-up conclusion to Event #45 of the 2014 WSOP only lasted 31 hands, but in that time Angela Prada-Moed doubled up against Will Givens 7♣ 7♦ > 5♠ 5♥ before Givens rivered trip Aces to cripple Prada-Moed, before Prada-Moed flopped a Broadway straight to double up once again. In the final hand, Angela Prada-Moed moved all-in after the flop of J♦ A♣ 8♣ and Will Givens made the call:
Prada-Moed: Q♣ 4♣ for the flush draw
Givens: K♠ J♣ for second pair
Angela Prada-Moed was still alive after the A♦ on the Turn, but the 6♠ put an end to her aspirations of being the second woman to win an open event at the 2014 WSOP (after Vanessa Selbst took down Event #2); while Will Givens made up for the disappointment of blowing the chip lead in last week´s Event #33 to claim the bracelet and the $306,634 first prize.
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