Benjamin Scholl took down event #20 at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) for $206,760 and a first gold bracelet at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Pennsylvania’s Ben Scholl – after nearly 27 hours of play over three days – emerged victorious in the $5,000 buy-in Limit Hold’em tournament from a 166-player field by ultimately defeating California’s Andrew Prock in a heads-up clash that left the runner-up with a $127,773 pay day.
The final hand saw 26-year-old Scholl, on the button, raise and Prock re-raise. Scholl made the call to see a A♠ 6♥ 7♦ flop. Prock led out and Scholl ahead of the 7♥ turn. Prock then shoved in his final 15,000 chips and Scholl called for a showdown.
Aces Do the Trick
Prock revealed 3♥ 3♠ while Scholl showed A♥ 10♣ to have top pair and the lead. Prock required a three on the river to stay alive, but the 7♣ completed the board to hand Scholl the victory.
The third and final day had started with 17 survivors, with California’s Ron Burke the first to hit the rail for $11,071. He was soon joined by Minneapolis’ Mike Schneider (16th for $11,071), Colorado’s Douglas Rutherford (15th for $13,138), California’s Kenneth Shei (14th for $13,138), Chris Overgard (13th for $13,138), of Colorado, Vancouver’s Terrence Chan (12th for $15,830), Matt Szymaszek (11th for $15,830), of Massachusetts, and New Mexico’s Samuel Golbuff (10th for $15,830) to see the official nine-handed final table set.
Ayman Qutami Out in Ninth
California’s Ayman Qutami was the first final table player to hit the rail in ninth place for $19,395 when his Q♣ J♦ lost out to the Q♦ 6♦ of Prock when the 6♥ arrived on the river.
Vegas-based Nicholas Derke also lost out to new chip leader Prock when exiting in eighth place for $24,139, while Jeff Shulman regained the lead soon after when knocking out Maine’s Matthew Woodward in seventh place for $30,529. He was soon joined at the rail by Pennsylvania’s Matt Glantz in sixth for $39,259 and Raymond Dehkharghani, of Kansas, in fifth for $51,344.
But Vegas-based Shulman’s four-handed chip lead didn’t last long as Massachusetts’ Jesse Martin was eliminated in fourth for $68,322. Shulman came close to hitting the rail several times during the marathon battle that ensued when three-handed.
Jeff Shulman Falls Short
However, he eventually lost out to Scholl to exit in third place for $92,562. Shulman’s last hand saw him raise on the button with big blind Scholl calling to see a Q♠ 8♠ 2♦ flop. Financial analyst Scholl decided to check-raise and Shulman called. The K♦ turn saw several bets before Shulman placed the last of his chips into the pot.
Shulman showed A♥ K♠ to look poised for a double-up and against Scholl’s 9♠ 8♥. But the 9♣ river gave Scholl the elimination to set up his head-to-head with software designer Prock.
Day 2 saw several big-name pros hit the rail without cashing, including Huck Seed, Humberto Brenes, Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mericer, George Lind, Shawn Buchanan and Dwyte Pilgrim, while Day 1 witnessed the exit of Carlos Mortensen, Mike Sowers, Lee Goldman, Bill Chen, Matt Hawrilenko, Dan Kelly, John Racener, Maria Ho, David Chiu and this year’s WSOP Player of the Year leader John Monnette.
WSOP 2012 Event #20 Top 10 Payouts
1. Benjamin Scholl (USA) – $206,760
2. Andrew Prock (USA) – $127,773
3. Jeff Shulman (USA) – $92,562
4. Jesse Martin (USA) – $68,322
5. Raymond Dehkharghani (USA) – $51,344
6. Matt Glantz (USA) – $39,259
7. Matthew Woodward (USA) – $30,529
8. Nicholas Derke (USA) – $24,139
9. Ayman Qutami (USA) – $19,395
10. Samuel Golbuff (USA) – $15,830