Ontario’s Timothy Adams secured a third bracelet for Canada at this 43rd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) with his success in event #28 in Las Vegas.
The 26-year-old poker pro had to see off the challenge of 749 opponents to pocket the $392,476 winner’s cheque from the $1,706,250 prize pool for winning the $2,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Four-Handed tournament at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
The third and final day started with only eight players, although that was cut back to only five – with Moscow’s Andrey Gulyy (eighth for $38,279), Florida’s Toan Trinh (seventh for $38,279) and Torrey Reily (sixth for $70,280), of New Orleans, exiting – by the end of the first level to allow the final five to move to the Amazon Room’s ESPN Feature Table.
Gregory Merson Out in Fifth
Maryland’s Gregory Merson was the next to leave in fifth place for $70,280. Australian Brendon Rubie opened for 33,000 and Merson shoved all-in behind him. Rubie called to show A♠ Q♥ while Merson had the dominating A♥ K♦. However, Rubie paired his queen on the turn to send Merson crashing out.
Another Maryland player, Anthony Gregg, had been the short stack for the whole day and made his stand when shoving pre-flop while holding A♠ 3♣. Rubie made the call with pocket twos and, as Gregg’s hand failed to improve, he had to be content with fourth place and $114,711.
Three-handed play came to an end when California’s James Schaaf exited for $164,823. Adams and Schaaf both placed 48,000 in pre-flop to see a flop of Q♦ 2♠ 2♥. Schaaf check-called for the Q♣ to come on the turn. Both pros checked and the dealer placed the Q♠ river on the felt. Schaaf bet 175,000, only for Adams to put him all-in. Schaaf called to show pocket fours and was gone in third for $164,823 as Adams revealed pocket tens.
Brendon Rubie Exits as Runner-Up
Heads-up play took three levels of rather uninspiring play. Adams and Rubie traded small pots, with the majority of hands being won with either minimum raising or two-betting.
However, the final hand did eventually arrive when Rubie, on the button, opened for 80,000 and Adams raised that to 225,000. Rubie called to see a 8♥ Q♣ 10♦ flop, which prompted Adams to lead out with 255,000. Rubie called and the 5♠ arrived on the turn. Adams shoved all-in and Rubie eventually called after a couple of minutes, but was in deep trouble. Rubie showed K♠ Q♥ for top pair while Adams held A♣ Q♠ for the same hand but with a better kicker. But the A♠ river confirmed Adams as champion after pairing his ace. Sydney’s Rubie left with $242,458 as a consolation.
Annette Obrestad Makes The Money
There were 86 starters on Day 2, although that number was reduced to just eight for the final day of this event – with the likes of Jason Koon (ninth for $25,252), Mickey Petersen (10th for $25,252), Eric Froehlich (15th for $12,745), Sam Stein (16th for $12,745), Tony Dunst (18th for $10,510), Brian Rast (22nd for $10,510), Jon Turner (39th for $7,524), Annette Obrestad (41st for $6,534), Darryll Fish (42nd for $6,534), Martins Adeniya (43rd for $6,534), Lex Veldhuis (46th for $6,534), Humberto Brenes (55th for $5,767), Josh Brikis (57th for $5,169), Gavin Smith (58th for $5,169), Leo Wolpert (69th for $4,760), Isaac Haxton (74th for $4,385) and Davidi Kitai (79th for $4,385) all hitting the rail.
But Jake Cody and Nick Schulman failed to make the cash, with the latter the money bubble boy in 81st place.
WSOP 2012 Event #28 Top 10 Payouts
1. Timothy Adams (Canada) – $392,476
2. Brendon Rubie (Australia) – $242,458
3. James Schaaf (USA) – $164,823
4. Anthony Gregg (USA) – $114,711
5. Gregory Merson (USA) – $70,280
6. Torrey Reily (USA) – $70,280
7. Toan Trinh (USA) – $38,279
8. Andrey Gulyy (Russia) – $38,279
9. Jason Koon (USA) – $25,252
10. Mickey Petersen (Denmark) – $25,252