That's all she wrote from the first $10,000 Championship event of the 2014 World Series of Poker! After an intense day of Limit 2-7 Triple Draw, Tuan Le rose above the field and bested Justin Bonomo during heads up play to claim $355,324 in first-place prize money as well as his first WSOP bracelet.
The day began with 12 players returning to the tournament felt after reaching the money late last night. Online wizard Phil Galfond led the field coming into the day, but the chip lead would change hands dozens of times as the day progressed due to the large limits and swingy nature of the game. One by one, Le's competitors fell as he continued to ascend the chip counts.
David Benyamine and Jon Turner were the first two to go, collecting $24,342 for their 12th and 11th place finishes, respectively. Following those two out the door were Michael Chow, Jason Mercier, and Alexandre Luneau, the latter two falling in a spectacular double elimination by Bonomo. This set in motion the unofficial final table of seven. From there, Russian Sergey Rybachenko hit the rail, allowing the official final table to commence.
Start-of-day chip leader Galfond began the final table as the short stack. A mere few hands into the final table, he got it all in against Bonomo before the first draw. By the end, Bonomo made an which was enough to send Galfond packing. Galfond collected $51,538 for his sixth-place finish.
George Danzer was the next to go, falling by the hands of last year's only 2-7 triple draw event champion Eli Elezra. Danzer could not beat Elezra's ninety-six perfect and he was eliminated from play in fifth place for $70,308.
Nick Schulman, whose two WSOP bracelets are in no-limit 2-7 single draw, proved once again why he is considered one of the best draw lowball players in the world, making the final table and ultimately finishing in fourth place. On his final hand, Schulman found himself all in against Bonomo. By the hand's end, Bonomo made a ten-seven low to best Schulman's jack-low. He was eliminated in fourth place and collected $99,015 in winnings.
Soon after, 2-7 Triple Draw bracelet winner Elezra was the next to fall. Elezra began three-handed play as the short stack and could not managed to get any traction from there. During his last hand, he found himself drawing thin against Le, who had already tabled an eight-perfect. Elezra rolled over but could not connect on the final card. Ultimately, he paired his three and was eliminated in third place for $144,056.
The heads up battle between Le and Bonomo began with the former having a very slight chip advantage. Le came out firing and took the chip lead right away, but the match continued on for several hours. Bonomo managed to work his stack back up to even, but Le continued to hammer away and quickly regained the lead. Eventually, with blinds at 25,000/50,000, Le was able to string together a series of small pots that resulted in the decimation of Bonomo's stack. Soon after, Le opened his button to 100,000 and Bonomo tossed out a call. Both players drew two cards and Bonomo led out. Le called and on the second draw they each pulled one. Bonomo led once more, Le raised, and Bonomo announced all in for 210,000 total. Le called and both players stood pat.
With absolutely no sweats, Le showed the better hand and was instantly crowned the champion. Bonomo was eliminated in second place and collected $219,565 in winnings.
Final Table Payouts
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