November 9, 2012

Tournament results

At Hand #32 we see the first… and what would amount to the extremely rare appearance of A-A in the tournament. Tommy liked to play some aggressive poker but bad timing when Tony caught him stealing, making him quickly lay it down.

Working from the production truck for the televised portion of the event I coordinate what hands will ultimately make the final televised production and get a tone for the game by seeing the players’ hole cards. From that omniscient vantage point, I could see the lay downs and aggressive manoeuvres of the players.

By Hand #39, Keith had suffered some breakdowns and his chip lead had whittled considerably. With Jody making a legitimate play at an unclaimed pot with his Q♠Q♣, Keith showed a little impatience by pushing all-in with A♥J♠. Jody makes the call and although there is hope with the K♦J♦6♥, there is no further help and Keith is eliminated in 7th place. The 34-year-old Software Project Manager from Vancouver had enjoyed some success cashing in past WSOP events and walks away earning $45,000 for his first televised appearance.

During LVL 22 with the blinds 25/50K + 5K, the play levels out with a good distribution of chips and a neck-in-neck battle for the lead. Counts for players returning from the dinner break:

Player Chip Count
Jody 1,776,000
Henry 1,764,000
Joe 1,273,000
Tony 1,118,000
Tommy 1,028,000
Nelson 542,000

We don’t get another casualty until Hand #53 when Henry pops the pot another 150K from early position with 9♥9♦. Next to act is “Tommy Boy”, as Gavin liked to call him, pushing all-in for nearly half a million, with A-J. What is it with Ace-Jack? Considering he is only 20-years-old, may forgive some of his recklessness, since the patience game may require some work for the Edmonton native. On a defensive note, there were not a lot of premium hands passed around; the entire tournament was card-dead.

At the Canadian Poker Tour’s analyst desk, Brad Booth was on hand to help assess some of the hands, comment on the tournament as a whole as tell us some more about the man whose name adorned the tournament.

“I’ve known Johnny Chan for two years and when I first sat down with him I had that star struck feeling, Brad said. “I felt like an equal but at the same time, I thought, ‘Hey, I’m playing with Johnny Chan.’ It was an amazing feeling and since then Johnny and I have become friends and the man has a heart of gold.”

With his 5th place finish at the BC Poker Championships, Nelson had the advantage of playing under the televised lights before. That didn’t save him from Henry, who was a Clubber Lang-like wrecking machine taking out opponents; his preflop raise of 200K with J♣J♥ wasn’t enough to shake Nelson free of… you guessed it, Ace-Jack. A board of 5♠K♥10♣ gave Nelson the gutshot but the 9♥ on the turn and 2♥ river didn’t save him. Much like his hometown Vancouver Canucks, he was free to go work on his golf game.