WSOP Event #3: David Singer Wins $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Just one week ago, David Singer was sat at home winning the biggest heads-up tournament of all time, winning the Full Tilt $25,000 Heads-Up Championships. Last night he added to his impressive resume by winning his first bracelet in the $1,500 Pot Limit H
Just one week ago, David Singer was sat at home winning the biggest heads-up tournament of all time, winning the Full Tilt $25,000 Heads-Up Championships. Last night he added to his impressive resume by winning his first bracelet in the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em event at the Rio.
Singer came to the final table as one of the short stacks, he had a talented chip leader in the form of Joe Tehan, as well as another couple of tough pros.
Here were the chip counts at the start of play:
Joe Tehan - 458,000
Jacobo Fernandez - 428,000
Robert Lipkin - 305,000
Al 'Sugar Bear' Barbieri - 271,000
Russell Harriman - 242,000
Greg Alston - 179,000
Zach King - 139,000
David Singer - 83,000
Glen Bean - 75,000
With the elimination of Bean in ninth, it was time for Singer to make his move. He did just that, too, doubling up with AQ v JJ, before doubling up again with AA against KQ on a queen high flop. Those two hands propelled Singer to around 325,000 in chips, giving himself enough room to start manoeuvring a little.
While Singer prospered, Tehan was struggling to getting any momentum. He eventually went out in sixth, following the eliminations of Barbieri in eighth and King in seventh. Tehan was finished by the eventually winner when the JT of Tehan couldn't outrace the pocket nines of Singer.
By the time Singer got down to heads up play with Fernandez, the play had become more of a boxing contest, with quick jabs and chip exchanges the name of the game. Many small pots were traded, but then after three hours of steady play, it came down to two key hands.
The first hand saw the Full Tilt pro double up to take a big chip lead, with Singer's AK chasing down the pocket fives of Fernandez. It didn't take very long for the killer blow to come – it was the very next hand in fact. Having flopped two pair, Fernandez was put to the test for his remaining chips on the turn on a board reading 7d-5s-3d-6s. His suspicions of a four were confirmed when he made the call to find Singer had Qs-4s, and no seven or three came on the river to keep Fernandez hopes of a bracelet alive.
To a man who has over $4m in career earnings, the $214,131 first place prize paled into insignificance compared to the bracelet. Singer proclaimed, 'It may not be a lot of money, but this win means more to me than any other tournament.'
The final results were:
1.David Singer - $214,131
2.Jacobo Fernandez - $136,643
3.Gregory Alston - $82,725
4.Robby Lipkin - $67,640
5.Russell Harriman - $55,474
6.Joe Tehan - $43,796
7.Zachary King - $34,063
8.Al Barbieri - $26,764
9.Glen Bean - $19,464