Event #9 - James Dempsey wins $1,500 Pot Limit Hold ‘em

Event #9 - James Dempsey wins $1,500 Pot Limit Hold ‘em

Monday, 7 June 2010

Praz Bansi makes his second bracelet; Neil Channing and Stuart Rutter final table the $5,000 NL Hold ‘em Shootout; now British player James Dempsey has bought more cash and bracelets to England after taking down the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold ‘em event.

We still find it curious how this, Event #9, attracted just 654 players when the NL events get thousands but it was still enough to give Dempsey a $197,470 payday when he beat Steve Chanthabouasy heads-up to take down his first bracelet.

The two played together for more than two hours after the seven others at the final table had been sent home. Chanthabouasy was narrowly ahead of Dempsey when the final table started but “Flushy”, as the Brit is known, played aggressively throughout the evening to mug the table of chips. JJ Liu lasted to third place for an $86,512 cash which makes her the first female final tabler of the 2010 WSOP.

In the last hand Chanthabouasy raised to 150,000 with As-7c. Dempsey, who must be one of very few poker players to hold a commercial pilot's licence, put in a raise to 450,000 and his opponent 4-bet the rest of his stack, finding himself in poor shape against “Flushy” and his Ad-Ts. The flop gave the seven an open-ended straight draw but bricks on fourth and fifth street meant Chanthabouasy (we love writing that name) had to settle for second.

Dempsey didn't seem as thrilled as some others have been about winning a bracelet though. The 27-year-old said, "It’s great to win a tournament. But there’s no reason why this should hold any edge of another tournament. You play for money. Like someone can come in third in a tournament and make like $300,000 but if you win another event (with a smaller field or lower buy in) you might get first and its $200,000 – that to me does not make any sense at all. Poker players play for money. It’s great to win a major tournament. But I just think there’s too much put onto winning a World Series of Poker gold bracelet. You want to try and win one, of course. You win more money. But you see people playing three events at the same time. It’s just stupid.”

$197,470 is still a very handy payout though.

The full final table payouts are as follows:

1st: James Dempsey - $197,470
2nd: Steve Chanthabouasy - $121,963
3rd: JJ Liu - $86,512
4th: Mark Babekov - $62,232
5th: Scott Haraden - $45,393
6th: Armen Kara - $33,573
7th: Joseph Williams - $25,166
8th: Edward Brogdon - $19,120
9th: Gregg Wilkerson - $14,715

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