Michael Linn wins Event #49, $1,500 NL, for $609,493

Michael Linn wins Event #49, $1,500 NL, for $609,493

Thursday, 1 July 2010

You know how it is – you enter a $1,500 preliminary event at the World Series of Poker, play for a few days and then walk away over $600,000 richer. At least, that’s what happened to Event #49 winner Michael Linn, who triumphed over more than 2,500 players to claim a hefty first prize and his first WSOP bracelet.

Linn’s previous largest cash at the WSOP was last year when he came 191st in the Main Event for just under $40,000. He beat that by surviving the huge round of eliminations on Day 1 of Event #49 as more than 2,200 players hit the rail in ten blind levels. Linn held the overnight chip lead as 23 players burst the bubble and went deep into Day 2.

Day 3 threw a spanner in Linn’s works in the shape of Taylor Larkin, who steadily built up his stack to become the final table chip leader after a few hours. Linn and Larkin eventually went head-to-head for the bracelet with the eventual winner holding a near 2-1 chip lead, though that changed hands many times throughout the course of the match.

In the final hand the two players got all the chips in the middle before the flop; Larkin the underdog with QJ against A2. A blank set of five cards gave the runner-up no help but he takes home $378,905 as a nice consolation prize.

The full final table payouts were as follows:
1. Michael Linn $609,493
2. Taylor Larkin $378,905
3. Mihai Manole $268,189
4. Benjamin Smith $193,418
5. Chadwick Grimes $141,235
6. Alexander Kuzmin $104,364
7. Justin Zaki $78,067
8. Erle Mankin $59,082
9. Tyler Cornell $45,247

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