|World Series Of Poker
2002 $3,000 Holdem (No limit) Result
April 19th - May 24th, 2002
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352 (-8%) players. Prizepool $992,640 (-11%). 1st prize $367,240 (-11%). Chan,
2nd in this event last year takes third and goes through the $3million barrier
for all-time money leader. Good showing by
Simon Trumper of England. Read more
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David Kim, Farzad Bonyadi
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Cousineau, Gregory Wynn, Matt Lefkowitz
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Perry Friedman, Michael Davis, Jan Boubli (France), Eric Holum, Greg Alston,
Paul Testud (France), Matt Heintschel, Butch Wade
ORIENT EXPRESS" Yesterday we found out what happened to 'Famous Last Words.'
Today we found out what happened to a 'Foregone Conclusion.'
In one of
the first hands of the match, Huck was second in chips when he decided that
either Johnny wouldn't call his all-in bet, or that he'd hit his open-ended
straight draw. Seed was wrong on both counts. Chan had bet $20k on the Q 3 2
flop (one Diamond) with the Q 10 of Diamonds. Huck had a 4 5 and a dream that
all his chips would return to him. Oddly if the turn card had been a 6 or Ace
of Diamonds instead of the 9 of Diamonds that came, Huck would have led for
only one card. The 8 of Diamonds that did river would have beaten Huck, anyway.
In the shock of the WSOP this year, Chan planted Seed in 10th. Wow!
This was a classic 'Foregone Conclusion.' Johnny Chan could walk to
pick up his 7th bracelet. Chan had almost half the chips on the table and over
a 4-1 chip lead on 2nd. If this race were to be priced, it would be
off-the-board. No less an authority than TJ Cloutier sitting nearby said to the
audience, "This is the greatest No-Limit Hold'em player in the world." "Thanks,
TJ," Chan replied. Small problem. There were still eight players to be
Five left quickly. Jon Hoellein led the Conga Line out the
door. Hoellein reraised Pierre Perretti all-in with his last $25k and J J on
the button. Sherman Burry crashed over the top of them both all-in with A K.
With an Ace on the turn, Jon was no more in 9th.
Sid Miller may never
play pocket Kings again. He ate them twice in the first hour. The second meal
of Kings was Sid's last. Johnny Chan became the first player in WSOP history to
make $3,000,000 in earnings when his A 8 went full over Miller's end in 8th.
They weren't leaving fast enough for Randal Heeb, so he dumped two at
once. Alan Betson had no shot all-in for only 2k in the big blind. But Kathy
Liebert was another matter. When the flop came 9 4 4, Johnny Chan whispered to
a friend that Heeb had a 4. Kathy Liebert didn't think so. She liked her pocket
Jacks. Randal let Kathy get all-in for $45k on the turn. Heeb had just enough
to cover her with $47k. Then Randal turned over A 4. Liebert was drawing dead
to a Jack on the river that didn't arrive. The first 'Million Dollar Woman' was
There was one more member of our Conga Line out the door--Pierre
Perretti in 5th. He'd made about $25k in real money by not playing a hand, but
Perretti was too short to last. Pierre called all-in for an extra two grand
over his small blind with the Q 4 of Hearts. Randal Heeb had J 9 and ended up
with trip 9's.
Very suddenly there were four. You had Johnny Chan with
half the chips and three guys with the rest. It was a joke, right? A 'Foregone
Conclusion.' Even Johnny thought it was over. Chan is a finalist in the
long-delayed Gold Bracelet Match Play event. When asked when he'd like to play
Phil Hellmuth for the title Johnny said, " I'll play him tonight. I want to be
the first player ever to win two bracelets on the same day." Uh, oh! Those
sound like 'Famous Last Words.' Karma Time! The poker gods don't like haughty,
not even from 'the world's greatest No-Limit player.'
A straggler in
the Conga Line was Simon Trumper in 4th. He waited until the others had left
the parking lot before exiting. Simon caught a terrible card on the turn, the 9
of Diamonds. It gave him trip 9's, so Simon said he'd bet his last $40k. The 9
of Diamonds made Johnny Chan the nut flush. Simon needed the board to pair. It
It was at this point that a exceedingly strange thing started
to happen. The indestructible 'Wall of China' started to crumble. Johnny Chan
started losing pot after pot. Randal Heeb won seven straight hands in one
stretch. Several of those wins came when he raised over the top of Chan's bets,
and Johnny laid the hand down. The audience couldn't believe their eyes. Johnny
Chan was being dominated by a 'nobody.' But a crushing loss wasn't to Heeb, it
was to Sherman Burry. Johnny was in the big blind when he flopped huge. Chan
had the A 4 of Diamonds. The flop was A J 3 with two diamonds. Chan put Burry
all-in for Sherman's last $146k. Burry cremated Chan with an A 3. Sherman had
flopped two pair. Amazingly, Chan still had a slight chip lead. It shows how
far ahead he once was.
But the momentum was reversed against Chan and
he couldn't turn it back around. Heeb continued to come over the top of Johnny
and wouldn't be stopped. Finally with only $80k left, Chan went all-in with A
J. So much for a 'Foregone Conclusion.' 'The Lock of the Century' had been
unlocked. Randal Heeb had A Q and the Queen played. Johnny Chan was a
startling, stunning, mind-blowing 3rd. The 'Orient Express' was derailed. It
couldn't happen, but it did. That's why we play the game.
teaches 'Game Theory' to PhD candidates at a top business school in Paris. When
asked if he'd used his game theories against Chan, Randal replied "not really."
He continued, "I had good cards..." and he bet them fearing what Chan would do
in response. "I didn't know when he was bluffing." Heeb is originally from
Idaho and studied poker under the guidance of Tex Morgan of TEARS fame. He
specializes in no-limit tournaments. It took only a few minutes for Randal to
dispose of Sherman Burry in 2nd. Heeb had pocket Queens, Burry had pocket 10's.
Sherman Burry hadn't played in a tournament in ten years. When asked if he'd
play in the Big One, he said, "No more, I can't take this." Evidently, 23 hours
of intense pressure wasn't pleasant even for $188,600.
Paulle sent by Tex Whitson of Binions Horseshoe
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