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World Series Of Poker
 $5,000 Deuce to Seven (No limit) Result
April 19th - May 24th, 2002

18th May - 35 (+6%) players + 31 rebuys. Prizepool $320,000 (-13%). 1st prize $160,200 (-3%). Explain Deuce to Seven. No-limit low draw game with unlimited rebuys is not a game for the faint hearted. Reasonable turnout considering. Read more
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Allen Cunningham CA $160,200
2 O'Neil Longson NV $80,100
3 Mark Weitzman CA $41,660
4 Huck Seed NV $22,420
5 Jim Bechtel AZ $16,020
Key Plays 

The final table formed at eight, but only five of those got paid. To get to the unpaid Final Table, Huck Seed got a little revenge on Johnny Chan by sending him out in 9th. At the 8-place table, Jon Brody went all-in for his last $20k and rapped pat with J 9. Mark Weitzman called and drew one. Mark caught good and sent Brody out in an unpaid 8th with J 8.

The unpaid 7th belonged to Mike Wattel, an Omaha Hi-Lo bracelet winner. Mike drew one and paired 3's. Fred Bonyadi drew one and turned over 9 7.

How tough is it to make the Final Table and come one out of the money? Ask Fred Bonyadi. Freddy knew he was in trouble all-in when Huck Seed rapped pat. Bonyadi drew one. It was a King. Seed showed 10 6. Now it was time to get serious.

Former champion Jim Bechtel, also with an omnipresent cigar, was short stack. He raised and was reraised all-in by O'Neil Longson. Jim drew one to an 8 5. Longson rapped pat with 9 8. Bechtel could light up now, he caught a Jack for 5th.

O'Neil Longson doesn't play a lot of tournaments. His poor hearing is a problem when he has to follow instructions. What O'Neil does do is play high stakes live games where his inability to hear well is probably a blessing. Longson was on a heater at the time and grounded Huck Seed in 4th.

Seed got all his chips, about $40k, into the pot and was covered by O'Neil. Both rapped pat. Huck flipped his hand into the muck when Longson showed him 8 7.

In Deuce To Seven No-Limit Lowball, reading is fundamental. You have no upcards to value. If someone represents a hand, you'd better be sure you know where you’re at when you commit chips. Mark Weitzman is referred to as a "lowball specialist." But even a specialist needs cards sometimes. Mark was now the short stack. Every bet would bring someone crashing over the top to get him out. Weitzman tried a pat 10 all-in against Allen Cunningham and was 3rd for his efforts.

Allen was dealt a pat 8 6. Heads up, the two remaining players chopped up the prize pool and played for $20k and the bracelet. The relatively small amount of money didn't stop the two from pounding on each other for 2 1/2 hours, though. Allen Cunningham is the most deliberate player in the game. It could be 5 cents a hand and he'd treat it the same way.

It was 3:30 in the morning now. The blinds were $6k/$12k with a $2k ante. Allen Cunningham had a better than 2-1 chip lead and bet all-in first. To the relief of the tournament staff, O'Neil Longson called. Each took one card. Allen won his second bracelet of an expected closet full when the mid-20's poker genius caught a 2 on a 9 8 draw. O'Neil was drawing dead with a 10 7 and paired 10's

Commentary Mike Paulle sent by Tex Whitson of Binions Horseshoe
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