Another World Series of Poker event has been written into the history books and if you check them out you will see that Event #5, the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em tournament, was won by Nick Jivkov – a relative amateur amongst stars.
At the start of the nine-handed final table the eyes of the UK & Ireland media were fixated on John Eames and he looked to overcome being a short-stack and go on to win the United Kingdom's first bracelet of the 2012 WSOP. Buoyed by a rowdy set of railbirds Eames got to work on achieving one of his poker dreams.
Within half hour that dream looked set to be shattered when he got his stack in against Bryan Pellegrino – the overall chip leader. Pellegrino had opened to 40,000 and change and Eames decided his were good enough to three-bet to 101,000. The action folded back to Pellegrino who re-raised enough to set Eames in and the young Brit made the call for his tournament life and discovered he was up against . Pellegrino stormed into the lead on the flop, then improved to an unnecessary two pair with the arrival of the on the turn. But the river was the sending the rail into a frenzy and sending Eames' stack skywards.
Eames then doubled up the short-stack Keanu Tabali in a cooler situation. He found to Tabali's and couldn't find another queen on the board but he still had 300,000 chips in his possession. That was until he doubled up the Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu shortly after the start of level 22.
In that hand the action folded to Eames in the small blind and he came in for a raise to 60,000. Negreanu then moved all-in for his last 170,000 and our man made the call. He showed to Negreanu's and when the board ran our Eames slipped down to 120,000 chips and with blinds at 10,000/20,000 he was desperately short.
Shortly after Eames doubled up Negreanu he found himself bumped up the pay ladder thanks to Pellegrino's cracking the pocket tens of Tabali to bust him in ninth place but less than 15-minutes later it was all over for Eames as he got his stack into the middle with only to run into of Jivkov. Eames was drawing dead by the turn of a board reading board and a British bracelet will have to wait for now.
After Eames' demise the players were reduced quite rapidly, Brant Hale being the first to go and he was followed to the sidelines by Mike Allis, Negreanu, Tommy Vedes and Jonathan Aguiar; setting up a heads-up battle between the HUSNG specialist Pellegrino and relatively unknown Jivkov.
Jivkov started with a 2,100,000 to 760,000 chip advantage and anyone who plays heads up on a regular basis will tell you an almost 3:1 lead is nearly unassailable. Pellegrino tried his hardest to overturn the deficit for the best part of two hours but he was eventually busted out. Jivkov opened with a pot-sized, Pellegringo shoved and Jivkov called. It was against and when the board ran out it was all over and Jivkov had won Event #5.
WSOP Event #5 Final Table Results