Day 4 completed
|Blinds||50,000 / 100,000|
Day 4 completed
While much of the poker world's attention has been focused down the hall in the Amazon Room for Day 1a of the Main Event today, there was some serious drama here in the Pavilion Room as Event #54 played out to its conclusion.
A total of 3,844 came out for this last of the open-field, $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold'em events, and after four days of play, Dutch player Marcel Vonk has outlasted all to take the title. It is an historic day -- Vonk becomes the first from the Netherlands ever to win a WSOP bracelet in no-limit hold'em.
Vonk is currently getting his picture taken with his shiny new WSOP bracelet, having survived an exciting heads-up battle against David Peters to take the title. It only seemed right those two would be there at the end. Peters and Vonk came into today's final day of play one-two in chips, and one or the other remained at the top of the counts for most of play today.
Vonk, an accomplished online pro who has written strategy articles concerning subjects like ROI, has turned his one grand buy-in into a $570,960 payday! That'll probably show up on the graph.
Congratulations to Marcel Volk, Event #54 winner. Thanks for following our coverage of this and all of the preliminary events, and be sure to check back with PokerNews over the next couple of weeks for all your Main Event coverage!
After that crippling hand versus Marcel Vonk, Peters lost another and was down to about 1 million chips when Vonk open-raised all in from the button. Peters checked his cards, and didn't waste much time making the call.
The flop brought an ace -- -- but gave Peters a pair as well, which meant he wasn't drawing dead after the turn. But the river brought the , and after leading for much of this heads-up battle, Peters was eliminated.
Volk has won!
On the button, Marcel Vonk opened the pot with a 230,000-chip raise and David Peters popped it to 620,000 chips. Vonk re-popped it to 1 million and Peters moved all in. Vonk snap-called.
The board ran out and Vonk doubled up. Vonk is now up to almost 10,000,000 chips while Peters has slipped to a little over 1,500,000.
Marcel Vonk had taken a couple of pots to move up about 2.4 million when the following hand took place. Vonk opened with a raise to 230,000, and David Peters responded by announcing he was all in. Vonk took just a few seconds, then said "I call."
Vonk stood to watch the community cards being dealt, while Peters remained seated. The flop came , pairing Vonk. The turn brought the , and Vonk retook his seat as he could no longer lose the hand. The dealer delivered the as the inconsequential fifth street, and pushed the pot to Vonk.
Peters still has the advantage, but the pair have drawn much closer now. Peters has about 6.5 million and Vonk about 5 million.
David Peters limped in from the button and Marcel Vonk checked the action.
Flop: Vonk check-raise to 300,0000 a 105,000-chip bet fired by Peters.
The turn card was a and Vonk moved all in. Peters tanked and eventually folded.
Vonk is now up to 1,950,000 chips.
David Peters raised to 210,000 from the button, and Vonk called. Both then checked the flop. The turn was the , and Vonk bet 300,000. Peters paused, then called.
The river was the . Vonk pushed out a bet of 500,000 this time. Peters took a look at Vonk, then went to reach for chips. Then he looked up again. He saw something, apparently, as he soon decided to make the call, tabling for king-high. Vonk mucked, and Peters took the pot.
Peters is up over 9.7 million now, and Vonk down to 1.75 million.
On the button, Marcel Vonk opened the pot with a 230,000-chip raise, and was called by David Peters.
The flop ran out and both players checked. The turn card was a and Peters fired a 320,000-chip bet. Vonk called.
The river brought a and Peters fired another bet, now worth 810,000. Vonk tanked and eventually called.
Peters tabled and Vonk showed . Pot for Peters, is now up to 8,680,000 chips, Vonk slipped to 2,850,000.
The blinds are big, but the stacks are relatively deep, and both players are showing patience here during the first part of Level 29.
Most hands are ending with preflop raises, and both Marcel Vonk and David Peters still have essentially the stacks they came back to following dinner.