The 2010 World Series of Poker is quickly finishing up and event #56 has been completed. The event was a no limit hold’em tournament which had a buy-in of $2,500. The tournament had almost 2,000 players competing which created a total prize pool of $4,466,600.
The tournament saw some very stiff competition and once final table play began it would get even worse. When final table play began it would not be long before the first player would be eliminated. The first player to go would be Alfonso Amendola when he went all in against Tomer Curcio. Amendola held A-10 while Curcio held A-K. the board fell K-9-2-7-Q and Amendola would be eliminated in ninth place.
Eighth place would go to Joseph Curcio when he went all in and was called by Vladimir Kochelaevskiy. Vladimir would hold pocket aces to Curcio’s pocket jacks. The board would fall K-2-2-9-8 and Curcio would be out in eighth place.
The next player to go all in was Ali Alawadhi and he was called by Tomer Berda. Alawadhi would hold K-9 while Berda held A-6. The board would fall A-5-3-9-J and Berda would win the hand and Alawadhi would be out in seventh place.
Next to go would be Hungcheng Hung. He would go all in and would be called by Tomer Berda. Hung held Q-J and Berda held A-K. the flop showed 8-7-6 and Hung was behind in the hand. A 3 on the turn gave Hung one last chance and a 10 was turned over for the river card and it was no help so Hung was out in sixth place.
Fifth place would go to Mike Wattel and fourth would go to Salvatore Bonavena on the same hand. Wattel would go all in and Bonavena would go all in over the top. Bryan Porter would also call as he had both players covered.
Wattel held A-J, Bonavena held pocket eights and Porter held pocket jacks. The board didn’t help anyone as it fell 5-2-2-6-4. Porter had the best hand so both Wattel and Bonavena would both be eliminated.
Third would go to Bryan Porter after he went all in and was called by Berda. Porter held Q-9 while Berda held A-10. The board fell A-3-2-A-5 and with trip aces Berda held the winning hand and Porter was knocked out in third place.
This would leave Berda and Vladimir in heads up play. On the final hand Vladimir would go all in and Berda would call. Vladimir held 10-6 and Berda held A-4. The flop was in Berda’s favor with A-6-2. The turn brought a 3 and Vladimir would need a ten or six on the river to stay in. A 7 was the river card and Vladimir was out in second which left Berda to win his first WSOP bracelet.
1. Tomer Berda — $825,976
2. Vladimir Kochelaevskiy — $510,939
3. Bryan Porter — $353,260
4. Salvatore Bonavena — $254,777
5. Mike Wattel — $186,250
6. Hungcheng Hung — $137,946
7. Ali Alawadhi — $60,580
8. Joseph Curcio — $78,705
9. Alfonso Amendola — $60,580