2006 World Series of Poker Event 20 H.O.R.S.E.

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2006 World Series of Poker
Event #20 H.O.R.S.E.

Outside of the Main Event, this is the one to watch. 143 of the biggest stars in the game of poker have entered, and with the BIG entry fee a massive $6,864,000 prize pool was created. Two players will lay claim to over $1,000,000 by the time this is over. Payouts will go to the top 13 places. Now for those who don't know, H.O.R.S.E. is a combination of Hold’em (both Limit and No-Limit), Omaha, Razz, Stud and Stud Eight or Better. The game is played with different combinations of the above for each level in the tournament. For instance:
  • Level 1 game was Limit Hold'Em
  • Level 2 game was Omaha 8/OB
  • Level 3 game was RAZZ
  • Level 4 game was OMAHA 8/OB
  • Level 5 game was STUD 8/OB
and so on. Day 1 saw incredible play and controversy. Many players complained that the cards being dealt were marked as they were from previous games. Andy Bloch first stood up and received a penalty for going through the deck for marked cards. The complaint was followed by other players like Annie Duke, Doyle Brunson, Max Pescatori, David Grey and Scott Fischman stating that new card should have been brought out. But the table action was of equal interest. During a level of Omaha 8/OB Ram Vaswani and Brett Jungblut had to split a pot when both drew the nut full house Aces full of Kings with no possible low. Another hand on the same level, same game saw a complicated four way split of the pot with Frank Kassela, Marcel Luske, Phil Hellmuth and Jan Sorensen. The first day ended 14 hours later at 1 a.m. with only 14 players gone.

Day two had the beginning level start with Hold'Em at 2:00 p.m. Some of the first to go were Chip Jett, Eli Elezra, John D'Agostino, Sam Farha and Michael Mizrachi. Also Phil Hellmuth Jr. and Mike Matusow were busted, so no one has to worry about Matusow making good on his earlier bet by running the Amazon room at the RIO "buck naked" if Phil won this tournament. Of all the games in H.O.R.S.E., Razz seems to be the least desirable to play by anyone. Irritated looks were on the faces of Daniel Negreanu and others whenever a level featured this game. Outside of Razz, the other games let the pros shine at whatever they were best at. Doyle Brunson raged as he took out players like Paul Phillips and others while building his stack to over 1,200,000. Chip Reese who said he would only play in this and the Main Event played like he wants to win both, ending up at the final table with over 1,700,000 chips. Andy Bloch also made the final table in a bit of righteous justice given the treatment he received on Day 1. But with Jim Bechtel, Dewey Tomko, T.J. Cloutier, Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius and David Singer at this final table, any money received will be well earned. And after Day 2 lasted 21 hours, these top pros will not get much rest to prepare for the championship round.

Day 3 play began at 9:45 p.m. to allow some sleep for the final table participants. Players were very careful to pick and choose their battles, folding if they didn't feel they could win the hand. The first to go less than 10 min into the action was Patrik Antonius (9th). He sat down with only 13,000 only to lose his last $1,000 chip to Chip Reese. Another favorite Doyle Brunson (8th) was slowly losing his chips to others and had to leave after losing an all in hand to Jim Bechtel. Outside of that, like two samurai warriors Andy Bloch and Chip Reese cleared the table. Andy Block took out Phil Ivey (3rd), Dewey Tomko (7th), T.J. Cloutier (5th) and Jim Bechtel (4th). Chip Reese added David Singer (6th) to his list of felled combatants.

At 2:10 a.m. in the morning the heads up battle began with Chip Reese graduate of Dartmouth University who decided he preferred poker over a law career and Andy Bloch, graduate of MIT and Harvard University Law School. These two fought for hours as huge piles of chips went back and forth. Finally 354 hands and 7 1/2 hours later, Chip Reese was declared the winner. Here is the final hand between both players. Chip (Ac Qc) pushed all his chips to the center and Andy (9c 8s) called. Js 7c 7s comes on the flop, turn card is 4h and the river card is 4s giving a hard and long deserved victory to Chip Reese.
  1. Chip Reese -- $1,716,000
  2. Andy Bloch -- $1,029,600
  3. Phil Ivey -- $617,760
  4. Jim Bechtel -- $549,120
  5. T.J. Cloutier -- $480,480
  6. David Singer -- $411,840
  7. Dewey Tomko -- $343,200
  8. Doyle Brunson -- $274,560
  9. Patrik Antonius -- $205,920
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