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Cards were in the air at 2:00 PM with the 135 that survived yesterday's round. In less than 1 hour, play went hand to hand until the next bust, due to the tournament being at the bubble. But when it went, 9 players went in 15 minutes and it did not slow down. Going to the cashiers cage were Marco Traniello, Neil Channing from the UK, Nasr El Nasr from Germany, Mark Hanna, Tony Cousineau, Evgeny Serebryakov, Layne Flack, Joe McGowan, Chris Klodnicki, Terrance Chan from Canada, Shawn Deeb, Bill Edler, Erick Lindgren and Blair Hinkle.
But to focus on who went out would have detracted from the individuals responsible for a lot of this happening. Brock Parker was on fire, leaving devastation in his wake. He went from his 138K to over 1.6 million to make the cut for the next round. And Joseph Serock put the Kung-Fu grip to many players as he went from Day 1 with 46,000 chips to chip leader with over 1.7 million. It was Serocks elimination of Men "The Master" Nguyen that actually put him over 1.8 million around 1:30 AM.
When Brock Parker ended another players dream of a gold bracelet around 2:45 AM, tournament officials said that it was time to bag the chips. There were 11 left that will compete in the last round to determine who is the new champion. Here they are with chip counts:
Day 3 -- Final Table
Here are the notes on the final table from the WSOP. You may be surprised by the results, maybe not.
The 2009 World Series of Poker $2,500 buy-in Six-Handed No-Limit Hold�em champion is Brock Parker. Parker is a 27-year-old professional poker player. His real first name is John, but he goes by "Brock." Parker first started playing poker about ten years ago. But his interest in the game evolved from the card game Magic. Magic is a card game that is similar to poker in that it combines skill, psychology, and luck. By the time he took his turn in the spotlight of a WSOP final table Parker and others were accustomed to the pressure of playing in front of crowds and for money. Magic tournaments usually give away prize money which attracts big crowds. Another top player who is close to Parker and got his start in poker via Magic is David Williams, who won a gold bracelet in 2006. Parker collected $552,745 for first place. He was also awarded his second WSOP gold bracelet.
According to the official records, Parker now has 2 wins, 4 final table appearances, and 13 in-the-money finishes at the WSOP. Parker currently has $1,041,050 in WSOP winnings. With this victory, Parker becomes the 125th player in history to achieve $1 million in winnings at the WSOP. The defending champion from 2008 was Dario Minieri, from Rome, Italy. He entered this year�s tournament, but did not cash.
The final table lasted about eight hours. This was one of the longer short-handed finales on record. Brock Parker was second in chips during most of the finale, never overcoming Joe Serock�s chip lead until the final stages of the event. When heads-up play began, Joe Serock enjoyed a 2 to 1 chip advantage over Brock Parker. However, both players, and the audience, sensed it would be a tough battle. Parker seized control early by winning a few key posts and drew to close to even. Then, about 20 hands into the face off, Parker seized the chip lead for the first time. About one hour in the duel, the chip stacks were nearly dead even. Parker�s dominance continued for another 15 minutes and he stood at 3 to 1 over Serock when the final hand was dealt. The final hand of the tournament came when Serock was dealt 10-10 and moved all-in. Parker called and tabled Q-Q. The bigger pair held up and Parker won the tournament.