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Everyone came to take their seats at 2:00 PM for another round of action. With all these people we more than likely will have to stop at 3:00 AM, and those left will move on to Day 3. Brandon Wong was gone after Shaun Deeb paired his 9 card on the flop. Chris Ferguson who was short stacked with 9,600 met with disaster in the form of Josh Arieh. After a flop of A 7 6, Ferguson moved all-in with A Q but was called by Arieh holding A 7 which won the hand for Arieh. Ferguson was joined by Carlos Mortensen who mucked his cards after meeting the pocket J's of Kenny Shei. Falling in line doing the railbird shuffle were Erick Lindgren, Mike Baxter, Brock Parker, Brandon Adams, Joe Cassidy, Bruno Fitoussi, Annie Duke, Scotty Nguyen, Erik Seidel, Peter Gould, Nick Frangos, Barney Boatman, Mimi Tran and David Benyamine. Eli Elezra was gone after being beaten up by the cards of Todd Brunson. Vitaly Lunkin soon followed.
Daniel Alaei made the Day 3 cut after eliminating players like Doyle Brunson. With Brunson having K 7 and Alaei having A 9, Alaei turned his hand into two pair (A's and 10's) on the flop. Barry Greenstein also left the tournament room after his pocket Q's were silenced by the pocket A's of Steve Kim. And Farzad Bonyadi busted when his paired 8's were no match for the pocket J's of Joe McGowan.
It was 12 players that survived for Day 3 action. Here are the names of the top 9:
Day 3 -- Final Table
This is a summary of the facts sent to us by the WSOP:
The 2009 World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in Limit Hold’em world champion is Greg "FBT" Mueller. Mueller is a 37-year-old professional poker player. He is a regular player on the major tournament circuit. Prior to playing poker for a living, Mueller played professional ice hockey in Europe. He played for nine seasons for a team based in Germany. He retired in 1999. Mueller collected $460,841 for first place. He was also awarded his first WSOP gold bracelet. With this victory, Mueller officially became the 127th player in WSOP history to win in excess of $1 million. The defending champion from 2008 was Rob Hollink. He entered this event but did not cash.
The End of Day One chip leader was Jennifer Harman, from Las Vegas, NV. She ended up finishing in 12th place. Kenny Hsiung was the chip leader coming into the final table. He ended up finishing ninth. Mueller came into the final table ranked sixth out of nine players. But the chips stacks were largely even between the top six players. He seized the chip lead about mid-way through the 11-hour finale. The decisive hand of the tournament took place when Mueller made a straight flush against Chad Brown, who presumably had the nut flush (his cards were not shown). Mueller and Brown went back and forth with a flurry of raises and re-raises before Brown surrendered his chip lead to Mueller – a fatal mistake from which he could recover. When play became heads-up between Mueller and runner up Pat Pezzin, the two players realized they shared at least one common trait – they were both Canadian. "It’s going to be 'O Canada' for sure," Mueller beamed to his fellow countryman and rival.