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All players were at their seats at 2:00 PM and that's when the cards began being dealt. Soon after things got underway, busting out were Dennie Levi, Jeff Lisandro and Shannon Shorr who lost to the pocket 9's of Bobby Firestone. Action went hand to hand at position 172 which was the bubble, but after Phil Sparta took out a player with a pair of Aces, the speed of eliminations got a lot faster. Nina Tovich went to the cashier's cage after her pocket Q's met with the pocket Kings of her opponent. Pocket Queens were good enough for William Miner to take out pro player Darus Suharto. Shaun Deeb also went to collect his winnings after his pocket 6's were beaten by the paired Aces of another player. Following them were Rob Hollink, Rhynie Campbell, Michael Binger, Eugene Todd, Kenna James, David 'Chino' Rheem, Robert Cheung, Tony Ma, Jason Grey, Jason Wheeler, Matt Vance, Joe McGowan and Ken Yates.
After the dust settled around 2:45 AM, remaining players were told to bag their chips. Here are the final table payouts:
Day 3 -- Final Table
This is the WSOP's summary on the event:
The 2009 World Series of Poker $2,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em champion is Jordan Smith. Smith is a 27-year-old professional poker player. Smith admits that his decision to play poker for a living caused some hardship, enduring virtually unavoidable financial pitfalls. Smith stated that each time he encountered difficulties, various backers (including his parents) were willing to help him out in times of need. When age 21, Smith dropped out of junior college to play poker for a living. He has been playing since then full time. He mostly plays online. Smith collected $586,212 for first place. He was also awarded his first WSOP gold bracelet. The defending champion from 2009 was Alexandre Gomes. He entered this event but did not cash.
The chip leader coming into the final table was Pat Atchison. He ended up finishing sixth. Winner Jordan Smith came into the final table ranked seventh out of nine players. Play at the final table lasted about nine hours. The final hand came when Jordan Smith flopped a diamond flush against Ken Lennaard, who flopped a higher-flush draw with top pair. Smith had 9-7 of diamonds. Lennaard had J-8 (jack of diamonds). The final board showed 8-4-3-3-6, with three diamonds. That meant Smith’s flush held up. He won the tournament.