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The second round began at 2:00 PM and Day 1 chip leader Jon Christensen got a quick jump on things by raising his stack to 250,000 in the first 30 minutes. He continued to make the Day 3 cut and a chance of earning one of the last gold bracelets available this season. By 3:30 PM, play went hand to hand as the bubble had been reached. It took just 10 minutes for the unfortunate person to bust without receiving anything, but soon after that Hevad Khan was gone in 239th place when his all-in move lost to a player who paired his Jack card on the flop. Khan received $2,923 for his efforts and another WSOP cash to his credit. And we are just getting started!
Men "The Master" Nguyen lost to the pocket 8's of Amit Makhija, and was seen headed to the cashier's cage for his payout. This makes the 65th WSOP cash for the poker icon. Following Men were Scott Epstein, Frank Sinopoli, Allyn Shulman, Denise Molloy, Theo Tran, Thomas Fuller, Kim Wooka, Evgeny Serebryakov, Alex Bolotin and Carlos Mortensen. Amit Makhija also headed for the sidelines when his all-in with pocket K's met with the pocket A's of another player. Van Nguyen, the wife of Men "The Master" Nguyen, finished in 89th place taking home $4,654 for her efforts. Alexandre Gomes finished in 80th after meeting the full house (K's/8's) of Vivek Rajkumar. By 3:00 AM, the tournament director asked everyone remaining to bag their chips to come back for Day 3 action.
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Day 3 -- Final Table
You can read the WSOP summary on this final table below:
The 2009 World Series of Poker $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold�em champion is Tony Veckey. Veckey has been playing poker recreationally, but seriously, for about two years. This was the first WSOP tournament Veckey had ever entered. He intended to play in the previous No-Limit Hold�em tournament (Event #51). But it was sold out. He decided to play in this event instead. Veckey collected $673,276 for first place. He was also awarded his first WSOP gold bracelet.
This event was a complete sell out. This was the tenth tournament to reach maximum capacity at this year�s WSOP. This is the most gold bracelet events ever to sell out within a single year. A complete "sell out" means every seat at every available table is sold and additional players are/were turned away at registration. A complete sell out occurs are various numbers, based on the total tables and seats available for tournament use. Events which have sold out this year include: 4, 7, 22, 24, 28, 29, 39, 43, 51, and 54.
The hand of victory came to Veckey when after 11 hours of play, Jason Wheeler bet 450K when seeing a flop of 8 Q 10. Veckey called and watched as the turn card bricked but Wheeler bet another 1.2 million. After that Veckey moved all-in and Wheeler called. The dealer turned over a Q on the river. Wheeler showed A Q giving him a set of Queens, but Veckey showed J 9 giving him the straight and the championship win.