WSOP 2010 Event 9 - James Dempsey Wins $1,500 PL Holdem Bracelet
Event #9 of the 2010 WSOP was the $1,500 Pot-Limit Holdem event. A "smaller" field of just 650 players turned out for what Daniel Negreanu considers one of the more "skillful" variants of Texas Holdem.
WSOP 2010 Event 9 winner James Dempsey
This event paid 63 players and first place received $197,470. Among the notable names that finished "in the money" were Eric Lynch in 63rd, Tom Schneider in 52nd, Jonathan Little in 46th, Tom McEvoy in 41st, Scott Montgomery in 28th, and Melissa Hayden in 13th.
J.J. Liu headlined the final table and was the first woman this year to make a final table of a WSOP event. Steve Chanthabouasy started the final table as chip leader. Here is how the final table started play:
Seat 1: Armen Kara (220,000)
Seat 2: Gregg Wilkerson (230,000)
Seat 3: Mark Babekov (246,000)
Seat 4: JJ Liu (479,000)
Seat 5: Edward Brogdon (89,000)
Seat 6: Scott Haraden (224,000)
Seat 7: Steve Chanthabouasy (533,000)
Seat 8: Joseph Williams (385,000)
Seat 9: James Dempsey (528,000)
J.J. Liu started in 3rd chip position at the final table and she ultimately finished in 3rd place in the event. She was all-in pre-flop against James Dempsey with eights against his A-K. Dempsey flopped a pair of kings, turned aces-up, and rivered a flush to get heads up.
Heads-up play was between James Dempsey and Steve Chanthabouasy. Dempsey held a chip lead of 2.1 Million to 820,000 to start with. Play went on for a while with Chanthabouasy closing the gap several times, but never fully overtaking Dempsey. The final hand of the event saw Chanthabouasy move all-in with A-7 against the A-10 of James Dempsey. The flop gave Chanthabouasy an open-ended straight draw, but the draw failed to hit. Dempsey's A-10 was good and he was the Event #9 Champion.
James Dempsey bested a field of 650 players to win the gold bracelet and the top prize of $197,470.
Below are the final table payouts: