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WSOP 2010 Event 32 - Jeffrey Papola Wins Event #32 Bracelet

21 June 2010, By:
Event #32 of the 2010 WSOP, $5,000 NL Holdem, drew a stellar field of 568 players looking to take the bracelet and over $667,000 in prize money.
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Event #32 of the 2010 WSOP, $5,000 NL Holdem, drew a stellar field of 568 players looking to take the bracelet and over $667,000 in prize money.

Day 1 started with one of the stronger World Series of Poker hold em fields in 2010.  The higher buy-in of this event is attractive to many players due to the probability of a high prize pool without having to go through thousands and the fact that there players started with 15,000 in chips.  This allowed them to play some deep stack poker.

At the end of Day 1, 116 players advanced and looked to take their shot at the money.  Only 55 players made the money in this event, and among them were David Singer, Eric Baldwin, Toto Leonidas, Andrew Robl, Matt Graham, and Matt Brady.  We were left with 12 players at the end of Day 2 where the final table was reached with two strong headliners.

Men "The Master" Nguyen and Erick Lindgren headlined this final table.  Lindgren is looking for his 2nd career bracelet while Nguyen is looking for his 2nd bracelet of this WSOP and 8th bracelet overall.  Jeffrey Papola started the final table as the chip leader with Erick Lindgren right behind him.  This was Papola's 2nd final table in a week as he final tabled the $2,500 Six Handed NL Event just four days ago.   This is how the final table started play:

Seat 1: Orlando De La Cruz - 860,000
Seat 2: Men "The Master" Nguyen - 1,570,000
Seat 3: Jeffrey "jpapola" Papola - 2,280,000
Seat 4: Bruno Launais - 850,000
Seat 5: Erick Lindgren - 1,827,000
Seat 6: Mark Radoja - 1,140,000

Heads-up play was between Men Nguyen and Jeffrey Papola.  At the beginning of heads-up play, Papola lead 6.5 Million to the 1.98 Million of Nguyen.  Men Nguyen actually stormed back and took the chip lead for a bit before Papola retook the lead. They swapped the lead a few times before a huge hand gave Papola the lead.  From the look of things, Men Nguyen check-raised a king high flop hoping to take the pot down.  However, Papola moved all-in and Nguyen had to let the hand go.  At this point he trailed 6 Million to 2.5 Million.

The final hand saw Men Nguyen shove for 2.5 Million pre-flop over top of a raise from Papola.  Papola made the call and turned over pocket jacks.  Nguyen held Ks-10s.  The flop 7d-7s-5d left Nguyen needing running spades or a king for a double up.  The turn 9h helped no one and the river Ah sealed Nguyen's fate.  While Men Nguyen finished 2nd in this event, he does move into a three-way tie for first in the Player of the Year race with Michael Mizrachi and James Dempsey.

Jeffrey Papola took down his first WSOP bracelet win with his victory here.  Just four days ago, Papola finished 2nd in the $2,500 Six-Handed NL Holdem event.  With this event's top prize of $667,433, Jeffrey Papola has made over $1 Million in the span of one week.  Impressive.  Congratulations to Jeffrey Papola, Event #32 Champion.

Below are the final table payouts:

1          Jeffrey Papola                         667,433

2          Men Nguyen                           412,746

3          Mark Radoja                           262,902

4          Bruno Launais                         173,123

5          Orlando Delacruz                    117,595

6          Erick Lindgren                        82,303


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