Level 21 (stopped): (10,000/20,000 Limits)
Total Entrants: 26
Heads up has been even for the first few hands, then Syracuse takes a key bite out of Bruch, getting a value bet in with middle pair versus a worse pair. Big swing, as they started 350,000 to 140,000, and now, instead of reasonable deficit and plenty of bigs to work with, Bruch is in trouble and down to four big bets.
Two hands later they get it all in, and it’s a fair fight, Syracuse with and Bruch with . The board starts off giving Syracuse a 60-40 lead with a pair and a useless gutter against the two overs and a straight draw. The turn comes a fun which now solidifies Syracuse’s lead while giving Bruch backdoor clubs.
Another five makes Syracuse a full house and it is over! Our final tournament on the schedule, but not the final one running, as the Deepest Stack looks like it will go deep into the night.
Limit Hold’em made for a great tournament event. The action and the structure may have been slow in the beginning, but once the final table started, all the players raised their level of play. There were huge swings, and big favorites Wazir Baksh and Jialan Tang took big tumbles after looking destined for the money. Jeremy Iocozzia’s play also stood out, and he snuck into third and a payday when the stacks said it might not be so.
It was also the final table where Andrew showed his class as a player he became far more aggressive and was suddenly a noticeable table presence. He did not pay off light despite being laid odds and this kept him from the short stack quandry, letting others make mistakes. He also, like Bruch, chose to fight for the trophy, and the money did not even seem to be an object at the end.
For all this, Andy Sanft is a worthy champ of this blast from the past – limit hold’em.
Many congrats to Andy!
Thanks for following my coverage on the Borgata Poker Blog and on Twitter @out_of_position throughout the BWPO Best wishes – Chris M/Persuadeo