When play started today Jeff Tebben was the short stack of our field and you wouldn't blame him if his goal was to merely try and climb up a pay jump or two. However from the time the first cards were in the air, until the last pot was pushed, Tebben was the most aggressive player at the table and clearly playing for the win. His approach ultimately paid off.
In the early stages he was able to build his stack by accumulating blinds and antes at will as he fearlessly moved his short stack into the middle. Once he got chips he became a real threat, and combined with some cards, it was a lethal combination for his opponents.
A fighting victory for Tebben over a massive field collects him $503,389 in prize money and the coveted gold bracelet.
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JD McNamara raised to 280,000 from the small blind, and Jeff Tebben called. The flop fell , and both players checked. The turn was another king, the , and Tebben bet out 350,000. McNamara just called to see the on the river. This time, Tebben checked, and McNamara fired 325,000. Tebben paused and asked for a count of McNamara's stack before check-raising all in. McNamara called quickly with his last 1.3 million and showed . But his jacks were no good in the face of Tebben's for trip kings. With that, McNamara was eliminated in second place, just missing his first bracelet but picking up a hefty $310,248.
Jeff Tebben limped his small blind, and JD McNamara checked to get to an flop. Check, check to the turn. They both checked once more to see the on the river. McNamara was done checking and bet 100,000. Tebben then made it 350,000. McNamara just called and turned over for a jack-high backdoor flush. Tebben got away cheaply with his for a smaller flush, and McNamara moved up to 2.85 million.
Jeff Tebben raised to 250,000, and JD McNamara called. After the flop, McNamara check-called a 300,000 bet. They both checked the on the turn and the on the river. McNamara showed for second pair on the flop, but Tebben had him with for a flopped top pair. McNamara was down to 2.4 million after the hand.
JD McNamara won the first heads-up pot, but he didn't have to work too hard for it. Jeff Tebben gave him a walk, and JD showed .
One hand after timing out, Kiet Tran sat back in and limped from the small blind. Jeff Tebben raised an additional 250,000 from the big blind. Then after some thought, Tran moved all in for 2,775,000 more. Tebben confidently called the aggressive move and was instantly pleased with his decision.
The entire rail was on its feet, and Tebben and McNamara's friends were all pulling for the nines to hold. The flop was a little dicey for Tebben, adding a flush draw to Tran's over card. The on the turn and on the river both bricked for Tran, and he was sent home in third place. At the beginning of the day, Tran said he wanted to improve on his previous largest cash, $110,000. He more than doubled that with his $223,665 win here.
JD McNamara raised to 300,000 from the small blind, and Kiet Tran called. Get ready for a nice nap. The flop came , and McNamara checked. Tran bet 350,000, and JD check-raised all in for an extra 1,570,000. Tran took a few minutes to think before Jeff Tebben called the clock on him. Tran let all 60 seconds tick down, and the floor declared his hand dead. It was unclear whether the folks cheering were applauding McNamara's win or simply the end of the hand.