Event #51: $3,000 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em

Event Info

Prize Pool $2,663,400
Players 965

Poor Welch


For probably the first time in heads-up play, Jon Eaton folded his button. Ryan Welch, of course, had two aces.

How To Enjoy a Break at the WSOP

Ryan Welch on break (photo courtesy of BJ Nemeth)
Ryan Welch on break (photo courtesy of BJ Nemeth)

How'd you spend your twenty-minute break? We bet it wasn't as enjoyable as the way Ryan Welch spent his, each of his limbs occupied by one of his five massage therapists.

He's not quite asleep, but Welch has returned to the table looking a little more relaxed than he was a half hour ago.

At $10/hour, Welch's pricey rub was a strong contrast to the low buy-in massage a player recently received in Event #54.

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Break Counts

After about a half hour of dueling, Welch has managed to cut into Eaton's lead a bit:

Jon Eaton 4,510,000 -740,000
Ryan Welch us 4,180,000 745,000



With Level 26 just concluded, the last two players are taking a short break.

A Showdown!


The button in the last hand was Jon Eaton, which meant it was his turn to raise pre-flop. Ryan Welch did his part by calling out of the big blind. He then checked a flop of {j-Spades}{10-Hearts}{q-Spades} to Eaton, who fired out 135,000. Welch called. Both players checked the {j-Clubs} turn and the {k-Hearts} river. Eaton called, "King," but that was no good against Welch's small straight, {10-Clubs}{9-Clubs}.

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Settling In


The heads-up match has settled into a nice rhythm of pre-flop button raises, with the player in the big blind calling. Few hands, however, have gone past the flop. Usually a single bet has been enough to end the hand right there. As both of these players have displayed an extreme amount of patience and skill to get this far, we could be in for a lengthy heads-up battle.

Guillaume Darcourt Eliminated in 3rd Place ($223,459)

Guillaume Darcourt - 3rd place
Guillaume Darcourt - 3rd place

Guillaume Darcourt opened to 125,000 from the small blind, and Jon Eaton called from the big to see a flop. It was an action flop of {6-Clubs} {9-Hearts} {5-Clubs}, and Darcourt continued out with a bet of 195,000. Eaton raised to 600,000, Darcourt shoved all in for about 1.6 million total, and Eaton quickly called with the covering stack to put the Frenchman at risk. Cards up, gents:

Darcourt: {6-Diamonds} {8-Spades} (middle pair)
Eaton: {4-Clubs} {7-Clubs} (open-ended straight flush draw)

Turn: {8-Clubs}

Bink, as they say in the parlance of our times. Darcourt stood from his chair with a sour look on his face, and his once-rowdy rail fell dead silent. Eaton's straight flush left him drawing dead, now resigned to his third-place fate. The {9-Spades} filled out the board, and that's going to be the last card of Darcourt's day. He's out two places shy of his goal, but he'll take just about a quarter-million-dollar consolation prize home with him instead.

We're now heads up for the bracelet, and either Jon Eaton or Ryan Welch will be notching their first WSOP title this evening.

"Who turns a straight straight flush three-handed at the WSOP?!" Eaton was heard saying to his friends on the rail.

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Family Pot Produces Little Action


Our last three players -- Ryan Welch, Guillaume Darcourt and Jon Eaton -- each paid 100,000 in chips to see a flop of {a-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{a-Spades}. Action checked to Eaton, whose bet of 150,000 was called only by Welch. Both players then checked the turn {6-Clubs} and river {6-Hearts}. It was clear at showdown why there had been no further action: Welch's {k-Spades}{j-Spades} won the pot with aces and sixes, king kicker.

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