Event #8: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Event Info

Prize Pool $3,160,350
Players 2341

Congratulations to Pascal LeFrancois, Event No. 8 Champion ($568,974)!

Pascal LeFrancois - Champion!
Pascal LeFrancois - Champion!

The eighth bracelet of the 2010 World Series of Poker has been won and French-Canadian Pascal LeFrancois is your champion! LeFrancois has just one previous WSOP cash in last year's $1,500 no-limit hold'em event. This will definitely be memorable for LeFrancois who had a entire contingency of friends rooting him on throughout this last day of play.

Play began on Wednesday with 2,341 hitting the felt, all with hopes of being crowned champion. After Day 1, 277 players remained. At the end of the second day, the field had been whittled down to 25. Saar Wilf led the way into Day 3 with the chip lead and not too far behind was Phil Hellmuth, who was looking to take home his 12th bracelet.

Hellmuth will have to wait for another event to snag that elusive 12th bracelet however, as he was eliminated in 15th place. Action was fast and furious at the start of Day 3 and players were heading to the payout desk almost as fast as we could write up the hands. Soon though, we found ourselves at the secondary feature table in the Amazon Room with ten players looking for the gold.

Jose Gatmaitan was eliminated in 10th place, giving us our official final table. Soon after, the day's chip leader Wilf hit the rail followed by Joshua Brikis, Kurt Disessa, and James Andersen. David Aue was eliminated in fifth place and Daniel Wjuniski, who was in competition with LeFrancois for loudest railbirds was eliminated in fourth. Kevin Howe left us heads up with LeFrancois holding a nine-to-one chip lead over Max Steinberg. It wasn't too long after that that LeFrancois finished the deal.

LeFrancois took home $568,974 for his victory and his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet! Congratulations to him for conquering Event No. 8. Here's how the entire final table wrapped up.

1. Pascal LeFrancois - $568,974
2. Max Steinberg - $352,916
3. Kevin Howe - $249,351
4. Daniel Wjuniski - $179,286
5. David Aue - $130,617
6. James Andersen - $96,422
7. Kurt Disessa - $72,087
8. Joshua Brikis - $54,579
9. Saar Wilf - $41,843

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Max Steinberg Eliminated in 2nd Place ($352,916)

Max Steinberg - 2nd Place
Max Steinberg - 2nd Place

Pascal LeFrancois limped and Max Steinberg checked his option.

The flop came down {j-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{k-Hearts}.

Steinberg bet 140,000 and LeFrancois made the call.

The turn brought the {5-Hearts}.

Steinberg bet 360,000 and LeFrancois made the call.

The {10-Diamonds} fell on the river and Steinberg moved all in. LeFrancois asked for a count, thought for a second, and made the call.

When he saw the {4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} of Steinberg and knew his {j-Spades}{6-Clubs} was good, he jumped out of his seat and ran over to his railbirds who were screaming and jumping up and down. Steinberg may not have gotten the bracelet but $352,916 isn't a bad consolation prize.

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We're heads up now. Pascal LeFrancois has a commanding chip lead with 9,184,500 in chips and Max Steinberg is sitting behind 1,350,000.

"Flip for the bracelet!" cried out one of the railbirds.

Kevin Howe Eliminated in 3rd Place ($249,351)

Kevin Howe - 3rd Place
Kevin Howe - 3rd Place

Pascal LeFrancois raised to 180,000 from the button. Kevin Howe reraised to 455,000. LeFrancois re-reraised and Howe moved all-in. LeFrancois snap-called and the cards were on their backs. LeFrancois' railbirds were on their feet so fast they made our heads spin.

LeFrancois: {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}
Howe: {a-Spades}{10-Spades}

The board ran out {5-Spades}{8-Hearts}{3-Spades}{7-Hearts}{2-Clubs}.

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LeFrancois Puts on the Pressure

Max Steinberg made it 200,000 to go from the small blind. Pascal LeFrancois called from the big blind and the two saw a flop of {4-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{2-Hearts}.

Steinberg bet 180,000 and LeFrancois called.

Turn: {q-Diamonds}

Steinberg bet 400,000 and again, LeFrancois called.

The river brought the {6-Diamonds}. Steinberg bet 650,000. LeFrancois moved all in and Steinberg folded.

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