Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship

Venue: Fontana Lounge, Bellagio Hotel/Casino, Las Vegas

Prize Pool: near $4 million

Final prize: over $1 million and $25,000 buy-in to the WPT Championship.

Opening Chip Count:

CHIP COUNT
MINH LY
Las Vegas
$3,199,000
DAN HARRINGTON $2,874,000
GAVIN SMITH
Guelph, ON
$1,263,000
DON ZEWIN
Las Vegas
$633,000
JAN SORENSEN
Denmark
$370,000
TONY GRAND
Chatsworth, CA
$55,000
Ante/Blinds: $3,000/$15,000/$30,000

Whoever wins this will be an instant millionaire. Let's shuffle up and deal!

Tony looks like he's not going to be long for this one. Action's on him, the oldest person to play on the WPT. Tony pulls the trigger for all the marbles...

Tony Minh Jan (BB)
Q♥9♥ Q♣8♣ 9♦7♠
ALL-IN: $52,000 CALL: $52,000 CALL: $22,000
40% 29% 18%
FLOP: 7♦5♥2♣
    CHECK
CHECK
16% 21% 62%
TURN: 10
CHECK
CHECK
6% 8% 86%
RIVER: Q♠
CHECK
BET: $90,000 FOLD
WIN: $189,000
Pair of Queens
Q♠
Q♥10♦9♥7♦

Tony triples up, but is still on the short stack. Action on Don now... but he's out.

Minh (SB) Dan (BB)
8♦3♦ A♦3♣
CALL: $15,000 CHECK
77% 22%
FLOP: A♠8♣5
BET: $100,000 CALL: $100,000
7% 92%
TURN: 10
CHECK CHECK
3% 97%
RIVER: 2
CHECK BET: $150,000
CALL: $150,000
WIN: $578,000
Pair of Aces
A♦A♠108♣5

The two old guns look like they're in for a Mexican standoff...

Tony Don (SB)
10♦10♣ A♦Q♠
ALL-IN: $210,000 ALL-IN: $585,000*
58% 42%
FLOP: A♣9♥5♥
TURN: 8♥
RIVER: A♠
OUT
6th Place
WIN: $468,000
Three Aces
A♦A♠A♣Q♠9

Tony isn't going to be the oldest player on the WPT to win a table, but he does pick up $96,000.

CHIP COUNT
DAN HARRINGTON $3,126,000
MINH LY $2,983,000
GAVIN SMITH $1,069,000
DON ZEWIN $897,000
JAN SORENSEN $317,000
Ante/Blinds: $3,000/$15,000/$30,000

Don takes an easy pot. Next pot ... not so easy.

Jan Don (SB)
5♥5♣ 7♠7♣
BET: $85,000 ALL-IN: $951,000*
ALL-IN: $313,000
13% 86%
FLOP: 9♠8♠2♥
TURN: 8♥
RIVER: A♠
OUT
5th Place
WIN: $468,000
Two pair
8♥8♠7♠7♣A♠

And Jan is going back to Denmark with $137,000. After the break, the price of poker goes up.

CHIP COUNT
DAN HARRINGTON $3,160,000
MINH LY $2,885,000
GAVIN SMITH $1,220,000
DON ZEWIN $1,125,000
Ante/Blinds: $5,000/$25,000/$50,000

 

Dan (D) Gavin (BB)
A♥10♥ A♠Q♦
BET: $125,000 RAISE: $325,000
CALL: $200,000
29% 66%
FLOP: A♣8♣4♠
BET: $350,000
ALL-IN: $2,830,000* ALL-IN: $795,000
13% 84%
TURN: 5♠
RIVER: 3♣
WIN: $2,285,000
Pair of Aces
A♠A♣
Q♦8♣5♠

And Dan gets a blow to his chip lead. How big of a blow? After some dropped hands... more inflation. MORE INFLATION!

CHIP COUNT
MINH "The Sting" LY $3,085,000
"Action" DAN HARRINGTON $2,610,000
GAVIN "Gavin" SMITH $2,030,000
DON "Temple of Doom" ZEWIN $665,000
Ante/Blinds: $10,000/$40,000/$80,000

 

Minh Gavin (BB)
A♣A♦ J♦10♥
RAISE: $180,000 CALL: $100,000
82% 18%
FLOP: 9♠3♠2♠
CHECK
BET: $150,000 FOLD
WIN: $590,000

 

Gavin Dan (SB) Don (BB)
A♠2♦ A♥J♦ K♠K♦
RAISE: $230,000 RAISE: $665,000 CALL: $585,000
FOLD
15% 84%
FLOP: 9♦7♠7♣
BET: $80,000 ALL-IN: $80,000
7% 93%
TURN: Q♠
RIVER:
10♥
WIN: $1,760,000
Two pair
K♠
K♦7♠7♣Q♠

More money going into each hand now...

CHIP COUNT
GAVIN "Gavin" SMITH $2,765,000
MINH "The Sting" LY $2,490,000
"Action" DAN HARRINGTON $2,070,000
DON "Temple of Doom" ZEWIN $1,065,000
Ante/Blinds: $15,000/$60,000/$120,000

Gavin takes two more pots on his way to a second WPT championship. Gavin goes for a third one here...

Gavin (SB) Minh (BB)
K♦Q♠ 5♥3♠
BET: $60,000 CHECK
64% 36%
FLOP: J♥4♠2♦
BET: $200,000 CALL: $200,000
52% 48%
TURN: 6♣
CHECK CHECK
DEAD NUTS
RIVER: Q♥
CHECK BET: $300,000
CALL: $300,000 WIN: $1,300,000
Straight to the 6
6♣
5♥4♠3♠2♦

Dan goes all-in to win the next pot with the antes and blinds going up again.

CHIP COUNT
"Action" DAN HARRINGTON $3,360,000
GAVIN "Gavin" SMITH $2,240,000
DON "Temple of Doom" ZEWIN $1,640,000
MINH "The Sting" LY $1,155,000
Ante/Blinds: $20,000/$100,000/$200,000

 

Minh Dan (D)
J♦J♥ 8♥8♠
BET: $650,000 RAISE: $1,300,000
ALL-IN: $1,135,000
88% 12%
FLOP: Q♣Q♦Q♠
TURN: 3♣
RIVER: K♠
WIN: $2,650,000
Full house
Q♣
Q♦Q♠J♦J♥

Gavin wins another all-in before the pot. Meanwhile, Don's on the brink of extinction...

Dan Don (D)
9♣7♣ 9♥9♦
BET: $600,000 ALL-IN: $1,075,000
CALL: $475,000
15% 88%
FLOP: K♣7♠4♣
TURN:
2♦
RIVER: 10♣
WIN: $2,530,000
Flush
K♣10♣9♣7♣4♣
OUT
4th Place

And the Temple of Doom collapses, as Don takes another $189,000. Who's next?

Gavin (D) Minh (SB)
A♠7♠ K♣8♠
RAISE: $600,000 ALL-IN: $2,490,000
CALL: $1,890,000
67% 33%
FLOP: K♥10♥3♥
TURN: 9♠
RIVER:
5♥
WIN: $5,240,000
Pair of Kings
K♣
K♥10♥9♠8♠

It's all but over for Gavin here.

Dan (D) Gavin (SB)
8♠4♠ 10♥2♥
How apropos... the Doyle Brunson hand.
RAISE: $245,000 ALL-IN: $245,000
38% 60%
FLOP: A♥K♦8♣
TURN: 4♣
WIN: $550,000
Two pair
8♣8♠4♣4♠
A♥
OUT
3rd Place

Gavin won't take home his second WPT title. Instead, almost $327,000.

Meanwhile, women in cowboy hats... err, women WITH money in cowboy hats and Courtney with the chip set, which can only mean the Sting and Action Dan are HEADS UP!

CHIP COUNT
MINH "The Sting" LY $5,020,000
"Action" DAN HARRINGTON $3,375,000
Ante/Blinds: $20,000/$100,000/$200,000

 

Dan (BB) Minh (SB)
A♠J♥ K♣J♠
RAISE: $600,000 ALL-IN: $5,000,000*
ALL-IN: $3,355,000
74% 25%
FLOP: 6♠5♣2♥
TURN:
6♥
RIVER: 4♠
WIN: $6,750,000
Pair of sixes
6♥6♠A♠J♥5♣

Action Dan takes a substantial lead after that hand

CHIP COUNT
"Action" DAN HARRINGTON $6,780,000
MINH "The Sting" LY $1,615,000
Ante/Blinds: $20,000/$100,000/$200,000

 

Dan (SB) Minh (BB)
A♠9♦ 10♥9♠
RAISE: $600,000 ALL-IN: $1,595,000
CALL: $995,000
69% 29%
FLOP: Q♣10♣6♦
TURN: 7♣

RIVER: 7♦
WIN: $3,230,000
Two pair
10♥10♣7♣7♦Q♣

 

Minh (SB) Dan (BB)
Q♠10♥ 9♣3♥
BET: $100,000 CHECK
64% 30%
FLOP: A♥6♥4♥
CHECK
BET: $260,000 RAISE: $550,000
CALL: $290,000
82% 17%
TURN: J♥
BET: $500,000
CALL: $500,000
NUTS DEAD
RIVER: 2♦
CHECK
BET: $1,300,000 FOLD
WIN: $3,840,000

One more big buck raise here...

CHIP COUNT
MINH "The Sting" LY $5,720,000
"Action" DAN HARRINGTON $2,675,000
Ante/Blinds: $30,000/$150,000/$300,000

 

Minh (BB) Dan (SB)
J♣3♥ A♥5♣
ALL-IN: $5,690,000* ALL-IN: $2,645,000
35% 65%
FLOP: 9♦6♣3♠
TURN: K♠
RIVER:
7♦
WIN: $5,350,000
Pair of threes
3♠
3♥K♠J♣9♦
OUT
2nd Place

Stick a fork in this one, it's done. Minh Ly, moving all-in twice, gets lucky twice, and becomes WPT's newest millionaire at Bellagio. He takes $1,060,050 and a $25,000 stake in the WPT Championship in June.

Meanwhile, as we toast our champion, we look to Foxwoods for the next stop on the World Poker Tour. We'll see you there.

*bet lowered to match opponent's all-in bet.