Event #17: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
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Michael Chow Eliminated In 2nd Place ($178,691)

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Michael Chow Eliminated In 2nd Place ($178,691)

Stud-8:

After a few alternating hands of completions, raises and folds, Aaron Steury raised it up with the {A-Spades} showing and the {A-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} in the hole. Michael Chow, who was extremely short stacked, finally made his stand with the {3-Diamonds} showing and the {J-Diamonds}{J-Spades} in the hole.

Both players stood as the dealer prepared to decide their fates. Steury's board ran out {6-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{3-Hearts} and his pair of aces did not improve. Chow was dealt the {5-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{10-Clubs} and he also caught no help. Steury graciously told Chow, "I'll flip my last card as soon as I get it so you know" and he turned over the {5-Diamonds} with a flourish, leaving him with a lone pair of aces.

Chow now needed to catch any three, five, eight, ten or jack to survive and stay in the contest. He squeezed his seventh street card extremely slowly, causing Steury to fidget a bit as he stood smiling in nervous anticipation. Eventually, Chow gave up the goose and showed Stuery the good news: {2-Clubs}.

Twenty-four year old Aaron Steury of Fort Wayne, Indiana has taken first prize in this $1,500 H.O.R.S.E tournament, earning the gold bracelet and $289,283 for his amazing run through an immensely tough field.

Michael Chow, 35, of Honolulu, Hawaii was our runner-up and will pocket $178,691 for his efforts tonight.

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