Event #45: $1,500 Ante-Only No-Limit Hold'em

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Taso 27
Blindit 0 / 0
Antet 60,000
Event #45: $1,500 Ante-Only No-Limit Hold'em
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Ben Volpe Wins Event #45 $1,500 Ante-Only No Limit Hold'em ($201,399)

• Taso 27: 0-0, 60,000 ante
2013 WSOP Event 45 Gold Bracelet Winner Ben Volpe
2013 WSOP Event 45 Gold Bracelet Winner Ben Volpe

Ben Volpe has bested a starting field of 678 entrants to win Event #45 $1,500 Ante-Only No-Limit Hold'em, taking home $201,399 and the coveted World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Volpe earned his third cash of this year’s series as he conquered a 12-hour long final table, and an almost 100-hand heads-up battle.

The day started with everyone settling in and getting comfortable, before the short-stack Sam Panzica was the first to fall. After facing a raise from Paul Lieu, Panzica moved all in and was called, as his {a-Diamonds}{j-Spades} was behind to Lieu’s {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}. The board would bring no help to Panzica, as he was the first to hit the rail.

Daniel Johnson was the next to fall, as he moved all in with the {q-Spades}{j-Spades} on a flop of {3-Spades}{6-Clubs}{9-Spades} against Blair Hinkle’s {9-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}. Unfortunately for Johnson, the {9-Spades} on the turn was not the spade he was looking for, as it gave Hinkle the full house, as he made his way to the rail in 8th place.

Eventual second place finisher Paul Lieu, had a tough time with seven remaining, as he was at the bottom of the chips counts, before two crucial hands brought him back to life. In the first, he committed the last of his chips with {6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} against Chris Moorman’s {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} on a flop of {7-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{5-Spades}. He was able to spike the {6-Spades} on the turn to double back up. Shortly after, he used his new earned wealth, to eliminated Adam Stone from the final table.

Stone had Lieu barely covered, and moved all in with the {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} against Lieu’s {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs}. Lieu was lucky enough to find the {k-Hearts} on the flop, as Stone was left with an ante heading into the next hand. He won that one, but lost to Blair Hinkle in the next, as we were left with six.

Shortly after, Horacio Chaves moved all in for his remaining chips with the {a-Hearts}{q-Spades} and was called by Lieu, who had {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}. The board was unable to assist Chaves, who finished the day collecting $33,371 for his efforts.

Chris Moorman started the day as one of the lowest chip stacks, and was able to make it to the final five, before the inform Lieu was on a mission to eliminate another player on his quest for victory, The remaining five players limped into the pot, and saw the flop come {10-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{{8-Hearts}, before Moorman moved all and was called by Lieu. Moorman had the {8-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} and was up against Lieu’s {10-Spades}{8-Clubs}. He wasn't able to improve with his bottom pair, as we were left with just four.

The next to go was the most coveted player at the final table, Blair Hinkle. He was hoping to win his second WSOP bracelet, after securing his first five years ago in the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Hinkle showed that starting with the second lowest chip stack at the beginning of the day was no problem, as he maneuvered his way to the chip lead before finally succumbing to the might of Lieu. Hinkle limped into the pot, and was met with a raise from Lieu, before he opted to moved all in, and was snap called. He tabled his {a-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}, but was in bad shape against Lieu’s {q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}. His fate was all but sealed, as the flop came queen high, giving Lieu a set, and he was unable to finding running cards, as his hopes of capturing a second bracelet, fell agonizingly close.

Which brings us to Louis Bonnecaze, who was also looking to add to his impressive resume, after capturing two WSOP bracelets, over 20 years ago. He put in a great effort, but had run into Ben Volpe, after both players flopped a pair. Volpe's top pair of queens led all the way against Bonnecaze’s bottom pair of sixes, as he was eliminated in 3rd place.

Heads up started with Ben Volpe holding more than a 2:1 chip lead, and lasted almost 100 hands. The chips exchanged from one side of the table to the other, before Volpe had the chance to send Lieu home, much earlier then he eventually did. Lieu opened to 40,000, before being met with a raise to 140,000 in chips. He tanked for a minute, before moving all in, and was snap called. Volpe held {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} and was in great shape against Lieu’s {4-Clubs}{4-Spades}. Everything went to plan, as the flop and turn were no help to Lieu, as he was one card from elimination. But the {4-Diamonds} was able to spike on the river, sending one rail into hysterics, as another one was quickly silenced.

But Volpe didn’t let the deficit affect him, as he clawed his way back, regained the lead, and 40 hand's later, sealed the victory. Lieu played extremely well, adding to his four cashes already obtained in this year’s series, and winning almost more than all his previous cashes combined.

2013 WSOP Event #45 Final Table Results

Place Name Prize Money
1Ben Volpe201,399
2Paul Lieu124,352
3Louis Bonnecaze80,839
4Blair Hinkle59,375
5Chris Moorman44,227
6Horacio Chaves33,371
7Adam Stone25,472
8Danny Johnson19,660
9Samuel Panzica15,331

That concludes our coverage of Event #45. Keep your browsers locked to PokerNews.com for the rest of the World Series of Poker as we bring you all of the action, as it happens, from the 2013 WSOP.

Paul Lieu Eliminated in 2nd Place ($123,452)

• Taso 27: 0-0, 60,000 ante
Heads Up Paul Lieu
Heads Up Paul Lieu

Hand #236

Both players limped into the pot. Lieu moved all in and Volpe mucked.

Hand #237

Both limped into the pot, as the flop came {6-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{10-Clubs}. Both checked as the {10-Hearts} fell on the turn, which was again checked. The {j-Diamonds} completed the board. Volpe bet 55,000 which was good enough for pot, as Lieu mucked his hand.

Hand #238

Both players again limped into the pot, as the flop came {j-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{9-Spades}. They quickly checked the {3-Hearts} on the turn, before both opting to check the {8-Hearts} on the river. Volpe showed {k-Clubs}{6-Spades} for king-high, which was better than Lieu’s ten-high that flew into the muck.

Hand #239

Both players limped into pot. The flop came the {2-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{10-Spades}. Volpe bet out 35,000 which was enough to take it down.

Hand #240

Both players limped in for the final time, as the flop came {2-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{a-Clubs}. Lieu checked, as Volpe bet out 35,000. Lieu quickly moved all in and was snap called, as the cards were tabled.

Volpe: {6-Clubs}{3-Clubs}
Lieu: {a-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}

Lieu was in front with the pair of aces, and was able to dodge the turn, as it came the {10-Diamonds} turn, however the {k-Clubs} spiked on the river, giving Volpe the flush, as his rail erupted in cheers, swarming the main stage.

A fantastic effort for Lieu, who’s second place finish see him walk away with $123,452 in prize money.

Ben Volpe us 3,055,000
Paul Lieu us Ulkona

Tagit: Ben VolpePaul Lieu

Lots of Limping; Volpe Extends Lead

• Taso 27: 0-0, 60,000 ante

Hand #226- Paul Lieu limped in, then folded when Volpe raised.

Hand #227- Lieu gets a walk.

Hand #228- Both players limped, and the flop came down{j-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{a-Spades}, and both players checked. Lieu fired 25,000 on the {7-Hearts} turn, and the {q-Hearts} came on the river Volpe fired out 55,000 this time, and that took down the hand.

Hand #229- Both players limped, and the flop came {9-Spades}{a-Clubs}{9-Clubs}. Both checked, and the {3-Clubs} came on the turn, and Volpe's 50,000 bet took it down.

Hand #230- Lieu and Volpe limped, and the dealer fanned out a flop of {2-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{j-Spades}, and Lieu took it down with a check raise to 75,000 after Volpe bet 30,000.

Hand #231- Both players limped in, and the flop was {6-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{4-Hearts}. A bet of 35,000 from Volpe got the job done.

Hand #232- Lieu limped in, and Volpe raised it up to 40,000. Lieu folded, and the pot went to Volpe.

Hand #233- Volpe gave Lieu a walk.

Hand #234- Lieu and Volpe limped in, and the flop came {j-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{q-Spades}. Lieu check folded to a bet of 35,000.

Hand #235- Volpe limped in, and Lieu made it 35,000 to go. Volpe called, and the flop came {10-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}. Volpe checked to Lieu, who fired out 50,000. Volpe check raised to 155,000, and Lieu made the call. The {a-Diamonds} came on the turn, and Volpe moved all in. Lieu folded, and Volpe extended his lead.

Tagit: Ben VolpePaul Lieu

Volpe Regains Lead

• Taso 27: 0-0, 60,000 ante

Hand #221

Volpe limped into the pot, before Lieu bumped it up to 50,000, which was called. The flop came down {7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}, as Volpe checked his option. Lieu bet out 70,000, and Volpe called. The {3-Clubs} fell on the turn, as Volpe again checked over to Lieu, who also checked. The {10-Diamonds} completed the board, as Volpe checked. Lieu quickly reached for chips, and threw out 170,000, which was called.
Lieu tabled his {q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} for a rivered flush, winning the hand.

Hand #222

Both players limped into the pot, before the flop came down {q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}. Both players checked the {9-Hearts} on the turn as well as the {6-Spades} on the river. Lieu tabled his {9-Spades}{3-Spades} for a pair of nines, which was good for the pot, after Volpe turned over his {k-Spades}{4-Spades} for king-high.

Hand #223

Volpe opened to 35,000 and was called, as the flop came down {5-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{3-Spades}. Volpe placed out a continuation bet to 45,000, which was enough to take the pot.

Hand #224

Lieu limped in, as did Volpe, as the two saw the flop come {4-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{9-Clubs}. Lieu checked over to Volpe who bet 35,000, which was called. The {5-Clubs} fell on the turn, as Lieu checked. Volpe bet out 110,000, which was called, before the {j-Diamonds} completed the board. Lieu checked for the final time, as Volpe thought for a moment, before finally betting out 235,000, and Lieu quickly called.
Volpe showed the {6-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} for a straight, which was the winning hand against Lieu’s {7-Hearts}{5-Hearts} which had made two-pair on the turn.

Hand #225

Volpe limped into the pot, before Lieu made it 60,000. He was called as both saw the flop come {a-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{q-Hearts}. Both players checked, as the {4-Diamonds} fell on the turn. Another set of checks brought the {j-Clubs} on the river. Volpe bet 25,000, which was called as Volpe showed his {j-Spades}{8-Hearts} for a pair of jacks, which was good to win hand.

Ben Volpe us 2,050,000 600,000
Paul Lieu us 950,000 -600,000

Tagit: Ben VolpePaul Lieu

Volpe Check Raises the River

• Taso 27: 0-0, 60,000 ante

Hand #216- Paul Lieu limped in, and Ben Volpe made it 40,000 to go. Lieu folded.

Hand #217- Volpe limped in, and Lieu did the same. The flop came {6-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{4-Spades}, and Volpe took it down with a bet of 35,000.

Hand #218- Both players limped, and the flop came {q-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}. Both knuckled, and Lieu bet out 60,000 on the {2-Hearts} turn. Both checked on the {k-Hearts} river, and Volpe's {9-Diamonds}{2-Spades} was good enough to win the pot.

Hand #219- Volpe limped in, then called when Lieu raised to 50,000. The flop came {6-Clubs}{q-Spades}{4-Spades}, and Lieu bet 60,000. Volpe called, and the {k-Diamonds} hit the turn. Both checked, and the {7-Diamonds} came on the river. Volpe checked to Lieu, who bet 110,000. Volpe then tossed out a check raise to 385,000, and Lieu quickly folded his hand.

Hand #220- Lieu limped in, as did Volpe, and the flop came {7-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{9-Spades}. Lieu check folded to a bet from Volpe.

Paul Lieu us 1,550,000 -450,000
Ben Volpe us 1,450,000 395,000

Tagit: Ben VolpePaul Volpe

Lieu Extends Lead!

• Taso 27: 0-0, 60,000 ante

Hand #211

Volpe raised it up to 40,000, as Lieu made the call. The flop came down {2-Clubs}{7-Spades}{10-Diamonds}, as Volpe threw out a continuation bet for 45,000, which was called. The {k-Clubs} fell on the turn, as both players checked. The {6-Hearts} completed the board, as Volpe checked. Lieu bet out 60,000, which was enough to take down the pot.

Hand #212

Lieu limped into the pot, before Volpe raised to 45,000. Lieu thought for a moment, before raising to 155,000 in chips. Volpe looked down at his cards, before releasing his hand.

Hand #213

Volpe limped into the pot, before Lieu made it 55,000. Volpe snap folded, giving Lieu his third in a row.

Hand #214

Lieu limped into the pot, as did Volpe, as the two saw the fop come {3-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{9-Spades}. Both checked to see the {4-Clubs} fall on the turn. Lieu checked, as Volpe made it 25,000, which was called. The {7-Clubs} completed the board, as Lieu checked once more, before Volpe bet out 80,000, which was enough to take down the pot.

Hand #215

Lieu received a walk.

Paul Lieu us 2,000,000 305,000
Ben Volpe us 1,055,000 -305,000

Tagit: Ben VolpePaul Lieu

Back At It

• Taso 27: 0-0, 60,000 ante

The players are in their seats again, and the cards are in the air.

Taso:
27
Blindit:
0/0
Antet:
60,000

Break Time

• Taso 26: 0-0, 40,000 ante

The two remaining players are heading off for a 20-minute break.