A carnival atmosphere erupted at the 42nd Annual World Series of Poker after Andre Akkari took down the $1,500 NLHE Championship (Event 43) and claimed Brazil´s second ever WSOP bracelet. The popular poker player from Sao Paulo won his crown and $675,117 in an epic four hour Heads Up battle with New Yorker Nachman Berlin, which saw the diminutive Brazilian reverse a 3:1 chip deficit to the delight of a huge partisan rail.
Not only were there hundreds of Mexican waves throughout the final session, but the arena was swamped with Brazilian flags. In a post-tournament interview Akkari revealed that he had received 1,500 congratulatory messages within a minute of his victory via Twitter. That summed up the importance of Akkari´s victory to Brazilian poker. Felicitações Andre!
Softly, Softly for Porter
In the second tournament to overrun into a fourth day, two American players – Rep Porter and Stephen Su – battled out the conclusion of the Seven Card Razz Championship (Event 44). In a noticeable conflict of betting styles, Su was the far more aggressive player – taking down many small pots uncontested. However, Porter took the hands that mattered and, after establishing an early chip advantage, never let his chip advantage falter – claiming the WSOP bracelet after three hours of patient Heads Up play and the $210,615 first prize.
Andrew Teng at 6´s and 9´s
In the $1,000 NLHE Championship (Event 45), hopes were high for a British success in the form of Andrew Teng from London – an experienced WSOP participant, with eleven previous WSOP cashes including three this year. Andrew had played some astounding poker in the final session of Day 2 to be sitting in third position (of 21) overnight and guaranteed his place on the final table when crushing David Baker within the first few levels of the day.
However, in the first hand of the final table, Andrew´s pocket 9s were busted when Aaron Massey´s Q8 connected with the flop to leave Andrew short-stacked. To his credit, Andrew battled back to eventually eliminate Massey when his 6d 6s connected with four diamonds to bust Massey´s pocket kings, but the damage had been done and Andrew was still only fifth of the six remaining players. Once again Andrew tried his luck with pocket 6s, but came across Ken Griffin´s AQ which found a friend on the board to send Andrew to the rail with a cheque for $105,262.
Griffin went on to win the event; defeating France´s hooded Jean Luc Maraisin a brief Heads Up, and collecting his first WSOP bracelet and $455,356.