Event #16, $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball, has come to an end at this year's World Series of Poker and once again a bracelet virginity was taken as Todd Bui won the event and the first bracelet of his career. Things turned out well for Bui in the end, but when he reached the final table it didn't look like that would be the case as he had the second smallest stack of the table.
"In this format I wasn't too worried. You have to produce a hand. I wasn't trying to move up spots. I came in trying to win and had one goal. I achieved it." Bui said to Pokernews.com after his victory. Bui was confident that he would win an event at this year's WSOP and so he did, reaching the first of his goals for this series.
A total of 348 players paid the $1,500 buy-in to compete in the Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball event and it took three playing days before the winner was crowned. The total prize pool reached $469.800 and gave $124,510 to the first place finisher.
The heads up duel was between Tom Franklin and Todd Bui and lasted around one hour before the final hand of the hand emerged. The two players raised each other up and Franklin was all-in after making the first draw of the hand. Both players started by drawing a card, then Franklin drew another while Bui stood his pat. Franklin drew another and Bui shows his hand:
Franklin shows and will be winning the hand if he can get any card that is a nine or lower without pairing up his hand. The fifth card was indeed lower than a nine, but unfortunately for him it was a and his hand paired up and thus he lost the battle and finished runner up for $76,943.
A total of six players reached the final table and you can see their final places as well as payouts below:
1st: Todd Bui - $124,510
2nd: Tom Franklin - $76,943
3rd: David Bell - $49,944
4th: Vladimir Shchemelev - $33,388
5th: Aaron Steury - $22,935
6th: David Gee - $16,170
Photo Courtesy: Pokernews / Melissa Haereiti