Lots of celebrities, poker players and VIPs were invited to the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational at Commerce Casino, near downtown Los Angeles. On the 4th day of playing the tournament was down to 6 players which were going to fight for the first prize of $100,000.
The World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational attracted a big starting field this year and it was a very successful event, even though the prize money is nothing compared to the other WPT events. On Saturday the tournament started and after 3 days of intensive poker there were only 6 players (1 celeb named Nick Gonzalez and 2 poker pros, Scott Clements & Freddy Deeb) left who could go home and charge the batteries before it was time for the televised final table.
Seat 1: Scott Clements -- 1,170,000
Seat 2: Freddy Deeb -- 1,190,000
Seat 3: Jose "J.J." Tavares -- 1,390,000
Seat 4: Nick Gonzalez -- 1,190,000
Seat 5: Tom Hall -- 2,310,000
Seat 6: Ottavio Tassone -- 850,000
First player to leave the tournament came to be Jose Tavares who got his chips in with A Q against Gonzalez A-A. Second player to go out of the tournament was Ottavio Tassone who's K-J couldn't hit anything when he called Scott Clements all-in with pocket 8's. After that all-in Scott Clements took the chip lead and now no one really thought anyone could stop the pro from taking home the tournament. But they were wrong, very wrong as Clement shortly after doubled up both Nick Gonzalez and Freddy Deeb. All of a sudden the pro and favorite to win the tourney was short stacked and decided to move all-in with A-9 and Tom Hall decided to call with A-3. Flop came 3-3-2, turn J and river 2 and clement had to leave the tournament on 4th place.
With only 3 players left it took about 30 hands before another player was eliminated from the tournament. This time it was Tom Hall's turn to leave as his Q-J ran in to Freddy Deeb's 7-7 on the board J-7-3-6-K. The very next hand came to be the final hand of the tournament as Nick Gonzalez pushed all-in (1.25 million chips) before the flop with A-6 and Deeb decided to make the call with 8-8 (6.85 million chips). The board ran out J-7-3-6-K and Gonzalez was eliminated on second place which gave Deeb the victory and $100,000. This is Freddy Deeb's second WPT title and he has now won around $6,000,000 during his career only from playing tournaments.
1. Freddy Deeb - $100,000
2. Nick Gonzalez - $50,000
3. Tom Hall - $20,000
4. Scott Clements - $15,000
5. Ottavio Tassone - $10,000
6. Jose "J.J." Tavares - $5,000