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2012 WSOP: Brent Hanks scores his first bracelet!

Tags: Andrew Badecker, Brent Hanks, Jacob Bazeley, JP Kelly, vanessa selbst, wsop 2012.
Posted on 31 May 2012 by "T".

It was a really exciting final table of Event #2 ($1,500 NLHE) as previous bracelet winners Vanessa Selbst, JP Kelly and Andrew Badecker were on it. All eyes were on JP Kelly when the final table started, but nothing worked out for the British poker pro and he was knocked out already in 8th place.

Vanessa Selbst was the next player to hit the rail. After losing a significant pot to Jacob Bazeley, she moved all-in from cutoff holding KDiamond7Diamond, Andrew Badecker called from small blind with KClubQDiamond. The board ran out JClub9Heart4ClubQSpade8Heart and Badecker moved into the chip lead with three remaining players.


Badecker, who was the last remaining bracelet winner in the tournament, first lost a massive pot when he rivered a full house with Q10 on the board K Q 10 8 10 against Bazeley's higher full house with KK. Shortly after he ran into Brent Hanks (on the left) pocket queens holding pocket 10's (all-in pre flop). This left Brent Hanks and Jacob Bazeley fighting for the gold bracelet and the first prize of about half a million dollars.

It was a very even heads-up match and Bazeley and Hanks took turns at holding the chip lead. In fact, the heads-up battle lasted for several hours and there was still not much separating them. However, all poker tournaments come to an end sooner or later and so did this one....

Brent Hanks raised to 160,000, and Jacob Bazeley three-betted to 420,000. Hanks raised to 780,000. Bazeley went all in and Hanks called. Bazeley held 9Spade9Club versus Hanks' ASpade8Club. Bazeley was just a few cards away from the title when the dealer was preparing to reveal the board.

The flop came out AClub7Spade6Heart and there was a huge cheer from the rail as Hanks paired up. The turn 6Diamond and river 4Spade was to no help for Bazeley who just had a few chips left.

In the very next hand the cards were turned over and Hanks's AHeart10Diamond beat Bazeley's 10Heart4Diamond as the board ran out JSpade10Spade2Spade6DiamondJClub. Jacob Bazeley received $322,294 for his runner-up finish and Hanks won his first WSOP bracelet and $517,725! Hanks had reached 3 WSOP final tables before this one, so the win must have felt extra good for him!

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2 comments on "2012 WSOP: Brent Hanks scores his first bracelet! "

 Fakiry31/05/2012 12:23:02 GMT
Gosh, that Q10 versus KK loss from Badecker must have hurt him a lot. I could almost bet that when he went all-in with the 10’s he was already thinking he was going home after that hand. A beat like that full house causes damages in a tourney that can turn irreversible. I’m not saying he played bad going all-in with 10’s, I’m just saying he probably wasn’t already believing it could give him victory. And that final hand: Bazeley did well in re-raising the pot, and Hanks must have been real confident on that ace. After so many hours, in which there were probably similar hands played, although not with such confrontation, putting all the game in an A8… doesn’t seem reasonable, but gave him the first prize, and that’s what counts.
 noonlion31/05/2012 16:08:14 GMT

must be great to start the WSOP with a positive result for all the final tablers.

poker is very momentum based, I'm sure it'll give confidence to most of them for future events.

that fullhouse hand was sick though - tournament killer.

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