On Friday, the $100,000 Super High Roller at the WPT World Championship final table saw 6 players battling it out for the title. It's not that common that anyone who plays a final table walk away empty handed, but that was the case for 3 players on this televised final table: Andrew Robl, Steven Silverman and Jim Courtney. After many hours of play, Daniel Perper was eliminated by David "Doc" Sands in third place for $409,500, which left Sands and Joseph Cheong playing heads-up for the title.
Sands had about 4.7 million chips versus Cheong's 1.5 million "when the cards were in the air", and, believe it or not, it only took 3 hands for Sands to send Cheong packing...
Cheong moved all in for 1,135,000 and Sands called with A8. Cheong turned over A3. The board ran out Q52A9 and David Sands took home the pot (and the title) with a pair of aces and an eight kicker. Joseph Cheong received $614,250 as a "consolation" and David Sands received $1,023,750 and a special WPT trophy.
Final table results: 1st: David Sands - $1,023,750 2nd: Joseph Cheong - $614,250 3rd: Daniel Perper - $409,500 4th: Jim Courtney - $0 5th: Steven Silverman - $0 6th: Andrew Robl - $0
If that picture was taken after that final hand, i can't understand why Cheong is that sad side by side with Sands. That A3 off wasn't that strong that could give him more hopes after seing his opponent calling with a higher kicker!