Henry Lu Takes Down Event #43 at WSOPFriday, June 29th, 2012 by Ryan
We are now beginning to get into the big time poker tournaments at the 2012 World Series of Poker. Before we get to the $50k and $10k buy-in tournaments, we definitely have to look at a few of the tournaments that are actually the toughest to win out there. The $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event #43 is one of those, mainly because of the massive number of players that you’ll find in it, and also the intense grind that it takes to beat out all of those players. Today though, we are crowning another player as a gold bracelet winner, as Henry Lu took down the gold bracelet, and beat out a well-known poker player in Neil Channing. The story behind Channing is interesting, as he has done incredibly well, but has never won a gold bracelet in his career.
Before we get into how it all unfolded and how Lu won his bracelet, let’s give a little background on the eventual runner up. Channing is 44 years old and has pulled in nearly 30 cashes at the World Series, as well as $3.3 million in earnings as well. As you can tell here, with the multiple accomplishments and how strong his all around game is, you’ll find that he’s probably one of the best players in the game to have never won that gold bracelet. Unfortunately for Channing though, it didn’t happen in this event either, and here’s how it all went down.
When the final table kicked off, Channing was only 10k in chips behind Lu at that point. He dominated a large part of the final table as well though, and when there were four players left in the action, he was holding 6.52 million chips. To break down exactly how much he was dominating, his chip stack was more than all three of the other players chips together. He sent Tom Alner home in 4th place too, and was now sitting with 9.1 million chips. Before the two players sat down for the heads up match, Lu had a massive heads up deficit to overcome of 10.2 million to 2.25 million.
Henry Lu decided that he wasn’t going to just throw in the towel though, and showed why he’s got more than just a bit of game himself. When heads-up play began Lu doubled up quickly, and it took less than 30 minutes of time for him to grab the chip lead from his opponent. Channing fought back though and took the lead once again. He even built his chip lead up to where it had started at. Lu didn’t blink though and continued to fight back. It took about two hours in but he finally grabbed the chip lead back and held on to it from that point on. With 9 million chips left, he shoved all-in after Channing raised pre-flop, and Channing called. Channing was holding the A-J of diamonds, while Lu was holding pocket fours. Neither player bettered their hand, and this sent him home with the first place pay day of $654,380. For his efforts, Channing took home $406,409 as a nice consolation prize, but is definitely disappointed in missing out on that gold bracelet.