Jason Duval Takes Down Event #28 at 2013 WSOPWednesday, June 19th, 2013 by Ryan
In terms of the many poker tournaments that are run at the World Series of Poker each year, you are going to find that some of the hardest events to play have to be the $1,000 and $1,500 events. A large reason for this is just because of the massive number of players who buy-in to these tournaments, so they are absolutely a grind. While these events are so tough to play, sitting at the top of the leaderboard early on isn’t always a great thing, as history hasn’t done a great job of willing those players to a victory. The most recent $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event though, which was Event #28, actually saw one player lead the charge at the end of Day 1, and also take down the championship as well. It was an exciting tournament that had a whole lot of action.
When Day 3 of the tournament began, there were only 16 players left in the action, and while the eventual winner, Jason Duval, wasn’t at the top of the leaderboard. He wasn’t getting much of the attention from the fans though, as there was one of the more well-known players out there in T.J. Cloutier left in the field. Cloutier hasn’t been playing in tournaments quite as much as he did in the past though, but it looked as though he was in a great spot to end up making his 40th WSOP final table in his career, and possibly even take down his seventh gold bracelet at the World Series as well. He had some work to do though, as he was in 13th place out of 16 to start, and he couldn’t get things rolling. Eventually Cloutier was knocked out in 13th place.
Duval wasn’t sitting much better than Cloutier though, as he was in 12th place when the final day began and was sitting with 378,000 chips. In comparison, the chip leader at the start of the day was Masayuki Nagata, who was holding 1.742 million chips. He was sitting with more than 700k in chips than the closest player. Just as we’ve seen in past tournaments though, anything can happen at the World Series of Poker, and that’s exactly what happened here.
Duval had an uphill battle, and he was sitting with right around 300,000 chips for quite a while, not being able to pick up many chips. When the unofficial final table began with ten players, he was sitting with the shortest stack at the table with less than 400,000 chips. He doubled up almost right away though, and was able to play some poker from there. Duval didn’t really make a big move until there were only six players left in the action though, and when he knocked Dan Martin out in fifth place he was sitting with 1.7 million chips. When dinner started, he was sitting in second place out of the final four, but was far, far behind the 5.17 million chips of Majid Yahyaei, as he was holding only 1.815 million chips.
When the dinner break finished, we saw two players go down almost immediately. This left Duval completing the big comeback, and only being a bit behind Yahyaei, with 4.495 million chips in comparison to the 5.025 million chips of his opponent. It didn’t take long for Duval to grab the chip lead from his opponent though in the heads up match. The final hand of the tournament though was a very, very interesting one that quite a few people are still talking about. Duval raised the action to 200,000, and Yahyaei called. The flop came with Ac-Kd-7d, and Yahyaei checked. Duval then bet 250,000 and Yahyaei check-raised to 675,000. Duval shoved all-in, and Yahyaei had to sit and think for a while. He eventually decided to call with Qc-2h. So basically…he called with Queen high. If he thought Duval had a flush draw he was right, as he showed Qd-8d, but that was the worst flush situation for Yahyaei, as Duval held the better kicker. When a 10 came on the turn it looked like a chop could happen, but an 8 on the river gave Duval a pair and the gold bracelet.
This was the first gold bracelet of Duval’s career, and he took down a very nice pay day of $521,202 for the win. For second place, Majid Yahyaei got $324,442.