Henry Lu bests 2,770 in Event 43

Updated: June 28, 2012, 12:24 AM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

It was another moment to remember at the 2012 WSOP. The field of 2,770 had been reduced to only two players, each with hopes of earning their first bracelet in the $1,500 no-limit hold 'em Event 43. On one side of the table was a British poker icon. With decades of tournament experience and over $3 million in earnings to his name, plus a 4:1 chip lead, it appeared that it was finally Neil Channing's time to win his first bracelet. On the other side of the table was a 22-year-old from Brooklyn, Henry Lu, who perfected his game online and was looking for his first major tournament victory. Their poker backgrounds couldn't have been more dissimilar, but both enjoyed their time at the final table and wanted to come up big not only for themselves, for their incredibly vocal rails. After four hours of heads-up play, the kid outshined the veteran and emerged as the latest WSOP champion.

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WSOP.comHenry Le earned $654,380 for is Event 43 victory.

"Well, at first he was super aggressive - super, super aggressive," said Lu of the heads-up match to WSOP.com. "So, I tightened up a lot to try to take advantage of him over-playing a lot of his hands. Once I built up a big enough stack, I pretty much just leaned on him until he broke. He played really good. I got some pretty lucky key double-ups where he had A-10 versus my A-K, and the first hand I had A-Q versus his A-J. … He is not getting away. I got pretty lucky to be on the winning side."

The fact that Lu made it to face Channing was a shock in itself. With 11 players to go, Lu was down to one big blind and was all-in. He won that key hand, then another, then another. Lu went from being ready to walk out the door to walking to the final table.

"I was going to go out in 11th place, and I would have been happy," said Lu. "It's a nice score, but it's like, 'now you can just play a lot more care free.' So yeah, the pressure was off. I thought I was done already. Coming to the final table was already more than what I expected."

Lu attended Syracuse University but left in order to pursue his online poker passions. After Black Friday, he traveled to Las Vegas often and honed his live game as well. Lu earned $654,380 for the victory and his third career WSOP cash.

On the final hand, Lu's 4-4 defeated Channing's A-J all-in preflop. As Lu's supporters swarmed their friend and celebrated, Channing sat motionless. After a few moments, Channing stood up, shook Lu's hand and left the final table area to a massive round of applause. For someone who had put in his time in the game to come this close for a second time at the WSOP, Channing was rightfully devastated despite the $406,409 he earned for second place.

James "MIG.com" Mackey finished third for his third-largest career tournament cash. This was his sixth cash of the 2012 WSOP.

Other notable finishers include 2011 WSOP main event champion Pius Heinz (236th), Randy Lew (11th) and Marvin Rettenmaier (42nd)

Below are the complete results of Event 43 at the 2012 World Series of Poker:

Event 43: No-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 2,770
Prize pool: $3,739,500
Players in the money: 297

1. Henry Lu ($654,380)
2. Neil Channing ($406,409)
3. James Mackey ($286,633)
4. Tom Alner ($207,019)
5. John Nelson ($151,338)
6. Hovan Nguyen ($111,961)
7. Balazs Botond ($83,802)
8. Francois Dur ($63,459)
9. Jared Rosenbaum ($48,614)
10. Zach Clark ($37,657)
11. Jesse Yaginuma ($37,657)
12. Randy Lew ($37,657)
13. Michael Judge ($29,505)
14. Mark Ketteringham ($29,505)
15. Cary Marshall ($29,505)
16. Mickael Morgousky ($23,372)
17. Daniel Zeihen ($23,372)
18. Carl DiVeglia III ($23,372)
19. Adam Foster ($18,735)
20. Andres Sanchez ($18,735)
21. Michael De Gilio ($18,735)
22. Karim Vegas ($18,735)
23. Kevin Song ($18,735)
24. Julian Herold ($18,735)
25. William Dannels ($18,735)
26. Shankar Pillai ($18,735)
27. William Phillips ($18,735)
28. Evan Karcie ($15,182)
29. Robert Perry ($15,182)
30. Guy Short ($15,182)
31. Shaun Hart ($15,182)
32. Jia Liu ($15,182)
33. Rodrigo Caprioli ($15,182)
34. Phi Nguyen ($15,182)
35. Adam Wilbur ($15,182)
36. Daniel Fisher ($15,182)
37. Roni Hayon (12,415)
38. Raul Lozano ($12,415)
39. Timothy Keogh ($12,415)
40. Cody Slaubaugh ($12,415)
41. Norson Shiniti ($12,415)
42. Marvin Rettenmaier ($12,415)
43. James Sileo ($12,415)
44. Nick Rampone ($12,415)
45. Michael Benvenuti ($12,415)
46. Najib Kamand ($10,284)
47. Sadan Turker ($10,284)
48. Daniel Samson ($10,284)
49. Stefano Ricci ($10,284)
50. Buffy Shapiro ($10,284)
51. Ruben Garcia ($10,284)
52. Richard Park ($10,284)
53. Jonathan Clancy ($10,284)
54. Martin Feijo ($10,284)
55. Kevin Beyeler ($8,601)
56. Tom Brownscombe ($8,601)
57. Adam Ross ($8,601)
58. Kevin Ramchandar ($8,601)
59. Michael Schneider ($8,601)
60. William Heimiller ($8,601)
61. Alexi Dimitrov ($8,601)
62 Christopher Rauscher ($8,601)
63. Ashley Mason ($8,601)
64. Michael Doppes ($7,255)
65. Donald Bleuenstein ($7,255)
66. Robert Willems ($7,255)
67. Alan Wehbi ($7,255)
68. Hoang Ho ($7,255)
69. Richard Freeman ($7,255)
70. Ramesh Puradchithasan ($7,255)
71. Brandon Poe ($7,255)
72. Daniel Eichhorn ($7,255)
73. Tom Rafferty ($6,208)
74. Foltyn Paul ($6,208)
75. Daniel Mansoor ($6,208)
76. David Stevens ($6,208)
77. Matthew Walter ($6,208)
78. Matthew Kirby ($6,208)
79. James Tolbert ($6,208)
80. Ryan Huling ($6,208)
81. Benjamin Dobson ($6,208)
82. Thomas Besnier ($5,347)
83. Huy Nguyen ($5,347)
84. Justin Kindred ($5,347)
85, Harold Kayser ($5,347)
86, Jacob Haller ($5,347)
87, Jeffrey Mahoney ($5,347)
88, Anders Taylor ($5,347)
89, Sam Barnhart ($5,347)
90, Marc Magazu ($5,347)
91, Zackary Moore ($4,674)
92, William Turchin ($4,674)
93, Ryan Wince ($4,674)
94, Shawn Aronson ($4,674)
95, Daniel Colman ($4,674)
96, George Griffith ($4,674)
97, John Armas ($4,674)
98, Thomas Torrez ($4,674)
99, Jerry Holland ($4,674)
100. Marc Carpenterperrault ($4,113)
101. Irving Brandt ($4,113)
102. David Elfan ($4,113)
103. Nicolas Carouge ($4,113)
104. Cheng Liu ($4,113)
105. Yann Brosolo ($4,113)
106. Tetsuya Tsuchikaw ($4,113)
107. Thomas Crane ($4,113)
108 Samad Razavi ($4,113)
109. Mark Sykes ($4,113)
110. Engleberth Varela ($4,113)
111. Kelly Cheatham ($4,113)
112. Alan Claridge ($4,113)
113. Sean Donovan ($4,113)
114. Kristina Hoist ($4,113)
115. Michael Smith ($4,113)
116. Hamed Zia ($4,113)
117. Dimitry Amiryan ($4,113)
118. Kristof Papp ($4,113)
119. Chandrasekha Billavara ($4,113)
120. Jens Grieme ($4,113)
121. Robert Castoire ($4,113)
122. Marc Tschirch ($4,113)
123. Matthew Ezrol ($4,113)
124. Seth Davies ($4,113)
125. James Sowers ($4,113)
126. Mark Matern ($4,113)
127. James Bergen ($4,113)
128. Shant Marashlian ($4,113)
129. Patrick Ryan ($4,113)
130. Ye Wang ($4,113)
131. Griffin Malatino ($4,113)
132. Anthony Schutter ($4,113)
133. Mohammed Abedi-Arani ($4,113)
134. Tyler Hancock ($4,113)
135. David Johnston ($4,113)
136. Jonas Mackoff ($3,665)
137. Behzad Teranie ($3,665)
138. Yosuke Sekiya ($3,665)
139. Matthew Affleck ($3,665)
140. John Kim ($3,665)
141. Tu Ta ($3,665)
142. Ferenc Riech ($3,665)
143. James Calderaro ($3,665)
144. David Hewit ($3,665)
145. Scott Lipshutz ($3,665)
146. Arthur Lim ($3,665)
147. Anas Adawi ($3,665)
148. Ryan Schmidt ($3,665)
149. Rachel Kranz ($3,665)
150. Michael Souza ($3,665)
151. Danny Benjamin ($3,665)
152. Andy Frankenberger ($3,665)
153. Peter Lockwood ($3,665)
154. Douglas Mackinnon ($3,665)
155. Chino Rheem ($3,665)
156. Clayton Gould ($3,665)
157. Kyle Sudhoff ($3,665)
158. Samuel Randall ($3,665)
159. Gordon Johnson ($3,665)
160. Brandon Dosch ($3,665)
161. David Feldman ($3,665)
162. Jarod Ludemann ($3,665)
163. Nick Davies ($3,665)
164. Jason Harrell ($3,665)
165. Douglas Ball ($3,665)
166. William Palmer ($3,665)
167. Michael Bena ($3,665)
168. Simeon Naydenov ($3,665)
169. Karen Adams ($3,665)
170. Thomas Ross ($3,665)
171. Trent Wyatt ($3,665)
172. Dana Kellstrom ($3,291)
173. Jordan Morgan ($3,291)
174. Michael Devinsky ($3,291)
175. Kyle Weir ($3,291)
176. Joshua Hillock ($3,291)
177. David Elyashar ($3,291)
178. Gary Weems ($3,291)
179. Alex Outhred ($3,291)
180. Dominic Andwan ($3,291)
181. Jean Ledoux ($3,291)
182. Brian Edmonds ($3,291)
183. Bradley Pattarozzi ($3,291)
184. Jasper Komassa ($3,291)
185. Jordan Young ($3,291)
186. Jeremy Beaudin ($3,291)
187. Robert Firestone ($3,291)
188. Thomas Vandini ($3,291)
189. Alan Cutler ($3,291)
190. Matt Salsberg ($3,291)
191. James Bolton ($3,291)
192. Wang Lee ($3,291)
193. Jay Zimmet ($3,291)
194. Jeffrey Okeefe ($3,291)
195. Matthew Dimaggio ($3,291)
196. Phillip Nguyen ($3,291)
197. Andrew Lichtenberger ($3,291)
198. Shawn Busse ($3,291)
199. Jon Hansen ($3,291)
200. Ilja Ludenberg ($3,291)
201. Zachary Korik ($3,291)
202. Evan Clotworthy ($3,291)
203. Matt Wilkins ($3,291)
204. Richard Panepinto ($3,291)
205. George Broussard ($3,291)
206. John Bechard ($3,291)
207. Cherish Andrews ($3,291)
208. Crystal Sloan-Wallace ($2,992)
209. Matthew Sexton ($2,992)
210. Bryan Pimlott ($2,992)
211. Damian Artt ($2,992)
212. Eric Haddad ($2,992)
213. Gary Lucci ($2,992)
214. Bradley Neumeier ($2,992)
215. James Casey ($2,992)
216. Ryan Tepen ($2,992)
217. Frederick Williams ($2,992)
218. Michael Byrne ($2,992)
219. Andrew Akash ($2,992)
220. Brian Showalter ($2,992)
221. Richard Magee ($2,992)
222. John Hartmann ($2,992)
223. Antoon Kleijnen ($2,992)
224. Saleem Damania ($2,992)
225. Joshua Cook ($2,992)
226. Philippe Boucher ($2,992)
227. Jason Vanstrom ($2,992)
228. Tommy Vedes ($2,992)
229. Patrick Poirier ($2,992)
230. Peter Kamaras ($2,992)
231. Joey Spanne ($2,992)
232. Brian Gregory ($2,992)
233. Sebastien Boisvert ($2,992)
234. Myron Johnson ($2,992)
235. Steve Brecher ($2,992)
236. Pius Heinz ($2,992)
237. Matvey Tevlin ($2,992)
238. Jace Reiken ($2,992)
239. Chad Boehnke ($2,992)
240. Steven Giffen ($2,992)
241. Aristotle Coronel ($2,992)
242. Mark Rollins ($2,992)
243. Roch Cousineau ($2,992)
244. Rocco Iannacchino ($2,992)
245. Brian Brunner ($2,992)
246. Steve Mccluskey ($2,992)
247. Alan Jeevanathan ($2,992)
248. Billy Griner ($2,992)
249. Thomas Muehloecker ($2,992)
250. Jeremy Rubbelke ($2,992)
251. Sergey Pevzner ($2,992)
252. Manig Loeser ($2,992)
253. Huykhiem Nguyen ($2,730)
254. Leslie Chemacki ($2,730)
255. Scott Peterson ($2,730)
256. Lanier Davenport ($2,730)
257. Daniel Monroe ($2,730)
258. Thomas Williams ($2,730)
259. Angel Guillen ($2,730)
260. Jacque Lavadour ($2,730)
261. David Westerveld ($2,730)
262. Chad Lewin ($2,730)
263. Chad Layne ($2,730)
264. Dylan Wilkerson ($2,730)
265. Ping Yung ($2,730)
266. Jamie Collins ($2,730)
267. Ryan Olson ($2,730)
268. Bo Pathammavong ($2,730)
269. Kwinsee Khoa Tran ($2,730)
270. Alexandru Masek ($2,730)
271. Michael Comer ($2,730)
272. Sean Swisher ($2,730)
273. Michael Neuber ($2,730)
274. Mauricio Solano ($2,730)
275. Canay Ege ($2,730)
276. Michael Leibgorin ($2,730)
277. Kevin Currey ($2,730)
278. Erik Ostergard ($2,730)
279. Leo Whitt ($2,730)
280. Sascha Wiegand ($2,730)
281. Kenneth Schoster ($2,730)
282. Amir Lehavot ($2,730)
283. Joseph Kuether ($2,730)
284. Corey Hochman ($2,730)
285. Jonathan Shah ($2,730)
286. Jacob Schindler ($2,730)
287. John Myung ($2,730)
288. Michael Lasorte ($2,730)
289. Brian Kennedy ($2,730)
290. Steven Fiorentini ($2,730)
291. Richard Osborne ($2,730)
292. Vazgen Ohanian ($2,730)
293. Alex Smith ($2,730)
294. Chancellor Strickland ($2,730)
295. Ronald Petersen ($2,730)
296. Raymond Spencer ($2,730)
297. Cory Huston ($2,730)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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