A family celebration for Berger

Updated: June 7, 2013, 12:21 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

Editor's note: A replay of this final table can be found on demand at ESPN3.com.

When I say family surrounded and supported Levi Berger in his endeavor to win a WSOP bracelet, I really mean it. Berger, the 11th of 12 siblings, felt the support from his family as he became the WSOP's newest champion when he defeated Scott Clements heads-up on Thursday to earn his first WSOP title and a massive $473,019 payday. The 22-year-old professional poker player, who was born in Ottawa but now lives in Los Angeles, topped the field of 924 for the first six-figure cash and second WSOP cash in his career.

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WSOP.com Levi Berger became the fourth Canadian champion of the 2013 WSOP.

"I imagined [winning a bracelet] every day, but that doesn't mean you expect it to happen," said Berger after his win. "I have definitely thought about it a lot. I can't believe I'm so lucky to do this so early. I know what poker is about with the variance and all that. So, I was lucky to win early."

According to the WSOP, Clements hoped to capture his third WSOP bracelet and entered the final table with a substantial chip lead over his remaining five competitors. With half the stack of Clements, Berger began play in second and eliminated David Gonia on the fifth hand of action. Ben Palmer doubled through Berger and nearly caught up to Clements. The two of them combined had 60 percent of the chips in play.

Berger caught all-in and behind against Eddy Sabat (A-10>K-K) to double up, then eliminated Jacob Bazeley in fifth by flopping a set to Bazeley's flopped top pair. Bazeley has 11 career WSOP cashes, including second- and fifth-place finishes.

The first major Berger confrontation at the final table went Berger's way as Clements, potentially trying to represent a flush on a four-space board, was looked up by Berger who held top two pair. Berger caught against Sabat next and for his second consecutive time at a WSOP final table, Sabat was eliminated in fourth. Sabat finished 74th in the Millionaire Maker just a few days prior to this event.

Three-handed play lasted nearly 50 hands and ended with one of the most dynamic pots of the entire final table. Palmer raised from the button and both players called behind. After a 9-4-3 flop, Berger and Clements checked, Palmer bet and Clements folded. Berger raised, Palmer re-raised, Berger re-reraised and finally, Palmer moved all-in. The 3.5 million in chips was the largest pot of the tournament to that point and whoever won would be the chip leader entering heads-up. Palmer showed K-9 and trailed Berger's 4-3. The turn and river blanked for Palmer and he was eliminated on the following hand after sending over all but one chip to Berger.

Trailing by five big blinds, many believed Clements was still the favorite. The established pro from Washington had over $5 million in live tournament earnings throughout his career and his opponent was just trying to earn his second WSOP cash and first score larger than $8,610, which he managed in May. The experience and support of the game's top pros may have been in one corner, but on any given day, anything can happen.

Berger and Clements traded the chip lead at first, but Berger flopped the nuts in a 2.2 million chip pot and took the lead for good. With nearly a 2:1 lead, Berger picked up kings and opened from the button. Clements called with 10-9 and after a flop of 8-7-2, all the chips were sent into the middle of the table. The 4-5 on the turn and river offered no help to Clements, who was eliminated in second for $292,339.

"Second is a very empty feeling," Clements said on Twitter. This was the second time he's finished as runner-up in a WSOP event.

Other notable finishers include Mickey Petersen (ninth), Tuan Le (10th), Luke Vrabel (11th) and Jeff Lisandro (17th).

Below are the complete results of Event 11 at the 2013 World Series of Poker:

Event 11: Six-handed no-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $2,500
Entries: 924
Prize pool: $2,102,100
Players in the money: 108

1. Levi Berger ($473,019)
2. Scott Clements ($292,339)
3. Ben Palmer ($185,426)
4. Eddy Sabat ($121,711)
5. Jacob Bazeley ($82,297)
6. David Gonia ($57,282)
7. Clifford Goldkind ($41,011)
8. Marcio Cid ($41,011)
9. Mickey Petersen ($30,165)
10. Tuan Le ($30,165)
11. Luke Vrabel ($22,786)
12. Gary Pearce ($22,786)
13. Peter Turmezev ($17,657)
14. Tammy Tibbs ($17,657)
15. Thad Smith ($17,657)
16. Amir Lehavot ($17,657)
17. Jeff Lisandro ($17,657)
18. Joe Kuether ($17,657)
19. Marc Alioto ($14,042)
20. Greg Ostrander ($14,042)
21. Dave Fox ($14,042)
22. Thom Werthmann ($14,042)
23. Roman Valerstein ($14,042)
24. Joseph Ward ($14,042)
25. Chris Moorman ($11,435)
26. Peter Bosen ($11,435)
27. James Anderson ($11,435)
28. Chino Rheem ($11,435)
29. Steven Kelly ($11,435)
30. Nghia Nguyen ($11,435)
31. David Randall ($9,543)
32. Andrea Vezzani ($9,543)
33. Jeremiah Keeney ($9,543)
34. Justin Zaki ($9,543)
35. Alex Massman ($9,543)
36. Nick Grippo ($9,543)
37. Juan Ramirez ($8,156)
38. Rick Fuller ($8,156)
39. Anthony Utnage ($8,156)
40. Christopher Rauscher ($8,156)
41. David Peters ($8,156)
42. Elton Beebe ($8,156)
43. Robert Brown ($7,126)
44. Michel Pomaret ($7,126)
45. Pedro Fernandez ($7,126)
46. Makoto Yoshimichi ($7,126)
47. Tom Braband ($7,126)
48. Nicholas Schwarmann ($7,126)
49. Naoya Kihara ($6,369)
50. Santiago Nadal Sordo ($6,369)
51. Richard Robinson ($6,369)
52. Brian Meinders ($6,369)
53. Jonathan Azoulay ($6,369)
54. Jason Potter ($6,369)
55. Benjamin Zamani ($5,822)
56. Rolan Sokilovski ($5,822)
57. Jim McCrink ($5,822)
58. Benjamin Volpe ($5,822)
59. Kyle White ($5,822)
60. Anthony Casale ($5,822)
61. Jacob Toole ($5,360)
62. Grayson Ramage ($5,360)
64. Richard Vielhak ($5,360)
65. Michael Finstein ($5,360)
67. Paul Lieu ($4,939)
68. Michael Noori ($4,939)
69. Jack Schanbacher ($4,939)
70. Jesse Cohen ($4,939)
71. Michael Wilson ($4,939)
72. Vimy Ha ($4,939)
73. Andrew Lichtenberger ($4,939)
74. Alexander Kuzmin ($4,939)
75. Kevin Barrett ($4,939)
76. Andrey Pateychuk ($4,939)
77. Ovadya Kohen ($4,939)
78. Maurice Paradis ($4,939)
79. Vladimir Revniaga ($4,540)
80. Nicolas Halvorson ($4,540)
81. Narendra Banwari ($4,540)
82. Manuel Bevand ($4,540)
83. JC Tran ($4,540)
84. Derrick Huang ($4,540)
85. Jorden Fox ($4,540)
86. Raymond Henson ($4,540)
87. Tyler Meeks ($4,540)
88. Oleg Larichev ($4,540)
89. Allen Kessler ($4,540)
90. Shane Douglas ($4,540)
91. Jesse Martin ($4,183)
92. Helio Liberman ($4,183)
93. Josh Brikis ($4,183)
94. Connor Allisen ($4,183)
95. Paul Varano ($4,183)
96. Vanessa Rousso ($4,183)
97. Sam Cohen ($4,183)
98. Justin Schwartz ($4,183)
99. Humberto Brenes ($4,183)
100. Joseph Marchal ($4,183)
101. TJ Shulman ($4,183)
102. Erick Lindgren ($4,183)
103. David Sklansky ($4,183)
104. Tobias Rohe ($4,183)
105. Steve O'Dwyer ($4,183)
106. Andreas Hoivold ($4,183)
107. Robert Richmond ($4,183)
108. Mikko Jaatinen ($4,183)

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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