ESPN.com's Phil Gordon, recently back from his honeymoon, headed down to New Orleans for his first tournament since marriage and dominated the majority of the tournament.
Although Gordon fared well overall, his chip stack wasn't always a large one. He was down to 525 chips on Day 1 and all in with K-2 against A-Q. After a flop of K-J-10, he was down to runner runner and managed to catch running jacks to make a full house and double up. From that point, Gordon became the aggressor and ended Day 1 with nearly twice the chips of his closest competitor.
On Day 2, it was more of the same as Gordon ended the session with more than $1 million in chips. Once the cards began to fly on Day 3, however, Gordon realized his luck was changing. The very first hand was dealt and Gordon, with A-K, pushed the short stack, Louie Esposito all-in after a king-high flop. The only problem was that Esposito held pocket aces and doubled up immediately. Then Gordon ran into pocket aces again -- this time holding pocket kings.
A brutal tournament for Gordon, who ended up finishing in fourth, became a circuit victory for Esposito. Esposito joined Gordon on this week's Poker Edge .
Across the country, it was another Phil whose chips disappeared very quickly. Phil Ivey found himself back at a World Poker Tour final table, his seventh, at the Mirage, hoping to attain his first WPT victory.
Ivey held nearly $1.4 million chips starting the final table with Cory Carroll, the Caesars Las Vegas WSOP Circuit winner, right behind him at $1.2 million. Big names rounded out this final table with Darrell Dicken in third, Jonathan Little in fourth, Richard Kirsch in fifth, and Amnon Filippi in sixth.
Ivey played 14 of the first 29 hands and immediately found himself at the bottom of the leaderboard after Filippi was bounced out. Ivey's tournament ended as he turned the flush, but was rivered by Little's full house after all the chips were in the center.
As the night progressed, Carroll emerged as the chip leader, but after Little busted Dicken in third place, the heads-up race became much closer. Luck was on Little's side and holding A-2, Little tripped up on the turn and defeated Carroll who held A-7. Little won more than $1 million for the victory, while Carroll pocketed half a million.
WSOP fundraiser for Darfur
Don Cheadle and Annie Duke have organized a fundraiser tournament named "Ante Up For Africa." The tournament, which will benefit survivors of the Darfur crisis, will be held during the WSOP at 4 p.m. on July 5. Participants will ante up $5,000 and many big names in both the poker and film industry have committed to attending. Phil Hellmuth, Phil Gordon and Joe Hachem are just a couple of poker's well known players that will be joined by a celebrity list including Jennifer Tilly, Adam Sandler, Jason Alexander and James Woods.
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