PCA: Final Table Hand-by-Hand

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BLINDS are $40,000/$80,000/$10,000

WE HAVE A WINNER-------!!!!!!!!!!
5:29-- The players see a flop of J92 with two spades. Brook bets $300 into it. Steve makes it $1.2 million to make the bet $1.5 million total. Brook declares all-in. Steve calls. Brook shows KJo. Steve has QTo for open-ended and a backdoor flush draw. This is it folks... Turn is a QUEEN! RIVER is a KING to give brook two pair, but Steve the straight. STEVE PAUL-AMBROSE WINS THE 2006 POKERSTARS CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE, EARNING $1,363,100.00 and a $25,000 WPT Championship seat!

5:28-- Incidentally, both of these heads-up players qualified for the event on PokerStars.com. Combined, they have less than $800 invested and stand to win a combined $2 million.

5:27 Brook calls $40,000 on the button and Steve checks. The flop is QQ6. Steve bets $95K and wins the pot.

5:26-The players see a flop of AQ2. Steve bets $250 and Brook folds.

5:25-- Brook raises, Steve folds

5:22- Steve makes it $200 from the button and brook calls. The flop comes K97 with two spades. Brook checks. Steve bets $250K. Brook calls. Turn comes as five of hearts. Both players check. River is the three of clubs. Brook checks. Steve bets $350K and Brook folds. Steve wins a $950K pot. Players are basically even in chips.

5:16-- Brook calls from the button. Steve checks. Flop comes:

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Steve checks. Brook checks. Turn is the king of clubs, putting two clubs on board. Check both times. River is five of diamonds. Steve checks, Brook bets at it and Steve insta-folds.

5:08--Players are pretty close to even in chips. Brook has Steve out-chipped by about 700K

5:04-- Who says live poker isn't rigged, eh? We're about to do the money presentation.

HUGE HAND ALERT
4:59--Steve comes in for a raise to $250K. David calls. Flop comes out QJ4 with two hearts. David checks. Steve bets $350 at it. David thinks and moves all in. Steve calls with AQ. David show him KK. TURN COMES AN ACE. RIVER COMES A QUEEN. David Singer is eliminated in third place and earns $436,200.00

4:27
Steve: 1.9 million
David: 1.4 million
Brook: 4 million

HUGE HAND ALERT
4:50--Brook makes it $300K from the small blind. Steve calls the raise. The flop comes out 862 rainbow. Steve bets $400K into the flop. Brook lets out a giant sigh then calls. Turn comes the queen of clubs. Brook checks. Steve bets $500K . Brook immediately announces all-in. The re-raise is $775K. Steve finally calls, showing QJ and then scowls when Brook turns up two eights for flopped top set.

4:49--Brook wins the blinds and antes.

4:46--Brook comes in for a raise in the small blind. Steve announced re-raise from the big blind and makes it $400K more. Brook lays down his hand.

4:44--Brook gets a walk in the big blind.

4:43--Okay...I missed a few hands there, but nothing monumental happened.

HUGE HAND ALERT
4:34--Steve comes in for a raise to $200K from the button. David callls. Brook folds. Flop comes A87 with two diamonds. David checks. Steve bets $500K. David raises it and makes it $1.5 million. Steve announced all in after some thought. David calls. Steve has K2 of diamonds vs. A9 Turn is is a non-diamond ace and kills one of Steve's diamond outs. He needs one of seven diamonds on the river. And it hits. FOUR OF DIAMONDS on the river. Steve doubles through.

4:32--Brook raises the mininum from the button and wins the blinds and antes.

4:31--Steve gets a walk in the big blind.

4:30--
Steve 1.8
David 3.5
Brook 1.9

4:19--David raises from the small blid to $200K. Brook calls. The flop is 977 with two diamonds. David bets $325. Brook moves all in. David folds. That was a nice pot for Brook.

4:18--David gets a walk in the big blind.

4:17--From the button, David raises to $225K to win the blinds and antes.

4:15-- Steve limps, David calls in SB, Brook checks. Flop is K85 rainbow. Everybody checks. Turn is a jack, putting two clubs on board. The blins check, Steve bets $125,000 and take down the pot.

4:13--Steve raises to $250K and David folds the big blind.

4:12--Steve gets a walk in the big blind.

4:10--Steve raises to $250K and wins the blinds and antes.

BIG HAND ALERT
4:06--From the button, Brook raises to $160K. Steve announces re-raise and makes it $500 to go. Brook moves all in. Steve calls. Brook shows pocket kings. Steve shows pocket sevens. The board is K64/9/3. Brook's set wins the pot and Steve has now fallen to 3rd place.

4:05--The crowd just caught it's breath and realized that hand potentially cost Brook $250. If Stave should end up finishing 3rd, that river card would cost him nearly $1 millon.

3:54

Brook: $830K
David: $4.1 million
Steve: $2.3 million

BLINDS below this are $25,000/$50,000/$5000
HUGE HAND ALERT
3:47--David makes it $150 from the button, both Brook and Steve call in the blinds. The flop is 964 rainbow. Brook and Steve check, Singer bets $325K. Brook folds. Stave thinks and moves all-in. David calls. Steve turns over K9. David turns over T9. Stave has David out-kicked for the moment. The turn is an eight, opening David up with four more outs. THE RIVER IS A SEVEN. Singer goes runner, runner for the straight...and wins a $4 million pot.

3:45--Brook raised to $200. Steve makes it $750 to go. Brook folds.

3:43--David makes it $150 from the button and wins the blinds and antes

3:41--David gets a walk in the big blind

3:39--Steve folds. David calls from the small blind. Brook checks. The fop comes out K74 with two spades. both players check. The turn is the ten of clubs. Both check. The river is the three of spades. Both players check. Q5 vs. Q2. The appeared to be pushed to David Singer.

3:37--Brook folds. Stave makes it $150 to go. David folds.

3:36--Brook raises to $150 in the small blind. Steve gives it up.


BIG HAND ALERT
3:24--From the button, Singer makes it $125K to go. Brook calls from the small blind. Steve calls from the big blind. Flop comes out 977 rainbow. Brook checks, Steve bets $175K, David folds, Brook raises to a total of $350K. Steve calls. The turn is the king of clubs. Brook leads out for $400K. Steve asks for a count, then moves all in. Brook falls deep into the tank. He would have to call for all his chips. After more than five minutes, Brook folds. I can't wait to see that hand on TV. Steve took down a pot that was nearly $1.9 million

3:12--When we last left our players, Brook had folded to Steve in the small blind. Steve had come in for a raise to $150,000. ... 50 minutes later David raises to $550,000. There's a joke there about Singer being WAY in the tank, but it may be too easy. On with the action.

3:10--
Steve: 3, 060,000
Singer: 2,000,000
Brook: 2,250,000


3:06--Let there be light. We're under the lights again, which means we should be underway again shortly.

2:32-- Um...who turned out the lights? Indeed, we're in the dark, folks. The entire casino power just went down. I'd be surprised, but this happened last year as well. We'll be back when the power is.

2:31-- Missed the pre-flop action , but it beings us to Brook and Steve seeing a flop of A85 with two spades. Brook checks. Steve bets $100K. Brook folds.

2:28--David raises to $150K and Brook calls. Flop is K22 with two spades. Both players check. The turn is the ten of spades. Both players check. River is the five of spades. David checks, Brook bets $50K. David folds.

Steve: 2.8 million




Brook: 2.3 million

David: 2 million

BIG HAND ALERT
2:23--Brook folds, Steve calls in the SB, David raises. Steve calls. Flop is 963 with two clubs. Steve checks. David bets $100K. Steve calls. Turn is four of spades. Steve checks. David checks. River is king of hearts. Steve checks. David bets $325K. Steve calls. David shows JT for jack-high. Steve shows 67 for a pair of sixes and wins a $900K pot.

2:22--David folds, Brook calls from small blind. Steve raised $150 and takes down the pot.

2:20--David calls from the small blind, Brook checks his option. Flop is 855 with two clubs. David bets $125K. Brook folds.

2:19--David gets a walk in the big blind.

BIG HAND ALERT
2:15--David raises $125K. Both Brook and Steve call from the blinds. Flop is Q94 rainbow. Checked around. Turn is four of clubs, putting two clubs on board. Brook bets $400K. Steve calls. David folds. River is the six of clubs. Brook checks. Steve bets $700K. Brook folds. That was a $1.2 million dollar pot.

2:13--From the small blind, David calls from the small blind, Brook makes it $200K more to go. David folds.

2:11--

Steve: 1.7 million
David: 2.6 million
Brook 2.6 million

2:10-- A battle of the blinds, unraises, sees a flop ofA25 rainbow. Both players check. Turn is the eight of hearts. Check. Check. River is a five of spades. Brook stabs at it for $100K and Steve folkds.

2:09--Steve raises from the button, David re-raises to $500K. Steve folds.

2:06--Brook folds, Steve calls from the small blind, David checks his option from the BB. Flop is AK3 rainbow. Steve checks, David bet the minium, $50K. Steve raises to $175K. David folds.

2:05--Brook makes it $200K from the small blind and takes the blinds and antes.

2:00--Steve comes for a raise to $150K. David calls from the small blind. Brook calls from the big blind. Three way pot and see a flop of K56 with two hearts. David checks. Brook checks. Steve $255K. David raises and makes it a total of $655K. Brook folds and Steve would have to call an adiditional $400K. Steve, after a lot of thought, folds.

1:59--Brook comes in for a raise and takes the blind and antes.

1:53--Chip counts

Steve: $2.3 million
David: $2.1 million
Brook: $2.8 million

Blinds below this are $15,000/$30,000/$3000

1:51--We're on a short break to color up and such.

1:41--David raises to $75K. Steve calls from the big blind. Foop is 762 with two clubs. Steve checks. David bets $145K. Steve folds.

































1:39--Steve comes in for a raise and takes the blinds and antes.

1:37--Brook raises to $125K. Steve re-raises and makes it $475K to go. Brook folds.

BIG HAND ALERT
1:32--Michael comes in for for a raise to $100K. Brook calls from the big blind. Flop is KT9 with two hearts. Michael moves all in for $223K and Brook calls. Brook has K9 for two pair. Michael has AQ. Turn is a queen. Michael needs a jack, queen, or ace. It doesn't come. River is four of clubs. Michael is eliminated in fourth place and earns $327,100.00.

1:30--Brook makes it $125K, Michael raises to $300, Brook calls. The flop is Q92 rainbow. Brook checks. Michael bets $250K. Brook moves all-in. Michael folds.

1:25pm--Brook raises to $100K. Steve calls $70K more form the big blind. Flop comes T54 with two spades. Steve bets $150K. Brook calls. Turn is four of clubs. Checked by both players. River is five of hearts. Brook shows KQ, Steve shows K2. Split pot.




































1:22--Steve raises to $90K. David calls the $90K from the button. Both blinds fold. Flop is J82 all spades. Steve checks. David bets $100K. Steve calls the $100K. Turn is four of diamonds. Steve checks. David bets $300K. Steve decides to muck.

1:18--Brook raises to $100K. Folded around to David in big blind who re-raises to $435K. Brook gives it up.

1:16--From the button, Brook raises it to $80K. In the small blind, Michael makes it $250K to go. Steve folds in the big blind. Brook mucks.

1:15--David comes in for a raise to $85K and wins blinds and antes.

1:14--Michael comes in for a raise to $90 and takes the blinds and antes.

1:13--Folded around to blinds, Steve raises to $90K and David folds.

1:10--From the button, Brook raises it to $60K. Steve calls from the big bling. The flop is 872 with two hearts. Steve checks, Brook best $200K and Steve folds.

1:09--Brook calls $15 more from the small blind and Michael raises to $100,000. Brook folds.

1:08--Michael comes in for a raise and picks up the blinds and antes.

BIG HAND ALERT
1:02--Steve raises to $90k and David makes it $310K to go. Steve, after some thought, calls. Flop comes out: AJ4 with two spades. Both players check. Turn is the eight of clubs. Now there are also two clubs on board. Steve checks. David checks. River is nine of clubs. Steve bets out $250K. David calls. Steve shows J9 of spades for two pair. David mucks. That pot was more than $1.1 million and puts Steve into the chip lead with $2.5 million

12:58--After a short break we're back. David raises to $80K. Folded around to Steve who raises it to $330K from the big blind. David folds.

12:49--

Steve: $1.75 million
David: $2.367
Brook: $2.4 million
Michael: $727K

BIG HAND ALERT
12:36--Anders comes in for a raise to 90K. Folded around to blinds. Brook calls from small blind. Michael folkds his big blind. Flop comes out Q62 with two clubs. Brook checks. Anders bets $150K. Brook asks for a count. Brook moves all in. Anders goes into the tank (a familiar scene, reminiscent of his 11-minute decision to call with A6 on a seven high board earlier in the tournament). Finally, Anders decides to call. Brook has aces. Anders has top pair with KQ. Turn is six of hearts. River is nine. Anders is eliminated and earns $239,900.00 .

12:32--David calls in SB> Brook checks his option. Flop is JT5 with two diamonds David bets $50K. Brook calls. Turn is eight of hearts. David bets $75K, Brook raises to make it $275K. David folds.

12:28--Folded around to the blinds. Steve calls from the small blind. David raises an additional $75K. Steve calls. Flop is 942 with two spades. Steve checks. David bets $225K. Steve folds.

12:26--Michael raises to $100,000 and Steve calls in the big blind. Flop is 974 with two clubs. Michael bets $125,000. Steve folds.

12:24--Updated chip counts

Steve: 2, 025,000
David: 2,427,000
Brook: 1, 222,000
Michael :657,000
Anders: 922,000

BLINDS below this section are $10,000/$20,000/$2000

12:04--BREAK

12:00--David comes in for raise to $60K. Brook announces a re-raise and makes it $250K. David calls. Flop is KJT rainbow. David checks. Brook bets out $100K. David folds.

11:59--Anders comes in for raise to $60K. Michael re-raises to $220K Anders folds.

11:58--From the button to $60K. From the small blind, David re-raises to $220,000. Steve folds.

11:56--Michael comes in for a raise, David re-raises to $200K, Michael folds.

11:52--Brook comes in for a raise to $65K. Anders, in the small blind, re-raises to $210K. Folded back around to Brook who folds.

11:50--Steve raises to $50K under the gun, David calls, and Anders calls form big blind. Flop comes out JT5 rainbow. Anders checks, Steves bets $108K, David folds, Anders folds.

11:45--David raises to $55K, Brook calls from SB, Michael calls from BB. Flop comes KJ6 with two hearts. Everybody checks. Turn is the nine of spades. Brook checks, Michael bets $75K. David folds. Brook calls. River is the eight of hearts. Brook checks his cards and thinks. Then he bets out $100K and Michael mucks.

11:44--Michael comes in for a raise under the gun and gets no callers.

11:39--Folded around to blinds. Steve calls the extra $10K from the small blind and David checks his option. Flop comes out: T64, all hearts. (missed who bet and who called there). Turn is the three of diamonds. Steve checks. David bets $90K. Steve calls. (The jack of spades just flew out of the muck). The river card comes as the nine of diamonds. Both players check. Steve shows 67 for a pair of sixes. David shows J6 for a pair of sixes. David's jack plays and he takes down the pot. Could's tell if either player held a heart there.

11:37--Brook caps his cards and comes in for a raise to $80K and everybody folds.

11:34--Steve comes in under the gun and raises to $60K Brook calls from the button. Michael calls from the small blind. Anders, apparently not liking his pot odds, folds. Flop comes out: J84 with two spades. Michael and Steve check. Brook bets $200,000 and takes the pot.

11:32--Anders comes in under the gun for $60K and picks up the blinds and antes.

11:31--Michael raises to $60 and picks up the blinds and antes.

11:28--Anders has the button. Folded around to him on the button. He raises to $60K an picks up the blinds an antes.

11:25--Michael raises to $60K. Steve calls the raise from the big blind. Flop is QJ3 with two clubs. Steve checks and Michael bets 80K. Steve raises and makes it $200K to go. Michael mucks.

11:24--David picks up the blinds and antes with a small raise.

11:22--Steve raises to $50,000 and wins the blinds an antes. Chip count:

Steve: $2 million
David: $2.4 million
Brook: $700K
Michael: $850K
Anders: $950K

11:19--Folded around to the blinds. David calls the small blind and Brook checks. Flop cmes 335 two spades. David comes in for $30K. Brook ponders for 25 seconds, then calls the 30. The turn is another three. Both players check. River is a nine of spades, filling the flush (although three threes on board make the flush less exciting a possibility). David checks. Brook bets $80K. And David folds.

11:15--First to act, Brook comes in and makes it 60K to go. Michael says, "Call." The blinds fold. Flop comes out: Q93 with two diamonds. Brook immediately bets $100,000. Michael announces raise and makes it $300,00 to go. Brook mucks.

11:13--Michael now has the button. It's folded around to him and he makes it 60K t steal the blinds and antes.

11:10--Button moves over to Brook. David comes i for a raise to $50,000. Michael calls the $50K from the small blind. Heads up between David and Michael. Flop comes out 976 rainbow. Michael checks. David bets $105,000. Michael folds.

11:08--Steve raises it to 60K and gets a call from Brook in the small blind. They will play heads up. Flop is AA7 with two hearts. Brook checks and Steve bets 74K. Brook folds.

11:06--Anders comes in for a raise to 60K. Folded around to Brook in the big blind, who folds.

11:05--Michael raises it to $70,000. Folded around to David in the big blind, who folds.

11:03--Brook announces a raise to 60K and it's folded around to the blinds who fold.

BIG HAND ALERT
10:56am--Michael Higgins has the button. Tony is getting ready to deal. Players wil be playing an hour at each round. Shuffle up and deal.

Steve brought in for a raise to 65,000 under the gun. Folded around to Ozzy in the big blind. He considers the bet for a moment and then moves all in for $229,000. Steve will have to call $164,000. Steve calls. Ozzy shows two black aces to Steve's pocket sevens.

Board: 7T3/6/3.

Steve spikes the seven and knocks Ozzy out on the very first hand. This was the first time on the WPT that there was an all-in, call, and elimination on the first hand. Ozzy earned $177,200.00 for his effort.


10:53am--Player introductions are underway. This usually indicates we're close.

10:45am--So, I guess it's okay to mention now that this time yesterday there was a lot of concern about the weather. There was a chance of rain in the forecast. Instead, it's damned nice outside. Even here on our hastily-assembled media row, it's warm with a beautiful breeze. Now, if the internet connection will...hold, hooolllld...we'll be just fine. And it appears everyone should've taken the over on the start time.

10:39am--Blinds are going to start at $10,000/$20,000 with a $2000 ante. Beginning chip counts can be found at the very bottom of this post. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that my boss, Dan Goldman, will be co-announcing the final table with veteran Linda Johnson. Give us the good stuff, Dan.

10:34am--The TV tricks are underway. If you've not been to the taping of a WPT event, you might not know that a lot of the crowd reaction shots are taped in advance. That's why you sometimes see one guy smiling while the rest of the crowd is looking especially interested. This sometimes takes a little time.

10:15am--As you might have guessed, final table play has not yet started. Linda Johnson and Mike Sexton have been going over the do's and dont's of televised play with the final table players. The cameras are getting set up. It's a gorgeous day with a nearly cloudless sky. If I had to guess when we're going to start, I'd put it at 10:50am.

9:21am--Good morning, folks. We're about 40 minutes away from the start of final the final table. Beginning at 10am ET, I'll be reporting the final table hand for hand (or to the best of my ability with limited internet access) all day long. Until then, be sure to check out today's installment of "The Circuit" on CardPlayer.com. Scott Huff and I handicapped the final table.

Here are your final table players:

Seat One: Steve Paul-Ambrose ($1,780,000)

Steve is a student at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He started playing poker about two years ago and is a frequent participant in the Sunday guaranteed tournaments on PokerStars. He's 22 years old and has his mom, sister, and buddies on the rail rooting him on. You will find him on PokerStars as "stevejpa" Paul-Ambrose qualified for the PCA in a $650 satellite on PokerStars.


Steve Paul-Ambrose

Seat Two: David Singer ($2,535,000)

Singer, a well-known pro on the tournament circuit, has spent the last three days defining the concept of "pressure points" in poker, putting his opponents to tough decisions when they least expect to make them.


David Singer

Seat Three: Brook Lyter ($875,000)

Lyter is an entreprenuer who has owned a bar, a DJ service, and most notably, a poker league in the upper midwest. Lyter's most recent and notable project is a partnership in DakotaPokereague.com. He's 34 years old and engaged to a beautiful woman who stood on the rail during his final table assault. Lyter is from Fargo and, with his business partner, put a few people into the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure with his company's satellite tournaments. You'll find him on PokerStars as "flushthecat." Lyter qualified for the PCA in a $33 re-buy tournament on PokerStars.


Brook Lyter

Seat 4: Michael Higgins ($794,000)

One (yes, one) of the youngest players at the final table, Higgins is 18 years old and a student at The Ohio State University. Higgins also has a rail full of supporters. Higgins made the final table after pushing in with pocket aces to defeat the TV bubble, Brian Green's, pocket tens. You'll find Higgins on PokerStars as Higgins43.


Michael Higgins

Seat 5: Anders Henrikkson ($1,033,000)

Anders "gambler21" Henriksson now goes under the name "Mr. Four of a Kind" in Sweden after winning the TV tournament "Pokermiljonen" two week's ago. He drew quads twice at the final table. Henrikkson is 24 years old and from Stockholm. Henrikkson also placed 18th in the 2005 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. He has been playing poker professionally for two years. He qualified for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in a PokerStars double shootout.


Anders Henrikkson

Seat Six: Aurangzeb (Ozzy 87) Sheikh ($231,000)

Ask anybody who plays any good amount online at PokerStars and they'll tell you about Ozzy87. Pakistani born and now living on Staten Island, Ozzy has already started to a hear a familiar cry from the rail. "Ozzy, Ozzy, Ozzy! Oy, Oy, Oy!" Sheikh is coming into the final table with the shortstack, but no one who knows this 18 year-old prodigy is counting him out yet.


Aurangzeb (Ozzy 87) Sheikh