WSOP: Jeffrey Carris Wins the Duel for His First Bracelet

Jeffrey Carris and his fans after his win the $1,500 No Limit Hold 'em Shootout (Event 22)

Jeffrey Carris won the heads up duel with Jason Somerville after nine hours of play to take home his first World Series of Poker bracelet and $313,673. Carris outlasted 999 other players over three days of play to win the $1,500 No Limit Hold ‘em Shootout (Event 22) at the 2009 WSOP.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would win this,” Carris said. “I don’t usually play tournaments, but I should probably start.”

Carris beat out Somerville for the win after only 20 minutes of heads-up play. Somerville open shoved from the small blind holding Q 6. Carris immediately called and turned over K 5. A board of A 7 8 3 J sealed Carris’s fate as the Shootout Champion.

“I don’t even know what to say, this is unbelievable. I didn’t think I even had a chance to win this,” Carris said.

Ralph “Mike” Shannon was the first to make his exit, hitting the rail in tenth place and taking home $13,609. Shannon moved his stack of 117,000 in chips into the middle pre-flop and was called by Carris. Shannon held K Q but Carris had the better hand with pocket Kings. The board ran out 7 8 J 6 7, ending Shannon’s time at his first WSOP table.

Joshua Tieman was the next to bust, earning $17,045 and his second WSOP cash of the year. Tieman raised to 31,000 from early position holding A K. Somerville made a massive re-raise to 256,000 forcing Tieman to make a choice between folding or moving all-in. Tieman chose to go for it and made the shove. Somerville held pocket tens, which held up on a board of 6 4 8 7 8.

Michael McNeil made a late entrance to the table when play began at 2 p.m. and was never able to really pull ahead. McNeil was sent packing in eighth place after being short stacked for most of the day when he got all-in holding Q [10s]. Joseph Cutler made a pre-flop raise to 32,000 and was called by McNeil and Andrew Margolis who held 6 6. After a flop of Q 4 6 McNeil moved all-in, Cutler folded and Margolis called. McNeil was unable to improve his hand when the 7 hit on the turn and the A fell on the river. McNeil walked away with $21,891, his first cash of the 2009 WSOP.

Eugene Katchalov soon followed McNeil to the rail in seventh, taking home $29,195. Katchalov didn’t bother to slow play with his remaining 57,000, he moved them into the middle pre-flop holding pocket Queens. Carris made the call holding K 9. When the flop came [10d] J 2 Carris was looking at a gut-shot straight-draw but Katchalov was still in the lead. The 7 on the turn made things a little tense and the Q on the river completed Carris’s straight, beating Katchalov’s set.

Brandon Wong was sent packing just after the dinner break when he re-raised Margolis by shoving his full stack of 289,000 into the middle. Margolis thought a moment then made the call. Wong felted A Q and Margolis revealed A J. The flop gave Margolis a  pair when it showed 7 6 J. The 3 on the turn did nothing for Wong and the 7 on the river further sealed his fate, giving Margolis two pair and Wong nothing. Wong walked away with $39,968, his 12th career WSOP cash.

Cutler was sent to the cash cage when his K Q didn’t hold up against Margolis’s A Q. Cutler raised to 50,000 pre-flop, Margolis re-raised to 142,000 and Cutler three-bet all-in for 528,000. The board ran out 8 4 3 A 3 and Cutler was eliminated in fifth, taking home $56,440.

Chris Moore walked away with $82,322 when he moved all-in for 300,000 and was immediately called by Carris. More showed K J and Carris showed A 9. K 7 A hit on the flop, giving Carris the flush draw. The J on the turn gave Carris the flush and the 4 on the river failed to give Moore the Full House that he needed to win the pot.

Margolis left Carris and Somerville heads up when he made his way to the rail in third place. Carris raised to 80,000 pre-flop holding A Q, Margolis shoved all-in with K 8 and Carris made the call. The flop did nothing for either players hand went it ran out 2 9 3. The A on the turn locked Carris in as the winner of the pot and the [10h] on the river was useless. Margolis left with $124,158.

$1,500 No Limit Hold ‘em Shootout (Event 22) final results:

  1. Jeffrey Carris – $313,673
  2. Jason Somerville – $194,004
  3. Andrew Margolis – $124,158
  4. Chris Moore – $82,322
  5. Joseph Cutler – $56,440
  6. Brandon Wong – $39,968
  7. Eugene Katchalov – $29,195
  8. Michael McNeil – $21,981
  9. Joshua Tieman – $17,045
  10. Ralph Shannon – $13,609
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