Ann Bloom Takes Down the 2010 Legends of Poker Event #11 the $225 E.O. Tournament
The 2010 Legends of Poker had its eleventh overall event at the Bicycle Casino’s Events Center, and the play went well into the night. The $225 Buy-in E.O. tournament was a 1-day event which began with a total of 119 players and a prize pool of $23,086. In addition to a first prize of $9,231 the winner also received a championship trophy. Final table play began at level 16 playing Omaha Hi-Lo with blinds at $4K/$8K and limits at $8K/$16K. Ann Bloom entered the final table as the chip leader holding $173,000 of the $714,000 chips in play. The play at this final table was aggressive and fast, especially for an E.O. tournament, with the short stacks bearing the brunt of the pressure.
The final table action started with a bang, on just the fifth hand Jason Fischer was all-in on the turn betting his short stack all the way with A-2-8-9, and he was called down by Ann Bloom holding Q-Q-A-3 the board was 10-Q-2-K with one card to come. The river was a J giving both players straights but giving Ann the Ace High Straight and ending Jason’s tournament in 9th place taking home $460.
Seven hands later, the ultra short stack, Xiaoen Wang, found himself all-in against Raul Garcia and David Cohen. David would bet the flop and turn getting called each time by Raul, both players checked the river. The board was 9-6-10-6-K and when the cards were turned up Raul had the best of it, holding Q-J-10-8 good for a straight and the side and main pot, David’s 8-7-3-A was mucked as was Xiaoen’s A-2-K-5, and with that Xiaoen was eliminated in 8th place worth $575.
The level increased to 17 playing Stud Hi-Lo with antes at $2K, bring-in at $3K, complete at $10K, and limits at $10/$20K the speed of play increased even more. In just the first hand after the change from Omaha to Stud, the legendary Barbara Enright found herself the victim of being the short stack against David Cohen. With all the chips in Barbara turned up her cards showing 6-K-8-2-6-K-9 while David revealed Ah-4h-7c-9h-3h-2h-2c giving David the Ace High Flush and ending Barbara’s day in 7th place, earning $810.
Another short stack, this time Hamid Mohammadi, pushed all-in against the chip leader Ann Bloom. The cards were dealt and in the end Ann finished with 2-A-5-4-3-4-7 good for a wheel and the scoop, while Hamid finished with J-K-3-7-8-6-2 leaving the tournament in 6th place and taking home $1040.
The remaining five players discussed a chip count and after the staff ran the numbers the players were in agreement to a deal. Ann Bloom was declared the winner of the Legends of Poker seventh event earning him the championship trophy and the first place prize of $9,231.
-- Matt Snodgrass