Results of the WPT World Championships – Season Six

Dates

Season Six – 19 – 25 April 2008

Buy-in

$25 000

Prize Pool

$13 216 250

Entrants

545

Venue

The Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

Chiu Downs Formidable field for the Championship

It was indeed a battle of the champions and David Chiu had to outplay some of the most respected and revered poker players on the planet to claim his first WPT title. The field read like an introduction to the Poker Hall of Fame and included online poker hell raiser, Tom ‘Durrrr’ Dwan who finished 9th, recent winner of the 2008 WSOP $10 000 Head’s-Up No Limit Holdem World Championship, Kenny Tran (10th), 2007 WSOP Pot Limit Omaha champion, Robert ‘Who’s Bad’ Mizrachi (13th), six-time WSOP bracelet winner, Men ‘the Master’ Nguyen (26th), the legendary TJ Cloutier (34th), high stakes poker player, Martin de Knijff (39th) and the man currently heading the WPT Career Earnings list with over $5.5 million to his name, Daniel Negreanu (76th).

The culmination of the sixth season of the WPT had a dream ending and architect and founder of the WPT, Steve Lipscomb, couldn’t have scripted it better if he had tried! Apart form the vast field of consummate pros, the heads-up was a thrilling affair between Chiu and Gus Hansen, a man who has the ability to attract a large viewership, particularly amongst the fairer sex. He went into the final showdown as the overwhelming favourite, but the winner of three WPT titles and the 2007 Aussie Millions, just couldn’t suppress the enthusiastic Chiu.

What is remarkable is Gus ‘the Great Dane’ Hansen had a 6 to 1 chip lead but could not slam his advantage home and Chiu went on to deliver the killer blow with the help of a rather fortuitous river card. In the deciding hand Hansen raised $75 000 pre-flop and Chiu flat called on the button. The flop read A-T-8, Chiu checked, Hansen whacked a further $900 000 down on the table and Chiu called again. The turn was a 5, leading Chiu to bet $1.23 million. Hansen moved all in for over $8 million and Chiu called and turned up A-9 for top pair with the flush draw. Hansen had T-8 for two pairs and must have thought he was well on his way to the Championship title but the river cruelly showed an A, and Chiu and his fans were ecstatic!

Final Table

  1. David Chiu – $3 389 140
  2. Gus Hansen – $1 714 800
  3. John Roveto – $923 355
  4. Cory Carroll – $593 645
  5. Tommy Le – $395 725
  6. Jeff King – $263 815