James Dempsey (Flushy) Wins WSOP $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em Event


The United Kingdom’s James FlushyDempsey claimed his first bracelet in Event #9 of the ongoing World Series of Poker (WSOP), a $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em tournament. Dempsey logged his second WSOP cash in the process, worth $197,000. The tournament nearly marked the first bracelet win for a woman in the 2010 WSOP, as J.J. Liu, who hails from Las Vegas, finished third and earned $86,000. Let’s take a look back at the recent action from the annual gala in the Nevada desert.

In the final hand of Event #9, Dempsey’s A-10 withstood the A-7 of Steve Chanthabouasy. The flop came an adventurous 4-5-6, giving Chanthabouasy an open-ended straight draw, but a running Q-4 preserved the victory for the PocketFives.com member. Dempsey held a 5:2 chip lead after Liu’s departure in third place, but a lengthy heads-up battle ensued. Flushy earned a shade over $200,000 from a PokerStarsSpring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) No Limit Hold’em event in April after taking second.

Here were the results from Event #9:

1. James FlushyDempsey – $197,470
2. Steve Chanthabouasy – $121,963
3. J.J. Liu – $86,512
4. Mark Babekov – $62,232
5. Scott Haraden – $45,393
6. Armen Kara – $33,573
7. Joseph Williams – $25,166
8. Edward Brogdon – $19,120
9. Gregg Wilkerson – $14,715

Steve MrSmokey1Billirakis (pictured) took third in Event #10, the Seven Card Stud World Championship, and collected $152,000. Men “The Master” Nguyen walked away with his seventh WSOP bracelet in the tournament and added another $394,000 to his bankroll. Billirakis took home a bracelet of his own three years ago, when he emerged victorious in the World Championship of Mixed Hold’em for $536,000.

After a flush draw didn’t hit to cripple Billirakis’ stack, Nguyen polished him off by hitting trip sevens. Billirakis showed queens and jacks, but it wasn’t enough, setting up a heads-up showdown between Nguyen and Full Tilt Pokerpro Brandon Adams. Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, who won the $50,000 Player’s Championship, finished sixth in Event #10 for $68,000. His heads-up opponent in the $50,000 tournament, Vladimir Schmelev, took seventh in the Seven Card Stud World Championship.

Heading into Sunday’s action in Event #11, a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament, high-stakes online cash game pro Tom durrrrDwan (pictured) leads the way with a stack of 1.07 million. Dwan is the only player to have crossed the seven-figure threshold. In sixth place on the leaderboard is Austin quietwinner McCormick, who has a pile of 709,000 chips.

At the time of writing, which is about an hour into play on Sunday, McCormick has built his stack to 770,000. He sent David Newcomer to the rails in 20th place holding 10-9 of diamonds against Newcomer’s K-Q. McCormick flopped two diamonds and hit a third on the river to make a flush and narrow the field to 19 players.

Also appearing on the leaderboard in Event #11 with 19 players to go is Kyle KJulius10Julius (pictured), who has 575,000 chips and sits in ninth place. Four spots below Julius is Eric whitE_mAmbA Ladny, who owns a stack of 380,000. The top 18 players are guaranteed $22,000 and first place will cash for $614,000.

With 11 players remaining in Event #12, $1,500 Limit Hold’em, Jason JP_OSUPotter (pictured) has the seventh largest stack at 215,000, trailing chip leader Jameson Painter‘s arsenal of 465,000. Potter was the chip leader entering Sunday’s final day of play, but sputtered out of the gate. Appearing in 10th on the leaderboard is Ben Benba Lamb at 85,000. Lamb will have his work cut out for him, however, as the action is in Level 19, where the limits are 8,000/16,000.

The only event kicking off on Sunday is #15, the Seven Card Stud High-Low Split Eight or Better World Championship. The $10,000 buy-in tournament begins at 5:00pm PT. Stay tuned to PocketFives.com for the latest WSOP coverage of online poker players. Also, be sure to check out our partial list of 2010 WSOP member cashes. If you’d like to add your name to the cash list, please PM dhubermex.