The third and final day of the Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em of the 2014 World Series of Poker restarted with 11 players remaining. Ultimately it was Will Givens who emerged victorious for a payday of $306,634 after six levels of play. Just one week ago, Givens finished fourth in Event #33 after entering the final table as chip leader.
Givens defeated start-of-day chip leader Angela Prada-Moed heads-up after a short but intense battle. Prada-Moed scored a career-high payday of $189,632 and reached her second final table after a fourth-place finish in the 2012 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em - Ladies Championship.
The action continued at a high pace and Loren Klein never recovered from a huge double up of Duy Ho through him to hit the rail in ninth place in Hand #11. Likewise, Ivan Saul lost a big pot and was then all in short-stacked in Hand #13 to bust in a three-way pot with .
Three-handed, Sokoloff was all-in and at risk several times, but it would take until Hand #145 to see him bow out in third place after losing a coin flip against Givens, who clearly dominated in the late stages of the final table. Despite three double-ups for Prada-Moed, she could never retake the lead, and in the fourth crucial confrontation, Givens dodged a flush draw and his rail exploded in celebration.
Will Givens raised to 100,000 and Angela Prada-Moed called to see the flop. Prada-Moed moved all in and Givens called after some consideration.
Givens got it in ahead and had to fade clubs and queens. The turn changed nothing and on the river, the rail erupted in ecstasy. Prada-Moed was eliminated in second place and Givens picked up his first golden bracelet after coming very close one week ago.
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Hand #61: Patrick Curzio opened the action with a raise to 60,000 from the small blind and Will Givens called out of the big blind. After the flop, Curzio continued for 70,000 and Givens raised to 180,000. Curzio moved all in and he was called after some consideration.
This time, Givens was in the lead when the chips went into the middle of the table and it would stay that way as the board completed with the turn and the river. Curzio was eliminated in 5th place and received $69,125 for his efforts.
Hand #23: Duy Ho opened to 55,000 from the small blind and Angela Prada-Moed called from the big blind. The flop was and Ho bet 60,000. Prada-Moed raised to 120,000 and Ho reraised to 240,000. Prada-Moed called and both players checked after the turn.
The river was the and Ho quickly moved all in. Prada-Moed thought for a couple minutes. Ho stood and said "good luck," before Prada-Moed made her decision. Almost immediately after that comment, Prada-Moed threw in chips for the call and Ho said "king high," tabling . Prada-Moed turned over and Ho was done.
Hand #12: Patrick Curzio raised to 38,000 from the small blind and Will Givens called out of the big blind.
On the flop, Curzio fired 48,000 and Givens made the call. They then checked down the turn and the river.
Curzio announced jack-high and Givens won the pot with the .
Hand #13: David Hass limped from early position, Curzio called from the button, and Givens folded the small blind. Ivan Saul then moved all in from the big blind for 53,000, and both active opponents called before checking down the board.
The ace-high won the pot for Curzio and Saul headed to the rail in eighth place for a payday of $29,211.