Event #3 of the 2012 World Series of Poker, the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em / Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up attracted 317 players and one of our own almost went all the way to win a much sought-after WSOP bracelet and the $207,708 first place prize.
Julian Powell returned to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino earlier today knowing he was just three heads-up matches away from becoming the first Australian bracelet winner of 2012. His first match was against Gregg Merkow and it was a hard-fought encounter that dragged on for three hours in total. In the end our man needed a little bit of luck and it arrived when he got his chips in with and found himself up against and looking like he would bust out in the Elite 8 stages. However, the board ran out to send Powell through to the semi-finals against Leif Force.
Force proved to be a real force to be reckoned with and he was too much for Powell to handle on this particular occasion. Our man fell to two Pot Limit Omaha hands, the first saw the chips go in on a board, Powell holding for two pair but he was crushed by Force's that had flopped a straight. The river was inconsequential and Powell had to use the last of his rebuy lammers.
The final hand between Powell and Force was another PLO hand. The chips went in preflop with Powell turning over and Force . Powell nudged in front on the flop but the turn improved Force to a straight. The river was the and with that Powell was eliminated and Force progressed to the final; which he ultimately won.
A great effort by Powell who picked up $73,655 and once the pain of not winning fades away we are sure he will realise what an epic performance he put in and of course almost $75,000 in your back pocket makes losing easier to swallow!
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