Poker is predominantly an individual sport, yes you have your teams and squads of players travelling around the circuit but when a pro sits down at the felt it’s everyman for himself. Thursday’s final will throw up a completely different proposition after Jennifer Tilly followed her partner Phil Laak’s victory in Heat 2 with a victory of her own.
Up against one of the strongest fields so far, including online phenomenon Tom ‘Durrrr’ Dwan, high stakes cash games player Sammy George and WSOP bracelet winner Roland De Wolfe, Tilly controlled proceedings from the start.
The American pro took full advantage of the strong hole cards she was receiving, pushing aggressively into the pot at every opportunity and it paid off aplenty as her chip stack began to build substantially.
It was Tilly who knocked out pre-tournament favourite Tom ‘Durrrr’ Dwan mid way through the game. As Dwan looked to accelerate he was unfortunate to hit Tilly’s pocket rockets after his all-in move with Jacks. That left Tilly as chip leader in a three-handed shoot out with Sammy George and experienced pro Neil Channing.
The chips moved around between the three pros but nobody managed to take control of the table and with the game running into the wee hours, tournament director Marty Wilson called time and instructed the players that they would recommence the next afternoon.
With the players refreshed, play got underway again on Tuesday and true to form it was Tilly who began to edge ahead particularly at the expense Sammy George. The Londoner was the first to crack, short stacked he moved all-in with AK and Tilly made to right call with pocker threes. George’s hand didn’t improve and he exited the tournament.
With both pros playing super-aggressive holdem it was only a matter of time before we had a big all-in clash. After an innocuous 23K flop another 2 followed and then a 6 on the river, then all hell broke loose as bet was followed by re-raise and then an all-in. Channing turned over 24 to make his trips but it was Tilly who had the last laugh as her 45 made the straight and with that booked her place in the World Open V final joining partner Phil Laak and Luke ‘FullFlush1’ Schwartz.
We now have three top pros through to Thursday’s big showdown and with plenty more of the world’s finest pros due to play in the upcoming heats it’s looking like we will have a classic final in store for you.