WSOP TODAY: July 4; Trickett’s bad beat, so close for Borg

Highlights from day 39 of the 2012 WSOP (July 4)

It was day after the Big One for One Drop, which didn’t end so well for runner-up Sam Trickett, who made a visit to hospital after being jumped by six guys during his post-tournament celebrations (thankfully he escaped with a few bumps and bruises.

Meanwhile Will Jaffe and his merry band of fellow New Yorkers came to the Rio in Las Vegas and started their own poker party. After returning for a fourth day to continue the heads-up match, Jaffe defeated Brazil’s Luis Campelo to won the $1000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em (Event #54), which attracted a monster field of 3221 players.  He collected $500,070 in prize money.

Jaffe, a 25-year-old professional poker player from Bridgehampton, NY, has been playing full time for about four years. Jaffe first became passionate about the game when he was a sophomore in college, studying in New York City. He defeated the Brazilian Luis Campelo after a long heads-up match that lasted nearly four hours.

• From an Aussie perspective, all eyes were on Event #56, a $1500 No Limit Hold’em tournament, when Sydneysider David Borg emerged from the pack to stake a claim for Australia’s first bracelet for the series.

The former NZ Poker Champs winner stormed into contention late on day three and found himself heads-up with the Czech Republic’s Tomas Junek (pictured). Holding the chip lead heading into final two, Junek weathered a storm of typically aggressive play from Borg to prevail, pocketing $661,022 for the win.

However, Borg collected $410,517 for second, marking the third runner-up finish for Aussies at the 2012 WSOP. Our players are due to break through for a big win!

• Plenty of talk around the Rio after Shaun Deeb finished in second place in a satellite event, which took place the previous weekend. That normally would not be much of a story, even to Deeb. But when you consider the satellite had a $25,000 buy-in and was a competition to win a seat in the ultra-historic Big One for One Drop event, the story becomes a little more compelling.

Deal-making in poker is nothing new, and nothing out of the ordinary, but typically (unless it’s allowed by the tournament organisers) these deals happen behind the scenes. This wasn’t the case when Deeb and Gus Hansen played heads-up for a Big One for One Drop seat.

It was obvious Gus wanted the seat and Deeb wanted the cash, which is why when Deeb raised over three million pre-flop (leaving himself with a single 5000 chip) and then folded to Hansen’s all-in flop bet everyone knew the two had cut a deal.

While some people have cried foul, it’s hard to fault the two based on the structure of the satellite that didn’t take into account that more than one seat may be on the line (the second-place finisher would see his seat in One Drop moved to the bottom of the alternate list).

• Additional reporting, Nolan Dalla, WSOP.com

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