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Connecticut's Gregory Jensen won his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet in one of the final events of the series when he took down Event #86: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship for a new career-best $824,649.
Jensen defeated Moldova's Pavel Plesuv, who was also after his first bracelet and took home $509,674 for his runner-up finish.
The championship event attracted 394 entrants to generate a prize pool of $3.7 million. Some of those who ran deep to make the six-handed final table include one-time bracelet winner Ali Eslami (3rd - $234,396) and high-stakes pro Brock Wilson (6th - $117,819).
Event #86: $10,000 6-Handed Championship Final Table Results
|PLACE||PLAYER||COUNTRY||PRIZE (IN USD)|
|1||Gregory Jensen||United States||$824,649|
|3||Lucas Foster||United States||$341,902|
|4||Ali Eslami||United States||$234,396|
|6||Brock Wilson||United States||$117,819|
Jensen, who earlier in the series finished fourth in Event #42: $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em for a short-lived career-best score of $571,896, told PokerNews winning his first bracelet "feels like a dream.”
“It was just an incredible run, and I feel better about the bracelet than the money," he said in an interview after the victory. "The bracelet was the big thing, and I just couldn’t believe that it could happen this quickly. I’m super lucky. I played against many players who were way better than me, but sometimes you get lucky.”
From Low Stakes to Nosebleeds
Jensen had just $18,094 in tournament earnings heading into this year's WSOP. With his two final tables and a 13th-place finish in Event #83: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em worth $87,500, he now has $1.5 million in Hendon Mob-reported earnings.
Jensen told PokerNews he recently made the big jump up in stakes “just for the challenge of it."
"I don’t get to play as much poker as I’d like to," he said. "I used to play when I was younger, but I haven’t played in a long time. And I just want to play against the best and see what it’s like, and so it’s just a tremendous experience.”
Among those cheering on Jensen's rail was his wife, Zainab, as well as a group of “some of the most incredible poker players in the world" including Galen Hall, Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov.
Final Table Action
Wilson was the first to go at the six-handed final table when he got it in with ace-jack and couldn't stay ahead of the king-ten of the eventual champion.
Barak Wisbrod fell in fifth place pocket nines couldn't win a race against the king-jack of Eslami, who was next out when his pocket threes were dominated against the pocket aces of Jensen.
Jensen went on to eliminate Lucas Foster in third place when he made a Wheel with ace-three against the ace-jack of Foster after getting it in dominated preflop.
Jensen began the heads-up battle with a sizable chip lead but Plesuv managed to chip up, including when he flopped a flush to double up against the bottom pair of Jensen.
In the final hand, Jensen moved all in from the button and Plesuv called in the big blind with a slightly larger stack. Jensen held ace-nine to the pocket sevens of Plesuv and a nine on the flop all but sealed it for Jensen. The board ran out clean and Jensen secured his first WSOP bracelet.
"I was able to get lucky," said Jensen. "It was only the third time in my life being at a final table, and all through it (I was) just getting good cards and playing them reasonably. It’s humbling playing against such good players.”
That wraps up PokerNews' coverage of Event #86: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship as the 2022 WSOP winds down.
Gregory Jensen moved all in from the button and Pavel Plesuv called from the big blind with a slightly smaller stack.
Plesuv was at risk and needed his sevens to hold in order to stay alive. The flop came to give Jensen a big lead with a pair of nines and the runout of secured the victory for Jensen with Plesuv going out in second place for $509,674.
Gregory Jensen opened to 500,000 and Pavel Plesuv three-bet to 1,350,000. Jensen stretched and took off his hat and called after about a minute.
Plesuv continued with a bet of 1,025,000 on the flop of and Jensen quickly folded.
Gregory Jensen raised to 450,000 from the button and Pavel Plesuv called. Plesuv checked on the flop of and called a bet from Jensen. Plesuv checked again on the turn and Jensen moved all in. Plesuv showed his cards to his card and called.
Plesuv had flopped a flush to have Jensen drawing dead headed to the river to earn him a double-up.
- Slepe stave:
Pavel Plesuv and Gregory Jensen have returned from their break and resumed play with fifteen minutes left in the level.
Gregory Jensen shoved from the small blind for Lucas Foster to make the call from the big blind for his last few chips.
Foster was ahead but the board ran out for Jensen to hit the wheel on the river to get the tournament to the heads-up stage. Foster was eliminated in third place.
Both Pavel Plesuv and Jensen agreed to go for a 15-minute break now instead of going after the 15 minutes that are still left in the current level.
Pavel Plesuv completed his small blind and Gregory Jensen raised to 400,000 in the big blind which Plesuv called.
The flop came , Plesuv check-called the bet of Jensen.
They both checked through the on the turn to the on the river. Plesuv bet 1,200,000 for Jensen to shove with the bigger stack for Plesuv to fold.
Gregory Jensen raised to 300,000 from the button and Pavel Plesuv defended his big blind.
The flop came , Plesuv check-called the 500,000 continuation-bet of Jensen.
The turn was the and Plesuv checked again. This time, Jensen bet 1,200,000 for Plesuv to call again.
The river completed the board with the and Plesuv checked for the final time. Jensen barreled a bet of 1,200,000 over the line. Plesuv thought about it for a bit and then called but mucked when Jensen tabled the for the set of treys.