100 players gathered at the Commerce Casino in LA
to compete for a portion of the $200,000 free roll prize. Against the 12:1 odds, the Final Table did, indeed, include one of the 15 celebrity players.
Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss was the lone celebrity at the final table. Just three hands in, we saw the day's first casualty as poker journalist Andy Glazer, with an A J off-suit saw his all-in bet called by Flack's A K, which were both paired on the flop. Andy finished in 6th place for $6,000.
Next to go was Tony Ma. After Ma, with an A J, came over the top of Flack's K 10 bet, Flack called and the flop paired Flack's K and Ma was out, in 5th place for $7,000. The very next hand, Men "The Master" Nguyen went all-in with a pair of 5's and was called by David Chiu's A Q. The community were Q 10 4 6 A and The Master had to be satisfied with $10,000 and a 4th place finish.
Chiu, with an A 10 of diamonds limped into the pot and Flack, with an A 6 off-suit checked. The flop came 8 8 8. Chiu bet $15,000. Flack came over the top, all in. The only card that could win Flack this hand was a 6, and of course a 6 came. Chiu left the table in 3rd place and with $20,000.
With A 10 of diamonds Buss finally moved all in, only to see Flack call and turn over an A Q. The Q held up, which meant Buss finished in 2nd place for $40,000. Flack took the $100,000 for first place and the $25,000 seat into the WPT finals
- Thomas Hardy