WSOP Event 24: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Won By Jeffrey Tebben

WSOP Event 24: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Won By Jeffrey TebbenJeffrey Tebben has won WSOP Event 24 – $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em, after defeating a field of 3,289 players over 5 days to pick up a first career WSOP bracelet, as well as $503,389 in prize money.
By the time nine players remained in the tournament the final table was set, with both J.D. McNamara and Kiet Tran holding an imposing lead over their next opponent. Tran’s supporters were particularly vocal throughout the game, and were willing him, as one fan shouted out, to “take it back to LA, just like the Lakers did baby!”
On the other side of the spectrum, Jeffrey Tebben started the final table as the short stack, and only had enough chips for a couple of rounds of play.
Michael Gross was the first player to be eliminated in 9th ($38,629) by Tran, but soon after Tebben managed a double up with Ah-Js against Greg Pohler’s Ad-5d. Pohler was subsequently eliminated in 8th ($50,410), and Tebben then found himself squarely back in the game.
Next to go was David Tolbert holding J-J, who called Denis Murphy’s pre-flop  Q-Q shove, and so left the final table in 7th place ($66,513).
J.D. McNamara holding pocket 10’s, then knocked Blake Kelso with J-10 out of the competition in 6th ($88,654), and then sent David Cai to the rail in 5th ($119,410), whose Kh-8h pre-flop shove was no match for McNamara’s Ac-Kd.
With just four players remaining, Jeffrey Tebben became the chief executioner and started by taking out Denis Murphy in 4th (162,568), and then early favourite Kiet Tran in 3rd, after a battle of the blinds. Kiet Tran limped in from the small blind, but after being raised by Tebben in the big blind decided to move over the top holding Qc-9c. Tebben made the call and flipped over pocket 9’s which was enough to take Tran out of the competition in 3rd for a $223,665 pay-day.
Seven and a half hour into the final table, Jeffrey Tebben and J.D. McNamara played their final hand after McNamara was dealt pocket J’s to his opponent’s Kc-2s. From the big blind, Tebben called McNamara’s raise and then both players checked the flop when the board fell Ks-10s-8d.
When a second K fell on the turn, Tebben bet out and was simply called by McNamara. After Tebben checked a 7c on the river, McNamara bet out 325,000 chips and then called Tebben’s all-in check raise, to finish in second place for $310,248.
Jeffrey Tebben’s journey from short stack to WSOP bracelet winner was a dramatic comeback story and as soon as he won he ran over to his wife, who had been willing him on all the way, and gave her a big hug. Commenting on his famous victory, Tebben said:
“It’s definitely the biggest moment of my life, without question. I never in a million years thought I could come down here and win a WSOP bracelet.” He said he now intends to use his prize money to play in more events, pay off the house, and buy his wife a car.

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