Ray Foley (37) of Northville, Michigan, is the victor in Event #39 - the $1,500 buy-in No Limit Hold'em competition at the 2009 World Series of Poker. The event drew an entry field of 2,715 and delivered a prize pool of $3,705,975, with 26 players surviving through to the final day, where it took five hours to reach the following final table:
Seat 1: Chairud Vangchailued - 875,000Seat 2: Tyler Spalding - 1,485,000Seat 3: Patrick O'Connor - 580,000Seat 4: Brandon Cantu - 880,000Seat 5: Alex Jacob - 2,200,000Seat 6: Ray Foley - 2,860,000 - chip leader and eventual winnerSeat 7: Richard Lutes - 1,555,000Seat 8: Wei Mu - 1,370,000Seat 9: Jonathan Markham - 400,000
Foley, who has played in four major live tournaments including this one to accrue career winnings of $733,031, managed to maintain his lead through much of the tournamet and into the final table action.
The Foley vs. Brandon Cantu heads up was decided when Wei Mu was eliminated in third place for a $269,609 payday. By that time Cantu had opened up a chip lead of around 1.8 million on his opponent, and half-an-hour into the game it looked as if Cantu was headed for his second WSOP bracelet.
It was not to be however, with Foley enjoying a marvellous run of cards to put the final shine on his talented play, sending Cantu to the cashier with a second placing reward of $403,951, and collecting the main prize of $657,969 and his first WSOP bracelet.
Source: InfoPowa News