Peter Traply (Belabacsi) Wins WSOP $5,000 No Limit Holdem Shootout
A total of 280 players took to the field in the $5,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Shootout (Event #41) at the 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP). In the end, Hungarian poker player Peter Traply, who goes by the name Belabacsi online, took home the bracelet and $348,000.
Traply became the first Hungarian ever to take home a bracelet from the annual tournament series in Las Vegas. He is just a few weeks removed from taking eighth in the European Poker Tour’s (EPT) Monte Carlo Grand Final, banking €170,000. Following his landmark win, Traply told WSOP officials what his bracelet may mean to the game of poker in his homeland: “In Hungary, the poker is growing very fast. There is a poker boom right now. And, I think it will be bigger after I won my bracelet.”
Nasr El Nasr was all-in pre-flop at the five-handed final table holding pocket threes, but ran into Traply’s pocket eights. The board ran out 10-10-5-J-7, sending El Nasr to the rails $82,000 richer for his efforts in his first WSOP cash. He wound up on the short stack after his pocket aces were cracked by the 9-10 suited of Andrew Lichtenberger, who flopped top pair and a flush draw. The turn brought Lichtenberger two pair, besting the German’s pocket rockets and marking a watershed moment at the final table.
Ousted in fourth place from the $5,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Shootout was Danny Wong. Lichtenberger checked the action on a board of 10-2-2-7 to Wong, who promptly pushed. Lichtenberger called, turning over pocket aces. Wong showed A-10 for two pair and was drawing to two outs. The river came a deuce, sealing Wong’s exit and $105,000 payday. Wong’s last three WSOP in the money finishes have all been from final tables, including a fourth place showing in a $1,500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament last year for $217,000.
Departing in third place was Maxim Lykov. The Russian, who affectionately goes by the nickname “Decay” in the poker world, picked an inopportune time to push all-in with A-10. Lichtenberger’s run of cards continued, as he called and turned over pocket jacks. No card above nine came on the board and Lykov was sent packing, his bank account boosted by $145,000. It was Lykov’s first in the money finish of his WSOP career. Russian poker has received a boom due to Ivan Demidov’s runner-up finish during the 2008 WSOP Main Event to Peter Eastgate and the launch of the Russian Poker Tour, sponsored by PokerStars.
It didn’t take long for fireworks heads-up between Lichtenberger and Traply. The latter called for his tournament life pre-flop holding pocket sixes against Lichtenberger’s A-Q of diamonds. The race was on, with an ace hitting the flop to propel Lichtenberger into the lead and potentially end the 41st tournament of the 2009 WSOP. However, the turn came a six, giving Traply a set. The river was a harmless deuce and Traply doubled up. However, his chip lead was short-lived, as a series of double ups by Lichtenberger catapulted him back into contention.
In the end, both players woke up with monster hands heads-up. Lichtenberger was all-in pre-flop with A-J and found himself dominated by Traply’s A-K. Both hit top pair on an ace-high flop, but running queens on the turn and river preserved Hungary’s first WSOP bracelet of all-time. Lichtenberger and Traply each recorded their first WSOP final table showings.
Here were the results from Event #41 of the 2009 WSOP, the $5,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Shootout:
1. Peter Traply – $348,755
2. Andrew Lichtenberger – $215,402
3. Maxim Lykov – $145,062
4. Danny Wong – $105,609
5. Nasr El Nasr – $82,697
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