The final table of the Party Poker World Open V began on Thursday afternoon, following two and a half days of poker action featuring everyone from Roland de Wolfe to Tom “durrrr” Dwan to Yevgeniy “Jovial Gent” Timoshenko. With Team Party Poker member Bodo Sbrzesny’s victory in the runners-up consolation heat the seven player final table was set and featured greats from Europe and America, live and online poker and even threw in a little romance with the presence of the event’s champion Phil “The Unabomber” Laak and his longtime girlfriend Jennifer Tilly.
Party Poker and the event’s other organizer, Matchroom Sport, had to be ecstatic about the final table, which featured two of their sponsored players, Sbrzesny and Mike Sexton, had the appeal of Laak and Tilly, featured two European pros in the form of Andrew Black and Luke “Full_Flush1” Schwartz and only boasted one online qualifier, Jan Veit.
Once the stacked final table got underway, Black took an early chip lead only to find himself ousted in 7th place at the hands of Laak. The Unabomber would play executioner to a couple of his tablemates and at one point even called an all-in from girlfriend Tilly in an attempt to knock her out of the field as well. Tilly survived her all-in, but the two continued to butt heads, especially since they were seated side by side with Laak having position on the Academy Award nominated actress.
Mike Sexton was the next player to fall, busting out in 6th place after he ran his pocket eights into the pocket kings of Veit. As he was making his exit, the official Party Poker blog reported that Laak paid the newly announced Poker Hall of Fame inductee the highest of compliments, calling Sexton, “the consummate player.”
The final table love story came to a close when Tilly busted out in 5th place and a perennially short-stacked Sbrzesny was hot on her heels, going out in 4th place on the very next hand. That left big stacks Laak and Veit, as well as Schwartz who was once again escorted to and from the final table in compliance with his agreement with casino security. The boisterous and opinionated Schwartz had to settle for 3rd place when his A-10 couldn’t hold against Veit’s K-J and it remains unclear when or if the young British pro will be allowed back in the tournament’s host establishment, the Palm Beach Casino.
Heads-up play quickly swung in Laak’s favor when he got it all-in against Veit holding the superior A-8 to Veit’s A-4. The pot gave Laak a substantial chip lead and it was not long at all before Veit moved the rest of his chips in with J-7 against Laak’s Q-9. Laak’s hand once again held and he claimed the title of Party Poker World Open V Champion and collected the $250,000 first place prize for the $10,000 buy-in invitational event.
After a quiet 2009, Laak logged his first major win of the year here in London. What makes his win even more impressive is that he got down as low as two big blinds but managed to rally back to claim the title.
Here are the complete results from the final table of the event:
1st: Phil Laak – $250,000
2nd: Jan Veit – $100,000
3rd: Luke Schwartz – $40,000
4th: Bodo Sbrzesny – $30,000
5th: Jennifer Tilly – $25,000
6th: Mike Sexton – $20,000
7th: Andy Black – $15,000

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