Shortly before six a.m., the BC Bounty came to a close with a terrific hand played by the final two contestants.
Blake, who never trailed during the heads up and was easily in control since the massive double with nines against Lee, had turned the nut straight against his chatty and popular opponent, Jackie Liu. Being an incessant value bettor, her late street checks were often unprotected, and checking into the shove on the river by the rated tournament expert, she was very likely to only have pure bluffcatchers.
While this can work in general, a top player like Blake can take advantage of this aspect of a betting strategy by forcing far too many folds from the capped range. Jackie combatted this scenario by interpreting his range for value shoving being narrow, and was willing to make the call with second pair, a weak .
This time, though, he had it, crushing the brave bluffcatch from Jackie with for turned broadway.
A great tournament gives her a well deserved $35,795. Not only did she play great poker, she was part of the insistence on playing out the tournament and fighting for the uncompromised right to the cash and the trophy.
As for Whittington, he dominated the final table not through aggression, but always seeming to end up in the right spots and to not be guessing but deciding, the sign of an experienced and sharp player. He’s no doubt a worthy champion of the Black Chip Bounty – congratulations, Blake.