Last year was by all means good to Andrew Rennhack. The Washington-based player took part in the Rio’s Carnivale of Poker and at the end of that festival, he was named the Player of the Series. This year he succeeded in going one step further, as last night he captured his first gold bracelet.
It was WSOP event #26, a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament that attracted just shy of 1,600 entrants and, like most events during the series, it saw quite a few big names take their seats. A few of those who made it past the bubble include Martin Finger, Mohsin Charania, Jesse Martin and Phil Hellmuth.
None of these made it to the final table, however. The final nine were led by Ryan Welch sitting on around 1.5 million in chips, while Rennhack was only in fourth – but we all know that final table chip leaders rarely win tournaments.
First to leave his seat was Dan Smith after only a couple hands into the final table. He got to take home $28,986 and a failed bracelet dream. Then followed Eric Rappaport, whose pocket Aces fell short against Reed Goodmiller’s #kd#qd after Goodmiller turned two pair. Rappaport earned $37,486 for his performance.
Tournament experience was not the best for Geremy Eiland, who found a way to run into his opponents’ pocket Aces not once, but twice! First, Rennhack took the majority of his chips, and then the little he had left went over to Welch’s stack. No doubt that a painful exit in seventh secured him $49,106. It took a bit of time before the next player would fall, but eventually it was Heinz Kamutzki who fell at the hand of Tony Gargano, earning $65,202 for his troubles.
It only took three more hands to see the next player hit the rail and it was Goodmiller. He was already short-stacked and got involved in a pot against Katz and Rennhack. Katz ended up folding on the turn, but Rennhack and his #As#qs had Goodmiller’s #qd#jh drawing completely dead. Goodmiller got up from his seat and went on his way to pick up $87,797.
Welch decided to make a move on Katz but picked the wrong moment as Katz’s #jc#jd was way ahead of his #kd#4d. The board was not one bit favorable to Welch and he took his leave in 4th, cashing for $119,946. With his elimination, the three-handed phase of play started and it lasted for a long time. Chips were exchanging hands, but it was Katz holding the lead for the most part. Then the crucial hand took place.
Katz opened from the button, prompting a shove from Gargano in the small blind. Then Rennhack came over the top, putting his stack in the middle, and Katz folded his #as#js face-up. Gargano and his #ad#6c were in trouble, as Rennhack turned over #qd#qc. The board ran #4c#5c#8s, giving a few more outs to Gargano, but the turn and river bricked for him in the form of #10h and #jh and he was eliminated in third place, earning $166,384.
This pot gave more than a 2:1 advantage to Rennhack heading into heads-up play, but Katz wouldn’t give up easily and their battle lasted a while. At one point Katz actually managed to capture the lead and at that point it seemed like it was his tournament. Those dreams were soon crushed, however, as once again Rennhack seized the chip advantage and then the final hand ensued.
Rennhack limped the button and Katz moved all-in from the big blind. After a little deliberation, Katz made the call with #6h#6c and was flipping for the bracelet against Katz’s #ks#10s. The board brought little help to Katz, save for a turned flush draw, and it was over! He was eliminated in second place, taking home $252,826.
When the last hand was over, Andrew Rennhack had all the chips in front of him and a WSOP bracelet coming his way. He continued his good run from last year and managed to take it one step further with this victory, which earned him $408,953!