Aggression and good fortune – that’s what former US Marine Ted Gillis needed in order to bring down his enemies on the last day of Event #19 at the 2014 World Series of Poker. “Kind of made a mark in history,” Gillis bragged after his first big success in Las Vegas, according to WSOP.com.
And in order to survive, the former Marine had to dodge some bullets first. It all started at the unofficial ten-handed final table; Gillis decided to see a flop with his #kd#8d from the big blind and called Hiren Patel’s open-raise from early position. The #9d#7c#9s seemed safe for the caller to make an all-in move for his tournament life. Patel snap-called with #ah#ac and had a 91% advantage to win the pot. The poker gods, however, had other plans and gave Gillis the flush with #3d and #qd completing the board.
The former Marine also burst the official final table bubble by eliminating Darin Stout in 10th place. “This is not me volunteering to go home,” Stout warned his competition before open-raising all-in from under the gun. The future winner took the bait and called with #ac#10d and was at a disadvantage against his opponent’s #as#kh. The community cards were once again kind, giving Gillis the straight.
And with the cards running his way, he won some big pots without any showdown by aggressing his opponents relentlessly. Until the 56th hand of the official final table unfolded. After an unlucky river that put Gillis in fight-or-flight mode, the 48-year-old American bet all-in with second pair on a #10c#kh#4c flop. His opponent, Jacobo Fernandez, called with top pair and Gillis was in very bad shape waiting for a 23% miracle to happen. And it did! The river brought the unexpected #10d to save the Texas-based player once more.
From that point on, the former Marine continued to accumulate chips by putting the pressure on his enemies and getting involved when it mattered most. He was the one who eliminated the last two who stood in his way. Gillis took down third-place finisher Dejan Divkovic, who can now claim to be the most successful Bosnian in WSOP history.
The finish was short and bloodied. Two-time bracelet winner John Hennigan couldn’t resist Gillis’ ferocious attack, surrendering after just 27 heads-up hands. The Marine slow-played his full-house before calling an all-in with #as#6h. The board brought him the ace and also his first WSOP gold bracelet.
Here are the final table payouts:
- Ted Gillis – $514,027
- John Hennigan – $319,993
- Dejan Divkovic – $222,429
- Jacobo Fernandez – $160,193
- Mustapha Kanit – $117,079
- Jaime Kaplan – $86,609
- Hiren Patel – $64,911
- Edison Shields – $49, 267
- Dylan Thomassie – $37,834
Congratulations to Ted Gillis on winning Event #19: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’Em. This was quite an impressive preformance if we take a look at his all-time WSOP cashes. Besides his most recent success, he has only one other cash ($2,912) gained in last year’s Event #28: $1,500 NLHE.