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What’s Up Doc? Sean Dempsey Wins The WSOP $3,000 No Limit Hold’Em Event

Trivia Question: What is the main game of Sean Dempsey – this year’s winner of Event #39: $3,000 No Limit Hold’Em?

If you answered NLHE, well, you would actually be wrong. No, Dempsey isn’t a Hold’Em specialist; he describes himself as a Pot Limit Omaha expert and his World Series of Poker results show it. Prior to Event #93, he cashed four times and three of those cashes were collected after playing Omaha events.

Furthermore, he bragged to WSOP.com that he taught Tom “durrrr” Dwan how to play PLO.

But how did he come up with a NLHE win then? “Last minute fluke,” he said in a PokerNews interview. He arrived late in Day 3 and still managed to stay on course to win his first ever gold bracelet. “Everything kind of fell into place for me luckily,” Dempsey explained.

Trivia Question: Why did Sean Dempsey move to Las Vegas ten years ago?

If you answered to play poker full-time, well, you would be wrong again. The 40-year-old player isn’t a full time poker pro, he is a physician, and playing in the WSOP is a kind of vacation, a well-deserved period of relaxation and fun for the doctor.

Nevertheless, Dempsey still wanted to win a bracelet. Last year’s $10,000 PLO Championship final table set the stage for 2014 and the biggest score of his poker career so far.

To achieve that, he needed some lucky hands, but eventually he did it.

The doctor was one of three remaining after Day 3 and possessed the shortest stack at the table. Since all the stacks were shallow, he only needed one double-up to threaten the top and that’s what he did eight hands after the start of overtime. He moved all-in from the button with #kd#10h and was called by Jacob Schindler’s #ac#jh. The board paired his king and propelled him right to the top of the chip leaderboard. ‘

From that point on, Dempsey started being more active by putting Schindler in a lot of tough spots. Schindler eventually was eliminated in third place after calling with #ah#jh. His opponent, Ryan Jaconetti, had #ac#qs for the upper hand.

The heads-up play was a true grind and lasted over three hours. Jaconetti started strong but Dempsey fought back with some timely shoves. The future winner needed two double-ups including a lucky river to seal the deal. And with his stack getting shorter and shorter, Jaconetti made a move on hand #284 of the official final table, going all-in with #qs#10h. Dempsey called immediately with #jd#jc, caught a set, and dodged Jaconetti’s open-ended straight draw to win the bracelet.

Here are the final table payouts:

  1. Sean Dempsey – $548,460
  2. Ryan Jaconetti – $339,440
  3. Jacob Schindler – $212,373
  4. Ryan Olisar – $154,148
  5. Ryan Laplante – $113,796
  6. Nam Le – $85,307
  7. Layne Flack – $64,887
  8. Takashi Yagura – $50,019
  9. Andrew Becker – $39,078

Congratulations to Sean Dempsey on finally winning gold. He also plans to play the PLO Championship and the Main Event before going back to his old job. Can he go for yet another (bracelet) double-up?

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