Yuechang You (North Brunswick, NJ) has gone eight years playing poker tournaments without winning a heads up battle. He has many cashes to his name, and has chopped tournaments a handful of time, but today would be the first tournament he has ever won straight out. You takes home $16,788 for his efforts, and was immediately on the phone with his friends telling them of his successful day/night. Jim Governa (Richboro, PA) began the heads-up play with about a 3:2 chip lead, but would lose a crucial hand that would cripple him. The loss may sting for a short while, but collecting $9,892 may lessen to blow.
You was trending upwards throughout the day, but really used a key hand against Anna Khait (Brooklyn, NY), where he would push himself over the 1,000,000 chip mark. Yuechang called Khait's all-in (blind v. blind), and his A Q would take down the pot against the K J of Khait. You would take that stack to heads up play, and turn a straight while Governa used that same turn to make two pair. The money all got it right there, and Yuechang would leave Jim with less than 700,000.
This event drew 221 entries with a total buy-in of $61,820. 27 players would end up getting paid in the event, including Kori Hunter (25th - $540), Nancy Martin (18th - $600), and David Heck (15th - $660).
The final table started off slow, as only player was lost in the first hour or so. As the early morning hours approached, the pace of play was fast and furious.
Yuechang You had played poker for a living, before deciding to become a dealer. He said that decision truly saved his life, and also brought up his father in discussion after winning. You's father passed away this past December (only days after his birthday), and he got chocked up talking about him. There was a sense of accomplishment that Yuechang was feeling, like he had made his late father proud. You will be back for some later events in this series, including the Borgata Spring Open Main Event.
FINAL TABLE: 1. YUEHCHANG YOU (MOUNT HOLLY, NJ): $16,788
2. JAMES GOVERNA (RICHBORO, PA): $9,892
3. AARON MALINOWSKI (BALLSTON LAKE, NY): $5,696
4. GENNADIY PESELEV (GLENMONT, NY): $4,617
5. CASEY MARCUS (LEVITTOWN, NY): $3,598
6. ANNA KHAIT (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $2,998
7. LANCE FUNSTON (PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA): $2,399
8. ADRIAN CORONA (FLORAL PARK, NY): $1,799
9. TERRY AINSLEY (UNIONTOWN, PA): $1,199
10. ROMAN KOCIAN (COLUMBUS, OH): $780