Beware underdogs with bite

Jun 12, 2006 3:58 AM

Last week’s inaugural World Poker Tour event at Mandalay Bay provided some exciting tournament action, including a thrilling head-to-head match-up between Joe Tehan and Burt Boutin.

The final hand was a show-stopper as Tehan, on the button, raised $240,000 on top of Boutin’s $160,000 big blind.

Boutin, who had been playing loose and aggressive for most of the day, quickly moved all-in with his remaining $1,490,000 in chips and a solid Ac-10c.

After considerable deliberation, Tehan, who held a 3½-to-1 chip lead, called with 9c-8h — an underdog of just under 2-1.

It got worse for Tehan when the flop came Ah, 10s, 9s, giving Boutin top two pairs (aces and 10s) and making Tehan an even bigger underdog of about 6-1.

But, proving that Lady Luck is as fickle as ever, the turn and river came 9h, 8c, giving Tehran a miracle full house and the championship.

Those runner cards were worth $1,033,440 to Tehan, as well as a $25,000 seat into the WPT championship to be held at Bellagio.

Helping to take the sting from such a brutal bad beat, Boutin took home $604,765 for finishing second.

Overall, the Mandalay Bay Championship attracted 349 players, including virtually every top pro in the country, as well as a cast of Hollywood players, including actresses Shannon Elizabeth and Jennifer Tilly, and film director Nick Cassavetes.

The $10,000 buy-in WPT event ran from June 4-7.