Tuesday , June 21 , 2011
Read an extended interview with Eric, here.
Eric “ChipsAhoya” Rodawig became the second CardRunners Pro to bring home WSOP hardware as he overcame a star-studded Final Table to capture Event #33 $10,000 World Championship of 7-Card Stud 8 or Better.
Entering the third day with the chiplead with 18 players remaining, Rodawig never relinquished the lead and amassed nearly 25% of the chips in play as the Final 8 took shape.
Seated beside the dealer in Seat 8, Rodawig continued to win pots without showdown and chip up as several big names began to fall, including CardRunners own Joe Tehan.
Ted Forrest, David Benyamine, John Racener, and Phil Hellmuth were among the final 6 players vying for the bracelet and survived dramatic all-ins as the blind levels escalated. They traded chips back and forth before Rodawig found himself three handed with Racener and Hellmuth, who was in pursuit of his record 12th Bracelet.
Rodawig crippled Racener after making a flush with a made low on 7th Street and Hellmuth completed the elimination by ousting the runner up of the 2010 WSOP Main Event.
As heads-up play began, Rodawig had a commanding chip lead, but Hellmuth quickly doubled up his short stack a few times to provide himself some room to breathe.
After a few all-in pots, Rodawig finally dusted off Hellmuth. Hellmuth held Jc Tc 9h against Rodawig’s Ah 8d 3c. Rodawig’s final board read Ah 8d/3c 2s 2c 3d/ Kd and Hellmuth had picked up Jc Tc/9h 5c 4h 7s. Hellmuth squeezed out 7th street but found the Jh to end his hopes of capturing a 12th Bracelet. Rodawig booked $442,000 for the win.