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Scott Ball Wins the Little One for One Drop and His Second Bracelet
Ball won his first bracelet earlier in the series. The Californian won the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed for $562,667. This latest victory came with another bracelet and $396,445 in prize money.
The 2021 $1,111 Little One for One Drop attracted 3,797 players. The tournament took four full days to conclude, and Ball was the man with all 151,880,000 chips in play in front of him.
Some 568 players finished in the money place. They included James Collopy, Barry Hutter, Hossein Ensan, and Joseph Cheong. Only 26 players made it through to the fourth and final day. It did not take long to reach the final table.
Shanahan Leads Final Table; Ball Third in Chips
Frank Marasco’s time at the final table was short-lived because Sebastian Medina busted him. Marasco open-shoved from the small blind with Js-Th, Medina called with Kh-Tc, and the board ran 3d-Ac-5s-Ah-6s. The battle of the blinds did not come off for Marasco.
Eighth place was decided soon after. Seth Fischer moved all-in with Kd-Qh for 3,800,000 with blinds at 300,000/600,000/600,000a. David Jackson called from the big blind with the dominated Kh-5c. Jackson only stayed behind until the 9c-5d-7s flop. Fischer could not find a queen on the turn nor river.
Blinds increased and signaled the end of Ukraine’s Petro Zakusilov. The Ukrainian ripped it in from the cutoff with Ad-8d, and found callers in Michael Shanahan in the small blind and Sorel Mizzi in the big blind. Shanahan and Mizzi checked down the board of Jc-3s-Qd-Th-2s, Mizzi winning with 5c-2c.
Zakusilov’s seat had not gone cold when Ronnie Ballantyne busted in sixth. Ballantyne opened to 2,600,000, leaving himself only 800,000 chips behind. Ball put the British grinder all-in, and Ballantyne called. Ball flipped over Ac-Ts, Ballantyne the Tc-8s, and the five community cards fell Jd-Ah-Kc-Kh-Jc.
Level 37 proved to be the level of death because Jackson also crashed out at this stage. Mizzi min-raised to 1,600,000, Ball called, before Jackson moved all-on for 6,425,000. Both Mizzi and Ball called. Both players checked the Th-7h-3c flop, with Mizzi’s 7,500,000 bet on the 2d river folding out Ball. Mizzi turned over Ac-Td and was way ahead of Jackson’s black sixes. A nine on the river ended Jackson’s participation.
Pay Jumps Grow Increasingly Large
Jackson collected $110,827 for his fifth-place finish, while Medina scooped $143,399 when he fell in fourth. Medina committed his 13 big blind stack with Kc-Js, and Shanahan called with As-6h. The 2s-Qh-Ah-Qs-Qd board sent Medina to the showers.
Ball held a sizeable chip lead going into heads-up thanks, in part, to busting Mizzi. Ball min-raised to 2,000,000 with Jh-Js, and called when Mizzi three-bet jammed for 18,000,000 with 3s-3h. Mizzi found no help on the Ac-7h-8s-2h-7s board; he walked away with $186,824.
Shanahan drew level and took a brief lead, but it was clear this was Ball’s tournament. The final hand saw Shanahan make it 2,600,000 at the 600,000/1,200,000/1,200,000 level and Ball three-bet. Ball instantly called when his opponent four-bet all-in for around 48,000,000. It was Qs-Qc for Ball and Ac-8h for Shanahan. The dealer put the 8d-Kh-3d-Kd-2c board onto the felt, and Ball won his second bracelet of the series.
|1||Scott Ball||United States||$396,445|
|2||Michael Shanahan||United States||$245,068|
|5||David Jackson||United States||$110,827|
|6||Ronnie Ballantyne||United Kingdom||$86,249|
|8||Seth Fischer||United States||$53,343|
|9||Frank Marasco||United States||$42,389|