The number one ranked online poker player in the UK fell short of securing a bracelet in the World Series of Poker. In Event #57, Chris Brammer was looking to secure his bracelet in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed tournament. He didn’t quite make it as he placed 5th for a total of $200,502. As disappointing as it is for those who follow UK poker, Brammer put on a great show and came very close to winning the event.
Brammer went into the third and final day of his competition leading substantially in chip count. He seemed poised to take the competition and was the chip leader by an overwhelming margin. He had secured his distance from the rest of his competitors when there were just 27 players left in the competition and when the six-handed final table was already set. When Timothy Adams showed his losing hand of the 8 of Diamonds and the 8 of Clubs to Eddy Sabat’s winning hand of an Ace of Spades and a 9 of Hearts, Brammer was still second in total chip count and was still in a great position. He still seemed able to win the event and finally secure and walk away with a bracelet.
After about a half an hour had passed at the final table, Brammer’s stack continued to grow and eventually reached past the 3,500,000 market. He made a very difficult call in a hand against opponent Keith Lehr. Brammer opened to 105,000 and Lehr decided to defend his big blind. Both players shared a flop that consisted of the 7 of Clubs, 8 of Hearts, and King of Spades. Both of them checked. The turn was the 3 of Spades to which Lehr checked. Brammer bet 125,000 and Lehr placed the call. When the river showed the Jack of Hearts, Lehr checked again. Brammer bet 175,000 and Lehr check raised to an incredible 505,000. Brammer eventually made the call with the King of Hearts and 9 of Hearts. Lehr had been making a move with the 6 and 7 of Diamonds.
A short ninety minutes later, things started to get worse for Brammer. After Andrew Lichtenberger was eliminated, Brammer came up against Lehr again. The board showed the 8 of Hearts, and the 4,8, and 5 of Clubs. Lehr was all in and was risking his elimination as he held onto two aces poised against Brammer’s Jack and 10 of Clubs. The dealer pulled out the 2 of spades giving Lehr the flush.
Following that horrible hand for Brammer and the loss of 925,000, he would only last a couple of more hands in the competition. Brammer was eventually eliminated on the heels of his holding 2 Queens. Eventually Lehr went on to face his last opponent in Gregory Merson. Despite Lehr’s good use of Brammer’s chips and his being one of only two contenders left, he eventually lost to Merson and never did acquire that bracelet.