David Rheem is one of the poker players who only recently turned pro, but he made giant leaps forward over a relatively short period of time. He bought in for one of the most important poker tournaments in May and won more than $1 million, while defeating Erick Lindgren at the heads-up. It took him a long time to claw his way up to the top, but in the end he made it to the final table where he found himself in select company. Jonathan Roy, Brandon Steven, David Peters, Erick Lindgren and Matt Hyman were waiting for him there, with all of them having smaller stacks in front of them.
Erick Lindgren was favorite to win the tournament, due to the fact that had the second largest stack while being the most experienced player. His hopes were crushed by Jonathan Roy in the first hour of play, with his opponent stripping him of a sizable amount of his chips. Even so the Swedish player remained on the third place and he didn’t fall behind, despite the fact that he stayed out of most significant hands. Jonathan on the other hand was quite aggressive and this strategy worked like a charm against David Peters.
His opponent was overconfident and called the all in with a pair of tens, but unfortunately for him Roy’s hand was slightly better. David missed out on both opportunities of improving his hand to a straight or a set, adding his chips to Jonathan’s impressive stack. Brandon Steven was not much luckier even though it looked like that when the dealer gave him the straight flush on the flop. Jonathan ended up with a better hand and after eliminating him, he focused his attention on Matt Hyman.
His opponent was presented with no choice when Jonathan went all in with a pair of aces, because he had been dealt pocket Kings. It goes without saying that Roy’s luck remained intact and he sent a fourth player out of the race while pushing the game in three-handed play. David Rheem was still the chip leader, which was quite an achievement given the fact that he didn’t play any large pots so far.
He eventually played a massive hand against Jonathan and once again bystanders assumed that Roy was going to win the hand with a set of eights on the flop. The river changed everything when Rheem called with nuts flush and these new chips making the uncontested leader when heads-up began. Eric Lindgren played as well as he could as an underdog, and avoided several situation in which he could’ve gone bust. With the blinds rising at an alarming rate, he had no choice but to go all in with Q-9, only to lose his entire stack to Rheem who also had a nine with a King as kicker.