WASSUP '08: Bellande Loses a HeartBreaker
July 3, 2021
The final preliminary World Series Of Poker bracelet was as good as on Jean-Robert Bellande's wrist. Throughout the 17-hour final day of play in Event #53, the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout, he inched closer and closer until only Matt Graham stood between Bellande and his first WSOP victory. When heads-up play began, "Bobby" had a dominant chip lead with more than double the chips of Graham. That lead only increased early on, until Bellande seemed to have Graham circling the drain with almost seven times the chips of his opponent. However, Graham wasn't done yet and within the next two hours he would prove it, rebuilding his stack, overtaking the lead and eventually knocking out a supremely frustrated, Jean-Robert Bellande.

For the win, Matthew Graham scored his fourth 2008 cash, his first WSOP bracelet and $278,180 in walking around money. Jean-Robert Bellande earned $173,564 for second place along with most likely, numerous sleepless nights.

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