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Saturday, February 7, 2015

CPPT Event 9: 4th Place - Chris Leong ($4,057)

Event 9
Level 29 (30,000/60,000/10,000)
Total Entrants: 195
Players Remaining: 3
Chip Average: 1,300,000
Chris Leong (New York, NY)
Chris Leong has made three deep runs this series, with two of those finishes ending at the Final Table in near ridiculous fashion and if it wasn't for two brutal beats he could have achieved the same feat he did back in 2013 when he won two WSOP Circuit Rings in the same week.

The second of those two brutal beats just occurred to send Leong to the rail in 4th place, as he moved all-in from the small blind over top of the button raise of Tom Cady.

Cady thought for a moment and said, "It's getting late, maybe it is my time to go." before calling, tabling [Qs][Js].

He'd need a lot of help as Leong held [Qh][Qc] and looked poised to get a stranglehold on this Event 9 Final Table.

The sweat was on though as the [As][5c][10h] flop gave Cady a straight draw, which he'd hit as the [Kd] came on the turn.

Leong would be left drawing to a chop to save his tournament life as Cady had him lsihgtly covered, but it wouldn't come and Leong would be going out just shy of another Foxwoods podium finish.

Poker is a brutal game in which you can play nearly every hand, maybe even an entire tournament perfectly, but when the last one doesn't go the way it "should" it's never easy to swallow.

Most players who have experienced the sick beats that Chris Leong has to get eliminated from these Card Player Poker Tour events wouldn't handle them the way he has, but the tournament professional has taken them all in stride and is just looking towards the next event, the CPPT Main Event, where hopefully he can close out the series and put himself in another spot to make a deep run, where hopefully the "due-ness" finally goes his way.