After 121 hands and more than four hours of play, Tennessean Bryan Sumner was crowned the 2007 Gold Strike World Poker Open champion. For his first-ever tournament win, Sumner took home $913,986, a diamond-encrusted championship bracelet valued at $5,000, and a much sought-after $25,000 seat in the WPT World Championship set for April at Gold Strikes sister property, Bellagio, in Las Vegas.
At the onset of Final Table action, there were six players: Young Cho, who was playing in his first $10K buy-in seat, started the evening with the highest chip count (2,571,000). Cho was followed by Daniel Negreanu (1,296,000), who had earlier in the tournament become WPTs all-time money leader and was certainly a tournament favorite. Behind Negreanu, was Kido Pham (731,000), followed by Sumner (596,000), who makes his living playing poker online and earned his first-ever seat at the big table after winning a one-table $1,000 satellite. Pulling up the final two seats were Gary Krainer (514,000), J.C. Tran (181,000).
Sumner took out Negreanu in three hands of heads-up action. Negreanu took home a half-million dollars for his second-place finish.