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Hand #32: Jonathan Dimmig raised to 200,000 and Bradley Anderson called in the small blind, James Duke did so as well from the big blind. On the flop, Dimmig took it down with a bet of 315,000.
Hand #33: Stephen Graner raised to 200,000 from the cutoff. One seat over, Bradley Anderson made the call and Andrew Teng tossed in the extra chips in the big blind. On the flop, Teng check-called 275,000 from Anderson and Graner got out of the way.
Teng quickly checked the on the turn, then tank-called 550,000 from Anderson for about one fourth of his stack. The river completed the board and Teng bet 675,000, Anderson moved all in and was called. The pot was chopped as Anderson showed and Teng held .
Hand #34: Jeff Coburn opened to 240,000 from early position. Everyone folded and he picked up the blinds and antes.
Hand #28: Jeff Coburn raised to 240,000 from early position. Everyone folded and Coburn picked up the blinds and antes.
Hand #29: James Duke opened to 275,000 and picked up the blinds and antes.
Hand #30: Bradley Anderson raised from early position to 200,000. Stephen Graner called from the big blind. The flop came . Graner checked and Anderson continuation bet for 225,000. Graner called.
The turn was the and Graner again checked. Anderson followed suit and tapped the table as well.
The river was the and Graner led out for 530,000. Anderson raised it to 1.2 million. Graner looked to his left, studying Anderson carefully. He would end up folding after some deliberation.
Hand #31: Jason Johnson moved all in for 825,000. Jeff Coburn, one to his left, moved all in as well. The blinds folded and the hands were turned over.
The flop came , giving Coburn two pair. Johnson would need some help to stay alive. The turn was the and only a ten on the river would save Johnson. The river was the sending Johnson out in 7th place, good for an impressive $211,394.
Hand #24: Jonathan Dimmig raised the third hand in a row. Stephen Graner called from the small blind and Bradley Anderson folded his big blind. On the flop, Graner check-called the 230,000 by Dimmig and both players proceeded to check the on the turn. Graner bet the river for 1,125,000 and Dimmig made the call.
Graner had to show and Dimmig won the pot with the .
Hand #25: Stephen Graner raised from the button to 200,000 and Bradley Anderson called out of the small blind. On the flop, Anderson fired 200,000, winning the pot.
Hand #26: Bradley Anderson raised to 200,000 from the button and took down the blinds and antes.
Hand #27: Bradley Anderson raised to 200,000 from the cutoff and Jonathan Dimmig defended his big blind. Both checked the flop and Dimmig bet 275,000 on the turn. Anderson called.
The river completed the board and Dimmig checked. Anderson bet 450,000 and his opponent gave it some consideration before making the call. Anderson showed the , but Dimmig had that beat with .
Hand #23: Fresh off his double up, Jonathan Dimmig opened to 200,000 from the hijack. Andrew Dick moved all in from the small blind for an additional 815,000. After getting an exact count, Dimmig made the call and the hands were turned over:
Dick would need to improve to stay alive. The flop would not do the deed for him as it came . The turn card, , changed nothing. The river was the and Dick stood up to shake the remaining players' hands and wish them luck.
Hand #20: Andrew Dick raised to 225,000 from early position and one seat over, Stephen Graner made it 570,000 to go. All opponents - including the blinds - folded. Dick carefully grabbed his chips and made it another 1.5 million on top. Graner released his cards.
Hand #21: Andrew Teng raised to 200,000 and folded when Jonathan Dimmig three-bet to 450,000.
Hand #22: Andrew Dick defended his big blind against a cutoff raise by Jonathan Dimmig and check-raised the flop from 210,000 to 460,000. Dimmig called and both saw the on the turn. Dick led for 500,000 and Dimmig moved all in. Dick asked for an exact count and it was 1,885,000 more. Call from Dick.
Dimmig turned over for top two pair and Dick held for middle pair and the open-ended straight draw. The river bricked and Dimming doubled up.
Hand #19: Maurice Hawkins limped in for 100,000. Stephen Graner raised to 250,000. Bradley Anderson called from the cutoff one to his left. Jonathan Dimmig called from the big blind and it was folded back to Maurice Hawkins, who quickly moved all in. Graner was next to act and he too went all in without hesitation. Anderson quickly folded. The hands were turned over:
"Queen of diamonds," said Hawkins, trying to will the two-outer to come.
The flop came and Hawkins was all but drawing dead with two cards left. He stood up and started shaking the other players' hands at the table. Ironically, he would get the card he called for, as the on the turn was followed by the on the river.
Hand #14: Jason Johnson moved all in for the second time on the final table, this time for 2,075,000. Maurice Hawkins peeked at his cards and almost got excited, but ended up folding and walking around on the feature stage. Andrew Dick folded his big blind and Johnson got the blinds and antes.
Hand #15: Bradley Anderson raised to 180,000 from under the gun, Jeffrey Coburn called in the cutoff and Stephen Graner defended his big blind. On the flop, Graner checked, Anderson bet 255,000 and only Coburn called. Both then checked the turn and Anderson checked the river. Coburn led for 350,000 and that won the pot without showdown.
Hand #16: Maurice Hawkins raised to 190,000 and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #17: Stephen Graner raised from the button and both blinds surrendered.
Hand #18: The action folded to Bradley Anderson on the button and he raised to 165,000. Andrew Teng defended his big blind and made the call. Teng check-called 165,000 on the flop and the appeared on the turn. Teng checked for a second time, Anderson bet 365,000 and this time, the Brit tank-folded.
Any table featuring the brash and boisterous Maurice "Mo" Hawkins is sure to be a fun-filled affair. One of the most affable and genuine players in poker away from the table, Hawkins is known for getting under his opponents' skin when the cards are in the air, and he has become a polarizing figure capable of earning enmity or affection every time he opens his mouth.
PokerNews' Jon Zaun caught up with Hawkins before the start of play today to discuss his appearance at one of the most coveted final tables at the 2014 World Series of Poker.
PokerNews: Mo, you're finally here on the WSOP final table stage for the Millionaire Maker, so how do you feel?
Maurice Hawkins: I feel wonderful. Like a winner... I feel good. I couldn't sleep last night. For the first time I actually had jitters, which is strange, but I think it's because I really wanted to get to a WSOP final table. It's more like a résumé builder, and I just feel really good about finally accomplishing that. This is my first time here, so basically, now I just have to win. Because when I get to final tables I win, therefore I just got to keep doing what I do.
You're entering the final seventh out of nine in terms of chips, but you've found yourself in this spot before, coming in sixth out of nine at the Palm Beach Kennel Club Circuit Main Event you recently won. How does the chip disadvantage affect you're play?
It doesn't mean much to me — chips don't mean anything. I just let them make mistakes and try to capitalize, and hopefully at the end of it I get heads up and then I crush. Because once I'm heads up, it's mine.
PokerNews: That's the kind of comment that seems to generate the hate from people who don't know if you're joking or jabbing, so back to those doubters we talked about earlier. Why do you think fellow pros seem to have such a diverse range of opinions on you as a player and as a person?
I'm not sure, but I think back to an exchange with a player I had in New Orleans, I asked, "Why does he hate so much, what is it with his animosity?" And he looked at me and said, "Oh it's because you're a goon." See that's his problem though — he was pontificating like he was coming from a different level instead of just admiring and respecting everybody's game. I was one of his biggest fans, and instead he chose to go the opposite route and dislike me because he doesn't understand me. So that's what I say to them, just don't hate what you don't understand.
To read the full interview, check out the article at PokerNews.com.