Page 1 of 2Final Table
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 07:06 PMThe money shot will follow, but here's a quick photo of two-time bracelet winner William Chen. An awesome feat! Congratulations!!!
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 06:59 PMWilliam Chen has won his second bracelet of the 2006 World series of poker. He eliminated Nath Pizzolatto on the second hand of heads-up play. On the final hand, both players hit a straight but Chen's was the nut straight. Chen was awarded $442,511 for first place. Pizzolatto took home his largest paycheck ever - $238,280 for second place.
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 06:54 PMWilliam Chen, seeking his second bracelet, and newcomer Nath Pizzolatto start heads-up play in a virtual tie with approximately 925,000 chips each. Pizzolatto has Chen covered by a few chips but the difference is not material.
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 06:51 PMMike Guttman was elimated in third place. William Chen, dealt pocket jacks, sent Guttman to the rail. Guttman received $139,564 to add to the $360,659 he took in event #16 earlier this week.
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 06:41 PMA family pot of limpers escalated to the largest of the day thus far. Pizzolatto limped from the button with K 2. Chen completed the small blind and Guttman checked his option with J 6. The flop was A Q 4 and the turn was 9 giving both Pizzolatto and Guttman a heart flush. They each put in 140,000 on the turn. After the Q came on the river, Pizzolatto bet a final 150,000, hoping to get a call with the nut flush. Guttman obliged. Pizzolatto raked in a pot of more than 600,000 chips.
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 06:34 PMNext it was Nath Pizzolatto's turn to take a pot from the big stack. Pizzolatto hit top pair on the flop with K 7 in the big blind. Pizzolatto kept pace with Chen, moving up to 560,000. Mike Guttman's stack has dwindled to about 725,000.
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 06:21 PMWilliam Chen raised 23,000 from the button. Mike Guttman re-raised to 100,000. Chen called. On a flop of A 4 2., Chen bet 100,000 and Guttman folded. Chen boosted his stack to 560,000 on the hand.
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 06:08 PMPlayers and tv crew are on a 15 minute break pending the start of Level 18 when the blinds will escalate to 6,000 and 12,000 with 2,000 ante. Each player has plenty of ammunition to be patient and to make plays. Guttman has 950,000. Chen and Pizzolatto are neck-and-neck with about 450K each.
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 05:58 PMAs noted below, both Mike Guttman (event #16) and William Chen (event #7) have already earned more than $300,000 at the 2006 World Series of Poker. Nath Pizzolatto, on the other hand, has less lifetime winnings on record than the $2,500 entry fee for this event. His result today will surely change that! Pizzolatto is not intimated. He has been raising and re-raising throughout the first several hands of three-handed play. As a result, his stack has climbed ver 600,000. Guttman still leads with 800,000. Chen has 450,000.
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 05:50 PMUpdated Chip Counts (approximate):
1. Mike Guttman 1,000,000
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 05:38 PMDan Hicks busted out in 4th place winning $107,226. Mike Guttman raised to 23,000 with A 8 and Hicks re-raised all in for 118,000. Guttman called. Hicks received no help from the board.
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 05:30 PMAlex Bolotin was eliminated in 5th place ($78,292). Bolotin raised to 24,000 with A Q. Nath Pizzolatto re-raised all in holding 8-8. The board was J 7 6 6 5 and the snowmen won the race.
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 05:26 PMAlex Bolotin tried again with A 7. Nath Pizzolatto made the call with pocket tens. Bolotin spiked an ace on the river to double up.
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 05:13 PMShort stack Alex Bolotin raised all in pre-flop for his last 67,000 but got no takers. The dead money pushed his stack to 82,000.
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 04:58 PMNath Pizzolatto continued his final table roller coaster ride when he pushed all in with pocket sixes and was called by William Chen with A K. This time Pizzolatto won the coin flip after a board of Q 3 7 T 8. His stack is back above 300,000.
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 04:37 PMLevel 17 blinds are 4,000 and 8,000 with 1,000 ante.
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 04:14 PMNath Pizzolatto doubled up against the chip leader Mike Guttman with pocket tens vs. pocket eights. A ten came on the flop to complete Pizzolatto's set. The players and camera crew will take a 15 minute break before beginning the next level.
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 04:05 PMAfter a board of T T 8 J J, Dan Hicks bet 65,000 and William Chen raised all in. Hicks folded and Chen won without showing. Chen continued to push his rush when Dan Hicks raised to 18,000 and Chen re-raised all in. Hicks folded. Chen, who was the short stack only a half hour ago, has moved into second chip position (essentially trading places with Nath Pizzolatto): 1. M.Guttman 1,025,000; 2. W. Chen 440,000; 3. A. Bolotin 155,000; 4. D. Hicks 150,000; N. Pizzolatto 100,000.
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 04:00 PMWilliam Chen increased his stack to 241,000 in the course of two hands. He took 18,000 from Dan Hicks plus the small blind and antes when Hicks mucked his cards after a flop of A 8 2. On the next hand, Chen doubled through Nath Pizzolatto when he turned a full house with K 8.
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 03:40 PMWilliam Chen has already won a bracelet at the 2006 World Series of Poker. He took event #7, the $3,000 Limit Hold'em tournament, winning $343,618.
Updated chip counts:
Mike Guttman 967,000
Nath Pizzolatto 405,000
Dan Hicks 272,000
Alex Bolotin 194,000
William Chen 105,000
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 03:34 PMMike Guttman was dealt A A for the second time at this level. This time he raised 18,000 pre-flop and was called by William Chen in the big blind. After a flop of Q 7 2, Guttman made a continuation bet of 25,000 and could get no further action from Chen.
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 03:11 PMNath Pizzolatto has taken control of the action. On one hand he re-raised Mike Guttman all in for 86,000. Guttman folded. On the next hand, Pizzolatto waited until after the flop to move all in with pocket queens against Dan Hicks. He doubled up to 265,000. On hand number three Dan Hicks raised first to act making it 19,000 to go and Pizzolatto re-raised all in. Hicks folded. Next, Pizzolatto raised FTA in the small blind and the big blind folded. Then Pizzolatto raised for the fifth hand in a row and was called by William Chen. Both players checked the flop of Q Q 7. After the turn brought the 5, Chen bet 20,000 and Pizzolatto called. The river was a scare card (A ). Chen checked, Pizzolatto bet 25,000 and Chen mucked his hand. Nice rush!
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 02:47 PMAlex Bolotin raised to 18,000. Harry Demetriou re-raised to 68,000 with pocket jacks. Mike Guttman announced the much feared third raise, which often signals pocket rockets, to make it 138,000 to go. Bolotin folded and Demetriou called. The flop was 5-3-2 , all hearts. Demetriou moved all in and Guttman called. Sure enough, Guttman flipped over his pocket aces as the turn brought the Q. Demetriou held the jack of hearts in his hand but one of Guttman's aces was also a heart. A harmless 9 came on the river. The battle between the two biggest stacks was won by the tournament leader, thus eliminating Demetriou in 6th place worth $58,719.
Saturday, 15th of July 2006 02:35 PMIntroductions have been completed and the cards are in the air. Blinds are 3,000/6,000 with 1,000 antes.
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