Playing down from 36 to the final table 6 today ...
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 08:53 PM
Join us tomorrow for all the final table action! Cards are scheduled to go in the air at 5:00PM PST.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 08:45 PM
The final table seats and chip counts are set:
James Van Alstyne
Joanne "J.J." Liu
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 08:41 PM
Amir Shayesteh, who will be the chip leader heading into the final table tomorrow night, has been playing poker, mostly as a hobby, for eight years. He won his way into this Bay 101 tournament by winning a $1,000 satellite. An Iranian by birth, he has owned a restaurant for the past two years.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 08:30 PM
Well, that didn't take long. Not three hands into the single table, and on a flop of K Q 3 , Amir Shayesteh checked, Joe Sebok checked, and J.J. Liu bet 25K. Amir called and Joe Sebok moved all-in. Liu folded, and Shayesteh called, showing K Q for top two pair. Joe Sebok understood his fate and turned over K 9 . His only hope was for running spades or running nines to win the pot. The A made things even dimmer. Now he needed an ace to chop. But the J on the river ended action for the night. Joe Sebok is eliminated in 7th place, making $130,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 08:19 PM
Now that we are down to seven, the players are redrawing to sit at a single table. The announced chip stacks are as follows:
Amir Shayesteh 2.1M
Ted Forrest 2.0M
Vincent Shaw 1.6M
James Van Alstyne 1.1M
J.J. Liu 1.0M
Bill Edler 650K
Joe Sebok 480K
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 08:14 PM
Big hand! Amir Shayesteh raised from the button to 45K and Jeff Madsen pushed all-in with his last 350K. After asking for a count, Amir made the call and turned up A 6 . Madsen was in good shape, though, with A T . The flop came a dramatic A 4 Q , pairing both players' aces, but giving Amir the flush draw. The drama ended quickly when the 5 came on the turn, making Amir's flush. Madsen was drawing stone cold dead, so the T river was meaningless. Jeff Madsen, after being the chip leader for much of today, has fizzled out in 8th place, earning $100,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 08:02 PM
The short stacks right now are:
James Van Alstyne 700K
Jeff Madsen 660K
Joe Sebok 600K
Jeff Madsen has been dropping like a stone recently, losing a series of small- to medium-sized pots.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 07:55 PM
Bill Edler doubled through Joe Sebok with his pocket kings to gain a lot of breathing room chip-wise.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 07:49 PM
Ted Forrest, with about 1.7 million in chips, has become our overall chip leader. Not bad for a primarily cash game player.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 07:47 PM
Ted Forrest and Bill Edler got a lot of chips in the pot on a 6 J 8 flop. When the 4 turn hit, Ted bet 150K, Bill jacked it up to 350K, and Forrest, who had Bill well covered, moved all-in. After some contemplation, Edler folded to preserve his remaining chips.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 07:44 PM
Jeff Madsen bet 130K into a 200K pot on a flop of J J 4 and Vincent Shaw popped it to 300K. After some consideration, Madsen folds. Jeff Madsen has lost a lot of his chips and is now down below a million.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 07:32 PM
We are at eight players. Once we get one more bustout, the remaining seven will redraw for seats into one table. Then, with one more elimination after that, we will have established tomorrow's final table.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 07:29 PM
Ted Forrest, who was a short stack earlier, is now over one million in chips for the first time in the tournament.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 07:28 PM
Ted Forrest just busted Frank Selldorff. Ted raised to 30K preflop and Frank raised to 60K. Ted called. The flop came 9 T J . Forrest led out with a 25K bet and Selldorff moved all-in. Ted only took a few seconds to call. Frank showed K K for the overpair and a straight draw, but Ted, who had Frank covered, had nailed a set with his 9 9 . The 3 turn and 4 river spelled the end for Frank's run. Frank Selldorff is out in 9th place, earning $70,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 07:16 PM
Ted Forrest just took a nice pot from Joe Sebok. Ted raised preflop to 35K and Joe called from the big blind. The flop came J Q 4 , Joe check-called 40K. On the 7 turn, Joe check-called 80K. And on the 4 river, Joe check-called a 100K bet. Forrest turned over Q 2 and Sebok indicated that it was good by mucking.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 07:13 PM
A lot of cautious play. Plenty of raising and plenty of folding. Maybe one hand in three sees a flop and maybe one in eight reaches the turn.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 06:58 PM
Several big name players are among these final nine, including Jeff Madsen and J.J. Liu (both Shooting Stars), Ted Forrest (who could arguably have been a Star), Joe Sebok, James Van Alstyne, and Bill Edler.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 06:54 PM
We are getting underway at level 20, blinds of 5K/10K with a 1K ante.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 05:54 PM
We have just concluded level 19 and the players are on the one-hour dinner break. Play is scheduled to resume at 6:52PM PST.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 05:53 PM
Since there are nine players left and nine million chips in play, our average stack is exactly one million.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 05:50 PM
Just nine players remain. After the next elimination, the prize payouts start ramping up quickly.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 05:48 PM
That previous hand left Danny Smith pretty short in the chip department. Luckily for him, he woke up with pocket kings, moved all-in, and got a caller in Joe Sebok. Joe had A-Q. When the first four cards fell 7-6-2-2, Smith had to be feeling pretty good about things. Then the "Ace on the River" (an allusion to Joe Sebok's father Barry Greenstein) arrived to send Smith to the curb. Danny Smith is out in 10th place, picking up $70,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 05:43 PM
Ted Forrest just doubled through Danny Smith, when his A-K beat out Smith's pocket nines. Smith flopped a set, but Ted Forrest made a flush to double up.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 05:40 PM
Ed was right not to order dinner. He pushed all-in again and this time got called by Amir Shayesteh. Ed had a strong hand in A K , but Amir had an even stronger hand, holding pocket kings. The board dropped aceless, with 5-3-4-3-K, so Ed Pellegrini finished in 11th place, earning $70,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 05:35 PM
Matt Savage was going around asking the players if they wished to order off the dinner menu. Ed Pellegrini replied, "I better not. I probably won't be here when it arrives." Two hands later, Ed pushed all-in but got no callers.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 05:33 PM
James Van Alstyne just doubled through Jeff Madsen.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 05:32 PM
Ted Forrest has dwindled down to just 180K and will need to make a move fairly soon.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 05:30 PM
David Williams raised, J.J. Liu went all-in and David Williams called down the rest of his chips. J.J. had 8 8 and David had 5 5 . The flop came A 3 9 , keeping David well behind. The 8 on the turn certainly made things more intriguing, giving Liu her set but Williams a flush draw. He needed a heart that didn't pair the board. But the K ended all that. David Williams, who made the final table of this tournament last year, is out in 12th place this year, earning $70,000. J.J. Liu earns his $5000 bounty.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 05:11 PM
Overheard from Joe Sebok, prior to the next deal: "Pleeeez don't give me good cards, pleeeez don't give me good cards. I don't want them." Perhaps having Jeff Madsen, the chip leader, sitting to his left has something to do with that?
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 05:08 PM
Bill Edler is up to 860K. Eddie Pellegrini is down to 170K and edging into the orange zone.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 05:06 PM
Danny Smith pushed in with his last 188K and Jeff Madsen decided to take a chance to bust him and called. Smith had K K and Madsen had 2 2 . No deuce came, though, as the board read A 8 Q J T . Danny Smith doubles up.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 04:53 PM
The redraw resulted in the following two tables:
Seat 1: Danny Smith
Seat 2: Joe Sebok
Seat 3: Jeff Madsen
Seat 4: Ted Forrest
Seat 5: James Van Alstyne
Seat 6: Frank Selldorff
Seat 1: Bill Edler
Seat 2: Eddie Pellegrini
Seat 3: J.J. Liu
Seat 4: Vincent Shaw
Seat 5: David Williams
Seat 6: Amir Shayesteh
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 04:50 PM
With nine million chips in play, Jeff Madsen, as the current leader, has two million of them!
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 04:49 PM
David Williams is on a short stack at about 200K and so is Danny Smith at about 210K. David already pushed in once against J.J. Liu but didn't get the call.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 04:38 PM
We have completed a redraw and the 12 remaining players are now six-handed at two tables. Only the final six will make tomorrow night's WPT final table. Once we eliminate three more players, the money payouts start rising dramatically.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 04:35 PM
Just before the redraw, Danny Smith doubled through Amir Shayesteh.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 04:33 PM
The shortest stack left in the tournament has just busted. Bill Edler raised to 24K before the flop and Tim West pushed in with his remaining 150K and Bill called. Edler showed A J and West showed K T . The flop came a dramatic Q J J , giving Edler trip jacks but providing Tim West with a ray of hope, with the straight draw. But the 7 turn and 3 river closed out his optimism. Tim West has finished in 13th place, earning $55,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 04:20 PM
Thirteen players remain, including three Stars: Jeff Madsen, David Williams, and J.J. Liu.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 04:19 PM
We are now underway at level 19: 4000/8000 with a 1000 ante.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 04:15 PM
Jeff Madsen is our chip leader with over 1.6M
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 04:11 PM
We have just gone on a ten-minute break.
Ed "Cajun Squeeze" Pellegrini is nursing one of the shortest stacks, currently at 277K.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 04:04 PM
Just five minutes left before the next break.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 04:03 PM
Joe Sebok has just taken a couple decent-sized pots from David Williams to continue growing his chip stack. David Williams is down below a half million now.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 03:53 PM
Ted Forrest just doubled through Jeff Madsen.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 03:43 PM
Another down. Martin Corpuz and Danny Smith got all-in before the flop. Martin had J J and Danny Smith had K Q . When the board came 7 6 5 T 8 , Smith backdoored his diamond flush to win the hand. Martin Corpuz is out in 14th place and earns $55,000.
There are 25 minutes left at this level.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 03:34 PM
With that pot, Amir Shayesteh is up around 1.4M and among the chip leaders.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 03:32 PM
Amir Shayesteh busted Hans "Tuna" Lund with a miracle queen on the river. They got all-in together on a 7-A-4 flop with Amir holding A-Q and Lund holding A-K. The 3 turn didn't change things, but that queen on the river sure did. Hans Lund is eliminated in 15th position and gets $55,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 03:21 PM
And then there were 15. Frank Selldorff, with pocket aces, eliminated Tim Foster, who held pocket fives. Tim Foster finished in 16th place and picks up $55,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 03:06 PM
Now J.J. Liu just won a big showdown with her A 9 being the nut flush on the river. She has grown her chipstack considerably in the last ten minutes.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 03:03 PM
Nenan Medic's pocket threes just got run down by J.J. Liu's pocket queens. Nenan Medic finishes in 17th place to earn $55,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 02:49 PM
Joe Sebok is the current chip leader with 1.5M in chips.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 02:48 PM
I got some clarification from the tournament director regarding the redraw procedure. Random redraws will take place when there are 12 players remaining, and again when there are 7 players left.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 02:46 PM
We had a lengthy delay in getting started, due to some color-up issues that were finally resolved to the players' satisfaction.
We are now 8 minutes into level 18: 3000/6000 blinds with a 1000 ante.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 02:18 PM
We are on break and will resume play in 4 minutes.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 02:15 PM
Amir Shayesteh has just claimed another victim. All-in on the turn with a Q-6-3-2 board (two spades), Amir had pocket fours against Kyle Wilson's A 8 . The red 6 on the river ended Kyle's run. Kyle Wilson finishes in 18th place for $55,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 02:08 PM
Frank Selldorff just doubled through David Williams with his pocket aces.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 02:07 PM
Nenan Medic doubled through Bill Edler when his Q Q prevailed over Edler's A 9 on a board that came T T 6 4 3.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 02:01 PM
Just seven minutes left in this level 17 (2500/5000/500). This will be the players' first break of the day. During the break, the staff will race off the yellow 500 chips.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 01:59 PM
Joe Sebok and Jeff Madsen have mountains of chips in front of them. Madsen has about 1.25 million and it looked like Sebok has even more. No one else is even close. There are several relative short stacks at the tables, so it is likely we will see some more all-in confrontations soon.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 01:53 PM
Martin Corpuz Jr. doubled through Kyle Wilson when his pocket jacks beat out Kyle's pocket nines on a J-K-3-Q-A board.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 01:50 PM
And another one bites the dust. On a dangerous flop of 4 2 5 , Andrew Pauka moved all-in and got called by Jeff Madsen. Pauka had 4-4 for a set. Madsen had pocket nines including the 9 . The queen on the turn made no difference, but the 3 on the river made Madsen's flush. Andrew Pauka is eliminated in 19th spot for $40,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 01:41 PM
Wow! In just over ninety minutes of play, we reduced the field from 36 to 19!
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 01:39 PM
David Ha moved all-in with pocket tens and Joe Sebok called with A-K. The board came 9-7-2-A-Q and Sebok caught the pair he needed to win the pot and knock out David Ha, a local player. David Ha finishes in 20th place and earns $40,000 for his trouble.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 01:35 PM
J.J. Tran, on the severe shortstack of 37K, pushed all-in and both Joe Sebok and David Williams called. Sebok and Williams, in a fairly obvious cooperation play, checked every street. The board came K-K-6-2-2. David Williams had a deuce in his hand, and his boat was good for the pot, eliminating J.J. Tran in 21st position and earning him $40,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 01:32 PM
Amir Shayesteh just took out Kevin O'Boyle. They were all-in preflop with Amir holding A-7 and Kevin with pocket deuces. There was an ace on the flop and another on the turn, with no deuces arriving to save the day for Kevin. So Kevin O'Boyle goes home in 22nd place, earning $40,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 01:28 PM
Nenan Medic just doubled through Jeff Madsen when his A-9 held up against A-2 on an ace-high flop.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 01:27 PM
Amir Shayesteh looked poised to take out another victim, but the river gods were unkind. All-in preflop with A-K for Amir and K-Q for Kyle Wilson, the board seemed safe with J-3-3-9. But the three-outer queen that dropped on the river let Kyle Wilson double up.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 01:23 PM
Another one gone. Kirk Morrison and Vincent Shaw got all-in preflop and it was another race. Morrison had pocket fives and Shaw had K-T. The T-8-8 flop put Morrison in tough shape. The 7 turn and K river ended his day. Kirk Morrison is out in 23rd place and earns $40,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 01:20 PM
They're dropping so fast that I am struggling to keep up. Ted Forrest busted Amir Khaziri when his A-K held up against Amir's A-8. The board dropped K-Q-9-2-5. Amir Khaziri places 24th, good for $40,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 01:17 PM
David Williams has just busted Steve Numoto when they got all-in preflop, Williams with A-7 and Numoto with K-Q. The board came a drab T-6-2-7-8 and David's pair of sevens won the pot and sent Steve Numoto to the rail in 25th place. Numoto receives $30,000 as a consolation.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 01:14 PM
Now Amir Shayesteh has eliminated Chiwai Ng with a lucky and improbably straight flush. They got all the chips in the middle on a 9 T J flop and Amir showed 8 9 . Ng had A J . The A turn wasn't what Amir was looking for, but the 7 river was exactly what the doctor ordered. A straight flush.. Chiwai Ng finishes in 26th place and takes home $30,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 01:08 PM
Joe Sebok has busted Erik Seidel to collect an extra $5,000 bounty. They got all-in preflop and Sebok's A-T had Seidel's K-T dominated. The board missed both players, so Seidel finishes in 27th place and takes home thirty large.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 01:05 PM
Amir Shayesteh eliminated Mark Micklich when his pocket eights outran Mark's A-Q on a board of K-J-2-3-4. Mark Micklich finishes in 28th place and earns $30,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 01:02 PM
In an enormous 900K pot, Joe Sebok has eliminated Joe Pelton. They got all-in on the flop of Q-J-4. Pelton had pocket cowboys (K-K) but Sebok had nailed two pair with his Q-J. The turn was another J, giving Sebok a full house and leaving Pelton with just the two kings left in the deck. The ace on the river means Pelton is out in 29th place for $30,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 12:57 PM
George Saca got all-in with Jeff Madsen on a flop of J-T-6. George only had A-8 but Jeff had J-T for top two pair. The 9 turn gave George an open-end straight but the 6 on the river sealed his fate. George Saca finishes in 30th place, good for $30,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 12:45 PM
On a flop of A-6-x, Lee Marhholt got all-in with Amir Shayesteh. Lee had top pair top kicker with his A-K but Amir had flopped two pair with his A-6. The turn and river were bricks, so Lee Markholt is knocked out of the tournament in 31st place and earns $20,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 12:42 PM
George Saca has eliminated Clint Baskin. They got all-in preflop with a race: Clint with A-T and George with 4-4. The board was no help to Clint when it came Q-9-3-6-8. Clint Baskin finishes in 32nd, good for $20,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 12:40 PM
Martin Corpuz Jr. and Frank Selldorff each survived all-ins to double up.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 12:38 PM
This time, Joe Sebok lost a race. He called J.J. Tran's all-in with pocket nines. Tran had A-T. The flop came A-T-2 and Joe couldn't catch a set with the 7-4 turn-river. J.J. Tran doubled up.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 12:34 PM
Tim Foster just barely escaped elimination. He was all-in on a flop of J-3-2 against Kirk Morrison. Tim had A-J for top pair top kicker, but Kirk had J-2 for two pair. The king on the turn left Foster needing an ace, king, or deuce. And the river came the ace of spades, doubling Tim Foster up again.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 12:31 PM
Joe Sebok has eliminated David Ong. They were all-in preflop in a standard race situation: Sebok had pocket sevens and David had A-K offsuit. The board dropped Q-6-5-9-4 and Ong failed to pair his ace or king and is out in 33rd place, earning $20,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 12:28 PM
Tim Foster just doubled through Kyle Wilson. Tim moved all-in preflop and Kyle called. Tim had T T and Kyle had 6 5 . The board came 5 K 2 2 A and Foster's tens hold up.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 12:24 PM
They're falling fast. Ruben Valentin has been eliminated in 34th and wins $20,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 12:21 PM
Danny Smith and Jeff Lipton got all in on a flop of A K 5 . Danny had A 9 for top pair and Jeff showed Q T for the flush, straight, and royal flush draws. But the turn and river came 6 Q and Danny Smith has eliminated Jeff Lipton. Lipton finishes in 35th place and collects $20,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 12:17 PM
Jeff Madsen just eliminated Rob Tepper in 36th place. Tepper collect $20,000.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 12:13 PM
J.J. Liu and Kirk Morrison tangled in a big pot. With the flop reading 6 J 9 , J.J Liu bet 40K and Morrison called. On the 4 turn, J.J. bet 60K and Morrison called. Then, on the 3 river, J.J. checked, Kirk bet 50K and J.J. called right away. J.J. turned over A J and Morrison had A J . Chop pot.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 12:06 PM
We're underway. Joe Pelton is here and seated. The only empty seat right now is Tim West.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 12:03 PM
Just some reminders before we start today's session: We still have 33 minutes of level 16 remaining, with blinds of 2000/4000 and 500 antes. We are playing six-handed and will redraw for seats each time a table breaks.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 12:01 PM
OK, we're just about ready to start. Most of the players are here, but I still haven't seen Joe Pelton. I hope he didn't oversleep.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 11:33 AM
Day 3 of the tournament is scheduled to start in half an hour. The WPT has constructed their final table set in the area where the tournament had been played since Monday, so our six tournament tables are now on the other side of Bay 101. This has forced all the tournament staff, Bay 101 personnel, and media folks (like yours truly) to scramble to stake a claim in the new area and get set up. But don't worry ... one way or another, I will be reporting all the action to you today.
Thursday, 15th of March 2007 09:29 AM
Here is the official chip count and seat assignment beginning Day 3:
After successful careers in the financial and high-tech industries, Michael Cheser became obsessed with poker in early 2006. Defying all probabilities, he managed to cash in the 2006 WSOP Main Event. When not tournament reporting for PokerPages, he can be seen haunting the $1/$2 no-limit tables in Las Vegas, applying his unique strategy of playing only AA. Contact Michael