Day 4 of the World Poker Tour's World Championship
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 06:22 PM
Join us tomorrow at noon PDT, when we start playing for the serious money and get down to the final six players!
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 06:20 PM
Here are the 27 remaining players, sorted by chip count, and listing their seat assignment for tomorrow:
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 05:39 PM
Since we got down to the announced 27 players, Jack McClelland asked if there were any objections to playing down to 18 players today. There was at least one objection, so that was that. We are done for the day. Tomorrow, starting at noon PDT, we play down from 27 to 6.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 05:36 PMNow pay attention to this one. Roland de Wolfe raised to 60K, Richard Anthony moved all-in for 314K more, and Thomas Schreiber pushed in with his 251K. Roland folded and got out of the way. Richard turned up 9 9 and Thomas had A K . The flop came A 2 5 , sending Schreiber into the lead. The J turn increased his lead, giving him a spade flush draw also. That means that the 9 can't rescue Richard either. Only one card in the deck would send Schreiber to the rail, and that would be the ... 9 . Bingo! That's the card that dropped on the river! Thomas Schreiber finishes in 28th place to earn $92,820.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 05:29 PM
Can Hua moved all-in with his A J and got called by Grant Lang with his A K . Out came 6 J Q 3 9. Can Hua doubles up.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 05:21 PM
Can Hua and Kirk Morrison just tangled. When the flop came 8 7 5 , Morrison bet out, Hua raised to 600K, and Morrison pushed all-in with his huge stack. Hua, who still had a sizeable stack behind, mucked his pocket nines face up. "Good fold," his tablemates told him. Morrison, who didn't show, is now busy stacking chips. EDIT - I got to this action at the very end and learned after the fact that Morrison had actually shown his hand (8-7) after mistakenly thinking that Hua had made the call. The floor ruled that Hua could still act and then, after a very long time, he folded, knowing that Morrison had flopped two pair.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 05:15 PM
Jake Minter got all-in with his K 9 and got called by Raymond Davis with his A K . Minter got just the card he needed when he watched 9-J-8-5-J come up. Minter doubles up.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 05:13 PM
Scott Fischman took a chance with his A-8 to take out the shortstacked Paul Wasicka, who had A-Q. Paul paired his queen to double up.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 05:12 PM
Tom Pniak moved in with K K for his remaining 150K and got called by Jimmy Tran, holding A A . This time, the aces didn't hold. The board came K-J-6-J-6 and Tom doubles up to about 300K, knocking Tran down to about 400K.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 05:07 PM
Lyle Berman moved in with his K J and got called by Sorel Mizzi with his A A . The board came 3 J A J 9 . Mizzi's aces full beat Berman's trip jacks. Lyle Berman, the man who started the World Poker Tour, is out in 29th place, taking home a paltry $92,820.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 04:57 PM
Ian Johns pushed the rest of his stack in with his A-K and got called by Mike Wattel and his pocket nines. No ace, no king means that Ian Johns is our 30th place finisher, earning $92,820.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 04:55 PM
Roland De Wolfe doubled through Richard Anthony when his A 3 made the nut flush on the turn against Anthony's flopped two pair.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 04:52 PM
We just had a classic race between Ian Johns, with Q Q and Jake Minter, with A K . The board came 7 J 8 7 A and the ace on the river doubled Jake up to nearly 900K, while knocking Ian back down to 350K.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 04:44 PM
Jack McClelland, the tournament director, is offering the players the option to continue playing today, even once we pass the 27-player mark. He is telling them that otherwise, tomorrow may be a very long day, given the stack sizes and blind levels. Evidently, the players will take a vote once there are three more bustouts.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 04:41 PM
Benjamin Johnson just doubled up through Carlos Mortensen when his Q-J was better than Carlos' A-J on a Q-T-T board. The 7-3 turn and river changed nothing.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 04:36 PM
Paul Lee continues his Hungry Hungry Hippo treatment of other players' chips. This time, his pocket threes made a set on a 2-3-6 board and he coaxed David Oppenheim to put all his chips in with pocket nines. The J-5 turn and river meant that David Oppenheim is our 31st place finisher, good for $77,350.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 04:25 PM
David Levi just doubled up.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 04:22 PM
Mark Gregorich moved in with A-9 and got called by Raymond Davis, who held K-T. The 4-4-4 flop kept Mark's ace-high ahead, but the dreaded king fell on the turn. A deuce on the river closed the book. Mark Gregorich is out in 32nd place, earning $77,350.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 04:20 PM
Carlos Mortensen doubled through Raymond Davis when his pocket sevens stayed best against Davis' A-8.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 04:18 PM
Bill Gazes got all-in preflop with K-6 but ran into Grant Lang's pocket rockets. The board dropped T-8-4-K-7 and the aces held up (again!). Bill Gazes finishes in 33rd place, for $77,350.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 04:14 PM
A day in the life of the Phil Hellmuth table: David Baker raises to 55K and Phil Hellmuth, in the small blind, pops it to 150K. Baker folds. The next hand, it folds to Hellmuth, on the button, who raises to 54K. David Levi, in the small blind, and Roland De Wolfe, in the big, fold.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 04:11 PM
Tom Lee and Can Hua got all-in preflop. Lee showed pocket nines, Hua pocket aces. The aces held and Tom Lee will exit in 34th place, making $77,350.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 04:10 PM
Justin Bonomo got all-in preflop with Paul Lee. Bonomo had K-T but Lee had A-K. Still hope. Then the A-A-8 flop came. The 4 on the turn closed it out. Justin Bonomo is out in 35th place, earning $77,350.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 04:03 PM
Players are back from break and we are playing poker. Level 18 has 10K/20K blinds with a 3K ante.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 03:45 PM
Players are now on break. Still 35 players remaining. Play has noticeably slowed down now. It may be longer than I thought to get down to 27.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 03:40 PM
On a flop of T 9 Q , Robert Wazelle moved all-in for 201K. Justin Bonomo made the call and turned over A T for a pair of tens ace kicker. Wazelle showed K T for a pair of tens king kicker. Robert knew he was in trouble. The 3 made things more desperate. Then the J came on the river, completing Wazelle's straight. Robert dragged the pot and didn't say a sword. Bonomo, to his credit, sat silently and showed no emotion. He is now crippled down to 170K.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 03:30 PM
Jimmy Tran and Paul Wasicka are both on the shorter stack - Tran with 300K and Wasicka with about 390K. The average chip stack is over 900K now.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 03:25 PM
Sorel Mizzi raised and Roland De Wolfe moved all-in from the button for 233K more. Mizzi folded. Roland showed his pocket queens and Mizzi said he folded A-Q.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 03:22 PM
Justin Bonomo moved in preflop for 145K with his A K and Paul Lee speculated by calling him with A 2 . The board was very Bonomo-friendly as it came K 7 Q 6 K . Justin doubles up and takes a tiny nibble out of Paul's goliath chip stack.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 03:15 PM
David Baker has just knocked out Ted Kearly in 36th place. Ted had A J but unfortunately ran into David's two black aces. Ted earns a nice $77,350 for his three days' work.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 03:11 PM
Players have redrawn for seats and moved to their new tables. We have just now resumed with 33 minutes remaining in level 17.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 03:06 PMTim McCarthy moved in with his pocket sixes and got called by Thomas Wahlroos' pocket queens. The K-J-2-4-2 board changed nothing. Timothy McCarthy finishes in 37th place, earning $77,350.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 03:05 PM
I took another stroll through, this time looking for the biggest stacks I could eyeball. Give or take a million, this is what I saw:
Paul Lee - 3.0M
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 02:53 PM
David Baker just doubled through Bill Gazes. Baker had A-K and Gazes had 8-8. The board came K-7-3-T-2 and the king as the door card did the job for Baker.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 02:42 PM
Can Kim Hua just doubled up Carlos Mortensen. Hua had pocket jacks, Mortensen pocket kings. Nothing worth mentioning on the board.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 02:38 PM
Ted Kearly made his stand with A T and got called by Jimmy Tran's pocket jacks. The flop came A-9-3 and Ted took the lead and kept it. Ted Kearly doubles up to regain some breathing room.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 02:37 PM
Tom Lee just doubled up when he got all-in with his A-7 against K-Q. The board came J-J-8-4-A.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 02:34 PM
Our 75-year-old hero Ted Kearly is holding on by a thread right now, down to a tiny 136K.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 02:32 PM
Philip Tom is out in 38th place, earning $77,350.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 02:28 PM
If we're going to 27 today, we are getting there on the bullet train. Right now, we have 38. There will be another random redraw when we get down to 36, i.e. when we get down to four tables of nine.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 02:27 PM
Bang! Bang! Noah Jefferson finished in 40th place and Doron Malinasky went out in 39th place, each earning $77,350.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 02:13 PM
And Fred David, with his short stack, got all in with his A 2 but was up against two queens. Two hearts came on the flop but no more on the turn or river. Fred David exits in 41st place, taking home $61,880.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 02:10 PM
Here we go, level 17: 8K/16K blinds with a 2K ante.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 02:01 PM
Believe it or not, we had two bustouts in that last hand. Bill Ferrand finished in 43rd place and Henry Michael Thuritz finished in 42nd place, each earning $61,880.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 01:53 PM
Once these current hands are complete, we will be on a 15-minute break.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 01:52 PM
Here are the shortest stacks that I saw as I went by all the tables:
Noah Jefferson - 120K
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 01:44 PM
Busted: Antonio Salorio finished 45th and Jared Hamby finished 44th, each earning $61,880.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 01:38 PM
Mike Wattel and Robert Wazelle just got into a big scrape. Robert had bet 310K when the board read 6 4 A T and Wattel, after what seemed forever, made the call. Both checked the 9 river and when Wattel turned over his A-K, Wazelle mucked. Wattel dragged the million-plus pot.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 01:26 PM
On a flop of 4 J 6 and with a ton in the pot preflop, Paul Lee bet 200K and Loi Phan made the call. The turn came 5 and Lee moved all-in for 600K. Loi Phan finally made the call and turned over A J . Lee triumphantly turned over J J and declared that Phan was drawing dead. The Q on the river was meaningless, and Loi Phan cut out a huge piece of his stack and shipped it across the table.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 01:16 PM
Elia Ahmadian had busted out in 47th place. Now that we are down to 45 players, we have redrawn and the players have moved to their new assignments.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 01:15 PM
Here was a big hand: James Worth raised under-the-gun to 40K, Lyle Berman called, then Abraham Mosseri, from the small blind, pushed all-in for about 320K. Robert Wazelle (Willie-Nelson-looking guy) just flat-called the 320K! James Worth agaonized and finally folded. Berman quickly folded. Mosseri turned up a powerful 7 5 and Wazelle had him in a heap of trouble with Q Q . James "Krazy Kanuck" Worth went ballistic, claiming that he folded pocket kings. The board came 9 9 T K 7 . Worth would have made kings full (if he was telling the truth). Wazelle scooped the huge pot. Abraham Mosseri finishes in 46th place, earning $61,880.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 01:01 PM
Thomas Wahlroos just eliminated Eric Hershler. I didn't see the action, but Wahlroos had pocket eights and the board was 5-7-9-T-Q. Eric Hershler finishes in 48th place, earning $61,880.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 12:56 PM
The bigger Phil Hellmuth's chip count gets, the more he is talking. Now that he has over two million, the man is talking non-stop. After David Oppenheim raised to 42K from the cutoff, Hellmuth, on the button, raised it to 110K. Oppenheim folded quickly and Hellmuth turned over A Q . "I'm not bluffing here, folks."
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 12:49 PM
The bustouts came quickly there. I had a hard time getting them straight:
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 12:28 PM
Paul Lee just eliminated Daniel Alaei. They got it all-in preflop and Alaei had 7 7 but he was up against Lee's K K . No help when th eboard came 4 A 3 6 9 . Daniel Alaei finishes in 53th place, for $46,410.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 12:19 PM
We are underway and just burned through those 11 minutes of level 15 without any major action. Players are playing pretty stiff right now. Here we go in level 16: 6K/12K blinds with a 2K ante.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 12:05 PM
Ugh. The announcer just stated that we will have redraws as each table breaks. In other words, a redraw when we are down to 45, then another at 36, again at 27, then 18, and finally at 10. Ugh, tedious.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 12:00 PM
Just a few minutes away now. Players are cutting open their chip bags and getting settled.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 11:49 AM
So the next four that bust get the minimum $46K but everone else is guaranteed at least $61K. This will create a mini-bubble which may affect the play of the shorter stacks, if they are solely interested in picking up the extra fifteen grand.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 11:46 AM
And another reminder of the payout schedule for which these 54 are contending:
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 11:43 AM
FYI - The upcoming blind levels are as follows:
Level 15 : 4K/8K/1K (eleven minutes remaining)
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 11:40 AM
OK, according to the tournament staff, we will be playing the 11 minutes remaining in level 15 and then five full levels today or until we are down to 27 players, whichever comes first. Judging by the bustout rate yesterday, the fact that there are eleven stacks with fewer than 25 big blinds, and the fact that these are 90-minute levels, I will have to predict that we will hit the 27 number first today.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 11:28 AM
A little more than half an hour away now. One note of interest: I hadn't realized it at the time yesterday, but when Anna Wroblewski got knocked out in 70th place, she was the last woman in the field. So those rooting for a female WPT champ will have to wait to season VI for that potentiality.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 09:57 AM
We'll be getting started in a couple hours. It remains to be determined whether we stick to the original schedule of playing today (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday), perhaps in abbreviated sessions, or whether we make the entire push to the final table six today and then have Thursday off. I'll let you know as soon as the tournament staff or the WPT announce a decision.
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 09:53 AM
Here are the 54 remaining players, sorted by chip count:
Wednesday, 25th of April 2007 09:52 AM
Here are the 54 remaining players, sorted by their table and seat assigments:
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