Day 2 of the 2007 World Series of Poker $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em tournament plays down to the final table today!
Monday, 04th of June 2007 10:32 PM(Michael Cheser reporting)
Our final table is set for tomorrow at 2:00PM PDT. You can read all the final table drama by visiting the Event 4 final table blog. Here are the nine players, their seat assignments, and their chip counts:
Monday, 04th of June 2007 10:25 PM(Michael Cheser reporting)
Shortly after that, Gavin Smith raised to 33K and John McCarthy raised all-in for 42K total. William Hill called from the blind and Gavin called. The flop came 5 8 9 . Hill checked, Gavin bet 60K, and Hill folded. Gavin showed J 9 for top pair, and McCarthy tabled A Q . The 2 turn and 3 river meant that John McCarthy is eliminated on the TV bubble, in 10th place, earning $10,128.
Monday, 04th of June 2007 10:10 PM(Michael Cheser reporting)
With ten players remaining, the field was condensed to one final table.
Gavin Smith raised to 33K and William Hill, the chip leader, raised the pot. Gavin came back over the top with all of his 190K and Hill called. Gavin had J J and Hill had 8 8 . The board helped neither hand as it came 4 Q K K T . Gavin Smith doubles up and in the process takes the chip lead away from William Hill.
Monday, 04th of June 2007 10:04 PM(Jennifer Newell reporting)
As I was in the payout room to verify the names of eliminated players in this tournament, Nick Binger came in to fill out his paperwork. He was dejected - head down, sighing, clearly frustrated at just missing the final table. At that point, there's nothing to say to someone; it's usually best to let them blow off steam, analyze what happened, and move on to the next event. The Bingers have proven to be such nice people around the tournament circuit, and I hope luck is on their side during this year's WSOP.
Monday, 04th of June 2007 09:27 PM(Michael Cheser reporting)
On a board of 5 J A 3 , Gavin Smith checked, Tony Basille bet 12K, and Gavin Smith raised all-in for 32K more. Tony Basille called and showed Q 3 for the pair of threes. Gavin had J 4 for jacks. The T river kept Gavin ahead. Gavin Smith doubles up. There are still 12 players remaining.
Monday, 04th of June 2007 07:48 PM(Jennifer Newell reporting)
The players have just left for their dinner break, and they will return at 9pm PST.
The field has been slimmed to 12 players, and three more must go tonight in order to have the final nine ready for tomorrow's final table. When they come back with full tummies, I bet it won't take long for the next three players to bite the dust. (Just the prediction of a tired blogger - take with a grain of salt.)
Monday, 04th of June 2007 06:08 PM(Jennifer Newell reporting)
William Hill is back atop the leader board with several players - like Marco Traniello and Jon Friedberg - in hot pursuit. This is still anyone's game.
The most recent eliminations and payouts are as follows:
Jean Robert Bellande simply couldn't find the momentum that he had on Day 1. He steadily lost chips today and left the tournament in 21st place.
Monday, 04th of June 2007 04:42 PM(Jennifer Newell reporting)
The following is the most updated list of payouts available thus far. More are being added to the list as I update this...
Monday, 04th of June 2007 04:32 PM(Aaron Hendrix reporting)
Eric "Rizen" Lynch, a well known poker professional, especially in the Internet poker community has doubled up with KK when the flop came K88. Lynch got all his money in on the river and his opponent mucked putting Lynch at 190K in chips. Eric is the new chip leader. Jon Friedberg is in 2nd with about 140K and Mike Spegal has 130K.
Jean-Robert Bellande continues to play well and is 4th in chips at approximately 120K. Marco Traniello is close behind in 5th at 110K. 26 players remain.
Monday, 04th of June 2007 04:07 PM
Here were the official chip counts as we started play today. Coverage is under way and we'll post a bust-out list shortly, as currently around 30 players are all that remain in this event. We'll also have payouts.
Monday, 04th of June 2007 03:10 PM(Michael Cheser reporting)
Shannon Puskarich pushed in for his last 9K and Shawn Rice, himself a short stack, called and showed A J . Puskarich showed the mighty 7 4 . Out came the J K 2 9 Q board. Rice nearly doubled up and Puskarich was eliminated. We are down to 34 players already.
Only a few well-known pros survived the day, but the majority of them not only survived but thrived. Jean Robert Bellande, Gavin Smith, and Marco Traniello ended the day in the top ten, and Freddy Deeb – the chip leader earlier in the day – maintained incredible focus and began a comeback. Can these stellar players make it to the final table on Day 2?
Some new names emerged as forces to be reckoned with – William Hill, Mike Spegal, Johnny Mack, and Rob Playfast (real name? c’mon…) Can they survive the wrath of the seasoned pros?
Day 2 will answer many of these questions and determine the final nine players who will compete for the WSOP bracelet. Everyone will take their seats at 2pm PST on Monday, June 4 – somewhat satisfied to have made the money, gunning for the ultimate prize. Tune in for the best coverage from the floor of the Rio’s Amazon Room, right here on PokerPages.
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