WPT $25K World Championship from the Bellagio - Day 5
Thursday, 24th of April 2008 08:22 PM
Amir Vahedi has busted on the TV final table bubble.
Gus Hansen min-raised to 240K UTG and Amir calls from the BB. The dealer flops A Q 4 and Vahedi checks to the Hansen, who puts out another 240K. Vahedi calls to see the 3 on the turn. Amir then shoves his last 480K and watches Gus make the call.
Vahedi: Q 8
Hansen: A 7
The 7 on the river was no help to Amir and the man who finished 6th at the 2003 WSOP Main Event will have to settle for 7th place finish at the WPT Championship, good for a $237,435 payday.
Play has concluded for the evening. The surviving six will have a day off, before returning Saturday at 5 p.m. PST for the taping of the final table.
Gus Hansen appears to be the chip leader heading into the final table with more than 8-million chips.
Official chip counts from WPT:
Seat 1 – John Roveto – 2,720,000
Seat 2 – Gus Hansen – 8,570,000
Seat 3 – David Chiu – 6,050,000
Seat 4 – Tommy Le – 1,950,000
Seat 5 – Cory Carroll – 6,670,000
Seat 6 – Jeff King – 1,305,000
Join us Saturday at 5 p.m. Vegas time for live coverage of the WPT World Championship final table from the Bellagio.
Thursday, 24th of April 2008 08:07 PM
Just returned from the tournament area. Watched about an hour of 'raise it and take it', before some action hit.
Amir Vahedi was first able to double through John Roveto. Vahedi's 8-8 held up against John's A 9 to increase his stack to 2 million. Just a couple hands later, Vahedi would give that million right back to Roveto, when Amir ran his A-Q into John's A-K and failed to improve.
Karga Holt raised to 360K and watched as Gus counted out a reraise from the button. It was now another 615K to Holt, who decided to move all in. The Great Dane would come along for the ride, tabling A K. It was off to the races as Holt exposed his pocket jacks. Hansen would take the lead after the A 7 4 flop and slam the door on Holt after the 9 K fell, rather than the two-outer.
Karga Holt finished in 8th place and will take home $211,050.
Thursday, 24th of April 2008 07:03 PM
We won't be treated to a TV table featuring a "durrr" hat. You can thank Cory Carroll for that.
Carroll makes it 350K to go from MP and Dwan shoves from the CO for about 2 million. Carroll would make the call with A J. Dwan placed K K on the felt and was looking to double through. J 8 6 paired Carroll and the A on the turn gave Carroll the lead. The Q on the river wasn't the paint "durrr" was looking for and the man under the pink flamingo is out in 9th, good for $184,670.
Two more eliminations and we've got our TV final table.
Thursday, 24th of April 2008 06:51 PM
Cards are in the air. Level 24 now, 60K-120K blinds plus a 15K ante.
Thursday, 24th of April 2008 06:39 PM
End of level 23. We will be looking for three more eliminations after players return from break.
Thursday, 24th of April 2008 06:28 PM
Kenny Tran raises to 240K from MP and Dwan comes over the top, forcing Tran into an all in decision. Tran would make the call with J 8, in a race with Dwan's pocket sevens. A K 9 A 2 from the dealer could help Tran in his race and we're now nine-handed.
Kenny Tran will take home $158,290 as the first bust out from the final table.
Gus Hansen holds onto a slight chip lead with stacks totalling over five million. David Chui is nearing the five million mark and remains right on Hansen's heels. Cory Carroll's 4.2 million is good for third in the counts.
Thursday, 24th of April 2008 05:49 PM
Another turn on the floor.
Tommy Le made it 270K to go UTG and saw Amir Vahedi call from the button. 6 7 8 on the flop and Le checks. Vahedi throws out 300K and Le wastes no time announcing he's all in. Vahedi would muck, giving the pot to Le.
"Show it," said Dwan. "100 bucks." (Le showed Dwan yesterday for $100)
"I can't," said Le.
Kenny Tran yanks the $100 out of Dwan's hands and throws it at Le. "You can't?" said Tran, jokingly. "For 100 bucks? Jesus!"
A couple hands later, Tran raised to 240K from the hijack and Karga Holt raised to 550K from the BB. Tran would call and see the 3 9 2 flop. Holt would put the pressure on Tran by moving all in with his last 1.4 million. Holt had Tran covered, forcing Tran into the tank. Tran would muck and Holt would stop from throwing his hand in the muck to show the table 10 10.
Thursday, 24th of April 2008 05:02 PM
Another break just concluded and we're now in level 23, with 40K-80K blinds and a 10K ante.
Seat 1. John Roveto - 2,150,000
Seat 2. Karga Holt - 1,680,000
Seat 3. Amir Vahedi - 2,800,000
Seat 4. Gus Hansen - 6,800,000
Seat 5. David Chiu - 5,100,000
Seat 6. Tommy Le - 1,700,000
Seat 7. Cory Carroll - 3,400,000
Seat 8. Kenny Tran - 1,225,000
Seat 9. Tom "Durrrr" Dwan - 1,715,000
Seat 10. Jeff King - 745,000
Thursday, 24th of April 2008 04:42 PM
Gracz rivered by Hansen to finish 11th.
After the 8 3 2 flop, Hansen would check-raise Gracz all in with A 5. Gracz would come along for the ride for the rest of his 2 million, tabling 2 2 for bottom set. The A on the turn was no help to Gus, who was looking for any club or four. The river was the 10 and Gracz's day is done. Gracz would head to the cage to pick up his $131,910.
Hansen is up over 7 million.
Thursday, 24th of April 2008 04:17 PM
I arrived at the Fontana Room to find out three players had hit the rail in the time it took me to walk from the hospitality suite.
15th - Nick Binger -- $131,910 - Binger's A-Q was rivered by Gus' Ad-3d for a diamond flush.
14th - David Tran -- $131,910 - Tran ran into Gus' rockets.
13th - Robert Mizrachi -- $131,910 - Mizrachi's A-8 couldn't catch Gracz's jacks.
Bryan Devonshire was showing some aggression and all in three times in a 15 minute span.
The first time, Devonshire would chop with Dwan when both turned over A-2.
Not long after, Devonshire was all in again with Dwan. This time there would be no chop and Devonshire's A-Q would double through Dwan, who was priced in with just J-8. Neither player would improve and Devonshire was up to 1.9 mil.
Thursday, 24th of April 2008 03:15 PM
Still 15-handed heading into level 22. Blinds of 30,000-60,000 and a 5,000 ante.
John Roveto wasted no time doubling through Kenny Tran with K-K.
Thursday, 24th of April 2008 03:03 PM
Break time. Here are some chip counts from the WPT:
Seat 1. Kenny Tran - 1,825,000
Seat 2. Amir Vahedi - 3,955,000
Seat 3. Bryan Devonshire - 1,265,000
Seat 4. Jeff King - 850,000
Seat 5. Tommy Le - 1,150,000
Seat 6. Cory Carroll - 2,000,000
Seat 7. John Roveto - 540,000
Seat 8. Tom "Durrrr" Dwan - 3,160,000
Seat 1. Karga Holt - 1,400,000
Seat 2. David Chiu - 3,270,000
Seat 5. Gus Hansen - 3,765,000
Seat 6. David Tran - 1,240,000
Seat 7. Nick Binger - 785,000
Seat 8. Robert Mizrachi - 785,000
Seat 9. Michael Gracz - 1,300,000
Thursday, 24th of April 2008 02:42 PM
Tom Dwan hat watch:
Day 1 - Fruit hat
Day 2 - Pink feather hat
Day 3 - Hatless
Day 4 - Bowling pin hat
Day 5 - Pink flamingo hat
Dwan has harnessed that flamingo power and turned it into the chip lead. Dwan recently rivered the nut straight against Vahedi, chipping up to over 4 million and dropping Amir close to 3 million.
Bryan Devonshire looked poised to double up, getting the rest of his stack in with A A against Cory Carroll. Carroll's A A spelled chop-chop after neither player could find the four flush.
Still 15 players left.
Thursday, 24th of April 2008 02:26 PM
A lot of 'raise it and take it' going on. Tom "durrr" Dwan has grabbed the lead from Amir Vahedi, most likely due to Amir missing the first level of the day. Dwan and Vahedi are inching towards 4 million chips. Gus Hansen is in third with just over 3 million.
Thursday, 24th of April 2008 01:34 PM
Got down there just before break. Amir Vahedi must have decided to skip level 20, as he showed up just minutes before break.
New level: 20K-40K blinds, 5K ante.
There was a color up at the end of break to race off the 1K chips. After the race off was completed, Gus Hansen saw that he had forgotten to include three 1K chips that were on top of his stack. The table had no objections to giving Gus one 5K chip for his 3K and the floor tossed him a nickle. "God I'm good," said Hansen with a laugh.
John Roveto was all in with A-K against Tommy "Legend" Le, who held A-Q. The board ran out 8-6-3-6-K and Roveto had doubled up.
On the same table, Bryan Devonshire moves all in, over the top of the now present chip leader, Amir Vahedi. Vahedi wouldn't take long to muck and Devonshire would scoop the pot.
Thursday, 24th of April 2008 12:24 PM
Just 20 minutes into the day and we have seen two eliminations, one more dirty than the other.
First, action folds to Jeff Shulman on the button, with Kenny Tran in the SB and an empty seat in the BB where Amir Vahedi is supposed to be. Shulman ships for just under 500K holding A-6. Tran makes the call with A-7 and pairs his kicker on the 10-7-2 flop. Shulman couldn't improve on 4th or 5th St. and Shulman will pocket $105K as our 17th place finisher.
Shortly after, Black wakes up in the BB with two red aces. He re-raises Robert Mizrachi with the rest of his stack, which is about 400K. Mizrachi would emerge from the tank with a call, holding just J 9. The 10-10-6 flop seemed harmless to Andy Black, but Mizrachi would pick up a gutshot after the 7 fell on the turn. Cue the miracle.... 8 on the river. Andy Black's WPT Champioship is done after Mizrachi found a runner-runner straight. Black will walk away with $105K for finishing 16th.
Thursday, 24th of April 2008 12:00 PM
Shuffle up and deal! We didn't finish level 20 last night, so blinds will be at 15,000-30,000 with 4,000 antes for the next 44 minutes.
Wednesday, 23rd of April 2008 11:00 PM
Just 17 remain in the quest for $3.38 million and the Season 6 World Poker Tour World Championship. Join us Thursday at 12 p.m. PST for live coverage from the Bellagio, where they will play down to one six-handed final table.
Official seating chart and chip counts:
1. Kenny Tran - 1,442,000
2. Amir Vahedi - 3,907,000
3. Bryan Devonshire - 984,000
4. Jeff King - 1,903,000
5. Tommy Le - 1,950,000
6. Cory Carroll - 1,346,000
7. John Roveto - 556,000
8. Jeff Shulman - 473,000
1. Karga Holt - 1,500,000
2. David Chiu - 1,742,000
3. Tom "Durrrr" Dwan - 2,874,000
4. Andrew Black - 411,000
5. Gus Hansen - 2,929,000
6. David Tran - 2,543,000
7. Nick Binger - 701,000
8. Robert Mizrachi - 1,079,000
9. Michael Gracz - 1,674,000
Day 4 blog.
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