2008 World Series of Poker - Event #50 - $10K World Championship Pot Limit Hold'em - Final Table
Wednesday, 02nd of July 2008 01:30 AM
The ESPN final table area is erupting. Sadly, the crazed Jetten fans don't stand a chance against the singing Irish faithful. They have the advantage not only in numbers, but also in beers downed. The screaming caught the attention of those sweating the Hellmuth HORSE final table right around the corner.
The two players traded pots for a while, with Jetten even recapturing the chip lead momentarily. Then, it happened.
Jetten limps, Smyth pots it and Jetten joins him to the flop. Q 9 10 on the flop and Smyth bets the pot. Jetten takes that 600K bet and re-pots. Smyth beats him in there with an all in and Jetten calls.
Jetten - K J 3 2
Smyth - K J J Q
Canadian chants of "brick!" are countered by calls of "club!" from the Irish section. The 7 on the turn made the Canadian's happy. The 6 on the river moved the Irish side to song. Smyth hit his flush, capturing the Event 50 title in the process.
Peter Jetten will pocket $528,257 as runner-up.
Marty Smyth is the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha World Champion. Smyth, the 2007 Irish Open winner, can add a WSOP bracelet to his trophy room. He will also take home a ballin' $859,549.
Wednesday, 02nd of July 2008 12:30 AM
Players are now returning from a 20-min break.
Marty Smyth - 4,855,000
Peter Jetten - 2,730,000
Smyth holds onto a nearly 2-1 chip lead, thanks to one big double up.
Smyth started by making it 240K to play. Jetten decides to pump it up to 720K. Smyth would make the call.
The flop brings 6-9-K and Jetten pots, 1.44 million to Smyth. Smyth sits in the tank for a while, before deciding to move all in. Jetten makes the call.
A Q 10 4 for Jetten, just ace-high and some backdoor straight possibilities. Smyth tables Q J 10 7 , good for a wrap. Neither player showed a pair. Each was looking for some help. After the 10 turned, Smyth got that help in the form of a straight. Jetten was looking for a jack to take the pot, but would have to settle for a 4 .
Smyth turns the tables and now holds a comfortable chip lead.
Blinds are now at 50K/100K.
Tuesday, 01st of July 2008 11:30 PM
"The Croc" hunted.
The hand prior, Argyros found a gutshot on the turn to stay alive vs. Mizrachi. They wouldn't wait long to tangle again.
Mizrachi limped, only to have Argyros raise to 270K. Mizrachi then moves all in and the Croc calls.
Argyros showed the aces, A-A-6-6, well ahead of the K-Q-J-7 of the Grinder. The Croc crowd goes wild after the A-K-3 flop spelled trips for the Aussie. The Grinder would find paybacks on the turn, as the dealer delivered the 10, completing Mizrachi's broadway. The Grinder would fade the paired board as the 8 rivered. After tangling numerous times on the day, the Grinder finally grounded the Croc.
Billy "The Croc" Argyros is out in 4th-place, earning $268,605.
Sadly, Grinder couldn't turn that win into any sort of momentum.
Jetten opens with a raise to 225K. Grinder pots it, making it 755K total. Jetten moves all in and the Grinder is there with the insta-call.
A K 3 5 for Mizrachi, double suited big slick. Jetten turned over aces, A-A-Q-8. The dealer ran out 5-9-6-10-4, no help for Mizrachi. The Grinder put together an impressive run, hoping to take down the event his brother Robert conquered last year. He'll have to settle for third and his place on the "Best w/o a Bracelet" list.
Michael "the Grinder" Mizrachi has been bounced in 3rd-place and will take home $331,279.
Peter Jetten and Marty Smyth are set to go one-on-one for the bracelet. Jetten will begin heads-up with the chip lead.
Tuesday, 01st of July 2008 10:30 PM
Not long after returning from break, we lost another player.
Action folds to Marty Smyth on the button. Smyth makes it 200K to go and Richard Harroch calls. J 4 A on the flop and Harroch shoves. He is met by an insta-call from Smyth.
A Q 10 5 for Harroch and 7 6 4 4 for Smyth. Smyth's bottom set is out in front of Harroch's top pair. Harroch improves to two pair after the 5 turns. Harroch would be looking for an ace or five on the river. Instead, the dealer drops another 4, giving Smyth quad fours.
Richard Harroch will take home 5th-place money, a cool $214,884.
Smyth would then add to his new chip lead thanks to the Croc.
With 2-2-K-Q on the board, the Croc bets out 105K. Smyth calls and the Grinder gets out of the way. The two would check the 3s river. Smyth showed A-A-x-x, good for aces up. Just enough to top the Croc's K-9-7-6, kings up.
Marty Smyth - 3,350,000
Michael Mizrachi - 1,535,000
Billy Argyros - 1,230,000
Peter Jetten - 1,160,000
Tuesday, 01st of July 2008 08:00 PM
We're now five-handed.
First to go was Tom Hanlon.
Hanlon makes it 140K and Mizrachi is the only player to come along. 6 7 J on the flop and Grinder leads out for 100K. Hanlon would make the call, moving in the rest of his stack.
Mizrachi turned over J-8-6-2 for two pair. Hanlon showed A-K-10-9, having missed everything. Hanlon would get help with the A turn, but couldn't get there as the 3 rivered.
Tom Hanlon will take home $134,302 as our 7th-place finisher.
Would Peter Jetten be the next to go?
Jetten and Pham see a the 10 6 J flop. Check-check brings us to the 3 turn. Kido makes it 80K and Jetten calls. 4 on the river and Kido checks to Jetten, who pushes out 125K. Pham raises pot, making it more than 600K to Jetten. Jetten tanks, after being put at a decision for the rest of his stack. He would eventually emerge, tabling Q-5-4-2 for a six high straight. Pham would muck and Jetten had doubled.
Mizrachi tries to bust another.
Marty Smyth made it 175K to roll and Mizrachi would make the call. J K Q on the flop and the Grinder leads out for 300K. Smyth wastes little time moving in and Mizrachi calls the extra 100K or so.
A-K-5-4 for the Grinder, his top pair in the lead. Smyth shows J 9 7 5 , looking for a straight, flush or trip jacks to survive. The 8 on the turn moved Mizrachi closer to claiming another victim. The J on the river put an end to that. Smyth hit his trips to survive and double through.
Grinder tries again.
Three players limp, including the Grinder. Kido Pham looks down at A-A-K-5 in the BB and raises it up. Only Mizrachi would call.
Q 7 10 on the flop and Pham check-calls 300K from Mizrachi. The turn brings the 6 and Pham checks to Mizrachi. The Grinder moves all in and Pham is forced into the tank with his tournament life at risk. Pham reaches across the table to give Grinder some knucks, them announces a call.
Mizrachi flopped a set of tens with his 10-10-K-6, cracking the aces of Kido. After the river brought another six, Mizrachi's tens full of sixes topped Kido's aces up.
Kido Pham is done in 6th-place, good for a $170,116 payday.
Players are now on a 90-min dinner break. Play will resume at 9:30.
Tuesday, 01st of July 2008 07:00 PM
Down to seven-handed.
First, it was Richard Harroch doubling through Brandon Moran. Four players went to the 7-9-4 flop. Harroch led out for 120K and Moran raises the pot. The 480K is enough to put Harroch all in and he makes the call.
Moran shows 4-5-6-8, for a wrap. Harroch shows 7-7-10-8, having flopped top set and an open-end draw. Harroch improves to a straight after a 6s turned, then make sevens full after the river brings another 4. Harroch is up to 1 million, while Moran was down to about 135K.
Moran would then double through Marty Smyth.
Moran call off the rest of his stack after a Smyth raise. It was Moran's Q 7 5 5 at risk vs. the A-Q-7-8 of Smyth. Moran would flop a set and a flush draw with 5 8 4 on the board. After a deuce and ace bricked off, Moran's set of fives were good enough to double.
Moran's luck runs out.
Kido Pham makes it 80K to go. Moran and Jetten call, but Grinder decides to make it 400K. Kido calls, as does Mizrachi.
A K 4 on the flop and Mizrachi shoves, chasing off Kido. Grinder turns over A A K 2 for top set. Moran tables 8-6-5-3, drawing thin. Mizrachi improves to a boat after the 4 turns and Moran can't catch up.
Brandon Moran is out in 8th-place, earning $107,442.
Tuesday, 01st of July 2008 06:00 PM
Michael Mizrachi - 1,845,000
Kido Pham - 1,515,000
Peter Jetten - 1,455,000
Richard Harroch - 975,000
Marty Smyth - 670,000
Billy Argyros - 555,000
Tom Hanlon - 360,000
Brandon Moran - 290,000
Players were treated to a break in the middle of the hour.
Before the break, the Grinder added to his lead.
Four players saw an unraised flop. Each player decides to check the K 8 3 board. The 10 turns and Moran bets 100K. Mizrachi calls. Heads-up to the river, which brings the 2 . Mizrachi would call another big bet from Moran to see him turn over rags. The Grinder shows J 10 10 4. The flush is good enough to take it down.
After the break, the Grinder tangled with the Croc again.
Jetten opens with a raise to 100K. The Grinder is next to act and he makes the call. The Croc then comes over the top for his last 500K. Jetten didn't want any of it, but the Grinder made the call.
K K Q 8 for Argyros. The Grinder turns over A 9 9 4 . After the 5-3-J-J-J ran out, the Croc's jacks full of eights were better than Mizrachi's jacks full of nines. Argyros had doubled through.
Tuesday, 01st of July 2008 05:00 PM
We're still eight-handed.
Michael Mizrachi - 1,767,000
Brandon Moran - 1,286,000
Kido Pham - 1,080,000
Marty Smyth - 1,068,000
Billy Argyros - 729,000
Peter Jetten - 492,000
Richard Harroch - 372,000
Tom Hanlon - 192,000
We've only witnessed a couple showdowns during the last hour. Billy "the Croc" Argyros was part of both.
The first involved Argyros and Peter Jetten.
Argyros and Moran both limped to see a 4-J-A flop with both blinds, Jetten and Grinder. Only Jetten would call Argyros' bet of 125K. Both would check the 7s turn. Jetten would bet 60K after the 8c rivered and Argyros would call. Jetten showed A-3-2-2 and the Croc mucked.
The Croc would then tangle with the chip leader.
Four players see a cheap flop, 9 J 9 h. Everybody checks to see the Q turn. Grinder leads out for 55K and Argyros calls. J on the river and Argyros again calls, this time just 50K. The Croc turns over Q-Q-10-x, for queens full. The Grinder mucks and Argyros gets some chips back.
Tuesday, 01st of July 2008 04:00 PM
The cards got in the air a little late today. The 3 p.m. restart ended up being closer to 3:30, as Peter Jetten was late to arrive. Jetten would rush into the ESPN arena, buttoning his shirt on his way to his seat. At last, it was time to shuffle up and deal.
Michael "the Grinder" Mizrachi enters the final table with the big stack, in search of bracelet #1. Here's who's standing in his way:
Seat 1: Kido Pham - 1,080,000
Seat 2: Brandon Moran - 1,286,000
Seat 3: Peter Jetten - 492,000
Seat 4: Michael Mizrachi - 1,767,000
Seat 5: Billy Argyros - 729,000
Seat 6: Greg Hurst - 637,000
Seat 7: Tom Hanlon - 192,000
Seat 8: Marty Smyth - 1,068,000
Seat 9: Richard Harroch - 372,000
Mizrachi got involved early, check-raising enough to put Tom Hanlon all in preflop in the day's opening hands. Hanlon would make the call.
It was Hanlon's A-A-K-6 out in front of the Grinder's 10-10-8-8. By the turn, Hanlon had improved to trip kings on the K-5-4-K board. Grinder would be looking for a 10 or 8 on the river for the elim. Instead, Hanlon would find the As, improving to aces full and doubling through the chip leader.
Hanlon avoided being the first to bust, but we would lose one just a few hands later.
Mizrachi opened with a raise to 75K. Greg Hurst would make the call from the button. 7c6h3h on the flop and Grinder leads out for 80K. Hurst raises and Grinder moves in. Hurst calls, putting his tournament life on the line.
Hurst showes A-A-9-8, for the overpair and open end draw. Grinder has A K 4 5 , having flopped the nut straight. After the 3 turns, Mizrachi adds another flush draw. After the 6 bricked on the river, the Grinder's straight held up and Hurst is history.
Greg Hurst has been eliminated in 9th-place, good for $80,581.
Blinds are at 15K/30K.
The $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha World Championship final table will be delayed because day 2 ran into the early morning hours. No one wanted to miss this final table. Just before 5 a.m., David Benefield busted out and the final table was set. Michael 'the Grinder' Mizrachi will take the chip lead to the final table -- over 1.7 million chips. Final table action begins at 3 p.m. PDT.
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