$15,000 Championship from the Bellagio - Final Table coverage
Saturday, 20th of December 2008 01:45 AM
At about 1:30, it happened.
Chino makes it 720K to go and Young calls. Q 8 3 on the flop and Young checks. Chino bets 1.2 million and Young moves all in. Chino makes the snap call.
Chino: K K
Justin: Q 5
Chino's kings lead the queens of Young. After the turn comes 9 , Young is drawing to a Q or 5 to stay alive. Sadly, all the river could muster was the 2, giving the hand and match to Chino Rheem.
David "Chino" Rheem is the 2008 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, worth $1,538,730.
After a marathon heads-up session, Chino was able to add a WPT win to his poker resume, which was previously highlighted by an appearance at the 2008 WSOP Main Event final table. He called the win "validation", cementing his name as one to be respected in the poker world.
Justin Young earns nearly $1 million, hands-down the biggest score of his young career.
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Saturday, 20th of December 2008 12:30 AM
Chino Rheem has opened up a sizable lead.
It started about an hour ago when Rheem topped Young with a higher two pair. It was Rheem's queens and nines against the queens and eights of Young. After that pot, Chino reclaimed the lead.
About an hour of mucking would pass before a monster pot hit.
The two would see an unraised flop. After the Ks7d3d fell, Young would lead out for 300K and Chino would bump it to 1.4 million. Young would tank, then repop to 4.4 million. Chino wasted zero time moving all in, forcing Young right back into the tank. After about five minutes, Young would let it go, choosing to hang onto his last 4.2 million. Chino would show the Ad4d for the nut draw and proceded to push his stack to more than 18 million.
Friday, 19th of December 2008 11:15 PM
Chino had finally gotten things to swing his way. He was up 2-1 in chips, until the following.
The two would see and unraised flop of A 8 5. Young would check-call 300K to see the 6 turn. Chino led out for 600K, while Young raised it to 1.7 million. Chino would call. The 2d on the river earned a 3 million bet from Young, which was about half his stack.
"You got a straight, bro?" asked Chino. "4-7? 7-9?... I can beat 5-6."
After confirming that he'd still have about 9 million if he were to make the call, he made the call. Young would show 34, having rivered the 6-high straight to regain the chip lead.
A little later, Chino would raise to 450K and Young would call to see the J 10 3 flop. Young would check, while Chino would move all in for about 6 million. Young would give it a minute before folding, allowing Chino to make up a little ground.
Chino Rheem - 9,740,000
Justin Young - 12,645,000
Friday, 19th of December 2008 10:15 PM
Thanks to the incredibly deep stacks, play has been pretty subdued. Over the last 30 hands, Chino has taken the majority, but in a late hand Young recaptured a slight chip lead.
The two would see an unraised flop of Q75. Both would check to see a 7 come on the turn. Young would lead out for 550K and Chino would call. After the river brought a jack, Chino would eventually call 1.2 from Young, who turned over 98 for the straight.
After the hand, Young held a chip lead... even if it only was less than 200K.
Just minutes ago, Chino would call 360K to see the Q 10 5 flop. Young would lead out for 500K and Chino would bump it up to 2 million. Young would make the call. The turn brought the 8 and a 3.1 million bet from Chino. Young would give up his hand, along with the chip lead.
Chino Rheem - 13,100,000
Justin Young - 9,285,000
Friday, 19th of December 2008 09:15 PM
Heads-up play began with Young holding onto a 14 million to 8 million chip lead. There have been very few hands of note, and the two spent the first hour hovering around their heads-up starting stacks.
Rheem would call a raise to 300K to see the 6 7 8 flop. Young led out for 420K, then Chino raised it up to 1.5 million. Young would call. Both players would check after the A turned. On the river, the the dealer tossed out another 6. This time, Chino would lead out for 2 million. Young would eventually make the call to see Chino turn over 3 4, having flopped the flush. Young would show the third six, then acknowlege that he had a club draw as well.
After than pot, worth almost 8 million, Chino pulled ahead of Young in the chip counts; 11.825 million to 10.46 million.
Blinds now moved up to 60,000-120,000 with an ante of 15,000. The two survivors have been sent out on a short break.
Friday, 19th of December 2008 08:15 PM
Lot's of action. Most of the early action surrounded Amnon Filippi.
Just seconds after the last post, Amnon got it all in with AJ and was looked up by McNiff with A5. Amnon never trailed on the A76106 board, allowing him to jump up to over 3 million.
He would give those chips back to McNiff a few hands later. By the time the river hit, Amnon called off 820K to see McNiff turn up A10 to take down the 3 million chip pot, leaving Filippi as the short stack again.
... then the fireworks hit.
After a Chino fold, Amnon moved in for about 1 million. Sung was next to ask and made the call for 1/3 his stack. It wasn't done there, as Justin Young moves all in from the SB. Sung wastes little time making the call and we have a three-way all in.
Amnon Filippi is out in 5th-place, worth $288,235.
Steve sung is our 4th-place finisher, earning $396,206.
It didn't take long to get heads-up. In one of the earlier three-handed confrontation, Young opened with a raise, then McNiff reraised from 260 to 820. Chino wasted little time moving all in for 2.87 and McNiff would call.
McNiff would then ship his last 574K chips to Chino in a battle of the blinds. Chino was looking to gamble with 10 9, only to find out he was leading the 10 4 of McNiff. The board ran out 7 3 2 A K and Chino's 10-9 played, clearing the table for heads-up play.
Evan McNiff is out in 3rd-place, earning $540,440.
The game has paused for the money presentation.
Friday, 19th of December 2008 07:15 PM
Still five-handed, although we've seen some nice hands.
Chino sat in the cutoff and opened for 210K. Sung would call in the SB to see the A94 flop, which both players would check. The turn brought a 7 and 250K from Sung, which Chino would call. The river comes king and Sung leads for 650K, again, Chino calls. Sung would show 77 for trips and Chino would muck.
In one of the biggest pots of the day, Sung started the action with a raise to 210 on the button. Justin Young would raise to 660K from the SB, only to have McNiff re-pop to 1.3 million in the BB. Sung would bow out, but Young made the call.
The flop comes 965 and both check to see the 9d turn. Young would bet 1.35 million, sending McNiff into the tank. He would eventually fold, quietly pleading for Young to show. After the crowd chimed in, Young would oblige and showed two tens.
New chip counts:
Seat 1 - Chino Rheem - 4,420,000
Seat 2 - Amnon Filippi - 1,340,000
Seat 4 - Steve Sung - 3,190,000
Seat 5 - Justin Young - 7,655,000
Seat 6 - Evan McNiff - 5,780,000
Friday, 19th of December 2008 06:15 PM
... And the player with the most experience is the first to go.
Hoyt Corkins is out in 6th-place, earning $216,175.
Meanwhile, McNiff has added to his chip lead.
It all started with a Sung limp on the button. Young would follow suit with a limp in the SB and McNiff checked his option. J 9 3 on the flop and only Sung would call the 175K from McNiff. The turn falls 10 and McNiff chooses to check-call 400K from Sung. After the A came on the river, McNiff checked again, and Sung stabbed again, this time for 1.2 million. McNiff wasn't buying it and made the call with QJ. Sung could only shake his head and toss his hand hand in the muck, surrendering the nearly 4 million chip pot to McNiff.
Justin Young is second place in chips after doubling through Chino. With A53 on the board, Young's all in was called by Chino. Young turned over A5 for two pair, while Chino could only table AJ for one pair and a jack kicker.
After the double up, Chino found himself in shove mode. He made his move with Q K and was looked up by McNiff and his 99. It's safe to say Chino liked the 10 A K flop, hitting Broadway, along with a royal redraw. After the 5 turned, Chino hit his flush and started counting out the double through for McNiff, who was drawing dead.
A few hands later, Chino looked to play another pot, but after coming over the top of a Sung raise with a re-pop to 810K, Sung would muck and Chino tossed his aces in the middle for the table to see.
New chip counts:
Seat 1 - Chino Rheem - 4,270,000
Seat 2 - Amnon Filippi - 1,875,000
Seat 4 - Steve Sung - 3,140,000
Seat 5 - Justin Young - 6,310,000
Seat 6 - Evan McNiff - 6,790,000
Friday, 19th of December 2008 05:15 PM
One hour down, still six-handed. In fact, the chip counts remain largely unchanged, with the exception of McNiff reclaiming the chip lead from Steve Sung. McNiff accomplished this thanks in large part to a nearly 2 million chip pot he took from Amnon Filippi.
McNiff made it 150K to go from the button. Filippi would defend his BB. The flop fell J 9 6 and Filippi check-calls 210K. The 10 turns and Filippi check-calls again, this time for 525K. After the 4 rivers, the flush possibility slows each player into checking and McNiff turned over A J to take down the pot as neither held a club.
A few hands later, with Q53A on the board and over 500K in the pot, McNiff led out for 240K and Chino came over the top for 780K. McNiff announced a reraise, and before he can give the ammount of his bet, Chino got out of the way.
Shortly after, Chino would get some chips back, courtesy of Corkins.
Blinds were up to 40,000-80,000 at this point, with 10,000 antes. The board read 75486 before Chino moved all in into a 1.5 million + pot to take it down.
Seat 1 - Chino Rheem - 4,385,000
Seat 2 - Amnon Filippi - 2,225,000
Seat 3 - Hoyt Corkins - 1,460,000
Seat 4 - Steve Sung - 5,615,000
Seat 5 - Justin Young - 2,395,000
Seat 6 - Evan McNiff - 6,305,000
Friday, 19th of December 2008 04:15 PM
It's just about game time here at the WPT Five Diamond final table. The six competitors are on deck, just waiting to get introduced to the fans in attendance. The cards should be in the air within 15 minutes or so. Play will pick up with 30,000-60,000 blinds and 5,000 antes.
Action starts up at 4:00 pm PST Friday. Join us for live coverage as a half dozen players square for the $1.5 million grand prize. Click here to read the Day 5 blog.
The final table:
Seat 1 - Chino Rheem - 4,240,000
Seat 2 - Amnon Filippi - 2,750,000
Seat 3 - Hoyt Corkins - 2,295,000
Seat 4 - Steve Sung - 5,885,000
Seat 5 - Justin Young - 2,410,000
Seat 6 - Evan McNiff - 4,805,000
1 -- $1,538,730
2 -- $936,760
3 -- $540,440
4 -- $396,205
5 -- $288,235
6 -- $216,175
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