Live coverage of the $25,000 WPT World Championship from the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
Day 5 of the WPT Season VII finale cranks up at noon PT on Thursday. These 24 players will return guaranteed $49,025 but they will be gunning for a spot at the final table and the $2.1 million grand prize.
End of Day 4 chip counts:
Wednesday, 22nd of April 2009 09:25 PM
Day 4 is currently closing and two dozen players are bagging it all up.
25th -- Hyon Kim
26th -- Steve Billirakis
27th -- Nenad Medic
28th -- Jesus Ferguson
29th -- David Baker
David Baker was all in during level 20's opening minutes. The pro from Katy, TX, was looking to dodge not only Freddy Deeb, but Christian Harder as well. With Baker all in, the two checked it down. Deeb's pocket fives had filled up on the river and Baker left quietly.
After Eric Liu took care of Jesus, we were down to three tables. Re-draw time. Billirakis should have used his easy button to get a table change.
A few hands later, after Nenad ran his straight into a Timoshenko boat, Billirakis shoved with a pair of Johnnies and got action from Christian Harder armed with big slick. Billirakis got some good news when he watched Scotty Nguyen fold A-K face up, killing some outs. But the dealer would get the ace out of the way on the flop, ultimately sending "MrSmokey" out in 26th.
Hyon Kim was the last elimination of the evening. Kim called off the rest of his chips with the nut flush draw. Timoshenko turned over bottom two. Sadly, Kim couldn't dig up a heart on 4th or 5th and would instead go home in 25th-place.
I'm waiting on the final results from the Bellagio staff. They'll be posted very shortly. Day 5 begins tomorrow, Thursday, at noon PT.
Wednesday, 22nd of April 2009 07:35 PM
Level 19 has come to a close. The 30 players still holding onto chips are now taking their last break of the day. Day 4 will close after level 20, which brings 12,000-24,000 blinds plus antes of 3,000.
30th -- Philip Gurian -- $49,025
31st -- Chris Bell -- $40,855
32nd -- Ulises Roman -- $40,855
33rd -- Barny Boatman -- $40,855
34th -- Phil Ivey -- $40,855
35th -- Steve Sung -- $40,855
36th -- Jonathan Aguiar -- $40,855
Aguiar ran his queens into kings. Steve Sung called off the rest of his stack with pocket deuces after a 9-9-3 flop. Shannon Shorr had a pair of threes, which held up to drop Sung in 35th.
Phil Ivey got it in real good, his A-K dominating the A-9 of Scotty Nguyen. But the "Prince of Poker" would come from behind after the dealer ran out 9-7-5-7-8 and Scotty's pair of nines spelled the end of the road for Ivey.
Freddy Deeb dropped both Ulises Roman and Chris Bell. Deeb is at 1 million chips while Roman and Bell will have to settle for $40K in cash.
Shorr opened the hand with a raise to 54K. Both Katchalov and Crowe would make the call. The flop falls 9 6 2 and it's checked to Shorr, who bets 110K. Katchalov would call, but Crowe gave up defending his big blind. The turn would bring the 5 and Shorr made it 205K. Again, Katchalov would call. The river came 7 and Shorr put on the breaks. After seeing a check, Katchalov sent 350K to the middle and Shorr made the insta-muck.
A couple hands later. Katchalov took the rest of Philip Gurian's chips when his J-J held up vs. 8-8.
1 -- Eugene Katchalov -- 4,310,000
2 -- Christian Harder -- 2,500,000
3 -- Scotty Nguyen -- 2,285,000
4 -- Ross Boatman -- 1,770,000
5 -- Steve Billirakis -- 1,660,000
Billirakis is making it look easy, thanks to the bracelet and WSOPC winner having his own 'Easy Button' with him. During a big pot with Jeff Madsen, a big call on the turn against a Q-high board forced Madsen to put on the breaks. After the river improved neither player, Billirakis got to show his A-K high for free. Madsen shook his head, then tossed his hand in the muck. Billirakis slammed the easy button and began stacking.
Maybe Timoshenko should have used the button himself. Right after all that action, Timoshenko woke up with K-K and had Elky all in and at risk. Sadly, Elky turned over A-A. Nothing funny happened on the board and Elky moved over the 1 million mark. Timoshenko, who was on his way to 3 million earlier, is now on the low-side of 1 million.
Wednesday, 22nd of April 2009 05:10 PM
Recent eliminations (each worth $32,685):
48th -- Nick Salem
47th -- Freddy Bonyadi
46th -- Javed Abrahams
45th -- David Benyamine
44th -- Jimmy Tran
43rd -- Evan McNiff
42nd -- Steven Fung
41st -- David Singer
After the pay jump, we lost four player right away. The following players each earned $40,855:
39th -- Mark Seif
38th -- Liv Boeree
37th -- Boris Becker
Will "the Thrill" had his run come to an end when Jeff Madsen's A-Q topped his 9-9. The queen came in the window and that would do it for Failla.
Mark Seif started the level by dumping half his stack to see Eugene Katchalov's set of fives. Later, Seif was crippled after getting it in with a flush draw post flop and not getting there vs. the top-pair top-kicker of David Grey. Shortly after, Seif would dump his last 100K or so off to Bruno Fitoussi.
Nine-time grand slam winner Boris Becker was sent packing at just about the same time. Becker had a tough break previous to his all in. After getting it in with K-K to the J-J of Sinan Yoyen, both would wind up playing the board after it showed queens full of aces. Not long after the chop, Becker's elimination meant it was time for a redraw.
Wednesday, 22nd of April 2009 04:00 PM
In the money!
With 52 players still seated, Ron Levi and John Martin each ran out of chips during the same hand. The double elimination means we can skip all that hand for hand stuff. Everyone has guaranteed themselves at least $32,585.
After the bubble burst, a couple players tried to move up the payouts, but failed.
Earlier, Slaubaugh was forced to give up a big pot to a Freddy Bonyadi all in. Later, Slaubaugh was crippled after he ran top pair into bottom two after an A-Q-9 flop. Right after, Mark Seif put Slaubaugh to rest with K-K.
Matt Glantz would also bust. We're down to 47 players and should see play loosen up now that everyone is in the money.
The survivors have returned from another break to level 18, with blinds of 8,000-16,000 and 2,000 antes.
Wednesday, 22nd of April 2009 03:00 PM
We were down to 54 players by the time level 17 rolled around, with 6,000-12,000 blinds and 2,000 antes.
Just before the break, we lost Dutch Boyd, Steve Brecher and Chad Batista. Boyd got the rest of his chips in with A-Q after a 2-3-3 flop and was looked up by David Singer's 10-10. Boyd couldn't get there and is out near the bubble. Bay 101 winner Stever Brecher ran his short stack into aces from the button. Batista raced his ladies agains the AK of Marco Johnson and came up short.
Madsen and Ran Azor call a preflop raise to 3,600 by Harman to see 10 9 6 flop. Harman leads out for 65K and Madsen comes right over the top, making it 170K to go. Azor mucks, but Harman makes the call. 2 on the turn and Harman checks to the raisor. Madsen makes it 170K to go and Harman had some thinking to do. After a few minutes, Harman let it go. Madsen shows 7 8 for the 10-high straight. What a gentleman.
Cahail paid Medic an extra 200K or so after the river on an A-J-5-7-10 board to be showed 7-7 for a turned set. About an orbit later, Medic would defend his blind vs. Abrahams.
With Q-9-J on the board, Medic check-called 80K from Abrahams. After a deuce bricked on the turn, Medic would again check-call, this time for 120K. The river would bring a 6d and after another check, Abrahams would bet 150K, leaving about 200K behind. Medic would immediately announce all in and Abrahams would snap to show K-K for an overpair. Medic shook his head and turned his A-Q over (top-pair) before counting out the Abrahams double thru.
1 -- Yevgeniy Timoshenko -- 2,330,000
2 -- Steve Billirakis -- 1,840,000
3 -- Mark Seif -- 1,410,000
4 -- Christian Harder -- 1,375,000
5 -- Scotty Nguyen -- 1,250,000
Timoshenko just inherited the chip lead after doubling through David Singer. The APT Macau champion was able to show Q-3 against a 3-3-8-2-Q board to take down the 2.3 million pot.
Still a couple away from the money.
Wednesday, 22nd of April 2009 01:30 PM
There are less than 60 players remaining in the WPT World Championship. Only the top 50 will get paid, so were taking on the money bubble first thing today.
A few notables have already left today, including Quinn Do, Michael Demichele, Mike Matusow and Kathy Leibert.
Quinn Do missed out on the money after getting it all in with J-J against the A-Q of Jeff Madsen. The jacks held all the way through the turn, but Quinn's arms went up in the air after a queen hit the river. Madsen had to smirk as Boris Becker gave him a hard time.
Harder entered the day with over 700K. He took a dip early, mostly due to his J-J coming up short to Jimmy "Gobboboy" Fricke's A-K. Harder would get his paybacks later, switching the tables and doubling through Fricke's J-J with an A-K of his own. A few hands later, Harder bounced Fricke with a set of deuces.
By the time Demichele came around to tangle, Harder was up near 900K.
Harder turned over J-J, having flopped top set. Demichele hesitated a bit, before finally showing 4-4 for a turned set. The river fell with just a 10, meaning Demichele was done.
Mike Matusow wasn't far behind.
"You got aces?" asked Matusow. Young nodded. "Of course you have the biggest hand in the deck. Maybe I'll hit a two-outer."
Matusow showed Q-Q and Hyman tells the table he mucked J-J. No two-outer for "the Mouth" as the board missed everyone (except Hyman, who would have hit his two-outer). Matusow missed the money.
There's still some time left in level 16, with 5K-10K blinds and 1K antes.
Day 4 of the WPT World Championship begins at noon PT on Wednesday. Sixty-two remain with only 50 spots in the money up for grabs. Click here to read the Day 3 blog,
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