6/17/2010 1:48:39 AM PST
David Warga Wins Event #27: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better ($208,682)
As the winners' interviews and whatnot get underway, David Warga will be no stranger to this sort of thing - he already has a bracelet, after winning the Casino Employees' Event in 2002.
Warga, who is a professional poker player when he's not developing real estate, has now defeated 643 players to win his first bracelet in an open event. This final table was one of the most star-studded and - despite the reputation of stud eight - fast-paced we've seen. We went from 23 players to just one in around 11 hours, and there was never a dull moment.
Many congratulations to Warga and all the finalists. From the stud eight, it's over and out.
6/17/2010 1:16:34 AM PST
While the heads up match continued on the feature table, outside in the hallway things were kicking off.
We only caught the tail end of the fracas, but a combination of detective skills and a good working knowledge of Hebrew means that we can report the following:
- Someone approached third place finisher David Levi in the payout room, claiming he owed him money.
- Levi told him that this was not the case.
- The gentleman in question attempted to assault Levi - whether or not the attempt was successful, we do not know.
- The gentleman in question made some anti-Semitic remarks and threatened violence at a later, unspecified time.
- When we arrived outside, Levi was engaged in an impassioned argument with the security guard over why he had not done enough to protect Levi.
It all seems to have died down now, although no-one in the Levi party looked happy...
6/17/2010 1:11:09 AM PST
Troy Losing Momentum
Maxwell Troy got involved (showing a pair of nines on fourth street), but folded to a bet from David Warga, showing a pair of queens by sixth, on seventh street. Troy dropped to 185,000.
6/17/2010 12:27:20 AM PST
Fall of Troy Not Imminent
Troy Maxwell: (XX) /
David Warga: (XX) / - fold
A couple hands later and Maxwell Troy got a few chips back from David Warga.
Warga brought in and Troy called, before betting out on fourth street. Warga called to see a fifth card. However, Troy bet out again on fifth street, this time eliciting a fold from Warga and a cheer from his rail.
"Siddown, guys," Troy told them - the limits may be big, but we could yet be here a while.
6/17/2010 12:21:57 AM PST
Warga Extends His Lead
David Warga: /
Maxwell Troy: (mucked) /
David Levi: (XX) / - fold
David Warga brought in, Maxwell Troy completed and David Levi called. So did Warga and three players saw a fourth card each.
Levi was first to act on fourth street and Warga bet. Troy raised, and Levi folded. Warga called though, and they were heads up to fifth street.
Troy bet out on fifth street and Warga called. On sixth street it was Warga's turn to bet out and Troy's turn to call.
Warga bet out again on seventh street and Troy called one last time - before mucking to Warga's full house.
There wasn't much between them before, chip-wise, but there is now - Warga's chip lead was extended to around 1.5 million, while Troy dropped to 700,000. Warga picked up the next pot as well (this time the chips he won were David Levi's) and after that was up to 1.65 million.
By the by, if Warga wins this, it actually won't be his first WSOP bracelet - he took down the Casino Employees' Event back in 2002. This is a crazy game, though, and anything can happen.
6/17/2010 12:10:58 AM PST
Karina Jett Eliminated in 4th Place ($60,588)
The Rise, Fall, Survive & Demise of Karina Jett
Karina Jett was right when she warned, "I'm not giving up that easily," and despite her desperately short stack, it took a further four hands to rid the table of her.
In fact, for a moment, it appeared as though Jett was mounting a serious comeback as she climbed all the way back up to 250,000 courtesy of sparring partner David Warga. Despite Warga's best attempts, Jett caused a frenzy in the audience when her pocket sixes and seven low were enough to scoop the entire pot.
Having completed to win the next pot, Jett found herself all in on the very next hand, again facing Warga. The action reached seventh street where Jett was forced to relinquish her hand and leave herself with just 10,000.
On the next hand, Jett proved that she had more guts than an abattoir as she climbed back up to 40,000. This time David Levi was the recipient.
But despite glimpses of yet another comeback, the fat lady finally emerged to belt out Karina's swan song.
6/16/2010 11:46:26 PM PST
Jett Crashes, Does Not Burn Yet
David Warga: (X) /
Maxwell Troy: (XX) / - fold
Karina Jett: /
David Levi: (XXX) /
Maxwell Troy made the bring in and Karina Jett completed. David Levi raised, and after a short pause to squint suspiciously at him across the table, David Warga called. So did Troy and Jett.
Levi was first to act on fourth street with his pair of jacks, and he bet out. Warga and Jett both called, although Troy gave it up.
Levi bet out again on fifth street and both players called; he bet out again on sixth street and again, got two callers. The pot was by now well in excess of 1,000,000.
Come seventh street Levi checked and Warga checked behind. Jett now bet, leaving herself just 45,000 or so behind. Levi called. Troy looked terribly smug that he had gotten out of there.
"WOW," said Warga to no-one in particular. He sat there for a moment. "How d'you like a six-seven here?" He thought about it, and then made the call.
So, to showdown. Levi took the high with trip jacks, but it took everyone a moment to work out the low. Jett's was A-2-5-6-7, but as it turned out Warga had her pipped with A-3-4-6-7. Levi and Warga chopped the pot, and our former chip leader Jett was left with mere shrapnel.
Levi - 700,000
Warga - 1,050,000
6/16/2010 11:36:42 PM PST
This Means War-ga
David Warga is up in second place in the chip counts after scooping a sizable pot.
David Levi: (XXX) /
Karina Jett was involved in the hand, briefly - she folded on fourth street. Warga bet all the way thereafter and Levi called him down, but then mucked when Warga turned over two pair.
Warga - 830,000
Levi - less than 500,000
6/16/2010 11:11:18 PM PST
Our final four are back at the tables and cards are in the air. Maxwell Troy has the chip lead.
6/16/2010 10:54:15 PM PST
Our final four will be back in 20.
6/16/2010 10:53:32 PM PST
Christopher George Eliminated in 5th Place ($42,913)
Karina Jett: (XXX) /
David Levi: /
Christopher George: /
Karina Jett brought in and David Levi completed. Christopher George, by now the table short stack, raised. Both his opponents called.
George bet out on fourth street and both players called. He attempted to bet all in blind before the fifth card was dealt, but the dealer handed him back his chips, reminding him that he might not be first to act. And duly, Levi was first to act with a pair of eights. Levi checked, now George's chips went in, and both his opponents made the call.
Levi bet out on sixth street and Jett called, and then they both checked on seventh. No-one could boast a low and Levi's two pair, kings and deuces, were good enough to take the whole lot.
George hit the rail, Levi's stack increased to 890,000 and Jett's decreased to around 600,000.