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2014 45th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014

Event #61: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $958,800
  • Entries: 102
  • Remaining: 0
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07/03/14 10:02:57 PM PST
 
Matt Grapenthien Wins Event #61: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship ($268,473)
 

Matt Grapenthien

Matt Grapenthien entered heads-up play against Todd Brunson in the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship with a slight chip lead, but the son of Doyle Brunson won the first three significant pots. Suddenly, the Chicagoan was against the ropes with a two-to-one chip deficit.

Brunson extended it to nearly three-to-one, but Grapenthien narrowed the gap and the two started to swing back and forth. In total, the two exchanged the chip lead six times during the near four-hour battle before Grapenthien finally eliminated Brunson on the only all-in hand with a pair of eights against Brunson's pair of fives.

After outlasting 101 opponents, Grapenthien earned his first bracelet and $268,473, tripling his career live tournament earnings. He is convinced that he should've been eliminated in seventh place, in a hand that James Obst accidently called in rather than raising. Grapenthien conserved a four big-bet stack, and ran it up from there.

Brunson, who started the final day as the chip leader, was denied what would've been his second career bracelet, but he now has over $4 million in career live tournament earnings.

Day 3 kicked off with an unofficial final table of nine, including 13-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. Jesse Martin was the first person to bust, bubbling the official final table, and 90-year old poker entrepreneur Henry Orenstein followed him out the door.

Orenstein was eliminated by Hellmuth when he got his chips in the middle with a flush draw on sixth street, but he was unable to catch a diamond on seventh and hit the rail.

Henrick Hecklen had a short stack the entire day and eventually busted in seventh place, and Hellmuth was out in eighth. The most decorated WSOP bracelet winner was crippled when Brunson made a full house against him, and was eliminated with just a lowly pair of fives against James Obst's pair of tens.

Steve Landfish bricked in a big hand against Grapenthien, then was eliminated by the eventual winner. Ben Yu intended to double up through Grapenthien, holding the best hand, but Grapenthien improved to two pair on seventh and he was eliminated in fourth place.

The quick eliminations continued as Obst was bounced in third place when Brunson made trip fives, and the tournament was down to two just three and a half hours into the final day.

The heads-up match was a bit of a marathon, and it ended with Grapenthien alone in the winner's circle with gold on his wrist.

There are only a few preliminary events remaining in the 2014 WSOP, so be sure to keep your browser tuned into PokerNews as we creep closer to the most exciting tournament in poker; the Main Event!

07/03/14 09:22:50 PM PST
 
Todd Brunson Eliminated in 2nd Place ($165,891)
 

Todd Brunson - 2nd Place

And it's all over, folks! After Todd Brunson fell behind Matt Grapenthien by a large margin, the final hand came up as follows:

Matt Grapenthien:    /      /  
Todd Brunson:    /      /  

Brunson brought in on third street, and then Grapenthien completed the bet. Brunson raised to make it two bets, and then Grapenthien made it three bets. Brunson called.

On fourth street, both players picked up a nine, and Grapenthien bet. Brunson called. Then on fifth, the same action occurred with Grapenthien betting and Brunson calling.

On sixth street, Grapenthien bet and Brunson somewhat motioned his hand as if to say "Really?" before making the call. Then on seventh, he did the same thing, calling a bet from Grapenthien but not looking too happy about it at all. On the final street, though, Grapenthien bet 100,000, and Brunson called all in for 90,000.

Grapenthien showed the     for a pair of eights. Brunson only showed a pair of fives with the   from his hand and that wasn't going to do it.

For his runner-up finish, Brunson earned $165,891 and just missed out on his second career gold bracelet.

Matt Grapenthien3,060,000750,000
Todd Brunson0-750,000
07/03/14 09:10:02 PM PST
 
Trip Kings for Grapenthien
 

Matt Grapenthien:    /      /  
Todd Brunson:    /      /  

Grapenthien brought it in, Brunson completed, and Grapenthien called. Brunson led out on fourth street, Grapenthien called, and Brunson led out again on fifth.

Grapenthien raised, Brunson called, and Brunson check-called a bet on sixth.

Brunson check-called one last bet on seventh, then mucked when Grapenthien fanned     for trip kings.

Matt Grapenthien2,310,000330,000
Todd Brunson750,000-330,000
07/03/14 09:00:13 PM PST
 
Level 27 started
 
Level: 27 Blinds: 50000/100000 Ante: 10000
07/03/14 08:02:35 PM PST
 
Dinner Break
 

The players are now on a 60-minute dinner break.

Matt Grapenthien1,980,000250,000
Todd Brunson1,080,000-250,000
07/03/14 07:58:40 PM PST
 
Wheeling and Dealing
 

Matt Grapenthien:    /      /  
Todd Brunson:    /      /  

Brunson brought it in, Grapenthein completed, and Brunson called. Grapenthien check-called a bet on fourth street, and Brunson led out on fifth when he was dealt the  . Grapenthien raised, Brunson called, and Brunson check-called a bet on sixth.

Brunson opted to lead out on seventh, Grapenthien called, and Brunson turned over     for the wheel.

Matt Grapenthien1,730,000-210,000
Todd Brunson1,330,000210,000
07/03/14 07:53:26 PM PST
 
Two Bullets from Brunson
 

Matt Grapenthien:    /    
Todd Brunson:    /    

Brunson brought it in, Grapenthien completed, and Brunson called. Brunson fired out bets on fourth and fifth street, and Grapenthien only called one bet, folding on fifth.

Matt Grapenthien1,940,000-100,000
Todd Brunson1,120,000100,000
07/03/14 07:45:19 PM PST
 
Brunson Gets Some Back
 

Matt Grapenthien:    /     
Todd Brunson:    /     

Grapenthien brought it in, then raised after Brunson completed. Brunson called, then check-called a bet on fourth street.

Brunson made a pair of aces on fifth, leading out, and Grapenthien called. Brunson improved to drips on sixth, and Grapenthien folded to a bet.

Matt Grapenthien2,040,000-250,000
Todd Brunson1,020,000250,000
07/03/14 07:38:28 PM PST
 
Brunson in the Danger Zone
 

Todd Brunson

Matt Grapenthien:    /      /  
Todd Brunson:    /      /  

Grapenthien led out on fourth street, Brunson called, and Brunson made a better board on fifth. He fired out a bet, Grapenthien called, and Brunson slowed down on sixth, check-calling a bet.

Brunson check-called one more bet on seventh, then mucked when Grapenthien opened up     for a straight to the king.

Matt Grapenthien2,290,000420,000
Todd Brunson770,000-420,000
07/03/14 07:32:03 PM PST
 
Grapenthien Back in Front
 

Matt Grapenthien

Matt Grapenthien:    /      /  
Todd Brunson:    /      /  

Brunson brought it in, Grapenthien completed, and Brunson called. Grapenthien led out on every street, Brunson called him down, and Grapenthien showed     for aces up.

Brunson revealed the other two tens -    - for tens and sixes, then mucked.

Matt Grapenthien1,870,000400,000
Todd Brunson1,190,000-400,000
07/03/14 07:26:09 PM PST
 
Grapenthien Narrows the Gap
 

Todd Brunson:    /     
Matt Grapenthien:    /     

Grapenthien brought it in, Brunson completed, and Grapenthien called. Grapenthien check-called a bet on fourth street, then check-raised on fifth. Brunson called.

Grapenthien led out, Brunson folded, and Grapenthien narrowed the gap.

Todd Brunson1,590,000-320,000
Matt Grapenthien1,470,000320,000
07/03/14 07:19:50 PM PST
 
Grapenthien Back Over a Million
 

Matt Grapenthien

Matt Grapenthien:    /      /  
Todd Brunson:    /      /  

Grapenthien check-called a bet on fourth street, and Brunson led out with the   on fifth. Grapenthien called.

Grapenthien made a pair of jacks on sixth, leading out, and Brunson made the call. Grapenthien fired out one last bet on seventh, and Brunson folded.

Todd Brunson1,910,000-320,000
Matt Grapenthien1,150,000320,000
07/03/14 07:13:33 PM PST
 
Grapenthien Under a Million
 

Matt Grapenthien:    /      /  
Todd Brunson:    /      /  

Brunson brought it in, Grapenthien completed, and Brunson raised. Grapenthien called.

Grapenthien led out on fourth street, Brunson called, and Grapenthien check-called a bet on fifth. He check-called another on sixth, both players knuckled on seventh, and Brunson tabled     for a pair of aces.

Grapenthien flashed the  , then mucked.

Todd Brunson2,230,000210,000
Matt Grapenthien830,000-210,000
07/03/14 07:10:07 PM PST
 
Sour Grapes
 

Matt Grapenthien:    /      /  
Todd Brunson:    /      /  

Brunson brought it in, then called when Grapenthien completed. Grapenthien led out on the next two streets, Brunson called both bets, and the pair both checked on sixth.

Grapenthien checked on seventh, Brunson fired out a bet, and Grapenthien folded.

Todd Brunson2,020,000115,000
Matt Grapenthien1,040,000-115,000
07/03/14 07:09:34 PM PST
 
Level 26 started
 
Level: 26 Blinds: 40000/80000 Ante: 10000
07/03/14 07:06:11 PM PST
 
Grapenthien Folds on Sixth Street
 

Matt Grapenthien:    /     
Todd Brunson:    /     

Grapenthien completed, Brunson called, and the former checked on fourth street. Brunson bet, Grapenthien check-raised, and Brunson called.

Brunson called a bet on fifth, then led out with eights and sixes showing on sixth. Grapenthien folded.

Todd Brunson1,905,000265,000
Matt Grapenthien1,155,000-265,000
07/03/14 07:01:25 PM PST
 
Brunson Makes Aces
 

Matt Grapenthien:    /    
Todd Brunson:    /    

Three bets went in on third street after Grapenthien brought it in, and Brunson led out on fourth. Grapenthien called.

Brunson made a pair of aces on fifth, and won the pot with a bet.

Todd Brunson1,640,00060,000
Matt Grapenthien1,420,000-60,000
07/03/14 06:56:45 PM PST
 
The Pendulum Swings Back to Brunson
 

Todd Brunson

Matt Grapenthien:    /      /  
Todd Brunson:    /      /  

Grapenthien brought it in, Brunson completed, and Grapenthien raised. Brunson called.

Brunson check-called a bet on fourth street, then led out on fifth. Grapenthien called. Grapenthien called one last bet on sixth before folding on seventh, and Brunson raked in the pot.

Todd Brunson1,580,000455,000
Matt Grapenthien1,480,000-455,000
07/03/14 06:49:26 PM PST
 
Six-Card Flush > Six-Card Straight
 

Matt Grapenthien:    /      /  
Todd Brunson:    /      /  

Grapenthien brought it in, Brunson completed, and Grapenthien called. Both players checked on fourth street, and Grapenthien led out on fifth. Brunson called.

Things got interesting on sixth, when Grapenthien led out and Brunson raised. Grapenthien made it three bets, Brunson called, and the dealer pitched each player a downcard.

Grapenthien led out, Brunson called, and Grapenthien showed     for a flush.

"I had a six-card straight," Brunson said, showing   .

"I had a six-card flush," Grapenthien responded, smiling.

Matt Grapenthien1,935,000335,000
Todd Brunson1,125,000-335,000
07/03/14 06:49:20 PM PST
 
Grapenthien Comes Right Back
 

Matt Grapenthien

Matt Grapenthien:    /      /  
Todd Brunson:    /      /  

Grapenthien was the bring-in, and then Brunson completed. Grapenthien raised, and then Brunson reraised. Grapenthien called.

On fourth street and fifth street, Grapenthien bet, and then Grapenthien check-called a bet on sixth street. On seventh, Grapenthien checked, and Brunson bet.

"What the f*** is going on?" said Grapenthien after Brunson bet the end, leaning slightly back in his chair and rubbing his hand on his face. He thought for a little, and then called.

Brunson told him he had it, and then Grapenthien showed the     for a pair of aces. Brunson mucked, and Grapenthien won the pot.

Matt Grapenthien1,600,000325,000
Todd Brunson1,460,000-325,000
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