06/05/11 07:17:53 AM PDT
Expecting to crown another bracelet winner today at the 2011 World Series of Poker saw those ambitions fall just a few places shy in Event #4: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em as just four players remain.
Starting the day with 42 players all eyeing a piece of the $4,065,500 prizepool, many people wanted to see a fairytale story of Brian Lemke capturing his second gold bracelet in the same event after he collected the top prize in 2009. Action early saw players fly out the door as Bernard Lee (42nd), Matt Glantz (38th), Kyle Bowker, (37th), Tim West (35th), JC Tran (29th), Konstantin Bucherl (20th) and Carlos Mortensen (17th) all find themselves on the wrong side of the rail as players jostled for position as they made a run at the final table.
Unfortunately for Lemke, his roller coaster of a day that saw his chip stack soar up and down would eventually end in 14th place when his was no match for Allen Bari's when a king dropped on the board. With Lemke's chips in his possession, it would be Bari that would steamroll the field as he accumulated chips like Phil Ivey gets ZOMG's from poker noobs as he arrived at the final table sharing the chip lead with Thomas Ross.
Arriving at the final table wouldn't come without its dilemmas either as players were outraged at the fact that they had to continue playing instead of pausing for the night. Coming off two $5,000 buy-in-plus second-place finishes within the past month, Farzad Bonyadi would be unable to improve on that as he was bundled out in ninth before Mikhail Lakhitov had his kings cracked to fall in eighth. As Bari increased his lead to one-third of the chips in play, that would soon soar out to half and then two-thirds of the chips in play as Jesse Chinni and Ricky Fohrenbach fell in seventh and sixth respectively.
Although the voices on the rail picked up, the action came to a complete stall in the final hour - apart from a quickfire last few hands - as eventually play was ceased for the night with four players remaining. As was the flavor for the final table Allen Bari will hold the chip lead heading into tomorrow with an amassed 9,125,000 in chips, but with Nicholas Blumenthal, Sean LeFort and Maria Ho still fighting for survival, it won't be too easy for Bari.
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be heading home to get some much-needed rest, but just like the remaining players, we will be back here at 2:30 pm PST to provide the conclusion of all the final table action as we look to crown the Event #4: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Champion and award $874,116 in prizemoney along with the coveted gold bracelet!
06/05/11 07:15:25 AM PDT
Allen Bari opened under the gun with a raise to 160,000 only to have Sean LeFort move all in for 580,000. Bari made the call tabling his to be trailing LeFort's .
The board rolled out to ensure LeFort snagged a late double.
06/05/11 07:13:13 AM PDT
Allen Bari entered the pot from the cutoff with a raise to 160,000 only to have Thomas Ross move all in for 710,000 from the button. Bari paused for a few moments before making the call.
The flop gave Bari some backdoor outs along with his eight as the landed on the turn. Now needing to fade a spade or eight, the river would be a cruel to see Ross hit the rail in 5th place for a $189,574 payday as Bari soars to 9,800,000 in chips.
06/05/11 07:08:24 AM PDT
Maria Ho moved her last 660,000 into the pot from under the gun and Allen Bari iso-shoved from the small blind.
The board ran out to see Ho snag the double to move to over 1,300,000 as Bari slips to 8,950,000 in chips.
06/05/11 07:03:23 AM PDT
Allen Bari picked up the blinds and antes which pleased his rail.
"Finally! He hasn't won a pot in like an orbit!" commented Jason Mercier.
06/05/11 06:46:19 AM PDT
Sean LeFort opened the cutoff to 160,000 only to have Thomas Ross move all in for 705,000 from the big blind.
LeFort contemplated for a few moments before kicking his cards to the muck while slipping to an even million as Ross moves to 950,000 in chips.
06/05/11 06:43:17 AM PDT
"Shockerrrrrrrr!" stated Jason Mercier after Allen Bari received a walk in the big blind.
|Allen Bari||8,550,000||500,000 |
06/05/11 06:39:28 AM PDT
From the button, Allen Bari announced a raise of 7,000,000.
The blinds mucked and Bari picked up the 170,000 in that was in the pot before flashing pocket kings.
"Why you make it so much?" asked Jason Mercier from the rail.
"He was scared of the ace bro!" responded Dan O'Brien as a few players and railbirds let out a few chuckles.
06/05/11 06:31:02 AM PDT
Sean LeFort opened his cutoff to 160,000 and Thomas Ross made the call from the big blind as the dealer dropped a flop.
Ross checked, and LeFort continued for 175,000 which was enough to force a fold from Ross.
|Sean LeFort||1,300,000||315,000 |
|Thomas Ross||970,000||-255,000 |
06/05/11 06:27:23 AM PDT
Maria Ho shipped her button for 360,000 and Sean LeFort made the call from the small blind.
The board ran out to see Ho snag a double to move to 820,000 in chips.
06/05/11 06:21:23 AM PDT
That was Jason Mercier announcing his arrival on the rail to sweat Allen Bari alongside Dan O'Brien.
Also on the rail, but currently occupied playing a three-handed game on an iPad is Vanessa Selbst, Jeff Madsen and Matthew Waxman.
06/05/11 06:18:28 AM PDT
06/05/11 06:17:40 AM PDT
Ricky Fohrenbach entered the pot from the cutoff to 120,000 only to have Allen Bari announce, "I raise... to 4 million!"
Once the blinds passed and the action returned to Fohrenbach, he deliberated for nearly ninety seconds before making the call for his 1,720,000-chip stack.
With Fohrenbach holding the lead in the race for his tournament life, the flop switched Bari into the lead but still left Fohrenbach needing any queen, ten or seven to snatch it back.
The on the turn did little to change the hand, and when the completed the board, Fohrenbach was forced to hit the rail in 6th place collecting $142,821 in prizemoney as Bari moves to roughly 8,000,000 in chips - virtually three quarters of the chips in play!
06/05/11 06:12:29 AM PDT
From the cutoff, Nicholas Blumenthal shipped his final 720,000 into the pot and Ricky Fohrenbach iso-shoved the button.
With Blumenthal in the lead, the flop gave Fohrenbach an additional four outs to a gutshot.
The on the turn changed little, and when the landed on the river, Blumenthal was pushed the double to roughly 1,800,000 as Fohrenbach slipped to roughly 1,700,000 in chips.
06/05/11 06:07:25 AM PDT
|Allen Bari||6,050,000||350,000 |
|Ricky Fohrenbach||2,500,000||-200,000 |
|Sean LeFort||1,620,000||-80,000 |
|Thomas Ross||1,225,000||15,000 |
|Nicholas Blumenthal||750,000||-150,000 |
|Maria Ho||700,000||60,000 |
06/05/11 06:06:26 AM PDT
"Time to have an amazing race Maria!"
That piece of magic was provided by Lauren Kling from the rail.
06/05/11 05:54:26 AM PDT
Sean LeFort pushed all in from middle position for roughly 800,000 and Nicholas Blumenthal iso-shoved next to act.
With LeFort in the lead, but in a race for his tournament survival, the board would ensure the chips shipped his way as he moved to over 1,700,000 while Blumenthal slipped to 900,000 in chips.
06/05/11 05:50:05 AM PDT
Catching the action on the flop we found Nicholas Blumenthal and Ricky Fohrenbach exchanging a bet and a call to see the fall on the turn.
As Fohrenbach continued his trademark stare-down on Blumenthal, he fired out 75,000 when the river landed the .
Blumenthal made the call, but would muck at the sight of Fohrenbach's .
06/05/11 05:33:04 AM PDT
From the cutoff, Ricky Fohrenbach opened to 120,000 only to have Jesse Chinni three-bet jam all in for 1,060,000. Once Thomas Ross folded from the big, Fohrenbach immediately made the call and slammed his cards down.
With Chinni all in and behind, the flop gave him no additional outs as the dealer dropped the landed on the turn.
Only three cards could keep Chinni alive, but when the fell on the river, he would be forced to head to the rail in 7th place for a $108,914 payday as Fohrenbach moves to 2,700,000 in chips.