Thursday, June 26, 2014 3:38 PM Local Time
Zhou Takes from Razz Runner Up
Chun Lei Zhou: / /
Brandon Shack-Harris: / /
Zhou completed, Shack-Harris called, and the latter led out on both fourth and fifth street. Zhou called both bets.
The duo both checked on sixth, and Shack-Harris, the runner-up in the $10,000 buy-in razz event, check-called a bet on seventh. Zhou turned over for a seven-six, and Shack-Harris mucked.
|Brandon Shack-Harris||4,160,000||-360,000 |
|Chun Lei Zhou||1,550,000||365,000 |
Thursday, June 26, 2014 3:32 PM Local Time
Shack-Harris Folds on the River
Brandon Shack-Harris raised to 120,000 from the hijack and Frank Kassela called from the button. Abe Mosseri came along from the big blind and three players took a flop of . Mosseri led out for 60,000, Shack-Harris raised to 120,000, and Kassela flatted. Mosseri opted to get out of the way and it was heads-up action to the turn.
Shack-Harris bet 120,000, Kassela called, and the completed the board on the river. This time Shack-Harris checked and folded when Kassela bet 120,000.
|Brandon Shack-Harris||4,520,000||-130,000 |
|Frank Kassela||1,700,000||215,000 |
Thursday, June 26, 2014 3:27 PM Local Time
Three-Quarters for Martin, Who Then Receives a Warning
Chun Lei Zhou raised on the button, Brandon Shack-Harris made it three bets out of the small blind, and Jesse Martin reraised to four bets in the big blind. Zhou and Shack-Harris both called.
The dealer fanned , Shack-Harris checked, and Martin tossed out a bet. Zhou raised to two bets, Shack-Harris check-raised to three bets, and only Martin called.
The turn was the , Martin called a bet from Shack-Harris, and the completed the board. Shack-Harris led out, Martin called, and the hands were tabled.
Shack-Harris: (Pair of queens and the nut low)
Martin: (Pair of kings and the nut low)
Martin won three-quarters of the pot, but became a bit perturbed while the dealer was trying to split the pot. He started offering help and giving direction, but the tournament director intervened, telling Martin to allow the dealer to split the pot.
"It's easy," Martin said, continuing to disagree with the dealers' methods.
At this point other players started to chime in, and the tournament director silenced all of them. He then issued a warning to Martin, who took a deep breath to compose himself.
"I feel like you're scolding me," Martin told the tournament director.
|Brandon Shack-Harris||4,650,000||-625,000 |
|Jesse Martin||1,695,000||670,000 |
|Chun Lei Zhou||1,185,000||-365,000 |
Thursday, June 26, 2014 3:15 PM Local Time
More for Martin
Chu Lei Zhou completed with the and then called when Jesse Martin raised with the . Zhou then check-called a bet on fourth before both players checked fifth and sixth. Zhou then bet on seventh and Martin made a quick call.
Zhou had fives and sixes, but it was no good as Martin had a better two pair with tens and nines.
|Chun Lei Zhou||1,550,000||-400,000 |
|Jesse Martin||1,025,000||275,000 |
Thursday, June 26, 2014 3:10 PM Local Time
Frank Kassela: / /
Jesse Martin: / /
Chun Lei Zhou brought it in with the , Martin completed, and Kassela raised. The action folded back to Martin, who called, and Kassela led out on fourth street. Martin called.
After making a better board on fifth, Martin bet out, putting himself all in, and Kassela called.
Martin improved to two pair on sixth, and Kassela was drawing dead with a meaningless . Seventh street was irrelevant - Kassela received the , Martin the - and Martin doubled through.
|Frank Kassela||1,485,000||-335,000 |
|Jesse Martin||750,000||380,000 |
Thursday, June 26, 2014 3:05 PM Local Time
Martin in the Danger Zone
Brandon Shack-Harris completed with the and Jesse Martin called with his . Shack-Harris then check-called a bet on fourth before leading out for 120,000 on fifth. Martin called and then check-called another 120,000 on sixth. That action repeated itself and the cards were revealed.
Martin: / /
Shack-Harris rolled over a flush, and it was good as Martin scooped up his cards and sent them to the muck.
|Brandon Shack-Harris||5,275,000||565,000 |
|Jesse Martin||370,000||-350,000 |
Thursday, June 26, 2014 3:02 PM Local Time
Zhou Gives It Up
In the last hand of the no-limit hold'em round, Chun Lei Zhou opened to 65,000 from under-the-gun and then called when John Hennigan three-bet to 178,000 from the small blind. Zhou then called a bet of 150,000 from his opponent on the flop before both players checked the turn.
Hennigan fired out a healthy 400,000 on the river and Zhou thought for a minute or so before releasing his hand.
|John Hennigan||2,400,000||380,000 |
|Chun Lei Zhou||1,950,000||-570,000 |
Thursday, June 26, 2014 2:51 PM Local Time
Shack-Harris Cold Four-Bets
Abe Mosseri raised to 65,000 in the hijack seat, Chun Lei Zhou reraised to 175,000 on his direct left, and Brandon Shack-Harris bumped it all the way up to 425,000 on the button.
The action folded back to Mosseri, who quickly folded as well, and Zhou went deep into the tank. He eventually emerged with a fold, and Shack-Harris silently dragged the pot.
|Brandon Shack-Harris||4,710,000||129,000 |
|Abe Mosseri||2,970,000||-430,000 |
|Chun Lei Zhou||2,520,000||-280,000 |
Thursday, June 26, 2014 2:43 PM Local Time
All In and a Call
Jesse Martin opened to 70,000 from under-the-gun and was met by a three-bet to 275,000 by John Hennigan in the cutoff. The button and blinds all folded, and Martin announced that he was all in for 720,000. Hennigan snap-called.
Both players held "Big Slick", so unless the board four-flushed, it was destined to be a chopped pot. That's just what happened after the board ran out a clean .
|John Hennigan||2,020,000||0 |
|Jesse Martin||720,000||0 |
Thursday, June 26, 2014 2:35 PM Local Time
There were no significant happenings during the seven hands of 2-7 triple draw, and the remaining six players are now cruising in the Cadillac of poker: no-limit hold'em.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 2:33 PM Local Time
Shack-Harris Calls to Chop
John Hennigan: / /
Brandon Shack-Harris: / /
Hennigan brought it in, then called when Shack-Harris completed. Hennigan called a bet from Shack-Harris on fourth street, then led out on fifth, sixth, and seventh when he had a better board. Shack-Harris made quick calls on the first two streets, then tank-called on seventh.
"Nice call," Hennigan told him, revealing . "I made a low."
Shack-Harris turned over for just a pair of queens - to the surprise of Hennigan - and the two chopped the pot.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 2:30 PM Local Time
Melissa Burr Eliminated in 7th Place ($165,435)
Jesse Martin brought it in with the , John Hennigan completed with the , and Melissa Burr moved all in for 31,000. The action folded back to Hennigan, who called.
Hennigan: / /
Burr: / /
Burr started off with four hearts, but it didn't matter when Hennigan made quads by fifth street. Burr, the first woman to cash and make the final table of the $50,000 Poker Players' Championship received a big round of applause as she exited the Mothership, and she'll earn $165,435 for her efforts.
|John Hennigan||1,940,000||62,000 |
|Melissa Burr||0||-31,000 |
Thursday, June 26, 2014 2:25 PM Local Time
Huge Scoop for Zhou; Burr Crippled
Abe Mosseri completed with the only to have Chun Lei Zhou raise to 120,000 with the . Melissa Burr, who was showing the , then made it 180,000 to go, both her opponents called, and three players went to fourth street. Mosseri led out for 60,000, both his opponents called, and he checked fifth.
Zhou bet 120,000, both Burr and Mosseri called, and Mosseri led out once again on sixth. Two calls were made and Mosseri fired 120,000 one final time on seventh. Zhou made a quick call and Burr, who only had 31,000 behind, opted to fold.
"Aces," Mosseri said.
"Only aces?" Zhou asked.
Burr: / / — fold
Zhou tabled two pair, and that proved good enough to scoop the large pot.
|Abe Mosseri||3,400,000||-640,000 |
|Chun Lei Zhou||2,800,000||1,411,000 |
|Melissa Burr||31,000||-630,000 |
Thursday, June 26, 2014 2:20 PM Local Time
Allen Kessler Eliminated in 8th Place ($134,101)
Frank Kassela: / /
Abe Mosseri: / /
Kassela brought it in, Mosseri completed, and Kassela made the call. Mosseri check-called a bet on fourth street, both players knuckled on fifth, and Mosseri led out on sixth. Kassela called.
Kassela called one last bet on seventh street, then mucked when Mosseri showed for two pair.
Allen Kessler: / /
Mosseri: / /
On the very next hand, Kessler brought it in and Mosseri completed. Kessler called, both players checked on fourth street, and Kessler check-called bets on fifth, sixth, and seventh.
The bet from Mosseri on seventh put Kessler all in, and he begrudgingly committed the remainder of his stack. Mosseri showed for a straight, and Kessler showed , claiming he bricked his flush draw.
|Abe Mosseri||4,040,000||1,035,000 |
|Frank Kassela||1,820,000||-687,000 |
|Allen Kessler||0||-439,000 |
Thursday, June 26, 2014 2:12 PM Local Time
Nice Call by Shack-Harris in First Hand of the Day
Brandon Shack-Harris brought it in with the and then called when Abe Mosseri completed with the . Both players then checked fourth street before Shack-Harris check-called bets on fifth through seventh streets.
Shack-Harris snap-called on seventh with just kings. He was right, as Mosseri only held ace-high.
|Brandon Shack-Harris||4,581,000||480,000 |
|Abe Mosseri||3,005,000||-480,000 |
Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:38 PM Local Time
Who Will Walk Away as the 2014 WSOP $50,000 Poker Players' Champion?
What started with 102 players in the 2014 World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players' Championship is now down to the unofficial final table of eight. Today those players will return to the Rio All-Suite Casino in Las Vegas to play down to a winner, who will walk away with $1,517,767, a gold bracelet, and have their name inscribed on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.
The man best positioned to make a run at the top prize is 2014 WSOP bracelet winner and Player of the Year contender Brandon Shack-Harris, who begins the day with 4,101,000 chips. Another player to keep an eye on is Melissa Burr, who became the first woman to ever cash in this event.
Joining Shack-Harris and Burr on Day 5 will be Frank Kassela, Abe Mosseri, Allen Kessler, Jesse Martin, Chun Lei "samrostan" Zhou, and John Hennigan. This is Hennigan's third straight cash in the Poker Players' Championship, and his second consecutive final table. The only other player at the final table with a previous cash in this event is Mosseri, who finished 11th in 2010 for $129,957.
Officially, Mosseri is only guaranteed $165,435 with seven players remaining, but it is rumored that he has already locked up $600,000 in side bets by reaching the final table. If he wins, he could earn an additional $300,000 on top of the $1,517,767 first-place prize.
Shack-Harris, who already has first, second, and third-place finishes at the 2014 WSOP, is nipping at George Danzer's heels in the Player of the Year race, Martin is looked to capture his second gold bracelet in as many years, and Kessler and Zhou are both looking to win their first and only.
Who will walk away as the 2014 WSOP $50,000 Poker Players' Champion? All we know for sure is that it will be one of these eight players:
Unofficial Final Table
|Seat||Player||Country||Chips||WSOP Bracelets||Career Earnings|
|5||Chun Lei Zhou||Macau||1,389,000||0||$199,137|
The surviving eight players will return at 2 p.m., which is just over an hour from now. Be sure to return to PokerNews for exclusive live updates from this and every event at the 2014 WSOP.