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2009 40th Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, June 01, 2009 to Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Event #6: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,223,558
  • Entries: 142
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, June 3, 2009 10:10 PM Local Time
The bracelet is on the table. This is it. Will it be Freddie Ellis or Eric Drache?
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 10:04 PM Local Time
Freddie Ellis - 2,490,000 Eric Drache - 1,770,000
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 10:02 PM Local Time
A very frustrated Ville Wahlbeck, down to less than 200,000 in chips, got his stack into the middle with buried kings. Unfortunately for Wahlbeck, Eric Drache had picked up buried aces. Neither player improved from there, making Wahlbeck our third-place finisher. He picks up $152,915 in prize money while the remaining two players -- Drache and Freddie Ellis -- go on a short break to await the arrival of the bracelet.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 9:54 PM Local Time
It doesn't look like it. Two more pots have gone to Freddie Ellis. First he rolled a gutterball jack-high straight (on the river!) against Ville Wahlbeck. Then a few hands later, Wahlbeck had to surrender on the river when Ellis bet a board of (X-X) /         / (X) after Wahlbeck checked (X-X) /         / (X).
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 9:44 PM Local Time
With one pot, Eric Drache has moved from 500,000 in chips to more than 1 million. All three players were in for a bet on third street after Freddie Ellis completed his  . Ellis bet the whole way, with Ville Wahlbeck dropping out at fifth street. Drache called each street. On the river, Ellis bet one last time with (X-X) /         / (X). Drache squeezed hard, then raised all in for 85,000 total. Ellis called to see Drache show down hole cards of       that matched a board of         to create a six-high straight. Ellis flashed kings up and mucked.
Gorilla Gaming
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 9:36 PM Local Time
If Freddie Ellis doesn't win this tournament, we are going to need to have a serious word with the Stud Poker gods. He can seemingly do no wrong at this final table. After Ville Wahlbeck brought it in with the  , Ellis called with the  . Both players checked fourth street. Ellis got one bet in that Wahlbeck called on fifth before both checked sixth. Down the river, the boards were: Ellis: (X-X) /         / (X) Wahlbeck: (X-X) /         / (X) Ellis went for another bet and was called by Wahlbeck. It was a bad calle for Wahlbeck; Ellis showed       for the winning hand, a pair of kings. He now has about 2.8 million of the 4.2 million chips in play.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 9:30 PM Local Time
Freddie Ellis - 2,750,000 Ville Wahlbeck - 955,000 Eric Drache - 550,000
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 9:25 PM Local Time
We're back in inaction.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 9:17 PM Local Time
We've reached the end of the level, and the players have decided to take 5 minutes to stretch in between each level from here on out. Be right back.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 9:16 PM Local Time
In the most action we've seen in 45 minutes, Eric Drache called the bring-in with the   showing. Freddie Ellis completed it with the  , and Drache called again. On fourth street, Ellis picked up the   and fired out a bet. Drache's   was good for a raise, and Ellis called the extra bet. On fifth, Drache led out with the  , and Ellis folded his  . See? There really isn't much happening right now. It's reverted back to a sort of feeling-out period, with the players basically trading antes and bring-ins. Of course, it's only a matter of time before things pick up. Cue the level up!
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 9:12 PM Local Time
We've hit another dry spell here on the secondary featured table, so let's talk about something else. There is a rotating group of about 40 or 50 people along the rail, both on the floor and up above in the overlooking spectator box. There were a lot more earlier in the day, but the railbirds' attention seems to have wandered; we're fighting the same predicament ourselves to be honest. Across the other side of the Jack Link's stage is where you can find the big cheering section; the final table of the $1,000 Stimulus Special is going strong, heads up for the title. There is quite a throng of people sweating that event, and every half hour or so, a thunderous ovation comes roaring out of the TV Table area. Steve Sung is the big name over there, duking it out with a Greek player named Pete Vilandos. Let's just say nearly everyone is rooting for Sung. On the other side of the room, the Pot-Limit Omaha event ended about 2 hours ago, with Jason Mercier taking home his first bracelet. Also in the green section is the conclusion of the Deuce to Seven Lowball event, down to the final 11 players. Phil Ivey is still kicking over there, as are Layne Flack, David Grey, and Tony G. Way back behind us, Day 2 of the $1,500 NLHE event is running, and Day 1 of both the $1,500 Six-Handed NLHE and the $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha are both running as well. To top it all off, the red section is chock full of cash games. There's a lot going on here in the Amazon Room... just not much at our Stud final table.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 8:46 PM Local Time
Things are a lot easier now that the orange chips are off of the table. Here's how they stack up with the greens and pinks: Freddie Ellis - 2,550,000 Eric Drache - 1,415,000 Ville Wahlbeck - 260,000
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 8:44 PM Local Time
Freddie Ellis had to bring it in with the  . Ville Wahlbeck completed it, and Ellis was the lone caller. On fourth street, Wahlbeck pulled the   and bet out again. Ellis called after drawing the  . On fifth street, Wahlbeck's   slowed him down. When he checked, Ellis fired with his  . Wahlbeck frowned, counted down his remaining stack, and mucked his hand. He has 260,000 chips left and truly can't afford to lose too many more pots.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 8:34 PM Local Time
We join the action on sixth street, heads up between Eric Drache and Ville Wahlbeck. Drache's up cards read        , and he put out a bet into Wahlbeck's dangerous looking         board. Wahlbeck called, and both players checked seventh street. Drache tabled      , making queens up. It was good; Wahlbeck pushed his cards into the muck, leaving himself just about 150,000 chips to play with. ----- On the next hand, Wahlbeck got it all in on fifth street, again tangling with Drache. Drache's board came out (   ) /         / ( ) for two pair once again. Wahlbeck could top that, running out his (   ) /         / ( ) board. His ace-high diamond flush locked up the pot, earning him a timely double up. After losing most of his stack to Drache, he has climbed back up over 400,000 courtesy of the same man.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 8:16 PM Local Time
Cards are back in the air.
Gorilla Gaming
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 7:56 PM Local Time
The three remaining players are on a twenty-minute break. During the break the orange (T1,000) chips will be colored up and raced off.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 7:49 PM Local Time
It's not good if you're the short stack and you're losing pots. Ville Wahlbeck brought it in with the   and was called by Freddie Ellis with an  . Ellis had the betting lead on all streets [ (X-X) /         ] but opted to check-call fifth street and sixth street against Wahlbeck's board of (X-X) /        . Both players checked the river. Wahlbeck produced       as his hole cards for two pair, tens and sixes, but Ellis had him beat with      , two pair aces and fives. It really is the Freddie Ellis show here. It seems that nobody can stop him.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 7:37 PM Local Time
Freddie Ellis - 2,330,000 Eric Drache - 1,435,000 Ville Wahlbeck - 495,000
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 7:35 PM Local Time
It's game over for Max Pescatori. He made a stand, all in for 93,000, on third street with     /  . Ville Wahlbeck was in there with him, turning up     /  . Pescatori drew into two pair, jacks and nines, by sixth street, but Wahlbeck made queens and eights on the river. Pescatori sweated out his own river card, but did not improve with the  . With his fourth place elimination, Pescatori will pick up $107,959. We're also down to the final three competitors.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 7:23 PM Local Time
Nothing went right for Hasan Habib after dinner. He was second in chips when dinner started, with a touch more than 1 million. Now he's out in fifth place, a victim of a tough string of unkind boards. On his final hand, Habib completed the   after Ville Wahlbeck brought it in and Eric Drache limped the  . Only Drache called. In fact, Drache called all the way to sixth street, where he raised     /         to put Habib all in. Habib called with     /         and found himself looking for one of the two remaining tens. His river was not a ten; it was the  . Habib's reward for fifth place is $80,969.
Gorilla Gaming