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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 7:15 PM Local Time
Freddie Ellis - 2,345,000 Eric Drache - 1,000,000 Ville Wahlbeck - 405,000 Max Pescatori - 330,000 Hasan Habib - 180,000
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 7:13 PM Local Time
Things aren't getting any easier for Max Pescatori here, but he did just get a double-up without having to sweat it. It was a four-way un-completed pot on fourth street. Pescatori bet (X-X) /    , driving out Freddie Ellis, then bet again on fifth with the  , driving out Eric Drache. That left only Hasan Habib in the pot. The boards at sixth street were: Habib: (X-X) /         Pescatori: (X-X) /         Pescatori moved all in for his last 28,000, drawing a call from Habib. It turned out that Habib was drawing dead against Pescatori's made heart flush,     in the hole. We still have one Italian Pirate at this final table.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 7:04 PM Local Time
It's like there's a chip magnet underneath Freddie Ellis' spot at the table. He raised Hasan Habib on fifth street in one pot, (X-X) /       for Ellis against Habib's (X-X) /      , then took that pot down on the river with a bet that induced a fold from Habib. A few hands later, Ellis was at it again, making trip eights against Eric Drache's aces-up. Drache was distracted during the hand by an ESPN tech crew member, who seemed very concerned about a cup of coffee that Drache had placed on the rail of the table. In any event, your chip leader is Freddie Ellis, and it's not close.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 6:58 PM Local Time
We admittedly picked up the action on this hand a bit late, as the boards didn't look too terribly exciting. On seventh street, Ville Wahlbeck had         showing for his up cards, and he checked it. His opponent was Freddie Ellis, whose board read        . Ellis took the opportunity to bet, and Wahlbeck went pretty deep into the tank. He shot a glance or two across the table at his opponent, double-checked his hole cards, and sent them into the muck. He's been worked down to about 460,000, while Ellis' technicolor hill of chips is too scattered to count on the fly.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 6:56 PM Local Time
It's not looking good for the Italian Pirate. He is legitimately a short stack now after tangling with chip leader and bully, Freddie Ellis. Pescatori raised fourth street, (X-X) /    , then went into check-call mode the rest of the way as Ellis came along and developed a board of (X-X) /         / (X). At the river, after drawing the   and  , Pescatori flipped his cards into the muck when Ellis bet. Pescatori now has less than 200,000 chips.
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 6:41 PM Local Time
They've slowed down play a bit at this final table. For the last fifteen minutes it's mainly been an affair of passing bring-in bets and antes around the table. All of the players are still relatively deep, compared to the limits. Better settle in for the long haul.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 6:22 PM Local Time
Eric Drache completed the bring-in with the   in the door. Hasan Habib was looking at the  , and he made the call. Drache: (X-X) /         / (X) Habib: (X-X) /         / (X) On fourth and fifth streets, Drache was the one doing the betting, with Habib calling along. On sixth street, Drache slowed down, and Habib put in a bet. On seventh street, Drache checked again, and Habib fired once more. Drache quickly called, turning over      . Habib hadn't yet looked at his final card, and he began to very slowly squeeze it out. After a moment, he shook his head, slipped his cards under, and sent them into the muck. Habib would go on to lose the next pot he played as well, with betting all the way to seventh street. His chip stack is hurting; he's down under 500,000 from the million he once held.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 6:16 PM Local Time
Hasan Habib brought it in with the   showing. Ville Wahlbeck called, as did Eric Drache. On fourth street, Drache picked up a leading king, and he bet out. Habib folded, but Wahlbeck would stay in until the end. Wahlbeck: (X-X) /         / (X) Drache: (X-X) /         / (X) Picking up on fifth street now, Drache continued out with another bet, and Wahlbeck called. On sixth street, Drache slowed down, allowing Wahlbeck to get in a bet. Both players checked seventh street. Drache rolled over      , and his aces up were the winner.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 5:55 PM Local Time
The Poker Kitchen isn't gourmet, but it works in a pinch. Cards are now back in the air.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 4:50 PM Local Time
The clock has been paused after four levels of play, and the five remaining contestants are taking one hour for dinner.
Gorilla Gaming
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 4:48 PM Local Time
Freddie Ellis brought it in with the  , and Hasan Habib called with the  . Ville Wahlbeck's   was good enough to complete the bet to 20,000, and both opponents called. Ellis: (X-X) /       MUCK Habib: (X-X) /         / (X) Wahlbeck: (X-X) /         / (X) On fourth and fifth streets, the two men checked and allowed Wahlbeck to bet. Both men called on fourth, but only Habib came along past fifth. On sixth street, Habib grabbed the betting lead, and Wahlbeck was the caller. Seventh street saw Habib lead out once again. This time though, Wahlbeck stuck in a raise, and Habib surrendered, tapping the table in acknowledgement.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 4:31 PM Local Time
We join Hasan Habib and Max Pescatori on fourth street, as both players check. Habib: (X-X) /         / (X) Pescatori: (X-X) /         / (X) On fifth and sixth streets, Pescatori was the leading bettor with his open tens, and Habib called both of those bets. On seventh street, Pescatori checked, then called a bet from Habib. Hasan revealed three hearts in the hole,      , having made the winning flush on the last card.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 4:27 PM Local Time
Here's how the final five look right now: Freddie Ellis - 1,350,000 Hasan Habib - 970,000 Ville Wahlbeck - 735,000 Max Pescatori - 640,000 Eric Drache - 534,000
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 4:23 PM Local Time
Ville Wahlbeck was the bringer-in with the  . Freddie Ellis called the 5,000, and Hasan Habib completed it to 20,000. Both Wahlbeck and Ellis called. On fourth street, Habib bet out, Wahlbeck folded, and Ellis called. Habib: (X-X) /         / (X) Ellis: (X-X) /         / (X) On fifth street, Habib led out again, and Ellis again called. On sixth street, Ellis picked up the king-hinh and he bet it, only to see Habib come over the top with a raise to 80,000. Ellis wanted to see one more card. He was done on seventh street though, check-folding to one last Habib bet.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 4:15 PM Local Time
Max Pescatori completed with the   up, and Ville Wahlbeck made the call showing the  . Pescatori: (X-X) /         / (X) Wahlbeck: (X-X) /         / (X) Both players checked fourth street. Pescatori led out on fifth and sixth streets, with Wahlbeck putting in the calls. On seventh street, Pescatori slowed down with a check. Wahlbeck took the opportunity to bet, and the jig was up for Pescatori as he turned his cards under and sent them into the muck.
Gorilla Gaming
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 4:00 PM Local Time
We pick up the action on fourth street, heads up between Ivan Schertzer and Eric Drache. Schertzer: (X-X) /         / (X) Drache: (X-X) /         / (X) On fourth street, Schertzer bet, and Drache flatted him. On fifth street, Schertzer bet once more, but Drache put in the raise to 80,000. Schertzer called all in for his final 20,000, putting his tournament life in danger. He had ammunition though, proudly opening up his buried    . As he looked over toward Drache though, he bit his lip and said, "Sh*t!" seeing his opponent table    . On sixth street, Drache drew a blank  , while Schertzer spiked the  , double-pairing him and drawing a big, "YES!" With one card to fade, Schertzer let Drache sweat his seventh street card first. After a long squeeze, Drache flipped up the   to improve to aces up. Schertzer briefly sweated his own final card, but the   that he pulled was of no use. His kings up weren't good enough to win him the pot, and he becomes our 6th-place finisher, pocketing nearly $65,000.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 3:51 PM Local Time
...and that's the ballgame for Greg "FBT" Mueller. He made his latest stand with buried deuces and ran smack into Hasan Habib's split aces. Neither player improved from there, ending Mueller's day and tournament in 7th place. He'll collect $53,886 at the cage.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 3:46 PM Local Time
Of course, as soon as we post about Freddie Ellis' troubles, he goes and proves us wrong. Ellis called or check-called the whole way against newly resurgent Ivan Schertzer, drawing into a board of (X-X) /        . He bet the river after Schertzer checked (X-X) /         to him. Schertzer called, then disappointedly flashed     for two pair, kings and queens after Ellis showed a spade flush with       in the hole.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 3:41 PM Local Time
The last half hour hasn't been kind to Freddie Ellis. He's splashing his chips around, hoping to gain some more and maybe knock some opponents out in the process, but it hasn't happened that way. Ellis led every street against Hasan Habib -- even after Habib raised him on fifth street. Down the river, with a board of (X-X) /         / (X), Ellis led out one last time. Habib again raised, showing (X-X /         / (X), and this time Ellis laid down his hand.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 3:33 PM Local Time
Tim Phan wasn't as lucky as Greg Mueller and Ivan Schertzer. He was all in on third street with     /   against Freddie Ellis and Ivan Schertzer. Schertzer, it turned out, was rolled up     /  , and was all in himself by fifth street. Ellis went for the double kill with     /      , but he never improved on his nines. Nor did Phan ever improve to anything better than a pair of deuces. As a result, Schertzer dragged the whole pot to chip back up to about 280,000. In the process he eliminated Phan, whose reward is $47,532.
Playtika - Jason Alexander