Thursday, June 3, 2010 5:40 PM Local Time
Just two days ago 358 of the world's greatest players took to the felt for Event 6: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout.
It has been stated that this event boasts one of the strongest starting fields in any World Series event, and this was underlined with some of the toughest starting tables ever witnessed as Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Chris Ferguson, Barry Greenstein and Phil Hellmuth were joined by sit-n-go masters and online prodigies.
However only thirty-six players would survive day one with Dario Minieri, John Duthie, Chad Brown, Tom Dwan, James Akenhead, Faraz Jaka, Chino Rheem and Chris Ferguson just a few of those looking at capturing a 2010 bracelet. Unfortunately the more recognizable names would fall to the rail as a final table of six would be set with a purely USA versus Europe element.
The UK's Neil Channing and Stuart Rutter along with Frenchman Nicolas Levi would be waving their respective flags against the Stars and Stripes of Brent Hanks, Joseph Elpayaa and Joshua Tieman.
Hanks was clipped by fellow countryman Elpayaa early and never was able to recover as he bowed out first before being followed by Levi and Elpayaa as their tournament was ended by Tieman as he took more than half the chips into three-handed play. Soon that was cut down to heads up play once Rutter's dominated ace failed to improve as Tieman and Channing sat down exactly the way the day started – USA versus Europe.
The six-to-one chip advantage that Tieman held soon increased to an eleven-to-one one before Channing – like fellow countryman Rutter – committed the last of his chips with a dominated ace against Tieman. No suckout would occur and Tieman would not only record his tenth WSOP cash but also win his first gold bracelet while increasing his live tournament earnings three-fold.
PokerNews would like to congratulate Joshua Tieman on an excellently played tournament composed of patience, poise and excellent decision making to be crowned the Event 6 Champion and recipient of a World Series of Poker gold bracelet and $441,692 in prizemoney.
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Thursday, June 3, 2010 5:37 PM Local Time
Neil Channing was short throughout the final table, but he parlayed the aggressive play from others with his own mastery of the game to reach a heads up match with Joshua Tieman.
Channing was unable to overcome the near 7:1 chip advantage though, and after about a dozen hands of heads up we have a champion.
Tieman opened to 80,000 with the button and Channing moved all-in for 716,000. Tieman took his time, patient as always, riffling chips with his hand. Finally he called and and the hands were tabled:
The dealer wrapped the table and flopped . No help for Channing.
The on the turn paired the board, keeping the door cracked open a bit.
It slam shut with the on the river.
The English professional was so close to his first WSOP bracelet, but he will have to settle for second place and $273,153.
Marvelous effort Mr. Channing!
Thursday, June 3, 2010 5:28 PM Local Time
Neil Channing limped in from the button and Joshua Tieman made it an additional 75,000 which Channing called.
The flop fell down and Channing quickly folded to Tieman's 105,000-chip bet as he slips to just over 700,000 in chips.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 5:15 PM Local Time
Joshua Tieman raised to 80,000 with the button and Neil Channing called. The flop fell .
Channing check-called 85,000 from Tieman and both players checked the turn.
The river brought the and Tieman led for 160,000. Channing folded and Tieman showed .
Channing is down to just 751,000 chips.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 5:10 PM Local Time
The first few hands of heads up between Neil Channing and Joshua Tieman have been back and forth.
One of the initial hands, Channing limped on his button and Tieman raised to 100,000. Channing called.
The flop fell Tieman led for 115,000. Channing called.
Both players checked the on the turn, and the river brought the .
Again both players checked and Tieman opened for a pair of sevens. Channing mucked and Tieman was awarded the pot.
Channing gained revenge a few hands later. He again limped in, Tieman checked and the flop came . Both players checked and the turn was the .
Tieman led for 60,000, Channing raised to 115,000 and Tieman folded.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 5:02 PM Local Time
We are now heads up for the bracelet, and the standings look like this:
Joshua Tieman: 7,719,000 chips
Neil Channing: 1,281,000 chips
Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:57 PM Local Time
Just a few hands after eliminating Joseph Elpayaa, Joshua Tieman claimed another victim; Stuart Rutter.
Rutter opened to 68,000 on the button and Tieman three-bet to 185,000 from the big blind. Rutter sat and thought for a few moments before pulling back the chips in front of him and replacing them with green T25,000 chips for a four-bet to 500,000.
Tieman went deep into the tank as he did against Elpayaa, working the hand out from every angle. Finally he double fisted almost 2,000,000 chips into the middle and Rutter immediately announced, "all in."
"Standard," Rutter said as he shrugged in defeat.
The flop was disastrous for Rutter; . The on the turn ended it, and after the fell on the river his elimination was official.
There will be no English heads up match today, but Rutter should be proud of his 3rd place finish and newly acquired $179,617.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:53 PM Local Time
Here are the current chip counts.
Joshua Tieman - 5,450,000
Stuart Rutter - 2,100,000
Neil Channing - 1,450,000
Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:50 PM Local Time
Stuart Rutter opened to 70,000 from under the gun only to have Joseph Elpayaa three-bet to 205,000 from the small blind.
With action on Joshua Tieman in the big blind, he four-bet to 580,000 total to prompt a quick fold from Rutter. Elpayaa deliberated for a few moments before moving all in for 2,530,000 total to put Tieman to a tough decision.
As Tieman sat there with his brain working overtime the thirty-strong rail kept their silence before after nearly three minutes he reached for his remaining chips and slid them into the pot to put Elpayaa at risk.
With Elpayaa needing to win the race to stay alive, the flop would keep Tieman out in front and leave Elpayaa needing one of the remaining Aces or Jacks to take the lead.
The on the turn gave both players a sweat with a four now seeing them chop the pot, but when the dealer burned and turned the on the river, Elpayaa made his way round the table congratulating the remaining three players on a well-played tournament.
Although hoping for a better then 4th place finish, Elpayaa isn't going home empty handed as he heads to the cage to collect $125,387 for his efforts.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:38 PM Local Time
It has been an incredibly quiet level so far.
Over the past twenty or so hands a single preflop raise has been enough to pick up the blinds and antes.
However Neil Channing and Joshua Tieman did see a flop and put 90,000 in each before the landed on the turn and a 140,000-chip bet from Tieman forced a fold from Channing.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:26 PM Local Time
Joshua Tieman entered the pot with a raise to 75,000 from under the gun only to have Neil Channing three-bet to 210,000 from the small blind.
Tieman made the call before both players checked the flop to see the land on the turn and a 175,000-chip bet follow from Channing.
Taking his allotted time, Tieman made the call before Channing pushed his last 847,000 into the pot when the river fell the .
After nearly two minutes, Tieman tossed his cards into the muck to slip to around 2,600,000 as Channing climbs up to 1,760,000 in chips.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:18 PM Local Time
Neil Channing opened to 76,000 from under the gun only to have Joseph Elpayaa three-bet to 201,000.
Channing sat there continuing to eat his sushi before deciding on a fold to give Elpayaa the 137,000-chip pot.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:16 PM Local Time
Joshua Tieman opened to 75,000 from under the gun and Joseph Elpayaa made the call from the big blind.
Both players checked down the board to see Tieman table his to take down the pot.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:09 PM Local Time
Stuart Rutter bumped it up from the button to 70,000 only to have Neil Channing three-bet to 205,000 from the small blind.
As Rutter contemplated his decision, Channing sat there chomping away on his Sushi that he picked up during the break.
As he struggled with the soy sauce packet he threw some looks back at Rutter to see if he had come to a decision.
Eventually Rutter's decision would be a fold to give Channing the pot.
After leaking chips over the last half hour of play before the break, Channing must have taken his much-needed twenty minute break and used it to his advantage to get his head back in the game.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:01 PM Local Time
Stuart Rutter limped in from the small blind and Neil Channing checked his option.
The was checked down to the river where Channing fired out 75,000.
Rutter took his time before making the call, only to muck at the sight of Channing's .
Thursday, June 3, 2010 3:55 PM Local Time
The cards are now back in the air.
Here are the counts heading into the third level of the day.
Joshua Tieman - 3,005,000
Stuart Rutter - 2,406,000
Joseph Elpayaa - 2,267,000
Neil Channing - 1,269,000
Thursday, June 3, 2010 3:35 PM Local Time
The remaining four players are heading on a twenty-minute break.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 3:34 PM Local Time
Neil Channing limped in from the button and Joseph Elpayaa made the call from the small blind as Joshua Tieman checked his option.
Elpayaa checked the flop as Tieman fired out 43,000. Channing called and Elpayaa passed as the landed on the turn.
Tieman led out for 108,000 and Channing took a little longer before making the call to see the land on the river and a 188,000-chip bet follow from Tieman.
Nearly two minutes passed before Channing laid his hand down as the players headed to break.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 3:30 PM Local Time
In three of the last couple of hands, Neil Channing lost a pot to each one of his opponents.
Against Joshua Tieman, Channing called an open to 60,000 from the big blind then check-folded to a 70,000-chip bet bet on a flop.
Channing also called a raise in the blinds from Stuart Rutter. He again check-folded after the flop.
The hand against Joseph Elpayaa was a blind-for-blind battle. Channing completed from the small blind, Elpayaa checked his option and the flop fell . Channing check-folded a third time when Elpayaa bet 40,000.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 3:28 PM Local Time
Stuart Rutter isn't afraid to make big bets preflop.
He was sitting in the big blind when Neil Channing limped in from under the gun and Joshua Tieman completed in the small blind. Rutter raised to 99,000 and Channing re-raised to 259,000.
Tieman got out of the way and after tanking for a few minutes, Rutter reached for a couple of stacks and put in another raise to 659,000.
Channing tank-folded, and his stack slipped to 1,640,000 chips. Rutter's agression has him up to 2,350,000 chips.