Thursday, June 3, 2010 6:13 PM Local Time
Leonard Martin was all in before the second draw and up against Peter Gelencser who bet a third opponent, Don McNamara, out of the pot to get heads up with the all-in Martin.
On the second draw, Gelencser and Martin both drew one card. On the third and final draw, Gelencser stood pat and Martin drew one. Gelencser tabled an and Martin paired up on the final draw, making a . He was eliminated from the tournament and took home nearly $25,000 for his finish.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 6:03 PM Local Time
Break's over. We're back at it.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 5:43 PM Local Time
With the recent elimination of Shunjiro Uchida, the final six have taken a 20-minute break. See you in a few.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 5:42 PM Local Time
Shunjiro Uchida moved all in on the second round of betting when he was heads up against Raphael Zimmerman. When the final draws were made, Uchida made a queen and Zimmerman showed .
And with that elimination, we have our official table of six.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 5:39 PM Local Time
David Chiu raised and Leonard Martin called. Don McNamara also called from the big blind and then drew one. Chiu drew one as well and Martin drew two. After the draw, action checked to Chiu and he bet. Both his opponents called.
On the second draw, McNamara drew one, Chiu stood pat and Martin drew one. Chiu then bet after McNamara checked to him and only Martin stuck around to see the third draw.
Both players stood pat and then checked. Martin tabled an eighty-seven and Chiu mucked his hand.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 5:25 PM Local Time
On the second draw of action, Peter Gelencser stood pat and David Chiu drew one card. There was already over 100,000 chips in the middle and Gelencser added to that by betting out after the draw. Chiu made the call.
Gelencser stood pat again on the third and final draw. Chiu drew one. Gelencser bet and Chiu made the call. Chiu tabled the and won the pot. He's now up to about 340,000 chips.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 5:20 PM Local Time
Don McNamara raised from the cutoff seat and David Chiu reraised from the big blind. McNamara made the call. On the first draw, Chiu drew one and McNamara stood pat. Chiu checked, McNamara bet and Chiu called. On the next draw, Chiu drew one and McNamara bet. Chiu raised and then McNamara called. On the third draw, both players stood pat. Chiu led with a bet and McNamara called.
McNamaa was second best and lost the pot, giving up a nice pot to Chiu, who's now up to about 250,000.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 5:12 PM Local Time
Raphael Zimmerman check-called Leonard Martin's raise from the small blind. They each drew two. Martin bet and Zimmerman called. Both players drew one. Martin check-raised Zimmerman's bet and Zimmerman made the call. Martin drew one and Zimmerman stood pat. They both checked the final betting round.
Zimmerman tabled and took the pot.
A few hands later Zimmerman raised from the button and was called by Don McNamara in the small blind. McNamara took two and Zimmerman drew four. McNamara bet and Zimmerman called. This time McNamara drew one and Zimmerman drew three. McNamara bet and Zimmerman called. McNamara took one while Zimmerman stood pat. They both checked and Zimmerman tabled and won the pot.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 5:03 PM Local Time
Peter Gelencser check-raised Don McNamara after the first draw and McNamara called. After the action, Gelencser stood pat and McNamara drew one. Then, Gelencser bet out. McNamara raised and Gelencser went into the tank. A solid minute went by before Gelencser released his hand and dropped the pot.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 5:01 PM Local Time
Although the official final table will be set when when one more player makes his exit, we thought we'd let you know a little bit about each player seated at the felt in front of us.
Seat 1: David Chiu is a 49-year-old poker pro from China who resides in Rowland Heights, California. He cashed in the 2009 WSOP six times and has four WSOP bracelets. Chiu's lifetime career earnings is $6,758,729.
Seat 2: Jameson Painter is from Goodfield, Illinois. He is not a stranger to the WSOP, he finished in eighth place at the 2009 WSOP and also cashed in 2007.
Seat 3: Leonard Martin was the runner-up in the 2007 WSOP 2-7 triple draw lowball rebuy event. He has $147,000 in career lifetime earnings and is looking to take home a bracelet.
Seat 4: Raphael Zimmerman resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has three WSOP cashes and finished in sixth place in this same event last year. He has a lifetime cash total of $167,817.
Seat 5: Don McNamera currently resides in Menlo Park, California. He has two previous cashes in the WSOP. If he makes the "official" final table, it will be his second. In February finished in second place in an Omaha 8 or better event at the LA Poker Classic. His lifetime cashes are $133,544.
Seat 6: Peter Gelencser comes to us from Budapest, Hungary. He cashed twice in the WSOP last year and barring an exit in seventh place, this will be his first official WSOP final table.
Seat 7: Shunjiro Uchida is a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2008 he finished second in the limit 2-7 lowball event. He has $207,683 in career cashes.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:57 PM Local Time
From under the gun, Raphael Zimmerman raised. David Chiu was on the button and made it three bets. Zimmerman then made it four bets and Chiu called. Zimmerman stood pat on each street while Chiu drew one card each time. Zimmerman bet out after every draw, but eventually Chiu decided not to call after the third draw.
It was a hefty pot for Zimmerman and he's up to 420,000 again. Chiu's down to 205,000.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:51 PM Local Time
From the button, Raphael Zimmerman raised and Don McNamara called from the small blind. Peter Gelencser called from the big blind as well. All three players drew two cards apiece on the first draw and then action was checked around.
On the second draw, McNamara drew two, as did Gelencser. Zimmerman drew three this time. McNamara bet, Gelencser raised, Zimmerman folded and McNamara called. McNamara then drew one and Gelencser stood pat. After the final draw, both players stood pat.
McNamara's was the winning hand and Gelencser mucked.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:43 PM Local Time
Leonard Martin bet out after the first draw and Raphael Zimmerman raised. Martin made the call. On the second draw, Martin took one and Zimmerman stood pat. After the draw, Martin check-called a bet from Zimmerman.
On the third draw, Martin stood pat which led Zimmerman to break his hand and draw one card. Martin checked after the draw and Zimmerman checked behind. Martin spread an and all Zimmerman could say was, "You're good."
Martin climbed back to 170,000 in chips with that pot.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:38 PM Local Time
Jameson Painter drew two and was up against Don McNamara who also drew two. After the draw, Painter check-called a bet from McNamara.
On the second draw, both players drew one. Painter checked and McNamara fired. Painter made the call.
On the final draw, both players drew one again. Painter opted to lead out this time and McNamara folded, showing that he had made a six-high straight, which counts against you in this game. Painter moved up to 175,000 on the hand.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:38 PM Local Time
David Chiu raised and was called by Raphael Zimmerman on the button. They each drew two. Chiu bet and Zimmerman made the call. Chiu took one card and Zimmerman drew two cards. Chiu then bet, Zimmerman raised and Chiu called. Both stood pat and checked the last betting round.
Chiu showed and raked in the pot. Zimmerman showed and mucked the rest of his cards.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:32 PM Local Time
Jameson Painter has the largest group of fans in his corner for this event. Painter is wearing an orange shirt and all of his fans have orange shirts on as well. Most of the shirts have "WWJRPD" written on them in black marker for "What Would Jameson R Painter Do?" They also brought Mr. Painter some cupcakes with orange frosting on them for his birthday, which is today.
A few times after Painter was pushed a pot, his fans broke out into song, singing Happy Birthday to their friend who is still in the event. As one might expect, Painter turned a little red in the face while he was serenaded by his friends on the rail.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:25 PM Local Time
The players have been seated around the feature table and the cards are back in the air. Because they are seven handed now, one person must sit out on each hand.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:18 PM Local Time
The final seven players have been transplanted across the Amazon room and are now at the feature table on the ESPN stage. Here's how the seats and stacks look.
Seat 1: David Chiu - 200,000
Seat 2: Jameson Painter - 118,000
Seat 3: Leonard Martin - 124,000
Seat 4: Raphael Zimmerman - 565,000
Seat 5: Don McNamara - 486,000
Seat 6: Peter Gelencser - 526,000
Seat 7: Shunjiro Uchida - 167,000
Thursday, June 3, 2010 4:03 PM Local Time
With the elimination of Tad Jurgens, the players have found themselves on the move. We're headed over to the main stage here in the Amazon Room. We're taking a little 15-minute break and we'll see you back here shortly.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 3:59 PM Local Time
Tad Jurgens lost a big pot after he folded to Raphael Zimmerman after the third draw that cost him most of his chips on the hand prior to this one. On this hand, which would be Jurgens' last, he raised all in for 15,000 from under the gun and his only customer was Raphael Zimmerman from the big blind. On the first draw, Zimmerman drew three and Jurgens drew one. On the second draw, Zimmerman drew two and Jurgens stood pat. On the final draw, Zimmerman stood pat and sent Jurgens into the tank for a few moments.
"I'm pat," he said, emphatically after tanking. Zimmerman then spread the and Jurgens jumped from his chair, tossing his hand into the muck. He was eliminated in 8th place and earned just under $18,000 for his finish. Zimmerman now has 550,000 in chips.