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Monday, July 5, 2010 2:18 PM Local Time
In the last hand of Level 24, it folded to David Peters who opened for 66,000 from the hijack seat. Henrik Tollefsen called in the cutoff, then Paul Kerr reraised all in from the button for approximately 880,000.
It folded to Dustin Dorrance-Bowman in the big blind who went into the tank. Kerr had him covered by just a bit, so to play this hand would put his tourney life at risk. Finally he made the call. Both Peters and Tollefsen stepped aside, and the remaining two players tabled their cards.
The flop brought an ace -- -- putting Kerr in front. The turn was the and the river the , and Kerr's hand was best. Dorrance-Bowman stood by his chair for a moment as the chips were counted, just to make sure he was indeed covered, and he was.
Kerr chips way up to 1.9 million.
Monday, July 5, 2010 2:12 PM Local Time
We've just finished the first orbit and we didn't see a flop. In the last hand of the orbit, Matthew Lupton opened the pot with a 65,000-chip raise from the cutoff seat. Over in the big blind, Paul Kerr moved all in for an additional 707,000 chips.
Lupton tanked and eventually folded. Kerr is now up to 920,000 chips.
Monday, July 5, 2010 2:02 PM Local Time
We're underway! Our final table is happening here in the Pavilion Room, right alongside the final table for Event #56 ($2,500 no-limit hold'em). There are about 50 people gathered along the rail next to both tables watching the action as we begin.
There are about 12 minutes left to go in Level 24.
Monday, July 5, 2010 1:58 PM Local Time
We are a few minutes away from getting started here at the final table of Event #57. Meanwhile, here's a brief introduction of each of our starting nine:
Seat 1: Henrik Tollefsen (1,878,000) -- Tollefsen starts in third place today. The Norwegian has one previous WSOP cash (from a 2009 $1,500 NLHE event), plus a first place in the 2009 Norwegian Poker Championship where he won the equivalent of nearly $120,000.
Seat 2: Paul Kerr (784,000) -- Kerr begins today's final table eighth in chips. Hailing from Bothwell, Scotland, Kerr will be trying to add yet another bracelet to the U.K.'s impressive 2010 WSOP collection.
Seat 3: Marcel Vonk (2,253,000) -- Vonk enters today's final table second in chips. He has one WSOP cash from a 2009 $1,500 no-limit hold'em event, where he finished in 214th.
Seat 4: Dustin Dorrance-Bowman (794,000) -- Dorrance-Bowman is in sixth place heading into today's final day of play. His best previous WSOP showing was when he made it to the round of 64 in the 2008 $10,000 NLHE Heads-Up World Championship.
Seat 5: Mehul Chaudhari (789,000) -- Chaudhari begins today in seventh place of the final nine. The San Franciscan is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his previous best WSOP showing, an 18th-place finish in the 2000 WSOP for which he won $39,120. An indicator of how things have changed -- he's already guaranteed a higher payday today for making the final table of this $1,000 buy-in event!
Seat 6: Espen Moen (443,000) -- Moen starts as the table's short stack today and one expects will be looking to double-up early. His showing in this event marks his first significant tourney cash.
Seat 7: Nathan Jessen (990,000) -- Jessen begins in fourth place. The Nebraskan has a few small scores to his credit, including a couple of WSOP Circuit event cashes.
Seat 8: Matthew Lupton (973,000) -- Lupton begins in fifth place today. Today marks Lupton's first significant cash.
Seat 9: David Peters (2,653,000) -- Peters starts today as the chip leader. Peters is a highly successful online player where he plays as "dpeters17." Peters has four previous WSOP cashes, plus a win in an event at the 2008 WSOP Circuit series at Caesars Palace.
Monday, July 5, 2010 12:09 PM Local Time
It's final table time. Welcome to Event #54, the last of the open-field, $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold'em events. Just nine have survived from a huge starting field of 3,844, and all return with hopes of ultimately turning that $1,000 investment into a nifty $570,960 payday.
When play resumes, three of the final nine will be returning to significantly larger chip stacks than the others, with David Peters, Marcel Vonk, and Henrik Tollefsen having pushed out ahead during the latter stages of play on Sunday.
While Day 1a of the Main Event rages on over in the Amazon Room, this final table is scheduled to take place over in what should be a relatively quiet Pavilion Room. But there should be a few fans of the players on the rail, perhaps making some noise in support of our final nine.
And we'll be there, too, bringing you all of the action. Cards go in the air at 3 p.m. local time. See you back here then and together we'll find out who takes the Event #54 bracelet.