Friday, July 16, 2010 10:34 PM Local Time
A total of 78 players -- all survivors of six days' worth of poker -- arrived at noon today with hopes of continuing their long and winding tourney journeys. They were the final standing from the starting field of 7,319, and all had already achieved much.
But all wanted more. And just 27 would earn the right to come back tomorrow for the last day of poker this summer in the 2010 WSOP.
Bustouts began shortly after cards went in the air, with Jean-Robert Bellande, Meenakshi Subramaniam, David Benyamine, Peter Jetten, Alexander Kostritsyn, and Tony Dunst among those departing during the first levels.
The pace slowed as the dinner break approached, and with 42 left it was thought it might take a while before we'd get down to three tables.
But then came the fireworks of Level 29 -- specifically the last hour of Level 29, when 11 players were eliminated. It didn't take long after that for Theo Jorgensen, Gianni Direnzo, and Bryn Kenney all to hit the rail, too, each earning $255,242 for getting this far.
As the night wore on, Joseph Cheong and Soi ("Cuong") Nguyen put some distance between themselves and the rest of the field, but there's a formidable bunch behind them, among them Matt Affleck, John Racener, Scott Clements, David Baker, and Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi. Mizrachi took some hits early today, but true to his name, grinded his way back into contention, and still (incredibly) has a chance of tying Frank Kassela for WSOP POY with a Main Event victory.
Thanks for following our coverage today. Join us again tomorrow at noon Vegas time to find out who among these 27 will emerge as this year's November Nine.
Name | Chip Count | Big Blinds |
Joseph Cheong | 24,490,000 | 204
Sol Nguyen | 23,100,000 | 192
Pascal LeFrancois | 17,780,000 | 148
Jason Senti | 13,550,000 | 112
Matthew Jarvis | 13,300,000 | 110
Matt Affleck | 12,515,000 | 104
Jonathan Duhamel | 10,520,000 | 87
John Racener | 10,470,000 | 87
Filippo Candio | 10,020,000 | 83
Benjamin Statz | 9,885,000 | 82
Robert Pisano | 8,060,000 | 67
Michiel Sijpkens | 7,765,000 | 64
Duy Le | 7,255,000 | 60
Scott Clements | 7,250,000 | 60
David Baker | 6,825,000 | 56
Michael Mizrachi | 6,300,000 | 52
Brandon Steven | 6,045,000 | 50
Adam Levy | 4,745,000 | 39
William Thorson | 3,680,000 | 30
Redmond Lee | 3,315,000 | 27
Mads Wissing | 3,070,000 | 25
Ronnie Bardah | 2,525,000 | 21
Matthew Bucaric | 2,270,000 | 18
John Dolan | 2,175,000 | 18
Patrick Eskandar | 1,655,000 | 13
Johnny Lodden | 1,560,000 | 13
Hasan Habib | 1,510,000 | 12
Friday, July 16, 2010 10:33 PM Local Time
Seat 1: Michael Mizrachi (6,300,000)
Seat 2: Scott Clements (7,250,000)
Seat 3: Michiel Sijpkens (7,765,000)
Seat 4: John Dolan (2,175,000)
Seat 5: John Racener (10,470,000)
Seat 6: Brandon Steven (6,045,000)
Seat 7: Redmond Lee (3,315,000)
Seat 8: William Thorson (3,680,000)
Seat 9: Mads Wissing (3,070,000)
Seat 1: Johnny Lodden (1,560,000)
Seat 2: Joseph Cheong (24,490,000)
Seat 3: Jason Senti (13,550,000)
Seat 4: Matt Affleck (12,515,000)
Seat 5: Matthew Jarvis (13,300,000)
Seat 6: Matthew Bucaric (2,270,000)
Seat 7: David Baker (6,825,000)
Seat 8: Filippo Candio (10,020,000)
Seat 9: Ronnie Bardah (2,525,000)
Seat 1: Adam Levy (4,745,000)
Seat 2: Benjamin Statz (9,885,000)
Seat 3: Soi Nguyen (23,100,000)
Seat 4: Duy Le (7,225,000)
Seat 5: Jonathan Duhamel (10,520,000)
Seat 6: Robert Pisano (8,060,000)
Seat 7: Pascal LeFrancois (15,780,000)
Seat 8: Hasan Habib (1,510,000)
Seat 9: Patrick Eskandar (1,655,000)
Friday, July 16, 2010 10:31 PM Local Time
Bryn Kenney is our Day 8 bubble boy after being eliminated in dramatic fashion in back-to-back hands to leave us with our final 27 players.
Kenney started the action with a raise to 300,000 from under the gun with Pascal LeFrancois making the call in the big blind.
The flop landed and LeFrancois checked it over to Kenney who made a continuation bet of 400,000. LeFrancois made the call. The turn brought the and LeFrancois checked again. Kenney fired a second barrel worth 480,000 and again LeFrancois made the call as a big pot was brewing.
The river fell the and following a third check from LeFrancois, Kenney verbalized his bet of 1.3 million, however LeFrancois thought he had heard "all in" as he instantly called and tabled for a set of eights. LeFrancois didn't realize that he'd left Kenney with just under one million chips behind as Kenney showed for two pair.
"Sick runners..." sighed Kenney as he then chuckled that he was now freerolling after LeFrancois' mistake.
Well, the freeroll lasted just one more hand.
LeFrancois raised to 300,000 and Kenney moved all in for 850,000. LeFrancois snap-called and flipped as Kenney would need some help with his .
The board fell and Kenney couldn't find a deuce to save himself as he is eliminated from the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event in 28th place.
Friday, July 16, 2010 10:23 PM Local Time
Patrick Eskandar raised it up to 240,000 from middle position and Jonathan Duhamel made the call in the cutoff. Matthew Jarvis also called on the button and we were three ways to a flop of .
Eskandar led out with a bet of 800,000 which forced a fold from Duhamel, but Jarvis made the call and the hit the turn. Eskandar checked it over to Jarvis who fired 900,000. Eskandar came back over the top for all of his stack and after a few moments, Jarvis called off his last 4.44 million.
It was a set for Eskandar up against the made flush for Jarvis. The crowd gathered around looking for a repeater on the river, but it wasn't to be as the fell to give Jarvis a massive double up. He's up to 13.3 million with Eskandar crippled.
Friday, July 16, 2010 10:22 PM Local Time
With the elimination of Gianni Direnzo in 29th place, we are just one elimination away from the end of play tonight.
While all 27 players who make it through to tomorrow's Day 8 theoretically have a chance to make the November Nine, it goes without saying that those with the biggest stacks obviously have a better chance of actually doing so.
Last year, all nine of those who made the final table were in the top 12 in chips with 27 players remaining. Of those 12, only Billy Kopp (2nd to start that last day), Jamie Robbins (9th), and Ben Lamb (10th) did not make it to the final table.
Eventual winner Joe Cada actually had the fewest chips of all the eventual November Niners to start the final day of play last summer, sitting in 12th place to begin the day.
Friday, July 16, 2010 10:21 PM Local Time
Robert Pisano was first in from the hijack, and he opened the pot to 280,000. Gianni Direnzo came along with the call from the small blind, and the two men went heads-up to the flop.
It came , and Pisano kept the pressure on with a bet of 410,000. Direnzo shoved for 2.35 million, and Pisano didn't waste too much time calling to put his opponent at risk of elimination. Cards on their backs, gents:
It was the wrong time for Direnzo; Pisano had the goods. The turn drew an arms-in-the-air celebration from Pisano and his cheering section on the rail. Direnzo was already drawing dead to the river, and he has been eliminated in 29th place. That's good for more than $300,000, but he's he's cancelled his reservations in tomorrow's Day 8.
Friday, July 16, 2010 10:20 PM Local Time
There's only one multiple bracelet winner left in the 2010 WSOP Main Event and his name is Scott Clements. In the back-to-back years of 2006 and 2007, Clements scored a gold bracelet. He won the $3,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8-or-Better event in 2006 for $301,175 and the following year won the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event for $194,206.
On top of those finishes, Clements has 15 other WSOP cashes including a total of seven final tables. Besides the two final table he won, take a look at how Clements has wrapped up some of his best runs at WSOP events:
2007: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em - 5th for $112,997
2008: $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo - 9th for $22,172
2008: $2,000 Omaha Hi/Lo - 7th for $36,232
2009: $10,000 World Championship Omaha Hi/Lo - 2nd for $275,946
2009: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo - 3rd for $101,063
As you can see, Omaha is a game that Clements is extremely proficient at.
Along with all his WSOP success, Clements also holds two World Poker Tour titles for taking down the C$2,500 WPT Canadian Poker Open in 2006 for $222,051 and C$10,000 North American Poker Championship Event in 2007. The latter netted him over $1.5 million alone! In total, Clements had just about $15,000 short of $4 million in live tournament winnings up until this Main Event. This deep run puts him well over that mark.
His best finish in the WSOP Main Event is a 529th way back in 2005. This year he's doing much better than that min-cash and will be a force as we move closer to the November Nine.
Friday, July 16, 2010 10:13 PM Local Time
Michiel Sijpkens started things off with a raise to 315,000 before Jonathan Duhamel made it 765,000 on the button. Johnny Lodden moved all in over the top from the big blind, forcing Sijpkens to fold but Duhamel made a quick call.
The board was spread and again Lodden survives a dominated situation to chop the pot. He's hanging tough with 1.6 million, and he'll certainly remember these two chopped pots if he can get through the day. Duhamel is still going strong with 11 million.
Friday, July 16, 2010 10:11 PM Local Time
Jason Senti opened to 280,000 under the gun, and Matthew Bucaric three-bet to 625,000 with close to 3 million behind.
The flop came out , and Bucaric continued out with a bet of 485,000. Senti cut the chips out of his stack and stared them down for a few minutes before pushing them into the pot.
The turn was the , and both players checked. They did the same on the river, and Senti showed down his first. That induced a quick much from Bucaric, and he's stepped backwards to 2.28 million.
Senti - 13.85
Friday, July 16, 2010 10:06 PM Local Time
Matt Affleck entered the pot with a raise under the gun to 275,000 with only Michael Mizrachi making the call.
Both players checked the flop to see the land on the turn and Mizrachi fire out 330,000.
Affleck mulled over his decision for a few moments before making it 930,000 to go.
It was then Mizrachi's turn to sink deep into the tank before he decided to bump it to 1,630,000. Affleck deliberated for over two minutes before making the call as the landed on the river.
Mizrachi cut out a bet of 920,000 and Affleck made the call tabling his to prompt a fold from Mizrachi as he slipped to 5,960,000 while Affleck climbed to 12,850,000 in chips.
Friday, July 16, 2010 10:03 PM Local Time
Mads Wissing raised it up to 300,000 from the cutoff with Patrick Eskandar making the call on the button.
They saw a flop of and Eskandar checked it over to Wissing who made it 450,000 to play. Eskandar made the call.
The turn was the and again Eskandar check-called, this time for 700,000, before the fell on the river. Eskandar decided to take the lead as he came out swinging with a bet of 600,000. After exchanging some friendly banter, Wissing let his hand go as Eskandar flashed a marginal .
Wissing slips to 3.26 million, with Eskandar up to 8.1 million.
Friday, July 16, 2010 9:59 PM Local Time
John Racener opened to 275,000 from the cutoff and William Thorson made the call from the big blind.
The flop fell down and following a check from Thorson, Racener fired out 375,000. Thorson made the call before both players checked the and on the turn and river.
Racener tabled his and Thorson mucked to see Racener collect the pot and move to 10,500,000 in chips.
Friday, July 16, 2010 9:56 PM Local Time
Just before the break...
We picked up the action on a flop, and Joseph Cheong was betting 265,000 as we walked up. Scott Clements was his heads-up opponent, and "BigRiskky" made the call to continue to fourth street.
It was the , and Cheong fired right out again -- 735,000 chips this time. Clements called again and he faced one final bet of 1.675 million on the river. He tanked as the break clock ticked down, finally splashing in the call with a bit of a reluctant look.
And rightly so. Cheong tabled for the turned straight, and he even managed to get a call after the scary river card.
Clements is down to 7.945 million now, while Cheong re-takes the chip lead at 24.3 million.
Friday, July 16, 2010 9:51 PM Local Time
Seat 1: Duy Le (6,940,000)
Seat 2: empty
Seat 3: John Racener (9,755,000)
Seat 4: Hasan Habib (2,160,000)
Seat 5: David Baker (6,675,000)
Seat 6: William Thorson (5,240,000)
Seat 7: empty
Seat 8: Michael Mizrachi (8,810,000)
Seat 9: Matt Affleck (9,625,000)
Friday, July 16, 2010 9:32 PM Local Time
Whew. What a level.
When we went to dinner, there were 42 players still with chips, and we all speculated over our meals about how much longer it would take to get to the final 27.
Play resumed, and for a while we were looking at the same relatively slow pace we'd seen for the 45 minutes or so before dinner, when there were no eliminations. Jerry Payne went out in 42nd, followed by Damien Luis in 41st. We crossed the halfway mark of the level… then, BOOM.
It all started with a huge double-knockout of Jakob Toestesen (40th) and Jonathan Driscoll (39th), both fallen victim to Brandon Steven's flopped nut flush. Within a just a a couple of minutes, Nicolas Babel (38th) and Dag Palovic (37th) had followed. Each of those first six to go in Level 29 earned $206,395.
And the bustouts continued, with Michal Wywrot (36th), Gabe Costner (35th), Edward Ochana (34th), Corey Emery (33rd), Eduardo Parra (32nd), and Michael Skender (31st) all being eliminated within the space of about 20 minutes. Finally came a stretch during which all of our players kept their seats, then Theo Jorgensen went out in 30th. Each of these seven took home $255,242.
Amid the carnage, Joseph Cheong pushed out in front, with Soi (a.k.a. "Cuong") Nguyen also adding to his large stack. Those two were the first to reach 20 million, and remain out in front with 29 left.
Let's take 20 minutes to catch our breath. We'll be back to see who are the final two eliminations of the night.
Friday, July 16, 2010 9:30 PM Local Time
Jonathan Duhamel opened it up with a raise to 250,000 from the hijack position before Johnny Lodden pushed all in from the button for an additional 1.11 million. The blinds folded and Duhamel made the call.
Lodden was dominated and staring elimination in the face but the board was spread to give both players queens and deuces with an ace kicker for a chopped pot. Lodden remains alive, but the short stack of the field with about 1.5 million.
Friday, July 16, 2010 9:30 PM Local Time
Theo Jorgensen opened to 200,000 from under the gun and John Racener, David Baker and Duy Le made the call.
Le checked from the big blind on the flop as Jorgensen slid out a bet of 1,000,000.
With the action on Racener he clicked it back to 2,000,000 to force folds from both Baker and Le before Jorgensen committed his last 2,220,000 with Racener making the call.
Jorgensen was in the lead with his top pair, top kicker, but the Dane would need to fade any club or queen to remain alive in the Main Event.
Unfortunately for Jorgensen, the spiked on the turn to now give Jorgensen just two outs to remain alive.
The river fell the to see the overnight chip leader eliminated in 30th place as Racener soars upwards of the nine million chip mark.
Friday, July 16, 2010 9:22 PM Local Time
Scott Clements has made it very clear that he's going to be a force from here on out. As long as he has chips. We just watched him open a pot to 245,000 from middle position. Pascal LeFrancois reraised to 655,000 from late position, and Joseph Cheong overcalled the three-bet from the big blind. Clements reraised it right back -- 1.745 million total.
Point taken. LeFrancois and Cheong both folded without too much trouble, and Clements has moved up to 11.3 million.
Friday, July 16, 2010 9:18 PM Local Time
Mads Wissing raised to 225,000 in the cutoff position with Patrick Eskandar making the call in the big blind.
They saw a flop of and Eskandar checked it across to Wissing who tossed in 200,000. Eskandar made the call. Both players checked the and the completed the board on the river. Eskandar led out for 400,000 with Wissing paying to see.
Eskandar tabled for the king-high flush to collect the goods. He's up to 5.2 million with Wissing back to 4.5 million.
Friday, July 16, 2010 9:12 PM Local Time
William Thorson opened to 250,000 from the hi-jack and Michael Mizrachi made the call from the cutoff.
The flop fell down and Thorson check-called 400,000 before both players checked the on the turn.
The river landed the and Thorson led out for 875,000 only to have Mizrachi slide in 2,300,000.
Thorson sat in the tank for over four minutes before tossing in his , as Mizrachi tabled his and collected the pot to move to 9,100,000 in chips.
"Baby why you bet so much?" yelled out Lily Mizrachi as both Thorson and Mizrachi both burst out into laughter.