Saturday, July 3, 2010 11:33 PM Local Time
In a frantic few minutes of the PLO we'd been hoping for all day, we are suddenly at our official final table of nine players!
At that point the decision was put in the player's hands - halt play and come back tomorrow, or play it out tonight. After a brief discussion the decision was unanimous - play would stop for the day and this final table would recommence at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. Yes, indeed there is a God.
Here's how they will lineup at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon as they play it out for the 55th WSOP Championship bracelet of this series:
Seat 1: Ludovic Lacay - 2,279,000
Seat 2: Daniel Alaei - 1,800,000
Seat 3: Miguel Proulx - 2,440,000
Seat 4: Matthew Wheat - 745,000
Seat 5: Ville Mattila - 490,000
Seat 6: Trevor Uyesugi - 435,000
Seat 7: Alexander Kravchenko - 330,000
Seat 8: Stephen Pierson - 570,000
Seat 9: Dmitry Stelmak - 1,285,000
It's not the dream final table that some may have been looking for at the start of the day as the big names of Medic, Ulliott, Cousineau, Hellmuth, Dwan and Mercier all fell short. Instead it's Miguel Proulx who will lead them into play tomorrow with the chip advantage as he bagged up 2,440,000 in chips.
Thanks for your company again this evening and join us again tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. as this extended $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship reaches a conclusion.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 11:26 PM Local Time
In the span of about 120 seconds, three players have been eliminated and we are down to the final table. The last to bust was Jason Mercier. The remainder of his stack got into the middle after a flop of .
Mercier needed a third heart or a jack to hit the board, but the turn and river were no help to the young pro, ending his tournament just shy of the final table.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 11:22 PM Local Time
Alessio Isaia raised to 80,000 from the cutoff before Ludovic Lacay re-raised the pot to 265,000. Isaia moved all in and Lacay called it off.
The board ran out to give Lacay a set of aces and the pot to eliminate Isaia in 11th place for $50,867.
With that elimination the players are now redrawing to our unofficial final table of ten. We'll have the redraw for you shortly.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 11:21 PM Local Time
Down to 170,000, Danny Wong got his chips in against Matthew Wheat with a very good chance to double.
Wheat was in bad shape, but when the flop ran out , Wheat was in prime position to send Wong to the rail. The turn and river were no help to Wong and he is out in 12th place.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 11:10 PM Local Time
Finally we're back in action!
We also have confirmation that we'll be stopping play this evening once we reach our final table of nine players. We're still a little way from that point, so if we played on to try and find ourselves a champion, we wouldn't be finishing until sometime around the year 2015. It's a sensible decision to stop and resume things fresh tomorrow afternoon.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 11:03 PM Local Time
This break seems kinda long. We believe there may be some computer glitches that are preventing play from resuming. We hope to be underway in a few minutes.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 10:31 PM Local Time
The players are now taking a twenty-minute break.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 10:30 PM Local Time
With the board reading , Jason Mercier's bet of roughly 31,000 was raised to 100,000 by Daniel Alaei. Mercier called and both players checked the turn card.
The fell on the river and Mercier checked. Alaei fired 150,000 into middle and Mercier took his time before calling. Alaei tabled for top boat and Mercier looked quite peeved mucking his cards. He is down to about 460,000 while Alaei is up to about 1,300,000.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 10:29 PM Local Time
Ville Mattila raised to 58,000 from the cutoff position. Alex Kravchenko thought long and hard from the small blind, but eventually released as Dmitry Stelmak made the call in the big blind.
They took a flop of and Stelmak checked it over to Mattila who potted for 128,000. Stelmak made the call.
The turn was the and Stelmak decided to lead out with a pot-sized bet of 384,000. It was enough to force a fold from Mattila and win the pot.
Mattila slips to 670,000 with Stelmak looking strong on 1.265 million.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 10:15 PM Local Time
Alex Kravchenko raised it to 72,000 from under the gun with Ville Mattila making the call in the big blind.
The flop landed and Mattila checked to Kravchenko who fired a pot-sized bet worth 156,000. Kravchenko only had 45,000 more behind and Mattila gave the decision some thought before folding.
Kravchenko flashed as he chipped up to 355,000.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 9:58 PM Local Time
Ben Blackmore opened with a raise to 72,000 from early position and Ville Mattila made the call from the big blind to see a heads-up flop of .
Mattila led out with a bet of around 80,000 before Blackmore instantly moved in for 212,000. Mattila made the call.
Aces with a straight draw for Blackmore but Mattila flopped two pair which held up on the turn and river. Mattila makes a full house to win the pot and eliminate Blackmore in 13th place for $39,906 in prize money.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 9:56 PM Local Time
Down to 56,000, Tony Cousineau called all in after Daniel Alaei opened the pot with a raise.
"Wow," said Cousineau, "I have to dodge every overcard."
The board ran out , giving Alaei trip fives and the pot.
"Well that sucked," remarked Cousineau as he exited the area.
Daniel Alaei is up to about 1.1 million.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 9:48 PM Local Time
Alessio Isaia raised to 66,000 and Dmitry Stelmak defended his big blind with a call to see a flop of .
Both players checked and the free turn card was the . Stelmak checked it over to Isaia who this time fired 92,000. Stelmak made the call.
The river was the and this time Stelmak came out swinging with a bet of 140,000. Isaia gave it up as his mini-run came to a halt as he slips back to 890,000 with Stelmak at 1.215 million.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 9:36 PM Local Time
Alessio Isaia raised to 66,000 before Phil Hellmuth moved all in for 115,000. Isaia made the call.
The board fell and the kings of Isaia hold up once again to eliminate Hellmuth in 15th place for a collect of $39,906.
Meanwhile "Isaia The Destroyer" is smashing through these short stacks to now sit with over 1.06 million chips!
Saturday, July 3, 2010 9:27 PM Local Time
Alessio Isaia raised to 60,000 before the short-stacked Jason Lester moved all in for about 90,000 in total from the small blind. Isaia made the call.
Kings against queens and they held on the board. Lester is out in 16th place for $31,288 as Isaia now sits behind a stack of 748,000 chips.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 9:22 PM Local Time
Alessio Isaia raised to 60,000 from early position and Ville Mattila made the call on the button.
The flop was and Isaia fired 95,000. Mattila made the call. The turn was the and Isaia checked to Mattila who fired 110,000. Isaia made the call.
The river was the and both players checked it down.
Isaia showed for aces and fours which was good as Mattila mucked. Isaia is up to 753,000 with Mattila back to 560,000.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 9:20 PM Local Time
Tom Dwan raised to 70,000 from the cutoff and Matthew Wheat called out of the big blind.
The flop fell and Wheat checked. Dwan went all in for about 130,000 and Wheat called.
Dwan's lone pair needed to dodge Wheat's many draws. The turn was the and Dwan stayed in the lead, but the river was the and gave Wheat a winning straight.
Dwan is eliminated while Wheat moves to just shy of 700,000.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 9:11 PM Local Time
Pot-Limit Omaha is supposed to be a gambling game. At the moment, it appears to be a game of patience. These guys are just not giving an inch, as most pots on the outer table are being won by the preflop aggressor with barely a flop to be seen.
Not exactly entertaining viewing for the fifty or so people who are clambering on the rail in the hope of capturing a tantrum from the "Poker Brat".
Saturday, July 3, 2010 9:00 PM Local Time
The table folded around to Trevor Uyesugi who completed from the small blind. Blair Rodman was in the big blind and he announced a raise to 60,000. Uyesugi made the call.
They saw a flop of and Uyesugi checked to Rodman who potted for 120,000. Uyesugi made the call.
The turn brought the and Uyesugi open-shoved into Rodman who called all in for his last 35,000.
The river was the as Uyesugi's full house collected the pot and eliminated Rodman in 18th place for $31,288 in prize money.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 8:48 PM Local Time
Tom Dwan raised to 53,000 under the gun and Stephen Pierson was the lone caller, doing so from the cutoff.
The flop came and Dwan checked. Pierson checked behind and the turn fell the . Dwan bet 83,000, but Pierson made the call.
The river fell the and Dwan checked. Pierson bet the pot and Dwan gave it up pretty quickly.
Pierson showed , just fourth pair and now has about 525,000. Dwan is down to about 250,000.