The second day of Event #6 raged for twelve hours, early into Monday morning. When the dust settled, an intriguing final table was set. Jennifer Harman was on a roll through the first part of the day until her kings were cracked. Her momentum stalled, she went out in a brutal fashion. Harman was called by Vanessa Selbst, who was holding a pair of deuces to Harman’s black aces. The hit on the flop, and Harman was out in 47th.
Juan Carlos Mortensen started in the top ten in chips, but he soon was on the brink of elimination. His stack was whittled down to $26k, but he made one of his runs of passion and built his stack close to $400k. Mark Vos cracked Day 1 chip leader Max Pascatori’s pocket kings with , catching a full house and sending the Italian native home in 21st ($27,941).
Nam Le, emerging as one of the great young pros, needed a lot more than skill to make it to the final table. He was all-in with Vos, holding pocket fours to Vos’s aces. He spiked a four to stay alive. A few hands later, Le woke up with aces against Garrett Allen’s sevens. A seven came on the flop but an ace came on the turn to bring Le’s stack to $78k. He would move from there to the final table. The last player eliminated was one respected by everyone, Toto Leonidas. Leonidas has 17 cashes in the World Series plus a bracelet, and he had been working his chips throughout the day. Down to a single table, Leonidas raised with Kevin Petersen coming over the top. Leonidas quickly called with , dominating Petersen’s . The flop was the perfect drama flop of , and it was a one-act play when the hit the turn, giving Petersen the flush and Leonidas 10th ($59,374).
The final table has some very solid and intriguing players. Nam Le has a great run of results in the last two years. A WPT win, three cashes in the 2005 World Series of Poker, five victories since last year’s WSOP, wins in big tourneys and small alike. David Wells has cashes in two WSOP and three WPT events. J.R. Reiss has four WSOP cashes, and Kevin Petersen has a cash as well. Juan Carlos Mortensen is the hottest player in this year’s WSOP, making his second final table of the week. He’ll be looking to work from the bottom chip count, but he has the skill and heart to get there.
Probably the most intriguing entrant in the final table is Vanessa Selbst. Her poker resume is just being built, but her credentials as an intelligent competitor are stellar: MIT grad, she played on both the tennis and hockey teams, Fulbright scholar at Yale, and studying in Spain. From the Yale Daily News, describing a poker game on campus: ‘Once, the group played with two girls from across the hall who were interested in setting up their own poker night. The game stayed social, player Hallie Haglund '05 said, but her suitemate Vanessa Selbst '05 wanted a more serious tone. “She's really hard-core into it,” Haglund said. Haglund theorized that male players often expect that women will not take the game seriously enough. But she said this was not the case with her suitemate. “No boy was as hard-core as Vanessa,” Haglund said.’
Rest assured everyone at the final table will be hard-core as they make a push for the WSOP bracelet. Tune into PokerWorks for the latest on the Final Table of Event #6.