Jeffrey Lisandro continued his stellar 2007 WSOP.
He followed up his second place finish to Allen Cunningham in the $5k PLH event to capture the $2k Seven Card Stud event and his first WSOP bracelet.
Daniel Negreanu brought the crowds to the ESPN Final Table, but it was a solid field at the Final Table. Nick Frangos is a high-stakes cash game player like Lisandro, while Nesbitt Coburn was runner-up in the 2007 $1.5k Seven Card Stud event. Howard Lederer just missed the Final Table, out in 9th ($6,203).
Down to the last eight, the chip counts were as follows:
Jeffrey Lisandro (195k)
Daniel Negreanu (164k)
Nesbitt Coburn (150k)
Greg Pappas (144k)
Nick Frangos (90k)
Farshad Cohen (75k)
David Brody (46k)
Severin Walser (24k)
The antes were 1.5k with a 2k bring-in and 6k/12k bets. Many of the top pros have complained about the structure of the limit events. As an example, any player who had to bet to the river at this level was investing 55k into the pot. Even for the chip leader, that would be a quarter of his stack. With such little play at the Final Table, the pros have said that it becomes a crapshoot. "In these events, you may be the best player in poker, and it won't matter at the end," Mike Matusow told Daniel Negreanu as they met at the $5k Omaha Hi/Lo event later in the evening.
Negreanu wasted no time as the Final Table started. He quickly made a flush to take a 60k pot from Lisandro then doubled up Walser. They moved up a level after five hands to 2k ante, a 2k bring-in, and 8k/16k bets. David Brody ended up all-in on fifth street with Greg Pappas.
Pappas had in the hole and caught at the end for the straight. Brody couldn't fill up and he was out in 7th ($12,405).
Six hands played, two players eliminated. The last six mixed it up a lot over the next forty hands. Most hands made it to fifth street, and Pappas got in a bad run of folding on fifth and sixth street to get short stacked. Coburn made a straight at the end to finish off Greg Pappas (6th $16,282).
Nick Frangos (305k) sat on the chip lead, with Daniel Negreanu in great shape at 246k. Nesbitt Coburn (103k), Severin Walser (102k), and Jeffrey Lisandro (94k) chased from behind. Any big pot would swing the chips hard.
After eight more hands, play moved into the next level with blinds of 2k, bring-in of 3k, and bets of 10k/20k. A sick pot was tipped of the identity of the next player out. Negreanu completed with and Frangos called with .
Negreanu bet fourth street, checked fifth, then bet sixth and seventh. Frangos called down every bet and showed 5-5 as his only hand. That's also known as pocket fives or a pair of fives. Negreanu mucked and watched his 60k head to Frangos. Walser then got Negreanu all-in on fourth street with a showing to Negreanu's . Walser had the other deuced as his down cards for a rolled up set, and Daniel Negreanu was gone in 5th ($21,321).
Nick Frangos had extended his chip lead to 461k, almost half of the chips in play. Walser was next with 188k, and Lisandro (133k) and Coburn (78k) brought up the rear. In a game of limit, hands that may appear inconsequential have a major impact. Lisandro took several pots on fourth and fifth street, getting in an extra bet with a raise once against Frangos.
Play had slowed down considerably and looked more like the other stud and Razz events, with completes often taking down defenseless pots. When play did heat up, it became very juicy. Coburn doubled through Frangos to stay alive, catching a queen on seventh street to make a Broadway straight.
Walser lost a big pot to Frangos, a check-raise on fourth street doing nothing to get Frangos out of the pot. His made jacks and sixes were good against Walser's showing. Frangos finished him off a few hands later with a full house aces over kings. Severin Walser finished 4th ($28,105), his first WSOP cash and his first Final Table.
Play moved up to 3k antes, a 5k bring-in, and 15k/30k bets. The trio stayed very deliberate, rarely seeing fifth street or chasing hands. Lisandro won a big pot from Nesbitt with aces in the hole that brought a third ace on fifth street. That dazed Nesbitt, then couldn't beat the two pair of Frangos and was done. Nesbitt Coburn finished 3rd ($42,643), his second near miss at a bracelet this year.
With 449k, Lisandro had a slight chip lead over Frangos. After twenty hands of even heads-up play, Lisandro won six hands in a row on fifth street or later. That cut Frangos down significantly, then the two traded a dozen completes and fourth street bets. Lisandro won a pot with kings then showed a straight to bring Frangos to the brink. He doubled up to stave off elimination, but it was simply a delay tactic.
Frangos bet until fifth street, where Lisandro raised him all-in. Lisandro had aces down for rolled up aces, good enough to end the day for Nick Frangos (2nd $65,902). Jeffrey Lisandro was the proud owner of a new WSOP bracelet ($118,426). He took home $659,730 in last year's WSOP Main Event with his 17th place finish, but being in "The Club" is what's it all about. He's there now, and he headed out to the tent for the $5k Omaha Hi/Lo event, the proud papa with his new blue ribbon.