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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP2007

Dario Yo-Yo’s As New Leaders Emerge on Day 4

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Dag Martin Mikkelson (above, courtesy of PokerNews) took a million chip lead at the WSOP Main Event as Day 4 ended. With forty-two players starting with 50 big bets and a clumped leaderboard at the top, no winner of the Main Event has emerged.

Day 4 chipleader Dario Minieri rode an erratic day, holding the chip lead early and late while being to the felt in between. Minieri started at the ESPN Feature Table in the 7s, and his obvious trouble was at the other end of the table. David Tran (1s), John Spadavecchia {2-Spades}, and Julian Gardner {3-Spades} were hardly euphoric just to be here. Together, the three men have played literally thousands of tournaments and have seen most everything. Tran is a grinder, cutting his teeth on the LA tourney scene where some of the best players in the world play. His tournaments cost $100-500 for a buy-in, and he had no interest in putting a life changing finish at risk. Spadavecchia (1994) and Gardner (2002) have been to the Final Table of a WSOP Main Event, with Spadavecchia the veteran of ten other WSOP Final Tables.

Minieri was physically ill as he took his seat. He'd gotten sick after Thursday's play was complete, and his throat and sinus infection was still a struggle for him. The three pros at the end mainly stayed away from him, and he gave chips away to players unwilling to lay down hands to his aggression.

He shipped 600k to others, sending almost 400k to Alan Levin on a semi-bluff open-ended straight draw when Levin held top pair top kicker. The flop was {3-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}{2-Hearts}, and Minieri's {5-Spades}{4-Spades} didn't connect.

In the second level, it got worse for Minieri as he lost over a million in chips. Almost 600k of that went to Deb Blair, one of the tightest players at the table. The Arizon Ladies Champion called a 28k raise button raise from Minieri, defending her big blind. The flop came {Q-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{Q-Spades}, and she led out with 60k. He called, and the {7-Diamonds} came on the turn. She bet 125k, and he moved all-in. She immediately called for 386k more and turned over {K-Hearts}{9-Spades}, and Minieri was drawing extremely thin with {8-Clubs}{7-Clubs}. {A-Hearts} on the river shipped the massive pot to Blair, and ESPN shipped the table out of the ESPN Feature Table back to the floor.

Could it get sicker? It did. On a {A-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{6-Spades} flop, he moved all-in for 561k into a 150k pot with Philip Hilm. Hilm called with {9-Spades}{8-Spades}, and Minieri incredibly showed {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts}. Hilm had more outs than Minieri, but {2-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} saved him and made him whole. Blair's great read at the ESPN Feature Table came back to bite her.

She called Minieri's pre-flop raise then bet 110k into a flop of {7-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{4-Spades}. Minieri called, {3-Hearts} came on the turn, and she bet 200k. Minieri moved all-in, and Blair assumed she'd picked him of again when she called off her last 980k with pocket tens. He turned over {J-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} for the turned straight, and Blair made the long walk out of the Amazon Room.

The chip count of the four men who started at the ESPN Feature Table is telling. David Tran (1.19m), John Spadavecchia (1.43m), and Julian Gardner (1.78m) had each gained 700k-1.3m in chips through the day, while Minieri finished down a million.

While the Roman Dynamo was refueling and more players fled the Amazon Room, the leaderboard clumped at the top. Day 2 chip leader Gus Hansen was two outs from leaving as then chip leader Tuan Lam had him all-in with queens vs. Hansen's pocket tens. {K-Clubs}{10-Spades}{8-Hearts} doubled Hansen up to 1.4m, and he finished with 1.6m.

For the wise, the name of the day was survival. There are so many players lurking in the pack comfortably. WSOP bracelet winner Alex Kravchenko (2.27m) is just ahead of top online pro Hevan "RaiNKhaN" Khan (2.20m), while pros Lee Watkinson (1.86m), Huck Seed (1.55m), and Kirk Morrison (1.39m) are under no threat from the blinds.

John Armbrust bubbled last year after some brutal beats, and he sits now at 898k with 112 players remaining. The winner of the Main Event may be near the top of the leaderboard or well back. It truly is anyone's bracelet to win, especially with so many name players still in the field.

The complete leaderboard after Day 4:

Dag Martin Mikkelsen 3,740,000 5 1
Charis Anastasiou 2,672,000 2 1
Richard Harris 2,662,000 9 6
Avi Cohen 2,392,000 2 2
Jeff Tunkel 2,323,000 2 5
Alex Kravchenko 2,274,000 8 3
Hevad Khan 2,200,000 5 4
Ryan Elson 2,137,000 14 7
Paul Spitzberg 1,963,000 3 1
Sven Niklas Heinecker 1,908,000 9 7
Tuan Lam 1,900,000 7 5
Lee Watkinson 1,860,000 4 7
Nicolas Atlan 1,837,000 11 7
Adam White 1,820,000 5 5
Kevin Farry 1,800,000 6 5
Scott Freeman 1,793,000 14 6
Josh Evans 1,792,000 3 7
Julian Gardner 1,777,000 4 4
Philip Yeh 1,775,000 8 1
Raymond Rahme 1,763,000 11 4
Paulo Loureiro 1,761,000 3 2
Stefan Mattsson 1,704,000 13 6
Lee Childs 1,657,000 10 5
Hoa Nguyen 1,645,000 12 6
Gus Hansen 1,604,000 7 3
Jeff "Mr. Rain" Banghart 1,600,000 6 3
Markus Gonsalves 1,596,000 2 8
Ronald Kluber 1,559,000 13 9
Matt Keikoan 1,556,000 12 4
Huck Seed 1,546,000 9 8
John Kalmer 1,536,000 2 9
John Spadavecchia 1,428,000 2 7
Rep Porter 1,426,000 5 7
Roy Winston 1,420,000 4 8
Cory Carroll 1,415,000 14 2
Dario Minieri 1,400,000 9 9
Kirk Morrison 1,393,000 10 1
Francis Cagney 1,318,000 12 2
Jeff Weiss 1,253,000 4 2
Reagan Silber 1,232,000 9 3
Daniel Alaei 1,219,000 11 2
Tom Peterson 1,200,000 11 6
David Tran 1,187,000 5 3
Philip Hilm 1,183,000 3 3
Scotty Nguyen 1,175,000 14 8
Jeff Bryan 1,152,000 11 3
Jerry Yang 1,150,000 8 8
Floyd Clark 1,146,000 8 7
Humberto Brenes 1,140,000 5 9
Cody Slaubaugh 1,139,000 6 8
Justin Sadauskas 1,115,000 13 1
Ray Henson 1,111,000 10 8
Richard Murnick 1,092,000 2 3
Stig Top-Rasmussen 1,080,000 13 4
Warren Karp 1,068,000 6 1
Ryan Lawrence 1,046,000 8 9
Ed de Haas 1,045,000 14 3
Michael Zinna 1,024,000 5 8
John Bird 1,018,000 10 6
Allan King 1,000,000 14 5
Kevin Kim 1,000,000 9 5
Christian Togsverd 978,000 3 8
Kenny Tran 958,000 11 5
Thierry van den Berg 955,000 3 9
Mark Ellerbe 952,000 13 5
Mikkel Madsen 933,000 12 8
Willie Tann 912,000 9 1
John Armbrust 892,000 7 2
Bob Slezak 889,000 6 9
Maria Ho 885,000 8 4
Francois Safieddine 882,000 7 6
Kelly Jo McGlothlin 871,000 6 6
Chad Brown 860,000 12 1
Tommy Le 850,000 8 2
Jimmy Blevins 835,000 14 4
William Spadea 827,000 3 5
Zhuang Han 820,000 8 5
Billy Willis 816,000 4 9
Isaac Haxton 804,000 13 3
Hyon Kim 768,000 3 4
Steven Garfinkle 730,000 6 2
Robin Bergren 725,000 10 2
Diego Cordovez 712,000 7 7
David Wells 684,000 2 6
Senovio Ramirez III 682,000 6 7
Jason Koshi 682,000 7 4
Paul Kershaw 654,000 9 4
Jared Hamby 645,000 4 5
Jason Welch 618,000 13 2
Joe Shield 586,000 4 1
Ayaz Mahmood 538,000 12 5
Bjorn-Erik Glenne 526,000 4 3
Lamar Wilkinson 521,000 14 1
Brandon Adams 498,000 7 8
Bill Edler 490,000 14 9
Dennis Perry 464,000 13 8
Peter Darvill 441,000 4 6
Kenneth Smith 437,000 12 7
Naseem Salem 411,000 13 7
Brian Tracy 399,000 10 3
Alan Keating 396,000 8 6
Chris Lovelace 389,000 5 2
Alan Levin 377,000 11 8
Thomas Koo 362,000 7 1
Pete de Best 360,000 10 7
David Names 330,000 9 2
Andrew Gunderson 326,000 11 1
Richard Crowell 306,000 12 3
Leonard Pruzansky 304,000 5 6
Travis Belles 274,000 3 6
Mickey Seagle 242,000 6 4
Andreas Krause 95,000 10 4

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