Event #7 - $2,000 NLHE, Day Two
1,592 players started the event and day two resumed the action with play just inside the money bubble with 152 players remaining. They were all shooting for the top prize of $550,601.
A hand that just has to be shared because of how unreal it is:
Theo Tran, the chip leader at the time, raised under the gun to 21K. Scott Montgomery called from middle position. The flop came . Both players checked. The turn was the . Tran placed out a 28K bet and Montgomery made the call. The river was the . Tran again led out, this time for 78K. Montgomery thought the hand through for a long time before saying to Tran, “This is sick, I'm putting you on a straight flush, but I can't fold.”
Montgomery made the call. Sure enough, Tran had made the straight flush as he turned over pocket aces with the ace of spades. Here's the unreal part. Montgomery turned over pocket 5's for quads. The table, and the surrounding tables, were in awe... shocked really... how Montgomery did not go broke there. I'm still in shock writing this ten hours after the fact.
Theo Tran came into the day as the chip leader and would enter the final table in the same position, but not without a roller coaster of a ride as he at one point had dropped all the way down to 40K before going on a sick run that found him well ahead of the rest of the field. Coming off a 4th place finish already, could it finally be Tran's time? Here are the final table with seat assignments and chip counts.
|Seat 1||Matt Keikoan||1,011,000||San Rafael|
|Seat 2||Theo Tran||1,884,000||Las Vegas|
|Seat 3 || Shannon Shorr ||627,000||Las Vegas|
|Seat 4 ||Carter Gill||652,000||Bali|
|Seat 5 ||Mihai Manole||1,020,000 ||Targoviste|
|Seat 6||Chris Bjorin||205,000 ||London|
|Seat 7 ||Mike Lisanti||358,000||Winnipeg|
|Seat 8 ||J.C. Tran||273,000||Sacramento|
|Seat 9 ||Alex Bolotin ||345,000 ||Brooklyn |
Event #8 - $10,000 World Championship Mixed Event, Day Two
89 of the original 192 started play on day two of this event and they would play until only 8 were left. 24 players were to make the money with first place taking home $483,688 in this elite event that saw nearly all the top professionals playing.
The final table is perhaps a signal that the new guard is starting to take over poker as big name by big name were eliminated during the day including David Oppenheim in 9th place, Gus Hansen in 10th place, Tom Schneider in 12th place, Johnny Chan in 13th place, Lee Watkinson in 14th place, and Amnon Filippi in 16th place. The final table will still have veterans Sammy Farha and Eli Elezra, but ESPN executives are surely pondering what could have been as youngsters James Mackey, Tom Dwan, and Jeff Madsen make their move. Here are the final table seating assignments and chip counts:
|1||Sam Farha ||374,500||Houston|
|2||Jeff Madsen ||149,000 ||Los Angeles |
|3||Tom Dwan ||642,000 ||Edison |
|4||Anthony Rivera ||274,000 ||Henderson |
|5||Mike DeMichele ||434,000||Las Vegas |
|6||James Mackey ||742,000 ||Columbia |
|7||Matt Glantz ||1,150,000 ||Philadelphia |
|8||Eli Elezra ||76,000 ||Henderson |
Event #9 - $1,500 NLHE Six Handed
Aggressive was the theme of the day in the $1,500 Six Handed event as 1,236 entries were pared down to just 71 by the end of the day. 126 were paid so the players are already in the money and are going for a $372,843 first place prize.
Many players came and tried, only to fail, including new bracelet winner Erick Lindgren, Antonio Esfandiari, John Juanda, Justin Bonomo, Jamie Gold, David Williams, Hoyt Corkins, Jordan Morgan, and Alex Jacob.
The end of day chip leader was Matt Matros who people might remember from making the WPT Championship final table way back when. Mr. Matros has 156,600 to lead the way. Other notables still in the hunt include Rep Porter who is 2nd in chips, publisher Avery Cardoza, online phenom Cody Slaubaugh, Richard Lee, and Jared Hamby. Play will resume today at 2 p.m.
Event #10 - $2,500 Limit Omaha 8/Stud 8
388 players started the late event of day seven of the World Series of Poker and by the time they were done they were still well short of making the money as 108 players still remained. 40 players are vying for a $892,400 prize pool and the $232,911 first place prize.
Jordan Rich leads the way after day one with 45,800 in chips but he will have to fight off some stellar competition if he is going to make it to the final table. Among the players still competing are Michael Mizrachi, Steve Zolotow, Todd Brunson, John Cernuto, Barbara Enright, Hasan Habib, Greg Raymer, Berry Johnston, Allen Cunningham, Bill Gazes, and Brandon Cantu.
Play will resume at 3 p.m.