WSOP Final Table Ready
Day 7 of the WSOP Main Event played Monday, and the 27 players who were lucky enough to get that far have been whittled down to the final table of 9. There will now be a long break, and then the final table contenders will return to the Rio Casino on November 4 to resume play.
There were plenty of upsets and disappointments during play. Steve Gee, who played 9th in last year's Main Event, was looking to make consecutive final tables, which has not happened since 2003-2004 when Dan Harrington did it. However, Gee chose a bad time to make a 4bet bluff against Anton Morgenstern, and his T7 failed to improve against Morgenstern's 88. Gee was knocked out in 24th place ($285,408).
It was soon Anton Morgenstern's turn to leave, however. The German player, who began the day as the chip leader, got involved in a couple of big pots against American Mark Newhouse. In the first, Morgenstern lost a flip against Newhouse with pocket eights against Newhouse's AQo. Only a few hands later, both players saw a flop of
AA2 and got it in on the 3 turn. Morgenstern showed the AJ, but Newhouse had him beat again, this time with 22 for the flopped full house, and the river was a brick. Finally, with his stack crippled by those two hands, Anton Morgenstern ran his AJ into Fabian Ortiz' AA, and was eliminated in 20th place ($285,408).
In the final hand of play Monday, the 2001 Main Event champion, Carlos Mortensen, got in an all-in situation against two-time bracelet winner JC Tran on a T639board. Carlos had the A9 for second pair and the nut-flush draw, but Tran was way ahead with 87 for a straight. The river was not a club, and Carlos Mortensen became the final table bubble boy, going home in 10th place ($573,204).
With that elimination, the Main Event final table was set. These are the players:
1. JC Tran (USA) – 38,000,000
2. Amir Lehavot (Israel) – 29,700,000
3. Marc McLaughlin (Canada) – 26,525,000
4. Jay Farber (USA) – 25,975,000
5. Ryan Riess (USA) – 25,875,000
6. Sylvain Loosli (France) – 19,600,000
7. Michiel Brummelhuis (Netherlands) – 11,275,000
8. Mark Newhouse (USA) – 7,350,000
9. David Benefield (USA) – 6,375,000
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