Of the 218 players who arrived in the Brasilia Room for Day 2 of play, only nine remain. It took nearly 15 hours to get down to the final table and along the way we lost top pros like Barry Greenstein, Humberto Brenes, and Bill Gazes, online wunderkinds like Adam "Roothlus" Levy and Garrett "GBecks" Beckman, and dozens of amateurs making their runs at a bracelet.
We will return tomorrow at 2 p.m. for the conclusion of Event #39. WSOP bracelet winner Thom Werthmann leads the pack going into the final table, which includes the following players:
Seat 1: Eric Beren 640,000
Seat 2: David Woo 1,090,000
Seat 3: Habib Khanis 645,000
Seat 4: Michael Glasser 495,000
Seat 5: Curtis Early 1,225,000
Seat 6: Jim Paras 535,000
Seat 7: Matthew Wood 675,000
Seat 8: Thom Werthmann 1,600,000
Seat 9: Thanhdat Tran 1,255,000
Join us again tomorrow at 2 p.m. PDT for all the final table action. From the Rio in Las Vegas, that's a wrap!
Thom Werthmann raised to 85,000 from middle position. David Woo called from the button and Paul Kerr moved all in from the small blind for 277,000 total. Werthmann thought for a while, but eventually folded. Woo made the call with little delay. The players showed:
Neither man showed much emotion as the board ran out . Kerr stood up and paused, perhaps contemplating, "what might have been." He eventually strolled over to the payout table to collect his tenth-place earnings, a handsome $36,756.
James Paras moved all in from under the gun for 238,000. Action folded around to Curtis Early in the big blind who made the call. The players showed:
Early had a slight edge in the hand, but that edge was quickly reversed when the flop came . Paras had flopped three of a kind and Early would need runner-runner to win the pot. Neither the turn or river helped him and James Paras doubled up to over 500,000 chips.
Our ten remaining players have consolidated to a single table. Here's the new lineup
Seat 1: Eric Beren
Seat 2: David Woo
Seat 3: Paul Kerr
Seat 4: Habib Khanis
Seat 5: Mike Glasser
Seat 6: Curtis Early
Seat 7: James Paras
Seat 8: Matthew Wood
Seat 9: Thom Werthmann
Seat 10: Thanhdat Tran
Action folded around to Thom Werthmann in the cutoff and he raised to 85,000. Michael Polcari pushed all in from the big blind for 636,000 and Werthmann made the call. The players showed:
The flop came . Polcari let out a sigh of relief and Werthmann shook his head in disbelief. The on the turn did little to affect the hand. The on the river however gave Werthmann the winner. Polcari stood up, and headed for the rail. He was our 11th-place finisher and can add $36,756 to his tournament resume.