Nathan Bjerno Leads The Final 13 of the WSOPC at the Bicycle Casino
It was a long day here at the Bike, but it sure was an eventful one. At the end of the day though it was recent WSOPC ring winner Nathan Bjerno leading the pack heading into the final day and all the players left are chasing him.
Action started fast and furious today as players just went flying out the door one by one. Almost as soon as action started today we lost Eric Baldwin, Soi Nguyen, Christina Lindley and Allan Le.
Also busting out short of the money was last year's champion Freddy Deeb. After he bought in late, Deeb was already sitting on a short stack and ended up getting it all in with . He was ahead but it couldn't hold up against his opponents .
It wasn't long after that we finally hit that ever elusive money bubble. And our bubble boy was none other than actor James Woods, who's well known for his role in the film Casino. The executor was none other than former WSOPC champion Doug Lee. On the hand Doug Lee had against Woods , they both flopped an , but Lee's kicker gave him the knock out and burst the money bubble.
That wasn't the only time Doug Lee was stirring up trouble. In another hand, he managed to pull off a huge suck out to stay alive. Doug Lee ended up rivering the nut straight with against his opponents which flopped top pair.
One of the players to build up a big stack after the bubble burst was Suzie Zhao. At one point she was close to the chip lead with 660,000, but ended up getting in a huge pot with Nathan Bjerno to bust just after the bubble for the biggest pot of the tournament at that time. Zhao was all in with for a flush draw against Bjerno's for a flopped set. Zhao did not catch up and she was eliminated in 37th place earning $3,895.
Towards the end of the day Bjerno took another huge pot off Huicun Qaio to gain the chip lead heading to the final table. In the hand, action started with Bjerno raising to 32,000 in the cutoff. Qiao three bet on the button to 100,000, and Bjerno came along. The flop came down , and Bjerno check called a bet of 150,000 from Qiao. The turn brought the , and Bjerno once again checked. Qiao leaned over to look at Bjerno's stack, and after about 20 seconds of thought, he said "all in!"
It was a massive bet, as it represented the 817,000 left in Bjerno's stack. He was in the tank for about three minutes, when he hunched over in his seat, and said "I call."
It was a great call by Bjerno, as Qiao was shoving with complete air. However, Bjerno still had to sweat an ace on the river, but that card was the . After that hand, Bjerno was up to 2.1 million, while Qiao tumbled down to 448,000. Bjerno ended up finishing the day with 1,850,000.
Here are the seating assignments for the final 13 players:
Tomorrow we'll meet back up at 12 PM PST with the final 13 players.