Day 5 Completed
Day 5 Completed
After nearly six hours of play we are down to an eight-handed final table led by chip leader Chris Oliver. Oliver amassed an impressive 19.67 million-chip stack today and was responsible for six of the fourteen knockouts.
There were 22 runners at the start of the day and Joel Patchell was the first to go when his couldn’t outrace Sam Stein’s . Grayson Ramage was the next out the door when his kings were cracked by Oliver’s eights and within the next twenty minutes we said goodbye to Bryan Colin, James St. Hilaire and Shayne Khanna in that order.
Oliver was responsible for the next two knockouts as well. Martin Mathis three-bet shoved on him with and lost to Oliver’s and then Walid Bou-Habib moved all in against Oliver holding with the board reading . Unfortunately for him Oliver held and the river did not pair the board.
Rafael Golka, Calvin Anderson, Gregory Baksic and Michael Pesek all bowed out shortly after and then we lost two of the most intriguing players who entered the day; PokerStars Team Pro Chris Moneymaker and Ana Marquez.
Moneymaker lost a big pot to Galen Hall that dropped him below 3 million chips and he saw his stack dwindle to around 1 million after that. He open-shoved his last 1.1 million with in late position and Hall called with from the big blind. Hall held when the board ran , eliminating off the 2003 WSOP Main Event Champion in 11th place.
Marquez was the last woman standing and looking to become the first woman to ever make the PCA Main Event final table. This did not come to fruition however; she open-shoved a wired pair of eights and was snapped of by Oliver’s pocket rockets. Oliver held and sent her to the rail.
At the unofficial final table Oliver continued to pad his stack, and it was he who would knockout the final table bubble boy; Dmitriy Stelmak. Stelmak flop top pair with on a board, but Oliver had him crushed with and held to chip all the way up to 19.67 million.
Below is the seating order for the official final table that will commence on Saturday at 4 p.m. local time. We’ll be here covering it live so make sure you comeback and follow your PokerNews Live Reporting Team!
Here's how the official final table looks:
|1||Mike Sowers||3.685 million|
|2||Max Weinberg||3.35 million|
|3||Chris Oliver||19.67 million|
|4||Bolivar Palacios||2.445 million|
|5||Sam Stein||5.855 million|
|6||Anton Ionel||3.52 million|
|7||Philippe Plouffe||1.555 million|
|8||Galen Hall||6.43 million|
Dmitriy Stelmak opened to 225,000 from middle position and was called by Chris Oliver in the big blind.
The dealer flopped and Oliver checked to Stelmak who bet 230,000. Oliver check-raised to 540,000, Stelmak re-raised to 1.27 million and Oliver min-raised to 2 million. Finally Stelmak moved all in for 3.98 million total and Oliver called.
The rail shouted from a distance for a myriad of cards as the dealer rapped the table and delivered the on the turn. The full house improved Oliver's hand, but Stelmak could still win if an ace came on the river.
The on the river did not do the trick and Stelmak was eliminated in 9th place just shy of our official final table.
Appropriately Oliver delivered the last knockout of the day and is now up to 19 million chips.
Mike Sowers started things off with a raise to 225,000 from early position. The action folded to our chip leader Chris Oliver who three-bet to 575,000 from middle position, Anton Ionel cold-called from the small blind and Sowers got out of the way.
Both players checked the flop, the on the turn and Ionel checked the on the turn. Oliver did not though, opting to bet 650,000. Ionel made the call showing , but they were no good against Oliver's .
Oliver's stack increased to 15.9 million while Ionel's sunk to 3.8 million.
Here's how the unofficial final table looks:
|1||Mike Sowers||4.385 million|
|2||Max Weinberg||2.93 million|
|3||Chris Oliver||14.395 million|
|4||Bolivar Palacios||2.695 million|
|5||Sam Stein||5.415 million|
|6||Dmitriy Stelmak||3.95 million|
|7||Anton Ionel||4.945 million|
|8||Philippe Plouffe||1.805 million|
|9||Galen Hall||5.975 million|
From the hijack seat, Ana Marquez moved all in for about 1.4 million. With the way Chris Oliver's tournament has been going, it's no surprise that he woke up to two aces in the big blind and made the call.
The flop, turn and river ran out and Marquez was left with nothing but the felt in front of her as she watched the dealer pass her chips across to massive chip leader Chris Oliver. He's now up to 14 million.
Marquez was the last woman standing and earned $155,000 for her 10th-place finish.
Sam Stein raised to 220,000 from the cutoff seat and Mike Sowers flatted in position on the button. The flop came down and both players checked.
The turn brought the and Stein check-called a bet of 305,000 from Sowers. The river then completed the board with the . Stein checked and Sowers fired 625,000. Stein mucked and Sowers won the pot.
From the cutoff seat, Galen Hall raised to 225,000. Anton Ionel called from the big blind and the flop came down . Ionel checked and Hall fired 375,000. Ionel called.
The turn brought the and both players checked to see the pair the board on the river. Both players checked again.
Hall showed the , but lost to Ionel's .