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Oliver Massive Chip Leader Entering Official Final Table

donpeters • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante
Chip leader Chris Oliver
Chip leader Chris Oliver

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 {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades} couldn’t outrace Sam Stein’s {4-Diamonds}{4-Spades}. 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 {a-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} and lost to Oliver’s {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} and then Walid Bou-Habib moved all in against Oliver holding {5-Spades}{5-Diamonds} with the board reading {5-Clubs}{3-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}. Unfortunately for him Oliver held {8-Spades}{4-Clubs} 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 {k-Clubs}{6-Clubs} in late position and Hall called with {a-Spades}{6-Hearts} from the big blind. Hall held when the board ran {5-Hearts}{8-Spades}{2-Spades}{k-Spades}{a-Diamonds}, 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 {a-Spades}{k-Spades} on a {6-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{a-Clubs} board, but Oliver had him crushed with {7-Spades}{6-Spades} 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:

SeatPlayerChips
1Mike Sowers3.685 million
2Max Weinberg3.35 million
3Chris Oliver19.67 million
4Bolivar Palacios2.445 million
5Sam Stein5.855 million
6Anton Ionel3.52 million
7Philippe Plouffe1.555 million
8Galen Hall6.43 million

Dmitriy Stelmak Eliminated in 9th Place ($155,000)

SantanaBandana • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante
Dmitriy Stelmak - 9th Place
Dmitriy Stelmak - 9th Place

Dmitriy Stelmak opened to 225,000 from middle position and was called by Chris Oliver in the big blind.

The dealer flopped {6-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{a-Clubs} 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.

Oliver: {7-Spades}{6-Spades}
Stelmak: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}

The rail shouted from a distance for a myriad of cards as the dealer rapped the table and delivered the {7-Hearts} on the turn. The full house improved Oliver's hand, but Stelmak could still win if an ace came on the river.

The {k-Hearts} 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.

Tags: Chris OliverDmitriy Stelmak

Oliver Continues to Trend Up

SantanaBandana • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

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 {q-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{2-Spades} flop, the {4-Diamonds} on the turn and Ionel checked the {q-Diamonds} on the turn. Oliver did not though, opting to bet 650,000. Ionel made the call showing {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}, but they were no good against Oliver's {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}.

Oliver's stack increased to 15.9 million while Ionel's sunk to 3.8 million.

Tags: Chris OliverAnton Ionel

Unofficial Final Table

SantanaBandana • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Here's how the unofficial final table looks:

SeatPlayerChips
1Mike Sowers4.385 million
2Max Weinberg2.93 million
3Chris Oliver14.395 million
4Bolivar Palacios2.695 million
5Sam Stein5.415 million
6Dmitriy Stelmak3.95 million
7Anton Ionel4.945 million
8Philippe Plouffe1.805 million
9Galen Hall5.975 million

Ana Marquez Eliminated in 10th Place ($155,000)

donpeters • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante
Ana Marquez - 10th Place
Ana Marquez - 10th Place

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.

Marquez: {8-Diamonds}{8-Spades}
Oliver: {A-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}

The flop, turn and river ran out {Q-Spades}{10-Hearts}{5-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} 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.

Tags: Ana MarquezChris Oliver

Sowers Bests Stein

donpeters • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Sam Stein raised to 220,000 from the cutoff seat and Mike Sowers flatted in position on the button. The flop came down {Q-Spades}{8-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} and both players checked.

The turn brought the {4-Hearts} and Stein check-called a bet of 305,000 from Sowers. The river then completed the board with the {6-Hearts}. Stein checked and Sowers fired 625,000. Stein mucked and Sowers won the pot.

Tags: Mike SowersSam Stein

Ionel Takes One from Hall

donpeters • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

From the cutoff seat, Galen Hall raised to 225,000. Anton Ionel called from the big blind and the flop came down {Q-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{5-Spades}. Ionel checked and Hall fired 375,000. Ionel called.

The turn brought the {10-Spades} and both players checked to see the {10-Clubs} pair the board on the river. Both players checked again.

Hall showed the {K-Hearts}{6-Spades}, but lost to Ionel's {8-Clubs}{5-Clubs}.

Tags: Anton IonelGalen Hall

Level:
29
Blinds:
50,000/100,000
Ante:
10,000