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World Series of Poker Europe PokerStars Festival Sochi

Event 19 - $2,500 No Limit Holdem
Event 19 - $2,500 No Limit Holdem
Day 2 Completed

Official Chip Counts and Seating

Here are the official standings for Wednesday's final table, which will start at 2:00 pm PDT:

1. Devin 'TranquilChaos' Porter - 819,000
2. John 'The Razor' Phan - 445,000
3. Humberto Brenes - 343,000
4. Alex Bolotin - 382,000
5. Marcus Obser - 679,000
6. Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier - 416,000
7. Shawn Hattem - 787,000
8. Francois Safieddine - 302,000
9. Lars Bonding - 882,000

Humberto Brenes has played in six WSOP tournaments so far this year, and tomorrow he plays at his third final table. He won two WSOP bracelets back in 1993, and has spent the last 14 years trying for a third.

Return to on Wednesday at 2:00 pm PDT for all the action.

Matt Gilsdorf Eliminated in 10th Place ($21,435)

Matt Gilsdorf
Matt Gilsdorf
Matt Gilsdorf moves all in from late position, and Marcus Obser calls from the cutoff with {Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}. Gilsdorf shows {A-Hearts}{10-Clubs}, and he'll need to improve to stay alive.

The board comes {J-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{3-Spades}{7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}, and Obser's queens hold up to win the pot.

Matt Gilsdorf is eliminated in 10th place, earning $21,435.

The final nine players are set for tomorrow's final table. Stay tuned for official chip counts.

This is the third final table of the 2007 WSOP for Humberto Brenes, who is an early contender for WSOP Player of the Year.

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Shawn Hattem vs. John Phan

Shawn Hattem raises from middle position to 60,000, John Phan reraises from the button to 180,000, and Hattem moves all in. Phan goes into the tank -- and he's there so long, he needs scuba gear.

The tension mounts for several minutes with an unexpectedly large post-Matusow crowd still following the action. After several minutes, Phan starts studying his card again, and then holds them so loosely that everyone behind him can clearly see his hand -- {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs}. He sets his cards behind his chips, leaning against the stack to face the crowd. Everyone behind him can still see the cards, but nobody on the other side of the table can -- including Hattem.

Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier, sensing a fold when Phan started waving his hands around, was sitting nearby away from the table, and started to lean in for a peek. But when Phan laid his cards down and continued to think, he seemed to be in a bit of a quandry -- was it ethical to look at Phan's hand while the hand was in progress, even if Grospellier wasn't involved? He decided to hold back.

Phan talks to himself for a few more minutes, saying he didn't want to race, and didn't think Hattem would bluff in this spot. Phan eventually folds face-up so everyone can see his {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs}.

As the dealer pushes the pot to Hattem, Phan asks Hattem to show his cards, "for the crowd." Hattem thinks for a minute, and Phan asks him to show just one. Phan guesses that Hattem has pocket fives. Hattem relents, and briefly flashes -- the {7-Diamonds}.

Hattem picks up the 420,000 pot, and Phan defends his fold, saying he wasn't interested in a race -- he can find a better spot. John Phan still has 400,000 in chips.

Shawn Hattem takes the chip lead with over 900,000.

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