|Michiel Sijpkens||PokerStars Qualifier||7,765,000|
Day 7 Completed
A total of 78 players -- all survivors of six days' worth of poker -- arrived at noon today with hopes of continuing their long and winding tourney journeys. They were the final standing from the starting field of 7,319, and all had already achieved much.
But all wanted more. And just 27 would earn the right to come back tomorrow for the last day of poker this summer in the 2010 WSOP.
Bustouts began shortly after cards went in the air, with Jean-Robert Bellande, Meenakshi Subramaniam, David Benyamine, Peter Jetten, Alexander Kostritsyn, and Tony Dunst among those departing during the first levels.
The pace slowed as the dinner break approached, and with 42 left it was thought it might take a while before we'd get down to three tables.
But then came the fireworks of Level 29 -- specifically the last hour of Level 29, when 11 players were eliminated. It didn't take long after that for Theo Jorgensen, Gianni Direnzo, and Bryn Kenney all to hit the rail, too, each earning $255,242 for getting this far.
As the night wore on, Joseph Cheong and Soi ("Cuong") Nguyen put some distance between themselves and the rest of the field, but there's a formidable bunch behind them, among them Matt Affleck, John Racener, Scott Clements, David Baker, and Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi. Mizrachi took some hits early today, but true to his name, grinded his way back into contention, and still (incredibly) has a chance of tying Frank Kassela for WSOP POY with a Main Event victory.
Thanks for following our coverage today. Join us again tomorrow at noon Vegas time to find out who among these 27 will emerge as this year's November Nine.
|Name||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
Seat 1: Michael Mizrachi (6,300,000)
Seat 2: Scott Clements (7,250,000)
Seat 3: Michiel Sijpkens (7,765,000)
Seat 4: John Dolan (2,175,000)
Seat 5: John Racener (10,470,000)
Seat 6: Brandon Steven (6,045,000)
Seat 7: Redmond Lee (3,315,000)
Seat 8: William Thorson (3,680,000)
Seat 9: Mads Wissing (3,070,000)
Seat 1: Johnny Lodden (1,560,000)
Seat 2: Joseph Cheong (24,490,000)
Seat 3: Jason Senti (13,550,000)
Seat 4: Matt Affleck (12,515,000)
Seat 5: Matthew Jarvis (13,300,000)
Seat 6: Matthew Bucaric (2,270,000)
Seat 7: David Baker (6,825,000)
Seat 8: Filippo Candio (10,020,000)
Seat 9: Ronnie Bardah (2,525,000)
Seat 1: Adam Levy (4,745,000)
Seat 2: Benjamin Statz (9,885,000)
Seat 3: Soi Nguyen (23,100,000)
Seat 4: Duy Le (7,225,000)
Seat 5: Jonathan Duhamel (10,520,000)
Seat 6: Robert Pisano (8,060,000)
Seat 7: Pascal LeFrancois (15,780,000)
Seat 8: Hasan Habib (1,510,000)
Seat 9: Patrick Eskandar (1,655,000)
Bryn Kenney is our Day 8 bubble boy after being eliminated in dramatic fashion in back-to-back hands to leave us with our final 27 players.
Kenney started the action with a raise to 300,000 from under the gun with Pascal LeFrancois making the call in the big blind.
The flop landed and LeFrancois checked it over to Kenney who made a continuation bet of 400,000. LeFrancois made the call. The turn brought the and LeFrancois checked again. Kenney fired a second barrel worth 480,000 and again LeFrancois made the call as a big pot was brewing.
The river fell the and following a third check from LeFrancois, Kenney verbalized his bet of 1.3 million, however LeFrancois thought he had heard "all in" as he instantly called and tabled for a set of eights. LeFrancois didn't realize that he'd left Kenney with just under one million chips behind as Kenney showed for two pair.
"Sick runners..." sighed Kenney as he then chuckled that he was now freerolling after LeFrancois' mistake.
Well, the freeroll lasted just one more hand.
LeFrancois raised to 300,000 and Kenney moved all in for 850,000. LeFrancois snap-called and flipped as Kenney would need some help with his .
The board fell and Kenney couldn't find a deuce to save himself as he is eliminated from the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event in 28th place.
Patrick Eskandar raised it up to 240,000 from middle position and Jonathan Duhamel made the call in the cutoff. Matthew Jarvis also called on the button and we were three ways to a flop of .
Eskandar led out with a bet of 800,000 which forced a fold from Duhamel, but Jarvis made the call and the hit the turn. Eskandar checked it over to Jarvis who fired 900,000. Eskandar came back over the top for all of his stack and after a few moments, Jarvis called off his last 4.44 million.
It was a set for Eskandar up against the made flush for Jarvis. The crowd gathered around looking for a repeater on the river, but it wasn't to be as the fell to give Jarvis a massive double up. He's up to 13.3 million with Eskandar crippled.
With the elimination of Gianni Direnzo in 29th place, we are just one elimination away from the end of play tonight.
While all 27 players who make it through to tomorrow's Day 8 theoretically have a chance to make the November Nine, it goes without saying that those with the biggest stacks obviously have a better chance of actually doing so.
Last year, all nine of those who made the final table were in the top 12 in chips with 27 players remaining. Of those 12, only Billy Kopp (2nd to start that last day), Jamie Robbins (9th), and Ben Lamb (10th) did not make it to the final table.
Eventual winner Joe Cada actually had the fewest chips of all the eventual November Niners to start the final day of play last summer, sitting in 12th place to begin the day.
Robert Pisano was first in from the hijack, and he opened the pot to 280,000. Gianni Direnzo came along with the call from the small blind, and the two men went heads-up to the flop.
It came , and Pisano kept the pressure on with a bet of 410,000. Direnzo shoved for 2.35 million, and Pisano didn't waste too much time calling to put his opponent at risk of elimination. Cards on their backs, gents:
It was the wrong time for Direnzo; Pisano had the goods. The turn drew an arms-in-the-air celebration from Pisano and his cheering section on the rail. Direnzo was already drawing dead to the river, and he has been eliminated in 29th place. That's good for more than $300,000, but he's he's cancelled his reservations in tomorrow's Day 8.
There's only one multiple bracelet winner left in the 2010 WSOP Main Event and his name is Scott Clements. In the back-to-back years of 2006 and 2007, Clements scored a gold bracelet. He won the $3,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8-or-Better event in 2006 for $301,175 and the following year won the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event for $194,206.
On top of those finishes, Clements has 15 other WSOP cashes including a total of seven final tables. Besides the two final table he won, take a look at how Clements has wrapped up some of his best runs at WSOP events:
2007: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em - 5th for $112,997
2008: $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo - 9th for $22,172
2008: $2,000 Omaha Hi/Lo - 7th for $36,232
2009: $10,000 World Championship Omaha Hi/Lo - 2nd for $275,946
2009: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo - 3rd for $101,063
As you can see, Omaha is a game that Clements is extremely proficient at.
Along with all his WSOP success, Clements also holds two World Poker Tour titles for taking down the C$2,500 WPT Canadian Poker Open in 2006 for $222,051 and C$10,000 North American Poker Championship Event in 2007. The latter netted him over $1.5 million alone! In total, Clements had just about $15,000 short of $4 million in live tournament winnings up until this Main Event. This deep run puts him well over that mark.
His best finish in the WSOP Main Event is a 529th way back in 2005. This year he's doing much better than that min-cash and will be a force as we move closer to the November Nine.