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Event #20: $1,500 Seven Card Stud



Event #20: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
Day 3 Completed

Eli Elezra and Anthony Zinno Neck and Neck Leading Final Table of Event #20: $1,500 Seven Card Stud

Djinn • Level 22: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Eli Elezra
Eli Elezra

Day 3 of the 285-entry Event #20: $1,500 Seven Card Stud was short and frenetic, with under two levels of play required to lose four out of the remaining ten players vying for the first Stud bracelet to be awarded at the 2019 WSOP. Tomorrow’s winner will take home $93,766, with the next player to hit the rail picking up $14,619.

Chip leader Eli Elezra holds that title by the thinnest of margins: only 2,000 chips separate him from Anthony Zinno (1,219,000 to Elezra’s 1,221,000); the big bet currently standing at 24,000 puts that in stark perspective. Between them, the rest of the table are playing a combined total of 410,000 chips – 14% of the total in play - making this one of the most extraordinarily unevenly-stacked finals ever seen at the World Series of Poker.

Rod Pardey Jr was the first player to be eliminated today, coming back as the short stack with 45,000 chips (15,000 more, it turns out, than current six-handed short stack David Singer). When he left to collect his $6,510 10th place prize money, the final nine reconvened on the feature table, remixed by random draw one final time. At this point the chip lead was held jointly by Zinno and Valentin Vornicu. Vornicu took down a lot of the early pots, while Zinno eliminated Timothy Frazin in 9th place ($6,510).

It was during the period immediately following Frazin’s bust-out that Elezra really picked up the pace. He took most of Joshua Mountain’s chips making back-to-back straights, then eliminated Scott Seiver in 8th ($8,337). Two-time bracelet winner Seiver had not enjoyed the best run at the final table, losing a few early pots to Vornicu and Zinno, and was down to just a few big bets by the time his final hand took place.

Elezra was responsible for the final elimination of Day 3 too, that of Joshua Mountain. By the time Mountain was all-in with a pair of nines on third street (Elezra behind him with tens, which improved to a full house), Elezra had caught up with Zinno and the big-stack/tiny stack dynamic was in full force. The other five players (with the exception of middling-stacked Vornicu) could do little but wait for a hand to get it in with or another one of their number to bust. Mountain happened to be the player who found a hand first; he exited in 7th for $10,920.

Elezra did not look like a contender for the final table, let alone the final six on Day 2, when his stack of 30,000 was all-in and called. However, a phenomenal comeback sees him with a good shot at his fourth bracelet; he was in the thick of the action throughout Day 3, and on the winning side of most of it. Experienced fellow finalist Rep Porter also holds three WSOP bracelets, two of them in Seven Card Razz, David Singer two and Zinno one. Vornicu and Phongthep Thiptinnakon are playing for their first piece of WSOP jewellery.

Final table payouts:

1  $93,766
2  $57,951
3  $39,830
4  $27,993
5  $19,996
6  $14,619
7Joshua MountainUnited States$10,920
8Scott SeiverUnited States$8,337
9Timothy FrazinUnited States$6,510

Play resumes tomorrow at noon, with streaming following at 1pm on CBS All Access. Live reporting continues right here along with the action.

Tags: Anthony ZinnoDavid SingerEli ElezraJoshua MountainPhongthep ThiptinnakonRep PorterRod Pardey JrScott SeiverTimothy FrazinValentin Vornicu

Final Table Seat Draw and Chip Counts

GeoffFisk • Level 22: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Bets
1Phonghtep ThiptinnakonUnited States60,0002
2Valentin VornicuUnited States262,00011
3Rep PorterUnited States61,0002
4Anthony ZinnoUnited States1,219,00051
5Eli ElezraUnited States1,221,00051
6David SingerUnited States30,0001

Joshua Mountain Eliminated in 7th Place ($10,920)

Djinn • Level 22: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Joshua Mountain
Joshua Mountain

Such an extraordinary gap exists between the two chip millionaires Eli Elezra and Anthony Zinno and every one else at this final table that the (very) short players have been keeping out of the way of the action, even as their stacks represent just a couple of big bets each.

Joshua Mountain was one of the short stacks, who picked up a pair of nines and could fold no longer. He was all in vs. Eli Elezra showing the {9-Diamonds} with Elezra showing the {6-Diamonds}. The hands emerged:

Mountain {9-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}/{5-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{4-Spades}
Elezra: {6-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{6-Hearts}/{2-Spades}

Elezra's full house took the final pot of a very short Day 3, as players are now finished with play until the live-streamed six-haned final kicks off tomorrow at noon.

Eli Elezra il
Eli Elezra
il 1,200,000 -150,000
Joshua Mountain us
Joshua Mountain
us Busted

Tags: Anthony ZinnoEli ElezraJoshua Mountain

Zinno Takes Another Pot

GeoffFisk • Level 22: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Anthony Zinno
Anthony Zinno

Anthony Zinno: {x-}{x-}/{7-Spades}{10-Hearts}{j-Spades}{9-Clubs}/{x-}
Valentin Vornicu: {k-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{q-Spades}{4-Hearts}/{x-}

A three-way pot developed with Anthony Zinno, Valentin Vornicu and Phonghtep Thiptinnakon, with Thiptinnakon folding on sixth street to a bet from Zinno. Vornicu called, and the action checked through the river.

Vornicu showed {6-Spades}{6-Hearts}{a-}, but it was Zinno taking down yet another pot with {7-Clubs}{x-}{x-}, for the better pair {7-Spades}{7-Clubs}.

Eli Elezra il
Eli Elezra
il 1,350,000 300,000
Anthony Zinno us
Anthony Zinno
us 1,300,000 100,000
Valentin Vornicu us
Valentin Vornicu
us 485,000 76,000
Rep Porter us
Rep Porter
us 68,000 -213,000
Phongthep Thiptinnakon us
Phongthep Thiptinnakon
us 60,000 -140,000
Joshua Mountain us
Joshua Mountain
us 57,000 42,000
David Singer us
David Singer
us 33,000 -103,000

Scott Seiver Eliminated in 8th Place ($8,337)

Djinn • Level 22: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Scott Seiver
Scott Seiver

Scott Seiver's final hand was against sudden chip monster Eli Elezra. Down to a few big bets, he check-raised Elezra on fifth street to get his stack in and see the last two cards.

Elezra: {x-}{x-}/{5-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{6-Hearts}
Seiver: {x-}{x-}/{q-Clubs}{2-Spades}{10-Diamonds}

"I have the ones," said Elezra, flipping up {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}. He drew another ace immediately, filling up with the {3-Diamonds} on seventh street, while Seiver's hand ended up {q-Clubs}{2-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{10-Clubs}{2-}.

Eli Elezra il
Eli Elezra
il 1,050,000 300,000
Scott Seiver us
Scott Seiver
us Busted

Tags: Eli ElezraScott Seiver