Day 4 Completed
Day 4 Completed
There will be five players returning to the felt tomorrow for the final day of competition in Event #47: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship. Ben Sarnoff will be the odds-on favorite after a dominating Day 4 which saw him bag up more than one-third of the chips in play.
Sarnoff was one of the most accomplished players remaining in the tournament with over $434,000 in career earnings and he is well on his way to pushing that number even higher. The California native's only recorded tournament win came back in 2007 when he scored a $101,000 payday. Sarnoff has already locked up his career biggest score but will be hoping to add a piece of jewelry as well.
The only player remaining to have won a WSOP gold bracelet in the past is Kathy Liebert who is currently sitting third on the leaderboard. Liebert is well known in the poker community with over $6.4 million in career earnings and many six-figure scores on her resume. Liebert's lone bracelet title came in 2004 and she has been attending the WSOP since 1995, she mentioned at the table.
Eric Smidinger moved his way up to second place in the latter stages of the day and will be joined by Biagio Morciano and Charles Mitchell as the other players in search of the title.
Final Day Seating Assignments
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Kathy Liebert||United States||29,100,000||49|
|2||Ben Sarnoff||United States||55,000,000||92|
|3||Charles Mitchell||United States||7,900,000||13|
|5||Eric Smidinger||United States||32,800,000||55|
Day 4 Action
There were 18 players who returned to the felt for Day 4 and the eliminations were fast and furious in the opening level. Valerii Luebents came into the day with less than one big blind and despite quadrupling up in the first hand, his stay was short-lived as he was eliminated on the second hand of the day. Many more followed him out the door as the field dwindled to just 11 players after the first level.
The unofficial final table was reached just moments before the players went on their first break of the day. Domenico Scalamogna was the short stack and was the first to hit the rail when the action resumed. Alexander Hill joined him just moments later when his flopped two pair was bested by Sarnoff's turned set.
Mark Pett entered the final table with an above-average chip stack but had a rough go at things in the first few hands. In fact, Pett struggled to even win a pot and soon found himself on the short stack. He eventually decided to flick in his last few blinds from the big blind with queen-high but could not connect on the board. Next in the pecking order for Sarnoff was Andres Korn who opted to try to make a move against the chip leader. However, Sarnoff had the goods with pocket aces and Korn's queen-ten was no match for it.
With the field down to six players, many were excited to see the end of the day fast approaching. Jan Pettersson was hoping to prolong the day but his short stack of just four big blinds was going to be tough to spin up. Eventually, he decided to get the last of it in from the big blind. Pettersson ran into the ace-queen of Smidinger on a queen-high flop and was unable to improve.
The final five players were ecstatic to make the final day with friends and family hoping to join them tomorrow. They will resume play at the start of Level 36 with the blinds at 300,000/600,000 and a big blind ante of 600,000. The cards will be in the air at 11 a.m. sharp on Monday and the will play until a winner is determined.
The lion's share of the prize pool will be up for grabs with each of the five players already guaranteed at least $186,541. The pay jumps are significant with the winner walking away with $694,909 and the WSOP gold bracelet.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be back on the tournament floor to bring you all of the live updates en route to crowning a champion.
After some more thought, the tournament directors have decided to let the players bag up their chips and return at 11 a.m. tomorrow to determine the winner. The players along with the rail cheered and began the bagging process at the end of the level. A recap of the day's action will be posted shortly.
Biagio Morciano opened for 1,200,000 from the hijack and Ben Sarnoff declared all in from the big blind. Morciano called.
Morciano was flipping for his tournament life and spiked a flop to send the Italian delegation on the rail into a frenzy. Sarnoff was now drawing to a straight.
The turn changed nothing, while the completed the board to send Morciano to nearly 20 million.
Ben Sarnoff raised to 1,100,000 in the hijack and Eric Smidinger three-bet to 4,500,000 in the small blind. Jan Pettersson stuck in his last 1,750,000 from the big blind and Sarnoff folded.
The flop came and Smidinger took a big lead with a pair of queens. The on the turn and the on the river were no help to Pettersson who exited in sixth place.
The final five players will now be bagging up their chips and return at 10 a.m. local time tomorrow.
Kathy Liebert opened for 1,100,000 from late position and Ben Sarnoff called from the hijack. Charles Mitchell shoved his 7,950,000 from the cutoff.
Liebert seemed confused as to how to proceed after asking for a count. After nearly 90 seconds, she let her cards go. Sarnoff quickly folder.
Andres Korn raised to 1,050,000 in the cutoff and Ben Sarnoff three-bet to 3,500,000 on the button. The blinds folded and Korn four-bet shoved all in for around 12,500,000. Sarnoff instantly called and had Korn in a bad spot.
Sarnoff picked up the aces again and Korn was in desperate need of some help in order to stay alive. The board ran out and Korn was left drawing dead by the turn.
Kathy Liebert opened for 1,000,000 from under the gun and was called by Ben Sarnoff in the hijack and Biagio Morciano from the button.
The flop came and Liebert continued for 2,000,000. Sarnoff raised to 5,000,000. Morciano folded and Liebert called.
The turn came the and both players checked.
On the river, Liebert checked over to Sarnoff, who pushed a 20-stack of brown 500,000 chips (10,000,000) in front of him. Liebert laughed, wondering if Sarnoff was just using his big stack to his advantage. She showed the crowd her hand and threw her cards into the muck.
Kathy Liebert raised to 1,000,000 in the hijack and was called by Andres Korn in the cutoff. Charles Mitchell was the short stack on the table and pushed all in for 2,650,000 in the small blind. Liebert asked for a count and took her time before calling which invited Korn to come along as well.
The flop came and both remaining players checked through to the on the turn and the on the river. Two more checks to reach showdown and Mitchell tabled for the best hand.
From the small blind, Eric Smidinger shoved into Mark Pett, who only had 1,650,000 behind.
With just over three big blinds, Pett debated his decision for about a minute before making the call.
The flop came to keep Smidinger in front. The came on the turn to give Smidinger top pair but provided straight outs for Pett.
Pett couldn't find his four as the completed the board, ending his day.
The remaining seven players are all guaranteed at least $110,662.