WSOP Day 31 – Aussie Steve Wise Wins $56,000

Posted at 07:00 2006-07-28 Day 31 featured the final table of the $1,500 Limit Shootout Event with six players returning for a shot at the gold. Each player started with $150,000 in chips and Arnold Spee was the early mover after he took down the first pot with a set of tens. Spee was actively involved in many pots but the lead swapped several times until Victor Perches won a key hand when he rivered a straight to crack the pocket aces of Tom Schneider. Marianno Garcia was the first to be eliminated when it was capped on a flop of Ts7s3s. Garcia was all-in with AcTh for top pair, but in desperate trouble against the nut flush of Rep Porter. Arnold Spee continued to splash around his chips and built his stack up even further when he flopped a straight against Rep Porter. This left Porter as the short stack, but it was Tom Schneider who was next to go when he was all-in with Kd3d against Arnold Spee’s 9h6h. The board brought three hearts to complete Spee’s flush and Schneider headed home in 5th place. Rep Porter was then crippled when he ran into the full house of Ander Henriksson. Porter was knocked out shortly after in 4th place when his T8 couldn’t outdraw Victor Perches’ A4. Victor Perches then inflicted two key blows on the stack of Anders Henriksson. Firstly Perches had a set of sixes against Henriksson’s pocket kings, and then his KT outdrew Henriksson’s A8 with a king on the flop to eliminate Henriksson in 3rd place. The heads up battle saw Arnold Spee start with a 2:1 chip lead over Victor Perches, however it was Perches who was playing the more solid poker. Without taking down any large pots, Perches managed to chip away. Then on a board of 7743Q, Spee’s pocket nines weren’t good enough against Perches’ 76. This left Spee severely short stacked and it was soon over when Spee’s QJ fell to Perches’ A6. Victor Perches received the WSOP gold bracelet and pocketed $157,338. The second day of the $5,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Rebuy Event saw David Williams return as the overnight chip leader in a field of 21 high quality players as they battled it right down until a champion was crowned. Johnny Chan couldn’t make it bracelet number eleven, eliminated by Mike Matusow with a ten low versus Chan’s queen low. Australia’s Tony G was well placed entering the day but things didn’t go his way and he was eliminated in 20th place. David Williams continued to increase his stack, denting Layne Flack with a king low and then eliminating Mike Matusow in 12th place with a ten low. Williams carried a monstrous lead into the final table of eight, however one more player had to be eliminated before they reached the money. The unfortunate one was Layne Flack who busted out on the bubble in 8th place – unlucky to reach a WSOP final table, yet go home empty handed. Phillipe Rouas began to make a move, taking down some large pots to capture the chip lead from Williams. But it wouldn’t last long as Williams eliminated both Eliyahu Levy and Allen Cunningham in one hand with a 8-6-5-4-2 low. Williams continued his run by outdrawing Greg Raymer to send him home in 5th place. Daniel Alaei then eliminated a short stacked Men Nguyen in 4th place when he drew a 7-6-5-3-2. Williams still held the lead but Rouas and Alaei were both fighting hard in an entertaining contest. Phillipe Rouas cracked under the pressure and was next to go when he fell to Daniel Alaei’s 10-9-7-3-2. The heads up battle was an epic, with Williams showing aggression from the button, with Alaei picking his spots to move all-in. Alaei gained the ascendency and after close to four hours of heads up play, Alaei’s 8-6-5-3-2 was too good for Williams’ hand and Daniel Alaei captured the bracelet in the No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Event and picked up $430,698. The second day of the $1,500 No Limit Hold' Em Event saw 154 players return to battle it out to reach the final table. After starting the day in the top ten, Phil Laak had a couple of brain explosions to be eliminated in 89th place. James Gorham built up a massive chip lead, while Aussie Sarah Bilney continued to work her way steadily through the field. With a short stack, Sarah made an all-in call with A8 but unfortunately she was in trouble when her opponent flipped over AJ. With no help on the board, Sarah was out-kicked and eliminated in 50th place. To reach the top 50 in a field of over 2,800 players was a tremendous effort and illustrates Sarah’s class to survive in large Hold’Em fields. Another Aussie, Peter Pratis also finished in the money in 47th place. Sarah and Peter both pocketed $9,183 for their efforts. However the best performed Australian was Sydney’s Steve Wise. Steve had an excellent day, and with fourteen players remaining Steve was sitting pretty in 5th position as others fell away around him. However, with ten players left, a short-stacked Jason Strasser pushed all-in and Steve made the call with AJ. Strasser turned over 74 and it looked like Steve was heading for a final table berth, but a 7 on the flop and a 4 on the turn, left Steve drawing dead, and Strasser had doubled up. Steve didn’t lose hope, and shortly afterwards he doubled up with AQ against Mohamad Ilyas’ AT. But it just wasn’t meant to be as Steve pushed all-in with A6s only to be called Nicholas Ronyecz with AK. With no help on the board Steve was eliminated in 10th place for a collect of $56,626. The remaining 9 players will return to play out the final table with Osman Kibar holding a narrow lead over Nick Ronyecz. The final table lineup is as follows: Seat 1 - James Gorham - $717,000 Seat 2 - George Christian - $262,000 Seat 3 - Age Spets - $316,000 Seat 4 - Nick Ronyecz - $789,000 Seat 5 - Mohamad Ilyas - $252,000 Seat 6 - Osman Kibar - $796,000 Seat 7 - Jason Strasser - $254,000 Seat 8 - Miff Fagerlie - $367,000 Seat 9 - Peter Dalhuijsen - $477,000 The conclusion of the $1,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Event saw a short stacked Jeff Madsen appear at his fourth final table of the 2006 WSOP, chasing the lead of Greg Dinkin. Madsen was able to capture an early pot to stay alive while Leo Fasen was the first eliminated when Mark Bershad made two pair and a 2-3-4-5-7 low to scoop the pot, against Fasen's pair of queens. Rod Pardey found the going tough and fell in 7th place when his trip kings weren’t good enough against Mark Bershad’s nut flush. Greg Dinkin extended his lead when he scooped a three-way pot with a jack high flush, but gave some of it back when Jeff Madsen doubled up with a rivered flush. Hoyt Verner was next to go when his trip aces fell to Greg Dinkin’s queen high flush, followed by William Edler in 5th place who was crippled in a pot against Jeff Madsen’s set of sixes. Mark Bershad and Jeff Madsen tangled in a couple of big pots with Bershad coming off second best. He couldn’t survive as the short stack and was eliminated soon after in 4th place by Greg Dinkin. Patrick Poels had accumulated a healthy stack and stayed out of trouble to hold the chip lead with three players remaining. Play then began to tighten up considerably as the players had the finish line in sight. Jeff Masden lost a couple of key pots to Patrick Poels to leave him shortstacked, and when Masden’s nines weren’t good enough against Poels’ aces, Masden was knocked out in 3rd place. Jeff Masden has two bracelets and now two third place finishes at the 2006 WSOP – an amazing effort. The heads up battle was tight and again it was Poels who took down the pots that mattered. Poels took down a large pot with trip kings and followed it up with a pair of queens against Dinkin’s nines to capture his second WSOP bracelet and the $172,091 in prize money.

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