Posted at 07:00 2006-07-05
The feature of day 9 of the 2006 World Series of Poker was the final table of the $3,000 Limit Hold’Em event. Our hopes were with Australian born Jeff Lisandro who entered the day in 4th position, but things didn’t go his way early as he struggled to win key pots to maintain his chip stack. When short stacked, Jeff pushed his last chips in with a set of threes but ran into Rich Zhu’s nut flush to be eliminated in 9th place. A great effort by Jeff in this tournament to take home $22,908.
With the chip leaders increasing their advantage, there were several short stacks left at the table. With the blinds increasing they were unable to fight their way back with Ernie Scherer, Allan Puzantyan, Larry Thomas and Danny Ciasamella all eliminated in relatively quick succession.
William Chen then found some luck at the right time, crippling Karlo Lopez with pocket aces and eliminating Henry Nguyen with a straight, leaving himself heads up with Rich Zhu.
The heads up contest was fierce, but Chen started to gain the upper hand by pushing his opponent around and slowly chipping away at the stack of Zhu. It was all over when Zhu pushed with his inside straight draw, but when Chen made the call with middle pair and the straight didn’t eventuate, William Chen was crowned the winner of the $3,000 Limit Hold’Em taking home $343,618 and the coveted WSOP bracelet.
The $2,000 Omaha High/Low Eights or Better Event saw 61 players return to fight it out to reach the final table. Early on the battle between top pros Sean Sheikhan and Daniel Negreanu was a highlight. Sheikhan started to gain in confidence, pulling off some big bluffs and trash talking Negreanu. However Negreanu had the last laugh as Sheikhan got overly confident and was eliminated in 31st place. Negreanu powered on and finds himself at another WSOP final table. However eight others will be doing their best to ensure that he doesn’t pick up another WSOP bracelet.
The final table lineup for tomorrow is as follows:
Jeff Madsen - $225,000
Jack Zwerner - $189,000
Daniel Negreanu - $166,000
Bob Mangino - $165,000
Robert Collins - $156,000
Florante "Rusty" Mandap - $156,000
Russ Salzer - $142,000
Cong Do - $99,000
Steve Lustig - $31,000
Today was also day 1 of the $5,000 No Limit Hold’Em Event. This is the biggest buy in of the WSOP so far, so a quality field was expected to produce a massive prize pool. Several Aussies made an appearance today including WSOP bracelet winner Mark Vos who was able to recover from a big night of celebrations to make a start in this event. Unfortunately he couldn’t make it back-to-back victories and was eliminated from the tournament when his QQ couldn’t hold up against both AK and AQ. Mel Judah had a solid day, building himself a nice stack, but fell just short of the money.
Greg Raymer was the early leader but he also didn’t survive the day. Phil Hellmuth once again amassed a mountain of chips to end the day in strong shape in 3rd position. His duels, both poker and verbal, with flamboyant Jean-Robert Bellande were a highlight. When play was ended in the early hours of the morning the field had been reduced to 60 players. A number of big name professionals remain including Hellmuth, Bellande, Isabelle Mercier, Marcel Luske and Dewey Tomko. All players have made the money at this point but will return tomorrow determined to reach that elusive WSOP final table.
Also tomorrow sees the start of Event 10 - the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event.
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