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WSOP Day 13 – Sarah Bilney’s Big Cash Finish

Posted at 07:00 2006-07-09 Day 13 saw the introduction of the first rebuy tournament of this year’s World Series of Poker. The $1,000 No Limit Hold’Em with rebuys event was going to be popular, and with rebuys available for the first two levels, the action was always going to be fast and furious early on. There were many all-in clashes in the early levels, with players such as Daniel Negreanu and Michael Mizrachi moving all-in without even looking at their cards! John Juanda was seen holding $11,000 in rebuy chips if needed, but Negreanu and Mizrachi were going to have a lot of work ahead of them if they were to recoup their rebuy investments of $9,000 and $22,000 respectively. 752 players started the event, but with the addition of 1,670 rebuys, the prize pool ballooned to an incredible $2,371,887. Joe Hachem was back in action for Australia and was progressing well early on. However in one hand on a board showing T98, a player in early position pushed all-in with 77 against Joe’s JT. Joe was looking in good shape, but a 9 on the turn followed by another 7 on the river, and Joe’s opponent had landed a runner-runner full house, to put a large dent in Joe’s stack and he was eliminated soon afterwards. Friend of Poker Network, Blair Rodman, put in a strong day’s work, finishing the day well placed near the top of the field. Australian Tony G had another good day also. Tony has been performing very consistently at the WSOP this year, without getting some luck in the final stages of the day to make a big cash finish. However in this event he was able to successfully navigate the day to make the money, and had some good luck towards the end of the day. In the last hand of the day, on a flop of AhTc9c Tony moved all-in to be quickly called by his opponent holding Ac9h. Tony shows QcJc for the straight-flush, but he doesn’t have to hold his breath for long as the 3c on the turn gives Tony the flush and he takes down a monster pot. This hand left him well placed at the day’s end and he will be hopeful of a big result when the remaining 66 players return on day 14. It won’t be easy in a field that still includes the likes of John Juanda, Barry Greenstein, Kenna James, Phil Gordon, Humberto Brenes, Ted Forrest, Allen Cunningham, Kathy Liebert and Greg Raymer. The $1,500 Limit Hold ‘Em event reached a conclusion today with the final nine hopefuls battling for that elusive WSOP bracelet. Tam Ho was able to double up and take the early lead as David Calla was first to go, followed by Bob Bartmann and Graham Duke. Jan Sjavik fought hard as the short stack but couldn’t hold out against the increasing blinds, finishing in 6th. Bob Chalmers then began to move through the field, taking down several massive pots to take over the chip lead. Doug Saab was down to his last few chips and was soon out, followed by Thanh Nguyen in 4th place. Warren Wooldridge battled hard against the chip leaders, with his chip stack moving up and down like a yo-yo before he was knocked out in 3rd place, leaving Tam Ho with a slight lead over Bob Chalmers. However the heads up contest was a short one, with Chalmers crippling Ho before delivering the knockout blow when his Q3 outdrew Ho’s A2 on a board of KQ4A3. Bob Chalmers is the winner of the $1,500 Limit Hold‘Em championship and the WSOP gold bracelet! The $2,500 No Limit Hold’Em saw 96 participants return with plenty of recognizable faces still lurking in the field. The action was fierce early, with several eliminations in quick succession. Mike Matusow continued to assert himself over the field, quickly building up his chip stack, while Scott Fischman was doing well early only to bust out in 46th place when his A9 couldn’t overcome KQ on a board of Q87TK. Australian Sarah Bilney continued her impressive form with her third cash in this year’s WSOP. After starting the day with a short stack, she was able to double up on the very first hand of the day, and then soon after pulled in another big pot with pocket aces. This set her up for the rest of the day, as she steadily made her way through the field, staying out of trouble and chipping away at pots to stay in touch with the field. She lost a couple of coin flip races and was looking in trouble towards the end of the day when severely short stacked with three tables left, but she hung in there as her opponents dropped away as the prize money increased. With 16 players remaining she was able to double up twice, putting her inside the top ten and a real chance at getting through to the final table. Then with only 12 players remaining she looked down at pocket queens and pushed all-in only to run into chip leader Anthony Reategui’s pocket kings. With no help on the board Sarah was eliminated in 12th place winning $50,439. A fantastic effort! Congratulations Sarah! The final table lineup for the $2,500 No Limit Hold’Em tournament is as follows: Seat 1 - Max Pescatori $464,000 Seat 2 - Justin Pechie $357,000 Seat 3 - Tri Ma $117,000 Seat 4 - Mike Matusow $335,000 Seat 5 - Anthony Reategui $959,000 Seat 6 - Matt Heintschel $116,000 Seat 7 - Corey Cheresnick $249,000 Seat 8 - Terrence Chan $494,000 Seat 9 - Michael Scott $146,000 Day 14 brings the start of the $1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold’Em event as well as the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event which should be a beauty.

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