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We have about 100 to reach the money today, so this day may reach the 3:00 AM mark with those holding on, being brought over to Day 3. (Just heard that Kyle Bowker had his pocket 10's run into pocket A's resulting in a early elimination.) And interestingly enough, play began at 2:00 PM but the field was thinned to the money in 90 minutes. The pace picked up even more with bustouts happening, so that by 6:30 PM there were just 135 players left in the field.
But some managed to fair well in this environment. For example, Liv Boeree hit a straight flush (Ks to 9s) to double up her stack to 110,000. A few hands later she would crack pocket Aces to double up again. Joe Simmons was unstoppable as he managed to break the 1 million chip barrier to become chip leader going into the final table. Jeff Chang managed to pull in 423,000 chips by the end of the day and become part of the 27 player field that will go to the next level. They will return tomorrow at 1:00 PM.
Final Table Payout Schedule:
Day 3 -- Final Table
Here is the summary from the WSOP:
The 2009 World Series of Poker $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em champion is Mike Eise. Eise is pronounced "ice." This was Eise's first time to visit Las Vegas. Eise came to this year’s WSOP with a group of friends. They are members of a St. Louis-area poker club called "Wanna’ Be Poker Series." Membership in the club requires regular dues to be paid. Every year, the club holds a few small tournaments to determine which members get to fly to Las Vegas and play in the WSOP. Four members of the club entered this tournament – one of them being Mike Eise. Eise collected $639,331 for first place. He was also awarded his first WSOP gold bracelet. Eise is a 30-year-old pipefitter. He is a proud member of Local 562, of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union.
The biggest two hands of the night took place when Rico Ramirez lost two devastatingly tough hands. First, he had Mike Eise covered and all-in with A-8 versus his opponent’s A-9. That turned out to be a huge hand which tipped the balance in Eise’s favor. Eise seized the chip lead on that hand when he managed to double up. A few minutes later, Ramirez lost a brutal hand to Eise once again, when he flopped trip jacks. Eise managed to make a full house when he caught a nine on the turn to match his pocket nines. One could argue that critical hand settled the tournament – eliminating Ramirez while at the same time giving Eise a sizable chip lead going into heads-up play.
When heads-up play began, Mike Eise held more than an 8 to 1 chip leader over Jeff Chang. The final hand of the tournament came when Chang was dealt A-J. Eise had 8-7. The flop did not help either player when it showed 6-3-3. Eise could afford to push a bluff and moved all-in with essentially no hand. Chang made a tough (and correct) call holding A-J. The ace-high was in the lead. But a seven on the turn gave Eise a pair, which held up. Eise won, with Chang ending up in second place.