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Foxwoods World Poker Finals
WPT Season 7

Foxwood Hotel and Casino
November 5 - 11, 2008

WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals -- Day 1A

Day 1 of the Foxwoods World Poker Finals will be split into two sections, 1A and 1B. Everyone will start with stacks of 30,000 and the blinds at 25/50. The goal of the day is to reach five levels of play, with each level being 90 minutes in length. Interestingly, there will be no dinner break but 15-min breaks after each level. Action began at 9:00 am and I'm sure coffee will be highly consumed along with energy drinks as the day could last to 9:00 pm. A total of 161 players came for Day 1A.

Seen at the tables were David Pham, Kathy Liebert, Joe Sebok, Russian player Svetlana Gromenkova, Thayer Rassmussen, Jimmy Tran, Tony Ma, Vanessa Rousso, Chad Brown, T.J. Cloutier, Josh Arieh, Erik Seidel and Bernard Lee. Last year's champion Mike Vela also showed to defend his title.

Going to the rail in this round were Steven Jacobs, Noah Schwartz after his Jack high flush was outdone by another player making a King high flush in the same hand, Tony Ma who had his pocket J's crushed by pocket K's, Scott Seiver and Mike Vela who busted out right before the last break of the evening. By the end of the 5th level, there were 99 players who will move on to the next round. Day 1B will begin at 9:00 am tomorrow EST.

  1. Jason Potter -- 183,825
  2. Vadim Trincher -- 163,600
  3. Steve Gross -- 145,025
  4. Jonathan Jaffe -- 141,000
  5. Kevin Saul -- 153,350
  6. Jonathan Little -- 131,400

WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals -- Day 1B

It seems that Day 1B was the right time to show up as an additional 251 players took to the tables. Seen were Chau Giang, Phil Ivey, David Singer, John Juanda, Chris Ferguson, Allen Kessler, Nick Binger, Bill Gazes, Vanessa Selbst, Nenad Medic, Victor Ramdin, Ted Forrest, Sabyl Cohen, Eli Elezra, Mike Matusow, Daniel Negreanu, John D'Agostino and Matt Matros. With the field now complete, a total of 412 players have been entered into the event.

Prize pool reached $3,996,400 and will go to the top 50 finishers in the event. Here is the payout schedule for the televised final table:

  1. $1,120,310
  2. $670,635
  3. $337,256
  4. $240,343
  5. $182,195
  6. $124,049
One of the earliest busts was Chau Giang when he went all-in with pocket A's, only to receive the punishing end of a set of 10's held by Scott Hastings. Giang left after playing for just 30 minutes. Joining him on the rail were John Phan, John D'Agostino, Nenad Medic, Carlos Mortensen, John Hennigan, Andy Bloch, Howard Lederer and David Singer, who were part of the 101 sent to the sidelines. After 5 levels of play, there were 150 who made the cut and will join Day 1A's survivors tomorrow. Here are the top 6 players with chip counts:
  1. Richard Dabal -- 169,150 chips
  2. Dimitrious Haskaris -- 137,000 chips
  3. Will Failla -- 124,800 chips
  4. Larry Greenberg -- 109,600 chips
  5. Daniel Heimiller -- 105,250 chips
  6. Charles Marchese -- 103,775 chips

WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals -- Day 2

With almost a level of cruelty attached to the action today, it looked like the first thing to do was to take out the short stacks. Early eliminations included Josh Arieh, Men "The Master" Nguyen, Ted Lawson, Ralph Perry, Bernard Lee and Nick Shulman.

But do not worry, there were lots of big names that made the cut into Day 3. Players like Toto Leonidas with 214,200 chips, Gavin Smith 187,800, Daniel Negreanu 148,900, Phil Ivey 187,000, Erik Seidel 114,000, Victor Ramdin 81,500 and Anna Wroblewski 54,500. Here are the top 6 with counts:

  1. Jonathan Jaffe -- 522,000
  2. Arthur Azen -- 350,000
  3. Charles Marchese -- 322,700
  4. Larry Greenberg -- 270,000
  5. Freddy Deeb -- 258,400
  6. Chris Ferguson -- 239,800

WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals -- Day 3

In all, there were 91 players who made it to the Day 3 tables from Day 2. Eliminations continued with Allen Kessler getting his A K busted on the first hand. Kessler unfortunately met up with the pocket A's from another player and could not recover. He was followed by Victor Ramdin, Anna Wroblewski, Michel Binger, Toto Leonidas, Chris Ferguson busted by Phil Ivey, Svetlana Gromenkova and Daniel Negreanu.

You would think with all these players gone things would be a little lighter. But nope! Part of the 33 member field of players for Day 4 include Phil Ivey, Bill Gazes, Freddy Deeb, Alex Bolotin, Gavin Smith, Jon Friedberg and Kevin Saul. Here are the top 6 with chip counts:

  1. Jonathan Jaffe -- 1,100,000
  2. Mike Matusow -- 1,076,500
  3. Tom Nguyen -- 870,000
  4. Carl Restifo -- 720,000
  5. Ron Kirsh -- 681,000
  6. Charles Marchese -- 626,500

WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals -- Day 4

Action got underway around 9:45 am and one of the first to go was Daniel Schiff. Daniel took the remainder of his chips and went in with Q J, but ended up leaving behind the two paid (3's and 4's) of his opponent. Freddy Deeb with pocket 8's lost to the A K of another player, and was eliminated. Will "The Thrill" Failla was busted by Charles Marchese when Marchese made a set of 10's to oust the A K of Failla. Gavin Smith joined the fallen after his pocket J's lost to the A K of his opponent when another K hit the felt.

At the end of the night, there were 10 that would come back to battle for a seat at the televised final table. Here are the top 6 finishers:

  1. David Pham -- 1,242,000
  2. Jonathan Jaffe -- 1,780,000
  3. Jonathan Little -- 1,407,000
  4. Dmitri Haskaris -- 945,000
  5. Tom Nguyen -- 615,000
  6. Henry Doiban -- 591,000

WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals -- Day 5

Cards went in the air with the players competiting at level 21 with blinds at 12,000/24,000 chips and antes of 3,000. Play is very cautious today, especially when everyone knows only 6 will see the next round. First to go was Tom Nguyen in 10th place. Tom had a pair of Queens and four to a flush, but that was overcome by the Queen high straight of Dmitri Haskaris. Henry Doiban went out in 9th after losing to Jonathan Jaffe. Then Dmitri Haskaris also lost to Jaffe, pocketing $58,148 for his 8th place finish. Finally, Anthony Newman left in 7th place when his move with pocket 4's was defeated by the paired Queens of Jonathan Little.

Here are the players for the final table:

  1. David Pham -- 2,038,000
  2. Jonathan Jaffe -- 4,131,000
  3. Jonathan Little -- 2,021,000
  4. Charles Marchese -- 1,718,000
  5. Jack Schanbacher -- 1,592,000
  6. Mike Matusow -- 818,000

WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals -- Final Table

Final Table action continued at level 23 with blinds at 20,000/40/000 and a 4,000 ante. The first to go was Mike Matusow in 6th place after his all-in with A J lost to the pocket 9's of Jonathan Little. Soon after, Jack Schanbacher followed in 5th place when his all-in move with 9 8 suited connectors lost to the pocket Q's of Little. By the river the pocket ladies improved to two pair (Q's and 6's), sending Schanbacher to the rail. David Pham had been beaten down on the hand that eliminated Schanbacher, so when he got pocket deuces he pushed his chips to the center and was called by Charles Marchese holding Ks Js. Marchese received another J and two Aces to eliminate David Pham in 4th place. Then Charles Marchese became a victim of Jonathan Little when he moved all-in preflop with Ac Jc. Little called with more pocket Q's which turned into two pair (Q's and 2's), ending the bid for a championship title for Marchese in 3rd place.

The battle of the Jonathans began with Jaffe having 6,630,000 chips and Little with 5,720,000 in his corner. Jaffe hit quad 2's at one point, but Little came back to take the lead and the tournament. What happened on the winning hand was Jonathan Jaffe moved all-in preflop and was called by Jonathan Little. Jaffe was holding A 10 and Little held A Q. The board showed 8 8 6 K Q which gave Little two pair (Q's and 8's) along with his second WPT championship title.

  1. Jonathan Little -- $1,120,310
  2. Jonathan Jaffe -- $670,635
  3. Charles Marchese -- $337,256
  4. David Pham -- $240,343
  5. Jack Schanbacher -- $182,195
  6. Mike Matusow -- $124,049

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