Bellagio Cup V WPT Season 8
Bellagio Cup V |
Legends of Poker |
Borgata Poker Open |
Festa Al Lago
July 13 - 19, 2009
Another 188 players signed up to take part in a WPT Season 8 event that built a prize pool of $3,899,400! This made a total of 268 who will particpate, but only 27 will see any cash. Names in this tournament include Sam Farha, Justin Bonomo, Maasaki Kagawa and Michael Kamran. Here is the payout schedule for the final table:
Day 1A and 1B survivors met in the Fortana Lounge at the Bellagio for Day 2 action. Busted and railbound were Vitaly Lunkin, Brandon Cantu, Hevad Khan and Howard Lederer. More details will be posted as we get them.
In all there were 97 players that will see a seat at the tables for Day 3. Here are the top 6 players with chip counts:
With not that many players and three days of event left, it will be interesting to see how tournament officials handle this situation. It still seemed that some Main Event anxiety was present as many all-ins took place with the short stacks even though some were not that short. But some big plays did happen. For one, Faraz Jaka cracked the pocket A's of another player to send him up over 1.8 million in chips. But then he hit quads twice to end up with over 3.2 million chips. Mike Watson who won this event last year was sent to the rail, so a repeat performance ain't happenin'. Anthony Spinella also earned his way to Day 4 with over a million chip to prove it.
Others who will see action tomorrow are Freddy Deeb, Hoyt Corkins, Alexander Kravchenko, Mimi Tran, Alexandre Gomes and Ray Henson. After five levels of play, there werea total of 31 that will go into Day 4. Here are the top 6:
Action continued with a few players taking home some cash when the bubble was breached after the 28th bust occurred. Some who went away happier with cash include, Freddy Deeb in 26th place $23,245, Hoyt Corkins 23rd place $23,245, Claudio Baptista 12th place $46,485 and Kevin Saul 25th pocketing $23,245.
The field has been narrowed down to 10 players who will get together and eliminate four more in order to have the televised final table. Here are the top 6 with chip counts:
Starting at noon, the round to determine who would make the televised final table began. In 10th place was Pavel Reshetov who went out on the first hand of play. Playing in a 4 way hand, Reshetov eventually lost to the 7 kicker of Alec Torelli. Next to go was Sam Stein in 9th and Ray Taylor in 8th on the same hand! Getting together for a 3 way hand with Faraz Jaka all-in preflop, Stein showed Q 9, Taylor had pocket K's and Jaka turned over A 9 of clubs. By the river Jaka had the other 3 clubs needed for a flush, ending up with a pile of chips around 4.7 million.
Last one out was Mimi Tran in 7th place. With blinds at 12,000/24,000 and a 3,000 ante, Tran pushed 386,000 chips to the middle with pocket J's and was called by Jaka with A Q. By the turn Jaka had two pair (A's and Q's) which was good enough to encourage Mimi to take a graceful exit. Here are the final table players:
These players were very careful about how their hands were played. In fact, it took 4 hours before the first bust happened. Erik Seidel finished in 6th place after his King high flush draw lost to the pocket 9's of Justin Smith. Christopher Sonesson was the 5th place finisher when his all-in move with pocket 4's met up with the paired Queens of Alexander Gomes which he made by the river. Picking up a nice payout for a 4th place finish was Alec Torelli. The pocket 10's of Gomes held up to the river, sending Alec over to the cashier's cage. In 3rd place was Justin Smith, taking home $464,870 after losing to the pocket K's of Faraz Jaka.
The heads up began with Alexander Gomes having 8,375,000 chips and Faraz Jaka with 7,715,000 chips. After back and forth action for about 1 1/2 hours, the final hand came for the two warriors. Jaka moved in preflop with A 7 and was called by Gomes with A J. The board was a total blank with none of the cards dealt helping anyone. So Alexander Gomes can now go back to Brazil with a WSOP bracelet and a WPT championship title to his name!
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