Foxwoods World Poker Finals, WPT Season 8

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Foxwoods World Poker Finals WPT Season 8

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Foxwoods Resort Casino
Mashantucket, CT
November 5 - 10, 2009


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Day 1
The gathering at Foxwoods was well attended with 353 players at the tables, each paying $10,000 ($9,700 + $300) for the right to do so. A prize pool of $3,321,377 will go to the top 36 finishers. Here is the payout schedule for the final table:

  1. $910,058
  2. $463,332
  3. $265,710
  4. $232,496
  5. $199,283
  6. $166,069
The winner will also receive a paid buy-in into the $25,500 WPT Championship event at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Seen in the field were Pralad Friedman, Jason Mercier, Alan Sasser, Jonathan Jaffe, Eric Froehlich, John Hennigan, Steve Sung, Nick Schulman, Eric Baldwin, Billy Kopp, Theo Tran, Curt Kohlberg, Nenad Medic, Lee Markholt, Matt Hawrilenko, Alex Bolotin, Kathy Liebert, Gavin Griffin and Brock Parker.

The pain of elimination was wide spread with notables like David Williams, Men "The Master" Nguyen, Mark Seif, Chad Brown, Carlos Mortensen, Josh Arieh, Allen Bari, Olivier Busquet and Scott Montegomery being sent to the rail. At the end of the day there were 206 that will move on to Day 2. Here are the top 6 with chip counts:
  1. Todd Terry -- 165,000
  2. Danny Shiff -- 159,525
  3. Adam Lippert -- 159,000
  4. Jack Schanbacher -- 148,775
  5. Soheil Shamseddin -- 126,000
  6. Michael Mizrachi -- 125,900
Day 2
The tournament took up with the 206 from Day 1 at 12 noon, and that is when the fur began to fly. Gone from the tables were Kathy Liebert, John Racener, Steve Sung, Noah Schwartz, Erik Cajelais, Gavin Smith, Eric Baldwin, Justin Scott and John Hennigan. They were later joined by Nick Schulman, Chad Batista, Amnon Filippi, Tommy Vedes, Jonathan Aguiar, Will Failla, Liv Boeree and Victor Ramdin.

Things did go well for some players like Todd Terry. On one hand he was in with 3 other players, a Broadway straight (A thru 10) catapulted him over the 400,000 chip mark, securing his seat for Day 3. When all was said and done, there were 68 players remaining in the field after Day 2. Action will resume with blinds at $1200/$2400 and a $300 ante. Still in the game are Kenna James with 98,800 chips, Joseph Serock 277,000, Michael Mizrachi 216,200, Lori Miller 56,300, Matt Stout 173,400, Steve Brecher 96,400, Eric Haber 182,500 and Adam Levy 127,700. The top 6 with chip counts are:
  1. Steven Merrifield -- 465,100
  2. Soheil Shamseddin -- 401,000
  3. Todd Terry -- 396,500
  4. Terrance Chan -- 395,200
  5. Curt Kohlberg -- 370,170
  6. Frank Calo -- 361,200
Day 3
Of the 68 that began the day, many gave incredible performances. Like Lee Markholt who took things to the limit and jumped from a Day 2 chip count of 75,500 to over 800,000! Steve Brecher also took to the sky and moved from 96,400 to almost 600K in chips. But not everyone made a move to the positive. Busted from the event are Jonathan Jaffe, Matt Graham, Danny Shiff, Rick Fuller and Chris Dombrowski.

There are now 27 players that will move on to Day 4. Play will begin at Noon on Sunday with the blinds at 4000/8000 with a 1000 ante. Here are the top 6 with chip counts:
  1. Soheil Shamseddin -- 945,000
  2. Lee Markholt -- 812,000
  3. Terrance Chan -- 764,000
  4. Matt Stout -- 687,000
  5. Steve Brecher -- 592,500
  6. Michael Mizrachi -- 575,000
Day 4
Today was the day of Matt Stout, who just bulldozed other players to end up with 2.1 million chips. Lee Markholt lost a lot of chips, but still managed to make the cut for Day 4 with 480,000 in his stack. Todd Terry busted out in 12th place after his all-in with pocket K's simply crumbled before the Jack high straight made by Kenna James. (James received the needed 3 cards for the straight on the flop.) Also gone are Michael Mizrachi who finished in 11th place ($46,999), Terrance Chan in 18th ($31,533), Jason Mercier in 21st ($26,571) and Joseph Serock in 25th ($26,571).

The survivors have fallen to just 10 players remaining of the 27 who started the fourth day of the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship of the 2009 Foxwoods World Poker Finals. They will resume play at Noon on Monday and play down to the final six who will return on Tuesday, November 10, for the Final Table. The blinds will begin with 41 minutes left at $10,000/$20,000 with a $3000 ante. The average chip count is $1,059,000. The top 6 remaining players are listed below.
  1. Matt Stout -- 2,101,000
  2. Cornel Andrew Cimpan -- 1,554,000
  3. Soheil Shamseddin -- 1,233,000
  4. Kenna James -- 1,217,000
  5. Curt Kohlberg -- 1,127,000
  6. Adam Levy -- 892,000
Day 5
It took 5 hours to eliminate the four players to arrive at the WPT televised final table. First to go was Tom Dobrilovic in 10th taking in $46,499 for his efforts. Next in 9th was Adam Levy receiving $66,438. In 8th place was Steven Brecher pocketing $99,641 for a great performance at the tables. And just missing the WPT final table was Kenna James who had to settle for $132,855 for finishing 7th after his pocket 6's received a punishing blow from the Broadway straight belonging to Soheil Shamseddin.

What many will want to see is if Lee Markholt can pull off a miracle and go from the short stack to getting back into this tournament. Markholt did so on Day 3, but has received the thumbs down from the poker angel ever since. With 264,000 chips, he will be making a move early on being under the gun. Action will continue tomorrow with blinds at $20,000/$40,000 and a $4,000 ante.
  1. Cornel Andrew Cimpan -- 3,691,000
  2. Soheil Shamseddin -- 2,954,000
  3. Matt Stout -- 1,579,000
  4. Curt Kohlberg -- 1,086,000
  5. Eric Froehlich -- 1,014,000
  6. Lee Markholt -- 264,000
Final Table
The news is trickling in, but we have enough to post the winners at Foxwoods.
  1. Cornel Andrew Cimpan -- $910,058
  2. Soheil Shamseddin -- $463,332
  3. Matt Stout -- $265,710
  4. Eric Froehlich -- $232,496
  5. Curt Kohlberg -- $199,283
  6. Lee Markholt -- $166,069

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