2007 World Series of Poker Events 6 to 10

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2007 World Series of Poker
Events 6 to 10

Event #6 | #7 | #8 | #9| #10

Plenty of new poker tournament events have been added to the World Series of Poker for 2007. And also we have placed the duration of the poker tournaments in bold for those who will be playing and for the fans so those who can be lucky enough to see the events live, can plan which poker tournaments they wish to attend.

Event #6 June 4 Monday 12 Noon
Limit Hold'em 3 day event $1,500.00

Day 1 had 909 players sign up for Limit Hold'Em helping to create a pool of $1,240,785. Cash will go to the top 90 finishers. It was interesting that a number of entrants who were in Event #1 playing aggressively did the same in this event, resulting in players leaving faster than usual in a limit game. Players sent to the rail include James Woods, Joe Sebok, Phil Hellmuth, J.J. Liu, Dutch Boyd, William Chen, Phil Ivey, Rafe Furst and Kathy Liebert. Action continued until 2:00 a.m. PDT when officials finally said that's enough for today. So that means 90 players will come for another round tomorrow. Among those who made the cut are David Chiu, Jim Meehan and David Sklansky.

Day 2 had the 90 players coming together until 9 were left for the final table. Big names left the field in elimination such as Thom Werthmann, Thor Hansen, Todd Keikoan, Jim Meehan, David Sklansky (at 14th place, he was close to making the final table), and Mihn Nguyen. It seemed the closer to the final table players came, the tighter they became, but when the elimination of Brandon Wong took place in 10th it was time to close shop. Final table play will begin at 3:00 p.m. on June 6th.

Day 3 got off to a late start around 4:30 p.m. because there was a live webcast of the event. Once things got rolling, Dariush Imani was eliminated in 9th Place after his pocket 10's hit another player's pocket A's. Pete O'Donnell was busted in 8th Place after his pocket 6's ran into Varouzhan Gumroyan's pocket 10's which turned into a set on the flop. Next to go was Michael Banks in 7th Place after losing to Gary Styezynski's Ace high straight. James Holland went to the rail in 6th Place when his pocket Kings met up with the three Queens of Varouzhan Gumroyan. Gumroyan started the hand with Ad Qd but made trips by the turn. James Holland was kicked to the curb in 5th after Gary Styczynski received a full house and the winning hand. Gary Styczynski also sent Soheil Shamseddin out for fresh air in 4th when he produced an Ace high straight by the river. Hansu Chu laid claim to 3rd after losing to Gumroyan who managed to get a pair of 10's.

Heads up began with Gary Styczynski having 1.375 million chips and Varouzhan Gumroyan with 1.325 million. Action lasted 1 hr and 50 min with mostly chips going back and forth between the two. But close to the end Gary won some major hands taking lots of chips from Varouzhan in the process. The winning hand took place when after a flop of 10c 9s 5d, Varouzhan went all-in with Ah 4s with Gary calling with Jc 8d. Turn card was Qc with a river card of Jd giving the victory and the bracelet along with a Corum watch to Gary Styczynski.

Final table results:

  1. Gary Styczynski -- $280,715
  2. Varouzhan Gumroyan -- $177,627
  3. Hansu Chu -- $114,278
  4. Soheil Shamseddin -- $75,771
  5. James Gorham -- $53,412
  6. James Holland -- $40,991
  7. Michael Banks -- $30,433
  8. Peter O'Donnell -- $22,359
  9. Dariush Imani -- $16,148

Event #7 June 4 Monday 5:00 PM
Pot Limit Omaha W/Rebuys 2 day event $5,000.00

One hundred and forty five players came to this event, and were told rebuys will take place for the first 3 hours. Any player could rebuy if they were at or below $10,000 in chips. Players were also told by Nolan Dallah that this would now be a televised 3 day event. Things were so crazy that one table alone bought over $250,000 in rebuys. Some of the names sent to the rail are Greg Raymer, Jennifer Harman, Barry Greenstein, Sam Farha, Daniel Negreanu, Michael Mizrachi, Roland DeWolfe, Howard Lederer, Allen Cunningham, Phil Hellmuth Jr. (yeah, that's two events in one day. Ouch!), Gus Hansen and John D'Agostino. Still in the game are Todd and Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Robert Mizrachi, Erick Lindgren, Chip Reese, Nenad Medic and Robert Williamson III. There are a lot more top names we didn't have room for. This tournament is hot to say the least!

Day 2 had to wait for the smoke to clear before the payout schedule could be determined. Money will go to the top 18 and the prize pool reached an astonishing $2,891,000, (remember this was created by just 145 players). Bustouts occurred with many top players that you usually see winning tournaments. Names like Chau Giang in 18th place, Nenad Medic 17th, Hoyt Corkins 16th, WPT announcer Mike Sexton in 15th who was just a steamroller until his elimination, Dustin Woolf 14th, Jeff Lisandro 13th, Chip Reese 12th, Andrew Black 11th and the master of Pot Limit Omaha Robert Williamson III just missing the final table in 10th place. And yes this will be on ESPN. Trust me, it will be one of the "hot" events of this years WSOP.

When the final table started at 3:00 p.m., the action went into overdrive! By the second hand Robin Keston was out in 9th place losing in a 3-way with Minh Ly and Sirous Jamshidi. He had been crippled in the first hand which doubled up John Juanda. Next in 8th place, a fan favorite, Humberto Brenes. He lost out in a 3-way with David "The Devilfish" Ulliott and Erik Cajelais. In 7th place was John Juanda who's two pair of A's and 8's could not overcome the King high straight of Erik Cajelais. Larry Jonsson picked up a 6 figure payday for 6th after his Jack high straight lost to the nut flush of Sirous Jamshidi. Minh Ly went out in 5th after losing to the nut flush of Erik Cajelais. Erik also sent Sirous Jamshidi to the rail in 4th when he produced another nut flush hand. David "Devilfish" Ulliott was eliminated in 3rd also becoming a casualty of Cajelais.

At the start of the heads up, Eric Cajelais has 3,200,000 in chips and Burt Boutin has 2,460,000. On the first hand Boutin cut Cajelais's stack down to 760,000 with an Ace high flush. But the winning hand came when Cajelais raised preflop and Boutin called to see a flop of Ac Jc 5c. Cajelais goes all-in with Ah Qh 10s 3c and Boutin calls with Ad 8s Qs 7c. What comes on the table is a turn card of 7h and a river card of 4s, giving Boutin two pair. And that is how Burt Boutin won the event and picked up his 53 diamond gold champion bracelet!

  1. Burt Boutin -- $825,956
  2. Erik Cajelais -- $483,775
  3. David "Devilfish" Ulliott -- $332,582
  4. Sirous Jamshidi -- $230,883
  5. Minh Ly -- $174,537
  6. Larry Jonsson -- $144,682
  7. John Juanda -- $107,196
  8. Humberto Brenes -- $79,710
  9. Robin Keston -- $60,711

Event #8 June 5 Tuesday 12 Noon
No-Limit Hold’em w/Re-Buys 3 day event $1,000.00

Day 1 had 844 players who sat down for what should be another hot tournament! Rebuys were allowed only for the first two levels after which level 3 will begin with blinds of $100/$200 with no ante. In this one you could have seen last year's champion Allen Cunningham, David Pham, Phil Hellmuth Jr., Daniel Negreanu, Max Pescatori, Gabriel Thaler, Per Ummer, Greg Mueller, William Chen, Paul Darden Jr., Shannon Elizabeth and Mary Jones. And this made for many tough tables through the night. There were not that many rebuys as Event #7 may have tempered rebuy fever...for now. Some players did not attempt rebuys and simply walked away after busting like Raymond Davis did. Once level 3 was reached, others who went to the sidelines after busting include Danny Wong, J.J. Liu, Phil Hellmuth, Josh Arieh and Amnon Filippi. Eliminations were going so fast that there were less than 250 after the dinner break. Play continued until 2:00 a.m. when there were 82 players left. For those interested, there were 1,814 rebuys resulting in a cash pool of $2,533,062. Payouts go to the top 82 finishers.

On Day 2, the survivors came to the tables at 2:00 p.m. beginning another round in this tournament. The goal is to continue until the final 9 are reached. Vinny Vinh was a mystery no show today, but even though his chips were blinded off, he outlasted other players enough to improve his take to $16,232 for a 20th place finish. Eliminations include Brett Jungblut, Steve Paul Ambrose, Marcello del Grosso, Michael Binger, Jason Strasser, Todd Witteles, yesterday's chip leader Sorel Mizzi, Antonio Esfandiari, Rick Salomon, Eugene Todd and Event #1 champion Steve Billiraks. A little after midnight the final table players were determined, and they packed their chips to return at 3:00 p.m. on June 7th to see who will become champion.

Final table play started with blinds at $8,000/$16,000 and a $2,000 ante. Ninth place went to the short stacked Jan Von Halle who lost out to the two pair (A's and 5's) of Michael Chu. Robert Aron left in 8th Place courtesy of the King high straight of Tommy Vu. Amir Vahedi came out on the short end of a 3-way hand with Shane Schleger and Michael Chu, giving him a 7th place finish. Amir Vahedi began todays action as chip leader. Sixth place belongs to Michael Gracz when he was not able to overcome the pocket K's of Tommy Vu. Next to leave was Shane Schleger in 5th when his A Q could not stop the paired 10's of Michael Chu. Dolph Arnold earned a 4th place payday after the two pair (Q's and 7's) of Tommy Vu established their dominance. And Barry Cales was able to get some fresh air after a 3rd place finish.

Tommy Vu began the heads up with 2,915,000 chips verses Michael Chu with 2,405,000. But in less than 10 hands, it was over. The winning hand came when Vu went all-in preflop with Ks 8s and Chu called holding Ac 3h. The table showed 6s 5c 3s 6c 4h giving Chu two pair. As a reward Chu received $585,744, a Corum watch, and a coveted WSOP gold and diamond bracelet.

Final Table Results:

  1. Michael Chu -- $585,744
  2. Tommy Vu -- $364,761
  3. Barry Cales -- $235,575
  4. Dolph Arnold -- $157,050
  5. Shane Schleger -- $111,455
  6. Michael Gracz -- $84,858
  7. Amir Vahedi -- $63,327
  8. Robert Aron -- $46,862
  9. Jan Von Halle -- $34,196

Event #9 June 5 Tuesday 5:00 PM
Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better 3 day event $1,500.00

The first day of Event 9 had 690 entrants at the tables. A cash pool of $941,850 was created with money going to the top 63. This tourney was played in the "Pavilion" which was the name given to the temporary tent set up behind the RIO. With lots of wind seriously rattling the semi-soft structure, players showed grave concern, people were scared. It was so bad that Doyle Brunson reportedly said, "F*** it!", and left the tournament with his chips still on the table. This was after something snapped overhead in the tent with glass lights and LOTS of steel supports overhead. After dinner, tourney officials moved the event into the Amazon room, albeit continuing in the form of scattered tables everywhere. Overall, this event did not go as smoothly as it should have. So there are about 200 players left to go on to Day 2.

For the start of Day 2 about 170 will be at the tables starting at 4:00 p.m. today. Play went along for 12 hours with casualties noted. The names of Bill Chen, Robert Mizrachi, Thor Hansen, Todd Brunson, Tony Cousineau, Rob Hollink, Raymond Davis, Roland de Wolfe, Peter Costa, Kiran Patel were added to the list of busted players. Things ended around 4:00 a.m. when the 8 for the final table was reached. There will be 8 at the final table because on the last hand, two players were busted out in a 3-way by Jordan Morgan.

It was decided to begin the final table at 4 p.m. due to the late finish of Day 2. An hour and 45 min into the action, Jeff Calkins leaves in 8th and on the very next hand Jordan Morgan goes in 7th. Five minutes later, Rich Zhu finishes in 6th place losing to the 3 of a kind Jacks of Bryan Andrews. Then Bryan Andrews took his place on the rail in 5th place after Bryan Devonshire flopped a full house. J.R. Reiss claimed the cash for 4th place after losing out in a 3-way with Alex Kravchenko and John Varner. John Varner then was busted in 3rd when Devonshire flopped a flush.

Alex Kravchenko had a 2 to 1 chip advantage with 1,375,000 over Bryan Devonshire who had 695,000 in the heads up battle. The final hand came in less than 30 min into the action. Devonshire went all-in with his Ac As 8s 5c and was called by Kravchenko showing Ad 10s 9d 4h. When the board showed 4c Qh Qc 4s 8d, Kravchenko held the needed cards for the win and went above the table to claim his gold and diamond bracelet.

  1. Alex Kravchenko -- $228,446
  2. Bryan Devonshire -- $140,336
  3. John Varner -- $92,301
  4. J.R. Reiss -- $60,749
  5. Bryan Andrews -- $43,796
  6. Yueqi "Rich" Zhu -- $33,907
  7. Jordan Morgan -- $25,430
  8. Jeff Calkins -- $18,837

Event #10 June 6 Wednesday 12 Noon
No-Limit Hold’em 3 day event $2,000.00

Tournament officials have stated that 1,531 entrants came to the tables. 153 will get cash and first place pays $566,916. Bustouts came by the packs full of names like 2006 champion Mark Vos, Brandon Cantu, Isaac Haxton, Name Le, Scotty Nguyen, David Williams after his pocket 5's were outdone by another player who ended up with two pair, T.J. Cloutier, Jared Hamby, Amnon Filippi and Erica Schoenberg. Also make note of this for the future, a player jokingly asked the table about advice on a hand if she should play it or not. One player said she should. She played her hand and won, sending the losing player to the rail. The busted player complained about another player at the table making a recommendation to her. The winning player said it was just a joke and the advice gave no bearing on her decision to play. Tournament officials said because of the rules, the advising player had to be penalized to miss the next 10 hands! So if you are at the WSOP, keep your advice to yourself. By the end of the day at 2:00 a.m., there were 125 players left, with one of them being Phil Hellmuth Jr. And yes he set another WSOP record with the most number of cashes which is now 58. Day 2 will begin at 2:00 p.m. on June 7th.

Day 2 got underway close to 2:30 p.m. PDT. Bustouts naturally occurred but when Phil Hellmuth went, it was a nasty situation. After a flop with one player all-in, Phil has to consider if he will do the same. Another player irritated at how long Phil was taking called the clock on him after 2 to 3 minutes. Phil told the player he's in a decision for all his chips. The other player cited Phil for clock abuse, to which Phil threatened to have a 20 min penalty placed on him because the other player was actually abusing the clock. Anyway, Phil goes all-in with pocket 9's, loses and busts out. Hellmuth then explodes, screaming and pounding the floor with his fists. Then he starts in on the winning player with words like "mother f*****" spewing forth. Hellmuth told the other player he played that hand like an idiot, to which the player replied that Hellmuth was the idiot for going all-in with 9's and now he's broke for it. And so goes the drama at the WSOP! Well other players voiced frustration over being busted, (not like Phil), but eventually around midnight, the 9 for the final table was established.

Final table action was underway by 2:30 p.m. The first elimination took place when Ronnie Hofman was busted in 9th place by the set of 9's of Hunter Frey. Next was Gil George eliminated in 8th after his pocket K's ran into the pocket A's of Todd Terry. Walter Brown laid claim to 7th losing to the Ace high hand of Justin Bonomo. Bonomo's next victim on the following hand was Stan Weiss sent to the rail in 6th by an Ace high flush hand. Michael Banducci was gone in 5th when his two pair was upset by Will Durkee's higher two pair. Will Durkee also busted Justin Bonomo in 4th when Durkee's pocket A's crushed Bonomo's pocket K's. Third place went to Hunter Frey who was under the gun and went all-in with 8 6 offsuit and lost to the pocket 9's of Todd Terry. Heads up play was very one sided to start with Will Durkee having 4,575,000 chips and Todd Terry with 1,530,000. Twenty five minutes into play the last hand came. A flop shows both players 8 9 10 with the turn card a Q. Todd goes all-in with A Q and is called by Will having J 4. The river card is a Q but it means nothing to Terry because he sees that Will has a Queen high straight. So the gold and diamond WSOP bracelet goes to Will Durkee as the newest champion.

Final Table Results:

  1. Will Durkee -- $566,916
  2. Todd Terry -- $353,875
  3. Hunter Frey -- $231,273
  4. Justin Bonomo -- $156,040
  5. Michael Banducci -- $105,884
  6. Stan Weiss -- $78,020
  7. Walter Brown -- $58,515
  8. Gil George -- $43,190
  9. Ronnie Hofman -- $32,880

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