Jack Binion's World Poker Open

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Jack Binion's World Poker Open -- WPT Season 4
January 22 - 26, 2006


Day 1 The turnout for the first day of the WPT event was good as 327 players came out for a piece of the $3,171,900 prize pool. Payouts will take place down to 50th position and here are the payouts to the top 6 that make the final table:
  1. $969,421
  2. $566,352
  3. $298,908
  4. $173,052
  5. $125,856
  6. $88,099
And with big money come the names in the game associated with it. Names like Sam Farha, Vinny Vihn, Casey Kastle, Michael Mizrachi, David Williams, Barry Shulman (taking a break from running CardPlayer.com), Josh Arieh, David Singer, Mark Seif, Eric Seidel, John Juanda, Clonie Gowan and more. When the action began at 1:00 p.m., the fur started to fly with Mike Matusow going out in the first 14 minutes. Steve Zolotow soon followed along with J.C. Tran, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Tuan Le, Carlos Mortensen, Jean-Robert Bellande, Greg Merkow and Layne Flack. By the end of the day, 163 were left to move on to Day 2. Here are the top 6 chip leaders with counts at the end of Day 1:
  1. Dale Morrow -- 196,500 Chips
  2. Gavin Smith -- 136,200 Chips
  3. Michael Mizrachi -- 135,175 Chips
  4. Barry Shulman -- 113,750 Chips
  5. Bill Goedken -- 112,450 Chips
  6. Karlo Lopez -- 97,700 Chips
Day 2 163 players began Day 2 around 10:15 a.m. Within 30 minutes noted players like Andrew Black, Dutch Boyd, Sammy Farha and Lee Markholt left the tournament. They were soon followed by Eric Seidel, Vinny Vinh, Abraham Gray, John Juanda (after losing a bout with Eric Cloutier.), Hasan Habib along with last year's champion John Stolzmann and the 2004 winner Barry Greenstein. But if some players leave their chips behind, it's because someone won them. And two players namely Gavin Smith and Michael Mizrachi were on a big roll making the top 6 players and chip counts for a second day in a row. Plus with Liz Lieu and Jerry Thomas, we still have two ladies left in the field.

By the time the day ended only 52 players were left, just 2 out of the money so Day 3 will be interesting to watch as players try to not end up in positions #52 and #51. The next round will begin at 12:00 noon so come back tomorrow for event coverage. Here are the top 6 players with chip counts:
  1. Gavin Smith -- 394,000 Chips
  2. Michael Mizrachi -- 355,500 Chips
  3. Matt Keikoan -- 294,900 Chips
  4. Bau Le -- 283,200 Chips
  5. Dale Marrow -- 272,000 Chips
  6. Johnny Donaldson -- 261,900 Chips
Day 3 10:00 a.m. marked the beginning for the 52 players to begin Day 3 competition. And as was mentioned before, only the top 50 will be paid. By 10:03 the 52nd player busted out, but grace smiled on the next position as Barry Shulman and Andy Miller busted at two different tables. They made the decision to split the 50th place prize money so they both took something home. Gavin Smith continued to have a good day at the tables even if a couple of rough hands resulted in a loss of around 165,000 chips. He still ended up in the top 6 going into Day 4. WSOP champion Scotty Nguyen also did well in the last couple of hours where he gained a huge increase in his chip count.

A few big names were lost today such as Dan Alspach, Bob Stupak, Chad Brown, Darrell "Gigabet" Dicken (who arrived late but still ended up in the money) and Liz Lieu. There are 17 players that will compete for the final table spots. Here are the top 6 players with chip counts:
  1. Gary Gibbs 1,087,000 Chips
  2. Scotty Nguyen 848,000 Chips
  3. Michael Mizrachi 476,000 Chips
  4. Matt Keikoan 412,000 Chips
  5. Gavin Smith 408,000 Chips
  6. Chris Bell 404,000 Chips
Final Table Results Scotty Nguyen became the winner of this tournament taking home close to a million dollars and a free seat to the WPT championships in April. He has made WPT final tables a number of times and it is great to see him as the tournament champion. Play began at 5:30 p.m. Central Standard Time and ended at 8:30 p.m. which is a little shorter than most WPT final tables.

The hand that won for Scotty went like this, Scotty is on the button and goes in for $300,000 and is reraised by Michael Mizrachi to $1,200,000. Scotty sits for a moment and says he is all-in who is instantly called by Mizrachi. Michael soon sees that his Ah Jc is up against Scotty's As Qs when the flop shows Kh 9d 2s. The turn card is a 10s and the river is 8s which gave Scotty the flush draw and the win. The final table finished in this order:
  1. Scotty Nguyen -- $969,421
  2. Michael Mizrachi -- $566,352
  3. Raul Paez -- $298,908
  4. Gavin Smith -- $173,052
  5. An Tran -- $125,856
  6. Bau Le -- $88,099
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