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The Mirage Poker Showdown -- WPT Season 4

The Mirage Las Vegas, NV
May 23 - 26, 2005

Main Event Day 1 -- 317 contestants began a battle for the $1,128,278 first place prize and a seat to the WPT championships that will be held in April next year. Players such as John Phan, actor Tobey Maguire, John Juanda and Barry Shulman were seen as part of the field. Those who didn't make the cut included Freddy Deeb, Scotty Nguyen, Michael Mizrachi, Dan Harrington, Tuan Le, Daniel Negreanu and Barry Greenstein. Chip leaders are #1 John Phan 152,000, #2 Barry Shulman 139,000, #3 Jeff Shulman 137,000, #4 Mel Weiner 137,000, #5 Adan Kerbel 113,000 and #6 Patrick White 107,000.

Main Event Day 2 -- Day 2 started with 153 players and lots of fans looking for excitement at the tables. In some instances, fans pressed so hard they were within 2 feet of the contestants. Those who did not make the cut were Surrinder Sunar, Max Pescatori, Erik Seidel, Eskimo Clark, Layne Flack and Allan Cunningham. When the dust settled, 49 players were left and the chip leaders are #1 Robert Mizrachi 348,000, #2 Gavin Smith 318,600, #3 Toto Leonidas 258,200, #4 Mark Ellerbe 256,800, #5 Kevin Fiori 236,400 and #6 Ray Faltinsky 234,800. But one huge surprise was the departure of Shauna Hiatt from the WPT. Replacing her is 5' 7" Courtney Friel. Come back for updates as we get them.

Main Event Day 3 -- Lots of action took place on Day 3 and the fans were excited. They were waiting for anyone who busted out so they could try and get an autograph. The day lasted 11 hours to reach the final table participants and exciting plays were happening. For example, on one hand Jean Robert Bellande with 8c 10c, took out Phil Laak who drew pocket A's and Richard Tatalovich who drew pocket K's by receiving the right cards for the straight, winning a huge pot. Unfortunately Bellande lost later on when his Q 4 could not hold up to pocket 10's held by Chris Bell. And John Phan was eliminated by Mark Ellerbe when his 9 high flush lost to Mark's Ace high flush, allowing Mark to win a huge pot for the superior hand. So from yesterdays 49 players we now have 6 for the final table. They are by chip count #1 Thang "Kido" Pham 1,760,000, #2 Chris Bell 1,470,000, #3 Ted Forrest 1,370,000, #4 Gene Todd 763,000, #5 Gavin Smith 687,000 and #6 Mark Ellerbe 353,500.

Main Event Day 4 Conclusion -- Gavin Smith is the winner of the Mirage Showdown and took home $1,128,278 and a $25,500 seat to the WPT 2006 Championship. Once Chris Bell was eliminated in 3rd place, it only took 4 hands into the heads up match for Gavin to reach the winning hand. Victory came for Gavin when he moved all in with pocket Q's and it was called by Ted Forrest who had A J. K 10 9 came out on the flop, but the turn and river cards did not help Ted who had an excellent performance this tournament. The outcome was #1 Gavin Smith $1,128,278, #2 Ted Forrest $579,386, #3 Christopher Bell $289,693, #4 Thang "Kido" Pham $182,964, #5 Gene Todd $137,223 and #6 Mark Ellerbe $106,729.

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