2005 World Series of Poker Main Event Day 7

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2005 World Series of Poker
Main Event
Day 7

Event #42 No Limit Texas Hold'em World Championship July 15 Day 7
From 5,619 we are down to the final 9 players for the Main Event. PokerStars.com is crossing their fingers, hoping that their two players, (Daniel Bergsdorf and Brad Kondracki), can bring them a 3-peat for WSOP championships. Even though all at the table are officially millionaires, everyone wants the $7.5 million prize, diamond WSOP bracelet and the right to be called champion. So expect only the best poker action in this last day of the Main Event. We will keep you informed.

UPDATE 5:02 p.m.
Greg Raymer got things started by saying, "Shuffle up and deal!" to launch the Main Event final table about 4:50 p.m. And things did get off to a start. The blinds are 50,000/100,000 10,000 ante for this first level. Brad Kondracki who is on the short stack, went all in on the first hand! Everyone folded and Kondracki picks up the blinds and the antes. If this is any indication of what's to come, we are in for some action.

UPDATE 6:11 p.m.
Top 3 players by chip count are #1 Aaron Kanter $11,170,000, #2 Andrew Black 10,610,000 and #3 Tex Barch 9,030,000. Short stack Brad Kondracki doubled up to 2,410,000 chips and Mike Matusow lost a huge chunk of his stack to Andrew Black bringing his total to 2,810,000 chips.

UPDATE 6:43 p.m.
Mike "The Mouth" Matusow is the first casualty at the final table going out in 9th place and earning a million bucks for the effort. Steven Dannenmann raised a hand 300,000 and Mike called the raise. The dealer put 5s 3s 2c and Mike bet 600,000. Steven Dannenmann said "all-in" which made Mike stand up and take a hard look at Steven. Then Mike calls, risking all his chips. Steven shows As Jc and Mike shows 10d 10c. Turn card is 4h and the river card is a 9 giving Steven the straight and the win.

UPDATE 7:47 p.m.
Brad Kondracki went out in 8th position taking home $1,150,000 for his tournament skills. Kondracki decided to go all in as a short stack and was called by Andrew Black. Kondracki had As Qc while Black had 8s 8c. Dealer laid out Ks 9c 5s 5h 6c giving Black two pair and the win.

UPDATE 9:49 p.m.
Dinner break ended at 9:45. Here are the players with current chip counts:
  • Andrew Black -- 18,230,000
  • Aaron Kanter -- 10,680,000
  • John Barch -- 10,480,000
  • Steve Dannenmann -- 7,130,000
  • Scott Lazar -- 5,370,000
  • Daniel Bergsdorf -- 2,940,000
  • Joseph Hachem -- 2,450,000
UPDATE 10:18
Daniel Bergsdorf has gone out in 7th place receiving $1,300,000 for his efforts. Daniel went all in on a 5,460,000 pot and was called by John Barch. Daniel had Jh Js and John had 10d 10c. The dealer showed Qd 10s 4h on the flop, turn card is 8d and the river is Qh giving John a full house and the win.

UPDATE 10:56 p.m.
Scott Lazar was eliminated in 6th place pocketing $1,500,000 as he leaves the tournament. Scott raised 350,000 and Andrew Black went all in, Scott called. Scott showed Qc 10d and Black had Jc Js. The dealer placed on the felt 8s 5s 3c on the flop, 4c on the turn and Kh on the river giving the victory to Black with paired Jacks.

UPDATE 2:10 a.m.
Andrew Black leaves in 5th place with $1,750,000. After commanding as many as 20,000,000 chips at one point, Andrew lost his remaining chips to Steven Dannenmann. What took place was when Dannenmann reraised a raise from Andrew, Andrew went all in and was called. Andrew had 10h 10d and Steven produced As Kd. The board showed 8h 3s 2c Kc 9c, giving Steven a pair of Kings and the victory.

UPDATE 6:12 a.m.
Aaron Kanter is out of the tournament in 4th place earning $2,000,000. Aaron moved all in with 3,670,000 in chips and John Barch called. Aaron showed Ad 9s and John produced Js Jh. The dealer put on the felt Kh 9h 7h 8s Jc, giving John trips and the winning hand.

UPDATE 6:35 a.m.
John Barch has been eliminated in 3rd place receiving $2,500,000 as he walks away from the table. After Steve Dannemann raised a hand 750,000 Barch went all in with 5,650,000 chips. He was called by Joseph Hachem and Steven Dannenmann. Because of the side pots no one shows their hands. The board has 3d 2d 10c Qh 9c. Hachem has J J, Dannenmann has 7 7 and John has A 6. At this point Joseph Hachem has almost 40,000,000 in chips and Steven Dannenmann has 16,350,000. It's time for heads up at the final table!

UPDATE 6:48 a.m.
The players have obviously been worn out. Both Joseph and Steven keep playing but 6 hands into the heads up....it happens. In this hand there was a raise and a reraise, then the flop shows 6h 5d 4d. The turn card is an A and both continue to raise and reraise until Steven Dannenmann is all in. Joseph shows 7c-3s giving him a straight and Steven has Ad 3c. The river card is the 4c so Steven Dannenmann goes out in 2nd place with $4,500,000 to boot and Joseph Hachem is the 2005 World Series of Poker champion! He will be the recipient of a diamond bracelet and $7,500,000 for the win.
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