Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Ted Forrest, one of the most accomplished players ever at the World Series of Poker, is getting closer to adding another notch to his résumé. Forrest, who has six bracelets in his showcase, is third in chips with the last 16 players coming back for the final day of Event #40: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better. There's a $173,228 first-place prize waiting at the top.
Forrest bagged 416,000, sitting behind Steve Jelinek (481,000) and Hal Rotholz (445,000). While Forrest's finish was strong, he had to survive a crucial moment during the third level of play with the tournament still short of the money.
Forrest had less than two bets behind on sixth street, looking into Barry Levy's all-diamond board. Forrest eventually decided to spin for his life. Levy didn't have a fifth diamond among his hole cards, and Forrest avoided a deadly river card to double and start his uphill ride.
While Forrest is arguably the biggest legend among the remaining players, there are some other talented players still in contention. Those include multiple bracelet holders Max Pescatori (324,000) and David Sklansky (117,000), as well as Don Zewin (408,000), Walter Treccarichi (285,000), Tim Finne (234,000) and Justin Bonomo (210,000).
Barbara Lewis, the last woman standing, will return to a promising 407,000, good for a fifth place on the leaderboard.
Notable players who cashed but failed to qualify for the final day featured Joe Hachem, John Cernuto, Chris Bjorin, Mike Leah, Randy Ohel, Allen Kessler and Jeff Madsen, among others. Today's casualties who left the tournament outside of the top 90 and without any reward included Valentin Vornicu, Dan Smith, Dzmitry Urbanovich and last year's runner-up Brandon Shack-Harris.
The finale kicks off Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Brasilia Room. Tune to PokerNews for the live updates to see who'll claim the title. Play will resume in Level 21 with the limits at 12,000/24,000.
Day 3 Seat Draw
|Room||Seat||Table 1||Country||Chip Count||Table 2||Country||Chip Count|
|Brasilia||1||Eric Pratt||United States||269,000||Ted Forrest||United States||416,000|
|Brasilia||2||Shannon Petluck||United States||159,000||Dimitrios Magdalinos||United States||136,000|
|Brasilia||3||Hal Rotholz||United States||445,000||Tim Finne||United States||234,000|
|Brasilia||4||Steve Jelinek||United States||481,000||Don Zewin||United States||408,000|
|Brasilia||5||Barbara Lewis||United States||407,000||Max Pescatori||Italy||324,000|
|Brasilia||6||Jack Rosenfeldt||United States||73,000||Justin Bonomo||United States||210,000|
|Brasilia||7||Ernest Bohn||United States||169,000||Walter Treccarichi||Italy||285,000|
|Brasilia||8||William Kohler||United States||330,000||David Sklansky||United States||117,000|
Tony Ma had only two big bets left or so and he tried to spin them up against Tom Finne, but his attempt failed.
Finne picked up strong high-hand on his way towards seventh street but Ma could still chop, should he hit a fifth low card on the river. He received a king instead, and left the tournament just before time for bagging.
Andrew Yeh got his last 30,000 or so in early on in a hand that saw Dimitrios Magdalinos calling bets from Bill Kohler in a side pot.
Kohler bet fourth, fifth and sixth, and Magdalinos called. Kohler showed for just a pair of queens on the end. However, it was good as Magdalinos could muster only a pair of nines and Yeh had .
"All right," Kohler said with energy. "Back on the frickin' train."
"This is getting interesting," Bill Kohler said, as he and Barbara Lewis each picked up king-high three-flushes on fifth street. Lewis bet and Kohler check-called.
Kohler called another bet on sixth, and then another on seventh. Lewis showed for a king-high flush, and that was a winner.
Andrew Yeh just can't beat Don Zewin. This time, Zewin bet against him on fifth and sixth while showing four to a low.
Yeh called, and both players checked on the end. Zewin announced trips with no low and showed .
"Jesus Christ," was all Yeh could muster, flashing what looked like it may have been jacks up.
Two key hands in fast consequence played out on two different tables.
The first one saw Scott Abrams lose all his chips. He was all-in on fifth street, holding a pair of aces. Hal Rotholz, however, had a better hand and Abrams didn't find any help on the remaining streets.
Meanwhile, Justin Bonomo was all-in on sixth street, facing Ernest Bohn. Bonomo had trip tens and his seventh card improved him to tens full of fours. Bohn still called for a chop with four low cards in his hand, but the seventh was another ace, securing a double for Bonomo. Bohn and Bonomo are now even in chips.
Bill Kohler completed with , and Don Zewin made it two bets with the . Kohler announced a reraise out of turn, and after a third player who was thinking folded, he put in three bets. Zewin called and then took the lead from there, betting every street.
After Kohler called the final bet, Zewin announced trips and a low, showing .
"Wow," was all Kohler could muster.
Justin Bonomo called bets on fifth and sixth from Steve Jelinek.
On the final round, Jelinek fired once more and Bonomo mucked fairly quickly. Jelinek flashed what looked like for jacks up.