Big Stacks Collide, McLaughlin and Tran Eliminated from Main Event

JC Tran went from chip leader heading into the final table to out in 5th place.

JC Tran went from chip leader heading into the final table to out in 5th place.

Ryan Riess and Jay Farber held 68% of the chips in play while Sylvan Loosli, J.C. Tran, Marc-Entienne McLaughlin and Amir Lehavot trailed. Action slowed to a crawl as the four shorter stacks avoided Riess and Farber and tried to find spots against each other.

The table took a 15-minute break and five hands after coming back from break Loosli and McLaughlin got into a raising war. Loosli opened from the cutoff and McLauglin called from the big blind. The flop came K 8 5, McLaughlin checked and Loosli bet two million. McLaughlin check-raised to 5.2 million and Loosli misclicked and put out raising chips that wasn’t enough for a legal raise. Tournament Director Jack Effel ruled Loosli had to raise to 8.4 million. McLaughlin took a moment and moved all in. Loosli mucked his cards and McLaughlin chipped up to 37.4 million.

McLaughlin’s win pushed him ahead of Loosli, Tran and Lehavot – the three of which all less than 20 big blinds. Then Farber opened on the button and fellow big stack Riess three-bet to 3.5 million. Farber called and the flop came J 6 4. Riess cut out 4.1 million and Farber folded. It was the first time the big stacks tangled in around two hours.

The table played for four hours six-handed before McLaughlin and Farber got into a preflop raising war. McLaughlin opened with a min-raise, Farber three-bet to 3.8 million and McLaughlin four-bet to 8.7 million. Farber sat motionless before he pushed in a five-bet to 19.4 million and McLaughlin moved all in. Farber called, creating the largest pot of tournament – around 79 million or 41% of the chips in play.

McLaughlin turned over K K and Farber tabled A A for the biggest cooler in No Limit Hold’em. The board ran 8 7 2 J J and McLaughlin went from a head full of steam to out in sixth place. Farber stacked 95 million after the hand for a dominating chip lead on the table.

Just a couple hands later Tran open-shoved all in and Farber called behind him. The chip leader heading into the final table turned up A 7 and Farber tabled K Q. The flop went Farber’s way when it fell K J 9 and he was 85% to earn the kncokout. The turn was 5, the river was 6 and Tran was out in fifth place. Farber was the first to cross the 100 million chip mark with 103,150,000.

The action didn’t slow and three hands after Tran was eliminated Lehavot moved all in preflop after Riess opened. Riess called holding A 6 and Lehavot showed pocket jacks. Lehavot was a 72% favorite to double up and the percentages went his way when the board ran T 5 3 T 7. Lehavot doubled up to 23.6 million and Riess slipped to just under 53 million.

2013 World Series of Poker Main Event – Current Chip Counts

  1. Jay Farber – 103,050,000
  2. Ryan Riess – 55,000,000
  3. Amir Lehavot – 23,400,000
  4. Sylvan Loosli – 9,325,000
  5. J.C. Tran – Out in 5th Place – $2,106,893
  6. Marc-Entienne McLaughlin – Out in 6th Place – $1,601,024
  7. Michiel Brummelhuis – Out in 7th Place – $1,225,356
  8. David Benefield – Out in 8th Place – $944,650
  9. Mark Newhouse – Out in 9th Place – $733,224
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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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