Billy Pappas & Will Tonking Eliminated from Main Event, Three Remain

Martin Jacobson came out on the good side of a preflop race against Billy Pappas. (Photo by Drew Amato)

Martin Jacobson came out on the good side of a preflop race against Billy Pappas. (Photo by Drew Amato)

Chip stacks fluctuated wildly in a level packed with action and long periods not much going on. Billy Pappas was on fire early but fell short in a huge flip situation against Martin Jacobson and then Will Tonking was eliminated in a pair versus pair showdown.

Here’s how the counts stacked up at the start of Level 39:

  1. Jorryt van Hoof – 108,925,000
  2. Billy Pappas – 30,275,000
  3. Will Tonking – 24,550,000
  4. Felix Stephensen – 20,000,000
  5. Martin Jacobson – 16,725,000

Early in the level Pappas opened on the button to 2.25 million, Stephensen moved all in from the small blind and van Hoof moved in over the top from the big. Pappas let his hand go, Stephensen rolled over A 8 and van Hoof was ahead holding pocket jacks. The board ran A 6 5 T 7 and Stephensen doubled up to over 45 million while van Hoof fell below the 100-million mark.

A short time later Jacobson open-shoved on the button and Pappas re-shoved from the small blind. Stephensen folded his big blind, the stacks were counted and Pappas had just 50,000 more than Jacobson. Pappas held A [Jh and Jacobson rolled over 5 5. The board ran Q 6 5 7 2, Jacobsen doubled to over 50 million and Pappas was left with just a third on an ante.

Pappas’ last two chips were committed, Jacobsen opened the action for 2.25 million, Stephensen three-bet to 5.5 million and van Hoof took a good long while to four-bet to 12 million. Jacobson mucked his cards and Stephensen let his hand go after a short tank. Van Hoof turned up pocket jacks, Pappas woke up with pocket sevens and the board ran A Q 2 Q 6. Pappas didn’t improve and was eliminated in fifth place.

“I wanted top three,” said Pappas, “But I was pretty embarrassed by the way I played until six-handed; then I felt like I played good. I’m actually not mad for some reason, but I should be.”

“If he wins it’s fine, if I win I’m happy,” said Pappas of his calm demeanor during his crucial coinflip with Jacobson. “I don’t know why I do it like that, I just don’t like celebrating in front of people’s faces. Inside I’m happy, and I’m still emotional – maybe I feel like it was just good luck for me, and it worked for me throughout the whole tournament so I just stayed in my seat.”

About 30 minutes later Jacobson and Stephensen went to a T 6 3 flop.  Jacobson bet 2 million, Stephensen called and the turn came Q. Jacobson bet out 5 million, Stephensen called and the river came Q. Jacobson checked, Stephensen bet 11.5 million and Jacobson went deep into the tank. He finally put in calling chips, Stephensen turned over K Q for rivered trips and Jacobson lost a good portion of his stack.

Just a few hands later later van Hoof opened for 2.2 million, Tonking moved all in from the button and Jacobson re-shoved from the small blind having Tonking barely covered. Van Hoof folded, Tonking turned up 2 2 and Jacobson tabled T T. The dealer spread J 5 4 6 Q, Jacobson chipped up 45 million and Tonking was out in fourth place.

“It was great, running good and playing good,” said Tonking of his strong start. “I did the best I could. It was more than I hoped it to be, I finished fourth in the Main Event. I don’t know what happens next, I can’t tell you. I’m going to go and get some sleep.”

End of Level 39 Chip Counts

  1. Jorryt van Hoof – 89,625,000
  2. Martin Jacobson – 64,750,000
  3. Felix Stephensen – 46,100,000
  4. Will Tonking – $2,848,833
  5. Billy Pappas – $2,143,174
  6. Andoni Larrabe – $1,622,080
  7. Dan Sindelar – $1,235,862
  8. Bruno Politano – $947,077
  9. Mark Newhouse – $730,725
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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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