JC Tran Leading WSOP Main Event with McLaughlin, Lehavot Chasing

Amir Lehavot is hovering near the chip lead with 11 players left in the Main Event (Jay Newnum photo).

Amir Lehavot is hovering near the chip lead with 11 players left in the Main Event (Jay Newnum photo).

Only two more eliminations before the 2013 WSOP Main Event will have their own November Nine after Level 33 saw three players eliminated. The man at the top of the leaderboard is JC Tran. His lead is nearly 7 million chips. Tran has 35,525,000 while Marc McLaughlin has 28,325,000 and Amir Lehavot has 25,900,000.

WSOP Main Event Chip Counts at Break

  1. JC Tran 35,725,000
  2. Marc McLaughlin – 28,325,000
  3. Amir Lehavot – 25,900,000
  4. Sylvain Loosli – 25,100,000
  5. Ryan Riess – 18,675,000
  6. Jay Farber – 16,525,000
  7. David Benefield – 12,625,000
  8. Carlos Mortensen – 9,900,000
  9. Michiel Brummelhuis – 8,175,000
  10. Matthew Reed – 7,125,000
  11. Mark Newhouse – 2,650,000

Brazilian Rail Silenced as Bruno Kawauti is Eliminated in 15th Place

Bruno Kawauti moved all in for 2.8 million and got a call from Rep Porter. The Brazilians broke out in chants as the cards were being turned over.

Kawauti was in a great spot to double up tabling T T against Porter’s 7 7. The flop came 7 5 4 and Porter jumped into the lead with his set of sevens.

The Brazilian crowd started chanting for a ten in Portuguese. The turn was the Q and the river was the Q and Kawauti will take home $451,398 for his efforts.

Kawauti did a brief interview with ESPN before meeting his supporters outside of the main stage area. Kawauti was lifted up on his supporters’ shoulders while they had one last chant and they exited the Amazon Room.

Castelluccio Eliminated in 14th Place

Action folded around to the table short stack, Sergio Castelluccio, on the button and he moved all in for his remaining 4.35 million. Amir Lehavot quickly caled in the big blind.

Castelluccio turned over A 5, and he needed help, as Lehavot showed K K. As the board ran out, Q 8 2 Q 2, Castelluccio was sent to the payout cage in 14th place to collect $451,398 while Lehavot climbed to 29.6 million.

Alex Livingston Out in 13th Place

Sylvain Loosli was on a bit of a downturn from his peak, but he completely rebuilt his stack after several pots in a row. The final one in the series saw him open to 600,000, only for Alex Livingston to three-bet all in for 3,250,000.

It folded back around to Loosli and he snap-called, showing A A. Livingston was in trouble with A Q and a flop he’d normally like to see with his hand – A 6 3 – spelled his doom. It ran out 9 9 to give Loosli the full house, but the damage had already been done. Livingston, one of two Canadians remaining in the field, was eliminated in 13th place, earning $451,398.

All 12 remaining players are now guaranteed $573,204.¬†Loosli’s stack increased to 33,975,000 after the elimination.

Farber Snags 6 Million Without Showdown

Action folded around to Jay Farber on the button, and he opened to 625,000, Amir Lehavot folded in the small blind and Marc McLaughlin called in the big blind.

They saw a flop of A T 5, McLaughlin checked and Farber bet 700,000. McLaughlin called. On the 3 turn, McLaughlin checked again and Farber bet 1.75 million. McLaughlin tanked for a bit and called. The river brought the A and McLaughlin checked again. Farber fired 2.8 million, and McLaughlin folded without much decision.

Farber was sitting on more than 25 million while McLaughlin held 26.4 million.

Tran Bets With Straight On the Board

JC Tran opened the action for 650,00 and Marc McLaughlin raised to 1.7 million out of the small blind. Tran called, The flop came 6 5 4, both players checked and the 2 came on the turn.

McLaughlin cut out 2.1 million, slid it in the middle and Tran took a few moments to call. The turn came 3, McLaughlin checked and Tran bet 3.8 million with a straight on the board.

McLaughlin thought for a good bit before tossing in a single chip reluctantly to call. Tran turned up [Ax] [8x] to play the board and McLaughlin tabled A A to play the board as well.

They chopped the pot and both players looked a little frustrated at missed opportunities.

Rep Porter Eliminated in 12th Place

With 12 players left in the 2013 WSOP Main Event, there were still four players with at least one bracelet already to their credit. Rep Porter was one of the four, having won twice at the WSOP.

On his final hand of the Main Event, Ryan Riess raised to 600,000 and Porter three-bet all in for 6,500,000. It folded back around to Riess, who went deep into the tank. After several minutes, Riess eventually made the call with 9 9 and put Porter’s tournament life on the line.

Porter’s K J was live, though, and he had a chance to double up into a very playable stack. Riess’ rail was cheering loudly as the dealer spread the Q 8 4, which provided very little help for Porter. The turn was the 5, and Porter was left with six outs and one card to hit them. The river was the 7, Riess gave a fist pump and his friends exploded in celebration as Riess’ stack swelled to over 19 million.

Porter, on the other hand, saw his Main Event hopes dashed in 12th place with a $573,204 payday as his consolation prize.

Benefield Bested by Brummelhuis

David Benefield raised in the cutoff to 600,000 and was called by Michiel Brummelhuis from the big blind. They saw a flop of K Q 3 and both players checked. The turn was the 8 and Brummelhuis took the lead and led out for 1.05 million. Benefield called to see the 4 fall on the river.

Brummelhuis bet 2.25 million which sent Benefield briefly into the tank. He reached down to his side picked up his water and took a swig before pushing out a call.

Brummelhuis tabled K J and Benefield mucked his hand. Brummelhuis is now up to 12.42 million while Benefield is the short stack at the feature table with 8.6 million

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Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, ThePokerBiz.com in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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