Two hundred thirty seven players returned for Day 5 of the 2013 WSOP Main Event but by the time the tournament clock ran out on Level 21 only 180 remained. There is still a chance for a repeat Main Event champion to emerge as 2001 winner Carlos Mortensen and defending champion Greg Merson are still alive. Should Merson go back-to-back he will become only the fifth player in WSOP history to do so, joining Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar and Johnny Chan as back-to-back Main Event winners.
Jon Lane continues to hold the chiplead with 3.3 million and Matthew Reed is also up to over 3 million. Sami Rustom and Grayson Ramage are not far behind.
Four ladies still remain in the field, most notably 2007 WSOP Europe Main Event winner Annette Obrestad. Plenty of other big names still dot the field, including Noah Schwartz, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Ashton Griffin, Max Steinberg, JC Tran, Ronnie Bardah and Rep Porter and many lesser known players are making their names standout as they chip up and eliminate opponents.
Reed Goes From Bubble Short Stack to One of the Chip Leaders
We walked by Matthew Reed’s table as he was stacking a bunch of chips and had his stack right around the three million mark.
“I just hit a two outer,” he said to his rail. “Most of it went in preflop and I flopped a set against aces.”
“We saw you were really short before,” one of his supporters yelled back to him.
“Yea, I had 35,000 on the bubble,” replied Reed, who is now one of the chip leaders in the tournament.
Greg Mueller’s Set Flushed
Greg Mueller was eliminated from the Main Event after his set of jacks was bested by Matthew Reed’s ten high flush.
“I flopped top set and lost,” Mueller said as he left the tournament area.
After a flop of K J 5 Mueller was all in with J J and Reed called with T 8. The 7 on the turn sealed the deal and although the river was also another club, 9, it did not matter.
Mueller was eliminated, but not before picking up his first career cash in the WSOP Main Event.
Mueller later Tweeted: “Soooooo crushed!!! Played my heart out flopped middle set and lose to a flush… Thx for all the support!!! This one stings baaaad!! #fb”
Brainwash Tames JJProdigy
Two Internet poker legends – Tyler “Brainwash” Cornell and Josh “JJProdigy” Field tangled in the early goings of level 21. From UTG, Cornell made an opening raise and Field shoved for around 250,000 chips. Jeffrey Loiacono considered joining in the fun before deciding to let it go. That was a great decision when Cornell snap-called with AA against the KQ of Field. Field had a huge sweat on the Q74 flop, holding top pair and a flush draw. Cornell survived the sweat when the turn and river were blanks, sending him close to 1,000,000 chips while Field headed to the payout desk.
Marra’s Three Barrel Bluff Fails
Eduardo Marra opened to 33,000 from the button and Marc Mclaughin defended his big blind. After a flop of A A 6 Mclaughlin checked to Marra who pushed out 26,000, Mclaughlin called and then checked the T turn. Marra fired again, this time betting 78,000, and again Mclaughlin called. The river was the 3 and Mclaughlin checked to Marra again. Marra thought for two minutes before counting out 136,000 and pushing it towards the pot. Mclaughlin tanked for two minutes. As soon as he announced a call, Marra tapped the table and threw his cards face down into the muck. Mclaughlin was told he had to show his hand to claim the pot and turned over T 6. After that hand Mclaughlin was at 1,620,000 while Marra dipped to 680,000.
How Long Can They Last?
Two hundred and thirty seven players arrived at the Amazon room today when play resumed at 12 noon. However, there are two players who hadn’t made their presence known during the first hour of play. Georg Lehmann started the day with 957,000 chips while Peter Jennings started with 405,000. Jennings showed up one hour into play, and shoved over an opening raise to get back to 350,000 but he was eliminated a few hands later in 193rd place. Lehmann finally showed up with about 30 minutes left in the level.
Fang Stacks Blouin
Shortly after doubling up Estelle Denis, Stephane Blouin moved all in for 180,000 from the big blind over a raise from Yi Min Fang, who quickly called.
Blouin showed 5 5 and Fang turned over 9 9. The bigger pair would hold up as the board ran out K Q 6 3 6, sending Blouin to the rail. Meanwhile, Fang’s stack climbed to 1.8 million.
Batt Busts With Rockets
Jordan Batt got his last 350,000 in the middle preflop against Anthony Forsyth-Forrest. Batt was in good shape for a double up when he tabled his A A against Forsyth-Forrest’s K K.
“I folded two kings, you’re in good shape,” said one player at the table.
That player either misread his hand or made an ill-timed joke as the K was the window card on the flop. Batt couldn’t find his third ace on the turn or the river and he was eliminated about halfway through level 21.
“I guess you didn’t fold two kings,” joked Forsyth-Forrest after the hand. Forsyth-Forrest is up to 1.1 million in chips.
Max Steinberg Lays One Down
Max Steinberg raised to 55,000 from Under the Gun and action folded around toe Dan Owen in the small blind. Owen re-raised to 133,000 and Steinberg called to see a flop of K J 8. Post flop Owen got even more aggressive and fired out a bet of 210,000. Steinberg shook his head ever so slightly and released his hand.
“You didn’t like that flop did you?” a player at the table asked Steinberg.
Dattani Gets Value
Umang Dattani raised to 35,000 under-the-gun and was met with a three-bet from late position to 75,000. Dattani called and saw a flop of 7 7 3. Dattani check-called 50,000 and both players checked an 8h turn card. Dattani led an 8 river card for 45,000 and got called.
Dattani tabled T T and his opponent mucked. He came into the day with 1.18 million and is still right around that mark after the pot.
Yu Lives to See Another Hand
We caught the action after all of Blake Yu’s 570,000 chip stack was in the middle, having called the shove of Gaetano Preite.
Yu, wearing a pink YOLO (you only live once) trucker hat, was the one whose tournament life was at stake.
The board ran out Q 6 2 3 2 and Yu would survive, while Preite dropped to 277,000 in chips.
Estelle Denis moved all in for 291,000 over the top of an under the gun raise to 45,000 from Yi Min Fang and Stephane Blouin shoved for 300,000 more.
Fang slammed his 7 2 face up into the muck. Then it was a race between the 4 4 of Denis and the A K of Blouin.
Denis would double through as the board ran out 7 6 2 T 9, but the board would have given Fang the winner, and he knew it.
“Seven-deuce never lose,” he announced.
Denis was later eliminated.
All the Ladies in the House
At the end of Level 21 four ladies still remained. The distinctive title of Last Woman Standing will eventually go to Annette Obrestad, Jackie Glazier, Kima Kimura or Beverly Lange.
Obrestad holds the record for the being the top winning female in WSOP history with more than $2 million in WSOP earnings. She was also the youngest person ever to win a WSOP bracelet when she won the 2007 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event at 18 years old. No matter where she finishes, Lange will pick up her first career WSOP cash.
When play began on Day 5 six ladies were still in contention for the Main Event title, however Kristy Gazes and Estelle Denis were eliminated near the end of the level.
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