Main Event End of Level 22: Einhorn Busts, Play Slows, Time for Dinner

Bruno Politano continues to lead the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, as players head off to the Day 5 Dinner Break. (Drew Amato photo)

Bruno Politano continues to lead the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, as players head off to the Day 5 Dinner Break. (Drew Amato photo)

The players still in the hunt for the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event title are now off to dinner. By the time they return, those 146 people will have spent seven and a half hours on dinner breaks alone so far in this tournament.

Bruno Politano has maintained the overall chiplead through Level 22, becoming the first player in 2014 to get up to over 5 million chips. Griffin Benger’s continued to build as well, with online stud Scott “urnotindangr” Palmer becoming a definitive factor among other big stacks as well

David Einhorn Busts, Charity Wins $44,728

David Einhorn was all in for his tournament life holding A J against the A Q of Matthew Sedgemen. The board ran out 7 4 4 5 Q sending Einhorn to the rail in 173rd. Einhorn, a hedge fund manager, is donating 100% of his winnings from the Main Event to The Robin Hood Foundation, a poverty-fighting charity based in New York City. Einhorn has always worked to benefit charities, including his biggest donation in 2012 when he agreed to give the entirety of his One Drop winnings ($4.352 million) to charity. Poker fans first saw Einhorn on the 2006 WSOP Main Event broadcast, when he finished in 18th place.

Benger Gets His Revenge, Busts Miller to Get Over 4 Million

Griffin Benger doubled Bob Miller up several times on Day 5, including a big one early on that sent Miller on his way to almost 800,000. In the end, Benger would finally have his revenge.

Miller opened under the gun to 50,000 and it folded around to Benger, who put in a three-bet of 150,000. After thinking it over for a bit, Miller ultimately decided to four-bet go all in for approximately 500,000. Benger snap-called and tabled A A, while Miller could produce only J J. Benger was all smiles as the flop ran out 555. “Give him a sweat,” said Benger, jokingly, as Miller could only win with a jack on the turn or river or chop with an unlikely runout of a five and an ace. The turn was the 3, and the river the Q.

Miller was taken out of the 2014 WSOP Main Event in 158th, as Benger stacked chips totaling close to 4 million.

Matthew Haugen Climbs Back Towards Top With Elimination of David Tran

Matthew Haugen started Day 5 with the overall chiplead, and while a few players passed him by in the first two levels of the day he’s moving in the right direction in Level 22. Haugen called David Tran’s preflop shove with A A against Tran’s A Q and watched the board run out T 9 7 3 2. Tran was eliminated in 177th and Haugen moved up to over 3 million.

Mikiyo Aoki Continues to Climb

With the board showing J 4 3 K T and almost 400,000 in the pot Mikiyo Aoki bet 275,000, forcing Eddy Sabat into the tank. After nearly two minutes Sabat let the floor know he wanted to call the clock. Confused, the dealer asked Sabat to clarify. “I want to call the clock on myself.” After the floor supervisor arrived he was given 60 seconds to act on his hand. Before even hearing the countdown Sabat called and was disgusted to see Aoki turn over J 2 for a turned flush. The pot moved Aaoki, who finished second in the 2014 WSOP Ladies’ Championship, is up to 2.56 million and left Sabat with just 485,000.

With a limp from under the gun, and it folded around to Brian Townsend on the button and he put in a raise of 60,000. Matthew McEwan look intrigued, and thought for a few seconds before putting out a three-bet to 133,000. Townsend thought for about a minute before announcing all in for his last 584,000 and McEwan snap-called, tabling A A. Townsend did not look happy as he stood up and turned over J J.

The board ran out 978KQ. Townsend walked off with a solemn look on his face, while McEwan organized and stacked his newfound 1,265,000 stack.

Hamm at 3.3 Million

Clayton Hamm and Pierre Canali went to a flop of J 3 2, Canali checked, Hamm put out a small bet and Canali check-raised to 150,000. Hamm called, the turn came 4 and both players checked. The river came 7, Canali checked and Hamm bet 175,000. Canali tanked for a while but then folded and Hamm neared 3.35 million.

Bowker Bounces Valerstein

Kyle Bowker raised to 40,000 in the cutoff and Roman Valerstein three-bet all in from the button for 384,000. Bowker called with A Q and it was a race against Valerstein’s 3 3. The flop was a safe one for Valerstein, coming down J 7 4, but the 4 added some counterfeit outs to Bowker’s previous six. It would be the A on the river, however, that would be Valerstein’s undoing, sending him out in 183rd place.

Bowker hit a new milestone for the day, reaching 2,050,000.

Sailor Sets Sail

Brian Roberts opened for 42,000 and Brad Sailor moved all in behind him. Roberts called holding A 8 and Sailor tabled pocket threes. The dealer spread the K 9 6 J 8 and Roberts caught a pair of eights on the river to eliminate Sailor from the Main Event in 167th.

Jason Johnson Ends Israelashvili’s Main Event

Reduced to just 13 big blinds, Roland Israelashvili open-shoved for 264,000 in middle position and Jason Johnson called on the button. His A J had Israelashvili’s A 9, and no part of the 7 6 4 2 T runout would aid Israelasvili in his bid to continue on in the Main Event. He finished 180th, while Johnson pulled to just shy of 2 million.

Charette’s Squeeze Doesn’t Get Through, Doubles Up Olsson

Emil Olsson raised to 45,000 from middle position and was three-bet by Byron Kaverman from the hijack. Garrett Greer folded the button and Simon Charette moved all in from the small blind for 710,000.

Olsson asks for a count and then calls off his stack of 520,000. Kaverman folds and the cards were tabled. Olsson was in the lead with his QQ against Charette’s A3.

The flop was JJ9 and Olsson’s queens survived the flop and were still in the lead. The turn was the 4 and the river was the 6 and Olsson scored a double up to over 1.2 million while Charette is sitting with just 190,000.

Zaichenko’s Hooks Top Rebello’s Big Slick

Todd Rebello raised from the cutoff before Andrey Zaichenko three-bet to 110,000 from the big blind. Rebello put in a four-bet to 201,000 and Zaichenko called.

The two saw a flop of Q63 and Zaichenko check-called 182,000 from Rebello. Both players checked down the turn and the river as the board ran out with the 7 on the turn and the 7 on the river.

“Ace-king,” said Rebello without tabling his cards.

Zaichenko tabled JJ and scooped the pot. He grows his stack to 1.9 million while Rebello drops to 1.4 million.

Notable Bustouts

Roman Valerstein – 183rd
Roland Israelashvili – 180th
John Kabbaj – 179th
Rep Porter – 174th
David Einhorn – 173rd
Blake Cahail – 172nd
Brian Townsend – 170th
Arnaud Mattern – 165th
Andrew Liporace – 159th

Players Remaining: 146

Top 10 Chip Counts – 2014 WSOP Main Event, End of Level 22

  1. Bruno Politano – 5,250,000
  2. Griffin Benger – 3,920,000
  3. Scott Palmer – 3,875,000
  4. Kyle Keranen – 3,715,000
  5. Brian Hastings – 3,460,000
  6. Leif Force – 3,255,000
  7. Clayton Hamm – 3,235,000
  8. Dan Smith – 3,000,000
  9. Andoni Larrabe – 2,900,000
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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