An absolutely crazy level saw the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event fall from 74 players to just 59 over the course of two hours. Kyle Keranen’s kept his top spot in the chip counts for the time being, but Dan Sindelar and Scott Palmer aren’t far behind.
Garrett Greer, who spent much of the last few days as one of the shortest stacks in the room, got a crucial double with pocket aces late in Level 26 to move over 3 million. <em>BLUFF interviewed Greer more than a year ago after he made deep runs in both the LA Poker Classic and the Bay 101 Shooting Star, and his story is one you shouldn’t miss.
There was some measure of confusion and controversy late in Level 26 as the field reached 63 players and did not break, with the televised feature table the next in the order, with WSOP staff electing to play out the level before breaking the table.
Gabe Paul Eliminated in 74th Place
Gabe Paul and Kyle Keranen went to a flop of 7 6 4. Keranen bet 350,000 and Paul raised all in after a short tank. Keranan called with J J and Paul was looking for a flush holding A T. He bricked as the board ran out 5 and 7, and with his elimination of Paul in 74th place, Kernan was the first player to cross the 10 million chip mark in the 2014 WSOP Main Event.
Chris Greaves Eliminates Anh Van Nguyen and Benjamin Gold on ESPN Mothership
A new featured table on the ESPN Mothership had Mark Newhouse leading the way, but it was Chris Greaves who would really kick-start the action. Vitaly Lunkin raised to 105,000, followed by Anh Van Nguyen, who moved all-in from the cutoff for 550,000. Benjamin Gold four-bet shoved for his remaining 1,665,000 chips and Greaves decided to five-bet shove over the top, having both all-in players covered, and Lunkin quickly folded.
Van Nguyen showed 7 7, bested by Gold’s 9 9, and Greaves held two overcards to their pairs with A K. Greaves smashed the A K J flop to make two pair, leaving him to dodge four outs for sets or runner-runner for a three-way chop. The 5 turn and 3 river kept Greaves on top, meaning that the shorter of the two all in players, Van Nguyen, exited in 73rd place for $85,812 . Gold benefitted by having more chips than Van Nguyen, finishing in 72nd place and earning himself a pay bump to $103,025. Greaves had 4,860,000 chips after that hand.
Chris Johnson Doubles Through Keranen, Cutting the Chipleader
Chris Johnson three-bet shoved preflop and Kyle Kernan called holding J 9. Johnson tabled A K and watched the board go 5 3 2 7 A and Johnson doubled up to around 2.3 million.
William Cole Doubles Through Mark Newhouse
Mark Newhouse made a min-raise to 100,000 from under the gun, which was followed by a three-bet from William Cole to 325,000. Action folded back to Newhouse, who set Cole all-in for 1,385,000, and he called with A K. That had Newhouse’s A Q dominated, and the board ran out J7538 – with Cole running over to high five his rail to celebrate the good news. Cole was up to 2,900,000 chips, while Newhouse continued to hemorrhage, falling to 4,930,000.
Aaron Kaiser’s Stack Grows as Stembera Hits The Rail in 70th
The action began with Aaron Kaiser opening under the gun to 115,000. Jason Weber called from middle position, and the action made its way around to Brian Hastings on the button, who pondered his options. After about thirty seconds, Hastings decided to three-bet squeeze to 330,000 and Michael Stembera instantly four-bet shoved from the small blind for 640,000. Kaiser, whom was the original raiser, also stuck in his stack of 1,265,000, and both Weber and Hastings folded. Stembera turned over J J, while Kaiser had him dominated with Q Q.
The board ran out 53328, locking up the victory for Kaiser and sending Stembera home in 70th place. Kaiser had about 2.4 million after that hand.
Hastings Loses 3.89 Million Chip Pot, Doubles Brian Roberts
Brian Hastings opened in the cutoff to 110,000 and Brian Roberts put in a three-bet from the small blind to 340,000. Hastings thought for about twenty seconds and decided to call, with the dealer fanning out a flop of 986. Roberts continued for 455,000 and Hastings opted to shove his stack in the middle, having Roberts covered. Roberts quickly called and turned over A A, while Hastings frowned and showed T 9. The turn and the river were no help to Hastings, as they fell K and J, pushing Roberts to 3.89 million while Hastings fell to 1.3 million.
Five-Bet Shove For Keranen Forces Waxman to Back Down
Matt Waxman opened the action to 100,000 and Kyle Keranen raised to 325,000 from the big blind. Waxman four-bet to 700,000 and Keranen took a while before he moved all in. Waxman counted down his stack and thought for a few moments. He pushed cards back to the dealer and dipped to 2 million after he backed down from the tournament chip leader. Keranen was back to 9.2 million.
Eddy Sabat Flops a Boat
With the board reading 99567 and roughly 1 million in the middle, Eddy Sabat bet 200,000 and was check-called by Martin Jacobson. Sabat tabled 55, good for a flopped full house and Jacobson mucked his hand.
Sabat climbed to 2.8 million while Jacobson slipped to 3.1 million in chips.
Chanracy Khun Eliminated in 69th Place
Chanracy Khun eliminated by Felix Stephensen. Stephensen held the A K against Khun’s Q J. Khun’s hand needed help as the flop came out T A J, and the 6 Q on the turn and river did nothing to help, giving Stephensen the straight. Stephensen had been sitting with 1,400,000 and barely covered Khun who gave up 1,118,000 on the hand. Stephensen had stood up for the whole hand, thinking his tournament life was about to be over, even muttering “watch him pull the flush”. It wasn’t until the straight hit the board that Khun stood up and exited the table.
Tony Ruberto Eliminated in 68th Place
Tony Ruberto found himself all in preflop for his last 705,000 against Adam Lamphere. Lamphere tabled Q Q and was in the lead against Ruberto’s 8 8.
The board ran out 752K3 and Ruberto headed to the rail to collect his prize money, with the ESPN cameras filming his every step of the way. Lamphere chipped up to 2.1 million with the knockout of Ruberto.
Chad Eveslage Eliminated in 66th Place
Chad Eveslage moved his last 640,000 into the middle preflop against William Tonking. Eveslage tabled A T and needed to find an ace against Tonking’s J J.
The dealer spread a board of KT835 and Eveslage couldn’t find the ace he needed and was eliminated in 66th place. He takes home $103,325 for his efforts.
Brian Hastings Out in 64th Place
Andrey Zaichenko opened the cutoff, Brian Hastings put in a three-bet from the big blind, Zaichenko then put in a four-bet, and Hastings then shoved for 1,280,000. Zaichenko called and turned over K K, while Hastings could only come up with A J.
The board ran out 9KJJA. Hastings’ trip jacks were not good enough to beat the fullhouse of Zaichenko, and he was sent home in 64th place.
Dan Sindelar Makes a Good Call With Aces
The board read KJ32 on the turn and Dan Sindelar checked out of the big blind and Isaac Baron bet 575,000. Sindelar called and they watched the 9 fall on the river.
Sindelar checked again and Baron announced a bet of 1.25 million, which sent Sindelar into the tank for a few minutes before calling. Baron tabled A T, good for ace-high and Sindelar showed A A to take the pot.
Sindelar was up to 6.5 million, while Baron slid to 2.4 million.
Garrett Greer Doubles, Leaving Hirst With Almost Nothing
Jeffrey Loiacono had limped in for 50,000, Hirst had bet 165,000 and Greer had three-bet for 400,000. Loiacono would fold, leaving Hirst would push all in and Greer would call, turning over A A. Hirst would be in danger with his A K but would have Greer covered. The board would run out 5 8 T 7 Q giving Greer the double. Greer had 1,400,000 and now had doubled to right over 3,000,000. Hirst would go all in a few hands later against Leif Force, where Force’s A A would beat out A T on a 4 5 T 4 9 board, as Force would take in Hirst’s last 420,000 chips.
Matt Haugen Doubles Twice, Newhouse Has Immense Strength as He Doubles Lunkin
A pair of hands on the ESPN Main Stage, including an occurence that has never been seen.
Things were going normally as Matt Haugen would double through Vitaly Lunkin as Haugen’s JJ went up against Lunkin’s AK, making a set on the flop as the board ran out KJ84A moving Haugen to 2,155,000 and Lunkin crippled to 240,000 chips.
On the next hand, Lunkin moved all-in for his remaining chips as action folded around to Mark Newhouse, who had one of his RFID cards used for the ESPN broadcast split in half. Newhouse called Lunkin’s raise with the A and a split T. The board ran out J8855 as Lunkin doubled his still short stack to 555,000, while Newhouse was at 4,500,000.
Haugen was once again all in for his tournament life a few hands later as William Cole made an opening raise and Haugen moved all in for 2,150,000. Cole called the shove, asking for his “one time”. When the announcer said he had already used his one time earlier, Cole said, “I’m 70 years old, I don’t know how much time I have left!”. Cole held AK while Haugen was in front with QQ. The board ran out JT235 as Haugen continues trending upwards, possessing 4,310,000 chips as Cole is down to 1,350,000.
Field Reaches 63 And… Table Doesn’t Break
With the elimination of Brian Hastings in 64th place, a table was scheduled to be broken with the final 63 balanced at seven tables of nine. That isn’t, however, what happened, as the featured table was the next in the breaking order and Tournament Director Jack Effel elected to let the last 22 minutes of the level play out with players still spread over eight tables. Effel later explained that a break is not required to happen as long as the tables are within one player, and not three players down (six-handed). During this 22 minute playout, Jeffrey Loicano, Zachary Hirst were eliminated, reducing the field to 59.
Pfizer Jordan Eliminated in 61st Place
Pfizer Jordan got his last 600,000 in the middle preflop against William Pappaconstantinou and it was off to the races for Jordan’s tournament life.
Jordan tabled A K and was up against Pappaconstantinou’s J J.
“Just got to win another flip,” said Jordan to his rail.
The board ran out 94254 and Jordan was eliminated while Pappaconstantinou climbed to 4.1 million.
Sindelar Breaks Goldstein in 60th to End Level
It began with action folding around to Nathan Goldstein on the button, where he opened for 110,000. The small blind folded, and Dan Sindelar postured in the big blind before putting out a three-bet to 275,000. Goldstein put in a four-bet to 475,000 fairly quickly. Sindelar called.
The flop was 78Q, and Sindelar led into the pot for 180,000. Goldstein didn’t think long before raising to 605,000. Sindelar then moved all in for his whole stack which had Goldstein covered. Goldstein had 1,585,000 behind and called.
Sindelar turned over 7 7, while Goldstein had Q 8.
Tensions were high as the T hit the turn. The 6 then hit the river, and Sindelar fist pumped, while Goldstein sadly walked to collect his check as the final elimination of Level 26, in 60th place.
Eliminations This Level
74th – Gabe Paul
73rd – Anh Van Nguyen
72nd – Benjamin Gold
71st – Kyle Bowker
70th – Michael Stembera
69th – Chanracy Khun
68th – Tony Ruberto
67th – Steven Bennett
66th – Chad Eveslage
65th – Daniel Wilson
64th – Brian Hastings
63rd – Jeffrey Loiacano
62nd – Zachary Hirst
61st – Pfizer Jordan
60th – Nathan Goldstein
Players Remaining: 59
Top 10 Chip Counts – 2014 WSOP Main Event, End of Level 26
- Kyle Keranen – 9,750,000
- Dan Sindelar – 8,875,000
- Scott Palmer – 8,060,000
- Bruno Politano – 7,320,000
- Leif Force – 6,900,000
- Robert Park – 6,300,000
- Andoni Larrabe – 6,100,000
- Andrey Zaichenko – 5,630,000
- Vladimir Bozinovic – 5,330,000
- Iaron Lightbourne – 5,175,000
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