Morgenstern Still Leads WSOP Main Event With 23 Players Remaining

Anton Morgenstern holds nearly 30 million chips at the feature table. (Jay Newnum photo)

Anton Morgenstern holds nearly 30 million chips at the feature table. (Jay Newnum photo)

The final 27 players in the 2013 WSOP Main Event took their seats inside a now nearly empty Amazon Room at Noon, all dreaming of making the November Nine. The first level of play on Day 7 brought four eliminations including 2012 October Niner Steve Gee. The man who began the day as the chipleader, Anton Morgenstern, busted Gee and continues to lead the way with 26,455,000 of the 190,560,000 in play.

The feature table on the ESPN Main Stage includes over 80,000,000 chips, including Morgenstern, JC Tran, Fabian Ortiz, and Sylvain Loosli. Here’s how the last level played out.

Benjamin Pollak Eliminated on the River

Following a raise and a three-bet, Benjamin Pollak and Maxx Coleman got their stacks in the middle preflop inside the first orbit of play. Pollak was ahead with pocket nines and Maxx Coleman called with A 4.

The board ran J 3 2 J 5 and with the brutal five on the river Pollak was eliminated by Coleman’s wheel. Pollak was audibly hurt by the blow and walked away from the table. Cameras filmed him and he slowly made his way to the payout desk.

Pollak was the first player eliminated on the day in 27th place and collects $285,408.

Steven Gee Busts Walthaus in 26th Place

Jorn Walthaus started the day as the second-shortest stack out of 27 players, forcing him to make an early stand at the featured table. Action folded around to him on the button and he open-shoved for 1,645,000. Steve Gee, who was next to act, three-bet all in over the top for 2,965,000. Anton Morgenstern, the overwhelming chipleader, paused as he contemplated busting two players, but he eventually folded.

Gee had the best of it with A K against Walthaus’ A 9 and took a tremendous lead on the K 4 2 flop. The 4 on the turn sealed Walthaus’ fate and the T river was an afterthought. Walthaus, one of two Dutch players to make Day 7, was the second player eliminated Monday and he collected $285,408 for his 26th place finish.

Gee was up to 4,865,000 after winning the hand.

Sergio Castelluccio Takes Four-Bet Pot from Mann

Sergio Castelluccio started the hand with a raise to 240,000 from late position, Carlos Mortensen called in the cutoff and Jason Mann three-bet to 890,000 from the small blind.

Castelluccio contemplated his next step for a moment before electing to put in another raise to 1.54 million. Mortensen got out of the way and Mann elected to call.

Both players checked the 7 4 3 flop. After Mann checked the 6 flop, Castelluccio fired 1.36 million. Mann called. The river A was checked down. Mann turned over [Qx] [Qx], which shrunk up as Castelluccio showed [Ax] Jx] and took the pot.

James Alexander Takes Big Pot, Gets a Hug

Matthew Reed raised from late position and James Alexander called to see a flop of T 6 4. Alexander checked, Reed bet 200,000 and Alexander called to se the 6 turn. Alexander checked again, Reed bet 500,00 and Alexander called a second time. The river came 5, Alexander bet 1.5 million and Reed called.

Alexander tabled 7 6 for trip sixes, chipped up to 11.6 million and then left the table for a long embrace from his mother, Tina, on the rail. Reed dropped to 7.3 million.

A Game of Position

We’ve already seen a handful of three-bets and four-bets at the secondary table. This one was no exception: Christopher Lindh opened the pot for 250,000 from middle position, and Carlos Mortensen three-bet to 525,000 from the cutoff seat. Alexander Livingston kicked it up a notch and made it 1.215 million.

Lindh thought briefly before folding, Mortensen cut out chips, riffled them back and forth and ultimately decided to relent.

Jason Mann Eliminated in 25th Place

Jason Mann opened the pot to 255,000, Christopher Lindh three-bet to 685,000 from the big blind and Mann called. Lindh lead out on the Q 5 5 flop for 840,000 and Mann moved all in.

Lindh took a moment, but ultimately called. Mann showed T T and Lindh was ahead with the Q 9. Mann would not catch his two-outer on the 8 turn or 6 river and he was knocked out in 25th place, earning  $285,408.

All The Aces

We picked up the action for what would be a monster hand on the A A T flop. Both Christopher Lindh and Carlos Mortensen checked. Mortensen checked again on the 5 turn, Lindh fired 330,000 and Mortensen called. On the river 7, Mortensen checked, Lindh bet 615,000 and Mortensen called.

Lindh had a lock from the flop. He turned over A A for quads.

“How many aces?” someone on the rail shouted.

“All of them,” another responded.

David Benefield Doubles

Jan Nakladal opened in early position and Amir Lehavot raised behind him. Action folded to David Benefield and he moved all in for 1.8 million in postion. Nakladal folded, Lehavot called with J T and Benefield tabled A K.

The board ran K 8 4 8 J and Benefield doubled up to 4.2 million and Lehavot slipped to 3.9 million.

Tension High at the Outer Table

James Alexander opened the action with a raise to 275,000 and Yevgeiy Timoshenko three-bet to 625,000 on the button. Before Alexander could act Rep Porter moved all in for around 2.5 million.

Alexander gave up his hand quickly but Timoshenko spent a couple minutes in the tank before saying, “Alright,” and pushed his cards back to the dealer. Porter picked up over a million with blinds and antes from the shove.

McLaughlin Takes One From Lindh

Marc McLaughlin raised to 240,000 from early position and was called by Chris Lindh. The flop came J 7 7 and both players checked. The turn was the Q and McLaughlin checked again. Lindh fired 405,000 into the middle of the table and Lindh didn’t take too long before calling.

The river was the J and McLaughlin fired 1.875 million into the pot. Lindh went into the tank for several minutes before finding a call. McLaughlin tabled Q J and Lindh mucked his hand.

Lindh fell to just over 16 million and McLaughlin climbed to 10.5 million after the hand.

Steve Gee, Last Octo-Niner Standing, Goes Out in 24th

Steve Gee made the final table of the 2012 WSOP Main Event and looked poised to do so again by playing into the final day of the summer once again in the 2013 Main Event. Gee was starting at a disadvantage from the outset, with a short stack and several of the biggest stacks remaining at his table.

Action folded around to Gee in the small blind and he raised to 250,000. Chipleader Anton Morgenstern three-bet to 550,000, Gee quickly four-bet all in and Morgenstern called just as quickly, leading to just the second all in at the featured table during the first level of Day 7.

Gee had T 7 and he was in some trouble against Morgenstern’s 8 8. Things went from bad to dire as the Q 8 2 flop left Gee with only runner-runner possibilities to stay alive. The A sealed his fate. The river was the 3, and one of the last bracelet winners in the field (along with the last player to make a Main Event final table since the three month delay was implemented) finished in 26th place, earning $285,408.

Morgenstern reached his peak of 28,970,000 after the hand, but dropped a pot on the last hand of the level to JC Tran, who climbed over 17 million, and he dropped back to 26,455,000.

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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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