The two short stacks managed to find early double-ups after getting all in well behind in the first level at the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table, but the second level of play was far less kind to both Mark Newhouse and David Benefield.
The early action featured the biggest stacks at the table, though. After taking the chiplead into the final table, JC Tran lost the top spot to Amir Lehavot just after the start of the second level of the day. They stayed incredibly close for some time and traded the chiplead several times before Tran took back the top spot thanks in large part to Marc-Etienne McLaughlin.
The action folded around to Lehavot in the hijack and he min-raised to 1 million, with McLaughlin in the cutoff as the only player who called. The flop was K 6 4, Lehavot bet 1.25 million and McLaughlin called, bringing the J on the turn. Lehavot checked, McLaughlin bet 2.5 million and Lehavot called, with the K completing the board. Lehavot checked once more, McLaughlin bet 7.2 million and Lehavot snap-called.
McLaughlin had K J for an unbeatable full house, while Lehavot tabled A K for trip kings. Lehavot slipped to the middle of the pack, while McLaughlin got within a couple of big blinds of Tran and the chiplead. Tran would soon distance himself again, clearing 40 million after winning a small pot from McLaughlin.
As McLaughlin slipped back to virtually the same position he started in before his big win with a full house, Riess made his own run at the chiplead. After making a flush against McLaughlin, Riess faced an all in shove from Newhouse in the cutoff for about 10 big blinds. Riess called in the cutoff and everyone else folded, setting up a coinflip between Newhouse’s 9 9 and Riess’ A K.
The flop was all Riess as it came K T 7, and with the 7 turn and 6 river, Newhouse made the first exit at the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table. He’d soon be joined on the rail.
After fighting hard with few chips, getting lucky once on an all in and making a massive fold with little left behind, Benefield was left as the shortest stack with Newhouse’s elimination. The action folded to Tran on the button, who raised to 1.1 million, and Benefield three-bet all in for 8.5 million. Jay Farber thought it over and eventually called, and Tran got out of the way.
It was bad news for Benefield as he was once again all in and well behind with K 2 against Farber’s A K. The Q T 5 flop changed little but the J was a massive card for both players, giving Farber a straight while Benefield picked up redraw outs to a flush or the same straight on the river. The 2 was a blank, though, and Benefield was the second player to go out in three hands, finishing eighth.
Riess took the chiplead for the first time at McLaughlin’s expense one orbit later. He opened to 1.1 million in the hijack, Lehavot three-bet to 2.5 million in the cutoff and McLaughlin cold four-bet to 4.75. Riess quickly cut out two stacks of yellow chips worth 5 million each and put a few more on top, five-betting to 11.1 million. Both his opponents quickly folded, and Riess was the new top dog.
2013 WSOP Main Event Final Table – Current Chip Counts
- Ryan Riess – 45,275,000
- JC Tran – 38,650,000
- Jay Farber – 38,475,000
- Amir Lehavot – 25,500,000
- Marc-Etienne McLaughlin – 22,675,000
- Sylvain Loosli – 10,825,000
- Michiel Brummelhuis – 9,275,000
- David Benefield – Out in 8th ($944,650)
- Mark Newhouse – Out in 9th ($733,224)
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