Only 15 Left in WSOP Main Event with Sylvain Loosli Leading

Sylvain Loosli is the chipleader with 15 left in the WSOP Main Event. (Jay Newnum photo).

Sylvain Loosli is the chipleader with 15 left in the WSOP Main Event. (Jay Newnum photo).

Only 15 players remain in the 2013 WSOP Main Event and the carousel of chipleaders continued through Level 33. France’s Sylvain Loosli finished that level on top with 29,785,000 chips. His closest competitor is Amir Lehavot with 25,525,000.

Only three players saw their Main Event run end that level: Jan Nakladal, Fabian Ortiz and Christopher Lindh. The top five players represent four different countries: USA (2), Israel, Canada and France.

Top 5 Chip Counts

  1. Sylvain Loosli – 29,785,000
  2. Amir Lehavot – 25,525,000
  3. Jay Farber – 24,855,0000
  4. Marc McLaughlin – 22,635,000
  5. JC Tran – 18,825,000

Nakladal Eliminated in 18th Place

Marc McLaughlin started the hand with a raise to 480,000 from middle position. Directly to his left, Matthew Reed three-bet to 1.1 million and Jan Nakladal moved all in from the button for 2.53 million

McLaughlin folded and Reed made a quick call, turning over A A, dominating the Q Q of Nakladal.

Reed’s rockets held up as the board ran out 8 4 2 5 9, and Nakladal was sent to the payout cage to collect $357,655 in 18th place. Reed’s stack grew to 13.245 million.

Loosli Extends Chiplead, Cripples Benefield

Sylvain Loosli went into the dinner break with the smallest of chipleads over the rest of the field, but he wasted little time extending that lead in the first few minuntes of the new level.

David Benefield raised to 500,000 on the button, Loosli three-bet to 1.5 million and Benefield called. The flop was K Q 4, both players checked and the turn was the 7. Loosli bet 1,450,000 and Benefield called, with the 8 falling on the river. Loosli bet 2.5 million and Benefield called off more than 40 percent of his remaining stack.

Loosli tabled K K and scooped the 11 million chip pot to increase his stack to 26,425,000. Benefield was left with just 3,645,000.

Top Pair Good in Blind Battle

Action folded around to Amir Lehavot in the small blind, and he raised to 650,000 before Marc McLaughlin called in the big blind. They saw a flop of 8 6 5, Lehavot fired 750,000 and McLaughlin called. Lehavot checked the J turn and McLaughlin decided to fire 1.3 million. Lehavot called. They checked down the river 8, Lehavot turned over Q J and McLaughlin mucked without showing.

Lehavot Has It

JC Tran opened for 485,000, Amir Lehavot called and the blinds folded. The flop came A A 2, Tran checked and Lehavot bet 500,000. The turn came Q, both players checked and the river came J.

Tran bet 1.125 million, Lehavot thought before announcing a call and turned up A K. Tran saw that Lehavot flopped trip aces and mucked his cards.

Lehavot moved up to 24,725,000 and Tran slipped to 15.3 million.

Benefield Doubles Through Kawauti

Bruno Kawauti raised in the cutoff to 500,000 before David Benefield moved all in from the big blind for 3.356 million. Kawauti didn’t take too long before cutting out a call and it was a race situation as the Brazilians in the crowd started their chants.

“Queen ball, queen ball, queen ball,” chanted the Brazilians.

The flop was J T 3. The Brazilians switched their chants to yelling for a king. When the 8 fell on the turn, they started yelling for a nine. Kawauti would need a nine or a king to stay a live, but the river brought the 6 and Benefield doubled up to 7.21 million, while Kawauti slipped to 3.77 million.

Ryan Riess Gets Much-Needed Double

Ryan Riess opened to 500,000 from under the gun and action folded all the way around to Alexander Livingston. He three bet enough to put Riess all in, 3,695,000, and Riess snap-called with A A.

Livingston would need some help with more than half of his stack invested with A Q. The T 7 2 flop provided little help, and the 7 sealed the pot for Riess. The river was the 4 and Riess got a double-up to 7,870,000. Livingston was left with just over 3.1 million.

Farber Catches a Queen, Ortiz Fading

With position, Jay Farber called a 480,000 preflop raise from Fabian Ortiz. They saw a flop of A 5 5 and both players checked. The turn brought the Q and Ortiz checked again. Farber took a 450,000 stab and Ortiz called. They both checked the river 9.

Ortiz turned over T T and Farber showed Q T for the winner. Ortiz had slipped to just under 4 million while Farber climbed to 23.2 million.

Fabian Ortiz Eliminated in 17th Place, $357,655

Fabian Ortiz raised to 500,000 from under the gun and JC Tran called in the big blind. They saw a flop of K 9 7, Tran checked and Ortiz fired another 500,000.

Both players checked the 4 turn, and Tran checked again on the 6 river. Ortiz moved all in for 2.7 million.

Tran briefly went into the tank, Ortiz swiveled in his chair, Tran checked his cards, eyed Ortiz and made the call. Ortiz frustratingly turned over A Q and Tran showed 9 8 for second pair. Meanwhile, Tran had amassed about 18.8 million.

Loosli Beats Mortensen, Clears 33 Million

Sylvain Loosli has dominated in the level following the dinner break and has become the first player over the 30 million chip mark. A big chunk of that came from Carlos Mortensen, who opened to 600,000 from the hijack, which Loosli called on the button.

The flop was A J 6, Mortensen bet 600,000 and Loosli called. The turn was the 2, Mortensen picked up the pressure with a 1.5 million chip bet, but Loosli called again. The river was the 2, Mortensen fired one more time for 2.3 million and Loosli snap-called, tabling A 6.

Mortensen mucked, and his stack shrank to 6,580,000. Loosli’s stack increased to 33,975,000, putting him well ahead of the pack.

Mortensen Back Over 10 Million with All In Shove

Sylvain Loosli was the only player with a stack above 10 million at the featured table until recently, holding more than three times the chips of any of his opponents.

Carlos Mortensen is rarely one to shy away from confrontation, though, and made a stand against the chipleader. Mortensen opened to 500,000 on the button and Loosli three-bet to 1,250,000 from the big blind. Mortensen called and the flop was K J 9. Loosli bet 1.2 million and Mortensen called again.

The turn was the 6, Loosli checked and Mortensen open-shoved for his remaining 4,760,000. Loosli quickly uncapped his cards and sent his hand into the muck. Mortensen’s stack crept back over 10 million (10,100,000 to be exact), but Loosli still held a healthy chiplead with over 32 million.

Two Big Hands, Neither Pulls Trigger

Jay Farber and Marc McLaughlin went to a A 5 4 flop and both players checked. The turn came 9, Farber bet 1.35 million and McLaughlin called. The river was the 3, both players checked and Farber rolled over K K. McLaughlin tabled Q Q and Farber took a pot that could have been much bigger if an ace hadn’t flopped.

Christopher Lindh Eliminated in 16th Place

Marc McLaughlin opened from late position to 500,000 and action folded around to Christopher Lindh in the small blind. He moved all in for his remaining 3.38 million, McLaughlin thought momentarily and made the call.

Lindh turned over T 9 and McLaughlin showed A 9. After a K Q 4 flop, Lindh picked up some outs, with a gutshot straight now possible. But the 2 turn and 5 river were no help. Lindh shook hands with his table mates and exited the secondary feature table in 17th place, as McLaughlin raked in the chips and climbed to 22.6 million.

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