Sylvain Loosli Takes Over Lead, Anton Morgenstern Flames Out

Marc McLaughlin took over the chiplead during Level 32 of the 2013 WSOP Main Event.

Marc McLaughlin took over the chiplead during Level 32 of the 2013 WSOP Main Event before dipping below Sylvain Loosli.

Level 32 of the 2013 WSOP came to an end with Sylvain Loosli out in front of the 18 remaining players with 20,940,000. Marc McLaughlin took the lead early during the third level of Day 7 when he won a massive pot involving Chris Lindh to rocket to over 20 million, before dropping back to 19 million.

The elimination of Anton Morgenstern was the continuation of an ugly trend as far as overnight chipleaders go. The last three players to finish their day as chipleader have failed to make it past the next day of play. Jon Lane led after Day 4 and was eliminated on Day 5, Sami Rustom was the man everybody was chasing after Day 5 and by the end of Day 6 he was a railbird with a story and Morgenstern had nearly 16% of the chips in play at on point on Day 7, only to bust well before the final table was reached.

Top Five Chip Counts:

  1. Sylvain Loosli – 20,940,000
  2. Marc McLaughlin – 19,090,000
  3. Jay Farber – 18,215,000
  4. JC Tran – 17,430,000
  5. Sergio Castelluccio – 12,757,000

Riess Scores a Double

Marc McLaughlin raised to 400,000 from early position before he was three-bet to 1.175 million by Chris Lindh from the small blind. Ryan Riess was in the big blind and moved all in for 2.25 million. McLaughlin folded and Lindh called off the extra 1.025 million.

Lindh was in bad shape when the cards were exposed. Lindh showed A T and Riess tabled A Q. The board ran out 9 3 2 J J to keep Riess in the lead and double him up to just over five million in chips

Farber Flushes on the River to Double

The short stacks fared well in the first 20 minutes of Level 32, and Jay Farber was among the players who managed to get their whole stack in during that period. A double wouldn’t come easily.

Fabian Ortiz raised to 400,000 from under the gun, Farber called on the button and Newhouse came along in the small blind. The flop was 5 3 2, Newhouse checked, Ortiz continued his aggression with a 600,000 chip bet and then Farber dropped the hammer, raising all in for 3,695,000.

Newhouse quickly got out of the way but Ortiz wouldn’t step aside so easily. He thought his decision over for a couple of minutes before electing to call the bet, putting Farber at risk for his tournament life. Ortiz’s 9 9 were ahead, but Farber had a world of outs with A T, with an ace, four, ten or club making his hand.

The board paired the 2 on the turn, one of the best cards Ortiz could have seen, but he could not dodge the draw as the T spiked Farber’s flush on the river and gave him a double-up to 9 million on the dot. Ortiz still had 8,305,000 after losing that pot.

Farber climbed even further after catching a straight on the river of a board reading 8 8 6 Q 9 and calling Newhouse down to win a 5.6 million chip pot. That increased his stack to over 13 million.

McLaughlin Climbs Over 20 Million

Chris Lindh raised to 425,000 and got a call from Marc McLoughlin from the big blind. They saw a flop of 5 4 4 and McLaughlin check-raised to 1.3 million. Lindh tossed in a call and they both watched the 7 peel off on the turn. McLoughlin bet 2.1 million and was called fairly quickly by Lindh.

The river was the 9 and McLaughlin fired 3.1 million, which was called fairly quickly by Lindh. Lindh mucked his hand after McLoughlin tabled Ax 4x. Lindh slipped to five million while McLaughlin has just over 21 million after that pot.

Loosli Takes a Big One from Newhouse

The chips moved around like crazy in the first 45 minutes of Level 32, with the short stacks going five-for-five in doubling up. The chip counts were bunched up and constantly shifting, but Sylvain Loosli got a hold of some chips at the expense of Mark Newhouse and established himself as the chipleader at the featured table.

Newhouse raised to 400,000, JC Tran was next to act and he called, and Loosli and Morgenstern came along in the blinds. The flop was 9 9 2 and all four players checked.

The turn was the 7 and all four players checked again. The river was the T, Loosli bet 750,000, Morgenstern folded, Newhouse raised to 2 million and Tran folded too. Loosli three-bet to 4.8 million and Newhouse didn’t take long to let it go.

Lehavot Levitates, Doubling Through Reed

Amir Lehavot’s chances of earning a second WSOP bracelet improved early in level 32 after doubling through Matthew Reed. Rep Porter opened with a raise from under the gun as Lehavot shoved for just over 2,000,000 chips with AJ. Reed called with KK and Porter got out of the way. Lehavot needed some help, and got it right away with the A33 flop. The board ran out TT to give Lehavot a much-needed boost in chips, moving to 5,000,000 as Reed dropped to 8,700,000.

Alexander Doubles Up Benefield and Coleman in Consecutive Hands

James Alexander played nearly every hand this level, but it did gone well. First, Maxx Coleman shoved from under the gun for his remaining 1,600,000 chips with 88 and Alexander called with J9. The board ran out K7327, moving Coleman to over 3,600,000 chips. On the next hand, Alexander opened from under the gun and David Benefield raised all-in. Alexander called with A2 as Benefield woke up with AA. The flop gave Alexander a flush draw K73 and the 2 turn gave Alexander more outs. But the 7 on the river meant Alexander fell to 13,000,000 chips as Benefield moved up to just over 6,000,000.

Drama on the River Keeps Rep Porter Alive

A few hands after doubling up two other players, James Alexander tried for a third time to eliminate a player, but for the third straight time, he failed. Alexander opened from the button to 475,000 as Rep Porter moved in from the small blind for over 4,500,000. Alexander gave it some thought, then eventually called. Once again, Alexander held a weak ace A2 against Porter’s 99. For the first time, Alexander would move ahead when the flop came down A73. The turn was the 4 leaving Porter with the two remaining nines in the deck. Porter’s rail exploded when he spiked the 9 on the river, leaving Alexander stunned. “Let’s go Rep!” shouted the rail, moving the former bracelet winner to 9,500,000 chips as Alexander slipped to just over 6,000,000.

David Benefield Eliminates Maxx Coleman in 21st Place

The action continues to intensify at the outer table as a player was finally eliminated. David Benefield moved all-in from the small blind with A3 as Maxx Coleman called with QJ. The flop was 742. The 5 on the turn left Coleman drawing dead, as the meaningless 7 fell on the river as Coleman was left to get his ticket confirming a 21st place finish, good for $285,408. Benefield now has over 6,000,000 chips.

Alexander Continues to Implode, Lehavot’s Turn to Double

James Alexander started the level with over 17,000,000 chips, but he lost most of them in the first hour. The decimation of his stack continued to the benefit of Amir Lehavot on one hand. Lehavot opened from under the gun as Alexander called from the small blind. On a flop of J95, Alexander checked, Lehavot bet out as Alexander shoved as Lehavot snap called with 55 for a flopped bottom set. Alexander showed J8 for a flush draw. The turn was the 5 giving Lehavot quads. Alexander now has less than 2,000,000 as Lehavot is now over 10,000,000.

Farber Clashes With Newhouse; Cracks 20 Million

From late position Jay Farber opened to 420,000. Mark Newhouse raised to 920,000 from the cutoff and action folded back to Farber who re-popped it to 1,720,000. Newhouse called and the two were heads-up to a flop of A T 5. Farber bet 2,350,000 and Newhouse called. The turn was the 3 and Farber moved all-in, having Newhouse covered. Newhouse shook his head and threw his hand into the muck, leaving himself with 8,760,000 while Farber hit his Day 7 high of 20,345,000.

Ortiz Caps Morgenstern’s Fall; Doubles Through, Then Elimates Him in 20th

Anton Morgenstern started Day 7 as the chipleader and built his stack during the first two hours of the day. Then he ran head first into Mark Newhouse and lost most of his stack by doubling Newhouse twice.

Fabian Ortiz would be the one to finish the job, though it took him two hands to get it done. On the first hand, Ortiz limped under the gun, Morgenstern raised to 575,000 and Ortiz called for almost 25 percent of his stack. The flop was Q J 4, Ortiz checked, Morgenstern put Ortiz all in and he called. Ortiz had Morgenstern outflopped with K Q against A K, and the K 4 did nothing to change it, doubling Ortiz to 4.9 million. Morgenstern had 2.5 million left.

On the next hand, Ortiz opened to 400,000, Morgenstern three-bet all in and, when it folded back around to him, Ortiz snap-called with A A. Morgenstern was in trouble with A J and got little help as it ran out 4 3 2 6 9, eliminating Morgenstern in 20th place. Ortiz built his stack up to 7,875,000 and, with 19 players left, the field was one elimination away from a complete redraw.

Alexander Doubles When In Dire Straits

Jason Alexander finally put a stop to the bleeding and found a double up to stay alive. In a blind vs. blind hand, Benefield open-shoved to put Alexander to the test. He called with A 9, Benefield tabled K Q and the cameras swarmed for the result.

The board ran T 9 6 T 7 and Alexander doubled to 3.3 million and Benefield just missed an opportunity to trim the field to the final two tables.

McLaughlin Slashes Riess

Marc McLaughlin opened from late position for 400,000 and Ryan Riess called in the big blind.

They both checked a flop of K 8 3 and Riess checked again on the 2 turn. McLaughlin fired out a bet of 600,000 and Riess called. The river brought the Q, Riess checked again and McLaughlin pushed out a bet of 775,000. Riess went into the tank and decided on a call. McLaughlin showed J 6 for a rivered flush, and enough to take the pot.

McLaughlin had amassed about 20.5 million in chips, while Riess slid to about 7 million after the hand.

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