The 2013 WSOP Main Event Hits the Money, Farzad Bonyadi Bubbles

WSOP TD Jack Effel with 2013 WSOP Main Event Bubble Boy Farzad Bonyadi. (Photo by Jay Newnum)

WSOP TD Jack Effel with 2013 WSOP Main Event Bubble Boy Farzad Bonyadi. (Photo by Jay Newnum)

The 2013 WSOP Main Event returned for Day 4 with 666 players all with one thing on their minds – the money bubble. Just 18 eliminations stood between all of the returning players and earning a cash in the most prestigious tournament in the world. After 70 minutes of play and three rounds of hand-for-hand play, Farzad Bonyadi was the unfortunate player to be the last eliminated without a payout.

The Amazon Room was buzzing during the first level with some of poker’s legends – Doyle Brunson, Erik Seidel and Michael Mizrachi competing for a cash alongside some of poker’s brightest young stars - Kyle Julius, Max Steinberg, Annette Obrestad and Brandon Meyers.

Hand-for-Hand Play

After 45 minutes of play, just before 1 pm, WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel instructed all dealers to complete the hand and stand. The field was spread over 73 tables and Effel warned of a three orbit penalty for players that were out of their seats. The tournament was paused for a few minutes while the field size was verified.

At ten minutes past one Effel informed the field that they were two players from the money and gave instructions for hand-for-hand play. Two tables reached an all in and a call on the bubble, but just one player was eliminated and another round was dealt.

Bubble Boy

Farzad Bonyadi was the unfortunate bubble boy, but not everything is bad news as traditionally the bubble boy has been awarded entry to the following year’s Main Event.

The all in and a call occurred between Bonaydi and Nick Schwarmann on a board of J 5 3 T K and action was held for all other hands to be played. There were two other tables with all ins, but the all in player survived at both. Effel instructed the players to open their hands with 50 minutes left on the tournament clock. Schwarmann opened A Q for Broadway and Bonaydi tabled A J for a pair of jacks. Three-time bracelet winner Bonyadi accepted defeat graciously and Effel made an announcement that he would be receiving a buy-in to 2014’s Main Event.

Consecutive Record Cashes

Ronnie Bardah, Christian Harder and Andrew Brokos all earned their fourth consecutive cash in the Main Event, which ties Chris Bjorin‘s record from 2008 through 2011. Bardah will collect his third cash of the series and Harder will have earned his fourth on the year. Brokos has seven WSOP cashes to his credit and six have been in the Main Event.

The Wisconsin Nuts

Mark Kroon and Eddie Blumenthal, both from Wisconsin, chopped a pot after they both played seven eight suited, better known as the Wisconsin Nuts according to the two men.

On a flop of 8 7 2 Blumenthal moved all in from the cutoff and Kroon called from middle position. The two players revealed there hands to much suprise.

“It’s the Wisconsin Nuts,” Kroon said as he watched Blumenthal turn over 8 7 and he himself flipped over 8 7.

The board completed Q 9 for a chopped pot but the two players were more concerned with their coincidental hands.

“How do we both play the Wisconsin Nuts?” Kroon asked.

“I’m going to be honest with you man, I didn’t have you on seven eight,” Blumenthal said.

“Hey Poker Ho, what happened,” Greg Mueller shouted from a near by table.

“This donkey played the Wisconsin nuts… I mean I did too, but I played spades. None of this heart stuff,” Kroon joked.

“That was the funnest chopped pot I’ve ever played,” Blumenthal said.

After the chop Kroon had about 390,000 and Blumethal had about 540,000.

Luke Schwartz Loses Monster Pot, Snaps

Luke Schwartz and Josh Pollock got entangled in a preflop raising war before more than 800,000 chips were in the middle. Schwartz looked to become chip leader, turning over A A against Pollock’s K K, but the flop crushed that opportunity.

The dealer spread a flop of K T 2 and nothing to save him on the 5 turn or Q river.

A visibly disturbed Schwartz stepped away from the table, knocked over a chair at another table, started pacing around the northeast corner of the Aamazon room, slammed his hand on another table and ripped down a curtain.

A tournament director approached Schwartz and issued him a one-round penalty.

A Rio employee was standing behind the curtain.

“I was hiding there,” the employee said. “I thought it was my supervisor or something.”

Schwartz was left with 385,000 and Pollock had 835,000.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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