It took almost 14 hours to go from 33 players down to a final table of six on Day 5 of the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic – and the way it all came to an end might haunt Jared Jaffee’s nightmares for years to come.
Jaffee took the chiplead on Day 3 of this tournament and had one of the biggest stacks for almost two straight days from that point. After two other Champions Club members fell, Jaffee lost two coinflips seven-handed (with a double in between) to fall to under 10 big blinds. His luck would not improve before the end of the night, to say the least.
Brett Shaffer raised to 125,000 in early position, and Tobias Reinkemeier, Ryan Fee and Jared Jaffee called. The flop was 9 8 7, Reinkemeier led out for 175,000, Fee folded, Jaffee shoved, Shaffer folded and Reinkemeier called with Q Q. Jaffee had flopped the nuts with J T and simply needed to avoid runner-runner – only he couldn’t, as the 8 8 runout ended a nightmare hour by knocking Jaffee out in seventh.
Despite losing three WPT Champions Club members in a row to end Day 5, the final table is filled with quite a bit of pedigree. Shaffer, the chipleader with 4,290,000 won a bracelet at each of the last two World Series of Pokers while Reinkemeier (3,625,000) has just a hair under $9 million in lifetime live tournament earnings – to speak nothing of his stellar online record.
Garrett Greer (3,260,000) isn’t far behind in third, and he’s had one hell of a week on the way to his second career WPT final table. Just before the start of the tournament, Greer was one of seven players named a Season XIII BLUFF.com WPT One to Watch – and in his first effort out he’s five players away from a potentially life-changing first place prize of almost $1.5 million.
Ryan Fee had his first million dollar score by finishing second in the ACOP Super High Roller in Macau back in November – and he’s well within striking distance from fourth. Fee’s followed by Mohsin Charania, the lone former champion to make this final table – and his path to victory was an unlikely one to say the least.
“At the end of Day 1 I had 30,000,” said Charania, “And on Day 2, after re-entering, I ran it up and lost a really big hand to end the night and finish with 30,000. Day 3 ran it up, lost ace-king to ace-jack and finished with 30,000. I thought, ‘this is getting a little ridiculous’,”
Charania then Tweeted out a mission statement for the rest of the tournament.
Day 4 of @BellagioPoker the goal is to get above starting stack and stay there
— Mohsin Charania (@chicagocards1) December 18, 2014
“I felt like I was playing well, I was just losing all ins which you can’t control in poker,” said Charania. “Day 4 I got up to 500K, finished with 230, which I was still extremely thrilled with [after starting with] 30,000 at 8,000 big blind and somehow making the money. Today things ran really smoothly, got kings back to back and doubled twice, then with two tables left I got the softer table draw.”
Ryan Julius rounds out this final table, and while his brother Kyle has had a lot of success on the tournament circuit over the last few years Ryan has a chance to bring home the family’s first major title.
Day 5 started at a slow, deliberate pace. Sean Getzwiller (31st), Shaun Suller (29th) and Dan Heimiller each failed to make a pay jump, going out early in the day. Daniel Negreanu played for a little longer, but his chances of becoming the first two-time champion in the same WPT event were dashed in 25th. He was quickly followed by Rene Angelil (24th), Brandon Adams (22nd), Fabian Quoss (21st), Chris Bolek (20th) and Jean Gaspard (19th).
Aaron Massey made another pay jump, but he was the first to go out after the two-table redraw, in 18th. Players continued to fall as Issac Baron (15th), Jacob Bazeley (14th) and Adam Bilzerian (13th) each earned themselves over $15,000 – and then things came to a virtual stand-still 12-handed.
Reinkemeier doubled through Fee, and Chane Kampanatsanyakorn found a double through Keven Stammen. Finally, after Stammen opened for a raise to 65,000, Yi Fang three-bet all in for 675,000. Charania called in the small blind and Stammen got out of the way – pitting Charania’s T T against Fang’s Q 8. As he’s done in the past on a number of occasions, Fang called several times for ‘ladies’ to help him come from behind – and while he managed to flop an open-ended straight draw on the 7 6 5 flop, the K turn and 5 river would not help, jettisoning the former chipleader in 12th.
Kampanatsanyakorn got short, and with just over 11 big blinds he open-shoved from the hijack. Jaffee called in the small blind with A J but Kampanatsanyakorn’s A Q was best going into the flop. The 9 3 3 flop brought some chop possibilities, but the J took Jaffee from a big deficit into a commanding lead. Kampanatsanyakorn failed to hit a three-outer of his own on the 6 river and his tournament came to an end in 11th.
The final 10 redrew to a single table, and it didn’t take long for the first all in pot to develop between Shaffer and Thomas Winters. Shaffer opened to 65,000 in the hijack and Winters three-bet all in for 940,000 – which Shaffer called, tabling A K. Winters looked poised for a double with K K until the A 8 6 flop suddenly left him with just one out. The 4 turn and 8 river were not the miraculous counter suckout that Winters needed, and he was out in 10th – while Shaffer rocketed up the counts into the lead.
Four of the final nine players had a WPT title to their credit, but another WPT final table was simply not in the cards for Will Failla on this day. He raised in early position, and Greer and Reinkemeier came along to see a J 9 3 flop. It checked to Greer, who led out for 125,000, Reinkemeier folded and Failla raised all in for 675,000 – which Greer quickly called, tabling 9 9 for middle set. Failla’s top pair, top kicker A J needed runners, and with the 5 turn his fate as the ninth place finisher was sealed.
Eight-handed play carried on for a long time as the pressure to make the final table mounted. Shaffer continued to build on his chiplead, while Fee and Reinkemeier each climbed back from the edge of destruction. Stammen would eventually be the odd man out, as he shipped all in from the button and Greer re-shoved from the small blind. Greer’s Q Q held against Stammen’s 8 8, and the second consecutive WPT Champions Club member hit the rail – putting the final seven on the official final table bubble.
Jaffee would eventually meet his demise in brutal fashion, but it wouldn’t come quickly. He doubled Julius up after losing a coinflip, then gave Reinkemeier a double after shoving with Q T on a K 7 2 T board and running into K Q. Jaffee did double through Fee once, but Fee quickly returned the favor as another coinflip went the wrong way. Just two hands later Jaffee would meet his fate.
The final table is set to resume at 4 pm PST, when these final six come back to battle it out for almost $1.5 million and the final WPT title of 2014.
2014 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic – Final Table Chip Counts
- Brett Shaffer – 4,290,000
- Tobias Reinkemeier – 3,625,000
- Garrett Greer – 3,260,000
- Ryan Fee – 3,055,000
- Mohsin Charania – 2,415,000
- Ryan Julius – 940,000
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