Poker: Day 7

Day 7: Down to 13

July, 16, 2013
The dream has ended for Sergio Castelluccio, Bruno Kawauti, Chris Lindh, Fabian Ortiz and Jan Nakladal. The post-dinner action featured numerous changes in the chip lead and now only 13 remain the 2013 World Series of Poker main event.

The first three eliminations occurred at the secondary table with Nakladal's coming quick after players returned. The last Czech standing was coolered in 18th, running Q-Q into the A-A of Matt Reed. This was his first career WSOP cash. Reed used this momentum to jump into the top 10, but is seated in a tough spot with many big stacks surrounding him.

JC Tran headed to break second overall and his picking off Fabian Ortiz's river bluff is what propelled his run to the top. On a board of Ks-9c-7s-4h-6s, Ortiz moved all-in for 2.6 million and Tran tanked. He thought for a few minutes as his opponent sat back in his chair, avoiding eye contact. Finally, Tran put the chips in and Ortiz threw his A-Q dejectedly into the center of the table. Tran flipped over 9-8 and won the pot.

A few hands later, Chris Lindh three-bet all-in over an Marc McLaughlin open and was dominated as McLaughlin showed A-9. Lindh, with 10-9, flopped a gutshot straight draw (Kd-Qd-4d), but couldn't get there. The Goshen, N.Y., native turned Las Vegas resident was the final player at the $357,655 level.

When the final 15 returned from break, Rep Porter got lucky once again to score the elimination of Kawauti. The Brazilian rail got behind Kawauti's 10-10, but was silenced instantly as a seven-high flop gave Porter a set of sevens. Porter started the day 23rd out of 27 and now sits in ninth.

Castelluccio's exit came a few hands later as he ran A-5 into Amir Lehavot's K-K. Lehavot is now leading the field with 13 remaining.

Here are the chip counts:
1. Amir Lehavot (30.3 million in chips)
2. Sylvain Loosli (28.6 million)
3. Jay Farber (24.9 million)
4. JC Tran (22.9 million)
5. Marc McLaughlin (21.7 million)
6. David Benefield (12.3 million)
7. Matthew Reed (10.8 million)
8. Michiel Brummelhuis (8.5 million)
9. Rep Porter (7.8 million)
10. Carlos Mortensen (7.8 million)
11. Mark Newhouse (6.4 million)
12. Ryan Riess (6.1 million)
13. Alexander Livingston (3.9 million)
LAS VEGAS -- Mark Newhouse had been among the short stacks for the past two days, but things change quickly in two hours of the WSOP main event. Newhouse doubled up three times during the second level of play on Monday and is seemingly in control of the feature table. The 2006 World Poker Tour Borgata main event champion got lucky on his first confrontation, hitting the river against Jay Farber. Holding A-2, Newhouse was down to his final out on a board of K-J-10-6 against Farber's 9-9. Drawing thin, Newhouse hit a queen and doubled to six million in chips.

Later in the level Newhouse was willing to risk his tournament life on a coin flip, and topped the one-time chip leader Anton Morgenstern with A-Q over 8-8. Up to 11 million, the two tangled again in the biggest pot of the tournament just minutes before the break.

Morgenstern opened to 325,000 and Newhouse called. The flop of A-A-2 brought a bet by Morgenstern and a call by Newhouse, building the pot to nearly two million. Morgenstern bet again (750,000) after the turn 3 and the fireworks began. Newhouse raised to two million, Morgenstern reraised to 3.9 million and Newhouse moved all-in for a total of 10.9 million. Morgenstern thought, then called confidently, flipping over A-J. Newhouse threw his 2-2 on the felt with a fist pump and watched as the dealer placed a four on the river, putting the Day 6 chip leader on the verge of elimination. Newhouse has 22 million in chips on the break.

Play was relatively slow during Level 32 and there were only two eliminations during the past two hours. One of them was WPT champion and one of the top young players in the game, Yevgeniy Timoshenko. Since his run on early Day 6, Timoshenko was unable to build and has blinded down slowly for the past four or five levels. On his final hand, Timoshenko moved all-in for his last 2.1 million with A-8 and was dominated by the A-J of Jan Nakladal. The board brought two jacks and Timoshenko was felted in 22nd place.

Brazilian Bruno Kawauti was responsible for the other knockout of Clement Tripodi (K-K>A-Q) in 23rd. Only 21 players remain in the main event with action continuing until the final table of nine is reached.

If the final table were set right now, the players who would make up the November Nine are:

1. Mark Newhouse (21.9 million in chips)

2. James Alexander (17.2 million)

3. Sylvain Loosli (16.9 million)

4. Marc McLaughlin (15.7 million)

5. Chris Lindh (14.5 million)

6. JC Tran (13.0 million)

7. Gabian Ortiz (12.4 million)

8. Matthew Reed (10.9 million)

9. Carlos Mortensen (9.2 million)

Blinds are now 100,000/200,000 with a 30,000 ante. There will be a re-draw of tables when 18 players remain.
LAS VEGAS -- I've had chills since I walked into the Amazon Room this morning. The final day of the WSOP main event -- in July -- is here, and by the end of the night, we'll have our 2013 November Nine and a better idea of who will become the next world champion.

Steven Gee will not be returning to the final table in 2013 after another incredible main event run. The 2012 ninth-place finisher was cruising early with a knockout of Jorn Walthaus (26th place), but he moved all-in at the wrong time against chip leader Anton Morgenstern to finally find the exit. Gee opened from the small blind, Morgenstern three-bet from the big blind and Gee four-bet all-in. Morgenstern called instantly with 8-8 and had Gee in bad shape with 10-7. An eight flopped, and Gee received a warm ovation from the room as his quest for back-to-back final tables ended just short. He earned $285,408 for 24th.

Morgenstern had a first hour of relative inactivity, then became more aggressive as he felt out the dynamics at the feature table. He peaked near 30 million in chips, but gave away nearly four to JC Tran on the final hand of the level to finish with 26 million in chips. Tran was extremely active during the first two hours and is currently second in chips with 17 million.

At the secondary feature table, Chris Lindh benefited from a few key hands against Carlos Mortensen and has a five-million chip edge over his closest competitor at the table, Marc McLaughlin. Jason Mann was the only player eliminated from that table during the first level, moving all-in with 10-10 after a Q-5-5 flop. Lindh showed Q-9 and held to eliminate the one-time chip leader in 25th.

Benjamin Pollak was the other player eliminated during the first level, getting unlucky at the outside feature table as Maxx Coleman hit a straight with A-4 to top Pollak's 9-9.

If the final table were set right now, the players who would make up the November Nine are:

1. Anton Morgenstern (26.4 million in chips)

2. JC Tran (17.0 million)

3. Chris Lindh (15.8 million)

4. Sylvain Loosli (13.6 million)

5. James Alexander (13.1 million)

6. Fabian Ortiz (12.1 million)

7. Marc McLaughlin (10.5 million)

8. Carlos Mortsenen (9.5 million)

9. Sergio Castelluccio (8.6 million)