Poker: Noah Schwartz

The payout confirmation table attendants' heads are drooping in boredom in the far corner of the Amazon Room. With significant money on the line with every pay jump and players showing great patience at this stage in the tournament, eliminations have come sporadically. Only 11 players have been eliminated over the past two hours, including tournament regulars Noah Schwartz and Brett Richey.

Richey had been short stacked all day... actually, for the past three days. He fought incredibly well on Day 5 and just when he was able to chip up over two million, he lost a pot to Alex Bilokur and had trouble getting back on track for the rest of the night. He began Day 6 with a double up against Nicolas Le Floch, but ran K-Q into James Alexander's A-A and was eliminated in 54th place. This was Richey's 18th career WSOP cash and fourth main event cash since 2006.

At an outer feature table, it appeared that just when Schwartz had rebounded from the early cooler, he found yet another one. Bryan Pellegrino min-raised to 120,000 and by the time Schwartz's chips were in the center, so were Pellegrino's. Schwartz showed 7-7 and failed to top aces for the second time in three hours. He finished in 52nd. Pellegrino is known to the online world as "PrimordialAA," but he should be a familiar face to WSOP fans as he's finished in the top 160 in three of the past four years.

On the double-up front, JC Tran found his way into the top 10 by cracking Jorn Walthaus's A-A with 8-8 after the chips went in on a K-8-6 flop. Tran then doubled up the last woman standing, Jackie Glazier, calling her all-in with A-Q against A-K. Glazer now has stack comparable to that of Steven Gee, who also doubled up in the past hour.

The main event dream has ended for:

51. Jim Collopy ($151,063)
52. Noah Schwartz ($151,063)
53. Rachid Ben Cherif ($151,063)
54. Darryl Ronconi ($123,597)
55. Brett Richey ($123,597)
56. Robert Damelian ($123,597)
57. Brendan O'Neal ($123,597)
58. Keanu Tabali ($123,597)
59. Steven Watts ($123,597)
60. Andrea Dato ($123,597)

The current chip leaders are:
1. Yevgeniy Timoshenko (9.6 million in chips)
2. Sylvain Loosli (9.3 million)
3. JC Tran (7.9 million)
4. Marc McLaughlin (7.8 million)
5. Sami Rustom (7.4 million)

Small blinds: The agents have arrived. Not sure what the players are signing for, but at least there are attempts going on. ... It's fun to see what other pros show up to sweat the remaining players. It's about now we start to hear what players have pieces out, swaps, etc. ... The average stack is 3.8 million. The blinds are 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante. ... The minimum payout at this point is $151,063.
There's a different feeling of tension in the Amazon Room today. The comfortable atmosphere of players casually playing in the main event has been replaced by heightened emotions and endless confrontations in which one wrong decision could thwart a deep run in the main event and possibly a final table appearance.

Eight players have been eliminated in the first hour of play, but the most intriguing hand that took place was a triple-up by WPT champion Noah Schwartz. On the second hand of the day, Schwartz ran kings into Jay Farber's aces and doubled up the Las Vegas club promoter and cash-game rounder. A few hands later, Jonathan Jaffe opened, and with only 500,000 left, Schwartz put his money in the center. Farber, next to act, called and the dealer announced "all-in and a call" which signals the TV cameras to come over and film. Farber was unaware of any action ahead of him and flipped over his cards: A-8. With Farber's hand exposed, the action was now on Jaffe, who moved all-in. Farber folded and Schwartz hit a king on the turn to triple up.

Farber was given a one-round penalty for exposing his hand out of turn and told me that if he knew there was action in front of him he probably wouldn't have called.

At the feature table, Yevgeniy Timoshenko has started off strong and added nearly 4 million to his stack to become the chip lead. The WPT, WCOOP and APT champion got richer as opponent Keanu Tabali (3-3) made a weaker full house on the river and paid him off. With K-Q, Timoshenko captured the 7 million chip pot after a board of K-K-8-Q-3.

The main event dream has ended for:

61. Erkut Yilmaz ($123,597)
62. Vladimir Geshkenbein ($123,597)
63. Cero Zuccarello ($123,597)
64. Marc Emond ($102,102)
65. Corrie Wunstel ($102,102)
66. Yann Dionn ($102,102)
67. Simon Ravnsbaek ($102,102)
68. Tyler Cornell ($102,102)

The current chip leaders are:
1. Yevgeniy Timoshenko (8.1 million in chips)
2. Marc McLaughlin (7.3 million)
3. Sami Rustom (7 million)
4. Jason Mann (6.5 million)
5. Matthew Reed (5.9 million)

Small blinds: All remaining players will earn at least $123,597. The next money jump comes at 54th ($151,063). ... Play will continue today for five levels or until there are only 18 players remaining. ... Jackie Glazier is getting a lot of rail support at the feature table. ... If you're in Vegas, come down and watch. It's free. Today is one of the best days of the main event. I'll probably say the same thing tomorrow.

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