Poker: Rep Porter

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)
James Alexander began the last level in second place out of the final 22 in chips with 17 million. Alexander was eliminated in 19th place.

Seated at the outside feature table, Alexander unraveled in a hurry. He doubled up Maxx Coleman (J-9<8-8), David Benefield (A-2<A-A), Rep Porter (A-2<9-9) and finally Amir Lehavot (J-8<5-5). He got some back with a double of his own against Benefield (A-9>K-Q) but still could not keep his composure. With 12 minutes left in the level, Lehavot opened from under the gun and Alexander three-bet all-in with A-7. Alexander was dominated by Lehavot's A-10, and the drama ended quickly when a 10 came on the flop. Alexander was the final elimination before the redraw at the dinner break.

The player who entered the day with the chip lead, Anton Morgenstern, also didn't make it to dinner. The German cash-game pro gave most of his chips to Mark Newhouse during the second level of play, then ran into Fabian Ortiz on back-to-back hands and lost A-K to K-Q, then A-J to A-A to be eliminated in 20th place. Newhouse had the lead going into this past level but has dropped to 14th.

The only other elimination during the level was Maxx Coleman's, which happened during Alexander's blow-up. Benefield moved all-in from the small blind with A-3, and Coleman called off his stack with Q-J. As Benefield turned a wheel, Coleman shrugged and headed to the cage to collect his $285,408.

Jay Farber made the biggest strides during the third level today and is third in chips entering the dinner break. His key hand came against Ortiz as he moved all-in with Ac-10s on a 5c-3c-2c board. Ortiz showed 9c-9d and basically needed to fade the world to win the hand. Farber needed an ace, club, four or 10, and his hands reached for his head after an innocuous 2 on the turn. With bated breath and a rail of 10 standing directly behind Farber, the dealer placed a 10c on the river and Farber doubled up. The Las Vegas club promoter and cash gamer celebrated and continued to add to his stack for the rest of the level to finish with 18.9 million in chips.

Marc McLaughlin headed to the break second in chips after a near-perfect start to Day 7. He began play with 5.4 million in chips and has had his way with former big stack Chris Lindh to reach his 1 19 million-chip peak. Sylvain Loosli is the chip leader and the only player over 20 million. He took a few pots from Newhouse during the last level to chip up to this point.

Two of the players who held the shortest stacks to enter the day, Porter and Benefield, have moved up to the middle of the pack.

Here are the chip counts:
1. Sylvain Loosli (20.9 million in chips)
2. Jay Farber (18.7 million)
3. Marc McLaughlin (18.3 million)
4. Amir Lehavot (17.5 million)
5. JC Tran (17.4 million)
6. Sergio Castelluccio (12.5 million)
7. Michiel Brummelhuis (10.3 million)
8. Matthew Reed (10.0 million)
9. Carlos Mortensen (9.7 million)
10. David Benefield (8.6 million)
11. Fabian Ortiz (8.1 million)
12. Bruno Kawauti (7.6 million)
13. Rep Porter (7.4 million)
14. Mark Newhouse (5.9 million)
15. Alexander Livingston (5.2 million)
16. Ryan Riess (4.8 million)
17. Chris Lindh (3.9 million)
18. Jan Nakladal (3.1 million)