And then there were six! Eighteen players returned to the poker felt for Day 4 of the WPT World Championship and every one of them had high hopes of remaining the last man standing. But in order to achieve this performance, they first had to survive the fifth day of the season finale. And six of them did.
The rest fell just short, leaving the tournament wondering what could have been if…
David Grandieri is one of those players as he was first to hit the rail in 18th place. WPT LA Poker Classic runner-up Glenn Lafaye and 2013 Florida State Poker champion Hans Winzeler followed him, settling for min-cashes of over $41,000.
Justin Young was the next to go, eliminated in 15th place after making a move with #3d#3c and running into #qd#qs. He also finished deep in this year’s WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars (16th) and WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (13th).
Fourteenth place finisher Chris O’Rourke ran into the same pair of queens after shoving his #9h#9d hand, while Ray Qartmoy couldn’t improve his odds in a #kh#qd vs. #as#8d battle.
The 2013 Borgata Spring Poker Open champion, Bobby Oboodi, left the WPT Championship in 12th place for over $63,000 after failing to dodge his opponent’s outs with his #6d#6c.
The 11th place finisher and the unofficial final table bubble boy was Day 2 and Day 3 chip leader Eric Afriat. He started the day with 126 big blinds and lost a big pot early on after calling Anthony Gregg’s last bet on a board showing #10c#6s#5s#3h#3s. Gregg had #ad#as and Afriat chose to muck his holding.
In his last hand, the Canadian called down three streets for his tournament life but couldn’t beat Byron Kaverman’s two pairs.
Ten-handed play lasted under 20 minutes as two-time WSOP bracelet winner Brock Parker hit the rail after running into an overpair with his #9c#9d.
Corey Hochman was the ninth-place finisher for almost $100,000 while Tom Dobrilovic cashed in over $143,000 after losing with #3c#3d against #10d#10s.
WPT Champions Club member and 2013 WSOP $111,111 One Drop High Roller winner Anthony Gregg called it a day finishing in 7th spot for almost $190,000. The 45th hand of the unofficial final table brought him the bad news. Gregg entered a three-way pot from the small blind and check-raised on a #qc#9h#8d#9c board only to witness another raise. Eventually Gregg was all-in showing #kc#9s. His trips, however, weren’t good enough as his opponent Keven Stammen held #jd#10h for the straight.
The final table play will resume today starting at 4:00 PM ET. Here is a look at the names and chip counts for the start of the final day:
- Keven Stammen – 5,650,000 (113 BB)
- Byron Kaverman – 4,070,000 (81 BB)
- Abe Korotki – 2,560,000 (51 BB)
- Curt Kohlberg – 1,580,000 (31 BB)
- Tony Dunst – 1,330,000 (26 BB)
- Ryan D’Angelo – 1,220,000 (24 BB)
Be sure to check PokerUpdate for the outcome of the last WPT event of Season XII.