EVENT #165/6/98

DEUCE to SEVEN (No Limit) $5,000
The Final Table
How they finished
Live From the 'Shoe
The Play-by-Play

The View from the Rail


The Championship Event buy-in is $10,000. Win or lose, that's all it costs. The $5,000 Deuce-to-Seven Event, with unlimited re-buys can cost $20,000 and more.

The Championship event is about pride. The Deuce-to-Seven is about ego.

No-Limit Draw, with No-Limit Egos.

At $5,000 a re-buy, It's Bankroll Chicken, Baby. BUY A BRACELET TIME.


With only 26 entries, making the Final Table isn't enough to get you your money back. You have to finish fifth or better to get into the money. If you've had two or more re-buys, even fifth place won't get you unstuck.

Defending champ, Johnny Chan reaches his re-buy limit and leaves the game early.

With 19 players left, Doyle Brunson, John Bonetti, Phil Hellmuth, Ted Forrest and Mickey Appelman have above average stacks.

David Grey, Steve Zolotow, Wil Wilkinson, Chris Bjorin and Bruce Kuhlman have below average stacks.

Erik Seidel, Howard Lederer, Lyle Berman, Danny Dang, Barry Greenstein, Jim Bechtel, Bob Stupak and Roy Thung are all in the middle. The re-buy period is over.

With two tables left, Phil Hellmuth has taken some hits, as has Mickey Appelman. David Grey found some chips, as has Wil Wilkinson and Erik Seidel.

Soon, Dang, Zolotow, Bechtel, Bonetti, Appelman, Bjorin, Greenstein and Kuhlman are gone.

We are down to 10.

From all reports, Lyle Berman is easily the richest of the players. He has a, presumably fake, gold ingot that he sets his chips on. On it is inscribed the words "Life is good." Indeed.

In the game of "Bankroll Chicken", Lyle Berman is Frank Perdue. But that couldn't help Berman today, he finished 10th.

Howard Lederer, Annie Duke's older brother, finished 9th, which was one off the Final Table, but well out of the money.

The Final Table:

Seat 1Ted Forrest$25,000Las Vegas
Seat 2Wil Wilkinson70,000Pacheco CA
Seat 3Doyle Brunson15,000Las Vegas
Seat 4Bob Stupak15,000Las Vegas
Seat 5David Grey85,000Las Vegas
Seat 6Roy Thung40,000White Plains NY
Seat 7Phil Hellmuth15,000Palo Alto CA
Seat 8Erik Seidel30,000Las Vegas

Prize Money


Six minutes into the Final Table, Bob Stupak has a run-in with David Grey. Bob goes all-in with a one card draw to a six. David calls and draws one to a seven. Bob catches an Ace, and is sent packing by David who draws a ten.

Eleven minutes later, Phil Helmuth goes all-in, in early position with about $10,000 to go, and after there were no callers for Erik Seidel's re-raise, they both stood pat. Erik had a better Jack, and Phil was out, in 7th place.

Ted Forrest can't see the money for the trees. He's leading in the "Close But No Cigar" category for this year's World Series.

In a hand that Forrest probably still can't believe, Erik Seidel called Ted's all-in bet and took 3 cards!!! Ted, who let us all see his cards, including Erik Seidel who came around the table to look, had A 10 10 9 5. Remember an Ace is the worst card in Deuce-to-Seven, as it is high only.

Forrest threw away the Ace and one of the 10's. Erik Seidel's draw came 2 5 6 to give him an 8 6. Forrest was drawing dead with 10 9 8 5, when a second 8 came. Without knowing how many re-buys Ted Forrest made, we do know he played for over ten hours, and paid at least $5,000 for the privilege of finishing one out of the money in 6th..


Roy Thung went all-in with a 10 7, taking one card. Doyle Brunson called and took two. Now it was Roy who was drawing dead. Doyle caught a 9 8. Thung was 5th.

David Grey, who had been so hot before the Final Table, was so not, at it. Finally, his 10 8 lost to Wil Wilkinson's 9 7 and David was a Grey 4th.

Doyle Brunson has been a dominant player in every Event he's played in, except the first one. Already with a 1st, 2nd and 10th, Doyle fights to the last. He caught a 10 on his draw to lose to Erik Seidel's made 9. Brunson now has a 3rd to go with his other finishes.

Wil Wilkinson started the heads up play with a $165,000 to $130,000 lead over Erik Seidel. At first Seidel controlled the play, then Wilkinson fought back to even. That was Wil's last gasp. Seidel ran Wilkinson into the felt. Once having a better Jack, and then winning a large pot with a pair of 3's over Wilkinson's pair of 7's.

Seidel built up a 5/1 chip lead, and on the final hand, Wilkinson called Seidel's button raise with his last chips, and then rapped pat. Seidel stayed pat also, and his Jack low beat Wilkinson's Queen low, for the title.

In an ego driven Event, one of the seemingly most humble superstars in this business - Erik Seidel - took home the shekels and the bracelet.


$5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven
26 Entries - 33 Re-buys
$295,000 Prize Pool

1.Erik SeidelLas Vegas$132,750
2.Wil WilkinsonPacheco CA73,750
3.Doyle BrunsonLas Vegas44,250
4.David GreyLas Vegas29,500
5.Roy ThungWhite Plains NY14,750


(Patty Hughes and Rudy Lotief)

The No-Limit Super Satellites start each evening at 8:40 PM in the Satellite area. The Entry Fee is $220 for $200 in Tournament chips and there are unlimited $200 re-buys during the first hour, if you have less than $200 in Tournament chips. You may also make a single or double add-on at the end of the re-buy period. Blinds start at $5/$10 and increase every 20 minutes. Available monies will be converted into non-negotiable, non-transferable, non-refundable seats in the $10,000 World Championship event, with at least $5,000 in cash and $500 Lammers being divided among the final table players.


(Becky Kerber, Barbara Lotief and Terry Vanderlip)

Single Table Satellites are run continuously 21 hours every day (8:00 AM until 5:00 AM) and usually last around 90 minutes. There are featured Satellites each day for the next day's event, as well as other Satellites depending on demand. Single Table Satellites for the $10,000 Main event and for the next no-limit Holdem event are spread frequently. Binion's charges $10 per player in a Satellite.

For the $320 buy-in No Limit Holdem Satellites, ten Players start with $1,200 each in chips. The blinds start at $10/$25, increase every 15 minutes, and the winner gets six $500 Lammers plus $100 in cash.

For the $1,010 buy-in Single Table $10,000 Satellites, ten players start with $4,000 each in chips. The blinds start at $25/50 and increase every 20 minutes. The winner gets a non-transferrable seat in the Championship Event.

There were two Final Tables played on Wednesday. Pot Limit Holdem and No Limit Deuce to Seven (which was a one day Event). There will not be a Final Table on Thursday, so our next WSOP report will be on Friday's $3000 No Limit Holdem Event #17.

The Temperature sign atop Binion's Horseshoe read 71 degrees at 3:00 PM on Wednesday afternoon. The sky was partly cloudy, sunny, blue and clear. The wind was out of the SW at 15mph, gusting to 25mph most of the day.

With six players left at the Final Table, Lyle Berman walks in, hands Jack McClelland a $100 bill, and announces that he is placing a $100 bounty on Doyle Brunson (who is the short stack).

Erik Seidel eventually earned the bounty.

As Phil Helmuth Jr. left the Final Table, after standing pat with a Jack low, when he was all-in, and then losing to Erik Seidel who also stood pat, with a better Jack low, Phil said to Erik, "That is the worst tournament play I have seen all day. How could you stand pat with that hand? What did you think I had, a Queen?"

19981997CUM DIFF
Event #1$2000 Holdem5:322:36+ 2:56
Event #2$1500 Razz4:374:023:31
Event #3$1500 Omaha3:003:592:32
Event #4$1500 Stud2:393:581:13
Event #5$1500 PL Omaha5:063:412:38
Event #6$1500 Stud Hi/Lo 83:513:083:21
Event #7$2000 NL Holdem1:593:221:58
Event #8$2000 Omaha Hi/Lo 83:493:282:19
Event #9$2000 PL Holdem4:123:113:20
Event #10$2500 Stud3:124:102:22
Event #11$2500 PL Omaha3:213:451:58
Event #12$2500 Stud Hi/Lo 85:314:123:17
Event #13$3000 Holdem5:084:263:59
Event #14$3000 Omaha Hi/Lo 83:084:262:41
Event #15$3000 PL Holdem3:562:234:14
Event #16$5000 NL 2 to 73:182:414:41


First 16 Events: $7,076,000 (1998) vs $7,393,000 (1997)


It is not likely that a Deal was made in today's $5000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Event.

Event #1$2000 HoldemDeal Unlikely
Event #2$1500 RazzDeal Unlikely
Event #3$1500 OmahaDeal Probable
Event #4$1500 7 StudDeal Probable
Event #5$1500 PL OmahaDeal Probable
Event #6$1500 Stud Hi/LO 8Deal Probable
Event #7$2000 NL HoldemDeal Unlikely
Event #8$2000 Omaha Hi/Lo 8Deal Probable
Event #9$2000 PL HoldemDeal Unlikely
Event #10$2500 7 StudDeal Probable
Event #11$2500 PL OmahaDeal Unlikely
Event #12$2500 Stud Hi/Lo 8Deal Probable
Event #13$3000 Limit HoldemDeal Unlikely
Event #14$3000 Omaha Hi/Lo *Deal Probable
Event #15$3000 PL HoldemDeal Unlikely
Event #16$5000 NL Deuce to SevenDeal Unlikely

Formal, official Deals at the WSOP are done in private, under the supervision and guidance of Jack McClelland, WSOP Tournament Co-ordinator. Deals represent a reallocation, or split of the announced remaining prize pool, that is agreeable to all remaining players. All remaining players do not have to participate in an official Deal, as long as all remaining players give their consent.

All pay outs by Binion's, and the tax reporting will reflect the Deal allocation, but press releases and official WSOP earnings reflect the scheduled, announced pay outs.

Jack McClelland tries to immediately squelch any "Deal talking" in the Final Table area, and will stop the playing clock and allow a "Deal break" at any time.

A normal Deal will probably allocate the bulk of the remaining prize pool equally (or unequally, relative to chip count, perceived ability, bargaining skills etc.) between the remaining participants, with a small portion (perhaps 10 % or so) and the Title going to the eventual winner. Some deals may earmark some of the un allocated portion to the eventual second or third place finisher, in addition to the allocation for the first place money.

Binion's attempts to prevent private Deals, which are unenforceable and may present tax complications, by the participants. Binion's probably would prefer a Deal free environment all together, but recognizes that a top heavy pay out structure is conducive to Deals, and has arrived at the current procedure as the best solution.


Any player abusing employees or other players, either verbally or physically (swearing, throwing cards, etc.) or disrupting the tournament will be penalized. The following will be the MINIMUM penalty imposed:

FIRST OFFENSE - 20 minutes away from the table. (Blinds and/or antes to be forfeited)
SECOND OFFENSE - 40 minutes away from the table.
THIRD OFFENSE - Disqualification

The WSOP Floorpeople will be strictly enforcing the rules, with zero tolerance. Every player starts each Event with a clean slate as far as penalties are concerned.


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Barry Shulman20 Minutes
Ray Dehkharghani20 Minutes
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Phil Tanner20 Minutes
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Thi Thi Tran20 Minutes
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Jack McClelland is assisted by Steve Morrow and Jeff Vanderlip as Assistant Tournament Coordinators.

The 1998 WSOP continues the two-day format that was inaugurated last year, for most of the tournaments. Also, all two-day events start one level lower than in past years, and each level at the Final Table has been lengthened from 60 minutes to 80 minutes. Limit Holdem and Omaha events have two new levels of betting. First day play continues until the field is reduced to the Final Table, and Final Table play begins at 4:00 PM on the second day.

In addition to the money and a gold bracelet, each winner of a 1998 WSOP Event will get free rooms at next year's WSOP. If you win more than one Event, you can roll subsequent hotel accommodations over to later years.

The extra betting levels added to this year's WSOP Events, and the longer duration of levels at the Final Table, "promised increased playability and a higher expected return for the skilled player."

If "skilled player" equates to well known "world class player", then the the higher expected return for the skilled player has not been happening.

Except for a few scattered exceptions, the 1998 WSOP has been dominated by lesser lights and relatively unknown players.


Shift Supervisors Jimmy Stefan, John Buchanan, Tony Shelton and Cathy Wood run the Poker room where the lower limit games are played.

Games being spread on 30 April:

2 - 1/4/8 Holdem2 - 10/20 Omaha 8
2 - 4/8 Holdem2 - 15/30 Holdem
1 - 4/8 Omaha Hi2 - 20/40 Holdem
1 - 1/5 7Stud1 - 20/40 Omaha 8
1 - 4/8 Omaha 82 - 30/60 Holdem
2 - 10/20 Holdem1 - 20/40 ROE
1 - 10/20 Omaha Hi


Shift Supervisors John "Scoff" Sheffield, Kathy Hudson and Marshall Kassoff run the higher limit games on the south end of the Tournament Pavilion.

Games being spread on 30 April:

1 - 5/5/10 PL Omaha/PL Holdem2 - 50/100 7Stud 8
3 - 5/5/10 PL Holdem1 - 10/25 PL OmahaPL
1 - 25/25 PL Holdem1 - 75/150 Holdem
1 - 25/50 PL Holdem1 - 75/150 7Stud 8
1 - 25/50 PL Omaha1 - 50/100 Razz
1 - 50/100 7Stud1 - 200/400 HORSE
1 - 50/100 Holdem1 - 100/200/400 2 to 7
1 - 100/200 Omaha1 - 150/300
2 - 50/100 Omaha 81 - 150/300 ROE
1 - 10/10 NL Holdem1 - 600/1200 HOE


Updated Through 8:00 PM Wednesday 6 MAY 1988

1.Brent Carter
2.Randy Holland
3.Gary Lent
4.Hieu Ma
5.Milt Meyers
6.Marsha Waggoner
7.Michael Pancer
8.Bob Walker
9.David Tagg
10.Steve Kaufman
11.Barbara Enright
12.Steve Rydel
13.Joe Baumgartner
14.R. London
15.Paul Hoenke
16.Allen Cunningham
17.John Bonetti
18.Frank Hernandez
19.R.W. Miller
20.Men "The Master" Nguyen
21.Casey Kastle
22.J.C. Pearson
23.John Morgan
24.Jim Bechtel
25.Peter Vilandos
26.Bill Lester
27.Cliff Davis
28.Debbie Burkhead
29.James Brown
30.Jack Green
31.Peter Brehm
32.Don Barton
33.John Richman
34.Luis Santoni
35.Jack Fox
36.Flan "Irish Mike" Pilkington
37.Chris "Jesus" Ferguson
38.O'Neil Longson
39.Thor Hansen
40.Frank Landen
41.Greg Turk
42.John Gledhill
43.Ralph Hoots
44.David Rubin
45.Justin Westmoreland
46.John Juanda
47."Super" Mario Esquerra
48.Jim Bayton
49.Doug Segers
50.John Spadaveccia
51.Greg Alston
52.Jan Lundberg
53."Miami" John Cernuto
54.John Heaney
55.Don Holt
56.John Gordon
57.Kent Hori
58.Fariborz Azima
59.Hans "Tuna" Lund
60.Bob Karp
61.Erik Seidel
62.David Welch
63.Rick Young
64.Asher Derei
65.Charles Watkins
66.Paul Honas
67.Paul Ladanyi
68.Blair Rodman
69.Huck Seed
70.LA Hung
71.Frank Wong
72.Bill Gazes
73.Tony Lantz
74.Brian Kruger
75.Bob Loar
76.Jim Karambinis
77.Howard Lederer
78.Robert Perry
79.Larry Satterwhite
80.Andy Lin
81.Chris Tsiprailidis
82.Louis Asmo
83.Lucy Rokach
84.Scott Gray
85.Kevin Song
86.Nhut Tran
87.Lee Watkinson
88.Roy Flowerday
89."Amazon" Erik Alps
90.William Strother
91.H.R. Smith
92.Mark Rose
93.Mark Napolitano
94.Amarillo "Slim" Preston
95."Q" Knopow
96.Richard Harroch
97.Gary Haubelt
98.Bruce Yamron
99.Gus Echeverri
100.Susie Isaacs
101.Matt Lefkowitz
102.Michael Konik
103.Dana Ronaco
104.Pete Haygan


"Amazon" Erik Alps
Greg Alston
Derei Asher
Louis Asmo
Don Barton
Joe Baumgartner
Jim Bayton
Jim Bechtel
John Bonetti
Peter Brehm
Jim Brown
Debbie Burkhead
Brent Carter
"Miami" John Cernuto
Allen Cunningham
Cliff Davis
Gus Echeverri
Barbara Enright
Super Mario Esquerra
Azima Fariborz
Chris "Jesus" Ferguson
Roy Flowerday
Jack Fox
Bill Gazes
John Gledhill
John Gordon
Scott Gray
Jack Green
Thor Hansen
Richard Harroch
Gary Haubelt
Pete Haugan
John Heaney
Frank Hernandez
Paul Hoenke
Randy Holland
Don Holt
Paul Honas
Ralph Hoots
Kent Hori
LA Hung
Susie Isaacs
Casey Kastle
Steve Kaufman
"Q" Knopow
John Juanda
Jim Karambinis
Bob Karp
Michael Konik
Brian Kruger
Paul Ladanyi
Frank Landen
Tony Lantz
Howard Lederer
Matt Lefkowitz
Gary Lent
Bill Lester
Andy Lin
Bob Loar
R. London
O'Neil Longson
Hans "Tuna" Lund
Jan Lundberg
Hieu Ma
Milt Meyers
R.W. Miller
John Morgan
Mark Napolitano
Men Nguyen
Michael Pancer
J.C. Pearson
Robert Perry
Flan "Irish Mike" Pilkington
Amarillo "Slim" Preston
John Richman
Blair Rodman
Lucy Rokach
Dana Ronaco
Mark Rose
David Rubin
Steve Rydel
Luis Santoni
Larry Satterwhite
Huck Seed
Erik Seidel
Doug Segers
H.R. Smith
Kevin Song
John Spadaveccia
William Strother
David Tagg
Nhut Tran
Chris Tsiprailidis
Greg Turk
Peter Vilandos
Marsha Waggoner
Bob Walker
Charles Watkins
Lee Watkinson
David Welch
Justin Westmoreland
Frank Wong
Bruce Yamron
Rick Young

The WSOP Report

Overcoming one of the most elite fields in poker, Eric Seidel captured the $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw event to win his fourth World Series gold bracelet. The late-night victory for the 38 year-old onetime top backgammon player and Wall Street options trader propelled him from 16th to 12th place on the Top Money Winners list, with earnings of $1,248,586, just $96 short of John Bonetti in 11th place.

"I never expected to win, not at all," Seidel said. "I feel this event has the strongest players, so it takes a lot of luck to get through the field. Tonight I got there when I needed to, hitting a number of draws while my opponents didn't hit theirs in many cases."

This was Seidel's 13th final table and 18th money finish at the World Series; he was runner-up to Johnny Chan in the 1988 Championship event. He said tonight, "I'm very happy about my World Series record."

Seidel claimed the title after a 90-minute heads-up contest with Wil Wilkinson who started with a $165,000 to $130,000 chip advantage. That position changed radically in a key hand 24 minutes into the fray when Wilkinson drew one card in a large pot and bet $30,000 while Seidel, who drew two, called with 10-7-6-4-3. Wilkinson, with 2-3-4-7, had paired. Although Wilkinson nearly got even when, with K-J-10-4-2, he called a $25,000 bluffing bet by Seidel, it was never close after that. Wilkinson was mortally crippled in a raised pot when both took two cards and Seidel showed down J-8-7-6-4, nipping J-9-6-5-2. In the final hand, with both players standing pat, Seidel took the title with J-9-5-3-2 against Wilkinson's Q-10-9-8-6.

"I feel like I was lucky to get here and I'd have liked to be a little bit luckier at the finish," said Wilkinson, 56, a longtime California cardroom owner who has been to every World Series since 1978, often as a spectator. This was his third cash and raised his total earnings to $105,160.

"All the players were world class, while I'm kind of a recreational player," Wilkinson said. "All this tournament business pales against the best thing I've got going for me - a great family," he added.

Two-time World Champion Doyle Brunson took third place after a hand which Seidel called the key to his tournament victory. Both players drew one card, with Brunson all-in and Seidel left almost chipless after the last bet of $57,500. Seidel caught an eight to 9-7-5-2, while Brunson exited when he drew a 10 to 8-4-3-2.

Although he missed winning an unequalled ninth WSOP title, Brunson with this finish achieved a major goal he had identified early last week - passing Berry Johnston and moving into fourth place on the Top Money Winners roster. Brunson's earnings now total $1,744,209. He has been at 19 final tables and cashed 21 times since 1976, four already this year. The 64 year-old superstar and poker author won the $1,500 Razz event two weeks ago.

Fourth place went to David Grey, 39, a poker professional for 15 years who has now won just over $100,000 in five money finishes at the World Series and has two Hall of Fame titles. "I loved the tournament," he said. "The best players in the world are here, and it's the best place to win - if you're lucky." Luck ran out for Grey, the initial final-table chip leader, when he was all-in and stood pat with 10-8-5-4-2 against Wilkinson, also pat, with 9-7-5-4-2,

Roy Thung, an Indonesian-born private investor, took fifth place, his third final-table finish at this WSOP. He has now won $96,387 in two years here. Thung was knocked out holding 10-7-5-3-2 by Brunson's 9-8-6-4-3.

Finishing at the final table but out of the money were: Ted Forrest, the three-time 1993 titleist, sixth; 1989 World Champion Phil Hellmuth, Jr., seventh, and Bob Stupak of Vegas World fame, eighth.

Play by Play

We will announce when the play-by-play of the final table is available for this event.

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