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The Final Table
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INTO THE SPOTLIGHT
27 players start out today with a guaranteed $25,000. All
hope that's toke money off the $1,000,000 they want.
Seven of the 27 are nearly free rolling, as they'd won their
seats in Super Satellites.
But you can't dance without a beat. And this is a day when
the beat is especially strong. Today, the best hand before
the flop gets beat on, like a boxer who's being paid to lose.
Hearts are broken and dreams shattered as the best hand
repeatedly goes down for the count.
Any doubts that the late stages of a poker tournament are
dominated by the lucky are dispelled today. The gamblers
gamble and win big, the tighter players go home early.
THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY?
Today, we don't need to talk to the players after each bust
out hand. Every all-in hand is shown face up.
We start with 3 full tables
27th - Talk about a tournament freeroll, Farzad "Freddy"
Bonyadi has already won over $400,000 at this year's WSOP.
He wants more and thinks that pocket Jacks will give it to
him. Bobby Hoff has pocket Kings and says "no way." Freddy
is the first to leave but he proved that he isn't just a
limit holdem player.
26th - Jack Fox made 26 friends yesterday by taking out Mike
Magee to set up the 3rd day - pay day. But with these
friends you don't need enemies. Jack outfoxes himself when
he thinks he has a read on Sooyoung Kim.
Fox comes over the top of Kim with A J of Hearts. Kim brings
out the hounds with a pair of Queens. Fox is tree'd when a
Queen flops. There's no holding the hounds at bay. Jack is
nimble and Jack is quick but Jack can't jump over 26th
25th - For the first beat of the day, we might as well start
with a beauty. Eskimo Clark self-flagellates by only betting
10k from middle position with pocket Aces. Bobby Hoff smooth
calls on the button.
The flop comes K J 8. Clark checks, Hoff goes all-in and
Eskimo calls. Baby it's cold outside! Hoff has trip Jacks
and Eskimo mushes his sled out the door with $25,000, not
exactly the amount Clark had in mind at the start of the
24th - Bobby Hoff continues his version of "Wipeout" when
David Mosley is forced all-in with 10 9. Hoff has yet
another premium pair, Queens this time. Mosley is mostly
depressed. David gets plane fare back to London.
23rd - Rod Peate's chips are turning into peat moss. He goes
all-in with pocket 7's only to get bogged down by Lee
Salem's Jacks. Rod, who finished 2nd to Tom McEvoy for the
Championship some years back, got paid today. His only
consolation is that McEvoy didn't.
22nd - Scotty Nguyen started the day as chip leader. Here's
one reason. Yesterday Scotty flopped quads twice and was
paid off both times. Today he's got a new trick, winning
with one over card. Jack Keller goes all-in with pocket
Queens. Scotty calls with A Q. The flop is A A 2. Keller is
in the cellar as the last former Champion out of the
21st - Thor Hansen has to go all-in with 7 8 of Spades. He
catches top pair. The incendiary Bobby Hoff has 3 4 of
Spades and rivers a straight. Hoff's rush is still on, and
the beat goes on.
20th - Vince Burgio came up from the felt on the first day
to get here. He goes all-in with his last 30k and an A Q. No
one can believe that Dewey Weum calls Vince with an A 8 of
Hearts. Dewey believes. Weum turns the nut flush making
19th - The beat slows down for one dance as David Kim tries
to take the blinds with A Q. Kevin McBride is the new
sheriff in town, taking over for Bobby Hoff. Kevin has
pocket Kings in the big blind. David Kim loses the last
longer bet with Sooyoung Kim and is the first Kim out.
Down to two tables, seats are redrawn.
18th - Tommy Jin Joo, in the nine seat, raises 10k. Kevin
McBride, who suddenly can do no wrong, in the one seat,
calls. Tommy has A 3 of Spades and picks up a flush draw. He
bets his case 42k. McBride has Q 10 and calls with the flop
Q 5 2. Sam Spade couldn't have found another spade for Tommy
Jin Joo, or an Ace either.
17th - Twice yesterday, Kathy Liebert won with 9's, as an
under pair before the flop. Both times a 9 magically appeared
on the flop. The second time her 9's sent Pat Fleming's
Kings down in flames and Pat out of the tournament.
Kathy goes to that well once too often, but in a tragic way
for her. Liebert has 9's and Scotty Nguyen has Kings. Again
a third nine flops. She must think it's destiny at this
point. On the river only a King can save Scotty from beaming
up some chips. That's what falls ... along with Kathy Liebert.
16th - On table two, Sooyoung Kim is the only surviving Kim
in the tournament. He makes the mistake of taking on the
only surviving McBride in the tournament. For nearly two
hours, no one has been able to beat Kevin McBride. Not with
the best hand, not with the worst hand.
Sooyoung goes all-in with the 4 5 of Spades and picks up a
gut shot straight flush draw on the flop. He'd trade all
those outs for McBride's top two pair on the flop. Kim is
the first eliminated player of the day to get more than
$25,000. For playing his heart out and beating eleven
players today he gets an extra $5,000.
15th - Meanwhile on table one, Scotty Nguyen remains in
charge. Out of desperation, Danny Dang goes all-in with Q 9.
Scotty has A 6. The flop is Q 8 6, the turn is a 6. Dang,
who fought so hard from a low stack on day one, says "dang"
or something similar in Vietnamese and leaves.
14th - The antes and blinds are starting to really hurt.
Mark Weitzman goes all-in with what little he has left. Mark
has pocket 6's, and Paul Kroh calls with A 8. The flop is A
A J to end Weitzman's day.
13th - Now it's Paul Kroh's turn to go all-in. He turns over
the J 9 of Clubs and can't believe his eyes when Scotty
Nguyen (who else?) shows A 6 of Clubs. The flop comes Q 6 5
with two clubs.
No problem. Paul only needs a Jack or a nine. Surely there
won't be a flush. There are already enough clubs out for a
gang war. Scotty eats Kroh with a 2 of Clubs on the turn.
12th - It's been so long since we've seen a normal hand,
we're almost shocked when Mike Laing's all-in A Q is beaten
by T J Cloutier's A K.
11th - Bobby Hoff can't beat Kevin McBride with a stick.
Hoff had over $500,000 at one time and nearly all of it now
sits in McBride's towering stack. How fitting that Bobby's
last move is to give his case money to Kevin.
With an Ace and a straight draw on board, Hoff represents a
hand, and bets his last $40k at McBride. Unfortunately, $40k
is what McBride took from Hoff the last time they met in a
hand. Kevin calls with Queens. Hoff quickly mucks his hand
before it can be shown.
10th - After day one, no one in this tournament played
better than Susie Isaacs. Starting day two with only $4,250,
she was 188th out of 198 players. Time after time she had to
go all-in. Standing behind her chair, with her arms crossed
and jaw set, she looked like a blonde Scarlett O'Hara
defending Tara from the hated Yankees.
Like Scarlett, Susie was finally overwhelmed by the enemy,
due to lack of resources, not guts. She went all-in with A 7
only to find the well-supplied Lee Salem with Kings. Well
below her desires, but way beyond anyone else expectations
for such a small stack in day 2, Susie Isaacs left the field
of battle with her head held high.
For the un-final, final table, seats are redrawn again.
9th - Paul McKinney hardly ever speaks. Not because he
can't, but because he'd have to take a foot long cigar out
of his mouth to do so. Although Paul can't smoke cigars in
the Pavilion, for three days his cards have been smoking
for him. Now, all the way to the un-final, Final Table, his
cards have snuffed out. The antes and blinds are $25,000 a
round. There is no time to wait.
From early position, Paul sees one card and goes all-in.
Cloutier calls him. McKinney turns over A 2, Cloutier an A
Q. Paul McKinney can now smoke all the Havanas he wants. 9th
place pays $57,500.
8th - In a phenomenal run on day three, the 27th stack by a
wide margin at the start of the day, Mark Brochard is
finally knocked out, short of the goal. Brochard couldn't
afford even one mistake all day and he makes none. Until
Mark can't put T J Cloutier on an over pair. Brochard goes
all-in with 8's. Cloutier is happy to oblige with Kings.
Brochard has more than enough for air fare back to Paris. 8th
7th - In normal times, this would be the last bust out hand
of the day. But these are not normal times, these are the
times that try men's souls.
Jan Lundberg starts off this three player tango, in early
position, with an all-in raise of 71k. Jan has two black
10's. Scotty Nguyen, insists on leading and calls with the
A Q of Diamonds. To their surprise, Ben Roberts re-raises
another 56k all-in. Of course, Roberts has Aces.
Doesn't bother Scotty, who has more chips than God. What's
another $56k, with the worst hand. The flop comes Q 5 4 with
two diamonds. Ah, you're way ahead of us. The turn is a
Jan Lundberg needs a 10.
Scotty Nguyen needs a Queen or a diamond.
Ben Roberts is praying for a blank.
The magic man tricks them again. Scotty Nguyen pulls the
deuce of Diamonds out of his hat and we all go home.
For the first time in World Series history, the Final Table
will start with five players not six.
6th - Ben Roberts, who started the final hand with more
chips, and collects $37,500 more than 7th place Jan Lundberg.
YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS
By the end of Day Three you move from the shadows into the
ultimate spotlight of poker - The Final Table of the
Championship Event at the World Series of Poker. This is so
huge you can't even say it without capital letters.
Every poker room in the world has a "Main Game." This is the
poker world's Main Game.
The winner here gets something money can't buy. They get
their picture put up in the Champion's Gallery. For as long
as there are humans on this planet, that picture will stay
Oh, and $1,000,000 with an engraved gold bracelet for four
days work ain't bad either.
Three of the five finalists are veterans. Two are less well
The glare from the spotlight tomorrow could blind the less
experienced, or it could light up the face of a new star.
Tomorrow's Final Table and chip positions:
|Seat 5.||Scotty Nguyen||Henderson NV||$1,184,000|
|Seat 1.||Kevin McBride||Boca Raton FL||873,000|
|Seat 3.||T.J. Cloutier||Dallas TX||829,000|
|Seat 4.||Dewey Weum||Monona WI||376,000|
|Seat 2.||Lee Salem||San Diego CA||240,000|
THE MONEY LIST
|6.||Ben Roberts||London ENG||$150,000|
|7.||Jan Lundberg||London ENG||112,500|
|8.||Mark Brochard||Paris FRANCE||75,000|
|9.||Paul McKinney||Princeton WV||57,500|
|10.||Susie Isaacs||Las Vegas||40,000|
|11.||Mike Laing||Franklin PA||40,000|
|12.||Bobby Hoff||Cerritos CA||40,000|
|13.||Paul Kroh||Logandale NV||35,000|
|14.||Mark Weitzman||Long Beach CA||35,000|
|15.||Danny Dang||Whittier CA||35,000|
|16.||Sooyoung Kim||Kent WA||30,000|
|17.||Kathy Liebert||Las Vegas||30,000|
|18.||Tommy Jin Joo||Brooklyn NY||30,000|
|19.||David Kim||Atherton CA||25,000|
|20.||Vince Burgio||West Hills CA||25,000|
|21.||Thor Hansen||Oslo NORWAY||25,000|
|22.||Jack Keller||Lake Cormorant MS||25,000|
|23.||Rod Peate||Redondo Beach CA||25,000|
|24.||David Mosely||London ENG||25,000|
|25.||Eskimo Clark||New Orleans LA||25,000|
|26.||Jack Fox||Reno NV||25,000|
|27.||Farzad Bonyadi||Los Angeles CA||25,000|
LAS VEGAS WEATHER
It was sunny out this morning, but had become overcast by
11:00 AM. The Temperature sign atop Binion's Horseshoe read
64 degrees at 11:30 AM on Wednesday morning. There was a 15
mph SW wind gusting to 30 mph. There were rain showers later
in the afternoon.
With seven players left, it appeared that it was only a
matter of time before Dewey Weum would be the last one out.
Dewey had survived several all-ins, and only had about
$50,000 to try and cope with the $2,000 ante and $5,000/10,000
However, Dewey had a few tricks left. Kevin McBride had an
A Q and opened a hand with a $15,000 raise. Dewey raised
another $32,000 all-in with a K Q. Dewey doubled through
when he got a King on the turn.
Dewey won a few more pots, and then, seven minutes before
the end of play on Day 3, he won a $384,000 pot from Scotty
Nguyen. Dewey was first in with pocket Kings in the small
blind, and made it $50,000 to go. Scotty decided that this
was a good time to buy a pot, so he moved all-in with J 8
off. Dewey was pleased to call, and Scotty didn't play his
J 8 nearly as well as Huck Seed did a couple of years ago.
Neither improved, and Dewey had doubled through again.
Dewey won another hand or so, and ended up increasing his
stack nearly tenfold in the last few minutes of Day 3.
When Dewey Weum called Scotty Nguyen's J 8 bluff, Scotty
was a little embarrassed to show his hand, and said "First
time I bluff all day, and I get caught." T.J. Cloutier
quipped, "If that's your story, Scotty, stick with it."
Midway through Day 3, Dewey Weum and Bobby Hoff complained
that Kevin McBride, who was the chip leader by a large
margin, had taken a break, in the middle of a hand, on
several occasions, before the action reached Kevin.
About that time, Kevin returned to the table and asked, "Did
I win any hands while I was gone?" Jack McClelland asked
Kevin to remain in every hand until the action was
completed, and there weren't any further problems in this
When they were down to two tables, Dewey Weum opens a hand
with a $45,000 bet. It's folded to Kevin McBride, who puts
$25,000 into the pot and says "Call". Kevin is informed that
he needs to put $15,000 more in the pot, and Kevin releases
his hand and pulls his money back. Kevin's hand did not
touch the muck.
Jack McClelland rules that Kevin can fold, with his $25,000
remaining in the pot, or he can put $15,000 more in the pot
Dewey Weum does not like this decision at all, and is quite
vocal about his unhappiness. Dewey believed that the hand
should have ended as soon as Kevin released his cards, and
the money should have stayed in the pot. Jack McClelland
didn't waiver, and play continued.
Dewey bet $50,000 on the flop, Kevin raised $50,000 and
Dewey was still visibly unhappy for a long time after.
The Final Table was determined at 8:07 PM PDT on Wednesday
evening. Last year it took around an hour less to get down
to six players.
Rudy Lotief supplied an official print out of the entry list
for the $10,000 Championship Event, and our listing now
matches the computer's records.
$10,000 CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL DAY
ESPN will be doing TV coverage of the Final Table of the
$10,000 Championship event, and it is scheduled to be aired
on 12 July.
The Final Table will be held in the Special Events room
(which has been the location of the 20 table Poker room
during the 1998 WSOP) and Vince Van Patten will be the
Celebrity Host for the telecast. Bleachers will surround the
Final Table in the Special Events room, and a large screen
TV will be set up in the Tournament Pavilion.
Family, friends and Press will be seated in the Special
Events room, and if there are any left over seats, they will
be opened up to the public. A better bet for most people
will be the TV coverage in the Pavilion.
TOTAL PRIZE MONEY
$12,482,000 (1998) vs $12,259,000 (1997)
Unknown 20 Minutes
Barry Shulman 20 Minutes
Ray Dehkharghani 20 Minutes
Unknown 20 Minutes
Unknown 20 Minutes
Unknown 20 Minutes
Phil Tanner 20 Minutes
Unknown 20 Minutes
Thi Thi Tran 20 Minutes
Phil Tanner 20 Minutes
Paul Kroh 20 Minutes
Joe Macchiaverna 20 Minutes
Joe Gualtieri 20 Minutes
Ron Stanley 20 Minutes
Mike Schichtman 20 minutes
$10,000 CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRANTS
Marc Jean Brochard
"Miami" John Cernuto
Paul "Eskimo" Clark
Super Mario Esquerra
Albert Joseph Ethier
Maureen Pang Feduniak
Chris "Jesus" Ferguson
Oklahoma Johnny Hale
Gorden L. Hall
Phil Hellmuth Jr.
Hans "Tuna" Lund
Men Thoai Ly
Tam Van Nguyen
Flan "Irish Mike" Pilkington
Amarillo Slim Preston
Barry "Doc" Schwartz
David "Devil Fish" Ulliott
Bruce Van Horn
We will announce when the play-by-play of the final table is available for this event.