|EVENT #8||4/28 to 4/29/98|
|OMAHA HIGH-LOW SPLIT (Limit) $2,000|
|TOTAL PRIZE MONEY - $408,000||PRIZE MONEY TO DATE - $3,941,000|
|ENTRIES IN THIS EVENT - 204||TOTAL ENTRIES TO DATE - 2,130|
The Final Table|
How they finished
Live From the 'Shoe
YOU LUCKY SHIT!!!
In another place, at another time, these might have been fighting words. At the final table of a World Series of Poker Event, with three players left who are battling for over $200,000, offense may have been meant, but none was taken. The pressure was getting to everyone.
Brad Daugherty looked up in shock, as If to say, "This can't be happening to a former World Champion."
Brad had carelessly thrown in his last chips on a hand that Walt Williams won. "It doesn't matter, I still make the money." Brad said. Daugherty was mistaken, he HALF made the money.
The money Brad had already counted as his own was for 27th place. He knew that there was only one other player to eliminate prior to payday. That player was Lorne Parsons, who was all-in on the same hand. Brad knew he would get 27th, because he'd started the hand with more chips than Lorne did. That's how it works. That's how it had always worked.
That's not how it works anymore.
Brad didn't take notice of the announcement that last hand eliminations of two or more players would result in a split of any prize money. Brad made a $1,224 mistake. If he had just mucked his hand, 27th place money would have been all his.
Just missing a payday were Robert Gingras, who's now starting to have not such a great World Series, Tom Watts and Jim Grove.
For the third time in this World Series, Phil Hellmuth Jr lasted long enough to get into the money, but was eliminated prior to the final table. Why should we care what happens to the "Bad Boy of Poker?" No reason, we just like to watch him erupt like Mount St. Helen's when he's knocked out of a tournament. Phil was 14th.
He passed us later just as his name was being mentioned. "Talking about me again?" he smirked in his best "I'm Phil Hellmuth and your not" voice.
Larry Colt who never had any chips, somehow made it to 13th.
Adeeb Harb ran into a very hot Carl Bailey. Carl's three 8's and A 3 sent Adeeb out in 12th.
In a funny exchange, James Richburg was yelling to Jack McClelland that the other table was stalling. "Why can't we go hand for hand?" Jim asked. When told that the tables would go hand for hand when it got down to 10 players, Jim asked Jack "Why can't we play the final table eleven handed?" You might surmise from this exchange that Jim Richburg wasn't rich at all. You would be right. Jim was low stack and the blind was coming.
Finally, he yelled out to the other table that they were conspiring to slow down. Talking to Chau Giang he said, "How many more Vietnamese do you have over there?"
Jim Richburg, it's no surprise, was out on the next hand in 11th.
The last elimination wasn't very fair to J.W. Smith. Walt Williams had tons of chips. In the small blind, Walt didn't call the big blind for $1,500. It would have cost about 3% of his stack. Of course, Walt would have turned the nuts with a flush if he'd played the hand.
David Brody was the beneficiary of Walt's tightness. He won the hand that Walt Williams dropped out of, with Jacks and 7's. A hand that he probably shouldn't have won.
J.W. Smith finally went all-in for the big blind and lost to T.J. Cloutier. The final table was set.
Seating assignments in Omaha
Oddly, just before Jim Richburg asked how many Vietnamese were at the other table, Chau Giang had taken a big pot from Danny Dang (The other Vietnamese over there). So when Danny came to the final table he came nearly alone.
Danny went all-in with 3 3 4 7 against T.J.'s A 2 8 9 . The flop came J 8 6, the turn came J and the river 10. Danny was 9th.
Larry Sniderman may not have won a hand at the final table. He finally threw his last $7,000 into a raised pot between T.J. Cloutier and Brian Nadell. Brian took the high road, T.J. the low. They chopped up Larry, who didn't show his hand. Larry took the out road in 8th.
Walt Williams is another player who barely won at the final table. Coming in at $61,000, an hour later he went all-in with $4,000. Walt was playing high. Carl Bailey scooped him out of the tournament with a baby straight on the river. Walt got 7th place..
Mike Gamerman had held on valiantly with one of the lowest stacks, for over an hour. He must have been all-in four or five times in that period.
Finally, Mike thought he got some chips. When the Queen of Diamonds fell on the river, Mike yelled "Nuts." He threw down the Ace 10 for a Broadway. Brian Nadell calmly laid his J 6 of Diamonds down. Mike had been too hasty. He got the wrong Queen on the river. The diamond gave Brian a flush. Gamerman was flushed out by the river in 6th.
T.J. Cloutier had made his 21st final table in 14 years. An unbelievable record. This time however he tried to bluff the wrong guy. T.J. mucked his hand when Chau showed him the nut low and a pair of 4's. T.J. also couldn't bluff Jack McClelland into giving him anymore than 5th place money.
David Brody hadn't been doing much either. He'd survived all-in after all-in, mostly by splitting the pot and chopping someone else's money up. He'd watched as the other players fell by the wayside, moving him up in prize money.
Now he had to go all-in for the umpteenth time. It was no contest. Chau Giang had Aces, David had ten high. There was no low and Brady was feeling low, but wealthier in 4th place.
As Brody got up, Brian Nadell asked the others if they wanted to deal. They said nothing. "Don't say I didn't warn you." Brian said.
After some hands of back and forth, the fellas went out to talk. When they came back Brian looked unhappy. It seemed that they couldn't find any common ground. Brian was clearly third stack.
This was when the hand of the day occurred.
In a $200,000 pot, Carl Bailey and Chau Giang both had two pair but Carl also had a straight. Chau had Q J 10 2, Carl had Q J 10 9. The board read Q J 10 8.
Carl needed a brick. Chau needed for the board to pair, but he only had three outs - the case Q J and 10. The winner of the hand would be the chip leader. The first time all day for Carl Bailey.
The river brought the case Queen. "You lucky shit." Carl Bailey couldn't help blurting out.
A few more hands went by and Brian Nadell was all-in for the big blind. He survived but was obviously suffering.
Chau Giang was drinking water. Carl Bailey was drinking juice. Brain Nadell looked like he NEEDED a drink.
Soon Carl Bailey put Nadell out of his misery. Brian is all-in with 10 10 3 2 Carl has 8 7 6 4. The flop comes 8 8 4.
Carl flops the top full. Brian need a 10 for high. The turn comes Ace. Brian should split and stay alive. But the river brings a deuce, counterfeiting Nadell and sending him home in 3rd.
With the chips at $245,000 for Chau Giang and $165,000 for Carl Bailey, Chau says, "I'm not greedy."
Carl and Chau took a break and probably made some sort of a money deal.
Things just went to hell for Carl Bailey from this point on. He couldn't win a hand. Within twenty minutes or so, he was all-in with Q 8 7 4. Chau had 10 10 7 4.
Chau only had to sweat the low on the river, which didn't come for Carl Bailey, because Chau Giang had the high. He had flopped quad 10's.
The "lucky shit" had proven himself to be the best player.
$2,000 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better
(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.
WSOP SUPER SATELLITE #13 Wednesday 29 April 1998
YOUNG AT HEART
Last night I asked readers if "anyone" could win a Super Satellite, and got some interesting responses
Tonight we have a case study in the person of Rick Young. Rick says he's played in six Supers including tonight's. For arguments sake lets say he averaged one re buy, which is the average for all players. Six times $420 is $2,520. In order to do this case study properly, I have to reveal a secret. Rick won a Championship entry this evening.
On two previous trips to the final table, he didn't win a seat, but he won $1,800 and $800 in cash. Tonight, besides the seat, he won $340. So by my calculations, if he plays no more Supers, Rick Young is being paid $420 to freeroll the Championship event.
That's pretty sweet.
Tonight, 152 players bought 145 re buys bringing the prize pool to, $59,400.
The following were the rewards for making the final table:
Some of the "names" who competed were:
None of these esteemed players made the final table.
In 12th, Tony Lantz didn't show his hand when Asher Derei turned over A Q of Clubs. The board was 9 5 7 8 4.
John Inashima waited as long as he could to go all-in. With pocket Kings in the big blind he had every reason to be confident. Rich Klamian had no idea how big a hand John had. Too bad for John. Maybe Rich would have thrown his Q J off away. The flop comes Q Q 10, and just in case John had any hopes left, the turn is a Q . Quad City, baby. John is 11th.
Right after John Saer had his Queens cracked by Rick Young's 9's, when a nine flopped, he came over the top of O'Neil Longson. John, who had plenty of chips before these two hands, had plenty more bad luck. The flop comes K 8 6 of Diamonds.
John has A J off. the turn is an 8 and the river is a 4. O'Neil isn't moving, so John thinks he won the pot. Finally, saying he hadn't looked at his cards, O'Neil turns over Q 9 of Diamonds for a flush. John Saer was a furious 10th, one out of the money.
The final table:
Paul Ladyani went all-in with 10's. For some unknown reason, David Chiu called him with K 10 of Clubs. David flopped no King, no Clubs and no Seat. He flopped in 9th
Al Stonum thought he saw a good hand in a pair of Jacks. Rick Young was feeling lucky, so he called with A 9 off. Bang! No Waiting. An Ace flops. Al Stonum could stone 'em he was so disgusted. Al took 8th.
Rich Klamian was poor. No chips. He went all-in with 2's. Asher Derei was rich with many chips, he called with 8's. Asher got richer, Rich got 7th.
At this point Charlie Watkins is saying to the other players that he doesn't want a seat because he won't be here to play it. Nobody bites. O'Neil Longson who already has a seat is not allowed to negotiate a deal for a seat. That's the rule. He's told about another rule. If a winner can't play, he can rollover his seat to the next year.
Charlie says that maybe that would work out. He then promptly crushes O'Neil Longson with a pair of Queens. See ya next year, Charlie. You're in the Big Dance.
The winners for Super Satellite #13 were:
SINGLE TABLE SATELLITES
(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 $220 buy-in No Limit Holdem Satellites, ten Players start with $800 each in chips. The blinds start at $10/$25, increase every 15 minutes, and the winner gets four $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.
Eric Seidel won one of the $10,000 Single Table Satellites today.
LAS VEGAS WEATHER
The Temperature sign atop Binion's Horseshoe read 80 degrees at 3:00 PM on Wednesday. Hardly any wind. It was sunny, with low lying clouds on the horizon.
LENGTH OF FINAL TABLE
TOTAL PRIZE MONEY
First 8 Events: $3,941,000 (1998) vs $3,909,500 (1997)
Danny Dang was the low stack at today's Omaha 8 (Event #8) Final Table, and at the same time was playing in the $2000 PL Holdem (Event #9). He devoted most of his attention to the Final Table.
T.J. Cloutier was the victim of his "unlucky dealer" at today's Omaha 8 Final Table. His "unlucky dealer" who T.J. says hasn't dealt him a winning hand in 12 years, except for one's he won by bluffing, was there to deal his exit hand today.
A spectator approached Carl Bailey, at the Final Table just before heads up play began, and asked Carl a question. Carl answered, and then Carl asked the spectator if he was having any fun? The spectator said that he was, and Carl said "Not as much as I am."
Carl was very animated in expressing his relief and thanks to the other players and/or the Poker God, every time that he won a key hand.
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)
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.
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.
Shift Supervisors Jimmy Stefan, John Buchanan, Tony Shelton and Cathy Wood run the Poker room where the lower limit games are played.
A recent check showed the following games being spread:
Shift Supervisors John "Scoff" Sheffield, Kathy Hudson and Marshall Kassoff run the higher limit games on the south end of the Tournament Pavilion.
A recent check showed the following games were being spread:
$10,000 CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRANTS
Updated through Wednesday Noon 29 April 1998
Chau Giang, a Vietnamese-born poker professional and tournament star, vanquished 203 opponents vying for the $2,000 Omaha High-Low Split title, winning his second World Series gold bracelet. First prize of $150,960, his l4th finish in the money in seven years at the World Series, pushed Giang's total earnings past $400,000.
"It's a big thrill. I feel very good," said Giang, 42, who worked in a Chinese restaurant after coming to the U.S. in 1979 and has played poker for a living for the past 13 years. In fact, the soft-spoken competitor noted, "Before the tournament started, I predicted I'd win it (WSOP Coordinator Jack McClelland heard the prediction) - This is my best and favorite game and I've been playing well."
Giang, who wore his 1993 Ace-to-Five with Joker gold bracelet, said, "I felt very comfortable at the final table. I lost the chip lead several times, but every time I caught a big hand to get it back."
He began heads-up play against Carl Bailey with a $245,000 to $165,000 chip advantage which quickly soared to $380,000 to $30,000 when he made a flush to beat Bailey's straight for a monster scooper. A few moments later, Bailey was all in with Q-8-7-4, crushed when Giang, with 10-10-7-4, flopped quads to the roars of the spectators. The final board was 10-5-10/7-Q.
"I'm very proud - who wouldn't be," said Bailey, 35, a former salesman who has played professional poker for three years. "I'm sorry I got caught up in that flush-straight hand and burned up all my chips," he said. "Earlier I was very lucky: in two chip runoffs I had only one odd chip and both times I got the ace of spades. So, I knew I'd do good." Of his poker career, Bailey said, "Six months ago I was so broke I sold an expensive pool cue. From there on, everything's been running in the right direction."
Another poker pro, Brian Nadell, took third place, his best of five money finishes at the WSOP. The 41 year-old former travel and sales industry executive said, "I'm very disappointed. I promised my baby daughter a bracelet, but it didn't work out. It was a very interesting final table, more like hold'em than eight-or-better." Nadell was eliminated when he was all-in with 10-10-3-2 against Bailey's 8-7-6-4. The flop came 8-8-4, giving Bailey a full house. An ace on the turn gave Nadell the nut low, but a river deuce counterfeited him and he was beaten both ways.
David Brody, an investor and "casual poker player," finished fourth having played very few hands at the final table. "That's because they don't give me any hands," he quipped, acknowledging that he was "very pleased" with his finish. He was all in with 10-8-4-3 against Giang's A-A-8-5, losing with the board Q-9-5/5-4.
Fifth place went to one of the poker world's premier tournament players, T.J. Cloutier, who has now finished in the money at every World Series since 1987, amassing $1,119,886. With this result Cloutier, a 58 year-old former professional football player, advanced to 14th place on the Top Money Winners list. He has three gold bracelets. "It was a fine tournament," he said. "Everyone at the final table played well. I'm very disappointed." Cloutier was knocked out in a large pot when he could not beat Giang's flopped three fours.
Mike Gamerman, a 49 year-old auto dealer, finished sixth, his first WSOP money finish, and said, "It was very exciting and challenging, a great experience." All-in, he made a straight on the river but lost to Nadell's flush.
Seventh place went to Walt Williams, 53, an insurance agent and "occasional poker player," who lamented, "I played super the whole time yesterday but bad at the final table." His all-in kings lost to Bailey's rivered straight.
Larry Sniderman, a 50 year-old businessman playing his second-ever poker tournament, took eighth when he couldn't beat Cloutier or Nadell in a three-way pot. "It was tough but I enjoyed myself. I did as well as I could."
The final-table short stack, Vietnamese-born pro Danny Dang, was quickly eliminated in ninth place. Dang, 37, has now cashed 13 times at the WSOP, his earnings totaling $209,322.
The Final Table
d = dealer
First action reported in a betting round, normally means the first player that put money into the pot in that betting round. A check is usually not reported as the first action in a betting round. Folds are not always reported. If there are four players at the beginning of a betting round, and it's reported that one player bets and is called by one other player, then the remaining two players folded.
*** Just starting a new level with 2,000/4,000 Blinds - 4,000/8,000 Limits. Chau Giang wins 2,000 in the 500 chip race-off.