The day began where it left off on Tuesday, with two final tables beating the proverbial stuffing out of each other for a chance at the big bucks. With $1.36 million in straight ca$h, homey, available for top dog, the scrilla-sniffers and paper-chasers were out in force, and when chips and cards took to the air at noon on Thursday neither online pro nor "live donk" was willing to brook any quarter when it came time for getting paid.
Leading the charge coming into the day was Jonathan Little's kings (again?!). Eleventh place would to go William Hames, who got all-in bad with A2o against Greenstein's AQo. No love on flop, turn or river left the field reduced to 10.
Normally, the WPT would then consolidate the field into one final table, but Fallsview tournament director Jason March decreed that players would play hand-for-hand, five-handed, to determine which nine finalists would sit at the final table.
March's decision helped alleviate the sudden slowing in pace that often characterizes the move to a 10-handed table, and it wasn't long before Steve Silverman helped a brother out by shoving over the top of a Jonathan Little raise and Scott Clements call.
Clements turned up aces from the small blind and Silverman was exposed as pulling a move with A♥ T♠ from the big blind. The flop brought no miracle to save Silverman and he headed to the rail the final recipient of the $63,233 payout as the rest of the field headed to a much-needed break.
Online pro Adam "Roothless" Levy would be the first player evicted from the final felt, falling to Brampton, Ontario's David Cloutier when his J♦ T♦ ran into the local boy's A♣ T♠. An A♥ T♥ 5♠ 9♣ 3♣ board sealed the deal for Levy, who departed with $77,813 with which to waffle crush, as the saying goes.
Eighth place would go to Dale Pinochot, who raced with his 8♠ 8♣ against Cheryl Deleon's A♦ Q♦. The board ran K♠ Q♣ 9♥ 7♠ 4♠ and that was the end of poor Pinochot, who'd receive a tidy $97,266 payday for his final-table efforts.
Kofi Farkye had played most of the final table in a short-stacked position, but shortly after the field returned from dinner he managed to double through Deleon with nines versus Cheryl's AQo, crippling the prairie girl and keeping his own dreams of fame and fortune alive.
It wouldn't take long for natural selection to take its course on the shortest stack, although Deleon must have failed to heed her survival instinct, trying to make a move on Jeff Garza by open-shoving from the small blind with T♥ 5♣ and seeing Action Jeff pick up jacks in the big blind. A quick call, a board of blanks, and that was the end of Cheryl Deleon, who closed out Day 5 by collecting $121,583 for her seventh-place finish.
That left but six players remaining, all of whom will reconvene in Fallsview's Avalon Ballroom at 4 p.m. (EDT) on Friday for some final-table excitement. Jonathan Little was, is and quite possibly could always be chip leader in this event, bringing $2,616,000 in house money to the soundstage. Scott "The Bracelet" Clements is second with $2,483,000, with David Cloutier ($1,614,000), Kofi Farkye ($1,504,000), Jeff Garza ($1,320,000) and Barry Greenstein ($447,000) rounding out the roster.
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