At any rate it was two former winners who were making headlines throughout the day. Last year's World Poker Finals winner T.J. Cloutier re-raised to $190,000 from the big blind. Schulman re-popped to almost $500,000 and Cloutier moved all-in over the top. Schulman insta-called with A♦ A♠ and Cloutier was on the hook with J♠ J♣. The flop came 8♠ 5♣ 3♣ and the turn was the 8♣, which gave Cloutier the club-flush draw. He got there on the river but the A♣ gave Schulman the full house and thus the pot. Cloutier was out in 12th place and took home $72,955 for his efforts.
2006 World Poker Finals Winner Nenad Medic came very close to busting several times but managed to make it through the day with $555,000 chips and the dream of repeating as World Poker Finals Champ still very much alive. In one pivotal hand Dan Shiff raised to $115,000 but Nenad Medic shoved for $296,000 and they were off to the races. Shiff showed pocket threes and Medic flipped over the big slick. Medic managed to hit a king on the turn and raked the pot.
It looked inevitable that Freddy Deeb would make the final table but in one important hand Deeb made a questionable lay-down and found his tournament life suddenly on the line.
Freddy Deeb who tanked for a substantial amount of time. At one point he said it was one of the toughest calls he'd had to make in 20 years of tournaments, but he finally laid down pocket kings because he was sure there were aces in one of his opponents' hands. Myung turned up tens and Vela turned up kings, proving Deeb wrong in his assessment, but after the board went Q-J-9-Q-7 Vela doubled through Myung and crippled his rival.
The hand appeared to rattle Deeb and he never quite managed to recover. A short period of time later he was eliminated in an epic showdown with Tom Dwan.
Deeb shoved with K♣ Q♣ and got called by Tom Dwan who held A-J and suddenly Deeb's tournament life was on the line.
The board went 7-5-5-9-8 and Deeb will not be making an appearance at this WPT final table.
The charismatic Deeb took his elimination in stride and shook hands with every player at the table, wishing them good luck. Deeb had to settle for $108,081 and ninth place, narrowly missing out on the TV final table.
A couple more eliminations ensued and then things started to get really tight. After an hour of the players circling each other and trying to bust the weakest link it was Rodney Legendre who just couldn't hold on.
Legendre shoved all-in for $900,000 and Mike White contemplated a call. White was concerned because he had chip leader Nick Schulman on his left, who still hadn't acted, but in the end White made the call and Schulman folded. White flipped over A♣ J♥ which effectively dominated Legendre's J♣ 5♣.
The flop went A-A-T and White's cheering section was on its feet celebrating. Legendre's hand could not improve and he was eliminated seventh, receiving $162,123 for his efforts. His departure meant the final table had been decided.
Day 5 concluded with Dwan holding the chip lead with $4.9 million. Dwan has been destroying his competition online for years as "durrr" but this marks the first time he has made a major final table. It will be interesting to see what he does with the chip lead.
Close behind Dwan is Nick Schulman with $4.4 million and Mike Vela with $4.1 million. Rounding out the final table are Mike White with $2.4 million, Mark Weitzman with $855,000 and finally Nenad Medic with $555,000.
Tune in tomorrow at 5 p.m. (EDT) as both Medic and Schulman attempt to win their second World Poker Finals title, while Dwan and the rest of the group try to win their first. May the best player win!