Team PokerStars pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier came into the last 12 today with the lead and right off the bat, looked like he was going to suffer the same fate as Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu and Ryan Fair, who each held start-of-day leads before him, but couldn't survive those days.
ElkY was bleeding chips from the start, doubling up Jimmy Tran and spewing another half million around his table.
But after Andrew Robl stepped out 12th running into a dominating Joe Sebok, Tran left 11th, taking a horrible beat when William Mietz' queens flopped a set against his kings. Mike Wattel went out 10th when Nenad Medic's big slick hit broadway to crack his kings, and Grospellier turned things around, becoming the beneficiary of a mindless Joe Sebok blowup.
Looking to make his first WPT TV final table after bubbling twice previously, Sebok actually held the chip lead nine-handed. But when he lost that, dropping a race with ace-king against Olav Prinz Von Sachsen's sevens, he also lost control.
ElkY had been nipping at Joe's big blind all day from the small, and Joe made a huge stand shoving in with just K♦ 9♠ when the reigning PokerStars Caribbean Adventure winner tried again.
Grospellier made the call with A♥ 9♥; it held, and while Seventhbok was out ninth, Grospellier grabbed a huge chip lead that he would only add to before the final two eliminations left us with a final six.
Michael DeMichele went out in eighth place after being outdrawn by Nenad Medic in a battle of short stacks, and the aforementioned Von Sachsen finally dumped the remainder of his stack when his weak ace couldn't beat Grospellier's pair, then set of threes.
And so, when the TV cameras begin rolling around 4 p.m. PST Grospellier will come into his first WPT final table as the massive chip leader on $6.4 million in chips.
WPT and WSOP winner Nenad Medic rode a roller-coaster of a day to a little over $3 million and will start closer to ElkY than anyone.
And although one would think people would start to figure out that Nam Le only plays the premiums and rarely goes to showdown without the nuts, they didn't today.
As a result, Nam worked his short stack all day long until he woke up with aces, doubled up and will come to his fifth WPT final six third in chips on $2.2 million.
Speaking of great short-stack play, Adam "Roothlus" Levy worked that game to perfection once again and will make his first WPT final-table appearance as a result. For an Internet kid he sure is tight, but he managed to check-fold his way to glory today, doubling when necessary and stealing when the opportunities were there.
It appears he will come into the final at Festa right where he wants to be, with his $1.3 million in chips good for sixth of six right now.
2008 WSOP final tablist Odie Dardon stayed out of trouble all day today and will be coming back tomorrow on $2 million, while onetime chip leader William Mietz couldn't seem to stay out of it, but is still in it, just above Levy with $1.4 million in chips.
With a $1.4 million prize hanging in the balance, the final six will begin with blinds so large it's bound to be a quick ending to an eventful week here at Bellagio. We suggest you tune in to the ballingest live updates in the biz early and often so as not miss a thing.