With a Day 4 field as chock-full of familiar faces as this there was little doubt that the final table would be home to more than a few big-name professionals.
Among the hopefuls who were still in the hunt at the beginning of the day were Sean McCabe, Robert Goldfarb, David "The Dragon" Pham. The pot was opened by Pham to $90K, with blinds of $12,000/$24,000, and when it got to Sebok he re-popped $220,000 on top.
After consulting the payout sheet to find out how much he would receive for finishing in ninth place, Pham pushed all-in, getting a quick call from Sebok. Pocket tens for Joe were well ahead of the Dragon's A♦ 9♣. The flop changed all that though, coming A♣ K♥ Q♥ and putting Pham way ahead in the hand. After the turn and river failed to reverse the situation, Pham had doubled up and taken a sizable bite out of Sebok's stack.
This was a particularly pivotal hand in the tournament because of what would have happened had Sebok's hand held up. First, he would have dispatched one of the toughest players still alive in the field, guaranteeing that Pham would not build up a big stack with which he could menace the other players at the table, as is his habit.
Second, Sebok would have gone into the TV table bubble with a share of the chip lead, always a good thing for a player like Joe who is no stranger to making power moves and taking advantage of other people's desire to cling to their stack for a chance at TV exposure and the pseudo-fame that comes with it.
But it was not to be, because something as simple as a single ace on the flop sent the pot in the opposite direction to one of the last players you want to see with any extra ammo. David Pham is undoubtedly one of the top No-Limit players in the game today and not one to be underestimated, no matter what the size of his stack.
Unfortunately this would not be the last run-in with the dreaded three-outer that Sebok would have to endure this evening. On the final hand of the night it was Joe all-in against now-chip-leader and WSOP Player of the Year Tom Schneider.
Pocket queens for Sebok were leading the DonkeyBomber's A♠ J♠ but, like some sick case of déjà vu, the board brought one of the three remaining aces... thus ending the day's action and sending a dejected Joe Sebok to the rail with nothing but unrequited dreams of WPT final table glory to keep him company. For our part, we had our final six and were free to make our way to the Bicycle Casino bar for some much-needed refreshment.
Despite the theme of this blog there was plenty of other action containing many players other than Joe Sebok. If you don't believe me, simply check out our extensive Live Updates page which chronicles the day's escapades. Also, if it's chip counts and seating charts for tomorrow's final table you're interested in, these can be found at the same location .
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