Snarkiness and hateration aside, the final table of the Steve Wong (!) and Bill "The Stunning One" Edler. Edler and Wong saw a flop come T♣ 9♣ 6♥ and after some action that we missed because we were schmoozing with the cocktail waitress, the turn card came the J♣ and both players checked. The river card was the 5♠ and Edler bet out.
Wong put him all-in for about 2.5 times his wager and Edler tanked, eventually making the call with K♣ Q♠ for the king-high straight. Wong tabled the 8♣ 7♣ for the straight flush and busted Mr. Bill, who headed to the rail a mite discouraged with the hand.
Midway through the day's second level came the inevitable bursting of the money bubble, and going out proverbially penniless in 37th place was seemingly perennial bubble boy David Levi. Levi got all-in grand with pocket kings against Clint Roberts' A-Q, but the flop brought a queen and the turn another lady, giving Roberts trips and Levi the boot. Thus the rest of the field was guaranteed $6,441 for their time.
Peter Feldman would see his kings cracked by Ralph Perry's Q-10 to headline the first elimination bracket, a group of lonely souls that also included Sabyl Cohen and PL.com blogger J.C. "El Fuego" Alvarado.
Meanwhile, the next payout level would not only include the aforementioned Max Reele, but also Tony Cousineau and the Wongs, who continued the tradition they started at last week's WPT Championship by busting out back-to-back, with Steve Wong leading after losing a race with jacks against Allen Cunningham's K-Q and Danny Wong in hot pursuit, vanquished by Jason Risenberg. All of those eliminated above would take home $9,661 for their time.
Players went to dinner 10 eliminations from the final table, and when they returned it was ZeeJustin again mopping the floors with a couple of eliminations. This time, the young pro managed to bust Nenad Medic and Clint Roberts in the same hand when his sixes held up against Medic's A-K and Roberts' 5♦ 4♦. Bonomo made a run at the chip lead but faltered a bit later and wound up closing the day out near the bottom of the final-table chip counts. We still pick him to win it all.
Prize for the weirdest elimination of the day goes to Lee Rubin, who in another one of the PokerListings.com Worst-Played Hands of All Time raised to $32,000 (about 2.5xBB) in mid position with 8♥ 5♠ and then called off his last $76,000 when Blair Hinkle put him all-in with K♣ Q♣. The board changed nothing and Rubin, who must have had a late dinner reservation or an early flight, was out in 12th place. He took $19,322 with him on his mysterious way.
Jason Risenberg and Than Nguyen would be eliminated in 11th and 10th respectively, clearing the way for a final table that features Ben Fineman as prohibitive chip leader, with the rest of the final table hovering between a quarter and a half his stack. Full Tilt pros Allen Cunningham and Doug Lee join Ralph Perry and Justin Bonomo in headlining the affair, with Blair Hinkle our young gun to watch as he continues his strong showing earlier in the year at the LAPC and Bay 101 WPT events.
Action will resume at 2 p.m. PDT on Thursday from the poker room at Caesars Palace. If the final table is anything like last year's, there will be half-naked gladiators and a woman dressed like Cleopatra to provide unintentional comedy on the scale of this. There will also be poker, and in between mocking Cleopatra, PokerListings.com will be providing the most awesomest coverage you ever did see. Even Caesar would approve.
|Seat 1||Motoyuki Mabuchi||$142,000|
|Seat 2||Kelly Samson||$385,000|
|Seat 3||Ben Fineman||$828,000|
|Seat 4||Ralph Perry||$319,000|
|Seat 5||Thomas Hover||$407,000|
|Seat 6||Blair Hinkle||$382,000|
|Seat 7||Justin Bonomo||$272,000|
|Seat 8||Allen Cunninghams||$296,000|
|Seat 9||Doug Lee||$324,000|