WPT Championship - Live Updates

Day 4 Live Updates

04/22/2009 (5 years ago)

Day 4 Is Done!

Eugene Katchalov
Katch you tomorrow.

Day 4 of the 2009 WPT Championship is in the books and it was a dandy.

Just 24 players are left in the hunt for the title and after a massive day, 2008 WPT Five Diamond champ Eugene Katchalov is on top of them all.

PokerListings coverage of the event will continue at 12 pm. PT live from Bellagio where the plan is to play five levels or down to 10 players.

Level
20
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$1,408,333
Players Left
24
Tables Left
3
04/22/2009 (5 years ago)

For Whom The Bell Tolls

Steve Billirakis
In a puff.

Justin Young just rolled up and smoked Steve Billirakis.

Andy Miller opened from early position for 80,000 and Billirakis called. Young made it 210,000 to go from the button and while Miller folded, Billirakis got in there making it 300,000 more.

Young shoved and Billirakis called.

Billirakis was unfortunate to have picked up pocket kings to Young's aces. The board failed to bail out Billirakis and he was suddenly placed on life support.

A minute later, Nenad Medic hit his open-ended straight draw on the river against Yevgeniy Timoshenko and put his stack in the middle.

Unfortunately for him, the same card made Timoshenko's full house and he hit the rail.

Billirakis joined him there a few hands later, going from hero to zero in less than five levels today.

Level
20
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$1,408,333
Players Left
24
Tables Left
3
04/22/2009 (5 years ago)

The Final Three

Chris Ferguson
On the cross.

Chris Ferguson has gone broke here at the WPT Championship.

The man they call Jesus couldn't push Q-9 past Eric Liu's pocket threes, with Liu hitting a set on the river for good measure.

With that we're down to just 27 players and they have just redrawn for seats at the final three tables.

Level
20
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$1,251,852
Players Left
27
Tables Left
3
04/22/2009 (5 years ago)

Katch-A-Lot

Eugene Katchalov
It's the Five Diamond all over again.

Philip Gurian had been three betting almost every Eugene Katchalov's opening raise.

This last time it was deja vu for Eugene who had, once again, been countered by a Gurian three bet.

This time Katchalov snap called Gurian's shove.

It was eights for Gurian and jacks for Katchalov.

The board was inconsequential and Eugene stacked another nice pot while Gurian headed for the payout line.

Level 19 is just about over and just 29 remain in contention for the WPT Championship crown with Katchalov outpacing them all on over 4.3 million in chips.

In the meantime, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier just got a breath of fresh air.

He managed to pick up the ultimate pre-flop cooler hand against Yevgeniy Timoshenko - aces versus kings.

ElkY took down the massive pot causing more destruction to Timoshenko's stack.

The Team PokerStars Pro is hanging around with about one million in chips.

Level
19
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$1,165,517
Players Left
29
Tables Left
4
04/22/2009 (5 years ago)

Phil Killed!

Phil Ivey
Have another Scotty.

Scotty Nguyen has been drinking Michelobs for the past few hours.

A steady stream of cocktail waitresses are on hand to make sure he is never parched.

But beers are not the only thing Scotty is guzzling. Apparently he had a thirst for Phil Ivey's chips as well.

Scotty raised from the button and Ivey re-raised from the big blind. Scotty four-bet and Ivey moved all in.

Nguyen tabled ace-nine to Ivey's ace-king.

A nine door card put Ivey in terrible shape. The turn and river failed to connect and Ivey's hopes of becoming this year's WPT Championship champion were dashed.

Joining him on the rail is the Main Geezer Barny Boatman, he capsized moments after Ivey, leaving just one Boatman (Ross) left to helm the ship.

Perhaps it was the curse of the Amanda Leatherman WPT interview that did Ivey in. Check the video below to find out:

#Video:wpt/wpt_2009-04-22-204304.flv#

Level
19
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$1,090,323
Players Left
31
Tables Left
4
04/22/2009 (5 years ago)

Fortunes Won And Lost

Steve Sung
Song Sung.

The stars just aligned for Ross Boatman. He picked up pocket aces and got paid off big time by Yevgeniy Timoshenko.

Now one of the leaders, Boatman sliced nearly a million chips out of Timoshenko's stack.

On the other side of the spectrum is Steve Sung, who recently called off the last of his stack with deuces on a 9-9-3 board.

Shannon Shorr had a three and Sung was sunk.

Level
19
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$1,024,242
Players Left
33
Tables Left
4
04/22/2009 (5 years ago)

Binger Nicked

Kassem
Freddy "Not Shaun" Deeb.

Yevgeniy Timoshenko took a bite out of Nick Binger's stack.

Timoshenko fired 212,000 on a Q 2 5 7 7 board. Binger took a couple of minutes to talk himself into calling. Timoshenko tabled Q 8 and it was good.

The pot cost Binger a little more than half his stack.

Freddy Deeb just blew off a huge chunk of his chip stack making a 360,000 chip river bluff against Christian "CHarder" Harder on an ace high board.

Harder called with ace-king, Freddy's cards hit the muck, and the rich get richer.

Meanwhile, at a table not so far away, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson doubled up through Eric "PeachyKeen" Liu to stay alive.

At about the same time, Ross Boatman doubled with kings versus Marco Johnson's jacks and is now up to 800,000.

Level
18
Blinds
8000/16000
Ante
2000
Average Stack
$938,889
Players Left
36
Tables Left
4
04/22/2009 (5 years ago)

A Hard Rain Is Falling

Liv Boeree
Liv dead.

Steve Billirakis and Eric Liu got in a preflop raising war a few minutes ago.

Eventually, Billirakis shoved. Liu looked over his stack and made the call.

It was 9 9 for Billirakis against A K for Liu.

When the flop came A Q K Liu looked poised to unseat Billirakis as one of the chip leaders, but the T turn and the J river made for a Broadway board, and the pot was chopped.

Sorry tennis fans, Boris Becker just hit the rail running ace-jack into pocket kings.

Joining him outside the baselines moments later were Liv Boeree, Mark Seif, and Will Failla.

They are redrawing for seats at the final four tables now.

Level
18
Blinds
8000/16000
Ante
2000
Average Stack
$938,889
Players Left
36
Tables Left
4
04/22/2009 (5 years ago)

Trans Free

Phil Ivey
Internets on a plane!

Jimmy Tran fell at the hands of Jennifer Harman when she flopped a king with her ace-king against Tran's pocket queens. The last Tran standing is no more.

Due to the economy, most U.S. executives wouldn't be caught dead on a private plane.

Ivey, however, is unaffected. He'll be flying private all the way to Monte Carlo after he is done here at Bellagio. He was having a chat with David Gray about his flight plans.

"I'm taking a Global Express from New York to Monte Carlo. It has internet," Ivey said.

No doubt he will enjoy all the luxuries on the $45 million plane and relieving people of their money on Full Tilt at the same time.

Shortly after, Brian Rast doubled up at Hyong Kim's expense the easy way. Rast moved all in pre-flop with pocket aces and was fortunate enough that Kim had picked up pocket queens.

In the meantime, Eugene Katchalov has moved up over the 3 million chip mark, dragging a 2 million chip pot.

The 2007 WPT Five Diamond champ got Mark Seif to pay him off after flopping a set.

Level
18
Blinds
8000/16000
Ante
2000
Average Stack
$824,390
Players Left
41
Tables Left
5
04/22/2009 (5 years ago)

The Post-Bubble Blues

Boris Becker
Tennis anyone?

The post-bubble mayhem has ensued here at Bellagio with Matt Glantz headlining a group of short stacks quickly headed to the cage to pick up the minimum cash.

We're down to 45 now and redrawing for seats at the final five tables.

By the way, Boris Becker is still in, reaching his goal to cash in a major tournament.

It's end game strategy now for the tennis legend.

Level
18
Blinds
8000/16000
Ante
2000
Average Stack
$751,111
Players Left
45
Tables Left
5
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Event Information

Event Name
WPT Championship
Venue
Bellagio Casino, Las Vegas
Date
2009-04-18
Final Day
2009-04-25
Buy In
$25,000
Entrants
338
Prize Pool
$8,450,000
First Prize
$2,149,960

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Yevgeniy Timoshenko $2,149,960
2 Ran Azor $1,446,265
3 Bertrand Grospellier $776,245
4 Christian Harder $571,965
5 Shannon Shorr $408,550

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