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Final Table Decided!

Cries and cheers from the crowd sang out at the final elimination. Leandro "Brasa" Pimentel has apparently brought over his entire extended family to cheer him on.

So the night is over for these Hold'em players and tomorrow the final table will be played in the sequestered area. Come join us at 2 p.m. for the fun!

Here is tomorrow's seating plan and chip stacks:

Seat 1: Lewis Titterton $552,000
Seat 2: Greg Mueller $1,032,000
Seat 3: Chandrasekhar Billavara $456,000
Seat 4: Leandro Pimentel $1,134,000
Seat 5: Ray Spencer $1,128,000
Seat 6: Taylor Douglas $2,618,000
Seat 7: Duane Felix $996,000
Seat 8: John Hunt $833,000
Seat 9: Cort Kibler-Melby $694,000

Here are the last few eliminations:

Thomas Middlethon Eliminated in 10th Place

He got all-in with pocket queens, and it took a long time for his opponent to call - but he finally did - with A-J.

The flop was J-K-5, and the crowd was silent. As soon as the turn came, the crowd erupted into volcanic applause - an ace!! The river, inconsequentially, was a 7.

Thomas goes home in 10th place.

11th Place Elimination: Todd Lundwall

12th Place: Marc Phan

Marc got all-in with pocket 2's but was called by nines. The board did not improve his hand and he was eliminated.

13th Place: Francis Machiaut

Francis got all-in with pocket fives and Taylor Douglas called with A-3.

Douglas flopped an ace, and Francis was eliminated from the tournament.

 

Level
18
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Players Left
19
Tables Left
3
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BREAK!

Players are on a 15 minute break and the field has slimmed down to a mere 16 players. 7 more eliminations and we will be at the final table.

Here are the most recent eliminations:

17th Place: Michael Dollins

18th Place: Kai Paulsen

19th Place: Josh Prinsky

20th Place: James Mell

And the top chip holders:

1. Taylor Douglas - $1,900,000

2. Ray Spencer - $1,480,000

3. Greg Mueller - $1,000,000

4. Duane Felix - $830,000

5. John Hank - $515,000

Level
18
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Players Left
19
Tables Left
3
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Greg Mutilating

It's Round 18 and we are down to 19 players on 3 tables - 10 eliminations from the final table.

Greg Mueller is taking out a few players, speeding up this journey to the final table. He is now up to $775,000 in chips.

Jesse Martin Eliminated

Greg Mueller had pocket nines and called Jesse's all-in on Q 6. The board was 10-8-4-3-5, and Jesse didn't hit anything. He was sent to the rail and Greg took the pot.

Jim Kilarjian Eliminated

With pocket threes, Jim got all-in and was called by Greg Mueller with K-9. Greg hit a king on the flop.

Jim didn't triple up his threes so he was eliminated when the board didn't give him any graces.

 

Level
18
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Players Left
19
Tables Left
3
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Back From Dinner

Right before dinner, Arnold Spee busted out, and was seen walking the halls with a huge brick of cash. He was obviously unhappy with his tournament demise, but is really enjoying his new PokerListings.com black button down shirt.

28 players remain...stay tuned for more bust-outs. 

Level
17
Blinds
8000/16000
Ante
2000
Players Left
108
Tables Left
12
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Dinner Break; Chip Counts

It's dinner time until 10:20 p.m. and then we will continue on down to the final table. In the meantime...

We're down to four tables in the re-start area and 36 players are left. Here are the current chip counts for the top chip holders:

1. Taylor Douglas $666K

2. Curtis Kibler-Melby - $665K

3. Marc Phan- $482K

4. Todd Lundwall - $440K

5. John Hunt - $420K

See you after some chow! 

Level
15
Blinds
4000/8000
Ante
1000
Players Left
108
Tables Left
12
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Update 5 for Event 49, Day 2

Grounded.
Grounded.

Mueller's Deep Pockets

Play like the pros -- get pocket kings. That's what Greg Mueller has done again, once more doubling with trusty cowboys. Just like last time, Greg raised pre-flop, then called another player's all-in. This time his opponent had nines to double Mueller to near $320,000.

Ground to Powder

Facing one raise, Michael Mizrachi pushed with K 3 pre-flop. His caller showed A 9 and trailed by the T 5 4 K turn; but the A river ground Michael to the felt. Did we mention his nickname is the Grinder? Now it all makes sense. 

Level
15
Blinds
4000/8000
Ante
1000
Players Left
108
Tables Left
12
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Update 4 for Event 49, Day 2

Looking Good.
Looking Good.

Break, Then Break

First, there is a break while chips are brought into a more contemporary color. Then there is a break while players slip into something more comfortable. Or just try to wash the nacho grease off their hands. Nachos stain eternal. 

Level
15
Blinds
4000/8000
Ante
1000
Players Left
109
Tables Left
12
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Update 3 for Event 49, Day 2

Packing the Mueller

Greg Mueller raised pre-flop, prompting another player to move all-in with A J. Mueller called with K K to see the 7 9 5 8 J board; and rake a pot of more than $100,000. That ought to improve the canuck's Canada day.

Shorring Up

Shannon Shorr is still in it after moving over the top of one player's all-in. Everyone else folded, to reveal Shorr's pocket sevens and his opponent's J-3 offsuit. A seven on the flop added nearly $20,000 to Shorr's growing stack.

Devil Drives Mads

Former chip leader Mads Andersen ended his day after losing a big pot to pocket eights while holding ace-high. He then doubled holding K-T; but lost it all when his dominating A-7 came up against A-6. The 6 on the flop and another on the turn made a Mads-busting number of the beast.

Level
14
Blinds
3000/6000
Ante
500
Players Left
110
Tables Left
12
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Update 2 for Event 49, Day 2

Shannon Shorr Salaciously Sucks Out!
Shannon Shorr Salaciously Sucks Out!

Muchos Eliminations

The eliminations are coming fast and furious with more than 120 eliminations having occurred since the start of play today. All-ins are everywhere, with the roller-coaster blind structures catching up to players with a vengeance. Players are pushing with A4o and QJo and sucking out on opponents left and right, but the eliminations, they are still a-coming. We'll get down to nine before too long.

Mizrachi Muscles

Michael Mizrachi raises to $12,000 from middle position and is called by the big blind, who looks absolutely thrilled to be in a hand with the Grinder. The flop comes 8-6-2 rainbow and the big blind checks. Mizrachi moves all-in for about $60,000 and P1 folds. As the Grinder rakes the pot, he shows pocket tens. That is all.

Shorr Doubles

Shannon Shorr gets his last $30,000 into the middle following a late-position raise and shows A 2 to Player 2's A K. The board bails out the Alamaba Slamma as it comes 5 4 3, giving Shorr the wheel and after the turn and river brick out, the smooth double-up.

Chip Leaders

Here are the current chip leaders:

Chip counts courtesy www.worldseriesofpoker.com

Update courtesy www.PokerListings.com

Level
12
Blinds
1500/3000
Ante
400
Players Left
111
Tables Left
9
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Update 1 for Event 49, Day 2

I Miss Chad.
I Miss Chad.

New Blood

Replacing the irreplaceable Chad Brown was a player unpacking a suspiciously large stack. Greg Mueller immediately wanted to know the newcomer's Full Tilt Poker screen name. The table's other players felt jilted by Greg's interest.

"You didn't ask me my name, man!" protested a considerably less-stacked player. "You didn't look like a big online player -- you just looked like a nice guy." replied the ever-placating Mueller.

We're Fresh Out of Chad

A player in middle position made it $10,000 to play, which folded the table around to Chad Brown in the small blind. Chad pushed for a total of $37,000 and showed his caller A K. His opponent showed a dominated A Q and the race was on.

Unfortunately for Brown, the flop brought a queen with 8 9 Q. The turn and river T 2 brought no help for Chad, sadly de-Browning the field. Even the victor was a little downhearted:

"Chad, sorry man." he earnestly intoned. "It's all right, I encouraged the call." Returned the grim thespian, walking away from a table that also held Greg Mueller. Greg couldn't help a last call of "Good playing with you, Chad!" Brown is clearly beloved.

Level
12
Blinds
1500/3000
Ante
400
Players Left
216
Tables Left
25
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Look! Up in the Air! A Bird! A Plane!

Fresh Grind.
Fresh Grind.

No, it's cards -- they are all a-fly. There's plenty of play still to go in Day 2 of the third-largest starting field in the history of the universe, so stick with us for the thick and fast excitement. Meanwhile, check the chips as declared by www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

Level
12
Blinds
1500/3000
Ante
400
Players Left
216
Tables Left
25
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Day 2 in the Place to Be

Day 2 of the final money-grubbing donkament begins today at 2 p.m. from the floors of the Amazon Room at the Rio, with Day 1's mammoth starting field of 3,151 pared down to a more manageable 216. Among those still in contention are Michael Mizrachi, Mike Gracz, Shannon Shorr, Arnold Spee, Chad Brown and Greg Mueller, but will they be around once we've played down to the final nine tonight? Stay tuned!
Players Left
216
Tables Left
25
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Event Name Event 49, No-Limit Hold'em
Venue Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 30 June 2007
Final Day 2 July 2007
Buy In $1,500
Entrants 3151
Prize Pool $4,301,115
First Prize $722,914
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 25/50
Level 2 0 50/100
Level 3 0 100/200
Level 4 25 100/200
Level 5 25 150/300
Level 6 50 200/400
Level 7 75 300/600
Level 8 100 400/800
Level 9 100 600/1200
Level 10 200 800/1600
Level 11 300 1000/2000
Level 12 400 1500/3000
Level 13 500 2000/4000
Level 14 500 3000/6000
Level 15 1000 4000/8000
Level 16 1000 6000/12000
Level 17 2000 8000/16000
Level 18 3000 10000/20000
Level 19 4000 15000/30000
Level 20 5000 20000/40000
Level 21 5000 30000/60000
Level 22 10000 40000/80000
Level 23 15000 60000/120000

Chandrasekhar Billavara
wins
$722,914

Event 49, No-Limit Hold'em

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Chandrasekhar Billavara $722,914
2. Taylor Douglas $467,101
3. John Hunt $292,476
4. Leandro "Brasa" Pimentel $189,249
5. Duane Felix $131,184
6. Cort Kibler-Melby $96,775
7. Ray Spencer $75,270
8. Greg Mueller $55,914
9. Lewis Titterton $45,162
10. Thomas Middelthon $37,635