Things are definitely getting interesting over at the final table. Vinnie Vinh has exploded although he still has a sizeable stack. Christoph Niesert does not and we are down to seven and heading into the one hour dinner break.
Will The Real Vinnie Vinh Please Stand
Something tweaked Vinnie Vinh and he just went off like a bottle rocket. After Vinh raised and the dealer pulled in his chips, he shot out of his chair screaming. While most of what Vinh said didn't make sense to anyone within earshot, the floor had to be called in to settle him down.
"Don't touch me," he said to the tournament staff. "Get away from me."
Then he spun around turning his attention to Christoph Niesert.
"Do you want to go all in on this hand sir?" he asked. "We're playing Limit, not No Limit, you want to go all in."
Vinh continued ranting for a while before finally settling back in his chair and apologizing to all involved. Most of the table seemed pretty amused before a few minutes later when he raised again, pushing Jimmy Shultz off a hand.
"Will you show me one time?" Shultz asked. "No, Sergeant. No, I cannot show. I tell you on the break. Sorry Sarge. Sorry Sergeant. No, we play Limit poker. I cannot tell."
The very next hand Vinh raised again; this time into Shultz's big blind. He flashed an ace when Shultz laid it down.
"My Mommy always told me to bring the ace with you when you play poker," Vinh said. "Even when I was in her stomach she look down and tell me ‘Vinny, you bring the ace with you when you go play poker."
With his two still unexplained disappearing acts in events last year, Vinh is a hard man to figure. While at times he seems to march to the beat of his own drummer and his behavior is excessively erratic, he still seems to play some semblance of solid poker.
At this final table he had the chip lead but that is a thing of the past. After these blow ups he blew off almost half his stack and now sits fourth. No one is even sure if he will come back from the break.
Markus Golser got under $30k but just tripled to stay alive. The action began when Brendan Taylor raised preflop and Golser called for his last $27k.
Ali Eslami decided to come along for the ride, but folded when Taylor bet the 5♠ 5♥ J♠ flop. Taylor's K♥ 10♠ was behind Golser's J♥ 9♣ and stayed there on the 10♦ turn and 6♥ river.
Nowhere For Niesert (8th)
Christoph Niesert got the last of his chips in pre flop and Jimmy Shultz and Zac Fellows both called, checking down the J♦ 9♦ 5♣ K♣ Q♣ board. Fellows had the goods with K♠ 8♠ while Schultz and Niesert tossed their cards in the muck.
An eighth place finish will net Niesert $32,432.
Here are the chip counts courtesy of WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:
|Jimmy Shultz ||$750,000 |
|Zac Fellows ||$580,000 |
|Brendan Taylor ||$500,000 |
|Vinny Vinh ||$345,000|
|Markus Golser ||$200,000 |
|Teddy "Iceman" Monroe ||$50,000 |