Event 40, 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) - Live Updates

Day 3 Live Updates

06/24/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 40 Over! Razor Wins Second Bracelet!

John Phan
Razor is sharpest.

This event is over! John "Razor" Phan has done what few have before, taking down his second bracelet in a single year. We're not 100% sure but he may have set a record as the only player to win two bracelets in the same week!

Phan started the heads-up match near even but it didn't take the Razor long to take a big lead. The first two big pots were shipped in his direction as Shun Uchida fought to keep his head above water. Uchida was down as low as $90,000, and with limits of $25,000/$50,000 it didn't take a genius to know something had to be done.

That something was a double-up but it only got him partway out of the woods. Going into the final hand Phan still had his opponent on the ropes.

Uchida and Phan were both having a good time, playing by "Gentleman's rules," as Phan put it. Phan raised from the button and Uchida re-raised from the big blind, all but committing himself to the hand.

Phan made the call and Uchida drew two cards. Phan took three and Uchida fired at the pot. Phan raised, Uchida moved in and Phan called. Uchida took one card and Phan stood pat, eliciting a mad cheer from the fans on the rail.

Phan then pushed his monster stack over into one big pile, somewhere at the bottom of which were his cards. "Turn over your four," yelled Phan to his opponent. Uchida turned over 8 7 5 3, he was drawing to an 8-7.

"You're drawing dead!" exclaimed Phan as he dug his hand out of the mess of markers. 7 6 4 3 2 was eventually tabled and the rail exploded. "History's been made here!" Phan announced.

As it turns out John's two bracelets in seven days did not break any records. Jeff Madsen and Mark Seif's wins came just six days apart. It's still pretty good though, I guess.

As Phan grabbed the bracelet he ordered 20 Coronas for everyone in attendance.

John Phan takes bracelet number two and $151,896 while Shun Uchida pockets $95,795!

PL.com's had a chance to sit in on the press-conference style interview so head on over here for that.

Level
23
Blinds
10000/20000
Average Stack
$1,190,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
06/24/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 40 - Heads-up Begins!

After a ton of three-handed play, and a dinner break, we are finally down to the last two. It was Gioi Luong out in third so read on for details on that, the first few hands of heads-up and the updated counts.

Heads-Up Counts

Here are the new counts for our final two players, courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com. Bear in mind, these are a few hands into the match.

John Phan $690,000
Shun Uchida
$510,000

Big One for Razor

Luong calls from the button and Phan raises from the big blind. Luong calls and takes three cards. Phan takes two and checks it. Luong bets and Phan makes the call. They each take two cards and Phan leads out for $40,000. Luong makes the call and they both stand pat.

Phan tosses in one final bet and Luong calls half-heartedly. Phan tables 8 7 4 3 2 and rakes a nice one.

Luong Gone (3rd)

Gioi Luong made a valiant effort to get back in this event but in the end it was too little too late. It was a strange hand with John Phan that did him in. Luong opened from the small blind and Phan re-raised from the big.

Luong drew two cards and Phan stood pat. Luong checked, Phan bet and Luong called all-in. Now it was Luong who stood pat and Phan who took two cards. They checked and Luong stood pat again. Phan took two more and somehow tabled 7-6-5-4-2. Luong had an 8-7 but it wasn't enough to keep him around.

Gioi Luong takes $61,583.

 

Level
23
Blinds
10000/20000
Average Stack
$595,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
06/24/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 40 - Back from Dinner

Gioi Luong, Shunjiro Uchida and John Phan are all back from their extended 90-minute break and ready to get down to the business at hand. Phan isn't making it easy on either of his opponents as he continues his hunt for bracelet number two.

Three's Company

Here's a look at the new counts for the final three, courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

Shun Uchida $620,000
John Phan
$474,000
Gioi Luong
$93,000

 

Razor Burns Uchida

John Phan just took down a key pot from our chip leader, Shun Uchida. It started with Uchida raising from the button and Phan making it three from the big blind. Uchida made the call and Phan check-raised the first betting round.

Uchida called and Phan led out on the next draw. He got the call and the same routine repeated itself. Phan tabled an 8-7 low which was enough to make Uchida muck his cards.

To Make a Luong Story Short

Gioi Luong is starting to enter the danger zone at this final table and just lost another pot to big-stack Shun Uchida. Uchida was the small blind and raised after Phan folded his button. Luong called in the big blind and they both took one card.

It was checked back and forth and each player took one more card. Two more checks and Uchida drew one card. Luong stood pat. Uchida led out and got a call, turning over 8 7 5 4 2 which was enough to make Luong discard his hand.

 

Level
23
Blinds
10000/20000
Average Stack
$396,667
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/24/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 40 - Ounces to Freedom

This three-handed gamble-athon is still rolling and no one is showing any signs of backing down. Gioi Luong and John Phan are the ones mixing it up the most with Shun Uchida seeming happy to let them duke it out and pick his spots a bit more carefully. So far it's worked perfectly for him.

All three players are now on a 90-minute dinner break. Hit us back to see if John Phan can take down his second bracelet of the summer.

The Three Count-ateers

Here’s a look at the new chip counts, courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

Shun Uchida
$770,000
John Phan $254,000
Gioi Luong
$171,000

Won’t Take Luong

In another hand between John Phan and Gioi Luong, the latter was able to come out on top. Shun Uchida was on the button and folded. Luong raised from the small blind and Phan came along in the big. Luong stood pat while Phan drew three cards.

Luong tossed in a bet and Phan called. Luong stood pat once again. Phan took two cards. Luong fired and Phan called. On the final draw Luong stood pat and Phan took another two. Luong bet and after a long time thinking things over Phan dumped his hand.

Razor Drives Action

John Phan’s stack has seen some serious ups and downs this last level as the blinds and limits really start to ramp up. After losing a big one Phan regained some ground here. Phan was on the button and raised it up to the obligatory $30,000. Uchida folded the small blind and Luong called in the big.

Luong took two cards and checked. Phan took two as well and tossed in a $15,000 bet. Luong made the call and they each took one card. Luong checked and Phan continued with the aggression, pushing $30k into the middle.

Luong called again as Phan stood pat. Luong checked and Phan began cutting out a bet. The chips were barely across the line before Luong’s cards were in the muck.

Level
22
Blinds
8000/15000
Average Stack
$396,667
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/24/2008 (6 years ago)

Level 40 - Three-Handed Play Continues

Just when it looked like John Phan was down and out, the Razor comes storming back. He’s in the game once again thanks to some pretty incredible play and a little bit of tilt induction.

Phan-ally, It’s Happened to Me

John Phan was down to just six big bets in his stack but managed to scrape a few chips back through aggression. Then he picked up a big pot against Shun Uchida that helped him begin to rebuild his stack.

Phan raised on the button and Uchida made it three bets from the small blind. Gioi Luong declined and Phan called.

On the first draw, Uchida took two cards and Phan drew three. Uchida bet again, and Phan called.

On the second draw, Uchida drew one card and Phan took two. Uchida bet once more, and Phan called.

On the third draw, both men stood pat; Uchida bet and Phan made the call, but Uchida didn’t want to turn up his cards.

“Turn your hand over,” Phan said. Uchida showed a ten, but Phan wanted more. “Show all your cards! You’re snowing with a ten! I knew it. I had a feeling you were snowing.”

Obtuse Angle Tilts Luong

Not long after that pot for Phan, Gioi Luong and Uchida got involved in a pot. On the first draw, the dealer began to give Uchida his two cards and Luong reached out to trade out one of his discards. Phan, who wasn’t in the hand, jumped up, pointing at Luong, saying he couldn’t trade cards out.

After a lot of argument back and forth between all the players - handled very smoothly by both the dealer and the floor, we might add - the supervisor showed up and listened to the situation. The ruling was that Luong indeed couldn’t trade out; he accepted the ruling, drew three cards, and got Uchida to check-fold to his bet.

Phan needled Luong after that pot was complete. “Go ahead, take the angle,” said Phan. “Gamble it up!”

Luong, meanwhile, mumbled under his breath and check-steam-raised Phan from the small blind on the next hand. Luong was the aggressor on all streets until the end; then Phan and Luong checked down, only for Luong to have misread his hand with a pair of sixes. Phan again needled Luong, who was obviously frustrated at the decimated stack in front of him.

Level
22
Blinds
8000/15000
Average Stack
$396,667
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/24/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 40 - Holy Trinity, Batman!

What a difference a level makes! John Phan has easily been the most aggressive player at today’s final table, continually pounding at pots and picking them up through sheer bullheadedness for most of the day. Since the game became three-handed, however, it’s been a different story.

Not-so-Phan-tastic Voyage

John Phan held the chip lead after the elimination of Robert Mizrachi, and he decided to make a show of it: he spread out his $20,000 stacks of yellow chips across the table from the 4-seat to the 6-seat, and alternately sat on either side of his chip fortress.

His confidence at that point was unmistakable. At one point he made it clear that he thought himself the favorite over his opposition. “Let’s make it winner-take-all,” said Phan. “Let’s make it interesting, something for history.”

Unfortunately for Phan, those stacks began to disappear as Gioi Luong and Shun Uchida fought back.

Uchida holds position on Phan when the two are in the blinds and has used it on a few occasions, calling bets from Phan until the limits go up and then pouncing with a raise.

Luong, meanwhile, has relied on the check-raise against the aggressive Phan, even taking away a pot where Phan claimed to have folded 8-7-6.

When Exposed Cards Go Bad

John Phan lost a big pot to Gioi Luong on the last hand before the second break of the day.

The situation was a strange one. Phan raised on the button, as he is wont to do. Uchida folded, and three of his cards turned up as they reached the dealer: a king and a pair of sevens. That drew a snap three-bet from Luong, and Phan called.

On the first draw, Luong stood pat and, in a flashback to earlier in the day, Phan drew two cards. Luong bet dark and Phan called.

On the second draw, Luong again stood pat and Phan drew two. Luong bet dark once more and Phan called.

On the third draw, Luong stood pat and Phan took one card. Both men checked and Luong turned up 9-8-7-5-4. Phan stood up, trying to find a way to make his hand a winner, but in the end he mucked 6-5-3-2 face up with his final card down. Phan was down to just $256,000 after the hand, while Luong was up to $539,000.

Clap Your Chip Counts Say Yeah

Here are the current chip counts as reported by WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Gioi Luong $473,000
Shun Uchida
$461,000
John Phan
$262,000

 

Level
21
Blinds
6000/12000
Average Stack
$396,667
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/24/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 40 - Menage a Trois

As the table gets shorter here in the Amazon Room, the atmosphere grows more tense. This is starting to feel like a real final table despite the fact that we're off to the side of the ESPN set.

Mizrachi Mashed! (4th)

Cash game player Shun Uchida and tournament stud Robert Mizrachi had both been dancing around for a while to see who would go out in fourth. Uchida can take a deep breath and enjoy moving up the ladder at least one more spot, as Mizrachi has been eliminated.

The frustrated Mizrachi had been betting out and getting raised for some time, folding to pressure after dropping a few bets here and there and finding himself down to just a few stacks of yellow $1,000 chips. He finally got involved in a three-way pot that could have been a big help to his stack, calling (along with Gioi Luong) a raise from Shun Uchida.

All three players took two cards and Mizrachi led out after the draw. Both opponents called; Luong and Mizrachi drew one, while Uchida took two. This time it was Luong who led out after the draw. Mizrachi called off the last of his chips and Uchida folded.

Luong stood pat while Mizrachi drew one final card; Luong turned up 10-6-5-4-2, and Mizrachi turned over 8-6-4-2. He didn’t manage to pick up a good card, though, instead finding a jack to exit the tournament.

Mizrachi finishes in fourth place, earning himself $41,055.

Uchida Unfazed

Shun Uchida has been playing extremely tight today, and obviously it’s paid off to a certain degree. He came into three-handed play as the shortest stack but that doesn’t seem to be bothering him.

First Uchida squared off with chip leader John Phan, calling from the small blind after Phan bumped the bet to $20,000. Uchida took one card, while Phan drew three. Uchida bet out $10,000 and Phan called.

On the second draw Uchida again took one, and Phan decided to take two - despite telling Uchida that the book says to draw one. Uchida bet, Phan called.

Uchida stood pat on the third draw, while Phan drew one. Uchida checked, and after some time Phan checked as well. Uchida turned up 8-7-5-4-2, beating the 6-5-4-3-2 straight that Phan pulled on the last card.

On a hand soon after that, Uchida managed to get calls from Gioi Luong to the third draw, ultimately showing down 8-7-5-4-3 and getting Luong to muck his cards.

Those two pots put Uchida just three big bets behind Luong, at $245,000 to his opponent’s $305,000. It looks like we’ve got ourselves a game here, folks.

All the Chip Counts Have Been Destroyed

Here are your three-way chip counts, courtesy of WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

John Phan
$655,000
Gioi Luong
$305,000
Shun Uchida
$245,000

 

Level
19
Blinds
4000/8000
Average Stack
$297,500
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
06/24/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 40 - Triple Your Pleasure, Triple Your Fun

We're down to four players and the atmosphere is tense. There's not much table chatter at this point; John Phan is focused and staying aggressive, while the rest of the table reacts to him.

Ponzio Schemed! (5th)

Ben Ponzio
Ponzio couldn't get anything going today.

Ben Ponzio never got much going today, and he found himself short-stacked just as we posted our last update. Shortly afterward he was eliminated by John Phan; Ponzio got all-in after the second draw and picked up 10-7-5-4-2 against Phan’s 8-7-4-3-2. That sent him to the rail in 5th place, earning the 2007 bracelet winner $28,739.

John Phan, Born Gambler

Even though nobody is ever out of the game until their last chips are gone, it’s undeniable at this stage in the tournament that Gioi Luong is chip leader John Phan’s biggest competition. Phan decided to go after Luong a few minutes ago in a crazy hand.

The action began with Phan raising the button to $16,000. Luong made it $24,000 from the big blind and Phan called.

Luong stood pat on the first draw, while Phan drew two. Luong bet $8,000 dark, and Phan, after looking at his cards one at a time, made the call.

Luong stood pat a second time, and Phan repeated his action from the first draw by taking two cards. Luong once again bet dark, this time $16,000 as the limits had gone up, and Phan again made the call.

Luong stood pat again on the third draw, while Phan took only one card. This time Luong checked rather than firing - a good thing, because Phan led out for $16,000 immediately. Luong made the crying call and Phan turned up 7-6-5-3-2; Luong insta-mucked in disgust as the Razor scooped in a healthy pot to jump a little further ahead of his nearest competitor.

The Mizrachi Shuffle

Robert Mizrachi was in danger of repeating Ben Ponzio’s exit, as he sat on the short stack going into the first break of the day. He’s managed to roar back two different times, even though he subsequently dropped a few bets on two or three hands before folding to pressure. The biggest one was a pot with Phan which would have left Mizrachi crippled; his 10-6 outdid Phan’s 10-7 to keep Mizrachi in the game.

Level
19
Blinds
4000/8000
Average Stack
$297,500
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
06/24/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 40 - Three is a Magic Number

We're down to the final five here in the Amazon Room. It doesn't feel like a final table despite the heavyweights in play, as we're over on a side table with about 15 people watching the action. Such is life for non-hold'em events at the WSOP.

Sklansky Skanked! (6th)

As we mentioned in our first post of the day, David Sklansky was facing an uphill battle today as he came in with only eight big bets in his stack. He never managed to get any traction and is now out of the tournament.

The first hand that he played saw the famed poker strategist raise before the first draw, get two callers in John Phan and Robert Mizrachi, and draw two cards. The three men checked to take the second draw, which saw Phan stand pat while Sklansky drew one and Mizrachi drew two. Phan bet out, Sklansky called, and Mizrachi folded. Phan stood pat once again, and Sklansky missed his one-card draw and had to fold.

Down to just $29,000 after that, he fell even further after giving up his blinds. He then faced off against Mizrachi for the last $14,000 in his stack, only to pair sixes on the third draw against Mizrachi’s 8-7.

David Sklansky finishes in 6th place, earning $20,528.

The Lay of the Land

Outside of the Sklansky elimination, the play has been back-and-forth today. Most of the pots have been going to John Phan, which is reflected in his chip stack.

Robert Mizrachi has tried his luck on several occasions, picking up a handful of pots but mostly finding himself in the unenviable position of getting raised.

Ben Ponzio has been trying to get involved as well, picking off one pot from Phan with 7-6-5-4-2, but missing two big draws on others to find himself short-stacked. He’ll need to pick something up soon or he’ll go the way of Sklansky.

Mellowship Chip Counts in B-Major

Here are the current standings as reported by WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

John Phan $371,000
Robert Mizrachi
$236,000
Shun Uchida
$226,000
Gioi Luong
$192,000
Ben Ponzio
$49,000

 

Level
18
Blinds
3000/6000
Average Stack
$238,000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
06/24/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 40 - Triple Trouble!

Our final table is just getting underway here at the Rio. Here's a look at the participants, seating assignments, and incoming chip counts.

Ben Ponzio
Ben Ponzio makes his third cash, seeks second bracelet.

Seat 1: Ben Ponzio - $113,000

Ponzio claimed his first WSOP bracelet in 2007, in the $2,000 NLHE event, marking one of only two cashes on the Illinoisan’s career resume to this point.

Seat 2: Shun Uchida - $200,000

Shun Uchida took the chip lead in this event on Day 1 and never really looked back. The Las Vegan has five previous WSOP cashes to his credit, including 11th and 13th respectively in this year’s Omaha/8 and Limit Hold’em World Championship events.

David Sklansky
Sklansky is short. Do you see why?

Seat 3: David Sklansky - $78,000

Sklansky is making his first appearance at a WSOP final table since 2001. While he is well-known as the author of seminal The Theory of Poker and other poker texts, he hasn’t won a WSOP bracelet since several years before that book was published. It will be an uphill battle for the 2+2 founder, as he comes in with the shortest stack.

Gioi Luong
The quietest success story in poker, Gioi Luong.

Seat 4: Gioi Luong - $291,000

If you’ve never heard of Gioi Luong, you’re not alone. Lots of people who follow poker casually have no idea who this quiet man from Westminster, Calif., is, despite the fact that he has over $2,228,000 in lifetime earnings. Since 2005, Luong has 11 cashes and two final tables at the WSOP, with his best finish coming in last year’s $5,000 shorthanded NLHE event (6th place).

Robert Mizrachi
Mizrachi seeks his second bracelet.

Seat 5: Robert Mizrachi - $215,000

Robert Mizrachi younger brother Michael might have been more famous to start off in tournament poker, but Robert has had much greater success at the WSOP. He won last year’s $10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Omaha and has a total of 14 cashes here dating back to 2003.

John Phan
Phan comes in with the chip lead today.

Seat 6: John Phan - $294,000

The incoming chip leader, Phan finally won his first WSOP bracelet this year after finishing second on two previous occasions. Phan is well-known for his highly aggressive style in no-limit hold’em, and for his $3,800,000+ in career tournament winnings.

Level
17
Blinds
3000/5000
Average Stack
$198,333
Players Left
6
Tables Left
1

Event Information

Event Name
Event 40, 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)
Venue
Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date
2008-06-22
Final Day
2008-06-24
Buy In
$2,500
Entrants
238
Prize Pool
$547,400
First Prize
$151,896

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 John Phan $151,896
2 Shunjiro Uchida $95,795
3 Gioi Luong $61,583
4 Robert Mizrachi $41,055
5 Ben Ponzio $28,739

View final results

Browse Events

Recent Tournament Results