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Event 7 - Keikoan Takes It!

Matt Keikoan
Matt Keikoan is one happy dude

After an hour or so of blind exchange during which Shannon Shorr treads just enough water to keep his head above sea level, the Alabaman open-shoves from the button and Matt Keikoan immediately calls, turning up K 5 to Shorr's T 6.

The flop comes K 7 7 and the pro-Keikoan crowd goes crazy, filling the Amazon Room with their cheers as the boy flops a pair of kings. The turn is the Q and Shorr is drawing dead, and after the K on the river makes it official, Matt Keikoan has won the $2,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament!

For his victory, Keikoan earns $550,529 and his first WSOP bracelet, while Shannon Shorr takes $349,142 for second. Congratulations to all who cashed in this event, and stay tuned for an exclusive interview with champion Matt Keikoan!

Level
23
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1

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Event 7 - Final Table - Matt Keikoan Dominates Early Going

Everybody had their money on Shannon Shorr to win Event 7 after he crippled Theo Tran but so far Matt Keikoan has been better player.

Keikoan entered with a slight chip lead of $3.8 million to Shorr's$2.6 million but Keikoan has already chipped Shorr down to just $1.2 million. Keikoan has done it mostly by showing aggression and forcing a great deal of laydowns from Shorr.

Stay tuned as we chronicle the epic conclusion to Event 7.

Level
22
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1

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Event 7 - Level 23 - Heads Up!

We've managed to reach heads up now thanks to Theo Tran compeletely blowing his huge lead and Carter Gill stepping out third. It's now neck in neck for the bracelet and all the cash live on the ESPN stage.

Gill Gutted (3rd)

We are headed to heads up and Carter Gill will grab $228,897 for third after getting all his chips in the middle with 8 6 against Matt Keikoan's A K. Gill flopped a flush draw, but Keikoan hit a king and a third heart was not in the cards.

Shannon Shorr and Matt Keikoan will go heads up in a dead heat both sitting on around $2.9 million in chips.

Tran Trounced (4th)

Theo Tran is out fourth and can't be happy about it at all. He'll cash $191,231 after giving away his massive chip lead to Shannon Shorr then shipping the last of his stack over to Carter Gill running pocket sevens into pocket jacks.

It is early days yet at the 2008 WSOP and Tran has already made two final tables. But this one has to be a disappointment as he went from the penthouse to the outhouse in just a matter of minutes.

Level
22
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1

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Event 7 - Level 22 - Things Done Changed!

Theo Tran has lost his lead in this last level. Shannon Shorr chipped away at the field building his stack then and just took a huge chunk of Theo's stack and the chip lead.

In the big confrontation, Tran made it $70,000 to go pre flop and Shorr made the call sending the two heads up to the K 7 4 flop. Both players checked allowing the 3 turn to come off. Tran decided to bet out making it $105,000 before Shorr came over the top to $275,000 total.

Tran made the call and the J came on the river. Tran wisely checked, but that allowed Shorr to shove.

Shannon Shorr
Meet the new boss!

Facing a bet of almost $1 million in chips, Tran tanked forever before finally making the wrong call. It took him considerably less time to muck his holdings when Shorr turned over the 7 7 for the set.

Now over $2 million in chips, Shorr has grabbed the lead and Tran is under $1 million.

Level
22
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1

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Event 7 - Level 21 - Just Four Remain

Despite mixing a 20-minute break into the past hour, Theo Tran has continued his assault on this final table and now has close to $3 million in chips. Thanks to Mihai Manole exiting fifth were now down to just four players with Tran holding about as many chips as the other three competitors combined.

Manole Manholed! (5th)

Mihai Manole is out and will pick up $155,013 for his efforts after losing a massive hand to Theo Tran. Theo made it $60,000 to go under the gun and Manole picked his spot reraising it up to $160,000 total from the small blind.

Tran then flat called the raise before the 8 5 3 flop fell. Manhoe led right out making it $150k, but Tran bumped it up $200,000 more. Manole shoved and Theo made the easy call showing 5 5 for the flopped set. Sadly, Manole's A 8 top pair was no good and the turn and river didn't help one bit.

Tran was up over $3 million after the hand.

Here's the chip counts courtesy of WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Theo Tran $2.8 million
Mihai Manole
$0
Matt Keikoan
$960,000
Carter Gill
$1.3 million
Shannon Shorr
$600,000
Mike Lisanti
$0
J.C. Tran
$0
Chris Bjorin
$0
Alex Bolotin
$0
Level
21
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
3000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1

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Event 7 - Level 20 - Now It's On!

The biggest news of the last hour would have to be J.C. Tran's untimely exit, but Chris Bjorin is also gone. In the meantime, Theo Tran continues his roll towards WSOP Gold with unmatched aggression and no one seems ready to stop him.

Chopped Pottery

Carter Gill started the action raising it up to $44k under the gun before Chris Bjorin repopped all in for his last $113,000. Shannon Shorr then entered the frey from the big blind making the call and Gill threw his cards away. Shorr's A J looked good to send the Bjorin home dominating his A 7 but it was not to be. Two pair on the board ensured a chop pot.

Tran Trounced (7th)

J.C. Tran looked down at pocket tens before deciding to make it $55k to go pre flop. Carter Gill then looked down at kings before raising it up from the big blind to $135,000.

Tran shoved Gill snap called and J.C. became our seventh place finisher when the board came up blank. He'll cash $94,166.

Bjorin Bounced (6th)

Chris Bjorin was eliminated in 6th ($123,141) after open shoving under the gun and getting two caller in both Mihai Manole and Carter Gill. Both players checked the Q 10 5 flop, 9 turn and 8 river Bjorin's K 9 was beaten by Gill's 6 7 straight. Manole's 4 6 missed.

Here's how they stand according to WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Theo Tran $2.6 million
Mihai Manole
$700,000
Matt Keikoan
$1.2 million
Carter Gill
$1 million
Shannon Shorr
$300,000
Mike Lisanti
$0
J.C. Tran
$0
Chris Bjorin
$0
Alex Bolotin
$0

 

 

Level
20
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1

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Event 7 - Level 18 - Theo Time!

The first hour of play (20 hands) has really been the Theo Tran show as he's won the majority of pots without going to showdown. We're now down to just seven players and Theo still holds the chip lead inching over the $2 million mark while Mihai Manole and Matt Keikoan are the only other over $1 million.

Tran Doubles

J.C. Tran open shoved from middle position for his last $100k before Alex Bolotin came over the top making it $200k to go. Once the rest fold Tran turns over Q 9 and needs help against Bolotin's A J.

Tran runs so good he didn't even looked worried on the 7 5 3 flop. Then his confidence was confirmed when the 9 turned and the river bricked. Tran doubles, but is still on the ropes here. As for Bolotin; he was the short stack and is now out.

Bolotin Explodes (8th)

J.C. Tran made it $42k from before Alex Bolotin comits himself to the pot making it $134,000 to go from the button. Theo Tran then decides to make the call and J.C. is forced to fold. A classic race unfolds with Tran holding A J against Bolotin's pair of nines. Bolotin could not make the small pair hold as Tran flopped an ace and turned a jack for two pair.

For eighth Bolotin will grab $72,436.

Lisanti Loses (9th)

Mike Lisanti lost the last of his chips running big slick into Matt Keikoan's pocket kings. He found no help from the board and is headed to the cage to take home $50,705.

Clash of the Titans

In the next biggest hand thus far Mihai Manole raised it up to 41,000 from the cutoff and Matt Keikoan made the call from the big blind.

The flop rolled out J 4 2 and after a Keikoan check, Manole led out for $60k. Keikoan flatted him and watched the 8 fall on the turn before checking again.This time Manole checked as well treating us to the 3 river.

Keikoan checked again before Manole made it $75,000 to see his holdings. Keikoan decided it was worth it, but mucked when Manole showed J 10.

Here's the chip counts courtesy of WorldSeriesOfPoker.com: 

Theo Tran $2.1 million
Mihai Manole
$1.4 million
Matt Keikoan
$1 million
Carter Gill
$630,000
Shannon Shorr
$560,000
Mike Lisanti
$0
J.C. Tran
$252,000
Chris Bjorin
$157,000
Alex Bolotin
$0

 

Level
18
Blinds
6000/12000
Ante
1000
Players Left
7
Tables Left
1

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Event 7 - Final Table Begins!

We're just about to get rolling in the final of Event 7 $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em. Theo Tran will come into his second final table of the 2008 WSOP thus far looking for a better result than last time. He's got the chip lead, but Mihai Manole and Matt Keikoan are within striking distance. There's a few other names you'll recognize here and as you know, it's still anybody's ball game in the run for the $550,529 first place prize and WSOP bracelet.

Stick with PL.com throughout to find out wha happen!

1. Theo Tran $1.8 million
2. Mihai Manole
$1.02 million
3. Matt Keikoan
$1.01 million
4. Carter Gill
$652,000
5. Shannon Shorr
$620,000
6. Mike Lisanti
$358,000
7. Alex Bolotin
$345,000
8. JC Tran
$273,000
9. Chris Bjorin
$205,000
Level
17
Blinds
5000/10000
Ante
1000
Players Left
9
Tables Left
1

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Event Name Event 7, No-Limit Hold'em
Venue Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 4 June 2008
Final Day 6 June 2008
Buy In $2,000
Entrants 1592
Prize Pool $2,897,440
First Prize $550,601
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 9 100 500/1000
Level 10 100 600/1200
Level 11 200 800/1600
Level 12 300 1000/2000
Level 13 400 1500/3000
Level 14 500 2000/4000
Level 15 500 3000/6000
Level 16 1000 4000/8000
Level 17 1000 5000/10000
Level 18 1000 6000/12000
Level 19 2000 8000/16000
Level 20 3000 10000/20000
Level 21 3000 12000/24000
Level 22 4000 15000/30000
Level 23 5000 20000/40000
Level 24 5000 25000/50000
Level 25 5000 30000/60000
Level 26 10000 40000/80000
Level 27 10000 50000/100000
Level 28 15000 60000/120000

Matt Keikoan
wins
$550,529

Event 7, No-Limit Hold'em

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Matt Keikoan $550,529
2. Shannon Shorr $349,142
3. Carter Gill $228,898
4. Theo Tran $191,231
5. Mihai Manole $155,013
6. Chris Bjorin $123,141
7. J.C. Tran $94,167
8. Alex Bolotin $72,436
9. Mike Lisanti $50,705
10. Manelic Minaya $33,321