The $1k Stimulus event continues, and the atmosphere is very subdued at the moment. It's understandable given the big prizes on offer. All the players are very focused on being all they can be at this final table.
There are only six left now, with another elimination occurring during the last level.
Here's the skinny.
Stung by Sung (Oakes - 7th)
Steve Sung's fall from grace has been astounding but perhaps he just received the fillup he needed to make a comeback.
The short-stacked Jeff Oakes was under pressure to make a move and when Steve Sung raised it up to 220k, he looked down at a pair of fives and felt the time was right.
He shipped it in and Sung made the call with A♠ Q♥. A nice flip to win, Sung came out smelling of roses as an ace flopped and an ace rivered to give him the pot.
That was it for Oakes, he was down and out with $126,613.
Could this be the kickstart Sung needed to slip into gear?
Beefing Up The Rio
Just as an aside to the poker, the sponsorship of the WSOP by Jack Link's Beef Jerky has elicited a variety of differing reactions from press and players alike.
Some have found it comical that a jerky company are sponsoring the series whilst hardened jerky fans are delighted the object of their affection is finally getting the recognition it deserves.
As part of their sponsorship Jack Links have provided ample quantities of beef jerky around the tournament area and media room and this has had a somewhat unpleasant side effect.
Wandering through the Amazon room when it is packed out is typically an assault on your senses with gaudily-dressed tourists mingling with scantily-clad women mixed with those whose body odour is suffering under the scorching Nevada sun.
A new element has been thrown into the mix however, as the free stockpiles of jerky have left their mark with a strong scent of beef pervading the area.
Remember to bring your nose plugs!
You can look now Steve. He folded!
Sung Stops the Rot
It seems as though Steve Sung has been rejuvenated by eliminating Jeff Oakes. He picked up two pots in quick sucession to move past the two million chip mark for the first time in a while.
The first hand saw him re-pop Panayote Vilandos' opening 200k raise to 600k. Vilandos passed showing an ace, whilst Sung tabled ace-king as he took down the pot.
Next up he raised Dan Heimiller's big blind to 220k and Heimiller made the call from the big blind.
The flop fell J♦ J♠ 6♥ and both players checked it down.
The turned J♣ was quickly checked by Heimiller with a look of resignation. Sung also checked.
The river was the 2♣ and one more check from Heimiller caused Sung to lead for 300k. Heimiller wasn't interested and mucked pretty quickly.
Steve Sung is back!
You Want Chips with That?
Here are the counts as we play through level twenty-eight. Panayote Vilandos remains the man best-placed to take down the bracelet right now.
|Panayote Vilandos ||5,180,000 |
|James Matz III ||4,100,000 |
|Dan Heimiller ||3,915,000 |
|Steve Sung ||2,212,000 |
|Nathan Mullen ||1,495,000 |
|Larry Sidebotham ||1,095,000 |
- Players Left
- Tables Left