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$50k H.O.R.S.E. – David Bach wins 2009 H.O.R.S.E.

David Bach
The Winner!

It took just over 20 hours and in the process became the longest $50k H.O.R.S.E. tournament in history but we have a winner!

David Bach has finally triumphed over John Hanson.

It all started with a pivotal Hold’em hand where Bach and Hanson saw a board of 7 7 4 2 3 with Bach betting on every street. Hanson called his river bet only to have Bach flip over A 5 for the nut-flush.

That hand gave Bach a huge chip lead but the deciding hand of the tournament would come in Razz.

In the hand Hanson was showing (X)(X)9 J to Bach’s (X)(X)6 A. On third street Hanson brought in, Bach completed, Hanson bet, Bach raised and Hanson called. On fourth Bach fired Hanson called for the last of his chips. They showed their cards:

Hanson: (5)(8)9 J
Bach: (4)(7)6 A

Bach was in the lead and his cards finished with A Q 9 to give him the 9-7-6-4-A low while Hanson could only make a 9-8-6-5-2.

Congratulations in order for David Bach who put on a spectacular performance at one of the longest final tables in WSOP history.

Bach will receive $1.2 million for coming in first while Hanson will have to settle for the $789,199 that comes along with second.

Level
29
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130000/250000
Ante
50000
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$50k H.O.R.S.E. – One for the Ages

David Bach
No Bach'ing down now.

It’s getting close to 9 a.m. Las Vegas time and what started as another final table is turning into one of the more memorable (or at least long) final tables in recent memory.

The railbirds have long since gone home, even the most stalwart cash-game degenerates have called it quits in the Amazon Room and it seems like only two poker players in the entire building remain.

John Hanson and David Bach have been locked in a heads-up battle for close to six hours and it seems like weeks ago that Erik Seidel was our first elimination.

Even with the bigger blinds the swings seem to be even more minor. Hanson and Bach are almost dead-even right now and it seems like they are literally taking turns winning pots. If anything the players seem to be more conservative now.

Combine that with numerous chopped pots and we are getting ever closer to the 9:30 a.m. mark that was set when Chip Reese won the inaugural $50k H.O.R.S.E. tournament back in 2006.

Stay tuned...

Level
29
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130000/250000
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50000
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$50k H.O.R.S.E. – Epic Struggle Continues

Heads-up
Over? Not by a long-shot.

It’s now 7:45 a.m. and we’ve played over 400 hands of poker at the final table of the $50k H.O.R.S.E. Over the last hour of play David Bach has at times been ahead by a 6-1 margin. Hanson has shown an incredible ability to play from the short-stack while playing Limit poker, however, and we’re nearly back to even.

The first pivotal hand of the last hour occurred in Stud with the boards reading:

Bach: (X)(X)9 6 2 7(X)

Hanson: (X)(X)Q 2 K A(X)

Bach raised on fifth street and Hanson re-raised for the last of his chips. Bach called and Hanson showed him Q 4 in the hole for a pair of queens while Bach could only muster J 9 for a pair of nines. Bach couldn’t improve and Hanson doubled up on the hand.

Shortly after that pot was awarded Hanson and Bach played a huge hand in Omaha-8 where Hanson hit a king-high flush and low while Bach had jack-high flush. In two hands Hanson had decimated Bach’s huge chip lead.

Here’s the latest chip counts from the final table:

David Bach 8.7 million
John Hanson
5.6 million
Level
28
Blinds
100000/200000
Ante
50000
Players Left
2
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$50k H.O.R.S.E. – The Stalemate

John Hanson
Can't keep him down!

It’s around 6:45 a.m. Las Vegas time, the sun is shining brightly outside, and inside the Amazon Room the two heads-up combatants are still in the midst of a an all-out war.

Several times now David Bach has had John Hanson to a 3-1 chip margin but Hanson will simply not go down easy.

Hanson just finished overcoming his latest chip deficit and the stacks are very nearly even.

In the most recent hand of Omaha-8 David Bach raised from the button and Hanson called. The flop came 5 2 2 and Hanson checked, Bach bet and Hanson re-raised. Hanson called and the turn came 9.

Hanson bet and Bach called. The river came 3 and Hanson fired off one more bet and Bach called. Hanson showed A Q 4 2 for the nuts. That drew the players about even.

As the morning wears on tournament organizers are starting to ponder the possibility of the heads-up final of this tournament to another day but we’ll see what happens.

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28
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100000/200000
Ante
50000
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$50k H.O.R.S.E. – Bach Takes the Lead

Heads-up
There can be only one.

We’re getting close to 6 a.m. Las Vegas time and David Bach has just won a massive pot off John Hanson in Seven-Card Stud.

In the hand the boards looked like this:

David Bach: (X)(X)6 T 8 T(X)

John Hanson: (X)(X)9 3 2 J(X)

Bach had the bring-in, Hanson completed and Bach called. Both players checked on fourth street but on fifth street the fireworks started with Bach betting, Hanson raising and Bach calling.

The action got even better on sixth street as Bach bet, Hanson raised, Bach re-raised and Hanson called. Bach bet seventh street and Hanson called.

Bach showed T 2 K and Hanson, obviously frustrated, threw his hand into the muck and walked away from the table for a minute. Lower set perhaps?

After the hand the chip stacks looked like this:

David Bach 9.8 million
John Hanson
4.5 million
Level
27
Blinds
90000/180000
Ante
40000
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$50k H.O.R.S.E. – War of Attrition

David Bach
On the rise!

We’ve played more than 14 hours of poker at the final table of the $50k H.O.R.S.E. event and the two remaining players are showing no signs of giving up any time soon.

Perhaps it’s the historic Chip Reese Trophy or the $1.2 million up for grabs but neither player wants to be the one to blink first in this epic contest of wills.

The chip lead as been traded several times but neither player seems to be able to take control of the contest.

As is usually the case with Limit games it has been a series of small victories for both players as Hanson grabbed the early chip lead in Razz but Bach dominated the Omaha-8.

In one of the biggest hands of Omaha-8 Bach raised from the button and Hanson called. The flop came K Q 5. Hanson checked, Bach bet and Hanson raised. Bach called and the turn came 6. Hanson checked, Bach bet and Hanson called. The river came 6 and Hanson once again checked to Bach. Bach fired one more time and Hanson called.

Bach flipped over K J 4 2 for a king-high flush to scoop.

One hand later in Razz Bach made the wheel to score another big pot off Hanson.

Chip counts:

Here’s the latest from the final table:

David Bach 8.7 million
John Hanson
5.5 million
Level
27
Blinds
90000/180000
Ante
40000
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$50k H.O.R.S.E. – Sagstrom Stricken!

Erik Sagstrom
Too aggressive?

After several more hours of play we finally have our third place elimination and it’s none other than former chip leader Erik Sagstrom.

Pretty much all the damage was dealt by David Bach who ran the table against Sagstrom during the latest Omaha-8 round.

In the elimination hand (which was also Omaha-8) John Hanson bet and then David Bach re-raised.

Sagstrom attempted to re-raise the last of his chips but because he didn’t verbalize his raise the floor manager made it stand as just a call.

The flop came K 7 6 and Hanson bet, Bach called and Sagstrom raised the last of his chips. Hanson re-raised an additional 225,000 into the side-pot and Bach called.

The turn came J and Bach checked but Hanson fired again. Bach called and the river came K and both players checked.

Surprisingly Hanson tabled 8 8-X-X and that was enough to take it down.

Sagstrom will receive $522,394 for coming in third.

Heads-Up Counts

Amazingly John Hanson and David Bach are almost dead even as we begin heads-up play:

John Hanson
7.1 million
David Bach
7.1 million
Level
26
Blinds
75000/150000
Ante
30000
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2
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1

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$50k H.O.R.S.E. – It’s Starting to Get Late

Final table
Seems like ages ago.

There are times when poker becomes less of a card game and more of an endurance sport.

We’re starting to near that time at the final table of the $50k H.O.R.S.E. as all but the most fervent railbirds have gone home, the cameramen are starting to look a little sleepy and for some reason Gus Hansen is doing the chip counting duties for live reporting crews.

Hansen has also taken a turn at announcing the final table, which is amusing, although somewhat hard to understand.

Here’s a look at the latest updates from the floor:

Sagstrom Makes it 7 Million

In a recent Omaha-8 hand Erik Sagstrom bet from the small blind and John Hanson called from the big blind.

The flop came T 5 3 and Sagstrom fired again and Hanson called again. The turn came 6 and this time Hanson bet, Sagstrom raised and Hanson called. The river came A and both players checked.

The players revealed their cards:

Sagstrom: A 2 6 T

Hanson: A J 9 4

Sagstrom’s 6-5-3-2-A low and two-pair high was good enough to scoop. After the hand Sagstrom was up past 7 million chips.

Return of Hanson

In a hand of Razz John Hanson and Erik Sagstrom traded bets back and forth to seventh street with the boards finally looking like this:

Sagstrom: (X)(X)5-6-4-K(X)

Hanson: (X)(X)6-4-9-Q(X)

On seventh street Sagstrom bet, Hanson raised and Sagstrom finally surrendered the pot. Hanson regained the chip lead after raking the pot.

Level
25
Blinds
60000/120000
Ante
30000
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$50k H.O.R.S.E. – Lunkin Lost

Vitaly Lunkin
Next up: Main Event final table?

Perhaps the most compelling story at the final table of the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. is no more.

Vitaly Lunkin, who earlier this year won the Russian Poker Tour Main Event for $436,389 and then followed that up with a win in the $40,000 No-Limit Hold’em event here at the WSOP, has been eliminated.

It happened in a hand of Stud-8 with the boards reading:

Lunkin: (X)(X)2 4 8 8(X)

Sagstrom: (X)(X)7 5 A T(X)

Lunkin got the last of his chips into the pot on sixth street and Sagstrom called. Lunkin showed 5 8 in the hole for trip eights but unfortunately for him Sagstrom showed A A for trip aces.

Sagstrom hit the 9 on seventh street while Lunkin missed completely with the J.

Lunkin will receive $368,813 for coming in fourth place in the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. Don’t feel too bad for him, however, as that brings his 2009 WSOP cash haul up to $2.7 million. So sick!

Level
25
Blinds
60000/120000
Ante
30000
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$50k H.O.R.S.E. – Seed Stumbles!

Huck Seed
Huck chucked!

Huck Seed, perhaps the most well-known player still in contention, has been eliminated. Seed’s elimination came during a round of Hold’em where Vitaly Lunkin limped, Sagstrom bet from the button, John Hanson called from the small blind and Huck Seed called all-in for his last 190,000 from the big blind.

Seed had a shot a quadrupling up as the dealer prepared to put down the flop. It came A T 4 and both Hanson and Lunkin checked to Sagstrom who bet. Hanson and Lunkin called and by this point a dejected Seed was starting to pack up his things.

The turn came Q and this time it was Lunkin who bet. Hanson and Sagstrom called. The river came 5 and everyone checked.

Lunkin showed 9 8 for a missed straight draw while Hanson showed A J for top-pair. That was enough as both Sagstrom and Seed mucked.

Seed will receive $276,610 for coming in fifth.

Vitaly Lunkin
You might say he Lunk'ed it!

Lunkin Crippled!

The chances of Vitaly Lunkin winning both high-buyin events at the 2009 WSOP is becoming slimmer by the minute.

After losing a large pot to Erik Sagstrom during a round of Razz, Lunkin got into trouble against John Hanson during a round of Seven-Card Stud.

In the hand the boards looked like this seventh street (Sagstrom and David Bach were chased out by a Lunkin re-raise on third street):

Hanson: (X)(X)5 4 A 7(X)

Lunkin: (X)(X)5 A 7 J(X)

Lunkin bet fourth street, Hanson bet fifth street, sixth street and seventh street. Lunkin called only to have Hanson show him K J in the hole for the flush. Lunkin mucked and after the hand was down to just 800,000.

How the mighty have fallen...

Level
24
Blinds
50000/100000
Ante
20000
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$50k H.O.R.S.E. – The Salmon Leaps Ahead

Erik Sagstrom
TheSalmon swims just fine.

Erik “The Salmon” Sagstrom just might be the best player you’ve never heard of but it might not be that way much longer.

Over the last hour of play the skilled Swedish player once again regained control of the chip lead and is looking more and more unstoppable as the night wears on.

Here’s a look at the latest updates from the tournament floor:

Lunkin and Seed Get Razzy

In a hand of Razz Huck Seed was showing (X)(X)4-8-2-3(X) to Vitaly Lunkin’s (X)(X)K-2-A-8(X) by seventh street.

Although both players had taken stabs at the pot it was Seed who would fire the last bet on seventh street. Lunkin thought for a minute and then made the call. Seed showed J-6-4 for an 8-low but Lunkin had him beat with 7-5-3 in the hole for a 7-low.

Seed is once again fighting from the short stack with just 620,000 chips.

Sagstrom vs. Bach

In a another hand of Razz Erik Sagstrom was showing (X-X)3-7-3-6(X) to David Bach’s (X-X)A-7-J-7(X) by seventh street. Bach had led the betting until sixth street when he paired his seven. Sagstrom bet again on seventh street and Bach made a crying call only to have show A-K-4 for a 7-6-4-3-A low.

After that massive hand Sagstrom was up to 4.6 million chips and Bach was down to approximately 2 million.

Level
23
Blinds
40000/80000
Ante
20000
Players Left
5
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$50k H.O.R.S.E. – Five for Fighting!

Ville Wahlbeck
I'll be Bach!

We are one player closer to a winner in the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event as we near 10 p.m. Las Vegas time. Historically the $50k H.O.R.S.E. has always taken a great deal of time thanks to the deep structures and Limit games of which it is made up.

Strangely the first final table of the $50k H.O.R.S.E., which was won by Chip Reese, played out in No-Limit Hold’em but also took until 10 a.m. the next day to complete.

We’re hopefully it doesn’t take that long to finish the H.O.R.S.E. tonight but either way it should be a spectacular finish to the prestigious event.

Huck Seed
Does Huck have it in him?

Luck of Huck

Huck Seed just got a nice turn of the cards as his pocket aces held up all the way across a dangerous board of Q T 5 K Q. His opponent, Erik Sagstrom, fired a river bet as well but Seed made the call with his aces and Sagstrom could only manage J-T.

Ville Wahlbeck Finn-ished (Sixth)

Ville Wahlbeck put on a valiant effort to add yet another big score to his poker resume in this event but he’s finally been ousted.

In a round of Omaha-8 Wahlbeck bet and Bach called from the big blind. The flop came J 4 3 flop and Bach checked but Wahlbeck bet. Bach called and the turn came K. Bach bet and Wahlbeck pushed all-in for the last of his chips. Bach called and the players tabled their cards:

Wahlbeck: 7 5 3 2

Bach: A J 4 3

Bach had two pair for the lead while Wahlbeck had an open-ended straight draw and a low-draw. Instead the river finished with the 4 for Bach to fill up his full house and eliminate the Super-Finn.

Wahlbeck will receive $219,655 for his efforts in this event.

Level
23
Blinds
40000/80000
Ante
20000
Players Left
5
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$50k H.O.R.S.E. – The Final Supper Concludes

Final Table
Go! Go! Go!

The six remaining players in what many consider the true “champions” event have returned from their last dinner break in this event.

As of the dinner break Russian Vitaly Lunkin is the chip leader and has the opportunity to become first player to win both the $40,000 No-Limit Hold’em and the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E.

Here’s a look at the rest of chip counts as the horses begin their final gallop:

Vitaly Lunkin 3,760,000
Erik Sagstrom
3,395,000
John Hanson
3,075,000
Huck Seed
1,730,000
David Bach
1,185,000
Ville Wahlbeck
955,000
Level
22
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
15000
Players Left
6
Tables Left
1

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$50k H.O.R.S.E. - Six to the Feed Bag!

Erik Sagstrom
Mange mange mange.

We've reached the end of the 22nd level in the $50,000 World Championship H.O.R.S.E. event and our six finalists are heading off for a 90-minute dinner break before resuming the struggle.

Vitaly Lunkin jumped out to a commanding chip lead, building his stack to over 5.5 million after a couple of monster pots. He has since dropped a couple milli but he still holds the lead.

The first pot took place in Omaha-8 and involved Lunkin, Ville Wahlbeck, Erik Sagstrom and John Hanson in a preflop raised pot.

The flop came Q T 4 and Lunkin bet out.  All three rivals made the call and the turn was the 9. Now action checked to Hanson, who bet out.

Lunkin was the only caller and the river was the 3.

Vitaly Lunkin
What am I going to do with this bracelet?

Lunkin again check-called and showed K Q Q T for the set of queens. It was good to take down the pot and Lunkin raked it.

A few hands later, Lunkin raised the button in O8 and Ville Wahlbeck made the call in the big blind. The flop came 7 7 7 and Wahlbeck checked. 

Lunkin bet and Wahlbeck flat-called. Both players checked the turn and river, which came 6 J.

Lunkin turned up A-K-3-3 for sevens full of threes and Wahlbeck couldn't beat it. Lunkin took down the pot.

Bach Stays Alive

David Bach managed to chip up a bit in the Stud round, calling John Hanson down to the river with (x-x) K J 7 4 (x) against Hanson's (x-x) 7 A 7 J (x).

Hanson turned up an ace for aces-up, but Bach produced two more hearts to make a flush, winning the pot and building his stack back up over the million chip mark.

See you at 9 p.m.!

 

Level
22
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30000/60000
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15000
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$50k H.O.R.S.E. - Horsepower Wars!

David Bach
Wa hoppened?!

We remain six-handed in the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship event here at the 2009 World Series of Poker but the story of the last hour is David Bach's precipitous fall from grace.

Bach had been in contention for the chip lead at the end of the last hour of play but has seen his fortunes fall in calamitous fashion.

The former professional bowler is now on less than one million chips and finds himself second only to Huck Seed when it comes to not having very many chips.

Bach's swong was precipitated by a Stud hand with 2007 WSOP HORSE finalist John Hanson with the hands winding up as follows:

Bach: (x-x) K A Q 7 (x)

Hanson: (x-x) T Q 7 7 (x)

John Hanson
You're too close, man!

Ville Wahlbeck folded out on Fourth Street but Bach bet Fifth, raised Sixth and bet again on Seventh.

Hanson called him down, turning up a ten to make tens-up. Bach could only muster buried fives and Hanson took the pot.

Hanson On The Rise

Hanson continued to chip up into the Stud 8 round, winning a tidy pot against Erik Sagstrom

Sagstrom check-called to the river with A-9-3-9 up with Hanson firing all the way with 4 Q 6 7

At showdown, Hanson turned up 5 3 7 for the seven-high straight which was enough to scoop.

Wahlbeck Holding Steady

Finnish sensation Wahlbeck started the last hour losing in Stud-8 to Hanson when the latter rivered aces-up to scoop against Wahlbeck's pair of kings.

But Wahlbeck would chip up in the Hold'em round, taking a pot back from Hanson with A-Q on a K-K-10-Q-K board and then taking another pot from Hanson with a river bet on a A-A-2-3-6 board.

Wahlbeck is on two million and remains squarely in contention, albeit still a mite short-stacked.

Level
22
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30000/60000
Ante
15000
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$50k H.O.R.S.E. - Giang-le's Bell Rocked!

Chau Giang
Giang-related 187!

Chau Giang is the latest casualty of the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. final table.

Giang was eliminated in the Hold'em round at the hands of Erik Sagstrom. The Full Tilt pro raised preflop and was three-bet by the Scandie out of the small blind. 

Giang made the call and the flop came A Q 5. Sagstrom bet out and a raising war ensued, with Giang ultimately four-betting all-in and Sagstrom making the call with A Q to counter Giang's Q 9.

The turn was the T to give Giang a few outs to a diamond flush, but the river was the 4 and Chau was down, out in seventh place for a $184,087 payday.

Meanwhile...

Wahlbeck Inches Ahead

Ville Wahlbeck is no longer the tournament short-stack, having built his chips up with a couple of decent pots in O-8 and Razz.

Huck Seed
Needs nurturing!

The O-8 hand came at the expense of Vitaly Lunkin when the Finn scooped the pot on an A 5 3 T J board with K 7 4 2 for the Wheel Straight.

Then, in Razz, Wahlbeck bet his A-5-6-3 to the river against Erik Sagstrom's 6-A-6-7, getting calls on every street but the last as Sagstrom ultimately opted for discretion.

The Finn is on over 2 million at the current juncture.

Seed Swonging

Huck Seed, meanwhile, is seeing his equity in this tournament dwindle. The 1996 Main Event winner is on just 1 million in chips and will need to make moves to chip up in the next level if he wants a chance at a fifth WSOP bracelet.

Seed's latest setback came at the hands of Vitaly Lunkin in a Stud hand that also included Sagstorm.

The hands were as follows:

Seed: (x-x) K Q 2 6 (x)

Sagstrom: (x-x) T K 8 J (x)

Lunkin: (x-x) A 9 4 5 (x)

Lunkin bet Fourth through Sixth Streets but checked the river, only to execute a fiendish check-raise when Seed took the bait.

The Full Tilt pro laid it down (as did Sagstrom) and Lunkin took the pot.

Level
22
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
15000
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6
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$50k H.O.R.S.E. - An Hour of Power!

Erik Seidel
Sly stoned!

We're an hour deep at the final table of the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event and though no players have been eliminated, we've had no shortage of fireworks.

Ville Wahlbeck needs a first-place finish here to regain the lead in the World Series of Poker's Player of the Year race and the 33-year-old Finn seems to be playing for the win and not just to climb up the payout ladder.

Wahlbeck entered the final table with the short-stack but has been active, playing a number of pots and watching his chip stack fluctuate like a Sine curve.

He lost a substantial pot to Vitaly Lunkin in a Razz hand when he fired on every street with 7-5-2-A showing and got calls from Lunkin on every street despite Lunkin's showing 5-10-4-9.

On Seventh, Wahlbeck didn't even look at his last card, choosing to fire instead. Lunkin deliberated momentarily before making the call and turning up 8-6-2 for an 8-6.

Ville Wahlbeck
How do you call there?

Now the gig was up for Wahlbeck, who turned up his first two cards (5-2) and needed to peel a three, four or six to win the pot. But he peeled paint instead and shipped the pot to Lunkin.

Wahlbeck would recover some chips, however, winning a number of small pots in the Stud round before taking a decent pot from fellow Scandie Erik Sagstrom when he bet every street in Stud-8 with (x-x) 2 4 6 6 (x) to Sagstrom's (x-x) 5 K A J (x) and got Sagstrom to lay it down on the river.

Wahlbeck is now on 900k.

Meanwhile, Lunkin's Razz round wasn't all roses, as he lost a big pot to John Hanson before winning the chips back in the above hand with Wahlbeck.

Vitaly Lunkin
I knew you had nothing, that's how.

It was a three-way pot that saw Hanson make it three bets on Third Street after Chau Giang had brought it in. Lunkin and Huck Seed called and Lunkin bet out on Fourth Street.

Both players called and Hanson took the initiative on Fifth after Lunkin made a pair of jacks. Both players called again, but when Hanson bet Sixth with 5-K-2-7 and Seed made a pair of eights, neither Seed nor Lunkin wanted to continue and Hanson took the pot.

UPDATE: Seidel Sore!

As we type this update, Erik Seidel has been eliminated. Seidel was left short-stacked after a hand with David Bach and lost another pot to Huck Seed before finally succumbing in eighth place.

Seidel's climactic hand came in Stud-8 at the hands of Bach and Lunkin, who took it to Seventh Street with Seidel calling all-in on the river.

The hands were as follows:

Lunkin: (4 3) 3 A J 7 (2)

Bach: (8 8) 8 Q 6 5 (T)

Seidel: (x-x) J 9 3 8 (x)

Bach's rolled-up eights were good enough to take the high and Lunkin's seven-perfect low was more than enough for the low. 

Seidel couldn't beat either and was thus eliminated, busted in 8th place and earning $162,382 for his time.

Level
21
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
10000
Players Left
7
Tables Left
1

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$50k H.O.R.S.E. - At Full Gallop!

Final Table
Final Table time!

Welcome to the fifth and final day of the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event at the 2009 World Series of Poker.

Our initial field of 95 souls has been reduced to just eight, including eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel, four-time winner Huck Seed, three-time winner Chau Giang, two-time winner Vitaly Lunkin and SuperFinn Ville Wahlbeck.

Scandie Erik Sagstrom is the chipleader and former professional bowler David Bach is third, behind only Sagstrom and Lunkin. Rounding out the table is John Hanson, about whom we know little except that he suspects all media of trying to peek at his hole cards.

Action is underway at this most glorious final table with a  $1.28 million first prize on the line. Keep it locked on PokerListings.com throughout the day for full coverage of this prestigious affair.

 

Level
20
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
10000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1

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Event Name Event 49 - $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship
Venue Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 26 June 2009
Final Day 30 June 2009
Buy In $50,000
Entrants 95
Prize Pool $4,560,000
First Prize $1,276,802
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 400/800
Level 1 200 0/0
Level 2 0 500/1000
Level 2 200 0/0
Level 3 0 600/1200
Level 3 300 0/0
Level 4 0 800/1500
Level 4 300 0/0
Level 5 400 0/0
Level 5 0 900/1800
Level 6 500 1000/2000
Level 7 500 1300/2500
Level 8 700 1500/3000
Level 9 1000 2000/4000
Level 10 1000 2500/5000
Level 11 1500 3000/6000
Level 12 2000 4000/8000
Level 13 2000 5000/10000
Level 14 3000 6000/12000
Level 15 3000 8000/15000
Level 16 4000 9000/18000
Level 17 5000 10000/20000
Level 18 5000 13000/25000
Level 19 7000 15000/30000
Level 20 10000 20000/40000
Level 21 10000 25000/50000
Level 22 15000 30000/60000
Level 23 20000 40000/80000
Level 24 20000 50000/100000
Level 25 30000 60000/120000
Level 26 30000 75000/150000
Level 27 40000 90000/180000
Level 28 50000 100000/200000
Level 29 50000 130000/250000
Level 30 70000 150000/300000
Level 31 100000 200000/400000

David Bach
wins
$1,276,802

Event 49 - $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. David Bach $1,276,802
2. John Hanson $789,199
3. Erik Sagstrom $522,394
4. Vitaly Lunkin $368,813
5. Huck Seed $276,610
6. Ville Wahlbeck $219,655
7. Chau Giang $184,087
8. Erik Seidel $162,382
9. Gus Hansen $123,985
10. Michael Wattel $123,985