Event 56 - $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em - Live Updates

Welcome to the $5k Six-Max tournament at the 2009 World Series of Poker. This high-stakes short-handed battle demands nerves of steels and has attracted many of the game's top pros. Keep it locked on PokerListings for full coverage!

Day 3 Live Updates

07/03/2009 (5 years ago)

$5k NLHE Six-Max – Matt Hawrilenko Wins!

Matt Hawrilenko
Hawrilenko is golden!

It took just four hands of heads-up to determine a winner in Event 56. In the final hand of the tournament Matt Hawrilenko popped it up to 1 million chips and Josh Brikis responded by announcing he was all-in.

Hawrilenko snap-called and tabled J J while Brikis showed A 9. The entire audience was on their feet as the dealer prepared to put out the flop.

The flop came 8 8 2 and the Hawrilenko contingent of the audience went wild as their man was looking good with just two cards to come.

The turn came 3 and finally the river finished… T!

Hawrilenko wins $5k No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max!

The Full Tilt Pro will receive his first WSOP bracelet, $1 million in cash and an interview with PokerListings.com. Some players have all the luck!

Meanwhile Josh Brikis is obviously disappointed to be coming second place but he will have $619,609 to help ease the pain.

Thanks for following our coverage and stay tuned for the Main Event, which begins in just 12 hours.

Level
29
Blinds
60000/120000
Ante
15000
Average Stack
$13,920,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
07/03/2009 (5 years ago)

$5k NLHE Six-Max – Faraz Jaka’d!

Faraz Jaka
Faraz felled!

After some aggressive play we have our third place finisher. In the hand Faraz Jaka and Matt Hawrilenko traded some bets back and forth pre-flop and then got it all-in.

Both players revealed their cards:

Jaka: Q Q

Hawrilenko: A K

The board came A J T J 5 and Jaka, the all-in player, was eliminated. Jaka will receive $400,526 for coming in third place.

Hawrilenko is in charge of the game with two players left. Here are the chip counts as we enter heads-up play:

Hawrilenko: 9 million

Brikis: 5 million

Level
29
Blinds
60000/120000
Ante
15000
Average Stack
$6,960,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
07/02/2009 (5 years ago)

$5k NLHE Six-Max - Keeton's Miaow't

Sean Keeton
Shady!

It seems as though the $5k is keeping up a steady rate of attrition of one player per level and this remained the case over the last hour.

That loss leaves the players three-handed for the bracelet and there is a growing excitement amongst the players and rail with the bracelet now on the table so they can all clearly see just what is at stake.

Here’s the story of the last hour.

Out of Control

The final table of this event has one of the most active rails we’ve seen this summer. Although most of the Amazon Room is empty there is a thick crowd formed around the table and the majority seem to be highly inebriated.

Yevgeniy Timenshenko is one such individual and he’s been shouting at the remaining players to play him heads-up.

We also just heard one individual shout, “Take it all off!” to one of the female railbirds.

It’s certainly a party at the last event before the Main Event.

Keeton’s Got Claws – But No Chips (4th)

When Faraz Jaka opened to 200k, Sean Keeton showed he wasn’t going to be pushed around, shipping his stack in for just over 2 million.

No doubt expecting some insta-folds, he instead found Matt Hawrilenko insta-shipping all-in.

Jaka jacked it in, leaving Hawrilenko free to turn over pocket jacks.

The situation wasn’t dire for Keeton, he had two overs in A Q and we were facing the classic coin-flip.

However when the board ran out ten-high, there was to be no redemption or double-up for Keeton as he succumbs in 4th spot for a pretty tasty $269,983.

Three-handed for the bracelet with a group of aggressive players, this could play out pretty quickly so brace yourselves for what should be a grandstand finish.

Matt Hawrilenko holds a sizeable advantage now as he hunts down his first WSOP bracelet.

Level
28
Blinds
50000/100000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$4,640,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
07/02/2009 (5 years ago)

$5k NLHE Six-Max - Paint It Black

Matt Hawrilenko
Third 2009 WSOP final for Hawrilenko, but no bracelet....yet.

The lights have gone out for one more competitor, who trudges off richer but bracelet-less.

The players have been on break for the last twenty minutes, but just prior to that we saw the elimination that leaves the $5k four-handed.

Here's news of that bustout along with the latest standings.

I Thought You Said Top, Top! (Wexler - 5th)

Blind on blind, short-handed A T must look pretty good.

It certainly looked good enough to Jonas Wexler, who got in a raising war with small blind Sean Keeton, eventually calling his four-bet shove all-in.

Unfortunately for him he'd run into "the nuts" - certainly one hand he didn't want to see A K. A board of blanks and king on the river sealed a double for Keeton, whilst Wexler was left crippled.

Moments later, he looked down at K Q and decided to strike against Josh Brikis' opening raise.

His insta-shove was insta-called however as Brikis again had him in bad shape with A Q.

"Sigh," thought Wexler at having run into a dominating hand again.

He made top pair on the turn, but the queen was no good as Brikis had top, top.

No river love and Jonas Wexler had six-packed it in and was out, busted in 5th for $189,555.

So four-handed, that big pot catapults Josh Brikis to the top of the rankings though Matt Hawrilenko is breathing down his neck.

Here are the full counts, courtesy of worldseriesofpoker.com.

Josh Brikis
5,200,000
Matt Hawrilenko
4,960,000
Faraz Jaka
1,900,000
Sean Keeton
1,850,000

 

Level
27
Blinds
40000/80000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$3,480,000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
07/02/2009 (5 years ago)

$5k NLHE Six-Max - Five Star Shootout

Matthew Waxman
Wax on, wax off!

The Six-Max is now a 5-max as we have lost one participant in the last hour.

Being the last bracelet on the WSOP schedule prior to the Main Event, many of the railbirds who have come to ogle/cheer on their favourite celebrities in the “Ante Up For Africa” charity tournament, have sidled over to watch this final table play out.

As a result there is a thick band of spectators ringing the final table and there was an eardrum-bursting mixture of cheering and clapping at the last elimination.

Read on for the details.

Waxman Melted Down (6th)

Matthew Waxman was left short after being pushed off his hand by Matt Hawrilenko several hands earlier before he finally melted away.

His exit saw him three-bet his relatively small stack all-in following an opening raise from Sean Keeton.

With A T he may have felt he was well ahead of Keeton’s range, and that probably was the case given Keeton folded, although he hadn’t reckoned on Josh Brikis waking up with a pair of cowboys in the big blind.

Though he picked up a gutshot on the turn to escape his fate, he never got there meaning we are one more down in the race for a bracelet, Matthew Waxman combusting in 6th spot for $138,394.

Five handed for the bracelet, look just to the right to see the current chip standings.

Level
25
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
$2,784,000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
07/02/2009 (5 years ago)

$5k NLHE Six-Max – Less Dinner, More Action!

Matt Hawrilenko
Hoss_TBF

The six remaining players in this event have returned from their dinner break and are now setting about finding a winner in the last WSOP bracelet event before the Main Event.

Josh Brikis is the chip leader with 4.6 million chips but don’t count out Full Tilt Pro Matt Hawrilenko who has 3.7 million. You can get complete after-dinner chip counts on the sidebar to the right courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

Game on!

Level
25
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
$2,320,000
Players Left
6
Tables Left
1
07/02/2009 (5 years ago)

$5k NLHE Six-Max - Six Players Remain

Robert Kay
No bracelet today for Robert Kay.

We finally have a true final table as the $5k No Limit Hold’em Six-Max event is down to six players.

Robert Kay, who spent a considerable amount of time atop the chip leader board in this tournament, busted out in seventh place, leaving us the magnificent six in the final bracelet tournament before the Main Event.

Here’s a look at what’s gone down:

Kay K.O.ed (7th Place)

Robert Kay’s tournament life came down to a pre-flop all-in against Matt Hawrilenko, but he was in trouble from the start with K Q against Hawrilenko’s A K.

The board came 2 3 K T J, which would have given Kay a winner if he wasn’t up against another king with a better kicker.

Kay takes home $100,230 for seventh place.

Pick Six

The official final table is set, with Kay sent home on the final table bubble.

Hawrilenko and Josh Brikis are neck-and-neck atop the chip leader board, but all six players still have enough chips to have a legit shot at the bracelet.

Check out the chip counts courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com, and keep it here at PL.com to see who takes down the bracelet tonight.

The players have just gone on dinner break and will be back at the table at 7:45 Las Vegas time.

Level
24
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
$2,320,000
Players Left
6
Tables Left
1
07/02/2009 (5 years ago)

$5k NLHE Six-Max - Welcome to the Jungle

Matthew Waxman
Waxing poetic.

Josh Brikis ran ace-queen into James St. Hilaire's ace-king, but instead of hitting the rail, he rivered a queen and suddenly became the new chip leader.

St. Hilaire was out ninth a few hands later when another river queen bested his pocket fours.

Thorsten Schaefer was the next to go when yet another queen on the river made him top pair.

Faraz Jaka had made a flush on fourth street.

With that they have redrawn for seats at the seven-handed final table and made plans to play two more levels before taking a dinner break.

Here are the chip counts going into the final table:

Josh Brikis
3.8 million
Faraz Jaka
3.1 million
Matthew Waxman
1.75 million
Jonas Wexler
1.65 million
Matt Hawrilenko
1.62 million
Robert Kay1.28 million
Sean Keeton
825,000

 

Level
23
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
$1,988,571
Players Left
7
Tables Left
1
07/02/2009 (5 years ago)

$5k NLHE Six-Max - Purple Reign

Phil Hellmuth
Sorry Phil, maybe next time.

We moved to the final two six-handed tables after Aurelien Guiglini shipped it with queens and couldn't fade the single overcard contained in Faraz Jaka's ace-queen.

But it wasn't long before we lost John Conkright as well.

He ran ace-jack into ace-king and missed.

The Rory Mathews fall from grace was complete a few hands later when he shipped it with K 9 and Jonas Wexler found two kings.

Then before long, Alex Venovski pushed A Q into Faraz Jaka's aces and while he left in 10th place, Jaka now finds himself in the chip lead with nine players remaining.

Level
23
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
$1,546,667
Players Left
9
Tables Left
2
07/02/2009 (5 years ago)

$5k NLHE Six-Max - Excuse Me While I Kiss the Sky

Matt Hawrilenko
Hawrilenko looms.

The final day of this $5k six-handed event is underway.

We started with 16, but there have been a few cuts already.

Frank Calo was the first to go after getting queens cracked by a set of nines to end up short.

Then Eugene Katchalov got it all in with his ace-queen dominating James St. Hilaire's ace-ten.

Unfortunately for Eugene, the board brought a ten.

Finally, Peter Feldman said goodbye when his set wasn't as good as Thorsten Schaefer's.

Now, with 13 players remaining, St. Hilaire has the lead with over 2 million in chips thanks to Rory Matthews, who ran a massive pre-flop bluff into his pocket kings to blow the chip lead.

 

Level
22
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$1,070,769
Players Left
13
Tables Left
3

Event Information

Event Name
Event 56 - $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
Venue
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date
2009-06-30
Final Day
2009-07-02
Buy In
$5,000
Entrants
928
Prize Pool
$4,361,600
First Prize
$1,003,163

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Matt Hawrilenko $1,003,163
2 Josh Brikis $619,608
3 Faraz Jaka $400,525
4 Sean Keeton $269,983
5 Jonas Wexler $189,555

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