$10,000 Main Event - Live Updates
Day 4 Live Updates
Get to Know Big-Stack Griffin Benger with Short Poker Documentary
Canadian Griffin Benger has been crushing online poker for years and had a breakout live win last year in an EPT High Roller event.
Now he's jumped up the leaderboard in this Main Event thanks to a massive elimination moments ago.
Benger played a three-way raised pot holding A-9 and hit big on a A♥ 9♥ 7♦ flop.
There was a bet and a call before Benger raised. One opponent got out of the way but Alex Tran decided to move all-in.
Benger wasted no time making the call and saw he was ahead of Tran's pocket kings.
The 5♥ gave Tran a flush draw, he held the K♥, but the river was a blank and Benger raked a monster pot. He's now on roughly 1.3 million which puts him in the top five.
PokerListings.com has been following Benger for some time and we had the chance to visit him at his home in Toronto to shoot this short poker documentary.
On Demand: Robert Stine Finishes 667th
Chyzowych Poker Club representative Robert Stine’s Main Event has come to an end.
On Day 2, Stine just wanted to make a good showing but said a cash would be ideal.
Well, the ideal happened.
“Im ecstatic, this is amazing,” Stine said. “I was hoping it might happened but didn’t really expect it.
“Now I can play poker.”
Stine was below average and tried to bluff all-in when a third heart came on the board but his opponent had quad nines.
Stine finished 667th and cashed for $18,406. With the earnings, Stine plans on coming back next year, hopefully with more members of the Chyzowych poker club.
Top 10 counts per WSOP.com:
1. Dan Smith - 1,875,000
2. Mehrdad Yousefzadeh - 1,330,000
3. Jack Schanbacher - 1,205,000
4. Matthe Sedgeman - 1,160,000
5. Roman Valerstein - 1,150,000
6. Mark Herm - 1,120,000
7. Andoni Larrabe - 1,100,000
8. John Gorsuch - 1,080,000
9. Andrew Liporace - 1,030,000
10. Rasmus Larsen 1,010,000
That’s the Way the Bubble Bursts (Photos)
The money bubble is arguably the most exciting time of the entire Main Event (sorry November Nine) as hundreds of players walk the line between winning or losing $10k.
For many players the $10k represents a huge win and validation for four solid days of intense poker action.
This year’s bubble was no exception with three eliminations on the bubble and an equally thrilling high card for a $10k seat in next year’s tournament.
Here’s a photographic rundown of complete bubble:
Stressful times for the entire field.
Poker pro Maria Ho maintains her cool as the bubble plays out.
Action closes in on Robert Stine's table.
Dealers wait for their orders in hand-for-hand play.
A fan races in to get a photo of the action.
One of the three players who busted on the bubble reaches for a high card that will determine who gets a free $10k seat into next year's Main Event. He lost.
BOM Host Maria Ho Poised for Second Deep Main Event Run
PokerListings Battle of Malta host Maria Ho made a name for herself when she finished 38th out of over 6,000 players in the 2007 WSOP Main Event and now she's hunting a new personal best.
Ho is in the money and sitting on almost 300k in chips, putting her right around the average stack with 633 players remaining.
When we stopped by her table to check in she had just open-raised from middle position to 11k (blinds of 2,500/5,000) and was three-bet by the small blind.
Maria made the call and the flop came out A♣ T♥ 7♦ and Maria check-called a bet from the small blind. The 4♥ hit the turn and Maria check-called again. The river was the 3♦ and both players checked.
Maria showed down 9-T for second pair which was more than enough against the small blind's pocket deuces.
Stay tuned to the coverage to see if Maria Ho can beat her 2007 38th place finish and check out the video below to see why the PokerListings Battle of Malta is Europe's hottest low buy-in poker event.
The bubble didn’t burst, it exploded.
With 78 tables, the WSOP Main Event has the largest hand-for-hand in the world.
Dealers stand up, players fret and media and cameras buzz and bolt all around the tournament floor.
The process can take hours and several hands.
This year it just took one hand.
In that one hand, we saw five all-in-and-calls, three pocket aces and three eliminations.
The first elimination was the most brutal, with a player hitting the rail with queens full of fives against quad fives.
Media and TV cameras rushed to the next all-in.
Aces versus queens, short stack has queens.
No funny business on the flop, turn or river. Queens are out.
Players are in the money.
The mob rushes two tables over, where our on-demand player Robert Stine is sitting.
The all-in player has aces while the big stack shows 9-8.
Aces don't hold up this time as the big stack hit two pair.
The mob shifts again, the next all-in is one table over.
The short stack hopes his pocket rockets will hold against pocket queens and they do. The board runs 7♥ 3♥ 9♦ 10♥ 6♥ and we have our first bubble double.
The last all-in.
A♥ J♥ versus J♠ 9♣ on a J♦ 7♣ 2♠ flop. The at-risk player has the ace kicker and dodges nines and running straight cards to stay alive.
The excitment didn't end there.
Ronnie Bardah became the first player to cash in five consecutive Main Events and got to hug and talk to Kara Scott on camera for it.
Jack Effel then grabbed the mic and called over the three hand-for-hand bustees.
Effel told them they'd split $18,406 and draw a high card to determine who would win the seat to next year’s Main Event.
The first bubble boy, who busted with a full house, drew a 6♦.
It’s wasn't a good day for him.
Then came Zhen Cai. Cai drew a K♦ and pumped his fist.
The last player took his turn at the spread deck, pulled a card and squeezed.
The dissappointment in his face revealed he didn’t get an ace and then he turned over the 6♥.
The remaining 692 players are now in the money.
Larry Osmon celebrates the bubble bursting with a bit of bubbly
Emotions were high when players came back from break.
First, a number of players found themselves locked out of the Amazon Room. Instead of going through the open doors at the Main Entrance, dozens of players stood outside the locked side doors and missed a hand.
WSOP staff stopped play and let the herd of lost players back into the Amazon.
One player fervently complained to the floor, who told the player that the side doors had been locked for the past few days.
After that, discussions broke out at several tables and the clock was being called all around.
At Jared Bleznick’s table, a few players were deliberately stalling to the point Jack Effel came and threatened to institute a 10-second shot clock on all plays.
Some tables were still playing poker though.
On Demand: Ajay Karanam
Ajay Karanam isn’t letting the bubble scare him from playing hands.
Simon Charette raised from early position to 11,000 and Karanam made the call from the cut off.
When the flop came J♣ T♠ 7♥, Charette bet out 14,000. Karanam raised to 35,000 and Charette made it 85,000. Karanam instantly announced he was all in and had Charette covered.
“I may be out here,” Charette called to his rail as he considered putting his remaining 256,500 on the line.
It only took about a minute for Charette to make the cal,l turning up T♥ T♦ for middle set. Karanam had J♦ 7♦ for two pair.
When the 9♦ hit the turn, Karanam picked up a flush draw. However, the Q♣ on the river saved Charette from the bubble.
Shortly after that hand the tournament staff announced that hand-for-hand was underway with 695 players.
Haralabos Voulgaris: Businessmen "Near Drawing Dead" in One Drop
Haralabos Voulgaris is one of the most respected sports bettors in the world and is also a regular in some of the biggest buy-in live poker tournaments.
In 2012 Voulgaris played the first-ever $1 million WSOP Big One for One Drop and despite taking a pass in 2014 he had a few choice words to say about the event.
"One Drop is a great charity that provides drinking water to people who need it all over the world but the tournament is also a bit obscene," said Voulgaris.
"You need to get these people drinking water in different countries and then you have this stack of cash that represents $15 million. It's almost a bit offensive.
"The charity aspect of it is great but the fact that people are gambling for millions of dollars when people don't have clean drinking water is a bit weird to me.
"The businessmen are playing for fun and sport and near drawing dead. And the pros are playing for like 20% max so it's really not a million-dollar tournament.
"I think the charity is great and I'm glad to support it in any way I can but I kind of hope they come up with something other than a million-dollar poker tournament to do it."
Check out the full video below and stay tuned for more on-demand coverage from the 2014 WSOP Main Event.
Nearing the Bubble; Stine, Maruf, Karanam Still In
After 53 minutes of play we’ve hit the first break of the day.
The tournament lost 43 players during that time and only 703 players remain. Out of these players, 693 will make the money.
Among the players still left is Chyzowych Poker Club representative, Robert Stine, who’s still alive with 124,000. Stine will enter the next level with 31 big blinds while the average stack is close to 300,000.
On Demand: Taha Maruf
Some sick poker is being played in the Amazon room today. We caught up with one of our requested players, Taha Maruf, at the end of an exciting hand. The board read 6♣ Q♣ J♥ 7♥ 3♣.
It was heads up with pro Matt Waxman who bet out 77,500. Maruf raised 81,000 more. Waxman tanked for several minutes, wavering between pushing his chips in or throwing his hand in.
At one point he picked up his cards and almost threw them in. In what looked like a regrettable decision he then pushed his chips in to make the call.
Maruf turned up K♦ T♦ for a missed open ended straight draw. Waxman turned up A♦ 2♥ for ace-high to win.
According to Waxman, it was "one of the most absurd hands" he's ever played:
For the fans: One of the most absurd hands I've ever played, and it just so happened to be on the Main Event bubble. pic.twitter.com/3lqFEQ9tJP— Matthew Waxman (@Matthew_Waxman) July 11, 2014
On Demand: Ajay Karanam
Ajay Karanam is one of our requested players from Day 1.
Karanam started the day with 458,000 in chips and within the first hour was a little over 500,000. Karanam lost a bit of ground in the last hand he played but at this level he should be able to recover quickly.
Karanam was on the button and called a raise of 8,500 from middle position.
The flop came out J♣ 9♥ 8♣. Both players checked and the J♥ came on the turn.
When middle position bet 11,000, Karanam called. The river was the K♥, and middle position bet 26,000. Karanam called and was disappointed to see that his opponent rivered a flush with A♥ 4♥.
Top 10 chip counts per WSOP.com:
- 1. Jack Schanbacher - 1,200,000
- 2. Mehrdad Yousefzadeh - 1,196,500
- 3. Jesse Wilke - 1178000
- 4. Andrew Liporace - 1,050,000
- 5. Stephen Graner - 1,050,000
- 6. Dan Smith - 1,020,000
- 7. Rasmus Larsen - 1,000,000
- 8. Raul Mestre - 988,500
- 9. Clayton Hamm - 945,000
- 10. Scott Blackman - 935,000
Zoned In and Ready to Go
The money bubble is looming at the 2014 WSOP Main Event and the tension in the Amazon Room is palpable.
Players are about to find out if four days of work and $10,000 will get them anything more than a story to tell their grand kids.
No one wants to bubble thing thing and as you might expect the short stacks are starting to get a little bit stressed out.
There’s really no way around the fact there are going to be a bunch of seriously unhappy poker players leaving the Rio in the next hour or two.
Here’s some early reaction around the felt from Twitter and Instagram at the start of play:
'Shuffle up and deal'. These famous words sounded through the Amazon. #WSOP day 4 is underway!— Matthias De Meulder (@mattionfire) July 11, 2014
Tension is high as the bubble nears at the #WSOPMainEvent I'm giving a $100 meal plan for next years WSOP to whomever the bubble person is.— David Swanson (@AllAmericanDave) July 11, 2014
On Demand: Ben Lamb
Fred G: Do you know what happened to Ben Lamb?
He was totally amazing at the WSOP in 2011, and since his 3rd place in the Main Event, his Hendon Mob is totally empty!
Ben Lamb did have an amazing WSOP in 2011.
His first cash was a 2nd place finish in the $3,000 PLO for $259,918 and he followed that up by winning the $10,000 PLO Championship for $814,436.
Three days later, Lamb made the final two tables of the $10,000 NLHE 6-max.
Lamb wasn’t done though.
Another week, another final table.
That time Lamb finished 8th in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $201,338.
It was an impressive summer but it got even better. Lamb tore through the Main Event and made the November Nine fifth in chips. Lamb didn’t claim the title but won $4,021,138 for finishing 3rd.
During the November Nine, Ben Lamb mentioned that he wasn’t a fan of tournaments and would be focusing on high-stakes cash games instead.
Lamb has made a few appearances at the WSOP since 2011 but he seems to just be enjoying life and playing high-stakes cash after his incredible, multi-million dollar run in 2011.
Tons of fish at mgm macau... pic.twitter.com/4mHvG0kWUf— Ben Lamb (@BenbaLamb) January 20, 2014
I'm so glad you can see their cards this year ..last year and year before you couldn't ..this makes it much more fun to watch !!
What happened Der?
There should be a vote to play it the next day this November 9 crap is stupid, a lot of the big players said to do it this way and they cant make it to the final table.
Billy pappas is a humble guy n a hell of a story.gotta root for a world champion on the brink of a world championship in something else. Tell me one other guy in anything thats pulled off 2 world championships in different things,,,go pappas!
Billy Pappas, World Foosball Champ! gogogogogogogogogogogo
What Mark Newhouse is trying to do is amazing[2 Main Event Final tables back to back years]
GO Fready Sageer Syracuse is pulling for you
Who is Vitaly Lunkin?
Count on Derek Lerner please!
Rob Stine - Chyzowych Poker Club rocks!
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