2010 WSOP Main Event Reflection Part 13 – The Roller Coaster Ride of Day 7
Day 7 of the Main Event of the World Series of Poker was just different from the rest. Housed in what once used to be a behemoth of a room that held 121 poker tables with countless hopefuls of amateur poker players, has now been morphed into a tight little 9 table area comprising “The Outer Section” (just 7 tables spread out in what used to be a huge red section) and the Main and Secondary ESPN Featured Tables. 78 players unbagged their chips to begin the day with the knowledge that play would stop when we hit 27 players. 51 more dreams of becoming the 2010 World Poker Champion would be dashed today, and it wouldn’t take long until we began to close in on that mark.
One of the biggest differences in the day however was the fact that every player now really had a name. Out of a sea of anonymity laced with just a handful of recognizable pro’s, the Main Event had 78 players whose name was important in history. While Theo Jorgensen was the man with the most chips in the room, it was the name Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi that caught everyone’s attention. Grinder held more than 7.5 million chips, a far cry from the 9 million held by Jorgensen. But coming off of one of the best WSOP’s in the history of the summer series of events, all eyes were squarely on how the Grinder would fare in what was considered his best game. He’d won the $50k buy-in Players Championship by outplaying 7 other super pro’s at No Limit Hold’em and he was clearly the most accomplished NLHE player remaining in the field.
While Michael Mizrachi’s story is a familiar one, Theo Jorgensen was surprisingly unknown by most. The Denmark native was a cool customer at the poker felt, and an absolute beast with tournament chips. He’s had several giant cashes in Europe, and at the WSOP has had 4 final tables on his WSOP resume since 2007, including a Bracelet in the 2008 €5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha at the WSOP-Europe. Then in May of 2010, Jorgensen took the top prize in the €10,000 Grand Prix de Paris, where he established himself as a champion at that WPT stop. He was an imposing figure at the table, and one that the players certainly didn’t want to mess with.
The first elimination of the day belonged to Jean-Robert Bellande, who had limped his way into day 7,and the enigmatic bankroll building “Survivor” cast-off was all in for his tournament life early against Duy Le. Bellande tabled Q-T to Le’s A-Q, after Jeff Banghart folded his J-J face up. The board did not deliver the hopeful 3-out Ten, despite the pleas of JRB, asking the dealer for a Ten, and he was eliminated early in the day. It was a noble effort for Bellande, and his best World Series Main Event run. While it seemed a foregone conclusion that he’d go broke early given what he entered into the day with, it was still a sad moment to see him go broke in 78th. While the $94,942 cash was certainly a nice one, it had to leave him a little empty inside with the thoughts of what might be. But making him feel a little better was the win from Justin “BoostedJ” Smith. Smith and Bellande engaged in a side bet where Bellande received 2:1 on the bet on being able to out-earn Smith in the WSOP. Despite the fact that Smith had 5 cashes for a total of $101,714, Bellande cashed twice in the series, and his cash at the Main gave him $120,790, and the win on the bet. It also boosted the bankroll of Bellande, sending smiles to everyone that frequents the high stakes cash games at Bobby’s room and the new Ivey Room at the Aria.
Climbing up the ladder however was one of the pros, Scott Clements. The Full Tilt Poker Red Pro started the day getting up to 2.2 Million when his A-K held against Brock Bourne’s K-T, leaving Bourne extremely short-stacked. Bourne would go broke shortly after that hand. But Clements continued his ascension up the chip charts with big pots against Meenakshi Subramaniam. Ace high was good enough to send Clements at 2.7 million, and drop Submramaniam down to under 1 million and in peril. There would be a number of large pots that Clements would continue to be involved in throughout the day getting all the way up to 11 million in chips at one point. Clements is a multiple WSOP Bracelet champion and a very accomplished professional poker player. He was locked in on the day, and thriving was on his mind, not just surviving.
Eric “Basebaldy” Baldwin had a roller coaster of a day. It started out on huge upswing when he shipped a giant pot with J-J having flopped a set, and rivered a boat. The big pot took Baldwin up to 3.1 million in chips, and made the Ultimate Bet Pro, and CardPlayer Player of the Year more than healthy. But Baldwin would run into some trouble vs. Theo Jorgensen, dropping a large pot with T-T to Jorgensen’s K-K, and was left with 1.6 million. Baldwin ran into Kings again crippling his stack as Sergey Rybachenko showed the cowboys to Baldwin’s pocket 9’s. The hit dropped him to just 310k. Then the final blow was administered by Pascal LeFroncois, as Baldwin’s all in bet with K-8 was called by 9-9. The board flopped a Nine, and Baldwin’s Main Event came to a close in 59th place.
Michael Mizrachi was the other pro that went on a rollercoaster ride throughout the day. Beginning with 7 million, he started out by losing half of his chips over the first 3 hours of play. But a big 3-bet against Jonathan Duhamel seemed to get him going. With the track righted, Mizrachi was moved to the Main Featured table with a bang, as he flashed another A-K suited to ship another pot. But again his roller coaster headed into a downward spiral as he folded relentlessly, just trying to avoid the big pots. When he got all the way down to 1.5 million, he would put them in the middle and find a caller in the name of William Thorson. Mizrachi tabled A-J and was in good shape against Thorson’s Td-9d. The story got better for “The Grinder” when an Ace fell the flop, and even better when it stayed clean, doubling Mizrachi back to 3.5 million. But it was the elimination of Cory Emery that righted the ship completely. The money got in on a 3-6-7-T board, and Emery tabled 6-6 for a flopped set of 6’s. But Mizrachi showed the nuts with a 9-8 for a straight, leaving Emery in a world of hurt. The board did not pair, and when the 5h hit the river, Mizrachi stacked 7.5 million in chips, which would be enough to carry him through the day.
Theo Jorgensen’s day didn’t fare quite nearly as well. After getting up to the 10 million mark with the hand vs. Baldwin, he slowly lost some chips throughout the course of the next few hours. But the biggest pot of the event came in a hand that made people really scratch their heads. Brandon Steven had opened the pot to 225k, and got calls from Jorgensen in the SB, and Soi Nguyen in the BB. The flop came Kc-5h-9c, and both blinds checked. Steven fired a 525k bet on the flop, and Jorgensen called. But Nguyen decided now was the time to make a move and raised to 1.5 million. Steven stepped out of the way, and Jorgensen decided to get aggressive raising to 4 million. Nguyen decided to get it all in right there for 7.62 million and Jorgensen made the call. When the hands were revealed, it was Kh-Jc for Nguyen, and Jorgensen with nothing but a flush draw with Ac-3c. The turn was the Td, and the river paired Jorgensen, but it was the 3d. Soi Nguyen became the massive chip leader with now 19.5 million in chips, while Jorgensen’s missed flush draw left him with just 2.3 million.
Then the roller coaster ran off the track as the money got in on the turn. Jorgensen putting 2.2 million in on an Ac-6c-4c flop against John Racener, and Racener made the call with Ad-Qc. Jorgensen was ahead revealing the Ah-Kd until the Qh fell the turn leaving Jorgensen with precious few outs. The 9h fell the river and all of the sudden, Jorgensen was out in just 2 massive hands in 30th place.
Joseph Cheong became the event’s next large chip stack when he eliminated Nicolas Babel in 38th place. Babel check raised Cheong all in on the Q high flop but was called immediately by Cheong who tabled K-K, and was light years ahead of the Babel’s T-T. The board ran clean for the Kings and Cheong stacked up 18.7 million chips with just a few more eliminations remaining in the event for the day. Cheong would pad his stack even further with a turned straight vs. Scott Clements and move to over 24.3 million in chips. Clements would still have 7.9 million, and a very healthy stack.
At the end of the day, it was Bryn Kenney who moved all in with 2-2 and Pascal LeFrancois snap-calling him with A-A. An Ace on the flop created a virtual lock that Kenney would bubble day 8, and his Main Event ended with a smattering of applauses. The final 27 players had been set, and there was just 1 more day to determine which of the players would be coming back for the November 9. Here were the chip counts at the end of the day:
- Joseph Cheong – 24,490,000
- Soi Nguyen – 23,100,000
- Pascal LeFrancois – 15,780,000
- Jason Senti – 13,550,000
- Matthew Jarvis – 13,300,000
- Matt Affleck – 12,515,000
- Jonathan Duhamel – 10,520,000
- John Racener – 10,470,000
- Fillipo Candio – 10,020,000
- Benjamin Statz – 9,885,000
- Robert Pisano – 8,060,000
- Michiel Sijpkens – 7,765,000
- Duy Le – 7,255,000
- Scott Clements – 7,250,000
- David Baker – 6,825,000
- Michael Mizrachi – 6,300,000
- Brandon Steven – 6,045,000
- Adam Levy – 4,745,000
- William Thorson – 3,680,000
- Redmond Lee – 3,315,000
- Mads Wissing – 3,070,000
- Ronnie Bardah – 2,525,000
- Matthew Bucaric – 2,270,000
- John Dolan – 2,175,000
- Patrick Eskandar – 1,655,000
- Johnny Lodden – 1,560,000
- Hasan Habib – 1,510,000
These men would return for day 8 and a chance at the November 9. And I’ll chat about that in the next post.