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World Poker Tour: Final Table is Set at Foxwoods

Thomas Marchese Has a Nice Chip Lead in Connecticut


Thomas MarcheseThe final table has been decided at the 2010 World Poker Tour World Poker Finals $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event in Connecticut. Action on day 5 was relatively quick at Foxwoods Resort Casino. A few big names exited the field as the the tournament played down from a dozen players to a half dozen, including Hoyt Corkins, Jason Mercier, and final table bubble boy Sorel Mizzi.

The final table will begin at 4 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Nov. 2 and you can follow all of the action live through Card Player’s live coverage of the event.

This tournament will factor heavily into the Card Player Player of the Year race and it already has, with one top contender still in action here in Connecticut or others cashing in previous days of the event. Thomas Marchese (5,366 points) ended the night as the chip leader with 3,022,000. Former POY leader Dwyte Pilgrim holds 5,576 points and Marchese has already overtaken Pilgrim with a final-table appearance. A win here for Marchese would give him a nice lead.

Sorel Mizzi busted in seventh place in the tournament and added 360 points to his POY total, taking his efforts for the year up to 4,397 points, which is good fro second place.Mike Beasley (3,356 points — seventh place overall) cashed in 22nd place yesterday to add 36 points to his POY total today.

Here are the remaining POY points up for grabs in this event:

1: 1,440 points
2: 1,200 points
3: 960 points
4: 720 points
5: 600 points
6: 480 points

Here is the seating chart with chip counts heading into the final table:

Seat 1: Nikolai Yakovenko — 634,000
Seat 2: Jeff Forrest — 1,949,000
Seat 3: Thomas Marchese — 3,022,000
Seat 4: Dave Inselberg — 344,000
Seat 5: Keven Stammen — 341,000
Seat 6: Mohsin Charania — 1,024,000

Play will begin at 4 p.m. EST tomorrow. Check back for full live coverage from the final table until a champion is crowned. Here is the remaining prize money up for grabs:

1 $548,752
2 $325,608
3 $211,759
4 $170,773
5 $128,650
6 $104,741

Here is a look at the elimination hands as featured on’s live updates:

Hoyt CorkinsHoyt Corkins Eliminated in 12th Place

Hoyt Corkin moved all in for 300,000 from the button preflop and Mohsin Charania made the call in the big blind. Their cards:

Corkins: ASpade Suit 6Spade Suit
Charania: AHeart Suit 10Club Suit

Board: QDiamond Suit 6Diamond Suit 5Club Suit 10Spade Suit 10Diamond Suit

Corkins was eliminated in 12th place on the hand and he will take home $46,678 in prize money.

Jason MercierJason Mercier Eliminated in 11th Place

Jason Mercier raised to 35,000 preflop on the button and Keven Stammen reraised all in after getting a count of about 300,000 on Mercier’s stack. Mercier made the all-in call. Their cards:

Mercier: 9Spade Suit 9Heart Suit
Stammen: 10Spade Suit 10Heart Suit

Board: 7Club Suit 6Club Suit 5Club Suit 3Club Suit JHeart Suit

Mercier was eliminated in 11th place and he will take home $46,678 in prize money.

Benjamin KlierBenjamin Klier Eliminated in 10th Place

Benjamin Klier got the last of his chips into the middle preflop and Mohsin Charania had him covered. Their cards:

Klier: ASpade Suit 9Diamond Suit
Charania: AClub Suit JClub Suit

Board: ADiamond Suit 10Club Suit 8Spade Suit 10Spade Suit 3Diamond Suit

Klier was eliminated in 10th place and he will take home $46,678 in prize money.

Christopher Bonita Eliminated in Ninth Place

Thomas Marchese raised to 55,000 preflop under the gun and Christopher Bonita made the call on the button. The flop fell ASpade Suit 9Heart Suit 2Diamond Suit and Marchese bet 62,000. Bonita raised all in for 400,000 and Marchese made the call. Their cards:

Bonita: ADiamond Suit QSpade Suit
Marchese: AClub Suit KDiamond Suit

Turn and River: 6Heart Suit and JDiamond Suit

Bonita was eliminated in ninth place and he will take home $61,480 in prize money. Marchese was up to 2,230,000 after the hand.

Besnik Ziba Eliminated in Eighth Place

Thomas Marchese raised to 55,000 preflop and Besnik Ziba reraised all in. Marchese made the call. Their cards:

Marchese: KDiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit
Ziba: ADiamond Suit 5Diamond Suit

Board: QHeart Suit 8Spade Suit 4Club Suit 6Diamond Suit 9Club Suit

Ziba was eliminated in eighth place and he will take home $72,863 in prize money.

Sorel MizziSorel Mizzi Eliminated in Seventh Place

Sorel Mizzi moved all in preflop under the gun and Mohsin Charania made the call from small blind. Their cards:

Mizzi: AClub Suit QClub Suit
Charania: 10Club Suit 10Heart Suit

Board: ADiamond Suit 8Club Suit 2Diamond Suit 5Heart Suit 10Diamond Suit

Mizzi was eliminated in seventh place and he will take home $88,802 in prize money. Play ends for the night with Mizzi’s elimination now that the final six are set. Stay tuned for official chip counts and a recap of the day’s events.