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Allen Cunnigham Wins Fourth Bracelet in WSOP $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Rebuy Event

10K Omaha Reaches Final Table and $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Draws Monster Field


Four events; two bracelet winners; over 2,950 poker players raking pots, making bluffs and taking bad beats - just another day at the 2006 World Series of Poker.

With action stretched from one side of the Amazon Room to the other, the 15th day of the WSOP featured the following tournaments: final table $1,000 no-limit hold'em rebuy, final table $1,000 ladies' no-limit hold'em, day two $10,000 pot-limit Omaha, and day one $1,000 no-limit hold'em.

$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Rebuy Final Table

The ESPN production crew returned in full force to film the final table of one of the WSOP's more popular events, the $1,000 no-limit hold'em rebuy event. Although the cries for more chips and blind all-ins ended on the first day, the final table generated its own sense of excitement with a remaining field loaded with talent.

The chip counts coming into player were as follows:

1. Tom Franklin - $590,000 (Seat 6)
2. Tim Phan - $551,000 (Seat 3)
3. Steve Wong - $295,000 (Seat 7)
4. John Hoang - $274,000 (Seat 5)
5. Allen Cunningham - $233,000 (Seat 2)
6. David "Chino" Rheem - $170,000 (Seat 8)
7. Andy Bloch - $163,000 (Seat 9)
8. Alex Jacob - $106,000 (Seat 1)
9. Everett Carlton - $86,000 (Seat 4)

With the cards in the air at 2:56 p.m. PDT, the action started at $6,000-$12,000 blinds and $2,000 antes. Team Full Tilt member Andy Bloch served up the first casualty when he eliminated Alex Jacob in tenth place ($46,358).

Thirty hands later, Bloch, unable to drag many pots after the Jacob bust, moved all in on an Allen Cunningham raise. Bloch held pocket nines, but Cunningham's Aclub Qspade paired an ace on the flop and the queen on the turn. Bloch, armed with copies of his new blackjack instructional DVD, and backed by a substantial cheering section, exited the tournament in eighth place ($69,537).

On the very next hand, Everett Carlton took a trip to the rail in seventh place ($92,715) courtesy of Cunningham, after his Kdiamond Jclub missed the board and Cunningham's Aheart 10diamond made two pair.

Tim Phan, a favorite to win coming into the final table, watched his stack steadily decline. Sitting at the bottom of the stack list, he pushed all in with Adiamond Qdiamond, only to have David "Chino" Rheem call him with the Aspade Kspade. The board brought no help to either player, and Phan exited the tournament in sixth place ($115,894).

Coming off a second-place finish in last week's $1,500 seven-card stud event, John Hoang finished three spots back in fifth ($139,073), but, due to the number of player rebuys, took home more money. He fell when his 7club 6club failed to improve against Tom Franklin's Adiamond Qspade.

Rheem, supported by a high profile cheering section that included the Mizrachi brothers, Amnon Filippi, Nam Le, Tuan Le, and J.C. Tran, thrilled his fans with his elimination of Steve Wong. Rheem flopped a set of sixes and finished Wong off in fourth place ($162,252).

After the bustout, Rheem won a number of other pots and jumped into the chip lead. Franklin dropped to the middle of the board and, perhaps sensing a draw, pushed all in on a 8diamond 7diamond 4heart flop. Rheem called, and Franklin, holding top pair with the 8heart 2heart, indeed found himself up against Rheem's straight and flush draw with the Adiamond 5diamond. The Kdiamond turn made Rheem's diamond flush, and Franklin finished the day in third place ($185,431).

Rheem took a commanding lead into heads-up play, topping Cunningham by over $1 million. But, in a matter of a few hands, Cunningham doubled up when his pocket queens held up against Rheem's Aspade Qclub, and the gap narrowed. He then dragged a succession of pots, and wrenched the title of table chip boss from Rheem.

Cunningham continued to dominate, and Rheem, seeing his stack disappear, pushed all in preflop over a Cunningham raise. After the call, Rheem flipped over Jheart 9diamond and Cunningham showed Aclub Qheart. The board came Kdiamond 5diamond 2club Kclub Aclub, and Cunningham paired his ace.

Rheem, the runner-up, took home $327,981.

As for Cunningham, he collected his fourth career WSOP bracelet, and netted a $625,830 first-place cash prize.

$1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Final Table

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$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha - Day 2

At 3 p.m. PDT, the 26 remaining players gathered to decide which of them would be advancing to the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha final table.

The field, loaded with big-name stars like Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, and Hasan Habib, attracted an impressive crowd for a day 2 event. In four-and-a-half hours, 16 players hit the rail and the final table was set.

Chip counts going into tomorrow's action are as follows:

1. Jani Vilmunen - $485,000
2. Hasan Habib - $349,000
3. Mike Guttman - $283,000
4. Lee Watkinson - $276,000
5. Mark Dickstein - $212,000
6. Nick Gibson - $207,000
7. Thomas Wahlroos - $168,000
8. Mickey Appleman - $102,000
9. Rafi Amit - $99,000

Players return for final table action tomorrow at 2 p.m. PDT. First prize, along with the WSOP bracelet, nets a $655,746 cash prize.

$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em - Day 1

Expansive, that's the best way to describe the field of 2,891 players in today's $1,000 no-limit hold'em event. The tournament occupied most of the available space in the Rio's Amazon Room. The massive turnout generated a $2,630,810 prize pool, with $526,185 designated for first place.

The action kicked off at noon PDT with $25-$25 blinds and $1,500 starting stacks. For the first time in the 2006 WSOP, tournament officials scheduled players to break in shifts, a move used to avoid a mob scene and bathroom mass exodus were the field all to break at once.

Joe Hachem proved to be one player who didn't need to worry about trips to the bathroom or stretching his legs. The 2006 WSOP champion exited the tournament on the first hand.

Other big-name pros who failed to survive day 1 action included Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, Barry Greenstein, Erick Lindgren, Chris Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan, and Gavin Smith.

With the top 270 players finishing in the money, the bubble burst at five minutes before midnight.

At the end of over 13 hours of poker, day 1 concluded with 136 remaining players. Humberto Brenes, John Phan, and Greg Mueller represent the three biggest names near the top of the leader board.

Play resumes tomorrow at 2 p.m. PDT.

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