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WSOP: $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. Day 4

Erick Lindgren Takes the Chip Lead into the Final Table of Eight Tomorrow


Erick LindgrenErick Lindgren said after he won his first bracelet at the 2008 World Series of Poker that he would be happy with his poker career if it was one that the late Chip Reese could be proud of, in reference to the fact that Reese was his hero. Lindgren may take a major step toward boosting his career in Reese's eyes tomorrow, as he takes the chip lead into the final table of the event named in his honor. Lindgren put on a masterful performance today in the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. world championship, and he enters the final table with 3,680,000 after starting day 4 with just 485,000. Even with that lead, Lindgren will have his work cut out for him at a tough final table that will also feature Barry Greenstein, Scotty Nguyen, Huck Seed, Lyle Berman, Matt Glantz, Michael DeMichele, and Patrick Bueno. If Lindgren is the last man standing tomorrow, he will be awarded $1,989,120 as well as the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

Twenty-four players started day 4 at the Rio today and cards got in the air at 3 p.m. On the way to the final two tables eight players hit the rail empty handed. Those players included Chad Brown, Gabe Kaplan, James Mackey, Michael Mizrachi, Edwin Ting, Brandon Adams, Farzad Bonyadi, and the bubble boy, Mike Wattel.

Once the final two tables had been reached and the money bubble bursted the 16 remaining players took new seats at the final two tables:

Table 32

Seat 1: Patrick Bueno -- 730,000
Seat 2: Huck Seed -- 900,000
Seat 3: Joseph Michael -- 575,000
Seat 4: Scotty Nguyen -- 1,050,000
Seat 5: Phil Ivey -- 635,000
Seat 6: Barry Greenstein -- 1,300,000
Seat 7: Doyle Brunson -- 60,000
Seat 8: David Bach -- 800,000

Table 39

Seat 1: Erick Lindgren -- 355,000
Seat 2: Raymond Davis -- 1,200,000
Seat 3: Michael DeMichele -- 1,010,000
Seat 4: Lyle Berman -- 1,100,000
Seat 5: Andy Bloch -- 120,000
Seat 6: Ralph Perry -- 1,635,000
Seat 7: Daniel Negreanu -- 1,480,000
Seat 8: Matt Glantz -- 1,460,000

Here is how the final eight players of the night fell as featured in's live coverage:

Doyle BrunsonDoyle Brunson First Out in the Money -- 16th Place ($124,320)

Seven-Card Stud

Doyle Brunson: (mucked) Q 10 5 3
Phil Ivey: (X-X-X) 7 K 5 K
Barry Greenstein: (mucked) 6 9 3 K

Texas Dolly moved all in showing a Q and both Greenstein and Ivey called. The two then went at each other on every street, Ivey being the aggressor the entire way, and Greenstein calling him down. Ivey only had a pair of kings, but it was enough to take the pot, and send Brunson off with a standing ovation from the rail birds in 16th place.

Andy Bloch Follows Doyle Brunson Out the Door in 15th Place ($124,320)

Seven-Card Stud

Andy Bloch was all in against Matt Glantz's pair of aces. Bloch had a pair of 10s to at least have a fight chance, but he could not improve the rest of the way and he was out in 15th place.

Another Victim Of Stud -- Joseph Michael Eliminated in 14th Place ($142,080)

Seven-Card Stud

Joseph Michael: (6 A 4) 7 4 10 6
David Bach: (K K 10) 7 J 10 A

Daniel Negreanu Michael needed to dodge Bach's river card after he was all in on sixth street. Michael had two pair; sixes and fours, while Bach had kings in the hole. The river gave Bach an additional pair of 10s and Michael was out in 14th place.

Daniel Negreanu Out in 13th Place ($142,080)

Seven-Card Stud Eight-or-Better

Negreanu: A 3 K A (x-x-7)
Lyle Berman: 8 4 6 3 (3 6 3)

In a hand that started with Negreanu betting on third street, "Kid Poker" and Berman fired shot after shot at each other on the next two streets until Negreanu had no more bullets left and he was all in on fifth street. Negreanu's aces were ahead until Berman caught a second pair on sixth street and filled up on the river to send Negreanu to the rail in 13th place.

Phil IveyPhil Ivey Knocked Out in 12th Place ($159,840)

Seven-Card Stud

Ivey: 6 Q 9 8 (3 3 - X)
Nguyen: A 7 Q - X (K 10 - X)

Ivey completed the bet and Nguyen called behind him. He then asked Ivey how much he had left. Nguyen proceeded to bet in the dark on fourth and fifth street to put Ivey at risk. Ivey was ahead with a pair of threes in the hole but Nguyen had plenty of over cards when the river was dealt. Nguyen showed the card to Ivey, which must have been good enough to send Ivey to the rail since his cards were immediately mixed together and mucked. Ivey got up and made his exit in 12th place.

Scotty Nguyen Sends David Bach to the Rail in 11th Place ($159,840)

Seven-Card Stud Eight-or-Better

Scotty Nguyen: 8 8 10 7 (7 6 10)
David Bach: 9 4 K 2 (A 9 - J)
Patrick Bueno: 3 A 6 5 (mucked)

David Bach was all in on thirrd street and Nguyen contested a side pot with Bueno. After all the cards had been dealt, Nguyen turned over two pair and Bueno mucked his hand. All eyes were on Bach who needed a miracle to get any piece of the pot. But when he turned his cards, he revealed a whole lot of nothing and he made his exit in 11th place.

Raymond Davis Crippled, then Ousted in 10th Place ($177,600)


Barry Greenstein raised to 100,000 preflop from the small blind. Raymond Davis made the call from the big blind and the flop came out A K 8. Greenstein led out and Davis called. The turn was the 2 and Greenstein fired 100,000, which Davis quickly called. The river brought the A and Greenstein kept the pedal to the metal with another 100,000. Davis mucked angrily and he was left with just 100,000.

Two hands later, Davis moved all in from the button and Patrick Bueno made the call from the small blind. Davis turned over A K, dominating Bueno's K 7. But really, domination is really just a matter of perspective, especially when the flop comes 7 7 2 like it did. Davis was disgusted and needed help on the turn to stay alive. But the 5 left Davis drawing dead and the 5 on the river was the final clump of dirt on Davis' 10th-place coffin.

Ralph PerryRalph Perry Is the Final Table Bubble Boy -- Eliminated in Ninth Place ($177,600)

Omaha Eight-or-Better

Perry raised to 100,000 under the gun and action folded around to Huck Seed in the big blind. Seed called and the flop came A K 6. Seed led out with 50,000 and Perry raised to 100,000. Seed was not amused as he repopped it to 150,000. Perry did not take that slap lightly and he raised to 200,000. After all the madness was over, Perry was all in and both players showed their hands.

Perry: J 4 A J
Seed: Q 7 3 2

Seed flopped the nut flush and the board finished out 10 and K. Perry was out in ninth place.

Here are the official chip counts and the seating chart for the final table tomorrow, which begins at 3 p.m. Tune into to tomorrow for live coverage of one of the biggest final tables of the year:

Seat 1: Matt Glantz -- 1,445,000
Seat 2: Huck Seed -- 1,200,000
Seat 3: Patrick Bueno -- 695,000
Seat 4: Lyle Berman -- 1,430,000
Seat 5: Scotty Nguyen -- 3,535,000
Seat 6: Barry Greenstein -- 1,955,000
Seat 7: Michael DeMichele -- 905,000
Seat 8: Erick Lindgren -- 3,680,000