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Bellagio Cup V -- Day 4

The Field Plays Down to 10 While Faraz Jaka Holds the Lead


Day 4 of the Bellagio Cup V took place today in the Fontana Lounge at Bellagio in Las Vegas. Play began at noon when 31 surviving players took their seats in the $15,000 World Poker Tour no-limit hold’em championship. The money bubble would burst when just 27 players remained, and surprisingly it didn’t take too long for that to happen. During the first level of play Ray Henson, Jonathan Little, Jong Jin, and Tommy Hang (bubble boy) all walked away empty handed. Things didn’t slow down too much even after the bubble busted, and it took just under four levels to play down to the unofficial final table of 10. Here is a look at all of the players that finished in the money on day 4:

27. Raj Vohra — $23,245
26. Freddy Deeb — $23,245
25. Kevin Saul — $23,245
24. Adam Geyer — $23,245
23. Hoyt Corkins — $23,245
22. Vivek Rajkumar — $23,245
21. Sammy George — $23,245
20. Ralph Perry — $23,245
19. Alexander Kravcehnko — $23,245
18. Terry Fleischer — $30,990
17. Jason Somerville — $30,990
16. Uri Kadosh — $30,990
15. Ivan Freitiz — $38,740
14. Ory Hen — $38,740
13. Josh Schlein — $38,740
12. Claudio Baptista — $46,485
11. Anthony Spnella — $46,485

Here is a look at final table seating chart for tomorrow (with chip counts):

Seat 1: Sam Stein — 666,000
Seat 2: Faraz Jaka — 3,299,000
Seat 3: Erik Seidel — 1,799,000
Seat 4: Christopher Sonesson — 786,000
Seat 5: Alexandre Gomes — 1,713,000
Seat 6: Mimi Tran — 690,000
Seat 7: Justin Smith — 2,620,000
Seat 8: Alec Torelli — 1,919,000
Seat 9: Pavel Reshetov — 507,000
Seat 10: Ray Taylor — 1,085,000

The field will play down to a final television table of six tomorrow starting at noon PDT. The television table will then take place on Sunday, July 19, at 4 p.m. PDT. Here are the highlights from day 4, as featured in’s live updates:

Kevin Saul

Kevin Saul Eliminated in 25th Place ($23,245)

Christoffer Sonesson raised to 26,000 from the hi-jack and Erik Seidel made the call from the cutoff. Kevin Saul raised all in from the button for 216,000 and Sonesson mucked. Seidel made the call and they flipped up their cards:

Saul: KDiamond Suit KSpade Suit
Seidel: 9Diamond Suit 9Club Suit

Board: 7Heart Suit 6Club Suit 5Heart Suit 6Heart Suit 8Diamond Suit

Seidel won the hand to grow his stack to 900,000 and Saul was eliminated in 25th place. He will take home $23,245 in prize money.

Ralph Perry

Ralph Perry Eliminated in 20th Place ($23,245)

On a flop of KDiamond Suit 7Heart Suit 5Spade Suit 10Heart Suit with close to 100,000 in the pot, Justin Smith bet 150,000 and Ralph Perry raised all in. Smith called him down, and he just had Perry covered. Their cards:

Perry: 7-7
Smith: 10Spade Suit 10Diamond Suit

Perry was eliminated on the hand in 20th place and he took home $23,245. Smith grew his stack to 1,750,000 after the hand.

Erik Seidel

Erik Seidel Doubles Up to Second Chip Position

Anthony Spinella raised from the cutoff to 40,000 and Faraz Jaka made the call from the small blind. Erik Seidel reraised to 120,000 from the big blind. Spinella made the call and Jaka mucked. The flop was dealt KClub Suit 8Heart Suit 4Spade Suit and Seidel bet 140,000. Spinella made the call and the turn fell JHeart Suit. Seidel bet 350,000 and Spinella made the call. The river fell 7Diamond Suit and Seidel raised all in for 441,000. Spinella went into the tank for a moment and then made the call. Their cards:

Spinella: KHeart Suit QHeart Suit
Seidel: AClub Suit AHeart Suit

Seidel doubled up on the hand to grow his stack to 2,150,000. Spinella took a large hit down to 860,000.

Alexandre Gomes

Anthony Spinella Eliminated in 11th Place ($46,485)

Alexandre Gomes raised from middle position to 51,000 and Anthony Spinella reraised all in for 345,000 from the cutoff. Gomes made the call and they flipped up their cards:

Gomes: ASpade Suit 9Club Suit
Spinella: 3Diamond Suit 3Heart Suit

Board: KDiamond Suit QSpade Suit 4Heart Suit 6Diamond Suit 9Diamond Suit

Gomes won the hand with a pair of nines and Spinella was eliminated in 11th place, good for $46,485 in prize money. Gomes grew his stack to 1,713,000 after the hand. Play ended for the night after the hand.