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Buy-In: $1,365 + $135
Prize Pool: $1,096,095
Entrants: 803

Event 51 - H.O.R.S.E.

  • Jun 29, '08 - Jul 01, '08
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Updates on Final Day (Jul 01, 08)

 
 

James Schaaf Wins Event No. 51

James Schaaf Wins Event No. 51 ($256,412)
Tommy Hang Eliminated in 2nd Place ($158,933)

Although James Schaaf began the heads up match with Tommy Hang at a 2 to 1 chip disadvantage, a few lucky draws and a lot of aggressive play gave him the lead and eventually the title.

The final hand happened during the stud eight-or-better round when Schaaf raised showing the 6 and Hang called showing J.  Schaaf caught the 8 on fourth street and called a bet from Hang's 2.  Fifth street brought the 9 for Schaaf and a bet, which was called by Hang with the 7.  Schaaf again led after catching the 8 on sixth street and Hang raised all in after being dealt the 7.  Schaaf made the call and Hang turned over A7 for three sevens.  Schaaf turned over 108 for three eights, leaving Hang with a desperate  need to fill up on the river and avoid Schaaf doing the same.  All eyes were on Hang as he peeked at his river card and turned it over: 5

Tommy Hang earned $158,933 for his 2nd place finish.
 

Player Tags: Tommy Hang,   James Schaaf
 

$1,500 HORSE - Final Day - Bracelet 12 for Hellmuth?

Blinds/Antes: Stud - A: 5,000 B: 7,000 C: 25,000 , Razz - A: 5,000 B: 7,000 C: 25,000, Stud 8 - A: 5,000 B: 7,000 C: 25,000, Omaha: 13,000/25,000, Hold’em: 13,000/25,000

Players Remaining:
4 of 803

Chip Counts:
Tommy Hang – 1,800,000
James Schaaf – 570,000
Phil Hellmuth – 135,000
Esther Rossi – 85,000

Eliminations: None

Big Hands:

Phil HellmuthPhil Hellmuth Doubles Twice

Phil Hellmuth received a burst of cheers and applause from the teeming masses that have gathered at the rail to sweat him as he battles his way to another World Series of Poker bracelet.  Hellmuth doubled and re-doubled his stack in two key hands, prompting the thunderous outburst.

In the hold’em round, James Schaaf raised from the small blind and Phil Hellmuth reraised from the big blind.  Schaaf reraised to put Hellmuth all in, and Hellmuth called.  Schaaf turned over 94, an underdog to Hellmuth’s 88.  The board ran out KQQQ6, and Phil Hellmuth continued to stay alive.

Several hands later, Hellmuth found his tournament life at stake again.  This time Hellmuth got it all in during the razz round, but his opponent again was James Schaaf.  Despite receiving two double up hands within twenty minutes, Hellmuth remained the tournament short stack.

Esther Rossi Crippled by Tommy Hang

Despite being second in chips before tangling with Tommy Hang, Esther Rossi continued to battle after losing a large pot to Hang who now has a commanding chip lead over his opponents.  Hang made an ace-high flush in the stud eight-or-better round that left Rossi's stack destroyed.  She finished the hand with less than 100,000 in chips, and for the first time in four-handed play Phil Hellmuth was not the shortest stack at the table.

 

$1,500 HORSE - Final Day - Level 26

 

Blinds/Antes: Stud - A: 7,000 B: 10,000 C: 30,000 , Razz - A: 7,000 B: 10,000 C: 30,000, Stud 8 - A: 7,000 B: 10,000 C: 30,000, Omaha: 15,000/30,000, Hold’em: 15,000/30,000

Players Remaining:
2 of 803

Chip Counts:
James Schaaf - 1,519,000
Tommy Hang - 1,450,000

Eliminations:
Esther Rossi Eliminated in 4th Place ($68,505)
Phil Hellmuth Eliminated in Third Place ($93,168)

Big Hands:

Phil HellmuthEsther Rossi Eliminated in 4th Place ($68,505)

After being crippled by Tommy Hang just before the start of the hour, Esther Rossi played her last hand against the fellow struggling stack of Phil Hellmuth.  In the hold’em round, Hellmuth raised from the button and Rossi reraised all in from the big blind.  Hellmuth made the call and turned over K8, the favorite over Rossi’s J9.  The board ran out A10442.  Rossi failed to improve, and was eliminated in 4th place earning $68,505 for her efforts.

Phil Hellmuth Eliminated in 3rd Place ($93,168)

Phil Hellmuth’s hard-fought run for his historic 12th bracelet finally came to an end during the Omaha eight-or-better level.  Hellmuth completed from the small blind and was raised by Tommy Hang in the big blind.  Hellmuth called all in and the two hands were exposed: AK105 for Hellmuth, QQ84 for Hang.  The dealer put down a board of J-8-7-7-5, offering no help to Hellmuth and sending him home in third place with a cash prize of $93,168.

And Then There Were Two...

Phil Hellmuth (3rd) was eliminated just moments into Level 27 and Tommy Hang led James Schaaf into heads-up play.

Tommy Hang: 1,529,000
James Schaaf: 880,000

 

$1,500 HORSE - Final Day - Level 25

Blinds/Antes: Stud - A: 5,000 B: 5,000 C: 20,000 , Razz - A: 5,000 B: 5,000 C: 20,000, Stud 8 - A: 5,000 B: 5,000 C: 20,000, Omaha: 10,000/20,000, Hold’em: 10,000/20,000

Players Remaining:
4 of 803

Esther RossiChip Counts:
James Schaaf – 930,000
Tommy Hang – 845,000
Esther Rossi – 440,000
Phil Hellmuth – 115,000

Eliminations:
Jason Dollinger Eliminated in 5th Place ($54,804)

Big Hands:

Jason Dollinger Eliminated in 5th Place ($54,804)

In the stud round, Jason Dollinger completed showing the K and was raised by Tommy Hang, the chip leader, showing the 9.  Dollinger reraised and Hang made the call.  The two eventually got it all in on fifth street and at the showdown Dollinger showed one pair, fours, against Hang’s three-of-a-kind, sevens.  Dollinger earned $54,804 for his 5th place finish.

New Chip Leader at Break

After a few hands of stud eight-or-better, the remaining four players took a 20 minute break.  Just before the break, James Schaaf overtook Tommy Hang as the tournament chip leader thanks in part to two pots with the undisputed crowd favorite, Phil Hellmuth.  Hellmuth lost both to Schaaf and went into the break as the short stack with less than 150,000 in chips.

Play resumed just before the stroke of midnight.

 

$1,500 HORSE - Final Day - Level 24

Blinds/Antes: Stud - A: 5,000 B: 5,000 C: 20,000 , Razz - A: 5,000 B: 5,000 C: 20,000, Stud 8 - A: 5,000 B: 5,000 C: 20,000, Omaha: 10,000/20,000, Hold’em: 10,000/20,000

Players Remaining:
5 of 803

Chip Counts:
Tommy Hang - 1,000,000
James Schaaf - 450,000
Esther Rossi - 400,000
Phil Hellmuth - 300,000
Jason Dollinger - 240,000

Sam SilvermanEliminations:
Sam Silverman Eliminated in 6th Place ($42,966)

Big Hands:

Sam Silverman Eliminated in 6th Place ($42,966)

Sam Silverman became the sixth place finisher after getting all his chips in the middle pre-flop during the hold’em round with 33 against Jason Dollinger’s 77.  The final board came down KJ10108.  Silverman earned $42,996 for his sixth place finish and enjoyed a round of applause as he exited the tournament area.








 

$1,500 HORSE - Final Day - Level 23

Blinds/Antes: Stud - A: 3,000 B: 5,000 C: 15,000 , Razz - A: 3,000 B: 5,000 C: 15,000, Stud 8 - A: 3,000 B: 5,000 C: 15,000, Omaha: 8,000/15,000, Hold’em: 8,000/15,000

Players Remaining:
6 of 803

Chip Counts:
Tommy Hang – 680,000
Phil Hellmuth – 400,000
James Schaaf – 392,000
Jason Dollinger – 346,000
Sam Silverman – 310,000
Esther Rossi  - 166,000

Eliminations:
Matt Grapenthien Eliminated in 8th Place ($27,511)
Victor Ramdin Eliminated in 7th Place ($32,992)

Big Hands:

Matt Grapenthien Eliminated in 8th Place($27,511)

The final table saw its first elimination during the Omaha eight-or-better round.  Matt Grapenthien limped in pre-flop and Tommy Hang completed from the small blind.  Victor Ramdin checked his big blind option and the three players saw a flop of AKQ.  The action checked around, and the dealer put down the A on the turn.  Again Hang and Ramdin checked, but this time Grapentien put out a bet.  Hang check-raised, prompting Ramdin to fold.  Grapenthien made the call and turned over AJ63 for trip aces.  Hang flipped over KK82 for a full house, kings full of aces.  Grapenthien failed to fill up on the river, and he was eliminated in 8th place for a cash prize of $27,511.

Victor RamdinLarge Crowd Gathers for Phil Hellmuth

A large crowd of spectators has gathered around the final table in the Amazon Room to watch Phil Hellmuth attempt to win his 12th World Series of Poker title.  A special section has been designated for several members of Hellmuth’s extended family who have joined the crowd to cheer for Hellmuth.

Victor Ramdin Eliminated in 7th Place ($32,992)

Victor Ramdin became the 7th place finisher during the stud round.  James Schaaf finished him off when his two pair, tens and deuces, overtook Ramdin's nines.  Ramdin earned $32,992 for his finish.


 

$1,500 HORSE - Final Day - Back From Dinner

The players have returned from dinner and the final table is swarming with spectators.  The action began shortly before the start of the hour with the 8th hand of the hold'em round.

 

$1,500 HORSE - Final Day - Final Table Set!

 

Blinds/Antes: Stud - A: 3000 B: 3000 C: 12000 , Razz - A: 3000 B: 3000 C: 12000, Stud 8 - A: 3000 B: 3000 C: 12000, Omaha: 6000/12000, Hold’em: 6000/12000

Players Remaining:
8 of 803

Chip Leaders:
Tommy Hang - 680,000
Phil Hellmuth - 400,000
James Schaaf - 392,000
Jason Dollinger - 346,000
Sam Silverman - 310,000
Victor Ramdin - 166,000
Esther Rossi - 78,000
Matt Grapenthien - 46,000

Eliminations:
Lonnie Heimowitz Eliminated in 10th Place ($22,031)
Edward Brogdon Eliminated in 9th Place ($22,031)

Big Hands:

Edward BrogdonLonnie Heimowitz Eliminated in 10th Place ($22,031)

During the Omaha eight-or-better round, Lonnie Heimowitz got it all in pre-flop with AQ76 against Victor Ramdin’s JJ43.  The flop came AKQ, giving two pair to Heimowitz and a flush draw to Ramdin.  The 10 on the turn was a blank for Ramdin, but the 5 on the river completed his flush.  Heimowitz was eliminated in 10th place, earning $22,031 for his efforts.

Final Table Bubble Played Nine-Handed

As the players sweat the bubble for the final table, the remaining nine players will be combining into one nine-handed table.  When another player has been eliminated, the remaining eight final tablists will take a one hour dinner break.

Edward Brogdon Eliminated in 9th Place ($22,031)

Not long after combining into one nine-handed table, Edward Brogdon became the final table bubble boy after being eliminated by current chip leader Tommy Hang.  Brogdon and Hang got it all in pre-flop, with 106 for Hang and 77 for Brogdon.  The final board read KQ432, and Brogdon earned $22,031 for his “unlucky” 9th place finish.

Storylines:

Final Table Set

With the elimination of Edward Brogdon (9th) right before the dinner break, the final eight players prepared for the final table. Here was what the final table (eight-handed) looked like as the players left for dinner:

Seat 1 - James Schaaf - 392,000
Seat 2 - Matt Grapenthien - 46,000
Seat 3 - Sam Silverman - 310,000
Seat 4 - Phil Hellmuth - 400,000
Seat 5 - Jason Dollinger - 346,000
Seat 6 - Tommy Hang - 680,000
Seat 7 - Victor Ramdin - 78,000
Seat 8 - Esther Rossi - 166,000

 

$1,500 HORSE - Final Day - Level 22

Blinds/Antes: Stud - A: 3000 B: 3000 C: 12000 , Razz - A: 3000 B: 3000 C: 12000, Stud 8 - A: 3000 B: 3000 C: 12000, Omaha: 6000/12000, Hold’em: 6000/12000

Players Remaining:
10 of 803

Chip Leaders:
Phil Hellmuth - 420000
Sam Silverman - 345000
James Schaaf - 340000
Jason Dollinger - 285000
Tommy Hang - 280000
Matt Grapenthien - 250000
Esther Rossi - 190000
Victor Ramdin - 150000
Edward Brogdon - 60000
Lonnie Heimowitz - 26000

Eliminations:
Randy Holland Eliminated in 13th Place ($11,070)
Phillip Penn Eliminated in 12th Place ($16,551)
Steve Diano Eliminated in 11th Place ($16,551)

Big Hands:

Steve DianoRandy Holland Eliminated in 13th Place ($11,070)

Sam Silverman eliminated Randy Holland during the razz level when his 9-6-5-4-3 ended up being the better hand against Holland’s 10-5-4-3-2.  Holland picked up $11,070 in prize money as he exited the tournament area in 13th place.

Phillip Penn Sr. Eliminated in 12th Place ($16,551)

Phillip Penn was eliminated by Matt Grapenthein during the stud eight-or-better round, earning $16,551 for his 12th place finish.

Steve Diano Eliminated in 11th Place ($16,551)

Steve Diano fell victim to Esther Rossi’s four-of-a-kind during the stud eight-or-better round and was unable to take even a portion of the pot with a low.  Diano earned $16,551 for his 11th place finish, and the remaining players are closer to the final table.  Only two more eliminations before the seats are redrawn and final table play commences.

 

$1,500 HORSE - Final Day - Level 21

Players Remaining: 13 of 803

Chip Leaders:

Phil Hellmuth - 440000
Matt Grapenthien - 373000
Tommy Hang - 370000
Sam Silverman - 250000
Jason Dollinger - 235000
James Schaaf - 200000
Victor Ramdin - 200000
Esther Rossi - 143000
Edward Brogdon - 112000
Phillip Penn Sr. – 105000

As final table time approaches, players seem to be playing more cautiously.  Several of the tournament’s smallest stacks were already eliminated during the previous two rounds.  The last hour saw no eliminations.  Players spent 20 minutes of the hour on a break.

Player Tags: Phil Hellmuth,   Victor Ramdin
 
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