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Buy-In: $1,365 + $135
Prize Pool: $618,345
Entrants: 453

Event 26 - Seven Card Razz

  • Jun 13, '08 - Jun 15, '08


Updates on Final Day (Jun 15, 08)


Barry Greenstein Wins Event No. 26 ($158,659)

Barry GreensteinBarry Greenstein Wins Third Bracelet in Event No. 26 ($158,659)

After a grueling battle of heads-up play between Barry Greenstein and Chris Klodnicki, Greenstein eventually emerged victorious. Terminally short stacked, Chris Klodnicki raised all in on third street with a 3 in the door. Greenstein called with an ace and they both turned over their cards.

Klodnicki: A-K-3-K-8-6-3
Greenstein: 4-9-A-J-4-9-7

Barry Greenstein made a J-9-4-7-A on seventh street while Chris Klodnicki ended up with two pair making K-8-6-3-A. Barry Greenstein wins his third WSOP bracelet and the $158,569 grand prize while Chris Klodnicki has to settle for second place and $98,034.

As soon as Greenstein pocketed his bracelet, he double-timed it over to the $10,000 Limit Hold'em World Championship event where he had a stack waiting for him. Greenstein barely pocketed his third WSOP bracelet before he was off trying to win his fourth.


$1,500 Razz - Christopher Viox Eliminated in 3rd Place ($59,132)

Blinds/Antes: 7,000 ante, 10,000 bring-in, 30,000 completion

Players Left: 2

Chip Counts:
Barry Greenstein: 985,000
Chris Klodnicki: 380,000

Chris Viox Eliminated in 3rd Place ($59,132)

Big hands:

Chris VioxChristopher Viox Eliminated in 3rd Place ($59,132)

Christopher Viox was all in on fifth street against Christopher Klodnikci and the players turned up their cards.

Viox: 7-4-6-K-2-A-X
Klodnicki: 9-4-2-Q-3-5
Viox had formidable lead heading to sixth street where Viox hit an ace against Klodnicki's 5. With a 5 on sixth street, Klodnikci needed an ace or a 6 to win. Klodnicki hit his ace, trumping Viox's 7-6 with the wheel. Klodnicki finally eliminated Chris Viox in 3rd place ($59,132).

And Then There Were Two...

With Chris Viox finally out of their way, Barry Greenstein (985,000) and Chris Klodnicki (380,000) begin heads-up play.



$1,500 Razz - Greenstein Hols on to Lead

Blinds/Antes: 5,000 ante, 5,000 bring-in, 20,000 completion

Players Left: 3

Chip Counts:

Barry Greenstein: 779,000
Chris Klodnicki: 315,000
Chris Viox: 271,000

Big Hands:

Chris KlodnickiChris Klodnicki Gets Crippled, Then Doubles Up

It wasn't long after the dinner break where Chris Klodnicki found himself heads-up in a pot with Chris Viox. With plenty of action, Klodnicki finished the hand second to Viox with a 10-6-5-3-2 against Viox's 8-7-3-2-A low. After this pot Klodnicki was down to about 75,000 in chips.

The very next hand and Klodnicki doubled through chip leader Barry Greenstein with an 8-7 against Greenstein's painted board. Klodnicki climbed back up to 150,000 in chips.

Chris Viox Closes the Gap

In a heads-up pot with Chris Viox, Barry greenstein was the aggressor, betting thw whole way while Viox called him down. Greenstein made a 10-8-6-4-2 on seventh street while Viox made a 9-7-5-4-A on the river. After this hand Viox had about 550,000 to greenstein's 650,000. 

Chris Klodnicki Doubles Through Chris Viox

All in on fifth street, Chris Klodnicki had locked-up a win with 9-5-4-2-A while Viox was drawing dead with Q-J-7-6-2. Klodnicki doubled up to ver 300,000 this hand while Viox had fallen to just under 300,000. With the two Chris's almost even again, Greenstein's 800,000 now has a much greater value as the betting limits continue to increase ever so fast.



$1,500 Razz - Dinner Break

Note: Players took a short thirty-minute dinner break around 8:45 pm and will return shortly to Level 23.

Blinds/Antes: 3,000 ante, 5,000 bring-in, 15,000 completion

Players Left: 3

Chip Counts:
Barry Greenstein: 895,000
Chris Klodnicki: 241,000
Chris Klodnicki: 229,000

Big Hands:

Chris KlodnickiChris Klodnicki Doubles Through Chris Viox

Chris Klodnicki was involved in a big pot with Chris Viox, getting all in on the irver. Viox had him covered. Viox managed to make an 8-6-4-3-2 low against Viox's 8-7-5-2-A, doubling up to just over 200,000. Heading to dinner this puts the two Chris's about even, Greenstein still with the monster stack.


$1,500 Razz - Greenstein Widens His Lead

Blinds/Antes: 3,000 ante, 3,000 bring-in, 12,000 completion

Players Left:

Chip Counts:
Barry Greenstein: 846,000
Chris Viox: 353,000
Chris Klodnicki: 166,000

Big Hands:

Action this past round has been terribly slow as Greenstein starts to put the squeeze on his opponents.

Barry GreensteinBarry Greenstein Widens His Lead
Barry Greenstein has picked up the few pots of any consequence this round, beating Chris Viox in a showdown with 7-5-4-3-A and then beating Chris Klodnicki with 8-7-6-4-2. Greenstein has run himself up to over 700,000 while the two Chris's are about even with 300,000 each at this point.

It was quite some time later that the players would see seventh street again, Greenstein of course winning the pot in his all too familiar fashion. Betting the whole way, Greenstein fired one last bet on the river, causing Klodnicki to fold once again after hitting a brick on seventh street. Greenstein's patience has been paying off, and after this hand he has moved up to over 800,000 in chips.

Klodnicki Cripples VioxChris Viox

Chris Viox took the betting initiative in a big pot against Chris Klodnicki who called him down all the way and looked him up  on seventh street. Viox finsihed the hand with an 8-7-5-4-3 while Klodnicki went on to make a 7-6-5-3-2 low. After this hand, the former chip leader was reduced to his last 100,000 in chips.

Chris Viox Doubles Through Chip Leader Barry Greenstein

A few hands after getting crippled by the other Chris, Chris Viox found himself all in on sixth street against chip Leader Barry Greenstein. Viox made a 7-6-5-2-A low against Greenstein's 9-8-4-3-A to double up to just under 200,000. Greenstein takes a minor hit and drops down to just over 700,000 after this hand.


$1,500 Razz - Mark Tenner Eliminated in 4th place ($43,571), Greenstein Takes Chip Lead

Note: The remining three players have just returned from a short twenty-minute break after the conclusion of Level 20.

Blinds/Antes: 3,000 antes, 3,000 bring-in, 12,000 completion

Players Left: 3

Chip Counts:
Barry Greenstein: 664,000
Chris Viox: 503,000
Chris Klodnicki: 198,000


Mark Tenner Eliminated in 4th Place ($43,571)

Mark TennerMark Tenner Eliminated in 4th place ($43,571)

With Chris Viox crippling Mark Tenner a few hands prior, it was Chris Klodnicki that delivered the final death blow when Mark Tenner got it all in on fifth street. This one came down to the river, Tenner hitting a jack to compliment his 7-6-2-A low. Klodnicki finished the hand with 7-6-4-3-2 low, good enough to rake the pot and send Mark Tenner home in 4th place ($43,571).

Barry Greenstein Takes the Chip Lead Barry Greenstein

Barry Greenstein won two key pots uncontested this round, one off of Chris Viox and the other off of Chris Klodnicki. Never missing a bet, Greenstein just kept firing at the pot, getting each opponent to close their cards on the river. A few hands later and Greenstein officially took control of the chip lead after trumping Viox's 9-4-3-2-A with an 8-7-5-4-3 low. This hand put Greenstein over 650,000.


$1,500 Razz - Michael Joseph Eliminated 6th ($25,831), Brandon Leeds 5th ($33,301)

Blinds/Antes: 2,000 ante, 3,000 bring-in, 10,000 completion

Players Left: 4

Chip Counts:
Chris Viox: 525,000
Chris Klodnicki: 320,000
Barry Greenstein: 307,000
Mark Tenner: 137,000

Michael Joseph Eliminated in 6th Plac ($25,831)
Brandon Leeds Eliminated in 5th place ($33,301)

Big Hands:

Chris Klodnicki Goes From Worst to First, Takes the Chip Lead...For a Minute

Chris Viox started this round as the short stack with just under 30,000 in chips, and one hour later Viox has grabbed the chip lead with almost 375,000. Viox had increased his fire power ten-fold this round after getting invloved in a big pot with Barry Greenstein and emerging victorious. After that hand, Klodnicki surged to over 300,000 while Greenstein fell to just about half that amount. Klodnicki and Viox have been tangling with the chip lead ever since.

Joseph MichaelJoseph Michael Eliminated in 6th place ($25,831)

Mark Tenner completed the bet with a 4 and Chris Viox called the raise with a 7. Joseph Michael reraised with a 7, Tenner folded and Viox made it three bets to go. Michael came back over the top and reraised all in for a total of 35,000. Michael went on to make a 9-7-6-4-3 low while Viox made an 8-7-6-4-A on seventh street. Chris Viox raked the pot, regaining the chip lead once again while Joseph Michael was eliminated in 6th place ($25,831).

Brandon Leeds Eliminated in 5th place ($33,301)Brandon Leeds

The now short stacked Brandon Leeds moved all in on fourth street with an A-2 on board against the chip leader, Chris Viox who was showing A-6. Viox went on to make a 6-5-4-2-A on the river while the best Leeds could do was make an 8-6-4-3-A low. Chris Viox adds even more chips to his growing stack while Brandon Leeds has to settle for 5th place and $33,301.


$1,500 Razz - Archie Karas Eliminated in 7th place ($19,607)

Blinds/Antes: 2,000 ante, 2,000 bring-in, 8,000 completion

Players Left: 6

Chip Counts:

Chris Viox: 368,000
Barry Greenstein: 300,000
Mark Tenner: 280,000
Joseph Michael: 200,000
Chris Klodnicki: 160,000
Brandon Leeds: 122,000

Archie Karas Eliminated in 7th Place ($19,607)

Big Hands:

Archie Karas Eliminated in 7th Place ($19,607)

Barry Greenstein brought it in with the high card for 2,000 and Archie Karas completed the bet to 8,000. Brandon Leeds reraised to 16,000 and Karas called all in for 3,000 more. "The Greek" ended up making an eight-low on seventh street while Leeds went on to make a six-low. Leeds raked the pot and Archie Karas was eliminated in 7th place ($19,607).

Chris Klodnicki Doubles Through Joseph Michael

Short stack Chris Klodnicki got the rest of his chips in the pot on fifth street against Joseph Michael.

Klodnicki: K-3-2-4 - A-9-4
Michael: 2-J-4-Q - 10-7-X

Klodnicki made a nine-low on the river while Michael bricked. Klodnicki went from the short stack to over 150,000 chips that hand.


$1,500 Razz - Mike Wattel Eliminated in 8th Place ($16,495)

Note: The remaining seven players have taken a short twenty-minute break while the tournament staff races off the 500 chips.

Blinds/Antes: 1,500 ante, 2,000 bring-in, 6,000 completion

Chip Counts:
Chris Viox: 368,000
Joseph Michael: 274,000
Barry Greenstein: 264,000
Mark Tenner: 250,000
Brandon Leeds: 150,000
Chris Klodnicki: 49,000
Archie Karas: 23,000

Mike Wattel Eliminated in 8th Place ($16,495)

Big Hands:

Mike WattelMike Wattel Eliminated in 8th Place ($16,495)

Mike Wattel was all in in a three-way pot with Barry Greenstein and Chris Viox.

Wattel: 4-6-A-4 - X-X-X
Greenstein: 6-7-9-8 - X-X-X
Viox: 10-4-3-K - A-2-5

Apparently there was some controversy over Wattel closing his cards on seventh street, signifying that his hand was weak. This upset Greenstein, giving Viox information as to the relative strength of his hand, and eventually Greenstein made the call. Viox turned over the wheel and raked the pot, eliminating Mike Wattel in 8th place ($16,495).


Shuffle Up and Deal - Final Table

After a late start here today, the cards are finally in the air as the players have just taken their seats...

Seat 1: Chris Viox: 350,000
Seat 2: Joseph Michael: 155,000
Seat 3: Archie Karas: 113,000
Seat 4: Brandon Leeds: 206,500
Seat 5: Chris Klodnicki: 105,000
Seat 6: Mike Wattel: 74,000
Seat 7: Mark Tenner: 108,500
Seat 8: Barry Greenstein: 243,000

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