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    Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by Ryan

For those who decided to stay up late, you could watch an interesting final table of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event. We waited on this to begin for months now, and the November Nine got to action yesterday, and going into the final day of action today, we have only two players left in the action. While we saw the start of the day feature J.C. Tran in first with 38 million chips, Amir Lehavot with 29.7 million, Marc-Etienne McLaughlin with 26.525 million, Jay Farber with 25.975 million, Ryan Riess with 25.875 million, Sylvain Loosli with 19.6 million, Michiel Brummelhuis with 11.275 million, and our two short stacks in Mark Newhouse with 7.35 million and David Benefield with 6.375 million. The players were fighting for the grand prize of $8,361,570 for first place.

While we had some obviously strong players at the table, we saw our two short stacks as the first two to head home. We had a few all-ins in the first few times around the table, but we didn’t see a knockout come until hand 36 of the action. This was when Newhouse was sent home in ninth place, when he shoved all-in pre-flop with pocket nines. Riess called the all-in and turned over A-K, but was able to hit a King on the flop for our first elimination. It was only two hands later that our other short stack in David Benefield was sent home when he shoved all-in with K-2 suited, but ran into A-K as well. Benefield had outs on the river with a flush draw and a potential straight draw for a chop, but the turn gave Farber his straight, and the two on the river did nothing for Benefield. This was a big start for Farber, as he then got moving and was up to 39 million chips, just behind Tran for first place.

After a few more times around the table, we finally saw another elimination, and it looked like we could see a final table that would move fairly quickly. Brummelhuis doubled up, and then two hands after that he four-bet all-in pre-flop for his stack of around 16 million chips with pocket nines. Riess had him dominated though with pocket Aces, and that was all she wrote for Brummelhuis, who was sent home in seventh place. So this left us at the start of Level 37 with six players left, and Riess holding the chip lead.

J.C. Tran couldn’t really get anything going, but was still in third place with 34.75 million chips. He had work to do to catch up to both Riess with 54.25 million chips, and Farber with 41.125 million. Riess then topped 60 million chips when he flopped a set of tens against Tran, and ended up around 65 million when the hand was over. This left him with a third of the chips that were on the table. Things slowed down from that point, and we didn’t see another knockout until hand 157.

This was a tough one for McLaughlin, as he got it all-in when he and Farber were raising back and forth at each other pre-flop. McLaughlin turned over his pocket Kings, but was heartbroken to see the pocket Aces of Farber. The board ran out and the Aces held up leaving us with five players left in the action. I guess it was now time for the action to pick up again, because we saw the eliminations start to come soon after that.

Just four hands later Tran was sent home when he pushed his final 10 million chips all-in with A-7, and he was called by the K-Q of Farber. The flop came down with a King, and Tran couldn’t improve his hand. Then on hand 170, Loosli had to shove all-in with a stack that was around as short as Tran’s was, and he did so with Q-7. Riess called his all-in with A-10, and the better hand held up. Loosli was sent home in fourth place, and then just one hand later we had our heads up match set.

Farber folded pre, and the Riess made a raise up to 1.9 million. Lehavot didn’t want to mess around and just shoved his stack all-in for 21.15 million with pocket sevens. Riess made the call with pocket tense, and the best hand held throughout the entire hand. Lehavot was sent home in third place, and our first day of final table action was done. We now get a heads up match between Jay Farber and Ryan Riess, with Farber holding a nice chip lead of 105 million to 85.675 million. Play starts with blinds of 500,000/1 million, with antes of 150,000, so each player has plenty of chips to play with. Second place is guaranteed $5,174,357, but of course both of their eyes set on that bracelet, and the biggest prize in poker.

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