On Day 7 of the $10,000 buy-in world championship, 27 competitors from the original starting field of 6,352 players returned to the Rio Casino to decide who would take their place amongst the November Nine. At the end of around 12 hours of play they had their answer and the 2013 WSOP Main Event will now take a break until November 4th when the ultimate champion will be decided.
The 2013 Main Event saw players from 107 different countries compete for a piece of the $59.7 million prize pool and by the start of the 7th Day, 12 Americans and 15 players from around the world still remained. That tally has now shifted to 5 US players with the other players hailing from Canada, France, Netherlands and Israel. The final table is also one of the most eclectic mix of players since the November Nine format started five years ago.
Amongst those players seeing their WSOP Main Event hopes dashed on Day 7 was last year’s finalist Steve Gee, who was hoping to become the first player to make back to back final tables since Dan Harrington did in 2003/2004. Unfortunately for the short-stacked Gee, he found himself all-in holding 10-7 to Morgenstern’s pocket eights, and after the board rolled out 8-Q-2-A-3 he exited in 24th for $285,408.
One of the most talented players still remaining in the competition, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, was then eliminated soon after in 22nd place ($285,408), while start of the day chip leader Anton Morgenstern saw his tournament crash after losing two massive pots against Mark Newhouse to depart in 20th for $285,408.
Players following suit included Chris Lindh (16th – $357,655), Sergio Castelluccio (14th – $451,398), and Rep Porter (12th – $573,204). JC Tran then eliminated the WSOP 2001 Main Event champion Carlos Mortensen in 10th ($573,204) to set the 2013 WSOP November Nine.
When the Main Event resumes, all eyes will be on the two-times WSOP bracelet winner JC Tran who is way out in front as the chip leader, followed by the tables other bracelet winner, Israel’s Amir Lehavot, in second spot. Online legend David “Raptor” Benefield also made the final table, but as the short stack, while players such as Sylvain Loosli or Jay Farber had never even cashed in a WSOP tournament before this year’s Main Event.
The 2013 WSOP Main Event Final Table is as follows:
1 JC Tran – 38,000,000
2 Amir Lehavot – 29,700,00
3 Marc McLaughlin – 26,525,000
4 Jay Farber – 25,975,000
5 Ryan Riess – 25,875,000
6 Sylvain Loosli – 19,600,000
7 Michiel Brummelhuis – 11,275,000
8 Mark Newhouse – 7,350,000
9 David Benefield – 6,375,000
All finalists are now guaranteed a minimum payout of $733,224 with $8,359,531 going to the ultimate winner. The final table will resume on November 4th, so in the meantime the players will take a well earnedbreak while the poker community get to know them a little better.