Latest From WSOP 2009 Final Table As Four Remain

Play got underway at this year’s WSOP Main Event final table at 1 p.m Saturday and by the time players broke for a 2 hour dinner break at 7pm, nine had become seven.
The first main action came when a short stacked James Akenhead moved all-in holding KQ and was called by Steven Begleiter before Eric Buchman reraised with AK to go heads up. A life line was thrown the young Brits way after a Q fell on the river to double him up, but not long after he found himself badly dominated with KK against AA. There were no miracle rivers to save him this time and after losing that hand to Kevin Schaffel he was finally eliminated by the same player a little later in ninth with 33 against Schaffel’s 99. 
“Obviously I’m very disappointed, but I went in as the short stack and I had to get it in and gamble,” he said. “I gambled and got lucky once, and busted out ninth anyway. It was bit more harsh, but it wasn’t my day. Kings against aces, what can you do?”
Schaffel was looking good after then doubling up with his AA against Antoine Saout’s KK and soon after was dealt A’s again with Buchman’s holding kings this time. Fate had Quad K’s in store this time and Schaffel was out in eighth.
“There’s just nothing you can do. It was a sick flop. I still had six outs if the board didn’t pair after that, but we all know what happened,” he said. 
Meantime Phil Ivey had been steadily gathering chips after picking his spots carefully and moving all-in three times to take down pots uncontested. At one stage Ivey was up to 15 million until he made a brave call with A8 aginst Cada’s all in shove with 44 only to lose a third of his stack. A little later, an Ivey down to 10 BB shipped it holding AK and looked good to double up after Darvin Moon who called with AQ. A Queen on the flop sealed Ivey’s fate and he exited the prestigious tournament in 7th to a standing ovation from the crowd.
Half an hour later the action had resumed with Begleiter waking up with QQ and calling Moon’s all-in raise with AQ. Moon’s luck was still running good as he hit his three outer once more. Commenting on his nemesis, Begleiter, who finished in 6th, said: “Darvin’s a good player. There are no bad players out there. He’s figured out how to hold onto most of his chips and he’s got mine now. He’s going to be a factor. It’s going to be really interesting.”
Jeff Shulman has now just been eliminated in fifth after his pocket 7’s ran into Antoine Saout’s A9 who then spiked a 9 on the flop. Shulman won $1.95 million for fifth place but could not emulate his father’s success at this year’s WSOP Europe tournament.
Updates will be provided as the play continues from Las Vegas.

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