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Brett Shaffer Leads a Strong Final Table at Bellagio

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Brett Shaffer
Photo: Brett Shaffer leads the final six players with nearly 4.3 million in chips.

Day 5 of the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic ended in a painful beat for WPT Champions Club member Jared Jaffee, who watched as his flopped straight lost to a runner-runner full house. Jaffee was eliminated on the TV bubble, and misses the chance to add a second WPT title to his resume.

At the start of the day, there were 33 players remaining from a huge field of 586 entries. Six of them were members of the WPT Champions Club, and with nine players remaining, there were still four of them still in contention to join the elite club of players with two WPT titles.

But the poker gods weren’t kind to former WPT winners, as Will Failla (ninth place), Keven Stammen (eighth place), and Jared Jaffee (seventh place) all fell short of the televised WPT Final Table.

The other two WPT Champions Club members who started the day but couldn’t finish were Anthony Zinno (23rd place), and Daniel Negreanu (25th). Negreanu won this event 10 years ago on his way to winning the Season IV WPT Player of the Year.

At the start of this tournament, there were 13 DraftKings qualifiers, and one of them — Brandon Adams — made a strong run to reach the final three tables, finishing 22nd to earn $36,947. As for the Skrill Last-Longer Contest, Chane Kampanatsanyakorn made it all the way to 11th place ($65,368), outlasting 71 other players wearing a Skrill patch. Kampanatsanyakorn’s Skrill patch earned him his buy-in back — $10,400.

Here are the official chip counts for tomorrow afternoon’s televised WPT Final Table, scheduled to begin at 4:00 pm PT:

Seat 1.  Tobias Reinkemeier  -  3,625,000  (60 bb)
Seat 2.  Ryan Julius  -  940,000  (15 bb)
Seat 3.  Ryan Fee  -  3,055,000  (50 bb)
Seat 4.  Garrett Greer  -  3,260,000  (54 bb)
Seat 5.  Mohsin Charania  -  2,415,000  (40 bb)
Seat 6.  Brett Shaffer  -  4,290,000  (71 bb)

And here's the remaining prizepool that they're playing for:

1st:  $1,477,890*
2nd:  $869,683
3rd:  $562,736
4th:  $383,684
5th:  $272,842
6th:  $218,842

* First prize amount includes a $15,400 seat into the season-ending WPT World Championship.

The BLUFF.com WPT Ones to Watch were announced earlier this week — seven players that have been selected as potential breakthrough players. Garrett Greer is one of those players, and he has already proven himself by making this final table. Greer hopes to become the first Ones to Watch to win a WPT title.

The televised WPT Final Table is scheduled to begin at 4:00 pm tomorrow (Saturday). There will be no live stream, but you’ll find complete hand-for-hand coverage right here, along with updated chip counts after each hand.

Photos by Joe Giron.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Tobias Reinkemeier, Ryan Julius, Ryan Fee, Garrett Greer, Mohsin Charania, Brett Shaffer, Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
03:02 AM, 12/20/14

WPT Final Table: Official Chip Counts

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Here are the official chip counts for tomorrow afternoon's WPT Final Table, scheduled to begin at 4:00 pm PT:

Seat 1.  Tobias Reinkemeier  -  3,625,000  (60 bb)
Seat 2.  Ryan Julius  -  940,000  (15 bb)
Seat 3.  Ryan Fee  -  3,055,000  (50 bb)
Seat 4.  Garrett Greer  -  3,260,000  (54 bb)
Seat 5.  Mohsin Charania  -  2,415,000  (40 bb)
Seat 6.  Brett Shaffer  -  4,290,000  (71 bb)

And the prizepool they're playing for:

1st:  $1,477,890*
2nd:  $869,683
3rd:  $562,736
4th:  $383,684
5th:  $272,842
6th:  $218,842

* First prize amount includes a $15,400 seat into the season-ending WPT World Championship.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
02:17 AM, 12/20/14

Hands #105-106: Jared Jaffee Out in 7th Place ($167,684)

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Jared Jaffee
Hand #105  -  Brett Shaffer min-raises from the hijack to 120,000, and Garrett Greer calls from the big blind. The flop comes 8diamond5diamond5club, Greer checks, Shaffer bets 150,000, and Greer folds. Shaffer takes the pot.

Hand #106  -  Brett Shaffer raises UTG+1 to 125,000, Tobias Reinkemeier calls from the hijack, Ryan Fee calls from the button, and WPT Champions Club member Jared Jaffee (pictured) calls from the big blind.

The flop comes 9club8diamond7diamond, and it checks to Reinkemeier, who bets 175,000. Fee folds, and Jaffee moves all in for 425,000. Shaffer folds, and Reinkemeier calls with QdiamondQheart for an overpair. Jaffee turns over Jspade10heart for a jack-high straight, and Reinkemeier will need something runner-runner to win this pot.

The turn is the 8club, and the river is -- the 8spade.

Reinkemeier catches a runner-runner full house to beat Jaffee's flopped straight. Jared Jaffee is eliminated on the TV Final Table bubble in seventh place.

Tobias Reinkemeier  -  3,625,000  (60 bb)
Jared Jaffee  -  Eliminated in 7th Place  ($167,684)

The final six players are now verifying their chip counts and filling out their WPT bio sheets for tomorrow's televised WPT Final Table.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Tobias Reinkemeier, Jared Jaffee, Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
02:02 AM, 12/20/14

Hands #102-104: Ryan Fee Doubles Thru Jared Jaffee

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #102  -  Brett Shaffer raises from the small blind to 155,000, Tobias Reinkemeier reraises from the big blind to 355,000, and Shaffer calls. The flop comes KclubQdiamond8spade, Shaffer bets 350,000, and Reinkemeier calls. The turn card is the Jheart, and both players check.

The river card is the 4diamond, Shaffer checks, Reinkemeier bets 550,000, and Shaffer folds. Reinkemeier takes the pot.

Hand #103  -  Jared Jaffee raises from the hijack to 130,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #104  -  Jared Jaffee raises UTG+1 to 130,000, Tobias Reinkemeier calls from the button, and Ryan Fee moves all in for 1,500,000 from the big blind. Jaffee moves all in over the top, and Reinkemeier folds.

Fee shows 8diamond8spade, and he needs it to hold to stay alive against Jaffee's AdiamondKspade.

The board comes Jdiamond10spade4spade2heart10diamond, and the pocket eights hold up for Fee to win the pot and double up in chips.

Ryan Fee  -  3,230,000  (53 bb)
Jared Jaffee  -  570,000  (9 bb)

Sorted In: Ryan Fee, Jared Jaffee, Featured Blog, Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
01:57 AM, 12/20/14

Hands #97-101: Final Seven Players

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #97  -  Jared Jaffee raises UTG+1 to 140,000, and Ryan Fee calls from the big blind. The flop comes AspadeJheart7spade, Fee checks, Jaffee bets an unknown amount, and Fee quickly folds. Jaffee takes the pot.

Hand #98  -  Brett Shaffer raises from hijack to 125,000, Ryan Fee calls from the small blind, and Garrett Greer calls from the big blind. The flop comes 9heart5spade2club, and it checks to Shaffer, who bets 200,000. Fee and Greer both fold, and Shaffer takes the pot.

Hand #99  -  Ryan Fee raises from the button to 125,000, and Jared Jaffee calls from the big blind. Both players check to the river on a board of AdiamondKdiamond7club7heartAheart, Jaffee bets 210,000, and Fee folds. Jaffee takes the pot.

Hand #100  -  Tobias Reinkemeier raises UTG+1 to to 125,000, and Jared Jaffee calls from the small blind. Both players check all the way down on a board of JspadeJclub5diamondAdiamond7club. Jaffee shows 9diamond6diamond for nine high, and Reinkemeier turns over 7heart4heart to win the pot with two pair, jacks and sevens.

Hand #101  -  Everyone folds to Brett Shaffer, giving him a walk in the big blind.

Sorted In: Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
01:42 AM, 12/20/14

Hands #92-96: Final Seven Players

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #92  -  Tobias Reinkemeier raises from middle position to 125,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #93  -  Jared Jaffee moves all in from the small blind, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #94  -  Ryan Fee raises from middle position to 125,000, and Jared Jaffee calls from the button. The flop comes 10heart7heart2spade, Fee bets 200,000, and Jaffee folds. Fee takes the pot.

Hand #95  -  Brett Shaffer raises from the small blind to 155,000, Tobias Reinkemeier reraises from the big blind to 380,000, and Shaffer folds. Reinkemeier takes the pot.

Hand #96  -  Garrett Greer raises UTG+1 to 125,000, Jared Jaffee moves all in from the hijack for 1,365,000, and Greer folds. Jaffee takes the pot.

Sorted In: Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
01:15 AM, 12/20/14

Hand #91: Jared Jaffee Doubles Thru Ryan Fee

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Jared Jaffee
Hand #91  -  Jared Jaffee (pictured) moves all in under the gun for 670,000, and Ryan Fee calls from the small blind with AspadeQdiamond. Jaffee turns over Aclub9diamond, and he needs to improve to stay alive.

The board comes 10diamond9club4heart3spade9spade, and Jaffee wins the pot with trips nines to double up in chips.

Jared Jaffee  -  1,470,000  (24 bb)
Ryan Fee  -  1,740,000  (29 bb)

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Jared Jaffee, Ryan Fee, Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
01:04 AM, 12/20/14

Level 28 Begins (7 Players Left)

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

The players return from break to begin Level 28 with increased blinds of 30,000-60,000 and a 10,000 ante.

With seven players remaining, the average chip stack is about 2,500,000 (41 big blinds). Here is the remaining prizepool they're playing for:

1st:  $1,477,890*
2nd:  $869,683
3rd:  $562,736
4th:  $383,684
5th:  $272,842
6th:  $218,842
7th:  $167,684

* First prize amount includes a $15,400 seat into the season-ending WPT World Championship.

Action will continue tonight for as long as it takes to eliminate one more player, leaving six for tomorrow afternoon's televised WPT Final Table.

Sorted In: Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
12:58 AM, 12/20/14

Official Chip Counts: Final Seven Players

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Here are the official chip counts from the break:

Seat 1.  Tobias Reinkemeier  -  1,655,000  (27 bb)
Seat 2.  Ryan Julius  -  1,275,000  (21 bb)
Seat 3.
Seat 4.
Seat 5.  Ryan Fee  -  2,420,000  (40 bb)
Seat 6.
Seat 7.  Garrett Greer  -  3,940,000  (65 bb)
Seat 8.  Jared Jaffee  -  680,000  (11 bb)
Seat 9.  Mohsin Charania  -  2,755,000  (45 bb)
Seat 10.  Brett Shaffer  -  4,880,000  (81 bb)

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
12:57 AM, 12/20/14

Hands #87-90: Final Seven Players

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #87  -  Jared Jaffee moves all in from the button for 475,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #88  -  Ryan Fee raises UTG+1 to 110,000, Brett Shaffer reraises from the small blind to 250,000, and Fee folds. Shaffer takes the pot.

Hand #89  -  Mohsin Charania raises from the cutoff to 110,000, Brett Shaffer reraises from the button to 250,000, and Charania folds. Shaffer takes the pot.

Hand #90  -  Jared Jaffee moves all in UTG+1, winning the blinds and antes.

Level 27 comes to an end, and the players take a 15-minute break.

Sorted In: Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
12:52 AM, 12/20/14
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