Photo Recap: Day 5 of WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown
Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante
By BJ Nemeth
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Day 5 began with 18 players, and it took less than five hours to reach the final six for Monday's televised WPT final table. Check out this photographic look back at Day 5 of the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown:
While the WPT set was being constructed in the Seminole Hard Rock Live arena, the playdown day of the tournament moved to the poker room.
Noah Schwartz (standing, center right) shakes hands with Bruce Snell after being eliminated in 18th place by James Mackey (seated, fair right). Schwartz moved all in preflop with A9 but ran into Mackey's 1010 and didn't improve.
After a flop of K44, Abbey Daniels (right, seat 1) moved all in, and Ronny Beda (top left) was conflicted for several minutes before he decided to call with KJ. But Daniels turned over AK, and went on to win the pot and eliminate Beda in 17th place.
Alexander Condon of Sioux City, Iowa didn't finish in the money, but he was the deepest finisher among all the 18-20 year olds who entered this event. For that, he received a prize basket from the Seminole Hard Rock Casino that included an electric guitar autographed by Aaron Lewis, lead singer for the band Staind. Condon is the cousin of poker pro William Reynolds, who made the most recent WPT final table at the Hollywood Poker Open in Indiana.
After a preflop raise from Justin Zaki (far right) and a reraise from Blair Hinkle (foreground, left), Tommy Vedes (center) moved all in. Zaki folded, and Hinkle thought for a while, saying, "I really feel like you're light here." Hinkle called with A9, but Vedes wasn't light -- he had JJ. The pocket jacks held up and Vedes doubled in a huge pot.
Derek Buonano (left) lost a preflop race with QQ against the AK of Kazu Oshima (right) to be eliminated in 12th place.
Bruce Snell (far left), who entered the tournament on Day 2 after winning a last-minute megasatellite, limped under the gun, and then watched as Tommy Vedes (center, right) raised and Justin Zaki (right) reraised. Snell four-bet all in, forcing a quick fold from Vedes. Zaki thought for a bit before he folded, calling it a nice move on the part of Snell.
With the final board showing AK9AJ, Taylor Von Kriegenbergh (left) studies Mike Shklover before betting the river. Shklover would fold, forfeiting the pot to Von Kriegenbergh.
With the board showing 9938 on the turn, Kazu Oshima (foreground, left) raised all in with AA, and Abbey Daniels (foreground, right) called with Q9 (trip nines). The trip nines held up to eliminate Oshima in 11th place, and the remaining 10 players combined to a single table.
With the trophy nearby, the players continued battling for the six seats at Monday's televised WPT final table.
Bruce Snell (standing, left) shakes hands with Tommy Vedes after being eliminated in 10th place at the hands of Allen Bari (center, in black). Snell had moved all in from the small blind with AJ, only to see Bari wake up in the big blind with KK.
With eight players left, Allen Bari (left) raised from early position, Justin Zaki (foreground, right) reraised from the button, and Bari reraised back at him. But when Zaki five-bet all in a few moments later, Bari would quickly fold.
With eight players left, Curt Kohlberg (standing, left) moved all in preflop with A7, but ran into the 1010 of Taylor Von Kriegenbergh (foreground, center). Kohlberg flopped two pair to stay alive and double up.
Day 4 chipleader Blair Hinkle (right) moved all in from the big blind with 88, but ran into the AA of Justin Zaki (standing, left). The aces held up, and Hinkle was eliminated in eighth place, earning $91,450.
With seven players left on the TV bubble and the board showing KQ52, Taylor Von Kriegenbergh (left, in grey and red) moved all in with 55 (set of fives), and Abbey Daniels (foreground, right) called with AK (top pair, nut flush draw). Daniels would need to make her flush to win the pot and eliminate Von Kriegenbergh.
Abbey Daniels (foreground, right) celebrates prematurely when she sees the river card fills her flush with the 2. But why is Taylor Von Kriegenbergh (left) smiling? Because the deuce paired the board, which turns his set of fives into a full house.
It takes a moment, but Abbey Daniels (foreground, right) realizes her mistake, and reacts to losing the biggest pot of the tournament to Taylor Von Kriegenbergh (left, in grey and red). Von Kriegenbergh doubled up into the chip lead.
Abbey Daniels (left) didn't let the loss affect her, and played a big pot with Tommy Vedes (right) two hands later on a board of 1096K10. Daniels would win this 1.5 million pot in a showdown with J10.
James Mackey was the unfortunate TV bubble boy, all in preflop with 55 against the 88 of Taylor Von Kriegenbergh. Mackey never improved, and the pot propelled Von Kriegenbergh to nearly double the stack of anyone else in the final six.
As the players fill out their WPT bio sheets, short stack Curt Kohlberg (right) assures the other final tablists that he will not be moving all in preflop with A-7 at the TV final table. Kohlberg goes on to say that he won't be raising with anything less than A-K, so everyone should just fold whenever he enters a pot.
Allen Bari, who was short-stacked on the money bubble but survived to the final six, was the RISE Player of the Day. Bari is fourth in chips, but fairly close to Justin Zaki (second in chips) and Abbey Daniels (third in chips).
Here are the official chip counts and seating positions for the televised WPT final table:
Seat 1. Abbey Daniels - 2,192,000 (91 BBs)
Seat 2. Tommy Vedes - 1,570,000 (65 BBs)
Seat 3. Allen Bari - 1,984,000 (82 BBs)
Seat 4. Taylor Von Kriegenbergh - 4,384,000 (182 BBs)
Seat 5. Curt Kohlberg - 655,000 (27 BBs)
Seat 6. Justin Zaki - 2,197,000 (91 BBs)
The televised WPT Final Table begins at 4:00 pm ET. Return to WorldPokerTour.com for complete live coverage, included hand-for-hand updates with updated chip counts after every hands.
03:00 PM, 05/02/11
Hand #28: Blair Hinkle Eliminated in 8th Place ($91,450)
Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Hand #28 - Tommy Vedes raises to 45,000 from under the gun and Justin Zaki reraises to 145,000 out of the small blind. Blair HInkle is in the big blind and moves all-in for around a million chips. Vedes folds and Zaki quickly calls with AA. Hinkle turns over 88.
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The board runs out QJ354 and the aces hold to eliminate the start of day chip leader shy of the final table in eighth place.
Justin Zaki - 2,322,000 (116 BBs)
Blair Hinkle - eliminated in 8th place ($91,450)
04:15 PM, 05/01/11
Tommy Vedes Doubles Thru Blair Hinkle
Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
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Photo: Blair Hinkle (foreground, left) contemplates the all-in shove from Tommy Vedes (background, center).
Justin Zaki raises to 36,000 from under the gun and Blair Hinkle reraises to 82,000 behind him. Action folds around to Vedes in the small blind and he asks Hinkle how much he is playing.
"Around 2.1 million," Hinkle tells him. Vedes thinks another minute or so, then announced he is all-in for 712,000 total. Zaki folds and Hinkle asks for an exact count.
Hinkle thinks a little while, then tells Vedes, "I really feel like you're light here." He thinks a little while longer, then calls.
Vedes shows JJ and Hinkle says, "Bad call," as he turns over A9. The board runs out 1082105 and Vedes takes the pot to double up.
"Those are the words I would hope you say," Vedes tells Hinkle. "'I thought you were light.'"
Tommy Vedes - 1,500,000 (94 BBs)
Blair Hinkle - 1,480,000 (93 BBs)
01:49 PM, 05/01/11
Zuhdi Mansour Eliminated in 14th Place ($39,490)
Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Allen Bari lost a majority of his chips in the previous pot to Blair Hinkle after getting his aces cracked to Hinkle's jack-high straight on the turn.
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On the very next hand, Allen Bari moves all in for 286,000 from under the gun. Zuhdi Mansour calls all in for 190,000 from the button and Blair Hinkle calls from the big blind.
The board comes 1074Q5, giving Bari top pair on the turn. Allen Bari almost triples up here for just over 800,000 while Zuhdi Mansour is eliminated in 14th place ($39,490).
01:16 PM, 05/01/11