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WPT Final Table on Thursday at 5:00 pm ET

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Here are the official chip counts and seating assignments for tomorrow's WPT Final Table, scheduled to start at 5:00 pm ET: Seat 1: Lee Watkinson - 397,000 Seat 2: Noah Schwartz - 1,320,000 Seat 3: Ervin Prifti - 389,000 Seat 4: Gavin Griffin - 5,105,000 Seat 5: Thomas Hare - 2,851,000 Seat 6: David Tran - 5,271,000 Return to CardPlayer.com and WorldPokerTour.com for complete live coverage of each and every check, bet, call, raise, and fold.

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
03:50 PM, 01/30/08

Day 4 of the Borgata Poker Classic

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Final Table Set, David Tran and Gavin Griffin are Chip Leaders While the 27 remaining players had all guaranteed themselves a profitable tournament, all had their eyes set on bigger things. For some, it was the hope that they could squeeze themselves up a few more spots and for some, it was the goal of making it to the television final table. But for the 15 or so professionals in the room, it was to put themselves in position for the $1,401,109 first place prize, even though playing to win could cost them their tournament. The action started with a blind increase, and we proceeded to lose five players in the first level. It wasn’t long until nine players were gone and we were down to the final two tables. Here is the order of finish for those players. 27. David Inselberg 26. John Cox 25. Joe DiMartino 24. John Racener 23. Jesse Martin 22. Eric Buchman 21. Adam Lippert 20. Gordon Wilcox 19. Daniel Shiff Once the players were settled in their new seats, Ervin Prifti went on a tear that saw him take out two players in one hand. First, his pocket kings outlasted Jared “TheWacoKidd” Hamby’s pocket queens to double up and cripple the young online pro. Then he took out Hamby (18th) and Vadim Trincher (17th) on the next hand when he flopped a set of nines. Meanwhile, at the other table, Nam Le ran into some bad luck when Shane Labounty caught a three-outer on the river to cripple him. Nam was forced into a race with David Tran a few hands later and was eliminated in 16th when his A-Q failed to catch up. Justin Bonomo then took out Eric Siegel (15th) and he was quickly followed by Onofrio Reina (14th). Gavin Griffen and Bonomo both picked up over a million in chips during a few hands when they eliminated “Action” Bob Hwang (13th) and John McEwing (12th). Both were securely in second and third, but they still had a long way to go to catch the fortress of chips sitting in front of Tran. After short stack John Roveto busted in 11th place, the final 10 players combined with only four more players to go. Their seating assignments were as follows: Seat 1 – Lee Watkinson – 854,000 Seat 2 – Noah Schwartz – 1,588,000 Seat 3 – Scott Blackman – 1,068,000 Seat 4 – Men Nguyen – 149,000 Seat 5 – Ervin Prifti – 947,000 Seat 6 – Gavin Griffin – 2,203,000 Seat 7 – Thomas Hare – 1,120,000 Seat 8 – Davin “Big Dragon” Tran – 3,741,000 Seat 9 – Justin Bonomo – 2,940,000 Seat 10 – Shane LaBounty – 471,000 After a quick double up by Nguyen, play went from reckless to cautious almost instantly. The players were curiously silent, and it would take nearly an hour before another player would bust. During this period of inactivity, the only notable hand was Hare’s double up through Bonomo. Hare’s pair of nines held up against Bonomo’s open-ended straight draw and the nearly 2,500,000 pot went his way. Finally, Nguyen’s run ended when he got it all in preflop with A-K against Schwartz’s pocket jacks. A jack on the flop sent Nguyen to the rail, but not before he recorded a rare back-to-back final table feat, having finished in third place at the WPT World Poker Open last week. Nguyen earned $63,932 for his finish. Hare continued to get his way in almost every pot he played, and the trend continued when he went up against Blackman. As he always did, Hare min-raised to open the pot and Blackman came over the top for half of his stack. Hare thought a bit before pushing all in and Blackman called showing pocket tens. Hare showed A-K and knocked out his opponent when the board brought two kings. Blackman busted in ninth, taking home $98,359. Bonomo never fully recovered from his tangle with Hare, and got into a huge coinflip with Griffin. Bonomo got it all in with A-K against Griffin’s pocket queens and the board bricked out to end his day in a disappointing eighth place. He left with a consolation prize of $135,423. Play finally ended when short stack LaBounty pushed all in with pocket tens, only to run into the pocket queens of Tran. LaBounty hung on to finish on the TV bubble, taking home $184,421. The players will return tomorrow at 5 p.m EDT to the televised taping of the WPT. Here are the final six and their chip counts. Seat 1 – Lee Watkinson - $397,000 Seat 2 – Noah Schwartz - $1,320,000 Seat 3 – Ervin Prifti - $389,000 Seat 4 – Gavin Griffin - $5,105,000 Seat 5 – Thomas Hare - $2,851,000 Seat 6 – David Tran - $5,271,000

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
03:45 PM, 01/30/08

Hand 61: Shane LaBounty Eliminated in 7th Place ($184,421)

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

The blinds are still at 20,000-40,000, with a 4,000 ante. Hand #61: Gavin Griffin has the button in seat 6, LaBounty raises under the gun to 110,000, Griffin calls from the button, Tran reraises from the big blind to 485,000, LaBounty moves all in, Griffin folds, and Tran calls with QclubQspade. LaBounty shows 10club10spade, and he'll need to improve to stay alive. The board comes 7diamond7heart6club3spade5spade, and Tran wins the pot with two pair, queens and sevens. Shane LaBounty is eliminated in seventh place, earning $184,421. And Day 4 comes to an end. The final six players are bagging and tagging their chips, and filling out their bio sheets. Stay tuned for official chip counts, and return to CardPlayer.com and WorldPokerTour.com tomorrow at 5:00 pm ET for complete hand-by-hand coverage of all the action.

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
03:44 PM, 01/30/08

Hands 52-60: Nearing the End

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

The blinds are still at 20,000-40,000, with a 4,000 ante. Hand #52: Noah Schwartz has the button in seat 2, Hare raises from early position to 80,000, and Griffin calls from the big blind. The flop comes Qclub5spade3diamond, Griffin checks, Hare bets 135,000, and Griffin calls. The turn card pairs the board with the Qdiamond, and both players check. The river card is the Jclub, Griffin bets 400,000, and Hare folds. Gavin Griffin takes the pot. Hand #53: Ervin Prifti has the button in seat 5, Tran raises under the gun to 105,000, and Hare calls from the big blind. The flop comes AspadeKheartJspade, Hare checks, Tran bets 125,000, and Hare folds. David Tran takes the pot. Hand #54: Gavin Griffin has the button in seat 6, he raises to 100,000, Tran reraises from the big blind to 550,000, and Griffin folds. David Tran takes the pot. Hand #55: Thomas Hare has the button in seat 7, and Griffin raises from the cutoff to 100,000, winning the blinds and antes. Hand #56: David Tran has the button in seat 8, and Griffin raises from middle position to 100,000, winning the blinds and antes. Hand #57: Shane LaBounty has the button in seat 10, and Tran raises from the cutoff to 110,000, winning the blinds and antes. Hand #58: Lee Watkinson has the button in seat 1, Griffin raises under the gun to 100,000, Tran reraises from middle position to 475,000, and Griffin folds. David Tran takes the pot. Hand #59: Noah Schwartz has the button in seat 2, and LaBounty moves all in from middle position for 750,000, winning the blinds and antes. Hand #60: Ervin Prifti has the button in seat 5, Schwartz raises from the cutoff to 140,000, Griffin reraises from the small blind to 475,000, and Schwartz folds. Gavin Griffin takes the pot.

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
03:30 PM, 01/30/08

Hand 51: Gavin Griffin Accidentally Exposes Cards, Still Gets a Free Ride

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

The blinds are still at 20,000-40,000, with a 4,000 ante. Hand #51: Lee Watkinson has the button in seat 1, Griffin raises under the gun to 76,000, and Prifti calls from the big blind. Griffin wasn't paying close attention, and thought Prifti folded, so he showed his cards to the table (A-Q), expecting to receive the blinds and antes. Prifti could now play the rest of the hand knowing exactly what Griffin was holding. But Prifti plays it safe, and both players check all the way down on a board of Kspade10spade2heartAdiamondKheart. When it's over, Prifti mucks his cards, apparently unable to beat A-Q, and Gavin Griffin wins the pot.

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
03:27 PM, 01/30/08

Hands 45-50: Justin Bonomo Eliminated in 8th Place ($135,243)

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

The blinds are still at 20,000-40,000, with a 4,000 ante. Hand #45: Ervin Prifti has the button in seat 5, Tran raises under the gun to 110,000, Griffin calls from the small blind, and Hare calls from the big blind. The flop comes AheartJspade10spade, Griffin bets 300,000, and Hare and Tran both fold. Gavin Griffin takes the pot. Hand #46: Gavin Griffin has the button in seat 6, LaBounty moves all in from early position for 387,000, and Hare calls from the small blind with Aclub10heart. LaBounty shows KclubJspade. The board comes Qspade3diamond3heartJclub8club, and La Bounty pairs his jack on the turn to win the pot and double up in chips. Hand #47: Thomas Hare has the button in seat 7, and LaBounty raises under the gun to 110,000, winning the blinds and antes. Hand #48: David Tran has the button in seat 8, Schwartz raises from early position to 110,000, Bonomo reraises from the small blind to 350,000, and Schwartz folds. Justin Bonomo takes the pot. Hand #49: Justin Bonomo has the button in seat 9, and Tran raises from the cutoff to 115,000, winning the blinds and antes. Hand #50: Shane LaBounty has the button in seat 10, Griffin raises from early position to 100,000, Bonomo reraises from the cutoff to 330,000, Griffin moves all in, and Bonomo calls with AdiamondKheart. Griffin shows QheartQspade, and it's a race situation. The board comes Qdiamond7diamond3spadeAclubJspade, and Griffin flops a set of queens to win the pot. Justin Bonomo is eliminated in eighth place, earning $135,243. The next player to bust will receive $184,421 for seventh, and the final six will return tomorrow afternoon for the televised WPT Final Table.

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
03:12 PM, 01/30/08

Hands 42-44: Scott Blackman Eliminated in 9th Place ($98,359)

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

The blinds are still at 20,000-40,000, with a 4,000 ante. Hand #42: Lee Watkinson has the button in seat 1, Hare raises from middle position to 80,000, and Blackman calls from the big blind. The flop comes 10diamond8club7heart, Blackman checks, Hare bets 150,000, and Blackman folds. Thomas Hare takes the pot. Hand #43: Noah Schwartz has the button in seat 2, Hare raises from early position to 80,000, winning the blinds and antes. Hand #44: Scott Blackman has the button in seat 3, Hare raises under the gun to 80,000, Blackman reraises from the button to 380,000, Hare moves all in, and Blackman calls all in for about 780,000 with 10heart10spade. Hare shows AdiamondKspade, and it's a race situation. The board comes Kheart4diamond2heartKdiamond2diamond, and Hare wins the pot with a full house, kings full of deuces. Scott Blackman is eliminated in ninth place, earning $98,359. The next player to bust will receive $135,243 for eighth place.

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
03:00 PM, 01/30/08

Hands 38-41

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

The blinds are still at 20,000-40,000, with a 4,000 ante. Hand #38: Thomas Hare has the button in seat 7, Watkinson raises from early position to 115,000, Bonomo moves all in from the big blind, and Watkinson folds. Justin Bonomo takes the pot. Hand #39: David Tran has the button in seat 8, he raises to 120,000, Bonomo reraises from the small blind to 380,000, and Tran folds. Justin Bonomo takes the pot. Hand #40: Justin Bonomo has the button in seat 9, and Prifti moves all in from middle position, winning the blinds and antes. Hand #41: Shane LaBounty has the button in seat 10, Watkinson moves all in from the small blind, and Schwartz folds A-10 from the big blind. Watkinson picks up the blinds and antes.

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
02:48 PM, 01/30/08

Hand 37: Men "The Master" Nguyen Eliminated in 10th Place ($63,932)

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

The blinds increase to 20,000-40,000, with a 4,000 ante. Hand #37: Gavin Griffin has the button in seat 6, Schwartz raises from middle position to 102,000, Nguyen moves all in from late position for 409,000, and Schwartz calls with JclubJheart. Nguyen shows AclubKdiamond, and it's a race situation. The flop comes Jdiamond4spade3club, and Schwartz flops a set to completely dominate the hand. Nguyen needs a runner-runner miracle, but the last two cards are 7heartAdiamond. Men "The Master" Nguyen is eliminated in 10th place, earning $63,932. The next player to bust will receive $98,359 for ninth place.

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
02:43 PM, 01/30/08

Official Chip Counts

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Here are the official chip counts from the break: Seat 1: Lee Watkinson - 686,000 Seat 2: Noah Schwartz - 1,434,000 Seat 3: Scott Blackman - 935,000 Seat 4: Men "The Master" Nguyen - 413,000 Seat 5: Ervin Prifti - 533,000 Seat 6: Gavin Griffin - 2,734,000 Seat 7: Thomas Hare - 2,643,000 Seat 8: David Tran - 4,063,000 Seat 9: Justin Bonomo - 1,840,000 Seat 10: Shane LaBounty - 527,000 The players return from break to increased blinds of 20,000-40,000, with a 4,000 ante.

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
02:30 PM, 01/30/08

 

RANKING

1
Gavin Griffin
$1,401,109
2
David Tran
$737,685
3
Tom Hare
$381,137
4
Noah Schwartz
$331,958
5
Lee Watkinson
$282,779
6
Ervin Prifti
$233,600

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Payout Structure

Place Prize
1 $1,401,109
2 $737,685
3 $381,137
4 $331,958
5 $282,779
6 $233,600
7 $184,421
8 $135,243
9 $98,359
10 - 12 $63,932
13 - 15 $46,720
16 - 18 $31,966
19 - 27 $25,573
28 - 36 $20,655
37 - 45 $17,213
46 - 54 $14,754

Blind Structure

Level Blinds Ante
1 25-50 0
2 50-100 0
3 75-150 0
4 100-200 0
5 150-300 25
6 200-400 50
7 250-500 50
8 300-600 75
9 400-800 75
10 500-1,000 100
11 600-1,200 100
12 800-1,600 200
13 1,000-2,000 200
14 1,200-2,400 300
15 1,500-3,000 300
16 2,000-4,000 400
17 2,500-5,000 400
18 3,000-6,000 500
19 4,000-8,000 500
20 5,000-10,000 1,000
21 6,000-12,000 1,000
22 8,000-16,000 2,000
23 10,000-20,000 2,000
24 12,000-24,000 3,000
25 15,000-30,000 3,000
26 20,000-40,000 4,000
27 25,000-50,000 4,000
28 30,000-60,000 5,000
29 40,000-80,000 5,000
30 50,000-100,000 10,000
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