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WPT World Championship, Day 6 Recap
Level 25: 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante
By BJ Nemeth
With nine players returning to action on Day 6, Moon Kim (pictured) was the last remaining contender for WPT Player of the Year. Joe Serock had the points lead, but Kim could tie him with a fourth-place finish, and pass him to win the title outright with a third-or-better finish.
You may not know it from their expressions, but Marvin Rettenmaier (center) actually won this pot, and Hafiz Khan (left) lost it. Khan five-bet all in preflop with AK, and Rettenmaier called with JJ. The board came 98736, and the jacks held up for Rettenmaier, eliminating Khan in ninth place.
Trevor Pope (right) was down below 20 big blinds when he three-bet all in with KQ, and Marvin Rettenmaier (foreground, left) called with AJ. The board came K835J, and Pope paired his king on the flop and rivered a spade flush to double up in chips.
Six hands later, Wil Wilkinson (standing, center) moved all in for 13 big blinds with A6, but ran into the QQ of Michael Mizrachi (right). The board came KQ363, and Mizrachi won the pot with an unnecessary full house, queens full of threes. Wilkinson was eliminated in eighth place.
The final seven players, in seat order: (1) Michael Mizrachi, (2) Marvin Rettenmaier, (3) Steve O'Dwyer, (4) Nick Schulman, (5) Moon Kim, (6) Trevor Pope, (7) Philippe Ktorza.
In the final hand of the day, Moon Kim (standing, center left) raised, Michael Mizrachi (foreground, right) called, and Marvin Rettenmaier (foreground left) reraised. Kim quickly moved all in, and Mizrachi tanked for a while before he folded.
Rettenmaier called with 99, and it was a race against Kim's AQ.
The board came J7346, and Rettenmaier won the pot to increase his chip lead, while Moon Kim was the unfortunate seventh-place finisher, bubbling the TV final table.
With Kim's elimination, Joe Serock officially became the WPT Season X Player of the Year.
Philippe Ktorza will begin Saturday's WPT Final Table sixth in chips with 895,000 (15 big blinds).
Trevor Pope will begin Saturday's WPT Final Table fifth in chips with 1,480,000 (25 big blinds).
WPT Champions Club member Nick Schulman will begin Saturday's WPT Final Table fourth in chips with 1,555,000 (26 big blinds).
Steve O'Dwyer will begin Saturday's WPT Final Table third in chips with 2,035,000 (34 big blinds).
WPT Champions Club member Michael Mizrachi already has two WPT titles under his belt, and he will begin Saturday's WPT Final Table second in chips with 2,560,000 (43 big blinds).
Marvin Rettenmaier will begin Saturday's WPT Final Table as the massive chipleader with 6,715,000 (112 big blinds). Rettenmaier has 44% of all the chips in play.
The WPT Final Table begins Saturday at 4:00 pm PT, and you can watch it on the WPT Live Stream with a 30-minute delay showing holecards and providing analysis from Tony Dunst and Dan O'Brien. Of course, live hand-for-hand coverage will also be provided here in the WPT Live Updates.
Here are the official seating and chip counts, along with the final table prizepool:
Seat 1. Michael Mizrachi - 2,560,000 (43 BBs)
Seat 2. Marvin Rettenmaier - 6,715,000 (112 BBs)
Seat 3. Steve O'Dwyer - 2,035,000 (34 BBs)
Seat 4. Nick Schulman - 1,555,000 (26 BBs)
Seat 5. Trevor Pope - 1,480,000 (25 BBs)
Seat 6. Philippe Ktorza - 895,000 (15 BBs)
02:28 PM, 05/25/12