Event #14: $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball
Days:
123

Event Info

Players 250

Shuffle Up...

The Final Table is now underway
The Final Table is now underway

The dealing has begun, and Alexander Kravchenko arrived just in time. James Bord is settling in now, so we're only missing one. Todd Bui, now would be a good time to make your way to your final table.

Warming Up

The announcer is reading out the players bios, and the final table is seconds from starting. However, only four players are seated and the rails is mostly empty. Alexander Kravchenko, Todd Bui, and James Bord, where are you?

Seat 1: James Bord (Stanmore, England)

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James Bord
James Bord

One of the two Europeans on the table, James Bord is also one of the short stacks with 83,500 in chips.

Having three previous WSOP cashes, this will be both Bord's best finish, and if he is to finish fourth or higher it will also be his biggest collect to date.

Hailing from the UK, most of Bord's results have come here in Las Vegas, and if the Brits have it their way, they will be waving the Union Jack for a third time this series!

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Seat 2: Alexander Kravchenko (Moscow, Russia)

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Alexander Kravchenko
Alexander Kravchenko

Alexander Kravchenko is taking 144,500 in chips into today's final table, and to the people following at home, he will be mostly remembered for his fourth-placing in the 2007 WSOP Main Event to Jerry Yang.

Kravchenko however won a bracelet earlier in that series in an Omaha Hi/Lo Split 8 or Better while also capturing a further five cashes to see him nearly win WSOP Player of the Year.

With an amassed $3,310,285 in tournament earnings across the globe and seventeen WSOP cashes, Kravchenko could definitely be the silent killer here on the Event #14 final table.

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Seat 3: Mike Wattel (Phoenix, AZ, USA)

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Mike Wattel
Mike Wattel

Easily the most experienced of the final nine, Mike Wattel is arriving at this final table sitting directly in the middle of the pack with 146,000 in chips.

During his long career playing poker, Wattel has captured one bracelet (Omaha 8 or Better) from his twenty-two WSOP cashes and thirteen final tables.

The Phoenix native now based in Los Angeles he will be looking to use his many hours, days and years of experience to navigate a tough final table to increase his live tournament earnings to over the $1,500,000 mark.

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Seat 4: Yan Chen (Las Vegas, NV, USA)

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Yan Chen
Yan Chen

Heading into the final table sitting third in chips with 182,500, Yan Chen is definitely one to watch out if you were one of the other six joining him at the table!

In the corresponding event last year Chen finished third to Phil Ivey for a $38,891 payday, but will be looking to go two better this year.

Playing in some of the high-stakes cash games both here and in Los Angeles, Chen has still managed to record six WSOP cashes and over $225,000 in live tournament earnings but will be looking to add some shiny gold bling to his wrist today.

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Seat 5: Derric Haynie (Lincoln, CA, USA)

Derric Haynie
Derric Haynie

Derric "SixPeppers" Haynie is the player best positioned to catch chip-leader Nick Binger at the final table. The Californian is making his first final table appearance after cashing once at last year's WSOP. He has already far surpassed the $5,236 he earned for his 67th place finish in a $1,500 no-limit hold'em shootout in 2009.

Haynie is a lowball cash game regular and his hoping this will be his tournament poker breakthrough. In addition to his job as an online grinder, Haynie is also a businessman and poker coach. He is engaged to Shana Calano, who was on the rail to support him all day yesterday and is back to cheer him on today.

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Seat 6: Nick Binger (Las Vegas, NV, USA)

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Nick Binger
Nick Binger

Heading into this final table as chip leader with 309,500 in chips, Nick Binger will be looking to continue to his climb up the leaderboard until he has amassed all of the 1,125,000 in play.

With nearly $1,600,000 in live tournament earnings, Binger has captured to wins in local deep-stack events but is yet to capture that elusive bracelet after falling just shy in 2007 when he finished third in a Mixed Limit event.

Binger does however already have eleven WSOP cashes (and one final table) to his name - including one cash this series - but will be looking to capture the Event #14 bracelet so he can go one-up on his brother.

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Seat 7: Todd Bui (Sacramento, CA, USA)

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Todd Bui
Todd Bui

Hailing from Sacramento, California, Todd Bui has the unfortunate title of being the short-stack here at the final table with 68,500 in chips.

Easily one of the most up-beat of the final seven, Bui will be hoping to add to his previous three WSOP cashes and amassed $37,581 in tournament earnings here today.

With all of Bui's previous results in tournaments coming in hold'em events, Bui has so far made the successful transition to mixed games and will be looking to celebrate it with a gold bracelet here in Event #14.

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Final Table Time In Event #14!

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Who is taking this one home today?
Who is taking this one home today?

Welcome back to the Rio on this very warm Summer's day for the Event #14: $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball Final Table.

Two days ago 250 players took to the felt to form an incredibly stacked field for such a unique event. Reigning Champion Phil Ivey along with five-time lowball bracelet holder Billy Baxter and many others all fell to the rail to leave just a final seven.

Seat 1: James Bord (83,800)
Seat 2: Alexander Kravchenko (144,500)
Seat 3: Mike Wattel (146,000)
Seat 4: Yan Chen (182,500)
Seat 5: Derric Haynie (189,000)
Seat 6: Nick Binger (309,500)
Seat 7: Todd Bui (68,500)

Nick Binger has been amongst the chip leaders since late on day one and is the overnight chip leader here with 309,500. Sitting just under him is Derric Haynie (189,000) and Yan Chen (182,500) while tournament veterans Alexander Kravchenko (144,500) and Mike Wattel (146,000) also are in good shape to snatch a bracelet.

James Bord and Todd Bui round out the final table, but with the blinds still relatively low, anyone is capable of taking home the coveted gold bracelet, $92,817 first prize and title of Event #14 Champion!

Play is set to begin at 3:00pm PST with PokerNews providing continuous live updates as we play down to just one!