|Todd Thuan Bui||68,500|
With five hands left to play, the remaining eight got to work, and on hand number five, they eliminated the last player needed to set the final table. Nick Binger ended the night with a substantial chip lead, one he'll certainly use to his advantage at the final table. Binger may be new to the game, but that didn't slow him down at all today. Triple-draw specialist Yan Chen has more than enough chips to get in Binger's way on the way to the bracelet. Pros Alexander Kravchenko and Mike Wattel also made it to the final table.
The day began with 67 players, all of whom were aiming to walk away with at least some piece of the prize pool. With 28 players finishing in the money, hand-for-hand began with 29 remaining. However, Ted Forrest and Shunjiro Uchida were eliminated at the same time and split 28th-place money. Each picked up $1,472, enough to cover all but $28 of their buy-ins.
After the bubble bursts, action usually speeds up. Today things started to slow down as the field hit three tables. JC Tran busted in 15th place, and Erik Seidel's short stack finally ran out in 14th. After a long stretch with no eliminations, Chris Bjorin was sent home in 13th place, and Scott Seiver finished 12th. Chino Rheem was chip leader late in the evening but lost a few big hands. Then he made an 8-6 low against Nick Binger's number four in a huge pot and was never able to recover. Rheem was eliminated two from the final table, in ninth place. Daniel Nicewander was the last to go, setting the final table at the following stacks:
Seat 1: James Bord - 83,500
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
The magnificent seven will be back on Monday at 3:00 p.m. local time to continue their quests for a shiny WSOP bracelet. PokerNews will bring you all the 2-7 action as it happens.
With the action on Daniel Nicewander in the hijack, he tossed in his last three 5,000-denomination chips and found a caller from Derric Haynie next to act.
Haynie stood pat tabling his as Nicewander drew two to his .
Nicewander picked up a , but then a to hit the rail in 8th place for a $7,215 payday with the final table now set at seven.
The final eight will have to endure just five more hands for the evening.
Well . . . unless we lose one before then!
Here is the layout for the final table. The seats will remain the same for tomorrow's official final table after one player is eliminated.
Seat 1: James Bord
Seat 2: Alexander Kravchenko
Seat 3: Mike Wattel
Seat 4: Yan Chen
Seat 5: Daniel Nicewander
Seat 6: Derric Haynie
Seat 7: Nick Binger
Seat 8: Todd Bui
Chino Rheem raised to 11,000 on the button, and from the small blind, Yan Chen raised to 38,000. Rheem called, leaving himself 16,400 behind. Chen stood pat, and Rheem drew one. When Chen checked, Chino checked behind, grunting, "Paired." Chen's was good for the pot, moving him up to 152,000, and Chino was in rough shape.
The next hand, Rheem moved all in under the gun for the 15,600 he had left after the ante. Derric Haynie called from the small blind and stood pat. Rheem drew two. He was going to have to beat Haynie's . Chino started with a , and the first card he flipped, a , kept the sweat going. But his second card was a , ending Rheem's roller coaster of a day.
Nick Binger raised to 11,000, and Derric Haynie moved all in for a total of 65,700. Binger called and drew one. Haynie stood pat with a . Binger showed and then peeled his new card - a . He was back to looking miserable as Mike Matusow arrived just in time to watch Binger cut out a chunk of his stack and slide it over to Haynie.
Chino Rheem, who'd just as soon move up a pay jump, turned to Haynie and said, "No offense, but I wasn't rooting for you in that hand."
"I know," Haynie said without missing a beat. He's up to 138,000 while Binger's stack was dropped to a still field-dominating 303,000.
Nick Binger opened to 11,000 from the button and David 'Chino' Rheem made the call from the small blind as both players drew one.
Rheem then led out for 23,000 only to have Binger raise to 65,000 to put Rheem deep into the tank.
"I know you're not bluffing, but can you do it [raise] with a worse hand than mine?" asked Rheem.
"I have the worst eight" added Rheem indicating he had a .
Rheem spent a further two minutes in and out of his chair looking back at his hand and then at an emotionless and dead-still Binger.
"I should have checked. God damn I should have checked!" continued Rheem.
"I just don't think you're going to do it with an eight" Rheem continued to utter.
Another minute or two went by before Rheem slid in the necessary chips to make the call.
"Number four" stated Binger as he tabled his to rake in the pot to climb to 330,000 as Rheem flung his cards into the muck while slipping to 64,000 in chips.
Yan Chen raised to 8,000 from the small blind, and from the big blind, Sean Snyder moved all in. Chen called and stood pat. That was a bad sign for Snyder, who took one. Chen tabled . Snyder had started with , meaning he was drawing dead. He pulled a , but it didn't matter. He was stuck with tenth place anyway, and Chen chipped up to 165,000.