We didn't catch the hand, but it appears Blair Rodman has been eliminated from the tournament. Rodman had been nursing a short stack throughout the past couple levels, and now his seat is vacant and void of chip. Our deductive reasoning tells us his 2011 WSOP has come to an end.
The players at Table #48, where Theo Tran is sitting, certainly seem to be enjoying the last level of play. Almost every player at the table including Tran has a beer in front of them and they just summoned over a cocktail server to bring a round of shots for the table as well.
As they were waiting for the shots to arrive they were discussing how many players at the table are "professionals." When they asked the player in the nine-seat he said, "Well I don't have a job, but I don't make a living off poker either" which elicited laughter from his tablemates. We don't recognize anyone other than Tran at the table, which might explain how his stack has gone from 1,500 chips to 46,000 over the course of a few hours.
With about 4,000 in the pot and a board reading , the small blind bet 2,200 and defending champion Jonathan Duhamel made the call from the cutoff. When the peeled off on the river, the small blind bet 4,000 and Duhamel quickly called, revealing for a flopped straight.
We didn't catch the small blind's cards, but we do know that Duhamel took down the pot and is now up to 40,000 . . . not too shabby for a man who was recently under 15,000.
We caught the action on the turn of a board. Daniel Cates was facing an all in of 12,025 from his opponent with a pre-turn pot of about 6,000.
Eventually Cates made the call and his opponent tabled . The table waited for Cates to show his hand for about six of seven seconds before the dealer finally asked him to reveal his holdings.
"I have to show?" asked Cates. He reluctantly placed down the which allowed the dealer to put down the as the river. His opponent's set of sevens held up against the flush draw and he is now down to 34,000.
The secondary feature table was broken shortly after the start of Level 5 -- thus ending the ongoing convo between Phil Hellmuth and Mark Newhouse -- and a short-stacked Hellmuth was moved to a new table over in the Blue section. He continued to nurse his short stack for the next hour, but just now found himself putting at least some of those chips at risk.
The player on the button opened with a raise to 1,100, and Hellmuth -- sitting in the small blind -- called the raise, leaving himself but 5,700 behind. The big blind folded, and the flop came . Both players checked. The turn was the , prompting a bet of 1,350 from Hellmuth. His opponent hemmed and hawed, finally exhaling "I can't do it!" before letting his hand go.
Hellmuth flashed his cards toward his opponent on his right -- it appeared to be a middle pair (e.g., ) -- and declared "everyone else on the planet would have moved in there." Hellmuth didn't, though, and came away from the hand with a few more chips. He's still super short, however, with a little over 8,000.
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