Well, that was a day. We're going to mince words here since they're shutting off the lights and sweeping the carpets on awesome little machines that resemble miniature Zambonis. It looks like they want us out of here.
Today was the third (and supposedly final) day of this Event #29, but like so many other events this summer, it's going to bleed over into a fourth day. Just three players remain from our starting field of 431, and all three of them have had their hands on the chip lead at one point or another today. Here's how they stack up at night's end:
Of the final four players today, Shaun Deeb must have had the most fun. He was in seemingly every pot during every game, and his chip stack showed signs of good use. After dinner, Deeb went from the chip lead with 650,000 to the short stack with 150,000, and back to the commanding chip leader at 1.02 million. All within an hour. It was a roller-coaster day, but the wheels finally began to wobble as the hours dragged on. A combination of bad beats and unfortunate spots left Deeb crippled, and he was eliminated by Travis Pearson on the final hand of the night.
That leaves Chris "Genius28" Lee atop the trio, and the four have a date with this stage tomorrow. The restart will be at 4:00 P.M., and we'll be back inside the mothership to bring you the conclusion of this inaugural ten-game event.
Until later on today, all that's left is goodnight!
Shaun Deeb had been on a downward spiral for the last couple of hours and in the last hand of the night, he succumbed to Travis Pearson in fourth place.
Chris Lee folded from under the gun before Deeb open-shoved his last 129,000 in from the button. Brian Haveson folded his small blind and Pearson called from the big blind, showing down against Deeb's measly-looking .
The flop of improved neither hand, but although Deebs' supporters cheered when the fell on the turn, that soon turned to groans as they realized that Pearson had the bigger straight. Needing a ten to chop, the blanked out on the river and Deeb's hopes of finally snaring his first WSOP bracelet were dashed.
And with that hand complete, it's time to wrap this one up and come back tomorrow with our final three!
Chris Lee opened the button, and Brian Haveson three-bet from the big blind. Lee's response was a relatively quick reraise all in, and Haveson spent a minute in the tank. He's made it pretty apparent that he doesn't want to gamble for it all, and perhaps Lee has picked up on that. Haveson eventually open-mucked pocket eights, and Lee takes the pot.
Travis Pearson raised from the small blind, and Chris Lee defended his big.
Pearson took one card, Lee two, and Lee called one of Pearson's bet. That was exactly how it went on the second draw too, and Pearson stood pat on the last round. Lee took one more card, and he liked what he pulled enough to bet it. Pearson called the 100,000 to see the cards.
Lee's eighty-seven is the better eighty-seven, and it's earned him the pot and a chip boost up to 1.39 million. Pearson is back down to 860,000.
Under the gun, Travis Pearson limped in, and Chris Lee and Shaun Deeb both called in turn. From the big blind, Brian Haveson announced, "I'm gonna raise the pot," and he made it 250,000 to go. Fold-fold-tank/fold, and Haveson picks up 150,000 chips for free.
After back-to-back hands between Shaun Deeb and Travis Pearson, Deeb has come off the worse for wear, now down to 525,000 in chips, while Pearson is up to 870,000.
Earlier, Deeb raised from the button and only got Pearson to call from the small blind, so they went heads-up to the flop of . Pearson check-called Deeb's bet, then both players checked the turn of the before Pearson check-called Deeb again after the river of the . Deeb tabled and that scooped the pot.
In the very next hand, Deeb raised again, Pearson called and both players checked the flop of before Pearson bet out on the turn of the . Deeb called, only to fold after Pearson bet out again on the river of the .
We haven't had too much action between the final four players of late, but we have noticed that Brian Haveson was getting rather agitated. That is, until he just doubled up against Chris Lee.
Haveson raised from under the gun and the others got out of the way before Lee called from the small blind to make it heads-up to the flop of . Lee bet and Haveson called, then Lee bet again on the turn of the . Haveson moved all-in for 119,000 and Lee made the call.
Despite Lee having made trips, Haveson had hit the full house and was drawing dead by the river, much to the disappointment of Lee's fans (or was that from being cut off by the servers?)
Deeb raised it up on third street and both Haveson and Pearson called before Deeb and Haveson checked on fourth street. Pearson bet, but Deeb and Haveson called before all three players checked fifth street.
On sixth street, Pearson bet with his pair of jacks showing, Deeb called and Haveson folded before Pearson bet out again on the river. Incredibly, Deeb threw his hand into the muck!