WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals - Televised Table Set
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Day Five of the Foxwoods World Poker Finals was short work for the ten who came back to be filtered down to the final six who will play the televised final table. Coming back for play were some big names including Mike Matusow and David Pham. Many hoped they would make it to the final table for what would make an explosive finale to the tournament in Conneticut.
Beginning play the chip counts were as follows:
Seat 1: David Pham — 1,242,000
Seat 2: Jonathan Jaffe — 1,780,000
Seat 3: Jonathan Little — 1,407,000
Seat 4: Dimitri Haskaris — 945,000
Seat 5: Tom Nguyen — 615,000
Seat 6: Henry Doiban — 591,000
Seat 7: Charles Marchese — 963,000
Seat 8: Jack Schanbacher — 1,600,000
Seat 9: Mike Matusow — 1,857,000
Seat 10: Anthony Newman — 1,391,000
It only took five hours for the four eliminations necessary to take place. First out was Tom Nguyen, who's top pair and flush draw was outdone by the straight and smaller flush draw of Dimitri Haskaris.
Next out was Henry Doiban, eliminated in ninth place when he lost a classic race with pocket tens against the A-Q of Jonathan Jaffe. An ace on the turn sealed his demise.
Dimitri Haskaris was next to go when he three-bet to 172,000 preflop against Jonathan Jaffe and the flop came K 10 9. Haskaris checked, Jaffe bet 250,000 and Haskaris bumped it up to 600,000. Far from being done with the hand, Jaffee four-bet to 1 million, and Haskaris moved in for his remaining 1.3 million. Jaffe called with QJ for the nut straight, while Haskaris' bottom set of tens was now needing the board to pair. The turn and river came J-6, sending a massive pot to Jaffe.
The last to be eliminated before the televised table was set was Anthony Newman, who lost in a slightly less dramatic fashion, his pocket fours run down by the K-Q of Jonathon Little.
The final six will return later today to play out the final table, and the chip counts and seat allocations are as follows:
Seat 1: David Pham — 2,038,000
Seat 2: Jonathan Jaffe — 4,131,000
Seat 3: Jonathan Little — 2,021,000
Seat 4: Charles Marchese — 1,718,000
Seat 5: Jack Schanbacher — 1,592,000
Seat 6: Mike Matusow — 816,000
Mike Matusow is on the short stack, but we all know the man has turned something of a corner recently, adopting a more positive outlook which is reaping rewards so far. Can he take down this final table? You can be sure of one thing if he does: it will be one noisy affair.