2010 WSOP Main Event Final Table Recap
The WSOP November Nine final table finally kicked off on Saturday after months of hype and buildup.
John Racener set to take down the 2010 WSOP Main Event (?)
Michael Mizrachi headlined the field of nine and all were ready to battle for the coveted gold bracelet and $8,944,310 in prize money when the 2010 WSOP Main Event picked up after a four months break
The final table chip counts were as follows at the start of play:
Jonathan Duhamel 65,975,000
John Dolan 46,250,000
Joseph Cheong 23,525,000
John Racener 19,050,000
Matt Jarvis 16,700,000
Filippo Candio 16,400,000
Michael Mizrachi 14,450,000
Soi Nguyen 9,650,000
Jason Senti 7,625,000
Soi Nguyen was the first player eliminated and the player in the unenviable position of going home without any additional money. He ran A-K into the pocket queens of Jason Senti. Senti flopped a set and that was all she wrote for Nguyen.
Matt Jarvis suffered an incredibly brutal beat to be knocked out in 8th place. He was all-in with pocket nines against the A-Q of Michael Mizrachi. Mizrachi flopped two queens to take the lead, but Jarvis hit a miracle nine on the turn to what appeared to be a likely double up. However, the river fell the As to give Mizrachi a double suckout victory.
Jason Senti should have been the 9th place finisher based on his chips. He was able to hand on and bust out in 7th place. He moved all-in with A-K from the button and Joseph Cheong woke up in the small blind with pocket tens. The flop K-K-Q looked to give Senti new life, but the jack on the turn had him sweating yet again. Cheong then took a page out of Mizrachi's book as he caught a nine on the river, filling his straight and sending Senti out in 7th.
John Dolan consistently lost chips through the final table and finally tried to make a move with Q-5 suited. Unfortunately, Jonathan Duhamel felt like gambling and called with pocket fours. The fours would hold against the two over cards and Dolan was out in 6th place.
Michael Mizrachi will not finish as co-Player of the Year with Frank Kasella as he finished in 5th place. Mizrachi was chip leader at one point of the final table, but he took a few beats to leave him with a short stack. He then gambled with Q-8 and then moved all-in on a Q-5-4 flop. Jonathan Duhamel was holding pocket aces and made the call, putting Mizrachi at risk. Mizrachi's "run good" ran out as he could not catch a queen or eight, and he finished in 5th place.
Filippo Candio played his heart out to get into the top four, but his tendency to bluff may have led to his undoing. Candio moved all-in holding K-Q suited and Joseph Cheong decided to call him holding just A-3 suited. The flop would fall with an ace to give Cheong the lead and Candio was left drawing thing. The turn fell the 5h and Felippe Candio failed to become the first Italian born player to win the WSOP Main Event, finishing in 4th place.
With three players left, both Joseph Cheong and Jonathan Duhamel had around 90 Million in chips and John Racener seemed the odd man out with 30 Million. Then, Cheong seemed to lose his mind after getting into a massive raising war with Duhamel and then shoving with A-7 offsuit. Duhamel called with pocket queens and Cheong was unable to catch an ace on the board. The resulting 177.6 Million pot was the largest pot ever at the WSOP. After the hand, Cheong was left with just 6 Million in chips. Soon, he was all-in with Q-10 against the A-2 of Duhamel and the ace held to send Cheong out in 3rd place.
Jonathan Racener will face Jonathan Duhamel heads-up on Monday night for the 2010 WSOP Main Event bracelet. Duhamel will start with 188.95 Million in chips to the 30.75 Million stack of Racener. Acton will kick off at 8 p.m. PDT and continue until the champion is determined. Stay tuned to pokerjunkie.com as we bring you coverage and recaps from the 2010 WSOP Main Event final table.