Event #62: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

Event Info

Players 6352
Pelaajia Jäljellä 9
Keskiarvo Merkkimäärä 21,173,333
Merkkejä yhteensä 190,560,000

Seuraava palkintoporras

Sija 9 $733,224

Taso Info

Taso 35
Blindit 200,000 / 400,000
Antet 50,000

Meet the Final 10

[user38338] • Taso 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante
2013 WSOP Main Event Unofficial Final Table
2013 WSOP Main Event Unofficial Final Table

Here are a few notes about each of the last 10 players still in the hunt for the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event bracelet:

David Benefield is a 27-year-old from Fort Worth, Texas who currently lives in New York where he's studying Political Science and Chinese at Columbia University. Known as "Raptor" online where he's achieved significant success, Benefield also has 12 WSOP cashes and more than $600,000 in live career winnings.

Michiel Brummelhuis is a 32-year-old poker pro from Amsterdam, Netherlands who has collected seven previous WSOP cashes including two final tables, all back in 2008 and 2009. He lists tennis and hockey among his hobbies.

Jay Farber is a 28-year-old from Pennsylvania who now lives in Las Vegas and works as a nightclub host.

Amir Levahot is a 38-year-old poker pro from Israel who now lives in Florida. He earned an engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and has a dozen career WSOP cashes including having won a WSOP bracelet in 2011 in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em event.

Sylvain Loosli is a 26-year-old poker pro from Toulon, France who went to business school and who has amassed more than $1 million in earnings online.

Marc McLaughlin is a 25-year-old from Montreal, Canada who has six WSOP cashes, including two in previous Main Events, both of which were top 100 finishes. He took 30th in the WSOP ME in 2009, and finished 86th in the WSOP ME in 2011. Interestingly, he's a tattoo artist who doesn't himself have any tattoos.

Carlos Mortensen is a 41-year-old born in Ambato, Ecuador who resides in Madrid, Spain. "The Matador" won the WSOP Main Event in 2001 after topping a field of 613 entrants to win the title and $1.5 million first prize. Mortensen won a second bracelet in 2003 in the $5,000 Limit Hold'em event, has won three World Poker Tour titles, and has well over $10 million in career tourney earnings.

Mark Newhouse is a 28-year-old poker pro from Chapel Hill, North Carolina who now lives in Los Angeles. He won the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City in 2006 where he collected a $1,519,020 first prize.

Ryan Riess is the youngest player among the final 10 players at age 23, and in fact would be the first ever WSOP Main Event winner to be born in the 1990s. After studying business at Michigan State University, Riess now lives in Las Vegas, although spent much of the last year on the road traveling the 2012-13 WSOP Circuit where he collected 10 cashes including a runner-up finish in the WSOP-C Horseshoe Hammond Main Event last October.

JC Tran is a 36-year-old poker pro who was born in Vietnam and who currently resides in Sacramento, California. Tran has two career WSOP bracelets and a World Poker Tour title to his credit as part of a storied career that includes more than $8 million in tourney winnings.

Tagit: Amir LevahotCarlos MortensenDavid BenefieldJay FarberJC TranMarc McLaughlinMark NewhouseMichiel BrummelhuisRyan RiessSylvain Loosli

Newhouse Three-Bet Shoves

• Taso 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante
Mark Newhouse
Mark Newhouse

Hand #267: Ryan Riess received a walk.

Hand #268: JC Tran raised to 850,000 in middle position, Mark Newhouse three-bet shoved for 4.7 million in the cutoff, and the action folded back to Tran, who folded as well.

Hand #269: Marc McLaughlin raised to 850,000 from under the gun, Riess called on the button, and the two took a flop of {q-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}. McLaughlin led out for 1.1 million, Riess called, and the turn brought the {k-Hearts}. McLaughlin led out again - this time for 1.7 million - and Riess raised to 3.8 million. McLaughlin folded.

JC Tran us 39,275,000 -1,000,000
Amir Lehavot il 29,275,000 -550,000
Marc McLaughlin CA 26,125,000 -3,800,000
Ryan Riess us 23,150,000 5,100,000
Sylvain Loosli fr 19,300,000 -150,000
Jay Farber us 16,275,000 -150,000
Michiel Brummelhuis nl 12,675,000 -150,000
Carlos Mortensen es 10,475,000 -750,000
David Benefield us 7,575,000 -150,000
Mark Newhouse us 6,600,000 1,600,000

Tagit: JC TranMarc McLaughlinMark NewhouseRyan Riess

Mark Newhouse Doubles Through Sylvain Loosli

[user139916] • Taso 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante
Mark Newhouse survives after being all in versus Sylvain Loosli
Mark Newhouse survives after being all in versus Sylvain Loosli

Hand #265: Marc McLaughlin raised to 850,000 from middle position and collected the blinds and antes.

Hand #266: Sylvain Loosli raised to 800,000 on the button and Mark Newhouse shoved from the big blind for 2.15 million. Loosli called.

Loosli: {Q-Hearts}{4-Clubs}
Newhouse: {A-Spades}{6-Hearts}

The flop came down {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} pairing both players, but giving Newhouse the better of it with aces. The {9-Hearts} turn changed nothing, leaving Loosli with five outs to come from behind and set the November Nine. The river was the {7-Hearts}, safe for Newhouse to double up and keep his November Nine hopes alive.

JC Tran us 40,275,000 -100,000
Marc McLaughlin CA 29,925,000 1,000,000
Amir Lehavot il 29,825,000 -100,000
Sylvain Loosli fr 19,450,000 -2,450,000
Ryan Riess us 18,050,000 -100,000
Jay Farber us 16,425,000 -100,000
Michiel Brummelhuis nl 12,825,000 -700,000
Carlos Mortensen es 11,225,000 -100,000
David Benefield us 7,725,000 -100,000
Mark Newhouse us 5,000,000 2,750,000

Tagit: Marc McLaughlinMark NewhouseSylvain Loosli

First Three Hands of the Unofficial Final Table

• Taso 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Hand #262: Marc McLaughlin won the draw for the button, and the action folded to Amir Lehavot, who raised to 850,000 from the cutoff. The button and both blinds released, and Lehavot picked up the pot.

Hand #263: JC Tran raised to 850,000 on the button, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #264: Lehavot raised to 850,000 from middle position, winning the pot.

JC Tran us 40,375,000 750,000
Amir Lehavot il 29,925,000 2,050,000
Marc McLaughlin CA 28,925,000 -150,000
Sylvain Loosli fr 21,900,000 -550,000
Ryan Riess us 18,150,000 -150,000
Jay Farber us 16,525,000 -750,000
Michiel Brummelhuis nl 13,525,000 -150,000
Carlos Mortensen es 11,325,000 -150,000
David Benefield us 7,825,000 -750,000
Mark Newhouse us 2,250,000 -150,000

Tagit: Amir LehavotJC TranMarc McLaughlin

A Breakdown of the ICM of the Final 10

• Taso 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

When poker players are deep in a tournament, many decisions can be made based around the concept of ICM – or Independent Chip Model – which assigns a dollar value to your chip stack in a tournament.

ICM is important when making decisions as you approach the final table, and when you start creeping up the final table payouts. Looking at the final ten payouts, there is $27,235,269 up for grabs with $8,359,531 reserved for first and just $573,204 for the 10th place finisher.

Here is an ICM breakdown of what the final ten players could be getting if a chop was to be had through both an ICM payout as well as through a standard chip chop.

PlayerChip CountICM PayoutChip Chop
JC Tran39,625,000$4,169,117.16$5,040,711.93
Marc McLaughlin29,075,000$3,575,882.34$3,851,255.56
Amir Lehavot27,875,000$3,499,405.61$3,715,961.94
Sylvain Loosli22,450,000$3,124,294.37$3,104,322.06
Ryan Riess18,300,000$2,798,381.90$2,636,431.64
Jay Farber17,275,000$2,711,601.60$2,520,868.34
Michiel Brummelhuis13,675,000$2,383,211.13$2,114,987.49
Carlos Mortensen11,475,000$2,161,355.62$1,866,949.20
David Benefield8,575,000$1,838,168.17$1,539,989.63
Mark Newhouse2,400,000$973,851.10$843,791.23

Interview with David Benefield: "It's Every Poker Player’s Dream to Make the Final Table of the WSOP Main Event"

BrettC • Taso 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante
David Benefield
David Benefield

David “Raptor” Benefield has not the easiest run to the "unofficial" final table of the WSOP Main Event. He finished Day 6 at the bottom of the chips counts in 27th with only 1.84 million. He now currently sits in ninth with 8.6 million, while still attempting to make to the November Nine.

We caught up with Benefield during the recent break to discuss his “bad call” in the last level, his evolution in poker, and his sentiments toward making the November Nine.

PokerNews: In the last hand before break you tweeted how you “made a bad call with 11 left” in a hand against Brummelhuis. Can you discuss that hand?

It was a bluff catcher. I didn’t really think he had a strong hand. There were two flush draws on the turn and they both missed. He was an aggressive player who I thought was capable of bluffing in that spot. He may still be capable but he happened to have top pair. It just didn’t turn out to be a good call. It was a wrong spot for me to pick and I realize that now.

You finished 73rd in the 2008 Main Event. How has your game evolved since then?

I was arguably better relative to the field back then. I played a lot more no-limit hold’em cash games and no-limit hold’em tournaments during that point in my life. I don’t really play that much poker anymore, in general. Even so, I primarily play pot-limit Omaha now. I think in a tournament like this it takes a lot of luck in addition to skill. I’m just running insanely well and trying to make good decisions.

Last night you finished Day 6 in 27th place, last in the chip counts. What was your mentality going into the start of Day 7?

There was absolutely no pressure. I was in last place. I didn’t feel I had to prove anything. I just wanted to get my money in good and get lucky a few times. So far so good, and hopefully that continues.

You mentioned there was no pressure. How important is it to you then to make the final table?

I think it is every poker player’s dream to make the final table of the WSOP Main Event. I really hope I do. It’s not the end of the world if I don’t. I think it’s still a pretty good payday at the end of the day either way. But it is something I want and it’s something I’m trying really hard to do.

Tagit: David BenefieldinterviewMain Event

Matthew Reed Eliminated in 11th Place ($573,204)

• Taso 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante
Matthew Reed - 11th Place
Matthew Reed - 11th Place

Secondary Table

Hand #199: Jay Farber had the button. From under the gun, Matthew Reed raised to 800,000. Farber reraised to 2.1 million before the blinds got out of the way and play fell back on Reed. Reed folded, and the chants of "Oh Jay! Oh Jay! Oh Jay! Oh Jay!" rang loud throughout the Amazon Room.

Hand #200: Gold bracelet winner Amir Lehavot had the button to start this hand. JC Tran was in the hijack seat and opened to 850,000. Everyone folded, and he won the pot.

Hand #201: Marc McLaughlin had the button. In the cutoff seat, Amir Lehavot raised to 800,000. McLaughlin paused as the next player to act, then reraised to 1.6 million. Lehavot folded, and McLaughlin won the pot.

Hand #202: The button was on Matthew Reed. He moved all in for 5.35 million. In the big blind, JC Tran called with the {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}. Reed was at risk with the {K-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}.

The flop came out {9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{4-Spades} to give Reed a pair of fours, but it was Tran's queens still in front. The turn was the {8-Diamonds}, then the river completed the board with the {9-Spades}. That was the end of the line for Reed, as he finished in 11th place for $573,204. Tran moved to nearly 40 million.

JC Tran us 39,600,000 6,550,000
Matthew Reed us Ulkona

Tagit: Amir LehavotJay FarberJC TranMarc McLaughlinMatthew Reed

Feature Table: Brummelhuis Chips Up

• Taso 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Hand #257: Ryan Riess raised to 800,000 from the cutoff, Michiel Brummelhuis called on the button, David Benefield called in the big blind, and the dealer fanned {4-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{a-Spades}. The action checked to Brummelhuis, and the Dutchman fired out 1.35 million. Benefield folded, and Riess quickly called. The turn brought the man with the ax ({k-Diamonds}), Riess checked, and Brummelhuis checked behind. The {10-Spades} completed the board, Riess led out for 2.5 million, and Brummelhuis folded.

Hand #258: Brummelhuis raised to 800,000 in the cutoff, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #259: Riess received a walk.

Hand #260: Sylvain Loosli raised to 800,000 on the button, Riess called in the small blind, and Brummelhuis three-bet to 2.75 million from the big blind. Both players folded, and Brummelhuis took down the pot.

Hand #261: Benefield raised to 800,000 from under the gun, Carlos Mortensen called in the big blind, and the flop fell {8-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}. Mortensen checked, Benefield continued for 950,000, and Mortensen folded.

With an elimination on the secondary feature table, we are now redrawing to the unofficial final table.

Sylvain Loosli fr 22,450,000 -1,650,000
Ryan Riess us 18,300,000 2,800,000
Michiel Brummelhuis nl 13,675,000 100,000
Carlos Mortensen es 11,475,000 -1,250,000
David Benefield us 8,575,000

Tagit: Carlos MortensenDavid BenefieldMichiel BrummelhuisRyan Riess

Feature Table: Two Pair For Mortensen

[user139916] • Taso 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Hand #255: Sylvain Loosli raised to 800,000 from the cutoff and Michiel Brummelhuis three-bet to 2.25 million from the small blind. Action folded back to Loosli who gave it up.

Hand #256: (The button was not moved) Ryan Riess raised to 800,000 on the button and Carlos Mortensen called from the big blind. The flop came down {Q-Clubs}{7-Spades}{2-Diamonds} and Mortensen check-called 675,000 from Riess to see the {k-Hearts} turn, which both checked.
The {J-Diamonds} river completed the board and Mortensen bet 1.4 million. Riess called, but mucked Mortensen tabled {J-Hearts}{2-Hearts} for two pair.

Sylvain Loosli fr 24,100,000 -900,000
Ryan Riess us 15,500,000 -2,975,000
Michiel Brummelhuis nl 13,575,000 1,150,000
Carlos Mortensen es 12,725,000 2,825,000
David Benefield us 8,575,000 -100,000

Tagit: Carlos MortensenMichiel BrummelhuisRyan RiessSylvain Loosli