Hand #2: Sylvain Loosli received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #3: Jay Farber opened to 250,000 in early position and Sylvain Loosli called from the small blind. The flop fell and Loosli check-called 275,000 from Farber to see the turn. Both checked, landing the river. Both opted to check again and Loosli tabled . Farber mucked and Loosli collected the pot.
Hand #4: Mark Newhouse raised to 240,000 in early position and JC Tran called from the next seat over. Sylvain Loosli called on the button and the flop came down . Action checked to Loosli who bet 425,000. Both Newhouse and Tran called, landing the turn. After Newhouse checked, Tran bet 925,000. Loosli called, Newhouse folded, and the river completed the board. Both players checked and Tran tabled for the nut flush, winning the pot and increasing his stack to more than 14 million.
Hand #2: Bruno Kawauti had the button. Action folded to Carlos Mortensen in middle position and he raised to 275,000. Everyone folded, and Mortensen won the pot.
Hand #3: The button was with Clement Tripodi. Action folded to Marc McLaughlin in the hijack seat, and he raised to 240,000. In the big blind, Ryan Riess made the call, and the flop came down . Riess checked, and McLaughlin bet 310,000. Riess folded.
Hand #4: Chris Lindh had the button. Alexander Livingston raised to 255,000 from early position, and Jason Mann made the call from the next seat. Action moved over to Clement Tripodi in the cutoff seat, and he reraised to 700,000. Livingston folded, then Mann also folded, and Tripodi's three-bet won him the pot.
Hand #3: From the button, Benjamin Pollak opened to 250,000 and Maxx Coleman moved all in from the big blind for roughly 3.8 million. Pollak deliberated for a few moments before making the call for roughly his 2.9 million in chips.
With Pollak in great shape to double to roughly 6 million, the flop gave Coleman a plethora of outs with any ace, five or running clubs to send Pollak to the rail.
The turn of saw Pollak needing to fade just seven cards in the deck, but unfortunately for the Frenchman, the river would see the spike like a dagger to the heart ending his tournament in 27th place for $285,408 in prizemoney as Coleman climbs to roughly 7 million in chips.
Hand #1: Marc McLaughlin began with the button at the secondary table. As players continued to unbag and stack their chips, it folded around to Alexander Livingston who raised to 255,000 from the hijack seat and got one caller in McLaughlin.
The flop came and both players checked. The turn brought the , and this time Livingston bet 310,000. Livingston paused a beat, then called.
The river was the , Livingston fired 580,000, and McLaughlin called. Livingston showed , but McLaughlin had for trip aces and took the first pot of the day.
Hand #1: Sylvain Loosli raised to 250,000 from under the gun, Mark Newhouse called in the cutoff, JC Tran called on the button, and Michiel Brummelhuis moved all in for 2,230,000 out of the small blind. Loosli and Newhouse quickly folded, and Tran tanked for nearly two minutes before folding as well.
Welcome to Day 7, the last day of play this summer at the 2013 World Series of Poker. From a starting field of 6,352 players in for 10 grand apiece just 27 remain, and after today just nine of them will leave the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino knowing their 2013 WSOP Main Event tourney journeys will be continuing another exciting step further to November's final table.
Anton Morgenstern of Germany today returns to the biggest stack of 21,955,000, having seized the lead and created space between himself and the rest of the field during yesterday's last two levels. The Frenchman Sylvain Loosli is his nearest challenger currently in second position with 14,125,000.
Chris Lindh and Fabian Ortiz will also come back to eight-figure stacks, as will a couple of two-time WSOP bracelet winners, JC Tran and Carlos Mortensen. Mortensen, of course, is looking to add a second WSOP Main Event title to the one he earned back in 2001.
In theory the leaders stand the greatest chance of surviving today, although looking back to a year ago neither of the top two chip leaders with 27 left — Marc-Andre Ladouceur and Daniel Strelitz — made the final table, finishing 13th and 24th, respectively. As it happened, of the top nine in the counts to start last year's Day 7, only two survived the day (Robert Salaburu and Russell Thomas).
That it is possible to overcome starting a Day 7 short and still survive players need only ask Steve Gee who began last year's final day 22nd of 27, yet still made the final nine. In fact they can ask him today, as Gee is back for his second straight Day 7 (!), this time coming back to begin in 23rd position. Thus might others with below average stacks like Mark Newhouse, Marc McLaughlin, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Ryan Riess, Rep Porter, and David Benefield take Gee's example from last year to heart.
Play begins at 12 noon Pacific time with the start of Level 30, when players from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States will reconvene to determine who among them will form the 2013 WSOP Main Event's November Nine.
Come back to PokerNews then for comprehensive coverage of today's action. While waiting for play to start, check out Kristy Arnett's recap of yesterday's action and preview of today: