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Event #25: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Event #25: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Jour 2 terminé

Greenstein and Elezra Bag Big Ahead of Final Day in $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo

Jan_Kores • Niveau 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Barry Greenstein
Barry Greenstein

Three-time bracelet winners Barry Greenstein and Eli Elezra are making a strong push for increasing their already-impressive showcases. Greenstein and Elezra are among the frontrunners in Event #25: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Stud-Hi Lo 8 or Better, sitting near the top of the leaderboard with just 23 players left in contention.

The two seasoned veterans bagged the second and fourth biggest stacks respectively, trailing only Benjamin Dobson, who soared to the pole position thanks to a huge cooler in a hand versus another legend: Mike Matusow. Matusow was among the leaders on dinner break but Dobson seized the most of his stack in a boat-over-boat clash that left "The Mouth" crushed.

That setup helped Dobson improve to 595,000 and a clear lead at the end of the day. There may be a huge gap between Dobson and the rest of the field but the doyens of Greenstein (349,000) and Elezra (334,000) have been in these situations countless times. Greenstein demonstrated his lifelong experience very well during Day 2. He was on a nub for the better part of the day only to boost his stack towards the top during the latter stage.

While the tournament lost Matusow in 30th place, it's still a memorable lineup vying for the $173,528 first-place prize. The top half of the standings features bracelet winners Jesse Martin (335,000) and Georgios Sotiropoulos (231,000), along with movie star and longtime WSOP participant James Woods (210,000) who's already made a final table this year, finishing fifth in the $1,500 Dealer's Choice event.

Some of those who couldn't sneak through included Frankie O'Dell, Tim Frazin, Scott Bohlman and Brian Hastings who all made it to the last five tables but fell short of appearing on the final three.

A former champion of this very event, 2014 winner Calvin Anderson, was the last to leave the tournament without any reward. Anderson bricked his wheel draw on the stone bubble, losing his remaining chips to Andrei Kaigorodtcev. The remaining 90 players locked up chunks of cash, starting from $2,246.

However, the majority of the $804,600 prize money will be awarded on Wednesday, June 13, so make sure to come back at 2 p.m. local time to follow the PokerNews live coverage of the final outcome.

Tags: Barry GreensteinBenjamin DobsonCalvin AndersonEli ElezraGeorgios SotiropoulosJesse MartinMike Matusow

Day 3 Seating and Chip Counts

KaleGozer • Niveau 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
RoomTableSeatNameCountyChip CountBig Bets
Amazon8011Trent GundrumUnited States104,0005
Amazon8012Peter BrownsteinUnited States141,0007
Amazon8013Esther RossiUnited States50,0003
Amazon8014Barry GreensteinUnited States349,00017
Amazon8015Nicholas DerkeUnited States33,0002
Amazon8016Jesse MartinUnited States335,00017
Amazon8017Alex LivingstonCanada33,0002
Amazon8018Tom McCormickUnited States160,0008
       
Amazon8021Georgios SotiropoulosGreece231,00012
Amazon8022Nicholas KileyUnited States276,00014
Amazon8023Matt SavageUnited States79,0004
Amazon8024James WoodsUnited States210,00011
Amazon8025Joel TushnetUnited States212,00011
Amazon8027Benjamin DobsonUnited Kingdom595,00030
Amazon8028Bentley RobertsUnited States190,00010
       
Amazon8031Richard MonroeUnited States168,0008
Amazon8032Eli ElezraUnited States334,00017
Amazon8033James SieversUnited States191,00010
Amazon8034James NelsonUnited States249,00012
Amazon8035Tim FinneUnited States236,00012
Amazon8036Joseph GeganUnited States74,0004
Amazon8037Pj ChaUnited States58,0003
Amazon8038Paul SextonUnited States174,0009

End of Day Chip Counts (complet)

[user339872] • Niveau 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Benjamin Dobson gb 595,000 275,000
Barry Greenstein us 349,000 -56,000
Jesse Martin us 335,000 120,000
Eli Elezra us 334,000 -66,000
Nicholas Kiley us 276,000 36,000
James Nelson us 249,000 -101,000
Tim Finne us 246,000 76,000
Georgios Sotiropoulos gr 231,000 -19,000
Joel Tushnet us 212,000 -3,000
James Woods us 210,000 -50,000
James Sievers us 191,000 116,000
Bentley Roberts us 190,000 -42,000
Paul Sexton us 174,000 94,000
Richard Monroe us 168,000 -12,000
Peter Brownstein us 141,000 -29,000
Tom McCormick us 132,000 62,000
Trent Gundrum 104,000 -21,000
Matt Savage us 79,000 -108,000
Joseph Gegan us 74,000 53,000
PJ Cha us 58,000
Esther Rossi us 50,000 -30,000
Alex Livingston ca 33,000 3,000
Nicholas Derke us 33,000 -146,000

Lire Plus

Peter Janicki Eliminated in 24th Place ($4,899)

Jan_Kores • Niveau 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Joel Tushnet: {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} / {6-Hearts}{5-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} / {8-Clubs}
Peter Janicki: {6-Clubs}{2-Clubs} / {3-Clubs}{6-Spades}{7-Spades}{9-Clubs} / {3-Diamonds}
Bentley Roberts: {X-}{X-} / {A-Diamonds}{4-Spades} - folded on fourth street

Joel Tushnet had kings in the hole and called Peter Janicki's bet on fourth street. Janicki bet on fifth again and Tushnet made it 2,500 more to cover Janicki's remaining chips.

Janicki had a pair and a low draw but he could only hit an inferior two pair, losing to Tushnet's kings up.

Joel Tushnet us 215,000 135,000
Peter Janicki Eliminé

Tags: Peter JanickiJoel Tushnet

Redraw for the Final Three Tables

Jan_Kores • Niveau 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
SeatTable 622Table 623Table 624
1Richard MonroeGeorgios SotiropoulosTrent Gundrum
2Eli ElezraNicholas KileyPeter Brownstein
3James SieversMatt SavageEsther Rossi
4James NelsonJames WoodsBarry Greenstein
5Tim FinneJoel TushnetNicholas Derke
6Joseph GeganPeter JanickiJesse Martin
7PJ ChaBenjamin DobsonAlex Livingston
8Paul SextonBentley RobertsTom McCormick

Nelson Scores a Double Knockout, Dispatches Frazin and Gullett

Jan_Kores • Niveau 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Tim Frazin: {A-Clubs}{7-Hearts} / {2-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{A-Spades}{8-Diamonds} / {J-Clubs}
Scott Gullett: {Q-}{4-} / {K-Spades}{K-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} / {A-Hearts}
James Nelson: {4-}{3-} / {7-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{9-Clubs}{6-Hearts} / {4-Spades}

Tim Frazin was all in with aces out, sweating his board in a hand against Scott Gullett and James Nelson. Gullett ended up all in as well and they turned their cards up. Nelson made a straight but Frazin had trips to beat his high hand. However, Gullett spiked the last ace and Frazin hoped to catch an eight, seven or a deuce. The river bricked him and Nelson scooped the full pot, providing a double elimination.

James Nelson us 350,000 290,000
Scott Gullett us Eliminé
Tim Frazin US Eliminé

Tags: James NelsonTimothy FrazinScott Gullett

Greenstein Wins a Massive Pot Before Showdown

Jan_Kores • Niveau 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Barry Greenstein
Barry Greenstein

Barry Greenstein: {X-}{X-}{X-} / {A-Hearts}{2-Spades}{J-Hearts}{A-Clubs}
Paul Sexton: {X-}{X-}{X-} / {4-Hearts}{8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{J-Spades}
Tim Finne: {X-}{X-}{X-} / {K-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}

Barry Greenstein four-bet pre and Paul Sexton and Tim Finne stuck around. Greenstein then fired on every street except of fifth which was checked through. Sexton and Finne called two more bets but they both laid their hands down on the river, leaving Greenstein scooping the huge pot without showing anything.

Barry Greenstein us 405,000 200,000
Tim Finne us 170,000 5,000
Paul Sexton us 80,000 -40,000

Tags: Barry GreensteinTim FinnePaul Sexton

Elezra Finishes Matusow

Jan_Kores • Niveau 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Mike Matusow was ante all in and eventually ended up only against Eli Elezra. Elezra made trip tens and Matusow had three spade cards with three more to peel. He immediately turned up another spade, sweating another through the last two cards. But both of them would be red and Matusow bowed out in 30th place.

Eli Elezra us 400,000 145,000
Mike Matusow us Eliminé

Tags: Eli ElezraMike Matusow

Back-to-Back Losses Leave Matusow On Fumes

[user339872] • Niveau 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Mike Matusow
Mike Matusow

After losing multiple pots to Eli Elezra when he joined the table, Mike Matusow has been on a downward spiral. Matusow got involved in a large pot with Benjamin Dobson where Matusow made a big laydown on sixth street and then got involved in another massive pot with Bentley Roberts.

Bentley Roberts: {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}{3-Spades} / {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{a-Spades}{3-Hearts}
Mike Matusow: {6-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} / {7-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{6-Hearts}
Frankie O'Dell: {x-}{x-} / {9-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{10-Spades} / {x-}

Bentley Roberts completed and was called by Mike Matusow, Frankie O'Dell and Joel Tushnet from the bring-in. Roberts led out on fourth and was called by all three opponents. Roberts fired again on fifth and Tushnet was the only one to fold.

The action checked around on sixth and Roberts led out again on seventh. Matusow called and O'Dell mucked his hand. Roberts tabled aces full of kings while Matusow could only muster sevens full of sixes. Matusow was left with just 5,000 chips.

Benjamin Dobson gb 320,000 128,000
Bentley Roberts us 232,000 96,000
Mike Matusow us 5,000 -94,500

Tags: Benjamin DobsonBentley RobertsEli ElezraMike Matusow