Daniel Perper holds a slight chip advantage over fellow American pro Andrew Robl as the six-handed final table of the World Poker Tour (WPT) $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller event kicks off today at The Bellagio in Las Vegas.
Illinois’ Perper has 3,415,000 to sit just 60,000 chips ahead of second placed Robl (3,355,000), of Las Vegas, after the 19 survivors from Day 1 were reduced by 13 for today’s televised final table, which will begin at level 17 with the blinds at 20,000/40,000 and a 4,000 ante.
However, New Jersey’s Tom Marchese (third on 2,235,000), Vegas-based Justin Bonomo (fourth on 2,105,000) – who will be aiming to emulate his recent Super High Roller victory for $2,165,217 at the European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final in Monte Carlo – as well as John Juanda (fifth on 1,875,000) and fellow Californian Bill Klein (sixth place on 620,000), won’t be easy to overcome as they all chase the top prize of $1,282,905 from the prize pool of $3,289,500, although they will all begin today below the average stack of 2,266,666.
Just Five Places Paid
But, with just 27 players starting the event – although there were seven re-entries and one Day 2 entry – only five players will be paid, meaning one of the final half-dozen will miss out on picking up $263,160 in fifth place.
Klein is certainly in trouble, holding just 15.5 big blinds, although he only has to look at Juanda’s incredible comeback yesterday, when he battled back from the short stack to outlast Jean Noel Thorel, Dan Smith, Sam Trickett, Isaac Haxton, Phil Galfond, David ‘Doc’ Sands, Roger Sippl, Dan Shak, Cary Katz, former Full Tilt Poker Pro Justin ‘Boosted J’ Smith, Brian Hastings, Jason Mercier and eight-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Erik Seidel to end the day in fifth.
With Haxton, Mercier, Shak, Brazil’s Clemenceau Calixto – who re-entered yesterday – Thorel, Sands, Sippl, Galfond, Justin Smith and Day 2 entry Sorel Mizzi eliminated earlier, 10th place went to Hastings during level 15 with the blinds at 12,000/24,000 and a 3,000 ante.
Brian Hastings Out in 10th
In middle position, New York State’s Hastings raised to 50,000, while Englishman Trickett – in the cut-off seat – then re-raised to 107,000. Hastings replied by moving all-in for just over 600,000 with 9♦ 9♠, to be called by Trickett, who revealed A♠ K♦.
The 7♣ 7♦ 6♠ K♠ 3♦ board was no good to Hastings as Trickett paired his king to take down the pot and eliminate his opponent.
Nottingham’s Trickett was the next to be knocked out, however, 54 hands later when coming up against Robl during level 17, with the blinds at 20,000/40,000 and a 4,000 ante.
Robl – in middle position – raised to 100,000, only for Trickett, in the cut-off seat, to shove all-in. Robl made the call with A♣ Q♦, while Tricket turned over 10♥ 10♠ – and needed that pair to hold or improve to stay in contention for the top prize.
However, the A♥ K♠ 3♦ provided Robl with the ace he needed to get top pair, while the 4♠ turn and 6♦ river were no help to Trickett as the American moved up to 3,300,000 chips.
Erik Seidel Eliminated in Eighth Place
Still in the same level, but 10 hands later, veteran Seidel hit the rail in eighth place after losing out to Bonomo.
The action had folded around to small blind Seidel, who called big blind Bonomo. Bonomo checked his option to see a Q♠ 9♠ 7♣ flop, prompting Seidel to bet 40,000. Bonomo again made the call for the dealer to place the 3♦ on the turn.
Seidel checked but Bonomo bet 125,000, before the former check-raised to 300,000 in total. However, Bonomo, with the larger stack, then moved all-in and Seidel – after checking his hole cards – called to show 7♠ 9♣ for the middle two pair.
But Bonomo’s Q♣ 3♣ ensured he had the lead with top and bottom pair, while the 10♦ river keeps him ahead to eliminate Seidel.
Dan Smith Exits in Seventh Spot
Bonomo had moved up to 1,100,000 chips – or 28 big blinds – at this point, and increased that just two hands later when knocking out Vegas’ Dan Smith in seventh place.
In middle position, Smith moved all-in for his final 400,000-plus chips, with Bonomo – on the button – calling to show A♦ 10♦ to be well ahead of his opponent’s 10♣ 9♣. The A♥ Q♠ 6♣ flop only improves Bonomo’s hand, giving him top pair, and it’s all over for Smith by the 4♠ turn. The J♠, of course, changed nothing to confirm Smith’s elimination and end Day 2.
Here are the chip counts and seat assignments for the final table:
WPT World Championship Super High Roller Final Table Chip Counts and Seats
1. Daniel Perper (USA) – 3,415,000 (seat 4)
2. Andrew Robl (USA) – 3,355,000 (seat 6)
3. Tom Marchese (USA) – 2,235,000 (seat 3)
4. Justin Bonomo (USA) – 2,105,000 (seat 5)
5. John Juanda (USA) – 1,875,000 (seat 2)
6. Bill Klein (USA) – 620,000 (seat 1)