Just moments ago, Robbie Verspui was cut down to 120,000 chips, just four big blinds at the time. However, less than an hour later he has just doubled again to 1.2 million!
Our chip leader, Mark Schmid, raised from middle position to 90,000. Verspui was waiting on the button and quietly told the dealer he was all in. The blinds got out of the way and Schmid had it counted down. It was 555,000 which was apparently a good price for Schmid as he decided to risk about a fifth of his stack.
The flop was a clean but it did give Schmid a backdoor flush draw that became much more powerful when the turn was the . Any spade or Jack would send home Verspui but it bricked with the and the comeback is on.
Michael Souza went all in from middle position and it was folded around to Mark Schmid in the big blind. Schmid asked for a count and it was 410,000 total so 380,000 more to him. After a little white, he made the call and the players turned over their holdings.
Souza was in a classic coinflip for his tournament life. The was clean and changed nothing but Schmid stormed into the lead when the hit the turn. Souza would need one of two remaining threes in the deck to survive but it was not meant to be when the hit. Souza, who entered the day as the chip leader, goes out in what is surely a disappointing but commendable 8th place while Schmid continued to build his chip lead.
It folded around to Robbie Verspui in the small blind and he moved all in for his final 245,000. Michael Sousa immediately made the call from the big blind and the hands were turned up.
The flop was giving Verspui an open-ended straight draw along with two live cards that could be paired. The turn was the which didn't change anything. While the of Verspui would no longer play if a Jack came, his would still give him a higher straight than Sousa.
The river was the which doubled up Verspui to 525,000 and made Sousa our new short stack with just 260,000.
Robbie Verspui moved all in for 120,000 from middle position and Mark Schmid made the call from the big blind for 90,000 more.
Verspui was in trouble for his tournament life but not after the flop rolled out to give Verspui kings up and a stranglehold on the hand. Schmid would need an ace on the turn or river to knock out his opponent but it came the and and Verspui survived to double up.
There was a raise to 65,000 in early position and Justin Cohen flatted in position. It folded to Robbie Verspui in the big blind and he decided to raise to 185,000. The initial raiser folded and Cohen quickly moved all in for about 700,000 total. Verspui wasted no time in making the call and flipped over . Although he seemed slightly nervous he was beat, he seemed almost more nervous when Cohen tabled because now he could take a bad beat for a lot of chips.
Cohen stood up while the flop was dealt out but Verspui opted to sit and stare down the board. The flop was and Cohen picked up a club draw and a gut-shot straight draw. Along with his overcard, he needed one of 15 remaining cards in order to keep his hopes of winning a bracelet alive. The turn was the and hit both his strait and flush draw. A member of the rail asked him which he wanted to play and Cohen just laughed.
After the meaningless , Cohen's stack now has 1.6 million while Verspui is left with just 125,000.
Jeremy Kottler went all in on the button for 330,000 and Jonathan Clancy made the call from the big blind.
Clancy was in dominating position for the knockout and the flop put Kottler on the brink of elimination unless he could hit running a running flush or deuces. The turn had Kottler drawing dead though and the river was just a formality as Kottler was eliminated.
Jeremy Kottler was all in against the man who spiked a Ten on him just before the dinner break. That same man, Trevor Vanderveen, had also just busted a player to give Kottler a pay raise. Luckily for Kottler, he was in great shape to double up with against the of his opponent.
The flop was which gave Kottler a pair of Aces but also gave Vanderveen four outs instead of three. The and both bricked though and Kottler is back into the mix.
Steven Davisson was able to get his final 550,000 chips in the pot with against Trevor Vanderveen's .
The flop was and left Davisson still searching for an Ace or King. The turn was the and officially ended his day. The meaningless was dealt on the river and Davisson bubbled our official WSOP final table.