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Event #27 - WSOP World Championship - No Limit Hold'em (Day 4) Results & Report

32nd Annual World Series of Poker

HENRY NOWAKOWSKI OF GERMANY IS CHIP LEADER FOR WSOP FINAL DAY

Henry Nowakowski of Frankfurt, Germany, the 1997 European champion, is the chip leader going into the final day of the World Series of Poker championship event. Nowakowski, whose nickname is "Henry Nugget," had $1,076,000 when the fourth-day field was narrowed down to the final nine.

This is the first year that there will be a full table on the final day. In the past, there were six finalist, a relic of the early days when only a handful of players got together to play for the title of champion of poker.

Carlos Mortensen of Madrid, Spain, with titles at the L.A. Poker Classic and Bay 101 Shooting Stars to his credit, was second chip leader with $873,000. Former champion Phil Hellmuth, who's made it seven times in the money this year, with a first, a second and a sixth, was a close third with $859,000. Behind them were Mike Matusow, $767,000; Phil Gordon, $681,000; Stan Schrier, $672,000; Dewey Tomko, $467,000; Steve Riehle, $407,000; and John Inashima, $328,000.

Matusow, whose nickname is "Mouth," lives in Henderson, Nevada and has a bracelet for the $3,500 no-limit hold'em event in 1999, plus wins in no-limit hold'em at the the 2000 U.S. Poker Championship and in Omaha hi-lo at Harrah's. Gordon, of South Lake Tahoe, California, has no tournament wins. Schrier, who owns a new car dealership in Omaha, Nebraska, has a win at the 2000 Orleans Open. Tomko, of Haines City, Florida, is a golf course owner and professional gambler. Riehle, of Lompoc, California, is an electrician with some small tournament wins in California and Florida. Inashima, of Pasadena, California, is in real estate and a frequent tournament player in California.

Beyond question, the most unusual occupation of all the players on the fourth day belonged to Charles Glorioso, who is -- believe it or not -- a Roman Catholic ordained priest from Shreveport, Louisiana. Father Charles won a super satellite to get into the $10,000 event, finished 12th and collected $63,940. All the members of his parish were eagerly following his progress. Asked by tournament staffer Carol Trimble if his winnings were going to the poor, he indicated that they were. When she asked him what about a stake for next year, he replied, "God will take care of it."

On the third day, the field of 383 surviving players was whittled down to 45 players, all of them in the money. All nine players at the next day's fifth table would receive $20,000, the fourth table would be paid $30,000, the third table would get $39,960 and the pay-offs after that would start at $39,960 for 18th through 16th place on up to $1.5 million for the winner.

Nobody wanted the dubious distinction of being "on the bubble" (the last player out just before money) and it took around 45 minutes to eliminate the 46th player and get down to five tables. Diego Cordovez was knocked out after 1 a.m. when his A-Q lost to Rich Korbin's two queens.

The large field led to some surprising changes in the expected finishes. Only two players out of the final 45, Mike Sexton and Barry Boatman, were in the money last year. When Sexton departed in 28th place, there were no repeat money finishers. Also, there were no women among the 45 finalists. The last lady in the tournament was the endearing Phyllis Meyers, who was elminated about four hours into play on the third day.

The five starting tables were almost down to two as Kevin Song got blown away when he had K-10 to Phil Gordon's 8-7, and Gordon flopped a full house. Mel Wiener, one of the chip leaders at the end of the third day, was the 19th player to leave. He had J-10 against Carlos Mortensen's pair of fours and the board came 7-3-2-7-A, changing nothing.

With two tables left, the chip leaders were Hellmuth at $605,000, Daniel Negreanu with $605,000 and Steve Guiberson and Mortensen with $460,000 and $450,000 respectively.

Larry Gordon, a 76-year-old Osage Indian, was first of the 18 finalists out. He had A-K against Gordon's pocket aces. Incredibly, Rich Korbin went out a beat later on identical hands with the same results. Korbin, winner of the $2,500 stud hi-lo event this year, had A-K and Schrier had A-A and the case ace flopped.

With some $6 million in chips on the two tables, and blinds at $5,000 and $10,000 with $2,000 antes, some monster pots began developing. When Matusow bet $50,000 into a board of K-9-10-K, Hellmuth raised another $50,000. Matusow moved in and Hellmuth folded. "Nice try, Mike said," showing a king. But on the next hand, after Mike bet $10,000 and Gordon raised $100,000, Hellmuth moved in and everybody folded. This time Hellmuth flashed aces, and Gordon said he had laid down kings. (Later, the 6-ft. 9-in. Gordon complained that spectators, instead of questioning him about his great laydown, just wanted to know who was taller, Hellmuth or him.)

Finishing in 16th place was John Farley. He was all in and in bad shape with A-9 against Mortenson's A-Q. Perhaps Chris Fereguson beat T.J. Cloutier for the championship with A-9 against A-Q, but today there was no miracle, and Farley went out when the board came Q-7-6-3-3.

Don Barton escaped one all-in encounter against Tony D when his two fours held up against Tony's A-4. But the next time Barton went all in, he had the A-4 and this Tony had two kings and Don cashed out in 15th place.

Next to go all in for the last time was Steve Guiberson. He had Q-7 against Arturo Diaz's two black tens. Steve flopped a queen, but two running spades gave Diaz a winning flush. And, just before the dinner break, Tony D played his last hand. He had two queens against Mortensen's A-9, and a board of A-J-6-9-A gave Carlos a full house.

As action continued, Carlos later made a laydown less fortuitous than Gordon's. There was $80,000 plus blinds and antes in the pot when the flop came J-7-3. Matusow bet $80,000 and Mortensen called. When a six turned, Mike went all in and Carlos, after long thought, folded. He had A-J and had a fit when Mike showed J-10.

Father Charles ended in 12th place when he moved all in with pocket sixes and was quickly called by Gordon with aces. The board came J-10-5-Q-2, and the priest didn't have a prayer.

Negreanu, clad in another of his seemingly endless supply of Canadian hockey uniforms, was down to only about $130,000 when he made a move on the pot with an all-in bet holding just 9-6. "You got me," he said when Matusow called with pocket sevens. Mike flopped a set. Daniel's last hope was a fourth spade on the river, but it didn't come, and the final 10 players consolidated at one table.

It took 13 hands to eliminate the last player. On a board of J-10-9, Mortensen moved in with Q-J and Diaz called with J-7. A six turned, a five came on the river, and the nine finalists prepared the big day and their run for the title of Poker Champion of the World.

Here are a few highlights from day three. Wilford Brimley, the second of two actor-celebrities in this year's WSOP, was eliminated. Brimley is the kindly-looking gentleman wiith the big white mustachios who once did Quaker Oats commercials. The other celeb was Gabe Kaplan, a familiar face at tournaments and in high-limit side action. He was knocked out on the first day.

Gus Echeverri took an unfortunate penalty on that third day. On the river, the board showed 2-3-4-5. He had an ace for a straight, but he jumped the gun and turned up his hole cards before the betting was complete. He split the pot with another player holding an ace, but also was given a mandatory, and costly, 20-minute penalty. Paul Phillips took two back-to-back bad beats when his pocket aces were beaten, the first time by a pair of nines held by Alexander Dietrich, the second time when Tony D, holding two jacks, nailed a third one on the river (last card). He earned the admiration of players and spectators alike by not reacting or complaining, merely saying, "That's poker."

10.00pm Day 4 of Final Event.

We now have the final 9 players for the final table of the 2001 WSOP. Max Shapiro's article on today will be posted here in a few hours time. In the meantime, here are the chip counts for tomorrows final and the 12th-10th place finishers.

10th place Arturo Diaz
11th place Daniel Negreanu
12th place Charles Glorioso

Final table line up.

Henry Nowakowski $1,076,000
Carlos Mortensen$873,000
Phil Hellmuth $859,000
Mike Matusow $767,000
Phil Gordon $681,000
Stan Schrier $672,000
Dewey Tomko $467,000
Steve Reihle $407,000
John Inashima $328,000

7.45pm Day 4 of Final Event.

The remaining 12 players just broke for dinner. In the last hour Phil Hellmuth has moved into a good chip lead. In one of the last hands of the level Phil was on the big blind and Phil Gordon limped in for $10,000 on the button. Phil Hellmuth raised it $40,000 and Gordon called. The flop came with a K,6,9. Both players checked. A deuce on the turn and Phil Gordon checked. Hellmuth bet $60,000 and Gordon raised him $100,000. Hellmuth called. The river was a Jack and both players checked. Hellmuth showed an Ace , Six and Phil Gordon conceded the pot. A Gift for Hellmuth!!!

Players out:

13th place Tony D
14th place Steve Guiberson
15th place Don Barton
16th place John Farley
17th place Richard Korbin
18th place Larry Wood

The final three players out tonight will each receive $63,940 9 players will come back tomorrow for the final table

Chip Counts

Phil Hellmuth $1,056,000
Carlos Mortensen $841,000
Henry Nowakowski $802,000
Stan Schiere $596,000
Steve Reihle $506,000
Phil Gordon $376,000
Arturo Diaz $375,000
Mike Matusow $707,000
Daniel Negreanu $199,000
Dewey Tomko $174,000
John Imishami $152,000
Charles Glorioso $152,000

6.00pm Day 4 of Final Event.

The main event is now down to 18 players. Now playing $1,500 ante and $3,000 and $6,000 blinds. Seats have just been redrawn and Phil Hellmuth leads the field. He has $650,000 in chips. Phil Gordon is in second position with $600,000. These two have been drawn on the same table. Daniel Negreanu is steady in third spot with $568,000. Then comes Arturo Diaz with 500,000 and Stan Schrier next with $400,000.

30th place Chris Bjorin
29th place Mike Sexton
28th place Mike May
27th place Allen Cunningham
26th place John Esposito
25th place Kevin Keller
24th place Alex Brenes
23rd place Jim Bechtel
22nd place Aaron Katz
21st place Salim Batshon
20th place Kevin Song
19th place Melvin Weiner

Prize money for 27th through 19th $39,960

3.30pm Day 4 of Final Event.

We just reached the 35 minute lunch break. We have lost a few more players and there are now 30 players left. In the last hour Daniel Negreanu has built his stack into a leading $420,000. Phil Hellmuth has just under $400,000. Steve Riehle is close to $350,000 and Stan Schrier around $350,000 too.

33rd place Barny Boatman
32nd place Scott O'Bryan
31st Carl McKelvey

2.30pm Day 4 of Final Event.

Now down to 33 players. Phil Hellmuth just called a $57,000 all in bet by Chris Bjorin. Phil thought for a good 4 minutes before announcing Chris might have two fours and pushed in the $57,000. He turned over Ace, Ten and Chris turned over Aces. The board was no help for Phil and Chris won the pot. 28th through 36th will all receive $30,000

39th place Mike Magee
38th place Alexander Dietrich
37th place Billy Baxter
36th place Bueno Patrick
35th place Pete Kaufman
34th place Gustano Echeverri

1.30pm Day 4 of Final Event.

We have lost 6 players in the first 1 hour of play. All the following players receive $20,000.

45th place Bill Strothers
44th place David Pham
43rd place Harry Thomas
42nd place Bill Gazes
41st place Dan Alspach
40th place Gene Malatesta

11.45 Day 4 of Final event. $10,000 World Championship

We are just about to start day 4 with 45 players remaining. The chip leader is Henry Nowakowski with $351,000.
The next 9 players to be eliminated will all receive $20,000 in prize money. Stay tuned here for regular updates today.