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Thursday, June 7, 2007 | Francis Lee


A total of 910 people entered the 6th event of The World Series of Poker 2007, a $1,500 buy in event with a prize pool of $1,242,715.  The winner was set to take just over $280,000 with up to 90 places being paid.

Across the Amazon Card Room you could see some very well known poker players looking to get there hands on the WSOP gold bracelet.  J.C.Tran Player of the Year winner, Mark Gregorich noted to be one of the best Omaha players in the world.  Phil Hellmuth looking for his 11th bracelet win, yet to make a final table this year but its still early days. 

After two days play Gary Styczynski had built his chip stack up to $817,000, holding a healthy chip lead with his nearest rival James Gorham on $632,000.  Peter O’Donnell needed to make a good start being on the short stack with $55,000

Final Table Chip Standings:

  • 1st Gary Styczynski $817,000
  • 2nd James Gorham $632,000
  • 3rd Hansu Chu $389,000
  • 4th Soheil Stampeding $303,000
  • 5th James Holland $163,000
  • 6th Varouzhan Gumroyan $148,000
  • 7th Michael Banks $135,000
  • 8th Dariush Imani $109,000
  • 9th Peter O’Donnell $55,000

Two players were eliminated within the first half hour on this final table, Dariush Imani on the very first hand pushed with pocket tens, unfortunately for him he ran into pocket Aces, going out in 9th winning $16,148.  Then Pete O’Donnell’s pocket sixes were beaten easily by Varouzhan Gumroyan with pocket tens.  The Board :10c :9s :2s :5d :8c gave Gumroyan a set and O’Donnell was out in 8th wining $22,359.

Only four hands later Michael Banks was unlucky to be the third player to head for the rail.  All In with :ad :qd he was up against Gary Styeznski with :kc :qc and was looking good to take down the pot.  The Flop :ah :qs :jd gave Banks two pair but Styeznski had outs needing a ten for a straight.  The Turn :2c was no help to either player, but the killer River :10s eliminated Banks in 7th taking home $30,433.

Then it was James Holland’s turn to be unlucky going out in 6th  place winning $40,991.  Holding pocket kings he was beaten by Gumroyan with :ad :qd Gumroyan hit trips with the Flop and Turn coming down :qc :9s :7c :qs and Holland needed one of the last two kings left in the deck, to come down on the river to survive.  The :8s confirmed his exit and he didn’t look best pleased with the result.

Not long after this we were down to three, in consecutive hands both James Gorham and Soheil Shamseddin fell victim to Gary Styczynski’s loose play.  First Gorham All in with :ad :8d was eliminated against :jd :4c with the board showing :2c :2d :2h :jh :9h giving Styczynski a full house.  Then Shamseddin’s :ac :kc was busted by :qd :3d with Styczynski hitting a Broadway straight with the board coming down :ks :10d :6s :jd :as Gorham won $53,412 and Shamsedin took $75,771 in 4th.

Gary Styczynski was the chip leader at this point on 1.4 million in chips followed by Gumroyan on 1million.  Hansu chu was in danger of going out next, only having $170,000 on the short stack.

Third place was quickly decided with Hnasu going All In with :ah :3s He was up against Gumroyan holding :ad :10h Hansu’s cause wasn’t helped by the Flop :qh :10c :7d needing help on both Turn and River.  The :8h and :2d confirmed his elimination winning $114,278 in 3rd place.

The chip count was almost level between the two finalists both on around 1.3million in chips.  This was to change very quickly for Gumroyan loosing two big pots in a row taking him down to just $350,000.  He did well to come back at Styczynski, but eventually he lost out mainly down to Styczynski’s aggressive play.  After the Flop :10c :9s :5d Gumroyan found himself in the lead All In with :ad :3c up against :jc :8d The Turn changed everything coming down :qc and the meaningless River :jd gave Gary Styczynski  $280,715 1st place prize, and his very own WSOP gold bracelet.

WSOP 2007 Event 6 Final Standings:

  • 1st Gary Styczynski $280,715
  • 2nd Varouzhan Gumroyan $177,627
  • 3rd Hansu Chu $114,278
  • 4th Soheil Stampeding $75,771
  • 5th James Gorham $53,412
  • 6th James Holland $40,991
  • 7th Michael Banks $30,433
  • 8th Pete O’Donnell $22,359
  • 9th Dariush Imani $16,148

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