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Thursday, June 14, 2007 | Francis Lee


Event 16 at the World Series of poker 2007  was a $2,500 buy-in event playing Limit H.O.R.S.E.  383 players entered the event with a very strong field of players starting out with he likes of Doyle Brunson, Jeffiner Harman, Andy Black, Mike Matusow and J.T Cloutier all entering.  First place was set to win $239,503, paying down to 40th place.

When we reached the final table on day three, Ali Eslami was leading the chip rankings on $507,000 in chips, closely followed by James Richburg on $487,000.  Both players with healthy chips stacks compared to the rest of the field, with their nearest rival Rovert Mizrachi on $262,000, the short stacked player Tom Schneider needed to make a stand early on with only $20,500.

Final Table Chip Rankings:

  • 1st Ali Eslami $507,000
  • 2nd James Richburg $487,000
  • 3rd Robert Mizrachi $262,000
  • 4th Chris Bjorin $227,000
  • 5th Walter Browne $207,500
  • 6th Herb Van Dyke $130,000
  • 7th Hary Kazazian $85,000
  • 8th Tom Schneider $20,500

The first elimination hand came almost straight away at the start of the final table, involving Harry Kazazian, Tom Schneider and Robert Mizrachi in a thee way pot playing Limit Hold’em. Both Kazazian and Schneider was All In after the Flop came down :7d :5c :3s Kazazian shows :jd :10s Schneider had :9c :9s and Mizrachi had :kh :9d The Turn :9h put Schneider in a great position with a set of Nines leaving Kazazian needing an 8 to make a straight, Mizrachi was drawing dead on the last card.  The River :7h improved Scneiders hand to a full house eliminating Kazazian in 8th winning $18,011.  Schneider gained his much needed treble up putting himself in a much better position.

Not long after Herb Van Dyde headed for the rail loosing out to James Richburg.  Van Dyke’s :kc :10d dominated by Richburg with :kh :qh The Flop came down :kd :9d :8c giving both players top pair, neither player improved on the Turn :3s or River :4d giving Richburg the pot having the higher kicker.  Van Dyke won $24,601 for 7th place.

It was Mazrachi’s turn to go out of the tournament, beaten by Chris Bjorin when the game switched to Seven Card Stud.  Mazrachi was all in on the 4th street, Bjorin shows :jd :4d :2d :kd needing a diamond to hit a King high flush, Mizrachi shows :10d :5d :as :7d needing help. The fifth street put Bjorin in the lead coming down with a :kh and Mizrachi’s elimination was confirmed on the 6th street, with Bjorin hitting the diamond he needed to make his flush leaving Mizrachi drawing dead on the the last card.

The next elimination hand came when we got back round to playing Limit Hold’em.  The early chip leader Ali Eslami had a bad run early on and found himself short stacked needing to double up.  Making a stand with :5c :4d he ran into James Richburg with :qd :10s with the Flop coming down :ah :10d :3c The Turn gave Eslami a glimmer of hope coming down with a :5h but this wasn’t enough as the :3s on the River ended Eslami’s tournament going out in 5th place winning $42,612.

This win had put James Richburg in the lead holding $790,000 in chips, followed by Chris Bjorin on $435,000.  Tom Schneider was still on the short stack but had built up to $320,000, doing well having only $20,500 at the start of the final table.

Schneider’s run of good luck came to an end loosing out to James Richburg playing  seven card stud.   Richburg winning the pot with a pair of Kings to Schneider with a pair of Eights.  Schneider looked happy with his 4th place win taking $54,913 having avoided going out in an early position riding it out with his short stack.

Richburg extended his chip lead winning a huge three way pot eliminating Chris Bjorin at the same time.  Bjorin was All In pre Flop leaving Richburg and Walter Browne to continue betting for the side pot.  The Flop came down :8s :6d :2h Browne opens the betting throwing in $20,000 which is rerasied to $40,000 by Richburg.  Browne calls and the Turn card is a :ks Browne checks and then folds to Richburg’s $40,000 bet leaving him the side pot.  Richburg with :ah :2c was in the lead against Bjorin having :js :10h with a pair of Deuces leaving Bjorin needing a Ten or Jack to survive.  The :4d on the River gave Richburg the pot knocking Bjorin out in 3rd place wining $83,467.

James Richburg’s huge chip advantage over Walter Browne at heads up eventually told, with the elimination hand coming whist playing Razz.  Richburg winning the pot having :6s :4d :3d :2c :as against Browne with Ten low.  James Richburg won $239,503 for this win, his second WSOP bracelet in consecutive years having won last years Razz event.

WSOP 2007 Event 16 Final Standings:

  • 1st - James Richburg - $239,503
  • 2nd - Walter Browne - $131,790
  • 3rd - Chris Bjorin - $83,467
  • 4th - Tom Schneider - $54,913
  • 5th - Ali Eslami - $42,612
  • 6th - Robert Mizrachi - $32,069
  • 7th - Herb Van Dyke - $24,601
  • 8th - Harry Kazazian - $18,011

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