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Saturday, June 9, 2007 | Francis Lee


The ninth event at the World Series of Poker 2007  was an Omaha Hi-Low $1,500 buy in event, played in the new Poker Pavillion Tent set up just outside the Amazon poker room.  690 players entered the tournament taking the total prize pool up to $941,850.  The top 63 paid places were set out and $228,446 to go to the winner.

At the start of play conditions inside the tent weren’t the best, with heavy winds making the tent shake causing a few of the over head lights to swing about, a set up that definatly needs a re-think for future events.  With the large number of players in attendance this made the temperate with in the tent to rise very quickly, so it wasn’t the most comfortable surroundings to be in.

Even so there was a lot of the big named poker pro’s entering this event.  Greg Raymer started out sat next to Todd Brunson, which neither of them would have been happy about.  Jim Meehan, Jeff Madsen, Scotty Nguyen and Huck Seed were also seen getting ready, taking there seats for the start of play.

The playing field was reduced to 180 players after the first days play, with the bubble bursting half way through the second day.  After  the second days play, it was John Varner who was in the chip lead holding $589,000 in chips, Bryan Andrews was on the short stack on $120,000.  The final table was scheduled to seat the final 9 players, but because Ron Ware and Richard Ashby was eliminated on the same hand in 9th and 10th , this meant we were down to only eight players.

Final Table Chip Standings:

  • 1st John Varner $589,000
  • 2nd Jordan Morgan $325,000
  • 3rd J.R. Reiss $260,000
  • 4th Yueqi Zhu $248,000
  • 5th Alex Kravchenko $197,000
  • 6th Bryan Devonshire $186,000
  • 7th Jeffrey Calkins $154,000
  • 8th Bryan Andrews $120,000

The table started out very slowly to start with, then with in a space of an hour we lost five players.  First Jeff Calkins on the short stack went in 8th place winning $18,837, loosing against two players checking down through the cards, both splitting the pot with the high and low hands.

Then in consecutive hands Jordan Morgan and Yeuqi Zhu headed for the rail.  Morgan going out against three callers on his All In move and missing the board completely.  Zhu went out against Bryan Adams having :6d :7s :7d :8c The board was all high giving Adams a set of jacks taking the pot.  Morgan won $25,430 in 8th and Zhu took $33,907 in 7th place.

Bryan Devonshire knocked out Bryan Andrews in a big pot.  Devonshire hit a full house on the Flop and sucked Andrews into the pot eventually calling his All In bet after the River.  Andrews won $43,796 in 6th.

Ten minutes after this hand we were down the three players, J.R.Reiss, Alex Kravchenko and John Varner entered a three way pot with Reiss being All In.  Reiss was eliminated from the tournament as he had the second best high hand beaten by Varner, and the second best low hand beaten by Kravchenko.  Reiss took home $60,749 in 4th place.

Down to three players and Devonshire was leading the chip rankings on $950,000 in chips, followed by Alex Kravchenko on $655,000.  John Varner was on the short stack on $485,000.  Kravchenko took control of the table from this point onwards,  taking the chip lead reaching just over 1 million in chips, crippling John Varner in the process.

Varner was the next person to go loosing out against Bryan Devonshire.  Devonshire Flopped a flush and Varner didn’t recover on the Turn or River knocking him out in 3rd place winning $92,301.

Kravchenko dominated heads up play and forced Devonshire to make a stand seven hands in.  Devonshire All In pre Flop with pocket Aces and good low cards as back up was looking in a good position.
Kravchenko’s cards = :ad :10s :9d :4h
Devonshire’s cards = :ac :as :8s :5c
It continued to look good for Devonshire after the Flop with it coming down :4c :qh :qc giving him two pairs (aces and queens), and the possibility of a Flush, with no chance of Kravchenko getting a low hand.  The Turn changed everything coming down with the :4d giving Kravchenko trip fours putting him in the lead, with there now being no possibility of a low hand for Devonshire.  The :8d on the River confirmed Alex Kravchenko as the winner of event nine taking $228,446 and the WSOP gold bracelet.

WSOP 2007 Event 9 Final Standings:

  • 1st  Alex Kravchenko $228,446
  • 2nd Bryan Devonshire $140,336
  • 3rd John Varner $92,301
  • 4th J.R.Reiss $60,749
  • 5th Bryan Andrews $43,796
  • 6th Yueqi Zhu $33,907
  • 7th Jordan Morgan $25,430
  • 8th Jeffery Calkins $18,837

Win your seat at the WSOP 2007 main event, by entering the many online freerolls on offer at Full Tilt, Pacific Poker and Party Poker over the next couple of weeks.  Check out our freerolls page for full details.



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