Play went on for 12 hours on Thursday in Event #24 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max tournament. In the end, the action was paused until 1:00pm Pacific Time on Friday with two people remaining: Kevin 1SickDiseaseEyster (pictured) and Pierre Neuville.
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In case you’re wondering why the two didn’t play down to a winner on Thursday, WSOP coverage explained, “Per World Series of Poker rules, after 10 levels of play, the remaining players are allowed to continue for one more level if they unanimously agree, and Neuville was a bit tired and declined to continue. Eyster, who has a more than two-to-one chip advantage, briefly protested, but there was nothing the American could do.” Eyster won the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown in April 2013.
Third place went to Andrew luckychewy Lichtenberger (pictured), who called all-in after much deliberation on a board of 4-Q-Q-3-K. As WSOP staff vividly narrated about Lichtenberger’s tank, “He sat back in his chair, resting his head on his hand as he riffled chips with the other and studied both the board and Eyster. For the better part of three minutes, the only sound you could hear in the Mothership was Lichtenberger’s chips going up and down. Up and down. Up and down.”
When the cards were flipped over, Lichtenberger had A-8, while Eyster showed 10-10. Lichtenberger made $242,000 and reached his first WSOP final table in two years. You might remember that “Chewy” took 18th in the 2009 WSOP Main Event for a half-million dollars.
Bryn BrynKenney Kenney finished in fourth place after running A-5 into Neuville’s A-9. The hand was not without some drama, however, as Kenney flopped a five, but Neuville turned a nine to retake the lead. The final card was a blank and Kenney exited $160,000 richer for his wear.
Here’s how the chip stacks look entering Friday’s restart of Event #24:
1. Kevin 1SickDiseaseEyster – 5,515,000
2. Pierre Neuville – 2,605,000
Meanwhile, Event #26, a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em contest, has longtime PocketFiver and WSOP bracelet winner Ryan gutshtallinWelch (pictured) at the top with 1.55 million in chips, almost double the second place stack. Welch hit it big during the final level of the tournament on Thursday after 6betting all-in pre-flop with aces and receiving a taker in Anthony holdplz Spinella, who had A-K of spades. Spinella was drawing dead by the river and Welch scored a monster double-up.
There are a half-dozen PocketFivers in the final 12 of Event #26, which is scheduled to play down to a winner today:
1. Ryan gutshtallinWelch – 1,524,000
2. Dan KingDan Smith – 887,000
3. Reed calbears22 Goodmiller – 862,000
4. Jonas Wexler – 612,000
5. Eric Rappaport – 588,000
6. Christopher Symesko – 491,000
7. Michael Bonzo9876 Katz – 439,000
8. Will Failla – 421,000
9. Geremy Eiland – 420,000
10. Heinz zhiv Kamutzki – 358,000
11. Andrew Rennhack – 358,000
12. Tony DrunkPPlaya Gargano – 216,000