More WSOP 2008 Main Event Updates. Hellmuth and Matusow out

Day 6 is over and we’re down to the last 3 tables with only 27 players left.

All the big names left in the tournament were knocked out today. Here are the eliminations:

  • 64th place: Victor Ramdin — $96,500
  • 45th place: Phil Hellmuth — $154,401
  • 30th place: Mike “The Mouth” Matusow — $193,000

I really wanted to see either Hellmuth or Matusow make the final table. Sadly, it isn’t too be.

Phil Hellmuth caused some controversy at the tables today. In the last hand of play last night, he was given a one-orbit ban for losing his temper. He lost his temper in a hand with Christian Dragomir when Dragomir cracked Phil’s Ace-King with Ten-Four suited.

This morning when play continued, Phil was at the tables playing his cards. The ban had been overruled. “Warnings and penalties are intended to correct inappropriate behavior and our rulings should be as fair as possible, given the circumstances,” said Jeffrey Pollack, Commissioner of the WSOP. “In this instance, the punishment did not fit the crime.”

It is a bit harsh to give a player a ban for the next day of play, seeing as he would definitely have calmed down for the next day’s play. However, I wonder if the ban would have been lifted had it been an unknown player. Did Phil get special treatment for being an 11 time WSOP bracelet winner?

Phil got knocked out when his Ace-Queen offsuit lost to Andrew Rosskamm’s pocket Jacks. The two players were allin preflop. Hellmuth earned $154,400 for his 45th-place finish, bringing his WSOP career total earnings to $6,008,145. After politely shaking the hands of his tablemates, Hellmuth exited the tournament area with a storm of obscenities, cursing his inability to “catch a break.”

Matusow Takes a Wrong Turn, Eliminated in 30th Place ($193,000)

Right before the players went on break, Paul Snead raised to 200,000 and Mike Matusow repopped it to 660,000 from the big blind. Snead made the call and the flop came A A 5. Both players checked and the turn brought the 9, the card of death as far as Matusow was concerned. He bet 500,000 and Snead shoved all in. Matusow made the call and showed down A J for a set. Unfortunately for “The Mouth,” Snead turned over A 9 for a full house on the turn. Matusow needed a jack to survive, but the K fell on the river and the biggest name left in the main event took a sick beat and made his exit in 30th place.

Bad luck Mike, better luck next year.

Here are the remaining players in the event:

Table 1

Seat 1: Joe Bishop — 4,855,000
Seat 2: Peter Eastgate — 9,325,000
Seat 3: Gert Andersen — 6,740,000
Seat 4: Kelly Kim — 8,840,000
Seat 5: Brandon Cantu — 4,740,000
Seat 6: Dean Hamrick — 2,375,000
Seat 7: Ivan Demidov — 4,965,000
Seat 8: Niklas Flisberg — 1,330,000
Seat 9: Michael Carroll — 1,015,000

Table 2

Seat 1: Scott Montgomery — 4,320,000
Seat 2: Tim Loecke — 2,280,000
Seat 3: Anthony Scherer — 2,385,000
Seat 4: Owen Crowe — 3,800,000
Seat 5: Craig Marquis — 11,460,000
Seat 6: Ylon Schwartz — 3,655,000
Seat 7: Paul Snead — 6,600,000
Seat 8: Tiffany Michelle — 9,755,000
Seat 9: Phi Nguyen — 1,020,000

Table 3

Seat 1: Jason Riesenberg — 3,405,000
Seat 2: Darus Suharto — 4,510,000
Seat 3: Chris Klodnicki — 6,245,000
Seat 4: Toni Judet — 5,000,000
Seat 5: Nicholas Sliwinski — 4,925,000
Seat 6: David Rheem — 8,280,000
Seat 7: Dennis Phillips — 11,910,000
Seat 8: Albert Kim — 3,675,000
Seat 9: Aaron Gordon — 1,790,000

Read more at CardPlayer.

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6 responses to “More WSOP 2008 Main Event Updates. Hellmuth and Matusow out

  1. Out of the “November Nine”, 6 of them are PokerStars players. If there’s any doubt who qualifies the most amount of players to the WSOP, this should now clear it up. In fact almost one-third of the field qualified through Pokerstars. Impressive.

  2. I wouldn’t want to be playing at Stars if that’s how good their players are.
    Poker’s about making money, not losing money while trying to gain respect. Number one lesson in poker.
    PartyPoker and TowerGaming have way more fish.

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