Event #62: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
Event #62: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
Day 4 completed

That's It for Day 4: Lane Leads; Defending Champion Merson Still Alive

[user68268] • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Jon Lane
Jon Lane

What a day of poker that has wrapped up in the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event. Today was Day 4 of the greatest tournament of the year, and it was a barn burner to say the least. The money bubble burst, a record was tied, a living legend busted, stars emerged, and the defending champion survived — all in just five levels of play.

Let's first start with the money bubble, as that's where it all mattered to start the day. Coming into Day 4, 666 players remained. Only 648 of those would cash, and that meant 18 competitors would be sent packing with nothing to show for their long days of effort. The player earning the most unwanted title of the tournament, bubble boy, was three-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Farzad Bonyadi.

In Level 16 with the blinds at 2,500/5,000/500, Bonyadi got involved in a hand with Nick Schwarmann, who had raised to 12,000 preflop in middle position. Bonyadi called in position on his opponent, and the two players saw the flop come down {J-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{3-Spades}. Schwarmann checked, Bonyadi bet 14,000, and Schwarmann check-raised to 37,000. Bonyadi called.

The turn was the {10-Spades}, and Schwarmann led with 54,000. Bonyadi called, and the river completed the board with the {K-Hearts}. Schwarmann put Bonyadi all in, and according to Schwarmann after the hand, Bonyadi snap-called. After all other tables had finished action, the hands were revealed to show Bonyadi with the {A-Spades}{J-Clubs} and Schwarmann with the {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}. Bonyadi had but a pair of jacks, and Schwarmann had a Broadway straight to win the hand.

Two players to reach the money were Ronnie Bardah and Christian Harder. By making it to a cash, both had done so for the fourth year in a row in the Main Event, tying the record held by Chris Bjorin. Harder went on to finish in 608th place for $19,106 while Bardah made it to the bag-and-tag portion of the night and will return for Day 5 with 932,000 in chips.

With all of the remaining 648 players in the money, the eliminations came fast and furious, but none were more notable than 10-time WSOP gold bracelet winner and two-time Main Event champion Doyle Brunson.

In Level 18 with the blinds at 4,000/8,000/1,000, Brunson called all in with the {K-Diamonds}{10-Spades} against the {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs} for Sergei Stazhkov. The board ran out {7-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{A-Clubs}, and Brunson was eliminated to a standing applause from the entire tournament room.

Throughout the day, many players took a turn at holding the chip lead. With every new level brought two or three more players swapping out time spent holding the top spot. At the end of the night, though, it was Jon Lane leading the way, but he wasn't the only player to advance with heavy artillery. Grayson Ramage (2,438,000), Amir Lehavot (1,783,000), David Benefield (1,675,000), Rachid Ben Cherif (1,649,000), Jackie Glazier (1,595,000), Rep Porter (1,526,000), Joshua Prager (1,237,000) and Annette Obrestad (1,186,000) all finished well into the seven figures.

Lane snatched the chip lead when he busted Nicholas Immekus in Level 20 in a pot worth more than 1,000,000. Lane's {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} held against Immekus' {A-Clubs}{4-Clubs} to vault him to 2,700,000 in chips, and he went on to bag up 2,839,000.

Although not doing quite as well as some of his competitors, the defending champion Greg Merson is very healthy moving forward after bagging up 635,000 in chips. Merson was seated on multiple feature tables throughout the day, and played a steady, solid game of poker. Merson began the day with 390,000 in chips, making for a nice addition of 245,000 on the day. At the conclusion of Day 4 last year, Merson finished on 376,000 with 282 players remaining. As the story goes, Merson went on to win the event, and could very well be celebrating 19 months sober with another spectacular Main Event splash.

Day 5 will commence on Saturday at 12 p.m. local Las Vegas time. With 239 players remaining, the field should easily work it's way down to under 100 players, and you won't want to miss a thing. Be sure to keep it locked right here to PokerNews for all the coverage from the 2013 WSOP Main Event as we bring it to you live. Until tomorrow, goodnight from Las Vegas!

Tags: Amir LehavotAnnette ObrestadChris BjorinChristian HarderDavid BenefieldDoyle BrunsonFarzad BonyadiGrayson RamageGreg MersonJackie GlazierJon LaneJonathan LaneJosh PragerJoshua PragerNicholas ImmekusNick SchwarmannRachid Ben CherifRep PorterRonnie BardahSergei StazhkovWSOP Main Event

End-of-Day-4 Counts (full)

[user101598] • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Jon Lane us 2,839,000
Sami Rustom us 2,485,000 -96,000
Grayson Ramage us 2,438,000 3,000
Victor Cianelli US 2,197,000 47,000
Seaver Kyaw US 2,060,000 100,000
Yann Dion ca 2,025,000 195,000
Kevin Williams GB 2,007,000 1,034,000
Vincent Robert fr 1,976,000 -49,000
Robert Sichelstiel us 1,910,000 430,000
Ami Alibay ca 1,890,000 -300,000
Brett Richey us 1,817,000 82,000
Clement Tripodi fr 1,808,000 298,000
Philip Long gb 1,800,000 1,072,000
Vladimir Geshkenbein ru 1,800,000 -350,000
Amir Lehavot il 1,783,000 253,000
Jason Mann ca 1,780,000 110,000
Somar Al-Darwich DE 1,775,000 275,000
Darryl Ronconi us 1,760,000
David Benefield us 1,675,000 90,000
Rachid Ben Cherif nl 1,666,000 466,000
Bradley Myers us 1,612,000 12,000
Mark Newhouse us 1,611,000 701,000
Jackie Glazier au 1,595,000 73,000
Max Steinberg us 1,591,000 281,000
Ashley Mason GB 1,585,000 1,486,000

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Gazes Finds a Double

BrettC • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Kristy Gazes hasn't gotten involved often today, but she's certainly picked her spots well when she has. With just a few minutes remaining before the end of the day, Gazes three-bet-shoved for 154,000 from the big blind, and the original raiser (Aleksejs Ponakovs) called from early position.

Gazes: {A-Spades}{Q-Spades}
Ponakovs: {A-Hearts}{9-Clubs}

There was very little drama as the board ran out {2-Spades}{10-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{3-Clubs}, giving Gazes the much-needed double.

Aleksejs Ponakovs lv 1,180,000 -275,000
Kristy Gazes us 320,000 120,000

Tags: Aleksejs PonakovsKristy Gazes

Rustom Catches Jaffe Bluffing

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

No more then ten minutes after we caught Jonathan Jaffe scooping a huge pot, he has bluffed most of it away in a huge pot to Sami Rustom. We caught up with the action on the turn, with the board showing {5-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{5-Spades}{8-Diamonds}. Rustom had a bet of 150,000 in front of him, but it was a raise of a previous Jaffe bet, as Jaffe put out a reraise of 235,000 total. Rustom made the call, and the {3-Hearts} came on the river. Jaffe checked it this time to Rustom, and he fired out a bet of 125,000.

Jaffe decided to go the check raise the river route, and put out a raise of 265,000. Rustom went into the tank for a bit before finding a call, and Jaffe announced "queen high," and tabled {q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}. Rustom showed {7-}{5-} for trip fives, and he took down a monster pot off of Jaffe in one of the last hands of the night.

Sami Rustom us 2,581,000 841,000
Jonathan Jaffe us 310,000 -520,000

Tags: Jonathan JaffeSami Rustom

Speta Full House Ends Sherman's Run

Shamus • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

In one of the last hands of the night, Dustin Speta and Adam Sherman were battling over a pot that had reached the turn with the board showing {J-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{6-Spades}. That was when all of Sherman's remaining chips found their way into the middle with him holding {J-Clubs}{10-Clubs}, but alas for him Speta had {J-Diamonds}{J-Spades}, making the river {2-Spades} no matter.

Sherman hit the rail, and afterwards Keanu Tabali joked with Speta that he was nervous on the turn.

"You put him on quads, didn't you?" joked Tabali. "But you said screw it, I'm going with it!" Speta laughed in response.

Dustin Speta CA 620,000 30,000
Adam Sherman US Busted

Tags: Adam ShermanDustin Speta

Glazier Takes More From Merson

[user139916] • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Jackie Glazier opened to 27,000 in early position and Greg Merson defended his big blind.

The flop came down {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{3-Hearts} and Merson checked to Glazier who bet 33,000. Merson check-raised to 102,000, resulting in a Glazier shove with the bigger stack. Merson folded immediately and Glazier took down the pot.

Jackie Glazier au 1,522,000 133,000
Greg Merson us 499,000 -143,000

Tags: Greg MersonJackie Glazier

249th -266th Place

[user139916] • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

These players earned $37,019 for their Main Event finish. Keep an eye on the payouts tab for exact-place finishes.

Scott Dorin US Busted
John Scaife US Busted
Roman Verenko ru Busted
Tzu Yen US Busted
Luke Schwartz gb Busted
Sarah Herzali fr Busted
Dara Davey IE Busted
Dale Roesel US Busted
Roman Shaposhnikov ru Busted
Nikunj Gandhi US Busted
Riccardo Lacchinelli IT Busted
Ryan Fair us Busted
Edgars Augstkalns lv Busted
Marcel Luske nl Busted
Stephane Lacas ca Busted
Jeffrey Ziegler us Busted
Yann Migeon FR Busted
Bruce Guinn US Busted

Tyler Denson Eliminated By Nick Schwarmann

[user139916] • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Tyler Denson shoved from under the gun for 50,000 and found action from Anthony Forsyth-Forrest on the button, who three-bet to 100,000. Nick Schwarmann four-bet from small blind to 185,000, though, chasing out Forsyth-Forrest.

Denson: {J-Spades}{7-Clubs}
Schwarmann: {Q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}

The board ran out {8-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{4-Spades}, no help to Denson, ending his Main Event.

Nick Schwarmann us 690,000 209,000
Anthony Forsyth-Forrest GB 568,000 -139,000
Tyler Denson US Busted

Tags: Anthony Forsyth ForrestNick SchwarmannTyler Denson

Jaffe Wins Lengthy Hand

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Jonathan Jaffe and Adam Sherman were part of a three way flop that read {q-Clubs}{5-Spades}{9-Spades}. The first player checked to Jaffe, who fired out 32,000. Sherman folded, and the other player folded to make it a heads up pot. The turn was the {k-Clubs}, and Jaffe checked this time to Sherman, who fired out 65,000. Jaffe tossed in the call, then things got interesting.

The {6-Clubs} came on the river, and Jaffe thought it over for about a minute before suddenly announcing all in. The pot had about 275,000 and each player was sitting on 500,000 so it was quite an overbet. Sherman immediately rolled his eyes when he heard the bet, and he went deep, deep into the tank. He thought it over for at least six minutes, talking to himself about what Jaffe could have most of the time. All the while, Jaffe sat still without moving a muscle. It hardly looked like he was even breathing he was so still, and Sherman was unable to get a read on him. He continued to talk the hand through, when someone at the table finally called a clock.

As soon as the floor came over, Jaffe suddenly stood up to stretch his legs out and crack his neck. He then sat back down and assumed the same pose, and Sherman, who looked like he was ready to fold two or three time already, finally flicked his cards to the dealer.

The table urged Jaffe to show the bluff. Jaffe smiled, mucked his hand, and said "If I had a bluff I'd show you." A couple players at the table seemed to think that was a bluff, but Jaffe just took in the chips, upping his stack to 830,000.

Jonathan Jaffe us 830,000 620,000
Adam Sherman US 480,000 165,000

Tags: Adam ShermanJonathan Jaffe