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The Poker Action at the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table

With an enthusiastic crowd in attendance and a lot of action on the poker felt to entertain them, the 2009 world series of poker (WSOP) Main Event played down to seven participants before heading off to a two-hour dinner break at 7:00 p.m. on November 7th, 2009. Play started after 1:00 p.m. and it started slowly.

There was not much player movement on the overall leaderboard until short stacked British poker pro James Akenhead made his move. Akenhead shipped it in with king-queen and was called by Beg Begleiter before poker pro Eric Buchman re-raised. Begleiter folded and Buchman showed an ace-king.

It appeared that Akenhead would be the first one to go home before he hit a queen on the river and the boisterous crowd of British poker enthusiasts went nuts. But it was not a good night for Akenhead as he ran kings into the aces of Kevin Schaffel. Eventually, Akenhead put threes up against the nines of Schaffel and busted out in 9th place, cashing in for $1,263,602.

Akenhead said that he is very disappointed although he is happy that he was able to perform well even if he is the short stack. Frenchman Antoine Saout doubled up to get back into the game and although Kevin Schaffel rode his aces over kings to get there with Saout, the very same card hand would be his downfall later on. This time, he got it in with the kings of Buchman and looked prepared to double up into a spot just behind overall chip leader Darvin Moon.

But a king on the flop and on the turn gave quads to Buchman and sealed Schaffel's fate. Schaffel finished in 8th place for $1,300,228. Schaffel said that there is nothing that he can do since it is a very good flop. Darvin Moon still possessed the overall chip lead when the seven hand play started but that did not last long.

In a bizarre hand, he check-raised Begleiter to fifteen million on a four high flop with a pair of spades and almost eleven million chips already in the prize pot, only to fold Begleiter shoved for 6 million more. After that hand, Buchman moved into the lead with Begleiter in 2nd place and Moon in 3rd place, although Moon picked up some extra chips to move back into 2nd place before the break.

Saout sat in 4th place at the break and through some aggressive and smart play, Phil Ivey had chipped up to 5th place. A once short stacked Joe Cada also use aggressive play to place himself in 6th position. The 2009 WSOP Main Event champion will be crowned on November 9th, 2009 with an $8.5 million 1st place cash prize on the line.


11/24/2009, Tuesday
Sherry Barlow

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