WSOP Event #33: Final table for PokerStars' Chad Brown
It would have taken a monumental blow-up for Chad Brown to miss out on the final table of the WSOP $10,000 Limit Hold'em. Starting healthy in chips, he had to last two bustouts before the "unofficial" final of ten got under way. Mission accomplished.
I say "unoffical" final table as normaly you might expect nine-handed play, but they have merged the two into one and set up on the secondary feature stage area for the benefit of the rail and the TV cameras.
Team PokerStars Pro Brown had a nice start to this afternoon's session, adding 210,000 to his stack, which soon after they started the final saw him top the leaderboard currently with 755,000. Matt Hawrilenko (who just tabled a Royal Flush) is hot on his heels with 750,000.
The two fallers required to get us down to one table were Jennifer Harman and Mario Ho, meaning each of the surviving ten are now guaranteed at least $41,040, a figure that now leaps up with every elimination until the last man standing gets to receive $460,836 in crisp US banknotes (although they may prefer a wire transfer).
Brown is a confident chap any way, but he is totally focussed on the task ahead this afternoon - to carry his slim chip leads all the way to heads-up, and then to the WSOP bracelet. But he admitted: "This may take a while, though, because the structure is so good."
It will be Team PokerStars Pros' first bracelet if he can bag it, although our players have come agonisingly close. John Duthie finished runner-up in the $10,000 Heads-up World Championship yesterday, Alex Kravchnko was fifth in the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha H-Low 8 or better, Greg Raymer came third in the $40,000 No Limit, an event in which PokerStars player Isaac Haxton ended runner-up, and of course Daniel Negreanu came close early in the Series with two final tables, missing out when he finished second and fourth in two events.
Then there was Team PokerStars Mexico Pro Angel Guillen, who finished runner up in the $2,500 No Limit, and is now homing in on today's $2,000 No Limit final table.
I'd say we are due a bracelet, and Chad Brown may well be the man to bring it home today.
Here were the official chip counts as the final ten got under way, shortly before Brown took an early lead:
Daniel Alaei 800,000
Matt Glantz 780,000
Chad Brown, Team PokerStars Pro, 760,000
Matt Hawrilenko 700,000
Michiel Brummelhuis 500,000
Greg Mueller 485,000
Pat Pezzin 450,000
Soheil Shamseddin 400,000
Kenny Hsiung 400,000
Mark Klecan 260,000