WSOP Event #45: PokerStars' JC Alvarado targets final table

wsop2009_thn.gifWhatever happens for the remainder of the WSOP, this year's Series will be remembered as a great one for Team PokerStars Mexico Pro. Angel Guillen became only the second Mexican ever to win a bracelet in the $2,000 No Limit Hold'em, and that coming just weeks after he finished runner-up in the $2,500 No Limit. Through both finals his team mate and good buddy JC Alvarado supported him from the rail.

Now it's JC who is closing in on a final table of his own. With just 14 players remaining, he's second in chips going into day three of the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em and looking for a strong finish.

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JC Alvarado

Already guaranteed a $43,091 pay day, he is desperate to zero in on the $633,335 first prize, but first he and the rest of the field need to do something about runaway chip leader John Kabbaj from the UK.

JC was so close to being joined today by two more PokerStars players. Vanessa Rousso bust in 15th ($43,091) after a tremendous run, and will count herself very unlucky not to be back for day three. On a 5♣9♦4♣ flop she and Eugene Todd got it all in - she had [10d]9♠, he 9♣8♦, meaning Vanessa was nicely ahead. But the 8♣ on the turn gave the pot to Todd.

Out one place earlier in 16th was Team PokerStars Germany Pro Florian Langmann ($32,209), when his pocket sixes ran into Billy Kopp's pocket aces.

Here are the official chip counts going in to the final day's play:

John Kabbaj, 2,226,000
JC Alvarado, Team PokerStars Mexico Pro, 924,000
Billy Kopp, 772,000
Eric Baldwin, 713,000
Isaac Haxton, 660,000
Davidi Kitai, 581,000
Kirill Gerasimov, 550,000
Ken Lennaard, 467,000
Darryll Fish, 368,000
Eugene Todd, 351,000
Michael Kamran, 261,000
Jason Lester, 240,000
Mohsin Charania, 224,000
Thomas Pettersson, 121,000

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Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein comes back to today's day two of the $2,500 Mixed Hold'em as chip leader with 177,000. With 67 players left and the chip average at 57,000, Daniel Negreanu (101,000) and Ylon Schwartz (63,900) are also in the running.