2007 World Series: Part 3 – Final Table Coverage

July 18, 2007

We overheard Phil Gordon contemplating who would be affected the most by the jumps in prize money. There should be some players who play skittish, but you can guarantee Tuan Lam is not one of them.

Tuan made the biggest jump heading into the Final Table, going from 3.46m to 21.32m. You don’t do that by accident. He won a monster pot against John Armbrust, increasing his stack over 5.5m with a paired board and four spades (he had Js-9s for the second nut flush). He took an 11.5m pot

Tuan entered the day #2 in chips, but Jerry Yang has been the story so far. He moved in twice in the first, pushing Lee Childs off of pocket queens on a baby flop then moving all-in on Philip Hilm to take down a 11.5m pot. He then called Hilm’s all-in on a Kd-Jd-5c-2h board. Hilm had 8d-5d, and Yang showed Ad-Ks which held up. It was first to worst for Hilm, and Yang moved up to 44.88m. He then raised pre-flop and saw Lee Watkinson move all-in for 9.745m. Yang took several minutes to call with A9o vs Watkinson’s A-7o. Watkinson 2-4-6 came on the flop, and the turn king brought Watkinson to three outs. A jack on the river sent a very dangerous Lee Watkinson out in 8th. “I wasn’t playing to move up; I was playing to win,” said Watkinson. This is true of course, but neither Watkinson nor Hilm can do anything now Yang is now up to 55m with a solid chiplead.

Tuan is solidly 2nd in chips with 20.775m. He’s shown over the last three days that he fights for every pot he is in. He’s playing tight in these first dozen hands, in no rush to prove himself to anyone at the table.

Meanwhile, Hevad “RaiNKhaN” Khan and Raymond Rahme are having a hard time getting into a pot. With Jerry Yang playing nearly every pot, Rahme’s tight style and Khan’s low chip stack mean we’ve seen very little action from these two players. Khan pushed two hands in a row during the first level of play, but only picked up the blinds and antes.

Khan’s Rain Dance

The pair clashed once early on, when Khan raised in mid position to 700,000. Rahme hit back with a re-raise to 2.8 million, forcing Khan to fold. Lam, Rahme and Britain’s Jon Kalmar, who have the larger of the remaining stacks behind Yang, could be forgiven for letting Yang to do the dirty work, climb up the ladder and hope to get heads up.

Right now, a lot of people would have you believe it’s a battle for second place. That remains to be seen.


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