The Final Table Revealed at
WPT Championship
Bellagio Casino Hotel and Resort Las Vegas
19 players started the fifth day of play at the World Poker Tour Championship
at the Bellagio. Play continued until only the final six players for the WPT
televised final table remained. With over $30,000,000 of chip in play, players
were not afraid to play pots.

A number of players were not able to make it through the first few hours. The
included Surinder Sunar, Simon Moussa, Patrik Antonius, Erica Schoenberg,
Paul Wasicka, Gary Maresh and Valentino Morella. Play then slowed a bit as
the remaining 12 players fought it out.

Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy was the next player eliminated, followed closely by
Foxwoods Poker Classic champion Victor Ramdin. The final 10 players
consolidated to one table and would battle it out for another two hours.
Carlos Zambrano and Chad Brown were knocked out next, followed by Espen
Saltnes.

This left just seven players to fight for six spots. Few flops were seen for the
next 45 minutes until James Van Alstyne raised $485,000 preflop. A short
stacked Vanessa Rousso moved all in for $1,475,000 and Van Alstyne called.
Van Alstyne showed Ad-Jd but Rousso had him dominated when she turned
over As-Ks. However, the board was not kind to Rousso as it came Qc-6c-3d-
Js-7d. Vanessa Rousso busted the television bubble and earned $263,625 for
her seventh place finish.

The chip counts going into the final table are as follows:

James Van Alstyne
$8,070,000

Joe Bartholdi
$7,135,000

Claus Nielsen
$5,875,000

David Matthew
$5,765,000

Roland De Wolfe
$1,860,000

Men The Master Nguyen
$1,490,000




The final table is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. PST.


Story by Jay Newnum
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