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World Series Of Poker
2004
 World Championship Report
LAS VEGAS
April 23rd - May 28th, 2004

Jesse May Championship Reports : Latest
 
23rd - 28th May - $10,000 World Championship Event (No limit Holdem)
The Prize Pool: $24,214,400 First Place: $5,000,000 Entries: 2576

Day One
  Chip Positions
  (1) MICHEAL LAING $129,525
(2) PAUL KRAUS $127,275
(3) TIMOTHY WHITE $102,325
other notables
JOHN HENNIGAN $74,025
DAVID ULLIOTT $55,050
GARY LENT $53,800
RON ROSE $53,725
P. MARMORSTEIN $47,800
FREDDIE DEEB $38,475
ERIK SEIDEL $34,450
PHIL HELLMUTH $33,350
GARY JONES $32,800
ROSS BOATMAN $31,725
FARZAD BONYADI $25,975
JULIAN GARDNER $24,975
ROBERT VARKONYI $24,975
KENNETH FLATON $23,500
MIKE MATUSOW $21,275
DOYLE BRUNSON $17,850
JOHNNY CHAN $16,850
RUSS HAMILTON $16,325
VICTORIA COREN $14,850
HOWARD LEDERER $13,000
STEVE VLADAR $12,250
DEWEY TOMKO $10,250
JAMES BECHTEL $9,925
ALI SARKESHIK $9,500
MEL JUDAH $9,375
J. SPADAVECCHIA $8,600
BRUNO FITOUSSI $8,525
The World Championship event started at 1 p.m. Saturday 22nd May. With 2600 starters the field is split into two groups, each to play through five levels of antes. Group 1 play Saturday and group 2 on Sunday. Monday the whole field comes together to play down to a winner on Friday.

The huge field reached the capacity of Binion's playing area before Friday's Super-satellites could get underway and so people were actually turned away from entering the Championship.

Johnny World HenniganFour days after picking up a bracelet in the $5000 Limit Holdem, Johnny World Hennigan seems to have kept his playing boots on and is in 5th place although there is still half the field to play. 582 players were left in their seats at the end of the day from the original 1300 (approx) starters.


Structure for Day One and Two
Level Antes Blinds
1 - $25 - $50
2 - $50 - $100
3 - $100 - $200
4 $25 $100 - $200
5 $50 $150 - $300


Each level will last two hours, with a 15-minute break after every level. A 75-minute dinner break will follow the third completed level each day. The field will be split over first two days and will combine on day three. Days three and four will play five levels each. Day five will be played down to 36 players. Day six will be played dow to the final nine players. Play Resumes at noon each day.

Jesse May Championship Reports : Day 1
 
Day Two
  Chip Positions into Day 3
  (1) MICHEAL LAING $129,525
(2) PAUL KRAUS $127,275
(3) CHUCK AGNEW 107,175
(4) TEDDY TUIL 105,075
(5) DAVIN ANDERSON 103,600
(6) TIMOTHY WHITE $102,325
other notables
JOHN HENNIGAN $74,025
LUCIENNE ROKACH $71,850
BOBBY BALDWIN $65,025
DAVID ULLIOTT $55,050
GARY LENT $53,800
RON ROSE $53,725
DANIEL HARRINGTON $51,250
CHRIS FERGUSON $48,875
P. MARMORSTEIN $47,800
PADRAIG PARKINSON $47,425
CHRIS TSIPRAILIDIS $42,050
ANNIE DUKE $39,375
FREDDIE DEEB $38,475
H. DASTMALCHI $34,550
ERIK SEIDEL $34,450
PHIL HELLMUTH $33,350
GARY JONES $32,800
RAM VASWANI $32,550
ROSS BOATMAN $31,725
HARRY DEMETRIOU $31,200
TOM MCEVOY $31,000
FARZAD BONYADI $25,975
JULIAN GARDNER $24,975
ROBERT VARKONYI $24,975
KENNETH FLATON $23,500
MIKE MATUSOW $21,275
DOYLE BRUNSON $17,850
AMARILLO SLIM $17,700
JOHNNY CHAN $16,850
RUSS HAMILTON $16,325
Howard LEDERER $13,000
DEWEY TOMKO $10,250
JAMES BECHTEL $9,925
ALI SARKESHIK $9,500
MEL JUDAH $9,375
After the first two days play the field is down from 2,576 to 1,108. This would still be the largest starting field in history if the tournament would start now.

Average stack size is 23,250. Many of the worlds best are not in the Day 3 line-up. There is no Flack, Phil Ivey or T.J. Cloutier. Neither last years winner and runner-up, Chris Moneymaker and Sam Farha. There are though many previous Champions; Amarillo "Slim", Brunson, Baldwin, McEvoy, Chan, Helmuth, Dastmalchi, Bechtel, Hamilton, Harrington, Ferguson and Varkonyi in the order that they were victorious.

Lucy RokachBritains best lady player, Lucy Rokach, is however exremely well placed to challenge and become the first woman World Champion. She stands with $71,850 and is in the top dozen chip leaders.

Full size picture on the Full Pictures Page


Jesse May Championship Reports : Day 2

Structure for Day Three
Level Antes Blinds
6 $50 $200 - $400
7 $50 $250 - $500
8 $75 $300 - $600
9 $100 $400 - $800
10 $100 $050 - $1000

Day Three
  Chip Positions after Day 3
  (1) ABE MOSSERI $335,300
(2) EDUARD SCHARF $311,600
(3) CHUCK AGNEW $302,500
(4) GREG RAYMER $297,300
(5) MARK WILDS $292,800
(6) DANIEL ALAEI $281,000
(7) SAM LIBICKII $268,100
(8) BRAD PIERCE $264,900
(9) TONY SALORIOI $250,500
(10) J.C. TRAN $233,700
(11) JOHN MURPHY $229500
(12) FRANK BRABEC $227800
other notables
(20) JULIAN GARDNER $202,500
(21) MARCEL LUSKE $201,000
(41) LUCY ROKACH $158,400
(46) GARY JONES $149,900
(50) D. HARRINGTON $142,000
(58) DOYLE BRUNSON $133,300 (64) C. FERGUSON $127,000
(69) GUS HANSEN $123,100
(104) PHILL GORDON $93,300
(131) DAVID ULLIOTT $77,900

The third day of play saw mayhem and massacre of the top names that had passed the test of the opening day. Previous World Champions Baldwin, McEvoy, Chan, Helmuth, Bechtel and Slim have been eliminated. Full Day 3 chips positions.

Julian GardnerRunner up to Robert Varkonyi two years ago, Britain's Julian Gardner and youngest ever millionaire winner at the WSOP, is in good position at 20th with $202,500.

Full size picture on the Full Pictures Page

In all, the 1108 starters of Day Three were cut down to 276 players who have made it to the middle day of the tournament.
Jesse May Championship Reports : Day 3
Day Four
  Chip Positions after Day 4
  (1) JOHN MURPHY $765,000
(2) JOSH ARIEH $754,000
(3) MARCEL LUSKE $613,000
(4) MICHAEL MCCLAIN $604,000
(5) DAVIN ANDERSSON $598,000
(6) EDUARD SCHARF $564,000
(7) JASON SAGLE $555,000
(8) GARY JONES $536,000
(9) PATRICK OCONNOR $530,000
(10) VINH TRUONG $529,000
other notables
(15) DAN HARRINGTON $479,000
(20) CHRIS FERGUSON $439,000
(23) HARRY DEMETRIOU $394,000
(33) JULIAN GARDNER $343,000
(67) DOYLE BRUNSON $151,000
(74) DAVID ULLIOTT $129,000

There were 276 players finishing day 3 and now we are down to 83 players. The Dutchman, Marcel Luske, a man who has blitzed through many a tournament in Europe is in a strong 3rd place. He started the day in 21st place.

Marcel Luske
Gary JonesGary Jones of London made an even more impressive move from 46th place overnight to 8th place and is a serious contender and well known to be capable of taking on any quality field.

Another Londoner, Harry Demetriou is in 23rd place and Manchester's Julian Gardner sits 33rd.

Three former champions are still in with a chance; Dan Harrington, Chris Ferguson and Doyle Brunson.


Places already paid and prize monies on the Championship Results page. Full chip counts and positions on the Day 4 Chip page and all full size pictures on the A-Z Pictures Page
Jesse May Championship Report: Day Five
Day Five

1 Greg Raymer $1,807,000
2 Dan Harrington $1,536,000
3 Davin Anderson $1,436,000
4 Marcel Luske $1,372,000
5 John Murphy $1,328,000
6 Robert Jarrett $1,310,000
7 Josh Arieh $1,280,000
8 David Williams $1,138,000
9 Michael McClain $1,001,000
10 Chris Ferguson $956,000
11 Eric Van Der Burg $914,000
12 Scott Carpenter $886,000
13 Glenn Hughes $861,000
14 David Troung $848,000
15 Gary Jones $802,000
16 Harry Demetriou $783,000
17 Jason Sagle $712,000
18 Dewey Archer $656,000
19 Richard Fullerton $562,000
20 Mattias Andersson $558,000
21 William Erickson $557,000
22 Al Krux $552,000
23 Eduard Scharf $523,000
24 Martin Feijo $421,000
25 Hung La $396,000
26 Matt Dean $357,000
27 James Grimes $352,000
28 Kevin Bott $340,000
29 Bradley Berman $337,000
30 Julian Gardner $304,000
31 Matt Lefkowitz $290,000
32 Glenn Cooney $190,000
So after five days we are down to 32 from 83 on day four. Nornally the thing would be all over by now but the player who wins this is going to be a true stayer because there is another 2 days of torturously slow play to come.

Dan HarringtonThe very shrewd Dan Harrington seems well poised to silence the critics of what the Championship has become. If this is a crap-shoot then lets all play Craps. Never looking in trouble, Dan made steady jumps upwards through the day, although failing to take Ferguson out having him all-in on low chips at one stage. This is just the sort of tournament for Dan and the previous winner, Chris Ferguson, to do well in with their methodical analysis of what is necessary to get through until into the next day.

No one can rule out Marcel Luske, a mercurial character at the table is ever there was. He got very low and even all-in against a flush draw which didn't arrive. In short fashion he got his chips back to 4th spot from where he will be heard from, no one is in doubt about that.

Gary Jones, high stakes player from London, didn't find much all day to get excited about and cruised along in mid-field and finished in 15th, down from 8th at the start of the day. Harry Demetriou, also from London, is one slot behind him and is one of the most improved players over recent years.

Manchester's Julian Gardner had a hard time of it and sits 30th. Still in with a chance of repeating his 2nd place of 2002.

It all kicks-off at noon Vegas time, 8 p.m. London time, and there is still a long way to go before anyone can make a mistake without it costing them a potential five million dolloars.
Jesse May Championship Report: Day Five
Day Six
  Chip Positions for the Final
  (1) Greg Raymer $8,215,000
(2) Matt Dean$4,920,000
(3) Josh Arieh $3,205,000
(4) Glenn Hughes $2,275,000
(5) Dan Harrington $2,245,000
(6) David Williams $1,575,000
(7) Al Krux $1,305,000
(8) Michael McClain $885,000
(9) Mattias Andersson $740,000
Gardner out 32ndFifth place John Murphy overslept on the most important day of his life and turned up more than 1 hour late. Julian Gardner was first man out after just a quarter of an hour. After the first break they went down to 27 players and just 3 tables.

Ferguson out 26thFerguson had tried an all-in against Gary Jones and come out worst with 4-4 vs K-K. Left with only 3 one thousand piece chips he made several all-in triumphs and got back to near 200k. Finally though his luck could not hold and he went in 26th spot with A-T vs. the 5-5 of Andersson.

Londoner Harry Demetriou called an all-in from Josh Arieh with an Ace matching the flop. Arieh had a straight flush draw and it came. A little later against the same man he got all-in with A-K against A-7 only to see 2 sevens hit the board on 3rd and 4th street. He finishes a very creditable 18th tied with Fullerton.

Immediately after Harry went out and after 5 hours and twenty minutes, the last remaining British player, Gary Jones, played his last hand against Kevin Bott and finished 17th for $175,000.

Marcel Luske out 10thAfter 13 hours, at one in the morning, Marcel Luske found something to do with a pair of 4s and calling Dan Harrington's pre-flop raise with Ace-Jack. When the flop developed Q-8-6 all clubs, Marcel moved 700k all-in (one 4 was a club). Dan was ready to throw away but then re-checked his cards only to find the Ace of Spades was infact Clubs. He called.

Dan Harrington 5th into FinalThe fourth card was a Jack and the River card a blank. Just 45 minutes earlier Luske had been in 4th spot and way ahead of Harrington. He does burn twice as bright and this time half as long. A very professional performance from Harrington, previous champion and 3rd last year in the biggest ever tournament until this one.

Prize Money and places paid so far
Jesse May Report to come..: Latest
The Final

 
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