The dream has ended for Sergio Castelluccio, Bruno Kawauti, Chris Lindh, Fabian Ortiz and Jan Nakladal. The post-dinner action featured numerous changes in the chip lead and now only 13 remain the 2013 World Series of Poker main event.
The first three eliminations occurred at the secondary table with Nakladal's coming quick after players returned. The last Czech standing was coolered in 18th, running Q-Q into the A-A of Matt Reed. This was his first career WSOP cash. Reed used this momentum to jump into the top 10, but is seated in a tough spot with many big stacks surrounding him.
JC Tran headed to break second overall and his picking off Fabian Ortiz's river bluff is what propelled his run to the top. On a board of Ks-9c-7s-4h-6s, Ortiz moved all-in for 2.6 million and Tran tanked. He thought for a few minutes as his opponent sat back in his chair, avoiding eye contact. Finally, Tran put the chips in and Ortiz threw his A-Q dejectedly into the center of the table. Tran flipped over 9-8 and won the pot.
A few hands later, Chris Lindh three-bet all-in over an Marc McLaughlin open and was dominated as McLaughlin showed A-9. Lindh, with 10-9, flopped a gutshot straight draw (Kd-Qd-4d), but couldn't get there. The Goshen, N.Y., native turned Las Vegas resident was the final player at the $357,655 level.
When the final 15 returned from break, Rep Porter got lucky once again to score the elimination of Kawauti. The Brazilian rail got behind Kawauti's 10-10, but was silenced instantly as a seven-high flop gave Porter a set of sevens. Porter started the day 23rd out of 27 and now sits in ninth.
Castelluccio's exit came a few hands later as he ran A-5 into Amir Lehavot's K-K. Lehavot is now leading the field with 13 remaining.
Here are the chip counts:
1. Amir Lehavot (30.3 million in chips)
2. Sylvain Loosli (28.6 million)
3. Jay Farber (24.9 million)
4. JC Tran (22.9 million)
5. Marc McLaughlin (21.7 million)
6. David Benefield (12.3 million)
7. Matthew Reed (10.8 million)
8. Michiel Brummelhuis (8.5 million)
9. Rep Porter (7.8 million)
10. Carlos Mortensen (7.8 million)
11. Mark Newhouse (6.4 million)
12. Ryan Riess (6.1 million)
13. Alexander Livingston (3.9 million)