After three days of strong battle among 290 players, Day Four of the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Showdown witnessed only 32 players in their seats. Out of those 32 players, there were five unfortunate players who could not make any cash for the day’s efforts and the remaining 27 players were guaranteed a payday of $27,056.
The fourth day’s play began with Day Two chip leader Clyde Hinton knocking out Gordon Vayo, when Vayo’s off suit Q-7 couldn’t draw level to Hinton’s A-6. Very soon, Jason Koon knocked Alie Prescott out through the “bubble boy” move when Koon’s pocket Jacks held up over Prescott’s pocket nines.
Later the game turned into a battle ground of attacks, knockouts, eliminations and leads. Since everybody was eyeing at the big prize money of over $770,000. In the first, Joe Serock attacked Daryl Jace and knocked him out in 26th place and then took a big pot from Hinton. When Serock was close to 900K mark with the chip lead, he started playing very aggressively and took some chips from Day Three chip leader Wiliam brown. Finally, he became the first player of the tournament to reach the one million chip mark.
As the day passed and the players continued to grab the chips, Serock had to face his closest competitor Robert Georato, Tommy Vedes who made the final table of this tournament last year knocked out Michael Lind in 22nd place to reach the 500K mark, and John Dolan continued his outstanding excellence and took some chips from Serock.
Further, like Serock, Georato also reached the million chip mark in a big hand against Brown. And when Brown raised and leveled Georato and Hinton, Brown moved elimination bet after a Hinton check. Soon after that Georato exerted vigorously up to 100K and, after Hinton gave up, Brown made the winning call.
Now it was the time for remaining five players to come on the turn. And when Brown checked again, Georato put the price at 140K in chips. Again when Brown called for a check for a third time, Georato put his third call worth 200K. But a quick call from Brown helped Georato turn up pocket sixes for the flopped set and move over the one million mark. This wrong move of Brown puts him out to only 140,000 in chips and soon he ended up finishing nineteenth place. Further Georato knocked Hinton out in eighteenth place and Kyle Bowker eliminated Scott Zakheim in seventeenth place. And as Jimmy Tran escorted Zach Clark to exit door in a cruel manner, the remaining fifteen players also called it off for the day’s action.
After all the chips were finally bagged up, Serock topped the below list holding the chip lead:
1. Joe Serock, 1.061 million
2. Robert Georato, 1.054 million
3. Kyle Bowker, 980,000
4. John Dolan, 900,000
5. Ravi Raghavan, 672,000
6. Craig Bergeron, 650,000
7. Fred Goldberg, 617,000
8. Jimmy Tran, 593,000
9. Jess Yawitz, 542,000
10. Tommy Vedes, 378,000
By the end of Day Four plays, the players are now planning how they could particularly survive long on Sunday. The players will as a final point work their way down to the official WPT final table of six players. It is also expected that the two players from last year’s final table would also join the battle. However, Vedes and Justin Zaki, made a return trip, but Zaki is believed to start Sunday’s play as the shortest stack remaining (204K).