After Charles Walton was eliminated in fifth place, the four remaining players decided to make an adjusted payout deal. Ruth Abbott took this lead with her KO of Walton and earned $6,049 as the Event 5 champion. Diane LePera booked $5,500 for second place followed by Michael Moore with $4,600 and Steven Cohen’s $4,500.
It was a great way to close out the series and head into the new year.
Chip counts at the time and results:
Ruth Abbott – 3,050,000
Diane LePera – 2,195,000
Michael Moore – 1,465,000
Steven Cohen – 1,340,000
1st: Ruth Abbott – $6,049
2nd: Diane LePera – $5,500
3rd: Michael Moore – $4,600
4th: Steven Cohen – $4,500
Charles Walton open-shoved for 975,000 from under the gun and Ruth Abbott called from the cutoff. The button and blinds released and Walton was the player at risk.
Walton needed some help to double, caught a piece of the flop, but could not finish the comeback on the turn or river to exit in fifth place.
Ruth Abbott – 3,050,000
Charles Walton – Eliminated in 5th Place ($2,008)
Charles Walton open-shoved for 835,000 from under the gun and the move made it around to Ryan O’Connell in the small blind. He called all in for 730,000 and was the player at risk.
O’Connell was dominated and found no love on the run out to exit in seventh place.
Charles Walton – 1,685,000
Ryan O’Connell – Eliminated in 7th Place ($1,339)
Danny Focarelli opened to 150,000 from the cutoff and Diane LePera called from the small blind to the flop. LePera checked, Focarelli moved all in for 735,000 and LePera called after a short think.
LePera was ahead with top pair nines and needed to fade hearts, kings, and queens to knock Focarelli out. The turn changed nothing and Focarelli was sent out after the river.
Diane LePera – 2,750,000
Danny Focarelli – Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,004)
Diane LePera limped from early position and William Slovinsky shipped all in for 285,000 from middle position. The move made it around to Michael Moore and he called in the small blind before LePera surrendered.
It was a fair race but Slovinsky could not pull ahead as the board ran out to send him off the final table.
Michael Moore – 1,950,000
William Slovinsky – Eliminated in 10th Place ($435)
Leon Motola opened to 100,000 and called a big three-bet from Ryan O’Connell in the small blind to see the flop. O’Connell checked, Motola tossed in 175,000 and O’Connell put him all in for the 65,000 he had behind. Motola called at risk and in trouble.
Motola was in a lot of trouble but the turn bailed him out. The river finished and O’Connell was not happy as Motola stacked up his chips.
Leon Motola – 1,100,000
Ryan O’Connell – 1,550,000
Seat 1: Steven Cohen
Seat 2: Ryan O’Connell
Seat 3: Charles Walton
Seat 4: Ruth Abbott
Seat 5: Danny Focarelli
Seat 6: Michael Moore
Seat 7: Eric Ahn
Seat 8: Diane LePera
Seat 9: Leon Motola
Seat 10: William Slovisky
11th: Tom Schmidt – $435
12th: Joseph Guerino – $435
13th: Adam Aboulkhair – $368
14th: Viral Mehta – $368
15th: Blain Thomas – $368
16th: Carlos Figueroa-Fernandez – $335
After a 30-hand bubble, it took Event 5 less than a level to reach the last two tables. They went on a short color up break shortly after making the money then dropped down to only 16 players remaining. April Motta doubled on the bubble but had to settle for a 26th place finish and Event 4 champ Michael Rosenbaum fell short of another victory when he went out in 24th place.
17th: Michael Rosner – $335
18th: Edward Grant – $335
19th: Robert Camano – $301
20th: Evan Barnett – $301
21st: Moshe Bernstein – $301
22nd: Hunter Marchlewski – $301
23rd: Jose Malave – $301
24th: Matthew Rosenbaum – $301
25th: Jason Rosenberg – $301
26th: April Motta – $301
T27th: John Duce – $150.50
T27th: Vittorio Abbate – $150.50