Page 1 of 2Day 1
Monday, 24th of July 2006 11:02 PMThis tournament will resume at 2pm Pacific time on Tuesday, all the action will be right here.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 10:58 PMSeating assignments for Day 2:
Monday, 24th of July 2006 10:36 PMTomorrow will see the 54 table winners return to action, at six tables of nine. In order to get to the final day, each player must win their respective table. The consolation for not making it will be $7,153. But, as there's no possibility of limping into more money it will be all-out attack to secure the $17,882 guaranteed for a final table appearance, or even $157,338 for supreme victory.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 10:27 PMIndeed, Johnny Kitchens is the last player to book a spot in the draw for tomorrow's tables after his 7-8 caught a straight on the river to beat the chronically short-stacked Tony Guetti's Pocket Tens. We'll have the full draw for tomorrow as soon as is possible.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 10:21 PMJust as there are tables that finish very quickly indeed, there are tables that take a little longer. Johnny Kitchens was at one of those, having just won his heads-up battle.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 10:01 PMHang Ha makes it to Day 2, meaning just 4 players are left competing for the last pair of spots.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 09:45 PMMariano Garcia, Scott Bohlman and Thomas Fiore all make it to the second day, meaning there are just 3 more places in the draw left to be won.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 09:35 PMFour more have eased their way through a table, so we will be seeing the following in action tomorrow:
Monday, 24th of July 2006 09:32 PMScott Regner has now booked his seat at Day 2's tables, leaving us with 10 seats to play for.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 09:25 PMMike Caro has now made it to Day 2, despite his K-7 not improving. 11 places remain open.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 09:23 PMLevel 7, blinds of 200 and 400, bets at 400 and 800 will likely see every table declare a winner before the hours is up.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 08:57 PMZach Fritz also eased into Day 2 before the break started.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 08:52 PMIt might not be dinner, but the remaining 24 players will be taking a 30 minute break to reenergize themselves after 6 hours of poker. Craig Brockman will be taking a 17 hour break, having secured his ticket to Day 2.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 08:46 PMMike Caro looks like he should be in the draw for Day 2 any minute now, enjoying as he does almost 12,000 of the 13,500 chips in play.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 08:39 PMWe've only got 14 tables still playing, all of them are at the heads-up stage. Mike Caro is one of them, battling for the remaining places in Day 2.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 08:37 PMWilliam Jensen made it to Day 2, after defeating Jeff Cassidy heads-up.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 08:35 PMMore names for the pot:
Monday, 24th of July 2006 08:21 PMFive more for the Day 2 draw:
Monday, 24th of July 2006 08:16 PMWe have another handful of players through, and with that over half the tables have now declared their winner.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 08:10 PMRecapping those victorius since the last tabular update:
Monday, 24th of July 2006 08:06 PMJohn Phan goes through, after (for want of a better word) idling his way throug a big hand. John decided chatting to newly-qualified Arnold Spee at an adjacent table was a better use of his time (despite being heads-up). After reraising preflop John took the gently gently catchy monkey approach, only raising again on the river. The board was J-7-5-5-J by the end, his opponent tabling pocket Tens. After eventually realising that in a showdown you traditionally have to show your cards, John turned over K-J for the win, and to visibly rattle his opponent. Not long after, John was through.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 07:59 PMWho else has safe passage to Day 2?
Monday, 24th of July 2006 07:57 PMThis is why we aren't taking dinner - tables are being won all over the floor now. Level 6 has 150 and 300 blinds, and 300 and 600 bets.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 07:52 PMTalk about action! Jean Robert Bellande and his opponent, playing heads up for the winner of the table cap the betting preflop. The flop of 8 5 7 sees them once again cap the betting.The turn is A and once again it's capped. After the 2 river is peeled off Bellande shows 8-8 for flopped top set ... his opponent shows 4 6 for flopped nut straight and a backdoored flush! Bellande is, quite literally, in shock
Monday, 24th of July 2006 07:49 PMWhen you consider Robert Guthmann (you may know him better as Granny Mae) had to contend with Mimi Tran, Jeff Lisandro, Joe Tehan and John Bonetti at his table, it's a mighty impressive showing to qualify for Day 2.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 07:47 PMWho else is through that hasn't been mentioned yet?
Monday, 24th of July 2006 07:40 PMJean-Robert Bellande has made it to the heads-up stage, but with a little over 4,000 chips will have to put a surge on to make it to day two - there's 13,500 chips in play per 9-seater table. Holding 9-5 on a 9-6-5-T board against an opponent pushing in with T-7 (and, obviously, avoiding the bogey river cards) helped Bellande up to 4,000 chips and a chance in heads-up play.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 07:29 PMBarny Boatman has almost qualified for Day 2, just needing a couple of thousand more chips. Todd Witteles, Joe Sebok and Howard Lederer also have over half the chips in play on their respective tables. Mike Caro has suffered a plummeting chipstack, now having a little fewer than 4,000 chips.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 07:19 PMMarco Traniello claws over the finishing line, but we've lost Sarah Bilney, John Bonetti, Kiril Gerasimov and Randy Jensen.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 07:13 PMAnd Chris Moneymaker makes it, his opponent's 2-2 was always going to be facing overcards at best, and when Moneymaker paired his 7-5 in hand with the 7 on the flop it was over. Moneymaker joins Kevin Daly et al tomorrow.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 06:55 PMAnders Henrikssen becomes the 4th name in the draw, while Chris Moneymaker is almost there as well. A three-handed family pot saw T-5-4 flop. Moneymaker saw this as an opportunity to make a checkraise, meaning all three players saw the turn for two bets. When the J turn came Moneymaker was able to isolate a player all-in, with Moneymaker's T-9 ahead of the the opponent's K-Q - but by no means safe. Moneymaker didn't want to see any high cards, so when the Jack rivered there was a slight scare - but it was a safe card to send Moneymaker heads-up.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 06:45 PMAnd so we return, it's Level 5 so we see the blinds reach 100 and 200, the bets at 200 and 400.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 06:42 PMIt's also been announced that due to sheer pointlessness, there will be no dinner break in this event today. We were scheduled to take dinner after Level 6, but with the action not expected to last much longer after that anyway at the remaining tables, it will be skipped.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 06:33 PMBreak time again, this time for 15 minutes. Action will resume at Level 5
Monday, 24th of July 2006 06:27 PM
Monday, 24th of July 2006 06:25 PMAnother table has been won, Peter Fischer claiming the third place in the draw.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 06:24 PMJohn Phan just lost a big one, holding A-6 on a flop of 6-6-9. With a turn 7 and river T his opponent showed 7-8 for the straight. Phan was visibly irritated at the outdraw.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 06:22 PMDespite the strong start, Jeff Lisandro has seen his chips evaporate - Mark Vos, Berry Johnson and Kathy Liebert have suffered the same fate.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 06:18 PM
Monday, 24th of July 2006 06:14 PMRep Porter becomes our 2nd victor, joining Froehlich in the draw for tomorrow.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 06:12 PMBarry Greenstein picks up that most awkward of hands, A-J, playing it off against T-8. Greenstein quickly sees the trouble he's in after the flop comes T-6-4. There's further misery for the all-in Greenstein as the board completes 5-7 to make a now unbeatable straight for his opponent.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 05:58 PMEric Froehlich has just left the table, but for all the right reasons - he's won his table. We'll be seeing him again tomorrow.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 05:54 PM
Monday, 24th of July 2006 05:36 PMSo, how did Eric Froehlich get himself into a strong position? Holding 6-5 when the flop comes down 7-4-3 never hurts. That hand virtually killed off Nam Le - indeed Nam couldonly hold on for a couple more minutes after that bombshell.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 05:30 PM
Monday, 24th of July 2006 05:29 PMAs we complete another hour of action, we see a rise in blinds to 75 and 150, making the bets 150 and 300.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 05:16 PMMike Matusow's demise came when trying to steal a pot, got repopped by the small blind. Matusow couldn't withstand the bet on the 7-5-4 flop, deciding instead to take a random hand from the big blind. That random hand was the pretty nice Q-J, but got obliterated by A-8 making two pair.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 05:06 PM
Monday, 24th of July 2006 04:54 PMGavin Smith's tournament ended after flopping a big hand - A 8 on an 8-high flop with two spades. Yet Gavin still needed improvement after his opponent tabled T-T. No improvement came, so that ended that chapter.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 04:49 PMGavin Smith and Dave Colclough have also made that walk away from the Shootout area.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 04:42 PMMike Caro is establishing himself as a favorite to progress, being one of hte first to achieve a triple-up of the starting stack. From the tough table mentioned earlier, Amir Vahedi has departed.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 04:41 PM
Monday, 24th of July 2006 04:28 PMWe're back, and we see the betting limits double - 50 and 100 blinds, with 100 and 200 bets.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 04:13 PMWe're currently enjoying a 20 minute break - back very soon with Level 3.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 04:01 PMDavid Williams now gets to concentrate exclusively on the Stud event that also began today, after falling out of this event.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 03:55 PMJeff Lisandro's fortune was partly Mimi Tran's demise. Mimi was all-in preflop. Despite an unpromising flop of K-8-6, the turn Jack started Jeff on the raising track. The river Queen gave Lisandro only one more bet extricated from a third player in the hand, who could only muck after Lisandro tabled pocket Jacks. Mimi went one step further after mucking, and vacated the seat.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 03:48 PMIt's always nice to get off to a fast start, with that in mind Jeff Lisandro, Eric Froehlich, John Bonetti and Barny Boatman will all be pleased with the opening exchanges. All have more or less doubled their starting 1,500 chips.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 03:41 PMWell, Brian Wilson was playing - he's become one of hte early victims today.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 03:32 PM
Also playing are:
Monday, 24th of July 2006 03:15 PMEvent 35 - $1,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-lo started a couple of hours previous to this one, and some pros just can't resist the lure of playing in two events at once - David Williams and Mike Matusow amongst those dashing between there and here.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 03:09 PMWe are now in Level 2 - that's 25 and 50 blinds, 50 and 100 bets.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 02:58 PMAnother solid table sees David Williams and Vanessa Rousso battling it out.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 02:52 PMThe format of the tournament means if you get a bad table draw, you are stuck with it - no chance of a move. Today, we are guaranteed to lose at least two out of Amir Vahedi, Nam Le and Eric Froehlich after they drew the same table. It's a tough break, but them's the rules.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 02:44 PMEvent 34 - $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em w/Re-Buys - Day 2 is in progress as well - it's well worth following.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 02:37 PM
Amongst those ponying up $1,500 today are:
Monday, 24th of July 2006 02:22 PMAlso of interest today is Event 32 - $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em - Final Table - you can check out all the action by clicking right here.
Monday, 24th of July 2006 02:11 PMWe've got blinds of 25 and 25, and bets at 25 and 50. No table balancing, just a good old fashioned play until you are the last man (or woman) seated at your table. Let battle commence!
Monday, 24th of July 2006 02:04 PMWe're just doing all the usual last minute preparations here, the players are about to start the first of the 3 tables they need to win, for victory in this shootout event.
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