US Poker Championship - Taj Mahal, Atlantic City - $10K Main Event Day 2
by Kaelaine Minton
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 10:30 PM
With 47:17 remaining in level 9, they have reached 81 players remaining and play has halted for the day. As soon as I get the end of day chip counts they will be posted here.
Play will resume Thursday at 1pm.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 10:13 PM
David Singer -- busted when his AK was outdrawn by AJ.
84 players remain. Average stack is over 64,500.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 09:58 PM
They are about 15 minutes into level 9 with 400/800 blinds and 100 antes. 88 Players remain.
During the break, these were the chip leaders with their counts:
Yes, that is three guys named Eric atop the leader-board.
Before the break, Bill Blanda and Carlos Zambrano were busted.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 09:11 PM
92 players remain with about 15 minutes left in this level.
Eric Crain has joined the leader-board with about 152K in chips. Some of those chips came courtesy of Brett Brucaleri, who called Eric's all-in with the board showing J 5 4 8. Brett held pocket Kings, but was drawing dead against Eric's 7 6 for the nut straight.
Eric is fresh from a win in the $300 NLHE event at the WSOP Circuit Event in Tunica, MS, last month, where he netted more than $63,000.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 09:01 PM
Saul Levit got all in pre-flop with A J and got called by Brett Richey with K Q . Board came 3 7 2 9 8 giving Saul the flush and the double-up.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 08:51 PM
Farzad Rouhani moved all in pre-flop and Bernard Lee went into the tank. If he called and lost he would only have 18K left. After several moments of consideration, Bernard mucked his pocket Queens face up. Farzad did not show his hand as he scooped in his pot.
Scott Fischman got all in preflop with pocket Jacks. His opponent had AT and Scott barely had him covered. The board was 6 6 3 4 5 and Scott scooped the pot, sending another player to the rail.
Eric Bankoff is still in the lead with about 190K. Thomas Wahlroos has pulled into second with about 170K and Joe Sebok is at about 150K.
Some of those chips Thomas has came from Darrell "Gigabet" Dicken, who got his last chips in with KQ, only to run into Thomas' pocket Aces.
93 players remain. Average stack is a tad over 58K.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 07:57 PM
Play has resumed in level 8 with 300/600 blinds, 100 Ante. The plan is to play 2 more levels tonight, but if we reach 81 players remaining (9 tables) before then, they will halt play early.
Here are the chip leaders with their counts as of the dinner break:
Feature Table 1 now has Jordan Morgan, Tony Cousineau, Shane Schleger, Brandon Cantu, Brett Richey, Greg Baird, Eric Weiner, and Saul Levit.
Feature Table 2 over in the main tournament room now has both chip leaders, Eric Bankoff and Joe Sebok.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 06:33 PM
Sean McCabe moved his last chips in with AK and ran into pocket Queens. An Ace on the flop saved Sean from elimination.
On a flop of 4 T 8 Augustine moved all in. After some consideration, Ralph Pecorale finally called with AT for top pair. Augustine rolled over J 9 for the flush draw and open-ended straight-draw. Last two cards were K J and Augustine caught a bigger pair on the river to survive.
Darryl Ozias moved his last 14,800 in and got action from Doron Malinasky, who held pocket Queens. Darryl rolled over the pocket Aces and they held up with the board of J 7 5 2 4. Darryl doubled up.
End of level 7 and players are on dinner break for about an hour.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 06:12 PM
The board says 117 players remain, but I just watched 3 get busted back-to-back-to-back:
On a board of 4 Q K 4, seat 4 moved in and was called immediately by Mike Santoro. Seat 4 held AK for top pair, but Mike rolled over pocket 4s for quads and it was over.
On table 19, the short stack in seat 6 moved in with AQ and got called by seat 9 with AK. No help from the board and another player felted.
On table 17, the short stack in seat 5 moved in with pocket Tens and got action from seat 7 who held Q J . Board came 9 J 4 2 J giving seat 7 trip Jacks and giving seat 5 the boot.
About 15 minutes left in this level and then players will take a dinner break.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 05:46 PM
Halfway through level 7 and 123 players remain.
On a board of T 3 9, Ralph Pecorale moved all in and was called by Marcel Bedard. Ralph held AT for top pair, top kicker. Marcel put his tournament life on the line with Q 8 -- a gut-shot straight draw and one overcard. No Jack or Queen for Marcel. The last two cards were K 6 and Marcel is busted.
Make that 122 players remain.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 05:38 PM
Jordan Morgan gets all in with 8 5 on a board of K T 7 6 giving him both an open-ended straight draw and a flush draw. His opponent held pocket Kings and had flopped a set. The river was the 3 completing Jordan's flush and giving him the big pot, sending his opponent to the rail.
On the turn with a Queen-high board, Alex Jacob gets all in and called by an opponent holding AQ for top pair. Alex held the Pocket Rockets, however, and a crushing lead. The river brought the case Ace and Alex doubled up to about 83K.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 05:20 PM
With 126 players remaining, the average stack is about 43K. Eric Bankoff now has more than 4 times the average stack.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 05:08 PM
Eric Bankoff has vaulted back into the chip lead with over 185,000 chips. The next largest stack in the room is Joe Sebok with about 110,000.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 05:02 PM
Level 7 begins with 200/500 blinds.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 04:56 PM
Level 6 has ended and Players are on break. Before the break, Jordan Morgan got into it with Chris "Syracuse" Tsiprailidis and handed over a pile of chips. After that hand, Jordan was down to about 86K and Chris was up to about 90K. They've now been bumped off the feature table and new players are being installed.
With 136 players remaining, the average stack is about 40,000.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 04:29 PM
With about 10 minutes remaining in level 6, 136 players remain and Jamie Gold is not one of them. He was doing his exit interview with ESPN last time I checked in the main tournament room. Chris 'Syracuse' Tsiprailidis has been moved to Feaure Table 2, joining chip leader Jordan Morgan, who is up to about 115,000.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 04:07 PM
Apparently there were some typos when entering the payouts on the monitor, but these are the correct payouts that add up properly:
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 03:54 PM
In a battle of the blinds, Ylon Schwartz came out on the short end as he got all in with pocket Queens against the pocket Aces held by Joe Sebok. No miracle for Ylon on the board of J 7 7 2 5 and he was busted. Joe was up to about 102,000 after that hand.
Herbert Cheng got his last chips in good with pocket tens and was called by a player with pocket 7s. Things were looking good for Herbert to double up as the flop was 6 Q 9. Another 9 fell on the turn, but then a crushing 7 landed on the river, giving his opponent the full house and sending Herbert to the rail.
Recent departures: Amnon Filippi, Steve Brecher, Nenad Medic, Tim Phan, JC Tran, and Peter Feldman.
143 players remain.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 03:45 PM
Gene Todd busted a player when they got all in on a flop of Q J 6. His opponent held QJ for top two pair and was ahead of Gene's pocket Aces, but a 6 paired the board on the river giving Gene the higher two pair. After that hand, Gene was up to about 103,000 chips.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 03:31 PM
Now at the feature table over in the main tournament room are Jordan Morgan, Darrell "Gigabet" Dicken, and Tony Cousineau.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 03:16 PM
The payouts have been tweaked a bit since first published. The total prize pool is $2,531,700 (261 players x $9,700). These are the payouts as currently displayed on the monitors:
However, if you add up those payouts, the total only comes to $2,511,408, a difference of $20,292, and I have verified that there is no withhold for any future seat or award. I have brought this discrepancy to the attention of the tournament staff, so we'll see what happens.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 03:08 PM
Level 6: Blinds 200/400. Play has resumed.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 03:01 PM
End of level 5. 162 players remain.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 02:26 PM
Look like Jordan Morgan has extended his chip lead and is the first player to hit a 6-digit chip count. He's now up to 101,000.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 02:18 PM
Although the board still shows 192 players remaining, they are down to only 19 tables left (playing 9 handed) so at most there are 171 players remaining as they approach the end of level 5.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 02:04 PM
Jean-Robert moved his last 4500 chips in from the small blind with AQ. His opponent in the big blind called with AK. J-R caught a Queen on the flop, but one of the remaining three Kings appeared to return the lead to his opponent and J-R was sent to the rail.
Allen Kessler has also busted out.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 01:53 PM
With the board showing T 7 2 Jean-Robert Bellande moved all in with K 7 for middle pair and the flush draw. Alex Todd called, showing A J for Ace-high with the higher flush draw. Jean-Robert suddenly did not want to see another on the board. The last two cards were 5 2 giving J-R two pair and the win. Alex Todd was busted.
Eric Froehlich has also been eliminated.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 01:25 PM
Blaise Ingoglia raised, was re-raised by Dan Mogavero, and then Blaise moved all in. Dan folded and Blaise showed AK.
On the next hand: On a flop of 5 6 9 , Blaise moved all in. After some consideration, Mike called, showing K 9 for top pair. Blaise was in bad shape with T 9 (top pair, worse kicker) looking for a Ten. Last two cards were J 4 and Blaise was busted.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 01:19 PM
Nam Le moved his last chips in with AQ and got called by Jesse Martin with AK. Nam was in bad shape, needing one of three Queens or a miracle straight or flush. Board came 5 6 2 4 8 and Nam was done.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 01:14 PM
Cards are in the air. Level 5: Blinds 150/300.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 01:08 PM
Table 28 is our Feature Table 1 for today, with this lineup:
Table 37 is Feature Table 2 in the main room, with these players:
There are some critically short stacks at these tables, so they should see some all-in action pretty early. Very close to getting started now.
Wednesday, 04th of October 2006 12:57 PM
They are still a few minutes from getting started today as the players have to find their seats and unbag their cihps. They also have to seat the feature tables. Here are the remaining 192 players sorted by their table and seat assignments for today:
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