Page 1 of 2The second wave of 200+ players compete today in this WPT event ...
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 11:15 PM
The 140 remaining players will play down to 36 in tomorrow's session, which is scheduled to begin at 12:00 noon PST. Check back tomorrow morning for more info!
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 11:13 PM
Clint Baskin emerged as the chip leader for the day (and the entire tournament) with 200,100. He collects the $10,000 bonus. Others with tall stacks are Jeff Madsen (175K), Tim Foster (175K), and Ted Forrest (160K).
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 11:06 PM
With the session about to expire, we are down to 70 players, which is exactly what we ended up with yesterday. So barring any more eliminations on this last hand, we will play down from 140 to 36 tomorrow.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 11:04 PM
We are down to just two minutes left in the session. The tournament director is instructing players about chip bags and the proper procedures.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 11:00 PM
Just five stars remain from today: Patrik Antonius, Barry Greenstein, Jeff Madsen, Isabelle Mercier, and Erik Seidel.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 10:58 PM
Juan Carlos Mortensen got all-in preflop with A-K unsuited and was up against Q J . The flop contained a queen and ten, pairing his opponent's queen but giving Carlos a gutshot in addition to his overcards. But the turn and river came an underwhelming 2-3 and Carlos Mortensen takes his leave of the Bay 101 tournament.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 10:54 PM
Chip Jett pushed his stack (and his luck) one too many times. This time, he got all-in with the A 8 on a board of K-2-3 (two hearts). Neither the J turn nor the 9 river was a heart, so Chip Jett has been booted.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 10:48 PM
Just seven Stars remain of today's batch of 25. Twenty minutes of play remain. It is nearly a dead heat between Jeff Madsen and Ted Forrest for the chip lead. Unless we have another player surge late, one of these two will likely collect the $10K chip leader bonus.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 10:44 PM
Patrik Antonius, on a wild ride chipwise today, is down to 28K. He is starting to look bored. Two off the button, he open-raised to 3K, but the cutoff reraised to 11K. It folded back around to Patrik, who, after what seemed like an eternity, shrugged his shoulders and flicked his cards to the dealer. It wouldn't be good to be Patrik Antonius right now. But of course, I would trade places with him in a second.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 10:42 PM
Michael Mizrachi got all-in preflop with Mark Newhouse, who had the bigger stack by far. Grinder showed A K and Newhouse had 8 8 . The drama was over quickly when the flop came 8 5 5 and Newhouse flopped the boat. At the T turn, Grinder was drawing dead. Michael Mizrachi has been knocked out of the tournament.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 10:29 PM
With that hand, Ted Forrest has rocketed up to the 180K range to challenge Jeff Madsen for the chip lead.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 10:27 PM
And another one falls. John Juanda, who has been up and down all day, got all-in with K-K versus Ted Forrest's Q-Q. Ted nailed his set of queens on the flop and Juanda couldn't catch his king. John Juanda has busted.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 10:22 PM
Yesterday, 9 out of the 25 Stars survived. Today, we are already down to 9, but we still have 45 minutes of play before the action ends tonight.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 10:19 PM
Patrik Antonius, one of our early chip leaders today, is now fighting for his tournament life. He just survived a preflop all-in with his pocket kings to double up.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 10:18 PM
Carlos Mortensen moved all-in before the flop and got called. His hand of T-T was just good enough against 9-9 when the board came down K-6-5-J-7. Carlos doubles up to about 30K.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 10:16 PM
Chip Jett doubled up again (I've lost count how many time that makes now). On a board of 9 6 K , he got all-in with another player. Jett showed Q T for the second-nut flush draw and a gutshot straight draw. His opponent had 6 5 for a pair and a weaker flush draw. The J turn settled the matter by giving Jett the straight and making his hand unbeatable.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 10:12 PM
Miami John Cernuto's luck just ran out. He was busted when his wired sixes got run down by A-K. The board came K-Q-5-3-Q and another bounty gets paid. John Cernuto has been knocked out.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 10:10 PM
Lee Markholt just busted Greg "FBT" Mueller. Greg moved in preflop, Tim Phan called, but Markholt went over the top to isolate. Phan folded. Mueller showed J 9 but Markholt had A K . The board came Q 7 8 8 5 and Greg Mueller is gone.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 09:58 PM
Thor Hansen has busted.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 09:51 PM
Miami John Cernuto pushed in with his few remaining chips and got called. John showed 4-4 against his foe's A-Q. The flop was safe for John: J-T-5. But the queen on the turn put him behind and drawing dead to the last two fours in the deck. So, naturally, the river was one of those fours, doubling John up and giving him a little more life.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 09:48 PM
Michael Binger just got eliminated. We are down to 86 players and are now playing nine-handed tables.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 09:46 PM
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 09:36 PM
Chip Reese just lost most of his chips. He had flopped a set of eights and went all-in on the turn, but his opponent had made a set of jacks with that turn card. His opponent had nearly 60K left and called. The river couldn't rescue Reese and his chip stack was eviscerated. He is down to about 10K.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 09:26 PM
Yet another star has fallen. Paul Darden got all-in on the flop with his A 9 . His opponent had pocket sevens. The board contained a 7 and two clubs. Darden needed a club on the turn or river to survive, but neither the ace on the turn or the queen on the river was a heart. Paul Darden has been sent to the rail.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 09:23 PM
Chip Reese just eliminated the micro-stacked Amir Vahedi when Reese's A-Q outran Vahedi's K-T. That makes three bounties collected by Reese.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 09:20 PM
Ted Forrest is over 100K in chips now. Carlos Mortensen is around 63K.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 09:17 PM
Huckleberry Seed was just eliminated.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 09:08 PM
We just started level 9, with blinds at 400/800 and antes of 100.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 08:57 PM
On a big hand just prior to the break, Amir Vahedi lost the majority of his chips. He is pretty short now and will have to make a move.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 08:53 PM
We are on a 15-minute break and the staff is racing off the green 25 chips.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 08:51 PM
Jeff Madsen has worked his stack up to a very impressive 180K. He is definitely among the chip leaders now.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 08:47 PM
At the adjacent table, Todd Brunson got all-in against three other players. The tallest stack had the best hand: pocket cowboys. Brunson held pocket nines. The other two players had A-J offsuit and Q-T suited. The board came 8-8-4-J-T. The kings held up and three players, including Todd Brunson, were eliminated.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 08:44 PM
Table 19 had five Stars all sitting together (a new tournament record). Fireworks were bound to happen and they just did. Jennifer Harman, Chip Reese, and Gus Hansen got all-in preflop against each other. Chip Reese, who had the others covered, had A 8 , Jennifer had pocket tens, and Gus had the best hand with pocket kings. The flop came ten-high, with two hearts. Jen had made her set but Chip had the nut flush draw. The turn was a heart, making Chip's hand and eliminating Gus. Jen needed the board to pair, but came up dry. In a monster pot, Chip Reese eliminates both Gus Hansen and Jennifer Harman, collecting both $5000 bounties in the process.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 08:39 PM
Nick Schulman has worked his way up to 9K in chips and Huckleberry Seed has dwindled down to 12K.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 08:34 PM
With 35K already in the pot and a flop of K 8 4 , a player led into Ted Forrest with a 15K bet. Ted took no time in coming over the top and tossing six pink (5000) chips into the middle. The original bettor, after several minutes, mucked, and Ted Forrest hauled in a gorgeous pot.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 08:20 PM
We are at 121 players on 13 tables. Once we get down to 10 tables, they will start going nine-handed as people bust.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 08:18 PM
On the flop, Gus Hansen bet 2200 out of position. The dealer announced the bet as 1200. The player in position announced, "raise to 3600", and tossed in a pink 5000 chip. The floor was called and the dealer explained to Matt Savage that he had mistakenly stated the bet as 1200 instead of 2200 and the player clearly wished to raise 3X the original bet. Savage ruled that the 2200 bet was plainly in sight and that the raise would be the minimum to 4400 with no option to change the raise size. Several players chirped in with their own opinions but Savage held firm again and again. Finally, Greg Mueller in seat 10 said resolutely, "The TD has made the decision three times, let's get on with it!" After all that excitement, Gus mucked and ended the hand.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 08:12 PM
Chip Reese shoved his remaining 26K in on a board of Q-9-9-5-2 with no possible flush. His opponent, after a great deal of thought, flashed a 9 and mucked. Wow.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 08:10 PM
After Mimi Tran's elimination, she drifted over to Barry Greenstein's table. Barry got up and spoke with her a short while. While Mimi explained all her misadventures, Barry just solemnly nodded and shrugged, nodded and shrugged. Joe Sebok joined in and they all commiserated together.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 08:07 PM
Mimi Tran pushed all-in preflop and got four callers. After the flop came out T 7 2 , there were three checks and the button bet 4K. The other 3 folded. The button showed T 5 for top pair and Mimi showed J 9 for one overcard and a gutshot. The 9 turn gave Mimi some more outs but the 6 river ended the matter. Mimi Tran is out of the tournament.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 07:58 PM
We are in level 8 now: 300/600 with a 75 ante. That is a steep increase (1650 chips per orbit) from the previous round (1250 chips per orbit).
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 07:55 PM
Chip Reese just got lucky, then unlucky, then lucky again. He was all-in with kings versus his opponent's fives. The flop came 5-7-7 and his opponent flopped a full house. Dead to a king, Reese had the earphones off and was gathering up his belongings when a miracle king came on the turn, giving him the better full house. The river was a meaningless 8 and Chip Reese doubles up to about 40K.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 07:46 PM
Layne Flack couldn't survive another all-in encounter. He got all-in preflop with pocket fives but found himself staring at two kings. The flop of 6-4-3 gave Flack a lot of hope, but those hopes were dashed when the turn and river came A-6. Layne Flack is out.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 07:44 PM
Nick Schulman, on the super-short stack of just 1500, pushed all-in and, incredibly, both blinds folded. At this blind level (250/500/50), the big blind, who had plenty of chips, should have called with any two. Oh well.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 07:43 PM
Layne Flack just survived an all-in to triple up. He moved in preflop and got two callers. The board came Q 4 4 6 9 . Layne showed K-Q for top pair and the best his opponents could muster was A-9 for middle pair.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 07:40 PM
John Juanda just doubled up twice. First, he was all-in with A J against Robert Mizrachi's Q Q and sucked out when the board fell J 4 9 J T . Then, he got all-in on the turn with A Q versus A T on a board of A K 4 7 . The river 6 meant Juanda won the hand and doubled again. He now has over 40K in chips.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 07:22 PM
Todd Brunson just narrowly avoided elimination. All-in on a flop of 5-4-2, Brunson had just A-J but his opponent had 3-3. Brunson spiked a jack on the turn and avoided all of his opponent's nine outs on the river when a 7 came up. Brunson doubles through.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 07:19 PM
Paul Darden doubled up when his A-K bested his caller's A-J.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 07:18 PM
Chip Jett got all-in preflop with A-A versus 8-8. The board came K-T-9-J-4 and Chip Jett has avoided elimination again and doubled up.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 07:16 PM
Patrik Antonius has taken some hits and is back down to 42K. Ted Forrest is up to 55K. Robert Mizrachi has recovered to about 20K. Gus Hansen is cranking now and is up to 56K.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 07:14 PM
On a board of 6 4 3 , Chip Reese pushed all-in with his last 13K but got no takers.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 07:13 PM
Two bits of good news for Jennifer Harman. First, she has built her stack back up to 16K. Second, they just broke her table and she has been freed from Patrik Antonius. Unfortunately, though, she was moved to Table 19. Sitting to her immediate left is now Nenan Medic (55K) and Chip Reese (15K). Others on the table include Jason Stern, Amir Vahedi, and Miami John Cernuto. No easy path, Jen.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 06:53 PM
The announcer stated that Barry Greenstein was the chip leader at the dinner break with 120K.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 06:52 PM
We are just now underway at level 7: 250/500 with a 50 ante.
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 06:44 PM
What does it mean when, two minutes after the dinner break for 144 players, the in-house deli has no line whatsoever? Hmmm. I got something to eat from there anyway. If my typing becomes increasingly garbled soon, would someone please call emergency services?
Tuesday, 13th of March 2007 05:53 PM
We are on the one-hour dinner break now.
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