Day 1A of the World Poker Tour's World Championship
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 11:36 PM
That's it for Day 1A. Check back tomorrow at noon PDT for Day 1B action!
End of Day 1A Chip Counts
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 08:50 PM
That's it for Day 1A. Check back tomorrow at noon PDT for Day 1B action!
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 08:46 PM
Anna Wroblewski finished the day with 211,325. That may be good enough for chip leader status. I'll know for sure when we get the official chip count list from the WPT. When I have that, I will post it.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 08:42 PM
Burt Boutin lost most of his chips on the final hand. With a flop of 7 4 7 , he reraised a big bet and then got reraised all-in. With a look of excruciating pain, he folded. His opponent did a noble thing and flashed his 4 4 .
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 08:35 PM
Just in time to save himself a trip back here on Monday, Alan Goehring busted out.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 08:31 PM
The tournament staff stopped the clock and had Joe Bartholdi (last year's champion) draw a random card. It was a three, so all tables will play three more hands and then play will be complete for the session.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 08:13 PM
Down to the final thirty minutes now. 231 players remain.
|Tale of Two Chipstacks - Williams and Luske|
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 07:57 PM
With several limpers in the pot, David Williams pushed in with his last 14K but got no callers.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 07:49 PM
Anna Wroblewski is now up to 200K.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 07:40 PM
With the board of 3 7 6 8 5 , Jamie Gold bet 20K. "I don't have a nine", he declared. Hoyt Corkins reluctantly folded and Gold turned over just one card: 7 .
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 07:38 PM
With about 20K in the pot and a board of 4 8 9 2 , a player moved all in for 29K. Alan Goehring took a long time and made the call with his T 8 . His opponent showed J J for the overpair. The 5 river changed nothing and Alan Goehring lost about 75% of his chips. He now has about 14K.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 07:35 PM
John Juanda doubled up when his A-8 hit the A 8 4 flop and he got all-in against 8 6 . The turn and river were blanks and Juanda now has 55K.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 07:32 PM
T.J. Cloutier and Chad Brown have busted.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 07:14 PM
We are now underway at level five. 250 players remain.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 07:02 PM
Alex Jacob busted before the break.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 06:59 PM
We are on our fourth and final break of the day. When players return, they will play one more level: 300/600 with a 75 ante.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 06:48 PM
According to the tournament board, 259 players remain in this Day 1A.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 06:47 PM
Another table has broken from the main poker room. Gavin Smith just came into the Fontana room and took his new seat to the right of Barry Greenstein.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 06:44 PM
Further busts included David Matthew (last year's runner-up) and Men "The Master" Nguyen.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 06:41 PM
Shannon Shorr just may be the tallest stack right now, with 197K.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 06:40 PM
On a flop of 8 Q 4 , a player bet 12K and David Pham reraised all-in. He was instantly called by 4 4 . Pham shook his head and turned over K K . The 3 turn and A river couldn't rescue him. David Pham has busted.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 06:27 PM
Steve Brecher took a 30K pot from David Grey when his pocket fives were best against Grey's unpaired A-Q.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 06:17 PM
Scott Fischman is down well below 10K in chips.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 06:14 PM
The Hellmuth/Gold situation is getting out of hand. Phil bet Jamie an additional $500 that Jamie would not be willing to bluff for the rest of the day (due to the existing prop bet). With the board reading Q 8 7 K 8 , Tuan Le bet 5K and Gold raised to 15K. Tuan agonized and folded. Gold called Hellmuth over to his table, turned over his A 7 . Hellmuth asked Tuan, "Did you have that beat?". He answered yes. Hellmuth pulled out five Benjamins from his wallet and handed them to Gold. Then they renewed the bet for $1000.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 05:59 PM
Anna Wroblewski just made a big river call with ace high, which proved to be good. As she added the pot to her chips, she asked the table, "Don't you just hate that I keep doing the right thing?" The table was silent. Ouch.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 05:54 PM
Haralabos Voulgaris pushed all-in with his remaining stack but got no callers. He showed A-K unsuited.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 05:30 PM
Here we go at level four: 200/400 blinds with a 50 ante.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 05:14 PM
We are now on our third break. According to the tournament board, there are still 281 remaining players out of the 304 that started.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 04:56 PM
Shane Shleger busted when his KK ran into AA.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 04:54 PM
Phil Ivey just knocked out a player. Seat 7 pushed all-in on a flop of 8-6-3 and Ivey went ahead and made the call, showing 9-8 for top pair. The player in seat 7 rolled his eyes as he tabled his pocket sevens. No help on the turn and river, and Ivey scooped the pot.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 04:42 PM
Liz Lieu and Terricita Evanowski got all-in on the river, only to discover that they both held 8-6 for the nut straight. As the dealer was chopping the pot, Liz laughingly asked, "How could you raise with that hand!?"
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 04:31 PM
HOT OFF THE PRESSES: Phil Hellmuth and Jamie Gold have just entered into a prop bet. Gold wins $10K if he survives this Day 1 and Hellmuth wins 30K if Gold busts today. Right now, Gold is the tallest stack at his table. As soon they shook hands and sealed the bet, I asked Gold if Phil knew that we were only playing five levels today. He said, "I'm not sure ... but that's his problem, not mine!"
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 04:18 PM
With the board of Q 7 J 2 , Miami John Cernuto bet 6K and David Williams called. The river came 6 and John pushed his remaining 20.7K into the middle. David Williams, who had John well covered, said, "This ain't no rebuy tournament, you know that, John?" After a couple minutes, David made the call. Cernuto turned over Q J for the flopped top two pair. Williams shook his head and mucked. David still has 65K+ chips.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 03:57 PM
John Bonetti avoided catastrophe earlier. With the board of A-4-2-Q-4 with four clubs, he just called a 10K bet on the river, rather than raising. He tabled his pocket queens, showing a full house, and didn't seem surprised at all when his opponent showed A-A, for a better full house. I'm pretty sure that I would have had the rest of the tournament off if I had been playing John's hand.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 03:44 PM
We are now going at level 3: 100/200 with a 25 ante.
|Fontana Room - Day 1A|
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 03:28 PM
We are now on our second 15-minute break.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 03:27 PM
Cyndy Violette has busted out, courtesy of her pocket kings going up against Eric Hershler's pocket aces.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 03:18 PM
John Hennigan is out.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 03:00 PM
According to the WPT, there were 304 players in this first Day 1, so we are right on track to have about the same number (605) as last year.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 02:55 PM
Anna Wroblewski is on fire. She bet enough on the river to put Jeff Madsen all-in. Jeff had to have the clock called on him. As the countdown finished, he made the call. Anna showed pocket deuces, which had flopped a set and made a full house on the river. Madsen said, "Nice hand", and left. Anna now has 135K and is among the overall chip leaders.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 02:52 PM
David Williams has been reunited with Marcel Luske, his friend and mentor from the 2004 WSOP main event. They are sitting next to each other in the 3 and 4 seats.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 02:42 PM
Dan Harrington won a nice 30K pot when his A-K flopped top two pair and he beat a weaker two pair.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 02:30 PM
Brian Townsend couldn't recover from losing that big hand to Andy Black. He has been eliminated from the field.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 02:24 PM
Jon Friedberg just lost more than half his stack. On a flop of Q3 6 , a player checked, Jon bet 11K and got called. The turn came 2 . The first player checked, Jon bet 15K and his opponent moved all-in for an additional 17.5K. After about five minutes of contemplation, Friedberg folded, leaving himself just 22K in chips.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 02:11 PM
Jeff Madsen's table got broken down and he has taken the seat of the player knocked out by Anna.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 02:01 PM
We are back from our first break and blinds are now at 100/200.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 01:48 PM
Wow! Anna Wroblewski just tripled up on a monster hand. With a board of 9 A J 6 , one player bet 42K, a second player called by going all-in, and Anna moved all-in too. Player one turned over A A for top set, player two showed J J for middle set, and Anna rolled over K Q for the nut flush. All eyes were on the river, which came K . Anna's flush held up and she now has over 120K. "Don't worry," she told the table, "I'll probably donk it all off."
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 01:34 PM
Anna Wroblewski is having a good time. She has been chatting up the table about her name, heritage, etc. Now she just knocked her beer over and they had to get the floor to come over with a towel to clean it up. "No more drinks (tee hee)", she said to no one in particular.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 01:23 PM
There is a noticeable difference in this field from some of the regular WPT tournaments. While I might recognize one or two "name" professionals per table at a normal event on Day 1, here I am recognizing between three and six players at each table. So this is a little like the Pro Bowl of the WPT.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 01:18 PM
The tournament tables right now are split between the Fontana Room, with 24 active tables, and the main poker room, with about 10 tables left. The tournament staff are breaking tables only in the poker room, so we will eventually have all players together here in the Fontana Room.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 01:05 PM
Rene Angelil took a hit. With the board reading 5 J Q T 7 , he bet 10K and his opponent jacked it up to 30K. Angelil let it go.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 01:01 PM
Alan Goehring won a good-sized pot when his A-K flopped trip aces and he got a player to come along the whole way.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 12:47 PM
David Levi just took a hit. On a board of 4 6 A, a player bet 600 and Levi raised to 1200 and got called. The turn came 3 . His opponent checked, Levi bet 4K and got check-raised to 10K. Levi made the call. The river came 8 and his opponent led out with 10K. Levi, after an eternity, mucked.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 12:35 PM
Andrew Black took a huge pot from Brian Townsend (sbrugby). With the board reading 4 K 7 J and a bunch in the middle already, Brian bet 5500 and Andrew called. The river came T . Brian checked, Andrew bet 10K, and Brian shrugged and made the call. Black rolled over 4 4 for the set and Townsend mucked.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 12:18 PM
Anna Wroblewski, who earned $337K by winning the $3K buy-in event earlier in the week, is seated in seat 8 at the table right in front of my media table. Phil Ivey is in seat 5. G'luck, Anna.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 12:13 PM
Here we go!
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 12:10 PM
Mike Sexton welcomed the participants in this event. Then Lyle Berman, as one of the World Poker Tour founders, gave a short speech, marking the milestone of this being the 100th WPT tournament.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 12:04 PM
We are under the big top here, in the circus that is a WPT Day 1. Players, dealers, tournament staff, fans, and media are scrambling every which way. Meanwhile, the clock says we are starting in 30 seconds. Ha! Stay tuned.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 11:33 AM
Just a half hour away now from getting underway. This will be a very friendly blind structure, as players will start with 50K in chips and the first blind level will be just 50/100. We are scheduled to play five 90-minute levels today, with 15-minute breaks in between. By my math, that means we should be finished around 8:30PM today.
Saturday, 21st of April 2007 08:23 AM
We’re just a few hours away from the start of the most prestigious World Poker Tour event of the season. It’s the WPT World Championship, hosted by the Bellagio, and it’s the only $25,000 buy-in tournament of the year. The prize pool will be enormous, and the top spot will likely pay about four million bucks!
The satellites and super-satellites have been buzzing for the past several days, causing the field to swell. No word yet on an approximate player count, but it certainly looks like we will exceed last year’s 605 entrants.
This WPT title, in addition to being the richest, is also the most coveted. The winners from the first four seasons and their paychecks were:
2003 – Alan Goehring - $1.0 Million
2004 – Martin De Knijff - $2.7 Million
2005 – Tuan Le - $2.9 Million
2006 – Joe Bartholdi - $3.7 Million
Cards are scheduled to be in the air for this Day 1A at noon PDT today. Check back here for live updates of the action!
After successful careers in the financial and high-tech industries, Michael Cheser became fascinated with poker in early 2006. Defying all probabilities, he managed to cash in the 2006 WSOP Main Event. When not tournament reporting for PokerPages, he can be seen at no-limit tables in Las Vegas, cheerfully calling large river bets with second-best hands. Contact Michael.