Day 1B of the World Poker Tour's World Championship
That does it for today! Be sure to stop back here tomorrow at noon PDT to see the full remaining field in action!
Here are the 479 remaining players from the combined Days 1A and 1B, sorted by chip count and also listing their table and seat assignment for tomorrow:
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 08:33 PM
That does it for today! I will post the Day 1B official chip count list later tonight. Be sure to stop back here tomorrow at noon PDT to see the full remaining field in action!
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 08:31 PM
Most tables have completed their three hands and players are bagging and tagging their chips.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 08:24 PM
David Singer just got the honor of drawing to see how many hands we will play to complete the session. He drew the three, which was the lowest card there. We have three more hands to conclude the evening's session.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 08:22 PM
Patrik Antonius just busted Brandon Cantu.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 08:21 PM
Every time I walk by Mike Matusow's table, he is saying something quotable. I could just camp out there and get great stuff all day, but out of respect for my audience, I refrain from doing so.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 08:16 PM
J.C. Tran has rebuilt his stack to be close to his starting point of 50K.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 08:05 PM
Thirty minutes remain in today's session.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 08:03 PM
Sean McCabe just busted a player to build his stack a little.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 07:52 PM
Steve Sung bet 14K on the river with a board of 6 9 5 Q 4 . Allen Kessler took about as long as a poker player can take without getting the clock called on him and then made the call. Sung rolled over Q 9 for top two pair. Kessler mucked and was visibly angry at himself.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 07:44 PM
Michael Binger reraised all-in preflop for his last 18.5K but his opponent folded.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 07:32 PM
Mike Matusow is sitting in seat 4 of table 50, which is in one corner of the Fontana Room. The opposite corner would be table 58, seat 9. While standing next to table 58, seat 9, I can clearly hear Mike Matusow's comments. Ergo, everyone in this room can hear him too. The nickname is well-deserved.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 07:28 PM
On a board of T 3 7 5 , Mark Newhouse bet 20K, which would have put his opponent all-in. The other player folded, and Mark showed his J J . The other player nodded to acknowledge that he was beat.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 07:24 PM
Lee Markholdt just eliminated a player to add to his stack.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 07:22 PM
On a board of 2 K 9 T 7 and about 35K in the pot, a player pushed all-in for 36K. Kevin O'Donnell, who had him covered, reluctantly folded. "Nice hand," he said to his opponent. I don't think he really meant it.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 07:19 PM
Freddy Deeb is down to about 70K after being well over 100K for a big part of the day.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 07:18 PM
Marco Traniello has busted out.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 07:08 PM
OK, here we go on our final level of the day.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 06:54 PM
We are on the fourth and final break of the day. When we start again, we will be at level five: 300/600 with a 75 ante.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 06:52 PM
John Phan just busted another player to build his stack up near the 100K mark.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 06:44 PM
Mike Matusow just took down a monster pot and now has 137K. The player to his right mocked him, in the Mouth's own voice, "I never get lucky. I never make a big hand. Oh boo hoo." Matusow just grinned.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 06:41 PM
Bill Gazes raised from the button, J.C. Tran reraised from the blind to 10K, and Gazes flung out four aqua 10K chips, which would have put J.C. all-in. Tran folded and is left with about 25K.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 06:30 PM
I finally got my hands on the payout schedule:
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 06:26 PM
Jennifer Tilly has joined her boyfriend on the rail. With the board of 5 7 6 9 , Jennifer bet 3K, Seat 10 raised to 12K, and Jennifer pushed in for about 30K total. Seat 10 immediately called and turned over K Q for the second-nut flush. Jennifer had 8 5 for the straight. The A river made no difference.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 06:10 PM
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Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 06:07 PM
With a board of T T 2 5 5 , a player bet 14K into a 12K pot. Bill Gazes, after some consideration, just called. The first player sheepishly showed his Q 2 and Bill Gazes showed his T 9 for the full house. When asked by his tablemates why he didn't raise, Bill said, "I'm pretty sure the only way I could get any more of his chips in the middle was if he made quad fives."
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 06:03 PM
Erik Seidel and Nam Le have both busted.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 05:53 PM
Nam Le just got his bell rung by Jason Fretag. On a final board of 7 5 5 4 2 , Fretag checked, Nam Le bet 24K, and Fretag, who had a sizeable chip advantage, made the call, flipping up Q Q . Nam Le mucked and continued shuffling his chips, which count less than 20K now.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 05:50 PM
Jennifer Tilly just lost another chunk of her stack when she got reraised off her hand on the turn by Tommy Hang, sitting to her immediate left. She is below 20K now.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 05:40 PM
Bryan Sumner just busted in another set over set occurrence. With the board of A 9 J 5 Q , he raised all-in and got instantly called. Sumner had 5 5 but his opponent had A A .
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 05:37 PM
Phil Laak has lost his last few chips.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 05:31 PM
Paul Wasicka just made a courageous call. With the board complete, reading J 4 7 T 9 , and about 20K in the pot, his opponent went all-in for about 30K. Wasicka thought for a couple of minutes before making the call, which represented the majority of his chips. His opponent turned over Q J for top pair queen kicker. Wasicka turned over K J for top pair king kicker. How do they do that?
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 05:11 PM
We are on our third break of the day. Play will resume in ten minutes at level four: 200/400 blinds with a 50 ante.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 05:09 PM
With two limpers, Bryan Devonshire popped it from the button to 1K. Both limpers called. The flop came A 5 7 . Seat 6 checked, Seat 7 bet 1.5K, Bryan raised to 4.5K, Seat 6 folded, Seat 7 called. The turn was the K and Seat 6 led out again, this time for 7K. Bryan raised again to 14K and got called again. Both players checked the 9 river. Seat 6 showed A T but Bryan had A Q for the better kicker and scooped the pot.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 05:05 PM
Carlos Mortensen made a flush with his J 7 and took down a 30K pot, vaulting his chipstack to about 135K. Freddy Deeb, meanwhile, has slipped below 80K.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 04:52 PM
If J.C. Tran is going to impress during this tournament, he has a lot of wood to chop. Right now, he is sitting with about 29K in chips.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 04:47 PM
Nenan Medic, on the microstack, doubled through Mike Matusow. Medic had pocket tens and Matusow had an open-end straight draw which didn't get there. After the hand, Medic had about 8K.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 04:44 PM
Phil Laak just lost most of his chips. With an already sizeable pot and a flop of 6 7 4 , Laak bet 11K. John D'Agostino, after a long while, moved all-in for an additional 16K. Laak, who had just 21K left, made the call and turned over 8 8 for the overpair and the gutshot. D'Agostino turned over J J for the better overpair. The 4 turn and 6 river kept the pocket jacks ahead. After paying J-Dags off, Laak has just 4500 left.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 04:25 PM
Joe Pelton just busted when he got his last 20K all-in preflop with A-Q and his opponent held A-K.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 04:18 PM
Michael "Grinder" Mizrachi has busted.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 04:11 PM
One thing I've noticed about this $25K buy-in, deep stack tournament: players are less likely to make the big reraise all-in preflop with A-A or K-K. I have witnessed a number of river showdowns with only medium-sized pots and the two players turn over pocket aces and pocket kings.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 04:07 PM
Johnny Chan took a 10K pot from Joe Hachem when his K Q was best on a board of K 9 2 T Q .
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 03:58 PM
Freddy Deeb appears to be the tallest stack right now, with over 120K
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 03:52 PM
Phil Laak is playing one table away from Jennifer and he keeps getting up when he is not in a hand to check in on her.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 03:51 PM
Jennifer Tilly bet 5.5K on a flop of Q T 7 and got raised to 12K. After taking off the sunglasses and earphones, she asked the villain, "Set?". The villain replied, "Would you like me to answer that honestly?". Tilly looked supremely frustrated as she folded her hand. The villain didn't show.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 03:49 PM
Erick Lindgren got moved from the poker room to the Fontana room and took a seat to Doyle Brunson's left.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 03:38 PM
Joe Hachem just arrived and took his seat.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 03:36 PM
Here we go in level three: 100/200 with a 25 ante.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 03:21 PM
We have just completed level two. Players are on a 15-minute break.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 03:19 PM
Brandon Cantu had a $1000 bet with a friend over the total number of players in this tournament. Brandon bet that it would be 640 or higher. It was 639.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 03:17 PM
Bryan Devonshire asked me to post: "Tell them to stop flopping sets against me!"
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 03:14 PM
Nenan Medic popped a limp pot from the big blind and got one caller. The board came T 2 T , Medic bet 2K and got called. The turn came 6, Medic checked and his opponent checked and turned over his pocket jacks, not realizing that they were only at the turn. They continued the hand and the river was the Q . Nenan bet 3.5K and his opponent rolled his eyes and mucked the jacks. The floor was called and the player was issued a warning for exposing his cards, even though it was inadvertent. Mike Matusow, at the same table, commented, "I don't think anyone at this table is thinking straight. That's about the tenth time someone - including me - has screwed up!"
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 03:00 PM
There is a new rule in effect. Actually, I saw it at the WSOP last year, but now it is being enforced differently. But first, I must set the scene. On a board of 4 A 6 3 5 , Freddy Deeb bet 11K on the river. His opponent finally flipped one card over - the A - and then slid both cards to the dealer. The dealer then - without being prompted by any other player at the table - flipped over the other card, which was the T . When the player objected, the dealer said that the "show one, show both" rule is in effect and now automatic for the dealers.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 02:56 PM
Gus Hansen - who by the way is playing at the same table as Doyle Brunson - looks distracted and/or bored. He continually gets up from his chair and chats with other players, and he barely pays attention to hands he is not involved in.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 02:44 PM
I nearly forgot ... there's a poker tournament going on here. I just noticed a chip stack getting blinded off. Next to it is a sticky note that reads, "Joe Hachem".
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 02:42 PM
OK, I took an aspirin and I'm feeling much better now.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 02:39 PM
And while I'm in a ranting mood, listen to me a bit more: What is it with some poker writers and websites listing a ten as "10" instead of "T"? A pair of tens looks plain silly as "1010", like a binary code or something. I have heard it said that "T" could be mistaken for a two or three. Oh really? Don't we already have one-character symbols for those - "2" and "3" - in use for some thousand years or so now? I say to those people, "F off!" I don't have to worry about them getting mad at me. They'll just take it as "Four off!" or "Five off!" and get mildly confused. So let's all agree now to use "T" for ten from here on out. Whaddya say?
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 02:31 PM
I wonder if any tournaments will ever take the step to ban headphones and Ipods? There must be about 30% of the players here using these, and it is all too common to see someone take their headphones off and ask, "What's the bet?" or "Is it on me?" or "What just happened?". Furthermore, they often miss tournament announcements. Will it ever come to being banned? Does a player's need to focus outweigh the lack of consideration to the table?
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 02:16 PM
According to the tournament staff, there are 335 players in today's session. That brings the total number to 639, a new record. I will post the payout schedule as soon as it is released.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 02:07 PM
Carlos Mortensen just got away with one. With the board reading 8 3 A 7 8 and less than 10K in the pot, Carlos bet 20K on the river. His young opponent took several minutes to fold. John D'Agostino, sitting next to Carlos, said, "Show them the bluff!". Carlos obliged by turning over J 4 , absolutely nothing. "How did you know?" he asked J-Dags. "I just knew ...", replied John.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 01:52 PM
We have just begun level 2 now: 100/200 blinds.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 01:38 PM
Level one has just completed and we are on our first break. I don't have a final count of players yet, but I do know that we have exceeded last year's record.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 01:36 PM
Bryan Devonshire, our PokerPages comrade, has just been moved from the poker room to the Fontana room. He is right about where he started, with 49K in chips.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 01:30 PM
David Singer took a nice pot from Cory Zeidman. With the board of 2 9 2 2 and the pot of 22K , Zeidman checked, Singer bet 10K, and Zeidman, after staring at those three deuces for a minute or two, slid his cards to the dealer.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 01:18 PM
A correction from that Eugene Todd hand. I had gotten there just as the hand concluded, and I read the board backwards. So for clarification, the flop was T T 6 and it went bet/call. The turn was the 6 and it went check/check. The river was the J and that's when the fireworks went off. Same tragic ending.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 01:13 PM
I see that Gavin Griffin, after winning the EPT Grand Final for $2.4 million, is not taking his newfound fame and fortune too seriously.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 01:11 PM
Eugene Todd just knocked out on a bonecrusher of a hand. Get this: he got all-in with J J on a flop of J 6 6 and was up against 6 6 ! The flopped over full house versus flopped quads! The T T turn and river were meaningless. Todd left in disgust.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 01:04 PM
Is it possible that the Bellagio tournament staff reads PokerPages.com? The floor is going around adding some 1K chips to the tables in exchange for 10K chips. Apparently, they read this blog and were moved to action. The power of the press! (OK, folks, I know I had nothing to do with it, so please don't write me.) Incidentally, it was this process which caused the 10K overage reported earlier.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 01:00 PM
The buzz going around the room is about Ted Forrest. Though I did not witness it, here is what I heard from the WPT staff that spoke with Ted after the hand: on the second hand of the day, Ted picked up pocket aces and raised. He got called from a player who had pocket queens. The flop came out K-J-x and the other player bet 3K but mistakenly put three 10K chips out there instead, thereby betting 30K. Ted correctly read that he had made a mistake and moved all-in. The other player reluctantly made the call for the rest of his chips. A queen came on the river, doubling up the other player and knocking Ted Forrest out of the tournament!
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 12:44 PM
A player was inadvertently given 60K in starting chips instead of 50K. The mistake was not discovered until he was involved in a hand. Erik Seidel and Kathy Liebert, sitting just to his left, stared in disbelief as the floor came and rectified the problem.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 12:35 PM
J.C. Tran, the hottest man in poker right now, has his friend and protege, Nam Le, sitting two to his left. Hey may just regret some of those lessons.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 12:33 PM
Another example in the "stacked table" department: seats 6-10 at table 53 go like this: Phil Laak, Carlos Mortensen, John D'Agostino, Mimi Tran, and Amir Vahedi.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 12:23 PM
I could go to the trouble of naming all the big poker players who are here today, but let's simplify the procedure. Everyone who is anyone in poker, who didn't play yesterday and ... cough ... isn't presently suing the World Poker Tour, is here and seated.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 12:19 PM
Most of the players have arrived and things are beginning to get settled down. Table 56 is stacked with J.C. Alvarado, Mark Newhouse, Marco Traniello, Kevin Song, Freddy Deeb, Allen Cunningham, plus an empty seat mystery player.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 12:06 PM
Play ball! We are now under way!
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 12:02 PM
According to the clock, we still have six minutes before starting. I was chatting with some of the dealers, and there is some annoyance over the fact that there are four 10K chips but only five 1K chips. Making change is a constant hassle, as players often have to flick out a 10K chip, announce what they want to bet, and then have to get change from the pot or another player.
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 11:37 AM
I know there was some speculation that Doyle Brunson may not play this tournament. He has been noticeably absent from a number of recent events. However, I can report a Doyle sighting just ten minutes ago. So it looks like he will be among the field today!
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 11:11 AM
I just got set up here in the Fontana Room at the Bellagio. The cards go in the air in 50 minutes. A few minutes ago, they started the final one-table satellite with five-minute blind rounds. The floorperson said, "Don't worry, this will all be over within 40 minutes!"
Sunday, 22nd of April 2007 09:28 AM
We are scheduled to get underway with Day 1B in just a couple hours. It remains to be seen whether we will eclipse last year's number of 605 players. It's going to be close. Check back at noon PDT for all the action!
Yesterday's session was action-packed, as the nobody-had-ever-heard-of-her-until-five-days-ago Anna Wroblewski continued her near savant-like poker playing to amass more than 200K in chips. Daniel Alaei, however, made a big run late in the session to challenge Anna's lead, but fell a little short.
Here were the final results from yesterday's session:
End of Day 1A Chip Counts
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