Day 2 of the 2007 World Series of Poker $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event
Saturday, 23rd of June 2007 01:23 AM(Michael Cheser reporting)
Our final table for tomorrow is set:
Saturday, 23rd of June 2007 01:21 AM(Michael Cheser reporting)
Michael Trimby eliminated Steve Cohn when his pocket queens stayed ahead of A 3 . Steve Cohn goes out in 12th place, taking home $30,510.
John Esposito saved us all the trouble of having to condense to one table for the final ten. He accomplished this feat courtesy of a pair of jacks. In a three-way all-in before the flop, Esposito's jacks were up against the pocket threes of Ken Adams and the A-Q of Michael Ium. The board came K-7-6-K-J. Esposito made a full house and busted two players on the same hand. In this case, the eliminated player who had the most chips when the hand started gets the higher finish. So Michael Ium finished in 11th place and Ken Adams finished in 10th place, each getting paid $30,510.
Saturday, 23rd of June 2007 12:44 AM(Michael Cheser reporting)
Five more have busted:
We are down to two tables of six players. Three more eliminations and we will have our final table. I spoke with David Mitchell-Lolis shortly after his bustout. He said that the hand where he lost half his chips with 2-2 against K-J was his demise. After that, he couldn't get anything going and seemed to have a deuce in his hand every time he looked down at his cards.
Friday, 22nd of June 2007 11:59 PM(Michael Cheser reporting)
Here is the complete bustout board for those who finished in the money:
Friday, 22nd of June 2007 11:42 PM(Michael Cheser reporting)
In a raised pot, the flop came 9 9 4 . James Boltin checked, Matthew Traudt went all-in for about 120K, and Boltin called instantly, flipping over A 9 for trips with top kicker. Traudt looked crestfallen, as he thought he would be ahead with J J . The 8 6 turn-river ended Traudt's remarkable comeback, in 19th place.
With that elimination, they condensed to two tables. Then, when Sal Mangiafico raised to 45K, Aaron Kanter moved all-in for 200K. Sal called and flipped up A K . Kanter was in tough shape with K J . The board came all babies: 7 4 3 6 7 . The ace-king was good for the pot. Aaron Kanter is out in 18th place.
Larry Goldstein doubled through David Mitchell-Lolis when his K J overcame 2 2 . Mitchell-Lolis lost about half his chips on that hand. He is going for his second final table, by the way, as he finished 4th in Event #12 earlier in this Series.
Friday, 22nd of June 2007 09:10 PM(Michael Cheser reporting)
Belinda Casey went out in 36th place, so we had an estrogen-free field for the final 35. Phil Gordon succumbed in 28th spot, so his quest for his bracelet will have to resume in a future event.
Nam Le is hanging in there with just about 100K, while the average chip stack is 317K.
24 players remain. This event just went on dinner break until 10:30pm.
Friday, 22nd of June 2007 07:48 PM(Michael Cheser reporting)
J.C. Alvarado pushed all-in from the button for about 50K and got called by the big blind. Alvarado was in horrible shape, as his puny 9-4 was up against 9-9. No miracle came to rescue him, so he is out in 37th place.
Matthew Traudt was sitting at the adjacent table with a tiny 10K stack and was about to get swallowed up by the big blind the next hand. He was keeping an eye on the other tables, as he knew that once another player got eliminated, then not only would he make another $2,700, but also that his table would be broken and he may get to look at a few more hands.
So once Alvarado busted, he quickly caught the attention of the floor, and his table was broken. Once he made it to his new table, he went all-in right away for his 9K and got called by three players. At the end, his K-T was best on a 3-3-Q-K-9 board, so he quadrupled up. Then he moved all-in the next hand and captured the blinds and antes. Suddenly he went from being on life support to having 72K in front of him!
Friday, 22nd of June 2007 06:36 PM(Michael Cheser reporting)
With blinds at 3K/6K (500 ante), Saleen Damania pushed out his last 12.5K from under the gun. Phil Gordon, on the button, called, as did the big blind. Both players checked down every street, as the board came 4 9 3 3 9 . Damania turned over J T , Gordon showed A 8 , and the big blind mucked. Gordon's ace kicker played and he won the 45K pot, increasing his stack to over 90K. Saleen Damania went to the payout station to get his ticket for 51st place ($11,788) and said, "Not bad for my first time!"
The tournament staff is racing off and coloring up the 500 chips. At the completion of that task, the players will be on a 15-minute break. When they return, the new blinds will be 4K/8K with a 1K ante.
Friday, 22nd of June 2007 05:31 PM(Michael Cheser reporting)
John Paul Niemela raised preflop and Kevin Song re-raised. Niemela re-raised all-in for another 49K. Song went into the tank to consider it.
"You want to gamble?" asked Song.
"I've already gambled," replied Niemela, pointing to his chips in the middle, "now it's up to you."
Smiling, Song slid out the 49K. Niemela turned up A K and was ahead of Song, who had Q T .
The flop was K 9 J , giving Niemela top pair but ... ahem ... giving Song the flopped nut straight. The other players at the table gasped. The 2 turn and 6 river put Niemela out of his misery.
"You know this dealer?" one of the players asked Song with a wink, as Niemela made his way to the payout station.
Meanwhile, Ed Pellegrini asked the floor for a new setup and the floorman denied his request, saying that new decks would only be introduced if there were something wrong with one of the cards. Undeterred, Pellegrini got up from his chair and followed the floorman, repeating his request, but receiving the same answer. A few moments later, Pellegrini told the dealer, "Look, there's something wrong with that card!" The dealer called the same floorman, who was juggling about six other tasks at the moment. When he heard the claim about a bad card, he acquiesced and told the dealer to bring out a new deck. Squeaky wheel!
69 players remain. We are playing to the final nine tonight.
Friday, 22nd of June 2007 04:00 PM(Jennifer Newell reporting)
There are 92 competitors left.
Players are returning from a short break during which the floor staff was coloring up to get rid of the 100 chips. With the start of the new level, blinds are 2000/4000 with a 500 ante.
Friday, 22nd of June 2007 03:36 PM(Jennifer Newell reporting)
Geez. Michael's right - this is the all-in fest. There are already less than 100 remaining players, and that number is going down fast. Among those eliminated are Joe Sebok, Joe Tehan, and Clonie Gowen, the latter being eliminated by Phil Gordon.
With the elimination of Clonie, there is one woman remaining in the field.
One player who busted yelled, "I love poker!" You'd love it more if you were at the final table, I'm guessing, but that's a much better reaction than many players I've seen who huff and puff, curse and insult.
Dutch Boyd made a good laydown when he was looking at a pot of approximately 100k, the board showed K 6 8 A 2 , and his opponent moved all-in. Dutch thought for many minutes, and another player finally called the clock on him. He mucked. His opponent showed pocket 6's for trips, and Dutch didn't show but claimed he laid down pocket 2's.
Friday, 22nd of June 2007 02:57 PM(Michael Cheser reporting)
I hereby dub this event the "2007 All-In Summer Festival". I couldn't walk amongst the tables without hearing those two fateful words again and again. Many players were taking their stands with mediocre hands like A-9, K-8, and 2-2. Paul Foltyn moved in for his last 20K with K 9 and got called by Joe Tehan holding A Q . The board came J 5 6 Q 6 and Paul headed to the rail.
Jennifer Lam and Kathy Liebert busted within minutes of each other, so Clonie Gowen and Belinda Casey are the only remaining women in the field.
Phil Gordon, among the chip leaders, is adding to his stack by raising two or three times per orbit. Most of the others at his table are giving him a wide berth.
Friday, 22nd of June 2007 02:39 PM(Jennifer Newell reporting)
Play has begun, and there are eliminations happening faster than the floor staff can write their names.
We are already down to 124 players, and that number has probably decreased in the time it took me to walk back to the media room!
We are now at the $4,334 payout level, and as soon as we can get a list of money finishers thus far, they will be posted here.
(Jennifer Newell reporting)
Players will return at 2pm PST today with the following chip counts and seat assignments:
The second largest field so far of the 2007 World Series of Poker started play with dreams of winning $616,154 and a bracelet. 2,541 players carried this dream with them but by the end of the day less then 10% of that number was remaining. The pros came... they saw... they went. Well most of them, anyway. Still in the running for the ever hard to get bracelet are Joe Sebok, Phil Gordon, Kathy Liebert, Clonie Gowen, Nam Le, Kevin Song, Juha Helppi, and John Juanda.
Just as many amateurs and unknowns that wish to not be unknown remain. Will they be able to overcome the tough competition or will the big names reign supreme? Action will resume at 2 p.m. and will continue until they reach the final table. Join pokerpages.com for all the exciting coverage of this star studded No-Limit Hold'Em event.
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