Main Event - day 1a
Sunday, 26th of August 2007 12:48 AM
Play has ended for the night and I will do my best to let you know some chip counts and players still in!
Saturday, 25th of August 2007 11:47 PM
Some familiar names in the tournament include:
"Miami" John Cernuto
Once we reach the end of this level, the remaining players will bag and tag their chips and head home for the night. I will try to get a chip count posted at the end of the night, if I can!
Saturday, 25th of August 2007 11:01 PM
We are entering into the final level for the night. The blinds are at 400-800 with a 100 ante.
I really need to stop mentioning the people that I've met on here until they get deep. The action folded around to the sb who limped in and Jason Atwood checked his BB with 10 6 . The flop was a monstrous 8 7 9 giving Jason the straight AND a redraw to a flush and straight flush. He bet out 6k and the sb popped it another 20k. Jason moved all-in and the sb called with K Q . The turn was a 4 and the river was a brick. Jason Atwood was sent packing for the rest of the night.
Saturday, 25th of August 2007 09:55 PM
Mark Seif is one of our new casualties and We still have 133 players.
Anna Wroblewski just doubled up to 47k with a flush on the river against her opponent.
Our current chipleader is still Peter Neff who has 134k.
Another player I've met while covering these tournaments is still in and deserves some Kudo's for NOT going broke with pocket K's when he was beat! Jason Atwood is still hanging in with 35k. Personally, I think he's due a win.
Saturday, 25th of August 2007 08:56 PM
The players are back from Break and cards are once again in the air. The blinds are 300-600 with a 75 ante.
Right before the break Mickey Mills got all of his money in the middle with K-J and ran up against Anna Wroblewski who was holding K-Q. She couldn't bear to watch as the flop came A-K-8, the turn was a 3 and the river was a 9. Mickey Mills has been given the rest of the tournament off and Anna is up to 41k.
Saturday, 25th of August 2007 08:42 PM
Here are the top 10 chipleaders:
Peter Neff 104,000
Steve Sung 98,000
Raymond Davis 81,000
Todd Phillips 63,000
Jonathan Little 61,000
Anahit Galajian 50,000
Mike McClain 46,400
Tom Franklin 42,000
David Pham 41,000
Ciaran O Leary 40,900
And these are the newest rail birds:
Saturday, 25th of August 2007 08:11 PM
We are down to 145 players with a chip average of 30,207.
Saturday, 25th of August 2007 07:46 PM
Allen Cuningham has been quiet today. He just lost a pot when his A-Q turned two pair, but his opponent catches his runner-runner straight on the river. Allen is down to 9,500.
Saturday, 25th of August 2007 07:27 PM
Ok! I just became the news (somewhat). I'm walking the hall back to the tournament room when James Pittman, a recent runner-up in one of our events, walks towards me and says, "pocket aces and the other guy gets a full house! Can you believe that?" He tells me this as he's handing me his pocket aces that appearantly he felt like taking with him as a souvenir. I take the cards and his seating card and turn around to see that a floorman is chasing after him to retrieve the poker paraphernalia. I hand it off and scoot away from the scene of the crime.
Saturday, 25th of August 2007 07:06 PM
The players have returned to 200-400 blinds with a 50 ante.
Saturday, 25th of August 2007 06:55 PM
The field is on a ten minute break. Just before the break David Pham took his pocket 5's into battle and saw a flop of J-9-5. Pham fired out 1,500 and his opponent re-raises to 5k. David moves all-in and his opponent calls showing J-9 for top two pair. The turn and river was A-7 and David drags in a pot of over 50k.
Saturday, 25th of August 2007 06:48 PM
Steve Buchner just got all of his money in with pocket queens versus the pocket aces of his opponent and couldn't catch a break. He told me that the player who held the aces had gotten them just 3 or 4 hands earlier, so Steve didn't put him on that hand. He did say that he'd been playing poker 101 during the first portion of the tournament which got him as high as 47k, but overplayed that one hand that cost him his tournament life.
Saturday, 25th of August 2007 06:01 PM
Here are the chipleaders at this point:
Todd Phillips 51,400
Raymond Davis 44,750
Gavin Griffin 41,800
Steve Buckner 41,000
Mikael Thuritz 39,400
Karga Holt 39,000
Tim West 36,800
Ali Eslami 36,400
Don Zewin 34,000
Tom Franklin 33,800
And the not so happy players who have been sent to the rail include:
The current chip average is 24k. We have 176 players remaining out of 219 total.
Saturday, 25th of August 2007 05:27 PM
As I speak, Steve Buchner is our chipleader with 42k.
Saturday, 25th of August 2007 05:15 PM
The players are on a short break and will return to 100-200 blinds with 25 antes.
Saturday, 25th of August 2007 05:06 PM
With the board reading 3-K-4-7-10, Vanessa Rousso checks to Evan Marshall who fires out a 5k bet into a 4k pot. Vanessa insta-calls showing A-K and Evan has the 5-6 for the straight. Evan is upt to 24k and Vanessa is down to 14k.
I've been working the tournaments at The Bike for the past month and I meet all kinds of interesting people. One of the most interesting ones so far has to be Steve Buckner. If you don't know who he is, you will if you follow the WSOP coverage from this last year. He also was present for the Bellagio Cup 3, where he was nicknamed "The Terrell Owens of Poker" by the media who was covering the event. He actually got sat at a table with Mike Matusow who was at a loss for words when it came to Steve. Anyways, I'm cruising through the tournament room and I overheard Steve tell a player,"If I can shut Mike up...I can shut you up cuz!" Already up to his usual antics. Gotta love it!
Saturday, 25th of August 2007 03:38 PM
Here are some of our chip couts thus far:
Chad Brown 25,200
Aaron Been 24,600
Joe Pelton 23,600
Burt Boutin 22,900
Amnon Filippi 22,400
Max Pescatori 22,300
Mark Gregorich 22,000
Marco Johnson 21,400
Ciaran O Leary 20,800
The big story in the tournament room has to be the air conditioning! The room is blistering hot. The staff is working on the problem, but one could only imagine how it must feel sitting at a table with 9 other players and having to peel yourself off your neighbor!! Gross!
On a board of 7-4-2-2-10 Bea Shemburg bet 1,500 from the big blind and Kathy Liebert raised to 5,000 from middle position. Shemburg made the call and Shemburg flipped over 10-7. Liebert was disgusted to see the river 2 pair and mucked her hand.
Saturday, 25th of August 2007 02:58 PM
So, for those of you who may have not heard, there has been some changes since the last WPT event with respect to our coverage. Cardplayer magazine has bought up the media rights to the WPT main events and it has taken effect in this event. This does not mean that I can't bring you the info that everyone so desires. In fact, it increases my chances of getting the real "scoop" that's going down during the tournament. With that being said, we are still in the infancy of this heat. Some of the players that are late arrivals include,
Saturday, 25th of August 2007 02:16 PM
After some announcements and some pompt and circumstance, the cards got in the air. Each player has received 20,000 chips and the blinds start out at 50-100. The levels are 90 minutes long and we will play 6 levels for the 2 day 1 heats.
Last year, Joe Pelton came from out of nowhere to claim The Legends of Poker title and over $1.5 Million top prize money. This year we might see that varitable unknown emerge from out of the shadows to repeat Joe's success. Regaurdless of the outcome, Pokerpages.com will stay on top of all of the action to bring you the real stories that are to follow.
So far, we have 145 seats taken for the day 1a heat which will play 6 levels of 90 minutes before ending the day. Some of the names include: Justin Bonomo, Farzad Bonyadi, Burt Boutin, Chad Brown, Hoyt Corkins, Allen Cunningham, Raymond Davis, Jared Hamby, "Miami" John Cernuto, Ted Lawson, Toto Leonidas, Kathy Liebert, Mike Matusow, Frankie O'Dell, Ciaran O'Leary, Joe Pelton, Max Pescatori, Shannon Shorr and Mimi Tran. Saturday's heat has the most players signed up in it at this point, but with satelites still going and players not in town yet, this will prove to be a big event.
Since the beginning of The Legends of Poker, Brian Heptinstall has brought you the best live action updates and info for each of the events. Be sure to keep up with him and his quest to continue to bring the stories from the felt. Brian even managed to take second place in the media event here at The Legends this year! You can reach Brian at email@example.com.
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