$9,600 + $400 Championship
Monday, 25th of February 2008 10:58 PM
Here are the 58 players who will return at 12:30pm PST Tuesday:
Monday, 25th of February 2008 09:55 PM
That's it for today. The remaining 58 players are counting and bagging their chips now. These folks have already left with some extra spending money:
Monday, 25th of February 2008 09:38 PM
With just 17 minutes left in the current level and in play for today, the bubble has finally burst. The roar went up and was followed by lots of handshakes and congratulations around the room. The remaining 63 players are now guaranteed to leave with no less than $20,020.
As it turns out, the bubble boy was the player who was stalling earlier and caused the early switch to hand-for-hand. I would have to say that's poker karma coming back to bite him on the ass.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 09:31 PM
Phil Hellmuth moved in on the flop of J 8 3 and got called by the player in seat 4. Phil's J8 (two pair) was leading the J9 of his opponent, but he had to sweat the last two cards, which were Q 5. Phil H. doubled up.
Theo Tran is taking advantage of the tight bubble play by raising almost every hand. At one point he even announced to the table, after raising, that he had not even looked at his cards.
Alan Goehring limped in and got raised to 100k. Allen moved his last 106k in and showed AQ. His opponent held pocket 6s and it was off to the races. An Ace on the flop was all Allen needed to survive and double-up.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 09:09 PM
Un unknown player busted out to get them to the bubble (64 players) and they've been stalled at 64 for the last half-hour, playing hand for hand.
Yury Parad raised and Alan Goehring called from the big blind. Both checked the flop of 8 5 5 . Turn was the 3 . Allen lead for 30k and after about a minute of thought, Yury moved all-in. Allen folded.
Shortly after, these two players tangled again. This time both checked the flop of Q 7 4 and the turn, which was the T . When the J landed on the river, Allen (button) bet 12. After some consideration, Yury announced "call". Allen rolled over K 9 and said "straight". Yury seemed disgusted and took his time counting out the 12k chip to call. Allen said "hey, I just gave you 30k, you can give some back".
On the turn with the board showing 8 6 4 2 Phil Ivey (bb) bet 20k. Seat 2 made the call and the river was the J . Phil fired 50k at the pot and seat 2 surrendered.
Phil Ivey is now up to about 675k and still in the chip lead. Yury Parad is in second place with 640k and Kyle Burnside is third with 625k.
Still 64 players; still hand-for-hand.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 08:37 PM
Back before the break, Antonio Esfandiari was in a hand with Kyle Burnside. On the flop of A K 6 , Kyle (bb) bet 65k. Antonio (button) pushed out a bunch of chips to raise. When Kyle asked how much, it turned out that there was only 125k - a minimum raise would have been to 130k. Antonio completed the raise to 130k and Kyle moved all-in. Antonio went into the tank and said "Ace-six, huh?". He finally surrendered his hand and Kyle showed the 9 8 (just a flush draw).
After losing those chips, Antonio was short-stacked. He got his chips in with K 6 and ran into a player holding AK. The better hand held up and Antonio 'the Magician' Esfandiari vanished in 66th place.
65 players remain.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 08:25 PM
Level 16: Blinds 3k/6k with 1k antes. Play has resumed. This will be the last level of the night.
66 players. Still playing hand-for-hand.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 08:10 PM
Jennifer Tilly got all-in for 190k with AJ offsuit against the pocket Tens of Humberto Brenes. Board came A 7 5 7 J and Miss Tilly doubled up, leaving the Shark with only about 80k.
With 66 players remaining and three more to go to the money, a player at one of the tables was stalling, taking 6 minutes to act on each hand, even if folding. The other tables learned of this and some of them started stalling, too. The TD decided to go hand-for-hand to nullify the stalling. That slowed everything down to a crawl.
The clock ran out and level 15 ended. Now they're on break and coloring up the 500 chips.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 07:51 PM
Michael Kamran got his short-stack all in in bad shape. His KJ was dominated by KQ. Michael caught the miracle Jack on the river to survive and double up, but he's still short-stacked and will need to move again soon.
Down to 66 players down, with three more to go to the money. The average is now over 201,500.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 07:27 PM
Three players have hit the bricks since dinner, including Richard Kirsch. With 69 players still in the hunt, Phil Ivey has taken sole possesion of the chip lead wtih 653k. His closest competitor is Mike Hamparsomian, who has 464k. Both Blair Hinkle and Andrew Robl are in the low 400s.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 07:00 PM
Play has resumed. Still Level 15: Blinds 2k/4k with 500 antes.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 06:00 PM
72 players remain. Only 63 will get paid. Nine more must go to reach the money.
That bell you hear ringing is the dinner bell, signalling that it is 6pm here and time to break for chow. Play will resume at 7pm PST.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 05:40 PM
Noah Schwartz doubled up through Jennifer Tilly when she called his all-in with pocket 8s. Noah held pocket Kings and they stood up to double him up. JTil was left with ~60k.
Level 15: Blinds 2k/4k with 500 antes. Play continues without a break until 6pm when they will take dinner.
There is a lot of unrest among the players as they approach the dinner break and also approach the money bubble.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 05:28 PM
With 75 players remaining in this event, only two of them are women: Jennifer Tilly and Svetlana Gromenkova. And it just so happens that they are both at the same table -- a table they share with a tough crowd: Andrew Robl, Mike Wattel, Noah Schwartz, and Humberto Brenes.
Mark Seif previously resided at this table, but he has been sent packing, courtesy of Svetlana. On the turn, the board read K J 2 7 (no suit) and Sveltana bet 11k. Mark min-raised to 22k, then Svetlana kicked it up 48k more. Mark called all-in with 76 (pair of 7s). Svetlana held pocket 7s for the set. Mark was drawing stone-cold-dead.
Odie Dardon has also departed.
Blair Hinkle has overtaken the field, taking the chip lead with ~600k.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 05:03 PM
Weikai Chang called an all-in with pocket Tens and was racing against AQ. The board was Jack high and Weikai took the pot, sending another player to the rail.
Haralabos Voulgaris was crippled when his pocket Jacks failed to hold up against an opponent's AT. He busted out shortly after.
78 players remain. The average is over 170,500. Only 63 of these guys will get paid.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 04:35 PM
During the previous level, Chris Bell, Mark Newhouse, Anna Wroblewski, Thayer Rasmussen, and Kenna James busted out. Check out Kenna's blog on PokerPages.com for the details on his departure.
Raymond Davis got all in with K T and Blair HInkle looked him up with A Q . They both paired on the flop of A K 5 but Blair's pair was better. Raymond was left looking for one of three Tens left in the deck, but the last two cards were 7 9 and Raymond was rousted.
Mark Seif raised to 9k from the middle, the small blind called, then Humberto Brenes went into "shark mode" from the big blind, moved all-in. He pulled out his toy sharks with the flashing lights and started hamming it up for the crowd that had assembled around the table. "Only for TV!" he says, about his sharks, but continues with the act. Mark Seif finally surrenders his hand, then it was up to the small blind. He also gives it up and Humberto takes the pot.
David Singer raised from the middle and then seat 5 (button) moved all-in for 51,500. David thought about it for a while, then decided to make the all. His pocket 9s were ahead of his opponent's K Q , but it was essentially a race. The board came A 6 3 Q 4 and seat 5 caught a pair on the turn to double up.
Patrick Sullivan got all in with A Q against Theo Tran's A K . Patrick couldn't catch up and was busted.
Phil Ivey is up to 528k and has taken the chip lead.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 04:09 PM
Level 14: Blinds 1,500/3,000 with 500 antes. Play has resumed.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 03:53 PM
Level 13 is a wrap and players are taking 15 while the staff color up the 100 chips.
Andrew Robl is still in the lead with about 440k. Phil Ivey has snuck into second with 431k. Blair Hinkle has come out of nowhere to take third with 426k. Antonio has dropped to 4th with 408k.
91 players remain. Average is over 146k.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 03:09 PM
Gavin Smith got all in with AQ and was racing against a player with pocket 7s. He caught a Queen on the flop, but there was a 7 hiding behind it and Gavin could not catch up. He's a goner.
On a flop of A 7 2, Humberto Brenes got his ~50k all in with pocket 7s (middle set) against Noah Schwarts, holding AJ (top pair). The set held up and Humberto doubled up to over 100k.
'Miami' John Cernuto has hit the rail along with Padraig Parkinson.
On the turn with the board showing 9 8 6 Q, Kenny Chuor got all in against Andrew Robl. Kenny's pocket Jacks were in bad shape against Andrew's AQ. River was a brick and Kenny was bounced.
With that pot, Andrew Robl has edged out Antonio for the chip lead. Andrew is currently at about 440k to Antonio's 410k. Theo Tran has claimed third with about 350k while Danny Fuhs has lost some ground and is now 4th with about 345k.
99 players remain. Average is now over 134k.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 02:49 PM
Ray Davis limped on the button, Vadim Trincher completed the small, then David Singer moved all in from the big, for 35,800 over the blind. Ray thought about it for a bit, then made the call. Vadim bowed out. Ray's pocket 9s were ahead of David's pocket 7s, but the board came A J 7 6 J and David flopped the set and boated on the river to double up. After that hand, Ray was down to about 67k.
Antonio Esfandiari busted the player in seat 1 with pocket Aces. After adding those chips to his stack Antonio is in the 400k neighborhood.
Dan Harrington raised (utg) and Marcel Sabag hit it again from the button. Dan moved his last chips in, which was only about 7k over the re-raise. Marcel called, showing A K . Dan's Q 8 needed help if he was going to survive. It was not to be, however, as the board came K Q 9 4 3 and Dan was done.
On the river, the board read A K Q 2 3 . Seat 7 (sb) checked and Kenna James (button) fired 10k. After about a minute in the tank, seat 7 made the call. Kenna said "good call" as he saw the player roll over Q 9 (pair of Queens).
Jennifer Tilly moved all in from the hijack and it was up to Noah Schwartz in the big blind. After a bit of thought, he mucked his pocket 8s face up.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 02:24 PM
Level 13: Blinds 1,200/2,400 with 400 antes. Play has resumed.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 02:07 PM
The bell has rung signaling the end of level 12 and beginning of a 15 minute break.
Before the bell:
David Benyamine was busted when he got his chips in with pocket 9s, only to face pocket Queens. David couldn't catch up and rushed downstairs to take his seat in the big cash game.
Jennifer Tilly shipped a lot of chips across the table when her pocket Tens ran into pocket Kings.
Robert Mizrachi, Fred Goldberg, Steve O'Dwyer, and Farzad Bonyadi were all felted during the first level of play today.
113 players remain. Average is ~117,700.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 01:16 PM
Ray Coburn got his chips in good with pocket Queens, getting looked up by a player with T3. Of course the T3 turned into a full house and Ray was toast.
Chris Bell opened for 7k and David Singer kicked it on up to 21k. Back to Chris, who moved in for 40k more. David made the call, only to find that his AK was in bad shape against Chris' pocket Kings. The board changed nothing and Chris doubled up.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 12:53 PM
Jon Freidberg got his short stack all-in pre-flop against Phil Ivey. Jon held AJ and dominated Phil's AT; Theo Tran commented that he folded AT. Nevertheless, a Ten hit the flop to ship the pot to Phil and give Jon the rest of the day off.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 12:37 PM
Level 12: Blinds 1k/2k with 300 antes. Cards are in the air.
Monday, 25th of February 2008 12:27 PM
Play should be underway shortly. 136 players survived day 2. Here they are sorted by their day 3 table and seat assignments:
Day 3 action is scheduled to begin at 12:30pm Monday.
Danny Fuhs came out of nowhere late on day 2 to take a huge chip lead. He will begin day 3 with 397,100 chips.
Kaelaine Minton Reporting
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