$9,700 + $300 Championship
Sunday, 06th of April 2008 01:45 AM
End of day 2 chip counts with day 3 table and seat assignments:
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 08:41 PM
Level 10 has ended and the survivors are counting their chips. Approximately 75 players are still in the hunt. When the full chip counts are available, they will be posted here.
I believe Paul Snead is the chip leader with 472,700. Rajendra Patel is second with 393,700 and Ted Forrest may be third with 339,100.
Day 3 will begin at noon eastern time on Sunday.
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 08:05 PM
I made it to the floor just in time to catch this: On a flop of K Q 8 , Hoyt Corkins (small blind) checked, Rich Meli (middle position) bet 12k, and Hoyt moved all in for another ~67k on top. Rich went into the tank for a few minutes, then decided to call, showing pocket Aces. When he rolled his hand, Hoyt said "uh-oh". Hoyt held J T and Rich was holding two of his outs. Hoyt needed an Ace or 9 to complete his straight, or two running combinations of Jacks/Tens. Last two cards came 5 J and Hoyt was busted.
On a flop of A 9 2 , Chris Dombrowski (big blind) bet 12k, Erik Seidel (button) raised to 27.5k, and Chris hit it again for another 57.5k. Erik, who had about 84k left, tanked for several minutes, but finally surrendered.
Raj Patel has lost a bit of ground and also the chip lead. Paul Snead has taken over the lead.
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 07:41 PM
Raj Patel is still the chip leader with about 420k. He has been out in front of the pack for most of day 2. Paul Snead has been hanging with him in second place, sitting on about 360k. Ted Forrest has staked his claim to third with ~310k. As the last hour of the day ticks away, we will see if these guys can hang on to their chips or not.
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 07:11 PM
Level 10: Blinds 1k/2k with 300 antes. Play has resumed. This will be the last level of the day.
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 06:56 PM
End of level 9 and the remaining 96 players are taking a 15 minute break.
It looked like the level was going out with a whimper as play has slowed considerably, but just before the break, there was a three-way all-in. Shane 'Shaniac' Schleger held pocket 8s, Mike Martin held pocket Jacks, and Ted Forrest, who had them both covered, held pocket Aces and the lead. The board came A Q J T 3 and Ted felted two players with one set. That pot put Ted over the 300k mark.
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 06:16 PM
Things were not so exciting during my latest visit to the tournament floor. I did see Nenad Medic double up when his pocket Aces filled up on a board of A 3 2 5 2.
Not many hands are making it to showdown. Andrew Barta limped, seat 5 limped, Vinnie Procopio completed the small blind and Hoyt Corkins checked his option. Flop was 9 7 5 and it was checked to seat 5, who bet 5k. The blinds folded and Andrew called. turn was the A and both checked. River was the 2 and Andrew bet 11k. Seat 5 let it go.
With the board showing 9 7 4 T seat 4 fired 5,200. Ken Adams raised to 20k and went into statue mode. Seat 4 seemed to be struggling with his decision, but couldn't get any read off of Ken. Seat 4 finally mucked his hand.
These folks have all disappeared: Bill Edler, Kenna James, Justin Pechie, Steve Buckner, and Gordon Eng.
100 players remain. Average is 103,800.
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 05:25 PM
Level 9: Blinds 800/1,600 with 200 antes. Play has resumed. 111 players remain. Average is over 93,500.
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 05:10 PM
End of level 8 -- take a break!
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 05:02 PM
Here's what I caught during my 15 minutes 'in the box':
Kenna James is doing an excellent job working his short-stack. He's back up to 46k now.
In the "don't mess with the big stack" department, seat 5 raised to 3,500 from the button. Paul Snead was the small blind and he came over the top for 14k smooth. Seat 5 let it go.
On the turn with the board showing Q 9 8 T , Ken Adams (bb) fired 15k. Michael Farris (utg) tanked briefly, flashed his AQ, and folded. Ken mucked his hand, but claimed to have the Jack for the straight.
In a battle of the blinds, Hoyt Corkins (small) fired 4k on a flop of A 5 3 . Andrew Barta (big) made the call. Turn was the K and both checked. River was the 9 and Hoyt checked. Andrew took a minute, then bet 15k. Hoyt surrendered.
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 04:37 PM
The pace has picked up again during htis level. They are already down to 117 players (average ~88,700). Recent departures include Joe Sebok, Shankar Pillai, Bart Hanson, and Men 'the Master' Nguyen.
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 04:03 PM
Once more across the floor: On a flop of J 5 3, seat 9 moved all-in for ~60k and Paul Snead insta-called, showing pocket 5s for the set. Seat 9 held pocket Kings and was drawing to two outs. Last two were 2 8 and he was bounced. With that pot, Paul Snead stacked up to about 342k, solid in second place.
After seat 1 (middle position) raised to 4,800, Dan Shak moved all in for ~20k. Seat 1 tanked for a while, then made the call, showing pocket 6s. Dan held A K and was racing for his tournament life. Board came Q J 7 4 4 and Dan was done and dusted.
Hoyt "Mr. All-In" Corkins raised to 6k from the cutoff and Paul Matteo moved in on him for ~43k. Hoyt got a taste of his own medicine and had to let it go.
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 03:40 PM
Level 8: Blinds 600/1,200 with 200 antes. Play has resumed.
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 03:24 PM
End of level 7 and players are taking another break. I caught these players and got their chip counts:
Raj Patel is still the chip leader with ~395k. 139 players remain. Average is over 74,600.
Chris Bell, Hevad Khan, Nick Binger, and Luke Vrabel will not be returning.
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 02:45 PM
Various other media outlets have reported that:
Mike Vela, Foxwoods WPF 2007 Champion, busted out.
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 02:15 PM
Back from the front and although the action has slowed somewhat, there are still a lot of chips flying around.
Kenna James is down to 8k and he's facing a tough table draw, which includes Shane 'Shaniac' Schleger, Alex Bolotin, Men ' the Master' Nguyen, and Svetlana Gromenkova. Hang in there, Kenna!
On a board of 7 2 2 seat 2 fired 6k and Eric Panayiotou made the call. Both players checked when the Q hit the turn. River was the J and seat 2 fired 7k. Eric tanked for a couple of minutes, counting out his chips for the call, then counting out his remaining chips, and finally decided to risk it. Seat 2 showed pocket 6s and Eric rolled over pocket 9s for a better two pair to take the pot.
On the turn with a board of Q 9 3 7 Barry Greenstein fired 16k. Seat 4 spent a couple of minutes in the tank, but finally folded.
After a middle position player limped, Victor Ramdin moved in from the button for 4,350 straight. The limper made the call, showing 6 5 (I don't make this stuff up, folks.). Victor was in front with A K . Then the board came J 8 4 8 6 and the river card killed Victor's double-up and sent him to the rail.
Nam Le fired 3,500 on the river with the board showing 7 4 4 7 9. John Spadavecchia churned for a bit, then called. Nam showed T9 offsuit for a rivered pair of 9s to beat the board. John mucked his hand in disgust.
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 01:54 PM
Level 7: Blinds 500/1,000 with 150 antes. Play has resumed. About 167 players remain, making the average stack over 62k.
John Kranyak and Joe 'Bobo' Capello have busted out.
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 01:38 PM
End of level 6 and players are taking 15.
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 01:08 PM
During my allocated time on the floor, I managed to catch what could be called a "2007 Borgata Final Table Gudge Match" between Charles Kelley and Joe Simmons (Joe finished 4th and Charles finished 2nd back then). On a flop of T 8 7 , they got all the chips in the middle. Charles held K T for top pair, but Joe held T 8 for two pair and the lead (and he had Charles covered). The turn was the T giving Joe the full house and leaving Charles with only three outs -- he needed a King to survive. The river was the 6 however, and Charles hit the rail while Joe stacked his chips.
Kenna James got his last ~14k all-in with pocket 7s and got called down by a player holding AQ offsuit. Kenna won the race and doubled up.
In the tough table category, table 13 gets my vote today: Shankar Pillai, John Spadavecchia, John Juanda, Joe Tehan, Tim West, Randy Spain, and Nam Le all inhabit that bit of felt.
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 12:28 PM
The first level of play today could be called the "Consolidation Round" as all the short-stacks try to "double-up or go home". These folks have already been seen exiting the tournament room: Phil Ivey, Bill Gazes, Joseph 'JoeytheB' Brooks, Tony Cousineau, Beth Shak, and Chris Reslock.
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 12:08 PM
Level 6: Blinds 400/800 with 100 antes. Butts are in the seats and cards are in the air!
Saturday, 05th of April 2008 12:01 PM
Play will get underway shortly. Kenna James will be opening the day by singing the national anthem.
These are the 218 players who survived day 1 and will return at noon to continue play:
Day 2 of the Foxwoods Poker Classic will get underway at noon eastern time. Returing players will begin with level 6 and play five levels.
Kaelaine Minton Reporting
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