2008 World Series of Poker - Event #4 - $5,000 Mixed Hold'em - Day 1
The $5,000 Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No Limit) at the World Series of Poker gets underway Tuesday. Day 2 of play is sure to bring more excitement from the star-studded field. Event 4 - Day 2 begins at 3 p.m. PDT, with live coverage from the Rio brought to you by the Poker Pages' reporting team.
Official chip counts for end of Day 1 below:
Tuesday, 03rd of June 2008 02:30 AM
Nobody was safe in the closing levels of play, including defending $5k Mixed Hold'em champ Steve Billirakis, who was sent packing. As was Jeff Madsen, whom Billirakis unseeded as the youngest bracelet winner ever.
Also departing; the Devilfish, Eric "Rizen" Lynch, the Grinder, Freddy Deeb, Tim Vance, Allen Cunningham, Fossilman, Bill Edler, the Jennifers (Harman and Tilly), "Super" Dario Minieri and Isabelle Mercier.
$10K Pot-Limit World Champion Nenad Medic bit the dust in the last hand of the day. Thanks to David Williams' 5-5, Medic will have to look elsewhere for bracelet #2.
Suprisingly, after Phil Hellmuth watched his A-Q go down to 9-5, leading to his elimination, the Poker Brat didn't make a scene. Maybe even the great Phil Hellmuth gets tired. Then again, his opponent was priced in, but that's besides the point. It's late.
Of the 332 that showed up for the 5 pm start, only 91 will show up for round two. Online pro Jon "PearlJammer" Turner will enter Day 2 with the chip lead. Not far behind is a group that includes Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo, Jimmy Fricke, Ted Forrest, David Williams and Maria Ho. Day 2 begins Tuesday at 3 pm PST. Check with Poker Pages for continued live coverage.
Monday, 02nd of June 2008 11:16 PM
Phil "the Unabomber" Laak had his back up against the ropes, all in for his last 2K with just 4 3 Marcel Luske would make the call, tabling A 9 Laak, who could only muster a 9th place finish in last night's Event 1 final table, found a flush on the flop. Laak was then able to fade a diamond on 4th and 5th street to survive.
Eric "E-Fro" Froelich, who eliminated Doyle Brunson earlier in the day, has shipped the rest of his stack across the table. It cost E-Fro and his opponent 2,400 to see the 6-8-K flop. Another 600 from Froelich to see the turn. The Js on the turn earned another 1,200 from Froelich, who is then put all in for his last few chips. Froelich calls, turning over his A-K. His opponent shows J-J, good for a set and the pot. Eric Froelich, the former youngest bracelet winner, is gone in Day 1.
Also eliminated; John Hennigan, Chad Brown, Scott Fischman, David Pham and Nick Schulman.
Everybody is now looking up to Gobboboy, who holds the chip lead. Jon "Pearljammed" Turner sits 4th in the chip counts and recently pulled up a seat next to Maria Ho, who's stack is at a healthy 30K.
Monday, 02nd of June 2008 10:00 PM
The focus of the last hour was not poker, but eating. The 5 pm start meant that players were only getting a 30 minute break, instead of the usual 90 minutes. Players spent their 30 min breaks in line at the poker kitchen and the last half hour eating at the tables. Many are too busy eating to put down their forks and play a hand.
Monday, 02nd of June 2008 09:00 PM
Mike Sowers, just hours removed from the Event 1 final table, capped preflop action with the help of Darrell "Gigabet" Dicken. A series of raises would see Sowers toss his last chips in on a K-K-10 board. Gigabet would insta-call, showing that his 10-10 had improved to tens full. Sowers' A-K looked to be little more than a cooler... then the river hit. Another K on the river meant quad kings for Sowers, who can now play on.
Recent eliminations include Barry Greenstein, Vivek Rajkumar, Alex Melkinow and last year's runner-up, Greg Mueller.
A short-stacked Antonio Esfandiari is sitting next to Andy Bloch. Bloch is showing little sign of fatigue. Even after doubling up Esfandiari in a battle of the blinds, Bloch still sits behind more than 20K.
While bust-outs may be few and far between in the limit half hour, we're moving back into no-limit for the next 30 minutes. Maybe we'll see the field size shrink from the 260 that's currently on the board.
At 9:30 pm, players will be on a 30 minute break.
Monday, 02nd of June 2008 08:00 PM
After returning from break, it was time to dip back into limit Hold'em. This probably saved the tournament life of Jimmy Fricke.
Jimmy "Gobboboy" Fricke, most famous for a runner up to Gus Hansen's win at the 2007 Aussie Millions, had picked up aces. With nothing on the board but a pair of dueces and a few harmless cards on the board, Fricke would cap the action on the river against Jeff Madsen. When it was all said and done, Fricke tabled his A-A, but would throw them in the muck after 2006 POY Jeff Madsen showed that he had made eights full. Had this been no-limit, Fricke would have lost a lot more than he did.
Phil Hellmuth made his trademark late appearance, strolling to his seat at about 7:20 pm. Not quite 2 1/2 hours tardy. Also rolling in late was Phil Ivey, who has worked his way up to more than 20K, thanks to hands like the boat he turned on Gavin Smith and another opponent, who was eliminated.
More eliminations; Doug Lee, Gabe Kaplan and Mark Seif.
Monday, 02nd of June 2008 07:00 PM
Staying with the theme of stacked tables, we have some more to fill you in on.
Roy Winston has to deal with Erik Cajelais' muscles on his right, and Shannon Schorr, Ryan Young and Ted Forrest across the felt.
Andy Bloch, one day removed from both his birthday and another runner-up finish, has Robert Mizrachi, Rolf Slotboom and Michael Binger at his table.
Last year's $5K Mixed Hold'em runner-up, Greg Mueller, has to fight for pots with online stud Jon "Pearljammed" Turner, Jennifer Harman and Aussie Millions champ Alexander Kostritsyn.
Poker Pages' blogger Maria Ho began the day with Jonathan Little on her left and Mark Seif on her right. Seif has since busted, leaving Maria to deal with "FieryJustice" on her own.
Daniel Negreanu has already departed, as well as Doyle Brunson and Vanessa Rousso.
Players are currently on 20 minute break.
Monday, 02nd of June 2008 06:00 PM
The cards are in the air for the $5K Mixed Hold'em event. Pros were sparse in the $1,500 PLHE field, but only because they were waiting to play in Event 4. Either that or they already busted out of Event 3 and decided to double up on the day's entries.
Every table is a tough table, each with a handful of names and faces that even the casual poker fan would recognize. Here are some players sharing tables:
Not surprisingly, Doyle Brunson's table is getting a ton of attention. Maybe that's because the poker legend is sharing the felt with Daniel Negreanu, Isabelle Mercier, Eric Froelich, Thomas Keller and Bill Edler.
Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Rousso and Dario Minieri will start the day with Bill Chen, Eric "Rizen" Lynch, John Hennigan and Tex Barch.
Michael Mizrachi finds himself at the same table he started the noon event, before busting. The Grinder will now have to deal with Freddy Deeb, Humberto Brenes and Rob Hollink.
Noah Boaken can look to his left and see Greg Raymer, Danny Wong and Sorel Mizzi, in that order. Across the table, Roland de Wolfe, Alexander Kravchenko and Sam Grizzle wait their turn. Mizzi was up from his seat, causing a misdeal when the dealer left him out of the hand. Boaken tossed two aces in the muck, face up, and waited for a new hand.
The day started with 320 participants. This was obviously more than expected, as nine-handed tables were turned into ten-handed tables, just to make sure they could fit the three active tournaments in the Amazon Room.
We're starting off with limit Hold'em. Every 30 minutes, the game will switch between limit and no-limit.
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