$9,800 + $200 NLHE Championship
Monday, 25th of August 2008 02:10 PM
Finally got the end of day 1B numbers:
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 10:51 PM
After Gavin Griffin raised to 1k from the button, the small blind re-raised to 7k. Gavin then shoved all in for 37k straight. His opponent snap-called showing pocket Queens. Gavin held AK and it was race-time. Unfortunately for Gavin, the board brought him no help and he was busted, late in level 5.
Facing an early position raise, Daniel Negreanu (big blind) said "I have a 46% chance of winning this hand, but I'll let you have it." He showed his KQ, trying to entice the raiser to show his hand. "I'm 46%, right?" he cajoled. His opponent finally flashed him a Queen, which seemed to appease Daniel.
That's it for level 5 and the surviving 140 or so players are bagging and tagging. When the chip counts are available, they will be posted here.
Players were also told that day 2 will begin at 2pm, rather than 2:15pm, and they will play six levels, rather than five.
Looks like Ali Eslami will be the day 1B chip leader with about 150k.
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 10:21 PM
After calling a check-raise on the turn with a board of A 3 3 J, Brandon Cantu lead out for 6k when a 9 hit the river and it was checked to him again. His opponent tanked for a while, then surrendered. Brandon was up to ~44k with that pot.
Freddy Deeb has been slowly building his stack all day and has now amassed about 135k, good for second place behind Ali Eslami, who has chipped up to about 151k.
Phil Laak out-flopped Maria Ho: On a final board of K K 3 9 8, Phil showed KQ for trip Kings to crack Maria's pocket Aces.
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 09:45 PM
Chris Ferguson moved his last 6,800 chips in and got two callers. On the flop of K Q T, the other two players for their chips all in the middle. One held AK for top pair, but the other held pocket Queens for the set. Chris held A9 for nothing but a long-shot. He needed a Jack just to split the pot. The last two were bricks, however, and Chris was busted.
He stopped by the bar here where we are located to pick up a drink and I asked him what happened today. He said he was never able to get any momentum, never got anything going in the right direction. (He also approved this photo.)
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 09:18 PM
Level 5: Blinds 150/300 with 50 antes. Cards are back in the air. This is the last level of the day.
WPT is reporting that Ali Eslami is the chip leader with about 123k. Maria Ho is second with about 96k, and Barry Greenstein is third with about 78k.
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 09:01 PM
Allen Cunningham picked up a three-way pot from Benjamin Arnold and Robert Cheung. At the river, the board read Q 5 4 A 7 and Allen showed KQ to take it down.
End of level 4 and players are taking their last break of the day. David Williams and Ralph Perry are some of the players who will not come back, as they busted out in level 4.
Kathy Liebert has been moved to killer-table-21, in the seat vacated by David Williams, which is the seat originally occupied by Phil Ivey at the start of play today.
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 08:35 PM
The biggest fight right now in the tournament room is not on the felt -- it is about the TV channels. The Dodgers/Phillies baseball game is in extra innings and many players want to watch the Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics. There are four TV's in the room, one in each corner, but of course the players want the one closest to them tuned to their choice.
On a flop of 8 5 4, Ali Eslami bet enough to put Alex Bolotin all-in. After a turn in the tank, Alex finally called, showing pocket 7s. Ali held 86 for a bigger pair, putting Alex at risk. The last two were T 3 and Alex was bounced. Ali chipped up to ~130k, extending his chip lead.
On the river with a board of 9 8 8 8 6, Daniel Negreanu (big blind) bet 200 -- the absolute minimum. The player in seat 9 (utg) went into the tank for a bit, then FOLDED. Daniel flashed an Ace, saying that's all he had. Seat 9 claimed he mucked an Ace, too. At any rate, Daniel picked up the pot.
Robert Cheung opened for 625, Van Nguyen called, then Maria Ho re-raised to 2,500 straight. Robert then jacked it on up to 4,375. Van got out of the way and Maria made the call. Both checked the flop of A 4 4 . The turn was the 2 and Robert checked to Maria, who bet 4,500. Robert check-raised to 13,000 and Maria called. River was the Q and both checked. Maria showed A K for the flush and Robert mucked. Maria stacked up to ~84k while Robert dropped down to ~45k.
After one player limped, Eli Elezra raised to 900. All folded including the limper and Eli flashed the 3 .
Allen Kessler raised to 650 from the button and Kathy Liebert called from the big blind. On the flop of A Q 5, Kathy checked, Allen bet 1k, and Kathy called. Turn was the T and both checked. River was the T, pairing the board. Kathy checked, Allen fired 2k, and after a few seconds, Kathy folded. As Allen was pulling the pot, Kathy said "Bluff?" and Allen replied "I never bluff".
Kenna James used to be seated between those two, but to balance tables, he was moved to a different table across the room. He's currently hanging on with about 20k.
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 07:58 PM
Justin Bonomo and Nathan Mullen battle to the river where the board reads T 8 4 6 9. Justin moved in when the river card fell and Nathan tanked for about 10 minutes before deciding to make the call. Justin showed J8 for one pair. Nathan held pocket 4s for bottom set to take the pot, sending ZeeJustin home early.
Scott Clements has also busted out.
Layne Flack doubled through Tony Ma when his two pair held up against Tony's top pair with one card to come. Layne doubled up to ~25k while Tony dropped down to ~35k.
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 07:31 PM
Level 4: Blinds 100/200 with 25 antes. About 180 players have returned to the felt to continue play. Here are the chip leaders according to WPT:
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 07:20 PM
Dan Shak got all in with pocket Queens, only to discover his opponent held pocket Kings. It looked like Dan was headed for an early exit, but a Queen landed on the turn to give him a set and the lead. No King came on the river and Dan doubled up to ~53k.
Level three is history and players are out stretching their legs.
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 07:12 PM
On a flop of K 3 2, seat 4 (sb) checked, Kenna James (bb) checked, Jerry Garver fired 1,000, and Allen Kessler called from the button. The other two folded and they went to the turn heads-up. Both players checked the A to see the 5 hit the river. Jerry fired 1,600 and after a couple of beats, Allen called. Jerry showed A 4 for the wheel. Allen mucked.
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 06:24 PM
More late arrivals in today's field: Alex Bolotin, Eli Elezra, and Bob Stupak.
Layne Flack, Barry Greenstein, and Phi Nguyen, who opened the pot, take a flop of J 7 5. Layne (sb) and Barry (bb) check to Phi, who fired 2,600. Layne made the call, then Barry check-raised to 10k smooth. Phi tanked for a few minutes, then finally called. Layne ducked out and the turn brought a Ten. Barry shoved for almost 20k and Phi called quickly, showing pocket Aces. Barry tabled pocket 7s for the set and the lead. Phi needed an Ace on the river, which is, ironically, the title of Barry's book. River was a 6, however, and Barry doubled up to over 70k.
This was just not Phi Nguyen's day. A bit after the earlier hand where his Aces got cracked, he got all in on a flop of T 7 6 against the player in seat 9. This time Phi's pocket Queens had been out-flopped by seat 9's 98, which had flopped a straight. The last two cards were 6 J and no help to Phi, who headed for the door.
The Maria Ho/Michael Binger table was broken and they have both now landed at killer-table 21 along with Phil Laak, Brian Rast, Robert Cheung, Van Nguyen, David Williams, and Allen Cunningham.
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 05:46 PM
Level 3: Blinds 100/200. Butts back in the seats, cards back on the felt.
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 05:32 PM
Gavin Griffin opened for 650 and got four callers. The board of A Q J 8 6 got checked all the way down all the way around. Gavin tabled KJ for a pair of Jacks and all the lemmings folded.
Jennifer Tilly got involved in another multi-way pot and gave up when the river brought a fourth suited card to the paired board. The player holding the nut flush took it down. Jennifer then got her last chips in with pocket 5s which did not hold up. She busted out just before the end of the level.
Level two has come to a close and the players are headed out to take a breather, or burn one if they are so inclined.
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 05:00 PM
These folks arrived late or I missed them on earlier passes: Amir Vahedi, David Levi, Rodeen Talebi, Sam Simon, Shane 'Shaniac' Schleger, and Phi Nguyen. Kelly Kim is also playing today -- he is the only member of the 'November Nine' in today's field.
With the board reading 9 8 4 3 9, Theo Tran min-raised his opponent's 2k bet to 4k. After a bit of time in the tank, his opponent mucked and Theo pulled the pot, chipping up to ~43k.
Jennifer Tilly called a raise from seat 6, as did the player in seat 8. Then seat 1 re-raised and the opener folded. Jennifer and seat 8 called to see the flop of 9 6 2. The three-better check-called Jennifer's 4k bet (the other player opted out). Turn was the 3 . Jennifer fired 6k and again got called. River was the K and this time seat 1 lead out for 3,500 into a pot that was over 25k. Jennifer tanked for quite a while and eventually mucked her hand. She was left with just over 10k.
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 04:30 PM
212 players registered today, making the total player count for this event 373. Total prize pool is over $3.52 million. First place will pay $1,091,428 plus a $25k seat in the WPT Championship. The final 36 players will get paid:
About 200 of today's players are still holding on to some chips.
Scott Clements went to the river with a player, calling bets all the way. The final board was J 7 2 9 T and when his opponent showed KQ for the runner-runner straight, Scott shook his head and mucked his hand. After taking that hit, Scott was down to ~20k.
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 04:01 PM
Level 2: Blinds 75/150. Play has resumed.
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 03:46 PM
End of level 1 and players are headed out for their first 15 minute break of the day.
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 03:43 PM
The second half of the room is just as heavily loaded as the first, if not more so. Table 21, which used to include Phil Ivey, now hosts Phil Laak, Brian Rast, Robert 'RCW' Cheung, Van Nguyen, David Williams, and Allen Cunningham -- yikes!
Table 22 has Layne Flack in the one, Barry Greenstein in the two, Jared Hamby in the four, and Mark Seif in the seven seat. Table 23 has Chris Ferguson in the five, Maria Ho in the seven, and Michael Binger in the eight seat.
Other notables on that side of the room: Sirous Baghchehsaraie, Jason Newitt, Jean-Robert Bellande, Theo Tran, Freddy Deeb, David Chiu, Alex Outhred, Tony Ma, John Hennigan, CK Hua, Gabe Thaler, Kristy Gazes, and Gavin Griffin.
On a final board of J J 7 3 Q, Brian Rast checked to Robert 'RCW' Cheung and RCW fired 3,700 at the pot. Brian thought for about half a minute, then let his hand go.
On a board of 9 8 3 K A, Tuan Le got all-in against Daniel Alaei. Tuan's pocket 9s (set) was good enough for him to double up to 62k, leaving Daniel with less than 1k. Daniel busted out soon after.
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 02:52 PM
Today's flight is a bit larger than yesterday with significantly more notable players. I was only able to cover about half the room during my 15 minutes 'in the box'.
Table 3 is heavily loaded with Allen 'Chainsaw' Kessler in the three seat, Kenna James in the five seat, Kathy Liebert in the six seat, and Jerry 'XXPirateXX' Garver of PokerSchoolOnline, in the seven seat.
Table 9 has Mark Newhouse in the four seat, Jordan Morgan in the six, Chau Giang in the seven, and Tom Schneider in the nine seat.
Table 6 is loaded with Frankie O'Dell in the one, Justin Bonomo in the three, Ralph Perry in the six, and Ali Eslami in the seven.
Other notables I've spotted so far: Peter Feldman, John Hoang, Sabyl Cohen-Landrum, Zachary Hyman, Chad Batista, Tim Vance, Brandon Cantu, Scott Clements, Paul 'Eskimo' Clark, Dan Shak, Chris Grigorian, Daniel Alaei, Gioi Luong, Matt Graham, Daniel Negreanu, Noah Jefferson, Phil Laak, and Jennifer Tilly.
Phil Ivey was in the house, but has already departed. Apparently he had something else to do today, so his plan was to come in and double up so he could get blinded off and make it to day two. He shoved his whole stack in without looking at his cards, which happened to be 32. Brian Rast looked him up with pocket Kings, which held up to chip Brian up to ~50k. Phil headed out for whatever it was he had to do today without having to worry about coming back tomorrow for day two.
Sunday, 24th of August 2008 02:16 PM
Level 1: Blinds 50/100. Cards are in the air! Players begin with 30,000 chips and they will play five 90-minute levels today.
The second flight of starters for the 2008 Legends of Poker Main Event will get down to business just after 2:15pm on Sunday. Survivors of Day 1A will get a day off and return on Monday.
Kaelaine Minton Reporting
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