Monday, June 29, 2009 7:12 PM PDT
Hevad Khan made it 1,500 to go from early position and got called by both the blinds.
When action checked to Khan after a flop of , he bet 2,500. The small blind then check-raised for an additional 5,000, prompting the big blind and Khan to quickly muck their hands.
Player Profile: Wendeen Eolis
Monday, June 29, 2009 7:05 PM PDT
Wendeen Eolis may not sit on the tip of your tongue when it comes to poker such as a Phil Ivey or Patrik Antonius; but she has been around the business for longer than both combined.
Eolis was the first woman to cash in the World Series of Poker Main Event back in 1986, and when she finished in the money in 1993, she also became the first woman to log a second Main Event cash.
Adding four further cashes in the WSOP to her poker CV she was nicknamed the 'Grand Dame of Poker' by WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack in 1997, and in 2006 was also appointed to the WSOP Players Advisory Council.
Playing today, and seated with 38,000 in chips, Eolis will be looking to capitalise on the great start she has made to Event 54 to cement her spot as truly the Great Dame of Poker!
The Iceman Cracks
Monday, June 29, 2009 6:58 PM PDT
Action passed to Teddy "The Iceman" Monroe who made it 1,725 to play from the button. The player in the big blind didn't like that number though, and pushed all in for a total of 8,800.
Monroe just shook his head and mucked his cards.
Lambertz Cleans Up
Monday, June 29, 2009 6:47 PM PDT
We caught this hand in progress as action had come back around to Felix Lambertz who found himself having to call about 11,000 in order to cover the all ins of two other players on the table.
Lambertz put his chips in the middle, and we saw the hands.
All In 1:
All In 2:
When the board ran , Lambertz's tens held up and he scooped a pot worth about 30,000. He now has a stack of nearly 50,000.
Sometimes, Begging Works
Monday, June 29, 2009 6:37 PM PDT
Action folded to the cutoff who moved all in for 9,300. Action then folded back to Theo Tran in the big blind, who started his best impression of a prosecutor.
"You have ace-king? You wanna race? You wanna race?" Tran asked.
"You have a pair? You have a pair?"
"You've stolen so many of my blinds. Give me a walk. Let me steal the blinds this once," came the response.
Tran finally took pity on his opponent, and laid down his hand. Just don't expect that play to work a second time.
Monday, June 29, 2009 6:29 PM PDT
Layne Flack is one of the final tables to be broken into the main tournament area in the Amazon Room.
With the action on Flack on the button he opened to 1,400. The small blind tank folded, to put the action on the big blind.
"Don't think I can sir" he stated as his cards went into the muck.
Flack angled his cards slightly when he folded so that a black ace was flashed.
"Your ace was good sir" stated the big blind.
"You saw the ace of diamonds I see" said Flack as he dragged the pot while the table burst into a bout of laughter.
Chop Chop for Tran
Monday, June 29, 2009 6:16 PM PDT
Theo Tran and one opponent saw a limped flop of . Tran check-raised his opponent's 500 bet to 1,200, and got the call.
Tran then led for 1,500 when the fell on the turn, and check-called for 2,000 when the landed on the river. At the end of the hand, Tran showed while his opponent held .
Bracelet Winners Meet
Monday, June 29, 2009 6:03 PM PDT
With 49 bracelets already being handed out at this year's World Series of Poker, it is no surprise to find two champions lining up against each other on the felt.
As tables continue to break at a rapid rate, J.C. Tran has been moved to a table that houses Anthony Harb.
With Tran taking down Event 30 and Harb Event 11 it seems these two may battle it out as Tran sits with the visible chip lead at 49,000 while Harb is still healthy at 14,700.
Hamrick Off to Early Start
Monday, June 29, 2009 5:45 PM PDT
Dean Hamrick has started the level off by sending an opponent to the rail.
Hamrick called the all in out of the big blind with to be in a race with his opponent's .
The board ran out to see his opponent head out the door while Hamrick climbed to 12,600 in chips.
Monday, June 29, 2009 5:40 PM PDT
The cards are back in the air after an enjoyable dinner break.
JC Tran Eliminated
Monday, June 29, 2009 5:40 PM PDT
Our PokerNews reporter walked over to see how the JC Tran and Anthony Harb battle was playing out, and noticed that Tran's seat was empty.
Speaking to Harb he informed us that Tran held to Sanford Lee's , and when the flop fell down ten-high Tran found all his chips in the middle.
The board bricked out and Lee soared to around 60,000 and sits on top of our leaderboard as we tick under 750 players remaining
Monday, June 29, 2009 4:07 PM PDT
The remaining 1,020 players are heading on their 90-minute dinner break.
Join us at 8:40pm local time!
Chip Counts At Dinner
Monday, June 29, 2009 4:05 PM PDT
JC Tran - 51,000
Theo Tran - 42,400
Hevad Khan - 41,000
Alexander Kostritsyn - 33,000
Richard Lee - 29,000
Raymond Rahme - 18,200
Amit Makhija - 17,000
Peter Rho - 15,800
Jonathan Little - 13,000
Men Nguyen - 12,400
Van Nguyen - 12,100
Liv Boeree - 11,400
Teddy Monroe - 11,200
Corwin Cole - 9,100
Lauren Kling - 8,600
Cody Slaubaugh - 7,600
Lily Bui - 7,100
Wooka Kim - 6,200
Jim Pechec - 5,200
Mandy Baker - 4,200
Jason Riesenberg - 4,100
Bad Turn, Good River for Ephremsen
Monday, June 29, 2009 3:59 PM PDT
Paul Ephremensen and his opponent were all in preflop.
A flop of was good for both players, but the on the turn was a bad card for Ephremsen. It didn't matter though, as the fell on the river, pairing the board and giving Ephremsem a full house.
He now has a solid stack worth 14,000.
Monday, June 29, 2009 3:43 PM PDT
After getting short stacked earlier in the level, Alan Smurfit's chair was empty when we passed by a little later.
Nearby, Marco Traniello is sitting on a small stack of 8,000 while Joe Morneau is sitting with more than 33,000.
Grinder Loses a Few
Monday, June 29, 2009 3:41 PM PDT
Five players saw a limped flop of and checked around the table. A player in middle position then bet 1,000 when the hit the turn. Mizrachi called and everyone else folded.
Both remaining players then checked the on the river, and Mizrachi mucked when his opponent showed for two pair.
Geller Hangs On
Monday, June 29, 2009 3:37 PM PDT
Maya Gellar raised to 1,100 from the button and called by a player who had limped from middle position.
When her opponent checked a flop of , Gellar pushed her remaining 2,600 into the middle. That was enough to win her the pot, which helped increase her small stack to 4,800.
Kostritsyn Culls Another
Monday, June 29, 2009 3:37 PM PDT
Catching the action on the river with the board reading and already a sizeable pot swelling, Alexander Kostritsyn was faced with a 3,925 all in.
Kostritsyn sat in the tank for over two minutes before eventually making the call to see his opponent table for two-pair.
However it would be Kostritsyn's for a turned set to see him scoop the pot and climb to 22,300 in chips.
Monday, June 29, 2009 3:26 PM PDT
With a raise to 600 and a call before him, Isaac Haxton pushed all in from the button for a further 3,500.
The original raiser called as the player in the middle folded to see the cards tabled.
The board ran out and Haxton hit the rail.
Monday, June 29, 2009 3:17 PM PDT
The 2,818 entrants that took to the felt today saw a prizepool of $3,846,570 created with the top 297 players hitting the money with the final table being paid out as follows.
1 - $673,276
2 - $418,122
3 - $276,029
4 - $195,213
5 - $147,131
6 - $117,358
7 - $98,933
8 - $87,855
9 - $81,970