When the level comes to an end, the players at the featured table leave for their 20-minute break -- except for Eli Elezra (left) and Lyle Berman, who are still in the middle of a hand in Event #2 ($50,000 Player's Championship).
Featured Table Close-Up
A closer look at the players in Event #2 ($50,000 Player's Championship) with four tables remaining. From left to right: Kirk Morrison, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, David Singer, Eli Elezra, Lyle Berman, "Erik123" Sagstrom, and Daniel Alaei.
Featured Table in Event #2
In addition to ESPN's main stage, there are three other featured table areas in the Amazon Room. On Day 3 of Event #2 ($50,000 Player's Championship), one of the tables was moved to the featured area, right in front of media row. As you can see, overhead TVs show the flop, turn, and river to fans and the media. (Of course, that's only in flop games; stud and deuce-to-seven have no community cards.)
ESPN's 2010 Preview Show
ESPN commentator Lon McEachern (right) interviews four of the WSOP Main Event champions as part of their 2010 WSOP Preview Show; from left to right: Chris Moneymaker (2003 champ), Chris "Jesus" Ferguson (2000), Scotty Nguyen (1998), and Dan Harrington (1995). This interview marks the first use of the ESPN stage in the Amazon Room. On Tuesday, this set will host the final table of Event #2 ($50,000 Player's Championship).
Runner-Up A.J. Vea
A.J. Vea would have to settle for second place in Event #1 ($500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em), earning $44,079.
Final Three Players of Event #1
Most of the Amazon Room was empty as the final three players battled for the bracelet in the middle of the night in Event #1 ($500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em). The final three players, clockwise from the dealer, were all dealers -- Chris Reider, A.J. Vea, and Hoai Pham.
Hoai Pham Wins First Bracelet of 2010
Hoai Pham proudly shows his bracelet for winning Event #1 ($500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em) in the first bracelet ceremony of the 2010 WSOP. A poker dealer in San Diego, Pham was born in Vietnam, and the Vietnamese national anthem was played as part of the ceremony. In addition to the bracelet, Pham won $71,424.
Phil Ivey vs. Daniel Negreanu
There are no easy table draws in the $50,000 Player's Championship. From left to right, this table has David "Bakes" Baker, Phil Ivey, Eli Elezra, and Daniel Negreanu. Baker and Elezra look on as Ivey and Negreanu battle over a hand of no-limit hold'em. With the board showing Jc-8s-7d-10c on the turn, Ivey bet, Negreanu raised, and Ivey thought for a while before he folded. Negreanu said, "I was hoping you had a hand, because I had all of it." Elezra asked, "Queen-nine of clubs?" Negreanu confirmed that's what he had, which was good for the nut straight (queen high) with a flush draw.
DJ Villegas Goes Deep in Event #1
DJ Villegas, a XXX at the Commerce Casino in LA, makes it past the dinner break on Day 2 of Event #1 ($500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em) to reach the final two tables. Unless the event runs long, it will play down to a bracelet winner tonight (Saturday).
Beauty & Brains … and Allen Kessler
Kara Scott is obviously beautiful, and she has had several gigs as a TV hostess, currently working with the World Poker Tour. But Scott is also a hell of a poker player, finishing in 104th place in the 2008 WSOP Main Event (top 1.5% of the field) and following it up a year later with a 238th-place finish in the 2009 WSOP Main Event (top 3.6%). Before today, Scott was 3-for-3 for cashing in WSOP events, but unfortunately her streak came to an end when she busted a few hours after this photo was taken. (Also pictured, Allen Kessler.)
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