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2008 39th Annual World Series of Poker

Thursday, June 19, 2008 to Saturday, June 21, 2008

No-Limit Hold'em (Event 36)

  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $3,340,155
  • Entries: 2,447
  • Remaining: 0
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Fri, 20 Jun 2008 04:46:01 -0700
 
End of Day 1 -- Official Chip Counts Released
 
It's official -- 187 players have survived Day 1 action in Event 36, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. All 187 players have already made it into the money, led by Owen 'ocrowe' Crowe at 170,000 in chips. The overnight top ten: Owen Crowe 170,000 Danny Wong 114,500 Leonid Yanovski 106,500 Jim Mackowiak 103,400 RW Best 103,200 Richard Deeb 99,600 Duncan Bell 99,300 Chris Klodnicki 99,200 Bryan Paris 94,900 Cody Slaubaugh 92,700 Play resumes in Event 36 at 2pm PDT on Friday
Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:55:06 -0700
 
That's a Wrap!
 
Play has concluded for the night here in the Amazon room. We managed to reach 189 players, leaving us almost 200 players to start Day 2 with. Play will continue tomorrow at 2pm PDT, so make sure to check back then for our live coverage of this event as we play down to a final table of nine. Our known chip leaders going into Day 2 include: Owen Crowe James Mackowiak Danny Wong Richard Deeb Matthew Bucaric Who all currently have over 90,000 in chips.
Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:54:16 -0700
 
Jennafer Liebig Chips Up Late
 
Just before the bubble, as J.C. Tran was doubling up on virtually every hand, he tried bullying Jennafer Liebig with a big raise and the bubble just a few spots away. She shoved in the last of her chips and chased Tran out of the pot. She showed A-K and said, "I'm not scared of you." She just doubled up again with A-Q vs. Q-10 on a queen-high flop and she'll go into play tomorrow with around a 40,000 stack.
Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:48:06 -0700
 
Let the Bloodletting Commence
 
Now that we're in the money all the short stacks are racing to double up or go home. "C'mon man, I don't wanna come back tomorrow for two minutes," one player said as he pushed a half-dozen assorted chips into the middle. He didn't get his wish--he doubled up and now sits with two, maybe even three big blinds.
Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:42:24 -0700
 
Emergency Situation Bursts the Bubble
 
About ten minutes ago, it was brought to our attention that there was a player who had left the tournament awhile ago due to an emergency. His chips had been blinded off for awhile now, and ten minutes ago they were down to 300. With antes being 100 per player, anticipation was high that this player would not last very much longer. What was slightly unexpected was that he would end up being our bubble boy. Under the rules here, any player not in his seat and all in is an instant muck. Sure enough, this player's chips were all in, the cards were dealt, and he hadn't returned to the Amazon room. As his chips were scooped up by the player who won the hand, our Tournament Director announced, "Congratulations!" over the loud speaker and was met with a triumphant cheer from the remaining 198 players.
Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:31:32 -0700
 
J.C. Tran on a Tear
 
Fifteen minutes ago J.C. Tran sat with just 7,000 in front of him. But J.C. Tran is not one to meekly fold into the money. He doubled up to 14,000, doubled up again to around 27,000, then won another big pot to boost his stack all the way to 41,000. At this geometric rate Tran would have every chip in the universe in about two hours, but fortunately we're hand for hand and Tran's amassing will be slowed.
Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:27:59 -0700
 
Double, Not Bubble
 
Issac Haxton moved in under the gun for his last 16,900 and was called by the player in the big blind. Haxton then learned that his were way behind his opponent's . The flop came , the turn was the , and just when it looked like Haxton's night would come to an end the spiked on the river to give him the pot. He's now up to 36,000.
Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:27:12 -0700
 
Now Hand for Hand
 
Play is now hand for hand.
Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:22:39 -0700
 
Not Quite Time to Celebrate Yet, But...
 
We're down to 207 players and we've almost reached the money, but the players at Table 2 are in a party mood already. They called for a cocktail server and everyone ordered Coronas, with a few players asking for shots of Patron. It's not the tensest table as the money bubble approaches.
Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:17:46 -0700
 
Dirksen Eliminates Another
 
Dustin Dirksen just built his stack over 65,000 when his pocket queens ran into another player's pocket fives. The queens held up for Dirksen, who has a nice chip stack as we are about to reach the money.
Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:14:44 -0700
 
Almost There...
 
We still have nearly 40 minutes left in the evening and we're already down to just 210 players. We reach the money at 198, which means we have just 11 players left before we go hand for hand. We very well could reach the money tonight, but it could be close.
Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:10:22 -0700
 
Tran Folds to Liebig
 
Preflop, JC Tran raised and Jennafer Liebig moved all in. Tran went into the tank for what seemed like ages, then ultimately folded, but not before flashing pocket tens to his neighbor. Before scooping the pot and mucking her hand, Jennafer was kind enough to flash the table her pocket jacks.
Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:09:53 -0700
 
Shannon Shorr Has Been Eliminated
 
We don't specific details about the two hands that led to Shorr's elimination, save this one -- he had pocket aces cracked two hands in a row. And he's out.
Thu, 19 Jun 2008 23:35:12 -0700
 
J.C. Down Then Up
 
J.C. Tran lost half of his stack after running into . Both players flopped an ace, but his opponent's ten kicker was good enough to take the pot. A few hands later, J.C. managed to get all his chips in the middle and was called by an opponent holding 10-J to Tran's A-J. Tran flopped two pair, which held up, and bumped J.C. back up to 18,000 after the hand.
Thu, 19 Jun 2008 23:32:00 -0700
 
Alex Jacob Loses a Flip
 
Alex Jacob raised from the small blind with , and the player in the big blind moved all in. Jacob called and found he was up against , and when the flop came Jacob lost a big chunk of his stack. He now sits with 28,000.
Thu, 19 Jun 2008 23:18:57 -0700
 
Jacob Busts Slotboom
 
Alex Jacob eliminated Rolf Slotboom when Jacob had raised preflop to 2,400 and Slotboom pushed all in for another 10,900 more. Jacob showed while Slotboom held . Jacob spiked an ace on the river and Slotboom was sent to the rail.
Thu, 19 Jun 2008 23:17:02 -0700
 
Just Not His Day...
 
After the last story, we felt inclined to give you another: A player at table 18 was facing a raise preflop and looked down to see pocket aces. He immediately pushed all in and his opponent insta-called. Unfortunately for Player 1, they were both holding pocket aces. They chopped the pot and on the very next hand the same player, facing another raise preflop, looked down to see pocket kings. Player 1 shoved all in and his opponent insta-called and tabled pocket aces. The kings lost and the player was eliminated.
Thu, 19 Jun 2008 23:13:06 -0700
 
Bad Beat of the Day?
 
Two players managed to get all their chips in the middle preflop. Player One had Player Two covered and held . Player Two's tournament life was on the line, holding . Things couldn't have been better. Until... Flop: Sitting with the highest pocket pair, and the highest diamond in his hand, Player One was looking great...until the came on the turn. Player Two would need another queen to win the hand, and only the , as the would give Player One the flush. What card do you think came on the river? You guessed it: .
Thu, 19 Jun 2008 22:59:28 -0700
 
It's Been a Long Day
 
We've just come back from our break, and about five minutes after the announcement that cards should be in the air, we were greeted with, "Players in today's $1,500 event, can I have your attention?" which was quite a surprise, as we weren't expecting an announcement about anything in particular. "We have a player who has lost his table. He's can't remember where he was seated before the break. If you recognize this player from before the break, please help us get him to his seat." The remaining 280 players here all began to chuckle, thinking it to be a joke. But it wasn't. There was a man standing near the TD desk who needed to be pointed the right direction. After just a few moments, the kind players at table Blue 16 signaled that his seat was with them, and he made his way in their direction. While walking to take his seat, the crowd let out a little applause that the lost poker player had found his way.
Thu, 19 Jun 2008 22:52:44 -0700
 
We're Back
 
And play has resumed. We've two more levels to go until we wrap up for the night, and with 282 players left it's possible we'll reach the money tonight.
Thu, 19 Jun 2008 22:23:38 -0700
 
On Break
 
We're taking a 20-minute break and coloring up the green 25 chips.
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