09/23/09 02:01:05 PM PDT
Bracelet for Erik
As they prop Erik Cajelais' winning hand up in his chip sea for his winner's photo, it becomes apparent by his relaxed smile that he's not one of the players trying to keep a toe dipped in the £5k Pot Limit Omaha tournament running right now.
However as one WSOPE event crowns a champion, another progresses towards a final, maybe to be played with the very chips being stacked and bagged by the TDs right now... it's like the wheel of life. Right now, it's across the room and off to the PLO for me - bring on Event #3.
09/23/09 01:49:50 PM PDT
'David' Gavatin vs. 'Goliath' Cajelais
Heads up looks most uneven, with nearly a million in chips for Erik Cajelais, and less than 180k for Mats Gavatin.
However, a quick Omaha double up gives the short stack a tiny bit more breathing space - he raised on the button with and was out of options when he was put all in by Cajelais' . The board came out which handed Gavatin and his two pair the pot.
09/23/09 01:43:11 PM PDT
Robin Keston Eliminated in 3rd Place £ 47,858
A few hands into the Hold'em round saw Robin Keston's last stand. With such a huge discrepancy between chip leader Cajelais and the other two, he made a bid for a double through raising preflop and then moving in over Cajelais' pot bet. He was quickly called - Cajelais held to his , and he was drawing dead by the turn on the board.
09/23/09 01:40:41 PM PDT
Mini Huddle for Keston
While Mats Gavatin and Erik Cajelais play out a small heads up pot, the popular Robin Keston joins a bunch of people on the rail who cluster briefly round him like kids around the one whose birthday it is and who's giving out the candy... Michael Greco and other successful Omaha afficionados Richard Ashby and Ben Grundy give him support (while they're on a break from Event Three perhaps, but still...)
09/23/09 01:36:43 PM PDT
Play Restarts Three Handed
Button Robin Keston makes it 35k to go in the one remaining Omaha hand left in the round, the first played at the new level after the break.
The flop comes . Check to Keston who bets 40k. Cajelais quickly raises a further 160k and takes it down, flashing his hand to Keston as he scoops in yet more chips to add to his lead. We've been moved into the Gallery and off the Stage in preparation for the huge rig of equipment getting fixed in place for imminent filming, so my myopic eyes couldn't catch any more of his hand than the which is admittedly not much to go on. Whatever it was, it got a nod from Robin Keston as they switched games to Hold'em.
09/23/09 01:23:31 PM PDT
Action Decelerates as if First Break Were Sharp Corner
Not a glimpse of a pair or quartet of hole cards for quite a while now. Both games are being played preflop and on the flop, with the aggressive, or at least perma-involved Erik Cajelais seizing the lead and holding on to it with his large tattooed arms.
It's start-of-day leader Mats Gavatin who's nearest the chip danger zone now, though. He just raised pot on the button to get back to 180k. When he gets back after the break, he'll find the pressure even more firmly on him as the blinds go up.
09/23/09 01:04:44 PM PDT
Patience Running Out for Multitablers?
I remember hearing that of the final five players, at least two were intending to start playing the Pot Limit Omaha event at midday, then switch over to polish off the FT of the ROE, then head back to climb the mountain of a second final.
All in a day's work - but it seems that Erik Cajelais and probably Robin Keston too are looking in antsy fashion round at the PLO tables wondering how their respective stacks are faring without their gentle hands to guide them to victory...
I'm sure they're fine; eyes on the prize now, lads...
09/23/09 12:49:34 PM PDT
Chips - Who's Got Them?
All three do, of course, but in these sorts of amounts:
Erik Cajelais - 460,000
Robin Keston - 320,000
Mats Gavatin - 310,000
Stacks are changing to the tune of 50k up or down each time even with a small raise preflop, folded on the flop... so this has become a close one again.
09/23/09 12:38:02 PM PDT
No Longer a Menace - Nguyen 4th (£ 35,412)
If he kept calling the shortstacks, chances were Erik Cajelais was going to bust one eventually, and Men Nguyen was still short despite having doubled up recently. When Nguyen re-raised him all-in preflop in Hold'em, Cajelais gave him a spin with . Nguyen's looked good - and much better after the flop. The turn gave Cajelais a few more straight outs, one of which popped out in the form of the on the river!
A clearly disappointed Nguyen left the table, and we are now three-handed.
09/23/09 12:32:42 PM PDT
First off Men Nguyen, down to a dwindled 39k got it all in preflop against Robin Keston, who'd raised with and found Nguyen with . Nguyen instantly leaped ahead on the flop: and stayed so over the turn and river. Nguyen now on just over 100k.
Then it was Robin Keston's turn to double through Erik Cajelais with vs. the dominated . It's all action, all the time...
09/23/09 12:27:49 PM PDT
Keston's Turn All-in
Again, Robin Keston had his tournament on the line just now as he moved all-in on the turn in Hold'em vs. Erik Cajelais. Cajelais had called his 20k on the flop, unlike Men Nguyen, but declined to call Keston's shove when the came out next.
09/23/09 12:18:16 PM PDT
Action Slows as All Four Mentally Trying on the Bracelet
A couple of chips found their way back out of Erik Cajelais' stack in the last few hands - he's taken a shot at seeing a couple of flops, but given up each time before showdown, having called raises preflop. Robin Keston has been the biggest beneficiary, and has increased his stack by over 50k in the last 10 minutes, while dwindling somewhat is Men Nguyen, having just raise-folded to Mats Gavatin. Still, it's anybody's jewellery, and they know it.
09/23/09 12:02:09 PM PDT
Richard Gryko Busts in Fifth (£26,619)
After an all-change sort of stack realignment during the first level of the final today, it's Richard Gryko who became the first casualty after tangling with Erik Cajelais yet again. In Hold'em, Gryko raised to 21k preflop, and found Cajelais reraising a further 45k. After some consideration, he called. They saw a flop. Check to Cajelais, who bet 80k. Gryko, however, wasn't prepared to give this one up and moved in, quickly called. He held , in pretty bad shape against Cajelais' , and with no help on the turn and river, Gryko was shaking hands and exiting stage left (no really, we're on a stage here at the Empire, gradually getting surrounded by TV cameras).
Meanwhile Cajelais, who started today with the second-shortest stack, is now springing towards the lead, if not in possession of it.
09/23/09 11:52:12 AM PDT
dB for MC T.D. J.E.
The pristinely-coiffed Jack Effel has finally received a working microphone and is announcing the final table to a growing crowd of people who are mostly standing with their arms crossed looking like they're judging the finalists.
Just now Richard Gryko took down a Hold'em pot preflop with a reraise over Mats Gavatin (button) from the big blind. As he scooped in the pot, Men Nguyen piped up with a complaint about the announcing: "You don't need to give extra information, 'He raised on the button,' just say, 'He raised.'"
The impression this gave was that Gryko had been positively aided by being reminded of his relative position and added, "Why don't you just announce 'Action.' for every hand?" It looked like Mr. Effel was agreeable to limiting the free information, however, so we're just getting the bet amounts and flop cards from now on.
09/23/09 11:43:32 AM PDT
Erik Cajelais just took down a six-figure pot mainly at the expense of Richard Gryko in Omaha. The two of them saw a flop, with Cajelais check-calling Gryko's 45k bet. Both players slowly checked the turn. On the river - - Cajelais riffled and toyed with 60k in red chips, before shifting them over the line. Gryko pondered a brief while before giving it up.
09/23/09 11:34:42 AM PDT
Keston Copies Cajelais
...With a double through to 110k through Mr. Gavatin. Small blind Mats Gavatin raised big blind Robin Keston to 16k, and then called his all-in, showing to Keston's . The dealer didn't create too much suspense for the short stack, giving him a safe run of ... ... shipping another of the short stacks a new lease of life, and chipping away at former chip monster Gavatin.
For good measure, Keston took 40k off Men Nguyen the very next hand, repopping him preflop and then shoving for 69k on a flop, with no call.
09/23/09 11:25:48 AM PDT
Break-Bolstered Rail Watches Cajelais Double-Up
With the PLO on a 20 minute break, the rail for the final table of the Round of Each has swollen with the curious non-smokers who can't get enough of the four-card form.
They got some action just now from one of the short stacks Erik Cajelais, who called a Mats Gavatin raise to 17k preflop, before getting it all in on a flop with a quicker-than-you-blink pot bet and call all in.
Cajelais made a straight on the turn and held it on the river to double through to over 150k.
09/23/09 11:19:42 AM PDT
Final Table Positions
In both the chip and placement senses:
Men Nguyen - 268,000
Mats Gavatin - 448,000
Robin Keston - 63,000
Richard Gryko - 329,000
Erik Cajelais - 81,000
09/23/09 11:14:47 AM PDT
Final Five Set to Go
With the briefest of fanfares, the final five players in the Round of Each are shuffled up and dealt to. One of them will win a bracelet today. The others will have to make do with gradually increasing piles of cash...
Shuffle up and deal!