07/09/11 03:41:16 PM PDT
"You're All Playing for Second"
Jack Effel just took a moment to introduce a special player in the Main Event, who happens to be the oldest player registered in the 2011 Main Event. We're taking about 91-year old Ellen "Gram" Deeb. You might recognize the Ellen's last name, and in case you're wondering . . . yes, that is Shaun Deeb's grandmother. From what we understand, Deeb was sweet enough to buy his grandma's way into the Main Event, proving you're never too old to take a shot at poker's biggest title.
"You're all playing for second," Deeb joked when Effel asked if there was anything she'd like to add.
07/09/11 03:39:40 PM PDT
We caught the action on the river with a board of with a pot had already reached over 25,000. Mark Schmid, a 2011 WSOP Bracelet winner, was all in for his final 13,125 and his opponent was mulling over his decision. Eventually, he threw in the chips and Schmid tabled . His opponent angrily showed and mentioned that queen-ten was the only hand he was afraid of.
With that hand, Schmid has doubled to 52,000.
07/09/11 03:38:25 PM PDT
Rounded Wagering Apparatus Quantities
|Shannon Shorr||52,900||-1,100 |
|Shane Warne||39,800||-1,700 |
|Brad Garrett||39,200||9,200 |
|Jordan Morgan||36,600||3,600 |
|Pramesh Bansi||35,200||-1,800 |
|Tyler Bonkowski||33,900||2,200 |
|Chris Moorman||33,400||8,900 |
|Chris Bell||32,800||2,800 |
|Steve Brecher||32,000||2,000 |
|Humberto Brenes||30,500||-1,500 |
|Eric Baldwin||29,800||800 |
|Andrew Brown||29,025||-975 |
|Justin Schwartz||29,000||10,000 |
|Allen Kessler||28,300||2,800 |
|Zohair Karim||25,800||-1,700 |
|Steven Gross||24,000||-6,000 |
|David Steicke||9,300||-20,700 |
|Thomas Middleton||8,000||1,300 |07/09/11 03:38:22 PM PDT
A Trip Through the Tan Section
Not a great Level 2 thus far for Chris Moneymaker. Here are a few counts from the tables in Tan:
|Pablo Santos Cobo||53,000||2,000 |
|Silvio Crisari||45,200||-5,300 |
|John Tabatabai||43,000||5,000 |
|Sean Getzwiller||37,500||11,500 |
|Andrew Robl||34,000||5,500 |
|Bobbie Talbot||32,500||1,500 |
|Leo Wolpert||31,000||-1,000 |
|Michael Winnett||25,500||0 |
|Grayson Ramage||23,000||500 |
|Chris Moneymaker||8,500||-21,500 |07/09/11 03:38:21 PM PDT
Skender Scores a Chopportunity
A player in middle position raised to 450 preflop and the hijack called before Skender re-raised to 1,300 from the big blind. The other two players called, then Skender bet 1,300 after the flop of .
The middle position player called and the hijack folded, then Skender check-called the middle position's bet of 4,000 on the turn of the before leading out for 11,500 on the river of the . The middle position player went deep into the tank before making a crying call with , but was relieved to see that Skender also held !
Chop, choppity, chop chop chop!
|Michael Skender||35,000||0 |07/09/11 03:38:21 PM PDT
Romano Can Fold Jacks
Ray Romano opened to 600 from middle position and got a call from the cutoff and from the button. The flop came and Romano led out for 800. The cutoff folded and the button raised to 2,000.
Romano thinks for a moment and then folds pocket jacks face up. The player on the button showed his cards as he was dragging the pot -- .
07/09/11 03:38:00 PM PDT
Nines Are Fine For Patterson
We picked up the action as Tyler Patterson checked to his opponent in middle position on a flop that read ; the opponent opened for 2,100 and Patterson called before check-calling the player's bet of 4,725 on the turn of the .
Patterson then check-called his opponent's bet of 7,200 after the river of the and Patterson showed . This was enough to see the opponent tap the table and muck his hand.
|Tyler Patterson||52,000||20,600 |07/09/11 03:32:30 PM PDT
She'll Say it in Braille?
The player in the hijack raised to 600 only to have the cutoff immediately re-raise to 1,650. When action got to Maria "Maridu" Mayrinck in the big blind she wanted to see how much the cutoff had in his stack and politely asked him to move his arms that were covering it, but found that he didn't speak English and didn't understand her request. A couple others at the table eventually got him to understand what she was asking and he obliged her request. After seeing how many chips he had Maridu called the 1,650 while the hijack got out of the way.
The flop came and both players checked. When the came on the turn Maridu tossed out a bet of 1,700 and the other player opted to fold. After the hand was over someone pointed out to Maridu that the player spoke Spanish so she quickly explained to him in Spanish what she had been asking him during the hand. It seemed Maridu just wanted to make sure he understood that she had harmless intentions in asking how many chips he had behind.
After the conversation ended another player joked, "Now you have to say it in French!" to which Maridu replied, "I'll say it in braille if I have to!" which elicited a bit of laughter from her tablemates.
|Maria Mayrinck||32,000||3,200 |07/09/11 03:32:18 PM PDT
Painter Pads His Stack
Our PokerNews field reporter picked up the action on the river between the player on the big blind and Jameson Painter in early position on a board that read ; the big blind had checked to Painter who moved all-in for 12,725 into a 16,000 pot.
The big blind called and showed down , but had run straight into Painter's flopped set as he held . Painter is now up to more than 40,000 in chips.
|Jameson Painter||42,000||19,400 |07/09/11 03:31:40 PM PDT
Jonathan Duhamel was stuck on about 20,000 for a while at the start of Level 2, but he's doing what he can to grab some momentum over on the main feature table.
Just now William Kassouf opened with a raise to 525 from early position and it folded to Duhamel on the button. He made it 1,375 to go, and Kassouf gave it up.
On the next hand Duhamel opened with a raise to 500 from the cutoff, and only Kassouf called from the big blind. Both checked the flop and turn. Kassouf checked again when the fell on the river, Duhamel bet 650, and Kassouf let it go once more.
It was another raise-and-take hand for Duhamel the next time around as well. After that three-hand sequence, Duhamel presently sits with about 23,000.
07/09/11 03:31:21 PM PDT
Shak Busts Billirakis
We're not sure of all the details, but we do know that Dan Shak flopped a set of eights in a three-way pot, which ended in the elimination of Steve Billirakis, who held . Shak is up to 50,000.
|Steve Billirakis||0||-30,000 |07/09/11 03:30:57 PM PDT
All White Long...
|Julien Brecard||62,500||12,500 |
|Arnaud Mattern||48,700||18,700 |
|Daniel Negreanu||35,400||5,400 |
|Christina Lindley||35,000||5,000 |
|Liz Lieu||33,000||3,000 |
|JP Kelly||29,700||-300 |
|Erik Seidel||28,500||7,900 |
|Daniel Harrington||28,400||100 |
|Lauren Kling||27,400||-2,600 |
|James Akenhead||27,300||-2,700 |
|Ali Eslami||19,000||-1,025 |
|Chris Tryba||17,300||-12,700 |07/09/11 03:27:18 PM PDT
Counts from the Orange Section
|Bernard Lee||52,000||0 |
|Dan Shak||50,000||20,000 |
|Scotty Nguyen||44,500||-2,500 |
|Matthias de Meulder||43,000||13,000 |
|Adam Junglen||42,000||6,000 |
|Marco Traniello||41,500||11,500 |
|Todd Witteles||34,700||4,700 |
|Blair Rodman||33,500||3,500 |
|Mikhail Shalamov||33,000||3,000 |
|Marcel Luske||31,500||1,500 |
|Bobby Baldwin||31,200||1,200 |
|Vitaly Lunkin||31,000||0 |
|Juan Maceiras||31,000||1,000 |
|Philip Gordon||31,000||-11,000 |
|Shaun Deeb||26,300||-2,700 |
|Victoria Coren||26,000||-4,000 |
|Gavin Smith||24,000||4,000 |
|Ted Forrest||23,000||9,000 |
|Heather Sue Mercer||20,500|
|Davidi Kitai||8,000||-22,000 |07/09/11 03:27:05 PM PDT
Bryan's Still Huang-ing Around
It hasn't been the best of starts for Singapore's Bryan Huang, who's down to less than 22,000 after a recent hand on table 279.
The player in the UTG +1 position raised to 500 before the flop and the action folded to the cutoff who called, only to see Huang re-raise to 1,375 from the button. The UTG +1 player folded but the cutoff called, then led out for 2,000 after the flop of .
Huang called and then both players checked down both the turn of the and the river before the cutoff showed , which was enough to see Huang send his hand into the muck.
|Diwei Huang||21,300||-9,000 |07/09/11 03:25:59 PM PDT
Julien Brecard appeared to be playing a three-bet pot in position against the big blind, calling a bet of 2,600 on a flop. The big blind fired another bet of 4,000 on the turn but the Frenchman casually made it 10,000 to go, his opponent making the call with only 14,000 behind.
The river was the and the big blind checked as Brecard set him all in, but there was no quick call or fold, instead the big blind tanked for several minutes before finally folding.
|Julien Brecard||50,000||20,000 |07/09/11 03:23:08 PM PDT
Garrett Dines With Kings
We just stopped by Brad Garrett's table to check on his chip stack, and we found him opening the pot to 600 as he and his table talked about the picture of Puggy Pearson over on the far side of the wall. "I think that's Bo Derek," Garrett said as he flicked the raise into the pot. "Looks like she's got a hot dog in her mouth."
Garrett found calls from Max Cohn (in position) and the big blind, and the three of them went off to a flop. It checked around, and Garrett made a delayed continuation bet of 1,000 after the turn. Cohn raised it up to 3,000, the big blind folded, and Garrett quickly called. "Naw, I don't think that's Puggy Pearson. I'm pretty sure it's Bo Derek."
The river was the , and Garrett checked. Cohn checked behind, and he gets a gold star for the day. Garrett rolled over for quads! "Boy, I was hopin' you'd bet that," he stated the obvious. "You weren't calling a bet, though, right?"
Cohn didn't miss a beat, giving the rub right back to the comedian: "What? With the jackass hands you've been playing?!"
Garrett is doing well for himself so far, back up to about 39,600 with that pot.
07/09/11 03:20:08 PM PDT
Skender Gets Baker
The action on table 285 folded around to Amanda Baker who raised to 475 from the hijack position before Michael Skender three-bet it to 1,125 from the cutoff. The others got out of the way and Baker called, then she checked after the dealer spread the flop of .
Skender opened for 1,200, but Baker then check-raised to 3,700. Skender thought about it for about 45 seconds but still elected to call, then he fired out 8,000 after Baker checked to him again after the turn of the . Baker laid her hand down.
|Michael Skender||35,000||5,000 |
|Amanda Baker||23,000||600 |07/09/11 03:19:33 PM PDT
The Sharks Are Out
From middle position, Jordan Morgan opened the pot with a raise to 400. Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes and his shark were on the button and raised to 1,200. It folded back to Morgan and he made the call.
The flop was and Morgan checked. Brenes bet 2,000 which was enough to Morgan off his hand and put him back above starting stack with 30,500.
07/09/11 03:15:13 PM PDT
Buddiga Bumps Up His Stack
With over 16,000 in the pot already and the board reading it seems we missed all the betting excitement as Praytush Buddiga and the player in the hijack both checked. Buddiga showed the for two pair and the other player mucked his hand.
Buddiga was up to around 40,000 after the hand.
|Pratyush Buddiga||40,000||10,000 |07/09/11 03:13:43 PM PDT
The Main Event, 25 Years in a Row
Wendeen Eolis might be a name some people are unfamiliar with, but the New Yorker was the first ever woman to cash in the main event in 1986, some 25 years ago. Since then, she's played every year in the main event since then, with six cashes since then - the most recent being in a $1,500 back in 2009. She's here once more playing in the white section of Pavilion, hoping to improve on her best finish of 25th place in this event.