Friday, June 20, 2008 3:46 AM Local Time
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
Thursday, June 19, 2008 11:55 PM Local Time
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:
Who all currently have over 90,000 in chips.
Thursday, June 19, 2008 11:54 PM Local Time
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.
Thursday, June 19, 2008 11:48 PM Local Time
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.
Thursday, June 19, 2008 11:42 PM Local Time
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.
Thursday, June 19, 2008 11:31 PM Local Time
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.
Thursday, June 19, 2008 11:27 PM Local Time
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.
Thursday, June 19, 2008 11:27 PM Local Time
Play is now hand for hand.
Thursday, June 19, 2008 11:22 PM Local Time
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.
Thursday, June 19, 2008 11:17 PM Local Time
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.
Thursday, June 19, 2008 11:14 PM Local Time
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.
Thursday, June 19, 2008 11:10 PM Local Time
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.
Thursday, June 19, 2008 11:09 PM Local Time
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.
Thursday, June 19, 2008 10:35 PM Local Time
J.C. Tran lost half of his stack after running
. 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.
Thursday, June 19, 2008 10:32 PM Local Time
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.
Thursday, June 19, 2008 10:18 PM Local Time
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.
Thursday, June 19, 2008 10:17 PM Local Time
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.
Thursday, June 19, 2008 10:13 PM Local Time
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...
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:
Thursday, June 19, 2008 9:59 PM Local Time
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.
Thursday, June 19, 2008 9:52 PM Local Time
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.