Saturday, June 27, 2009 2:44 AM Local Time
A total of 572 runners came out for Event No. 50, the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout. They were arranged around 64 tables, from which emerged 64 winners all of whom are guaranteed at least $4,350 for this event. "Crazy Mike" Thorpe was the first to win his table. Among those following him into Round 2 were Jean-Robert Bellande, Trai Dang, Greg "FBT" Mueller, David Plastik, Dan Heimiller, David Williams, Juha Helppi, Tom Schneider, and Brock Parker.
Finally, about 3:40 a.m. local time, Mario Locicero won the night's final table, and Saturday's eight eight-handed tables were set. The winners of tomorrow's tables will reconvene on Sunday for an eight-handed final table, with the winner earning $194,854 and a WSOP gold bracelet for winning three tables in three days.
Join us tomorrow at 2 p.m. for the second round of Event No. 50.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 2:41 AM Local Time
Some ten-and-a-half hours after we began (counting breaks), all 64 matches are now in the books.
In the night's final hand, Mario Locicero used
to defeat his opponent's
after the board ran out
Saturday, June 27, 2009 2:31 AM Local Time
After a long, arduous heads-up battle in which the lead went back and forth, Shawn Buchanan had Craig Boyd all in before the flop holding
The flop came
. Boyd was still ahead, and had a flush draw as well. But the turn was the
, giving Buchanan eights. Boyd now needed an ace or club to survive. The river was the
, and Boyd was eliminated. Buchanan becomes the 63rd of the 64 players to make tomorrow's Round 2.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 2:22 AM Local Time
Humberto Brenes will be coming back tomorrow. His pocket treys held up when his short-stacked opponent's gutshot straight draw didn't come, and he moves onto Round 2.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 2:17 AM Local Time
Benjamin Early, Michael Leah, and Brock Parker have all won their matches.
Just three more to go.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 2:16 AM Local Time
On a flop of
, Jim Meehan got the last of his chips in versus Sam Hiatt. Meehan had A-8, while Hiatt had
. The turn was the
and the river the
, and Hiatt advances.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 2:09 AM Local Time
With the new stakes, the two players at each of our remaining tables should have something like 13-14 big bets between them -- meaning this shouldn't take that long to settle these last seven matches.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 1:57 AM Local Time
The 14 players who are still here are now taking a quick 10-minute break before getting back to their heads-up matches.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 1:56 AM Local Time
Qinghai Pan has just won his table, meaning we have seven tables still ongoing -- all of which are heads up.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 1:51 AM Local Time
Peter Panos just knocked out Odette Tremblay after their long heads-up match to move on to Round 2.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 1:49 AM Local Time
Vadim Shlez, Steve Kim, Brian Goddard, Michael Byrne, and Alan Snow have all won their matches.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 1:45 AM Local Time
Scott Kittle just won his match, with the last hand providing a somewhat unusual finish.
The community cards for the final hand together constituted an A-2-3-4-5 straight. Kittle tabled his cards, but his short-stacked opponent who had been all in didn't see the straight and mucked. He realized it afterwards, but by then it was too late, and Kittle moves on.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 1:40 AM Local Time
Antonio Patelidas has knocked out William Erickson. On the final hand, Patelidas raised from the button, and Erickson called with the last of his chips.
. The board came out
, and Patelidas moves on.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 1:39 AM Local Time
Brock Parker, Humberto Brenes, and David Baker are each still involved in lengthy heads-up matches on their respective tables.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 1:33 AM Local Time
Michel Halioua, Clint Keown, Roman Ginzburg, and Andreas Hagen have all made it through.
That makes 48 winners thus far tonight. There are just 16 more spots remaining at tomorrow's eight-handed tables.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 1:24 AM Local Time
Raymond Henson, Jeffrey Siegal, Jeffrey Boudreau, Matthew Sterling, James Pechac, Trai Dang, Raul Oliveira, and Millie Shiu have made it through.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 1:14 AM Local Time
David Williams knocked out Howard Kahan to win his table.
Also, Norman Michaud, Lennart Adam Knost, Keith Ray, Ronald Witteles, Johnny Neckar, and Andreas Hoivold all have moved on to Round 2.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 1:12 AM Local Time
Lap-Ki Wan won his table.
And Jose "Nacho" Barbero gathered all the chips at his.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 1:00 AM Local Time
Kind of a big jump from Level 7 (blinds 300/600, limits 600/1,200) to Level 8 (blinds 500/1,000, limits 1,000/2,000). Some of the players, having been absorbed in their heads-up matches for some time, reacted with surprise at the sudden increase in stakes.
Greg "FBT" Mueller (who has already advanced to tomorrow's Round 2 and is still here sweating his roommate, Shawn Buchanan), had a ready explanation for the increase: "It's because it's supposed to be over now."
There are still 37 matches ongoing.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 12:56 AM Local Time
William Toh and James Gallman have both moved on to Round 2.