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2010/11 WSOP Circuit - HARVEYS LAKE TAHOE (Nevada)

Sunday, November 21, 2010 to Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Event #30: $1,600 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

  • Buy-in: $1,600
  • Prizepool: $354,240
  • Entries: 246
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, November 21, 2010 3:40 PM Local Time

A player in middle position opened to 600, and Tom Franklin and the big blind both called to see a flop.

It came      , and the raiser continued out with shaky hands and another 1,400 chips. Franklin called and the big blind ducked out, and it was heads up to the   turn. The aggressor checked this time, and Franklin took his cue to stab at the pot with 1,600 chips. It didn't work; his opponent check-raised to 4,000 straight, and Franklin mumbled, "Did I step into something?" as he called the extra to see the last card.

It was the  , and the aggressor moved all in for 8,450. Franklin gave it a long stew before finally surrendering with about 24,000 chips still in his stack.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 3:38 PM Local Time

The flop was     in a hand between Jason DeWitt and one other player. Action was checked to DeWitt and he checked behind before the   fell on the turn. After his opponent fired 1,400, DeWitt made the call.

The river completed the board with the   and the same bet was fired into DeWitt for 1,400. He made the call.

DeWitt tabled the    after his opponent showed the   . DeWitt moved to about 32,000 and change with that pot.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 3:37 PM Local Time

After a few people limped in, Ted Bort jacked it up to 1,700 from the big blind. Only one of the limpets called and the flop was seen heads up. The flop was     and Bort fired 3,000. His opponent quickly gave it up and Bort moved to 36,500 in chips.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 3:36 PM Local Time

On the flop of    , David Robinson fired a bet of 1,000 and was called by his lone opponent. The turn brought the   and Robinson fired again for 1,800. His opponent stuck around to see the   fall on the river. Both players checked and Robinson tabled the    to beat his opponent's    and win the pot.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 3:35 PM Local Time

We caught up with the action on the turn with the board reading     . Jason DeWitt pushed all of his chips into the pot of about 17,000. His shove was worth roughly 11,000. After a brief few moments, his opponent gave it up and DeWitt won the pot to push his stack up to a little over 28,000.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 3:32 PM Local Time

We walked up to a flop of       to see Jeff Bond check to Joel Casper, a Circuit ring winner from 2008. Casper slipped out 1,200 chips, and Bond promptly check-raised to 4,200. Bond called, and both men checked the   turn. On the   river, Bond announced a covering all-in shove, putting Casper in a tough spot.

"That turn may have saved my ass," Casper admitted. Apparently there's some history between the two men. "I'm going to show you another tight fold. You're not even going to believe this one." With that, Casper open-mucked his    . "If you had pocket aces or pocket queens, that's just a terrible turn card for you," he finished.

The turn was just fine with Bond; he exposed his     as the dealer pushed him the pot. It pays to be aggressive, and Bond's big bet earned him the pot and knocked Casper down under 15,000.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 3:01 PM Local Time

The tournament staff gave everybody a little bit of extra time to fade the foul weather and get themselves into Harvey's to register for this Circuit Main Event.

The board shows 246 players have turned up today despite the snow, an impressive number that has exceeded everyone's guesstimates. We're waiting for the staff to finalize the entries and the prize pool to make it official, but it's unofficially a fantastic turnout.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 2:50 PM Local Time

On the flop of    , John Land checked and the player behind him checked. The third player in the hand fired 1,200 and Land made the call. The other player called as well.

The   was added to the board on the turn and action checked to the last player to act once again. He fired a larger bet of 2,500 this time. Land and the other player called to see the river.

The board paired as the   landed on fifth street and action checked around. The player who had been driving the betting in last position showed the    while the other unknown player tabled the    to beat him with sevens and fives. Land gave one last extra-long look at his hand and then mucked, the sevens and fives were the winner. Land dropped to 11,125 in chips after this loss.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 2:43 PM Local Time

Four players saw the flop for the minimum amount and it came    . The two blinds checked to John Land, who had limped in preflop in middle position. He fired 500 and the hijack seat made the call. The two blinds folded.

The turn brought the   and Land checked. His opponent tossed out a single T1,000 chip as his bet. Land gave it up and dropped down to 15,625.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 2:34 PM Local Time

Phillip Hui raised from under the gun to 450. He was called by the player in the next seat and also by the player in the big blind before seeing a flop come down    . The big blind checked and Hui fired 650. The next player called and the big blind folded.

The turn brought the   and Hui led again, this time for 1,075. His opponent raised to 3,200. Hui made the call.

The river completed the board with the  , completing a possible flush draw and another straight draw. Hui ld into his opponent for 6,050. After some time in the tank, his opponent made the call.

"Nice call," said Hui, tabling the   . His opponent showed the    for a set and beat Hui's pair of jacks to win the pot. Hui was knocked down to 10,400 in chips.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 2:33 PM Local Time

We picked up a four-way pot as the dealer put out a flop of      . The player in the small blind checked, and the big blind led out with a bet of 625 into a 1,000-chip pot. Player #3 called, and so did Jason DeWitt in position, and the three of them continued to the turn.

It was the  , and they each checked in turn to see the   pair the board on the river. The big blind (a gentleman we figure is a local by virtue of his Reno Aces baseball hat) decided it was time for another bet, and he made it 2,000 to see his cards. Player #3 wasted no time flat-calling, and Jason DeWitt closed the action with a reluctant call.

Reno Aces showed     for trips, and Player #3 tabled his     for the flush. DeWitt had that third-best-hand look on his face, and he returned his cards to the muck to drop his stack under 17,000.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 2:24 PM Local Time

The cards are back in the air!

Sunday, November 21, 2010 2:06 PM Local Time

The players are heading on their first 15-minute break of the day.

The wonderful staff here have provided pizza for everyone to ensure that everyone truly enjoys this break regardless of what bad beats they may have endured today!

Sunday, November 21, 2010 2:00 PM Local Time

Under the gun limped, Howard "Tahoe" Andrew limped, another player limped and then the small blind raised to 575. After the big blind folded, all three of the limpers made the call.

The flop came down     and the small blind fired 1,500. Only Tahoe made the call.

The turn brought the  . After the small blind checked, Tahoe fired 3,000. His opponent asked if he could see how much Tahoe had left. Tahoe moved his hands so that his opponent could get a view of his chips and then thought for a bit. After a minute or so, the small blind folded and Tahoe won the pot, showing that he flopped a set of tens with the   .

Sunday, November 21, 2010 1:55 PM Local Time

Charlie Wiper was all in for his last 2,925 before the flop, and the action passed around to player across the table who spent some time considering. The players on either side of Wiper began to talk about the hand in progress, drawing the attention of the dealer. She told them to hold their conversation, and Wiper asked, "Am I allowed to say I want a call?" The dealer told him no, and Wiper said, "Well, I do!"

"Floor!" the dealer immediately called. Floorman Allen was soon by the table, and he laughed it off and implored Wiper to watch his chatter. "Don't worry, I'm about to bust anyways," Wiper said.

Indeed he would. His opponent eventually called with    , and Wiper's     were drawing slim. The board ran out          , and Wiper is off to crush some powder on the slopes.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 1:30 PM Local Time

It doesn't matter if it's Las Vegas or New Orleans, Southern California or Southern Indiana, if the banner says "World Series of Poker", Howard Andrew is coming to play. And with a nickname like "Tahoe", there was little doubt we'd see him in the field today.

"Tahoe" Andrew is a native of Pleasanton, California, and he is the proud owner of two WSOP gold bracelets. He won them a day apart from one another in 1976, taking down the $1,000 "Businessman's" and $2,500 preliminary events. Since that year, he's never missed the World Series of Poker Main Event, a streak that was extended to 35 consecutive years in 2010. That's more than you and me put together, and it's the longest streak running.

"Tahoe" was mentioned in the 1978 WSOP Media Guide alongside the likes of Johnny Moss, Chip Reese, Puggy Pearson, and Bobby Hoff. He was universally known as the guy most likely to get his chips into the middle light, always putting pressure on his opponents in a time when the game was admittedly more straight-forward. Since then, he's played just about everything you can think of, racking up close to $1.4 million in tournament earnings. Even well into his seventies, "Tahoe" is still booking results, finishing in 3rd place at the $5,000 Circuit Championship in Rincon earlier this year.

If "Tahoe" can cash here this week, it'll be his 20th career WSOP payday.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 12:42 PM Local Time

The board reads 228 right now and that's a great number for this event. That number should rise a bit more while registration stays open and all those late sleepers roll in. With expectations around 180-200 as the snow came in this weekend, well over 200 runners is amazing. When we get a final tally, we'll let you know.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 12:27 PM Local Time

Andrew Malott opened to 150 from the cutoff seat, and the gentleman on the button was the only caller as they went heads up to the flop.

It rolled out      , and Malott check-called a bet of 225. The   on the turn drew checks from both players, and Malott led out with 750 on the   river. His opponent paid him off; Malott showed     for two pair, and he's moving in the right direction to start the day.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 12:19 PM Local Time

As we mentioned before in our [URL=""]intro post[/URL], we've got Woody Moore, Howard "Tahoe" Andrew, Shiva Dudani and Ted Bort in the field today. Joining them, we've spotted Jim Pechac and Andrew Malott.

John "Cowboy" Land has also been spotted cutting out bets in the field. Land is from Frisco, Texas and holds not one, but two WSOP Circuit rings. Both came in prelim events last season at Harrah's Rincon and Harrah's Tunica.

We've also got a couple newly-minted Circuit ring winners in the field. Phillip Hui won Event #2: $345 No-Limit Hold'em. He bested a field of 407 to claim the first-place prize of $26,257. Matt Hughes is also sporting a brand new piece of jewelry after winning Event #17: 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em. He beat out 118 others and won $16,730. We'll see if either of these two can make a splash in the Main Event here in Tahoe or if any other of the prelim winners show up.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 12:07 PM Local Time

The announcements have been made the the cards are in the air. It was announced that the field size is looking to be over 200 players, which is quite an awesome number given the weather conditions outside that threatened to hurt players traveling in.