Thursday, June 3, 2010 9:35 PM Local Time
The tournament staff has placed the gold WSOP bracelet on the table in its case for the three remaining players to see. If they couldn't feel how close they are to a bracelet before, they certainly can feel it now. it's right there for the taking boys, go get it.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 9:29 PM Local Time
From the button, Peter Gelencser raised. Raphael Zimmerman reraised from the small blind and Gelencser called. On the first draw, Zimmermn drew one and Gelencser drew two. After the draw, Zimmerman bet and Gelencser called.
On the next draw, Zimmerman stood pat and Gelencser drew two again. Zimmerman then bet out and Gelencser called. For the final draw, Zimmerman was pat and Gelencser drew one. Zimmerman bet out after the draw and Gelencser raised. Zimmerman called and was shown a by Gelencser.
Before this hand, Zimmerman was over one million in chips, but got knocked down a chunk to about 890,000. Gelencser has a mound of chips in front of him now, unstacked, and we estimate that to be about 800,000.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 9:22 PM Local Time
From the button Raphael Zimmerman raised it and got a call from the Peter Gelencser in the big blind. Gelencser took two cards and Zimmerman drew two. Gelencser bet and then called a raise from Zimmerman. They each drew one. Gelencser bet and Zimmerman raised. Gelencser called the raise and drew one card while Zimmerman stood pat. The two checked and Gelencser turned over to take the pot.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 9:20 PM Local Time
We walked up to the table with a pot of about 150,000 in the middle and a bet laid out in front of Don McNamara after all the drawing rounds were complete. Peter Gelencser was his opponent and opted to put in a raise. McNamara tanked for a minute or two and then finally made the call. Gelencser tabled the for number two and scooped the pot worth over 200,000 chips. McNamara dropped to 600,000 after losing that pot.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 9:03 PM Local Time
We're back. The players have taken their seats and the cards have been dealt.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 8:01 PM Local Time
That's the dinner bell. We'll see you in an hour.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 7:56 PM Local Time
Peter Gelencser raised from the small blind and Raphael Zimmerman called out of the big blind. Gelencser drew one and Zimmerman tossed out 80% of his starting hand, drawing four cards. After the draw, Gelencser bet and Zimmerman called.
Zimmerman drew two on the next draw after Gelencser drew one. Gelencser bet and Zimmerman called again. For the final draw, Gelencser was pat and Zimmerman drew another two. Both players then checked.
"Jack," said Gelencser.
"Jack what?" asked Zimmerman.
"Jack-eight," responded Gelencser, showing the .
"It's a very smooth jack my friend," said Zimmerman, mucking his hand.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 7:49 PM Local Time
David Chiu was all in for 20,000 against Don McNamara. "I've got a pat hand," McNamara said. Chiu drew 2 on the first draw, one on the second and stood pat on the third.
McNamara showed eighty-six for the win against Chiu's eighty-seven.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 7:40 PM Local Time
David Chiu and Raphael Zimmerman both drew two on the first draw. Chiu then bet and Zimmerman raised. Chiu was all in. He drew one, as did Zimmerman. On the third draw, they both drew one again.
Chiu stood up from his chair and threw down and was good against Zimmerman's .
Thursday, June 3, 2010 7:33 PM Local Time
Peter Gelencser raised pre-draw and all three of his opponents called. Raphael Zimmerman was up first for the first draw and wanted two cards. McNamara was next and wanted two as well before the pre-draw raiser took three cards. David Chiu was the last to select and took two.
After the draw, a lot of chips went into the pot. Zimmerman bet, McNamara called, Gelencser called, Chiu raised, Zimmerman reraised, McNamara tank-folded, Gelencser called and Chiu also called.
On the next draw, three players remained and they all elected to draw one card each. Then, they all checked their option.
For the third and final draw, they all selected one card apiece again. Zimmerman checked after the draw and Gelencser bet. Chiu folded his hand, but Zimmerman made the call.
"Number two," announced Gelencser, revealing the . Zimmerman mucked and Gelencser scooped the massive pot.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 7:25 PM Local Time
From the button, Paul Gelencser raised and David Chiu called out of the small blind. Chiu drew two and Gelencser drew one. Chiu then check-called a bet from Gelencser.
On the next draw, Chiu drew two and Gelencser stood pat. Chiu then check-called again.
On the third draw, Chiu drew one and Gelencser stood pat. Both players checked following the draw and Chiu tabled the winner: .
Thursday, June 3, 2010 7:18 PM Local Time
It was three handed going into the first draw. David Chiu took one, Raphael Zimmerman drew two, as did Don McNamara. Chiu bet and was called by Zimmerman and McNamara. Chiu drew one and Zimmerman and McNamara both stood pat. Chiu and Zimmerman checked and McNamara bet. The bet wasn't contested and McNamara took down the pot.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 6:59 PM Local Time
Jameson Painter was bet all in and was called by Raphael Zimmerman after the first draw. On the second draw, Painter drew two and Zimmerman took one. On the third draw, Painter took one and Zimmerman stood pat.
And with that, we're down to four.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 6:58 PM Local Time
On the button, Raphael Zimmerman raised before Don McNamara reraised from the small blind. Zimmerman made the call. On the first draw, McNamara drew one and Zimmerman drew three.
"This didn't go well for me last time," said McNamara, referencing a time when Zimmerman drew four against him.
After the draw, McNamara bet and Zimmerman called. For the second draw, McNamara stood pat and Zimmerman drew two. McNamara then bet and was called.
On the third and final draw, McNamara was pat again and Zimmerman drew one. McNamara checked and Zimmerman checked behind. McNamara's wasn't good enough to beat the of Zimmerman and he dropped to 345,000 in chips. Zimmerman now has a solid lead on the field with 780,000 chips in his stack.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 6:58 PM Local Time
The tournament director just came over to the table with a handful of racks to try and color up the massive orange (T1000) stacks that are sitting in front of the players. Peter Gelencser looked at the TD and asked, "Can I keep these," pointing to his fort of orange. The TD shrugged his shoulders, and asked the rest of the table if they wanted to color up. It seems like everyone likes the orange chips, or looking like they have a mountain of chips for now.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 6:53 PM Local Time
Jameson Painter drew one and Don McNamara drew 3. Painter bet and was called by McNamara. They each drew one. Jameson check-called McNamara. Jameson drew one and McNamara stood pat. The two checked the final round of betting and McNamara showed to win the pot.
On the next hand, Painter made a ninety-six to double up. He sits with about 60,0000 now.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 6:34 PM Local Time
Although play was moved to the main feature table on the ESPN stage, the scene is extremely quiet over here. There's only a handful of people in the stands and about half of that bunch if playing Chinese poker over in the corner, barely paying attention to the final table. If you're in town and around, stop on down if you'd like to catch some deuce-to-seven action.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 6:26 PM Local Time
Raphael Zimmerman and David Chiu put in four bets each pre-draw. On the first draw, Zimmerman drew two and Chiu stood pat. Zimmerman then checked in the dark and Chiu fired a bet. Zimmerman checked his two new cards and then made the call.
On the second draw, Zimmerman took two again and Chiu stood pat. Zimmerman checked and Chiu bet. Zimmerman made the call and off to the third draw they went.
For the final draw, Zimmerman drew one while Chiu opted to still stand pat. Zimmerman checked and Chiu checked behind. Zimmerman showed two fours, signaling that he paired his hand. Chiu showed a and won the pot to get back to about 390,000 chips.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 6:19 PM Local Time
A sizable pot developed between David Chiu and Don McNamara. On the third draw, Chiu stood pat and McNamara drew one. After the draw, both players checked. Chiu mucked when he saw McNamara table a ninety-seven and slipped back to about 200,000.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 6:18 PM Local Time
Peter Gelencser, Jameson Painter, and Raphael Zimmerman each drew two cards. Gelencser bet and Painter raised it, causing Zimmerman to get out of the way. Gelencser drew one and Painter stood pat. Gelencser check-called Painter's all-in bet. Gelencser drew one and Painter stood pat.
Painter showed for the double up against Gelencser's .