Thursday, June 17, 2010 6:37 PM Local Time
Simon Morris raised from the button, Michael Mizrachi three-bet all-in for 65,000 and Morris called.
The Grinder was in great shape pre-flop, his up against Morris' . The flop, however, gave everyone pause as it came down , Morris hitting an open-ended straight draw. He filled it on the turn with the and to add insult to injury, the fell on the river to make him a set.
With his finish here, Mizrachi adds another 35 Player of the Year points to his total and is now atop the leaderboard again, tied with James "Flushy" Dempsey for first place.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 6:30 PM Local Time
Daniel Idema raised to open the pot, and both Michael Mizrachi and Simon Morris called to see a flop.
It came out , and Idema made a bet. Mizrachi called, but Morris ducked out to let them go heads up the rest of the way.
The turn came the , and Mizrachi called a full bet from Idema, bringing them to the river. Idema fired again, and The Grinder double-checked his cards before sending them into the muck with a shake of the head.
Mizrachi is down to about 80,000 now.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 6:24 PM Local Time
Jameson Painter 1,150,000
Kyle Ray 1,135,000
Daniel Idema 875,000
Matt Keikoan 635,000
Brock Parker 530,000
Zvi Groysman 285,000
Michael Mizrachi 195,000
Simon Morris 145,000
Thursday, June 17, 2010 6:23 PM Local Time
Zvi Groysman was all in for his last 91,000 before the flop, and Jameson Painter and Daniel Idema were involved in the hand as well, playing for the side pot.
They'd check down a board of , and it was off to a showdown with Groysman at risk:
Groysman works his triple up with a full house, taking the main pot to vault back close to 300,000. Idema gets the side pot with his ten kicker, and we're still eight-handed for the bracelet.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 6:16 PM Local Time
Zvi Groysman raised all-in for 39,000 before the flop and Simon Morris called from the big blind.
The board ran out and Groysman doubled up to 91,000.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 6:15 PM Local Time
Matt Keikoan raised from the cutoff seat, and Zvi Groysman three-bet from the button. Keikoan called the extra bet, and the two men saw a flop of . Keikoan checked, and he stuck in a raise when Groysman bet.
Each of them put in two small bets to see the on the turn. Keikoan check-called a big bet this time, and both players checked the river. At showdown, Keikoan tabled , and his pair was good enough to win the pot, pushing him up close to 700,000.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 6:12 PM Local Time
Simon Morris opened for a raise, Brock Parker three-bet and Morris called.
Morris checked the flop over to Parker, who bet. Morris raised and Parker called. The turn was the and Morris bet out. Parker called. Both players checked the on the river.
Morris turned over , but Parker had the better ace-high with and raked in the pot.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 6:03 PM Local Time
Kyle Ray open-raised, Michael Mizrachi three-bet and Ray called.
Ray checked the over to Mizrachi, who bet his last 41,000. Ray called.
"I'm freerolling!" exclaimed Mizrachi as the dealer burned and turned. It was the , however, sealing a chopped pot. The meaningless river card was the .
Thursday, June 17, 2010 5:53 PM Local Time
Kyle Ray opened for a raise and Michael Mizrachi called. Mizrachi check-called bets from Ray on each street of the board.
Ray showed for trip tens and Mizrachi mucked. He's down to 180,000 while Ray is up to just over 1 million.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 5:47 PM Local Time
Brock Parker raised from the cutoff and Jameson Painter made the call from the big blind.
The flop was . Jameson check-raised and Parker called. The turn came the and Jameson led out. Parker called. Both players checked the on the river.
Jameson showed for a pair of sevens and Parker mucked.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 5:42 PM Local Time
There is a new rule in effect today at the Rio that is causing some commotion amongst the spectators.
It began a few hours ago when we tried to order a water from the cocktail servers at our media desk, as we often do. The media is notorious for tipping well, yet we were refused service. The server told us, "I'd love to serve you, but we had a meeting today, and we're no longer allowed to give you water." That raised our eyebrows, but fortunately, we know the location of every free, clean water dispensary in the building. So we forgot about it for a little while.
But the issue has reappeared here at the final table. Michael Mizrachi's wife is on the rail with David Levi, and the two of them just asked a server for water. She looked confused and frustrated herself, and she told them she wasn't able to serve them. Mrs. Grinder was likewise confused: "I don't understand. They were letting us buy drinks at the last final table." After a little poking on our part, we've learned that Harrah's is no longer serving drinks to anyone other than players and supervisors, effective today.
A short while later, the server came back to our final table rail, and she brought Mrs. Grinder a beer and a water with her apologies. Apparently, immediate family members are still allowed drinks, but everyone else will have to go to the cash bar and buy their own water or cocktails. "Even first cousins," said one of the bosses.
We're anxious to see what effect this has on the spectators, but we're already envisioning some sparsely populated, rather quiet and unexciting final table galleries without the proper free alcohol to keep things lubricated.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 5:40 PM Local Time
Michael Mizrachi raised, Jameson Painter put in a three-bet and Mizrachi called. Mizrachi check-called bets from Painter on the flop and the turn. The river was the and both players checked.
Painter showed and took it down. He's nearing 1.1 million in chips while the Grinder is down to 265,00.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 5:31 PM Local Time
Kyle Ray raised preflop, and Michael Mizrachi defended his big blind with a call.
The two men checked through the turn on a board of , and Mizrachi fired out a bet on the river. Ray called, and Mizrachi's was good enough to take down that small pot.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 5:25 PM Local Time
Michael Mizrachi raised, Matt Keikoan three-bet and Mizrachi called.
Mizrachi checked the over to Keikoan, who bet. Mizrachi called and they went to the turn, which fell the . Mizrachi check-called again. The river was the and Mizrachi checked. Keikoan bet and after a bit of a tank, Mizrachi gave up his hand.
Mizrachi is down to 204,000.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 5:19 PM Local Time
Michael Mizrachi limped in when the table folded around to his small blind, and Brock Parker raised from the big. Mizrachi called.
The flop came , and Mizrachi check-called a bet. He check-called another one on the turn before leading out with a bet of his own on the scary river. Parker shrugged and called with , and he'll chop it up with Mizrachi's . Both players make a straight to take their money back, and it's on to the next shuffle.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 5:16 PM Local Time
Matt Keikoan raised from early position and Michael Mizrachi called from the big blind.
Mizrachi led out on the flop and Keikoan called. Both players checked the on the turn. The river was the and Mizrachi bet out. Keikoan threw him a look before re-checking his cards and sending them into the muck.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 5:15 PM Local Time
Jameson Painter raised from the cutoff seat, and Daniel Idema made the call from the big blind to go heads up to the flop.
It came down , and Idema check-called a bet. He did the same on the turn, and one more time on the river. At showdown, Painter tabled for three pair, and it was second best. Idema tabled his , and two pair beats three pair in this case.
That pot pushes Idema up to about 1.3 miillion, while Painter falls back under the million-chip mark.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 5:10 PM Local Time
Jameson Painter must be partial to orange shirts, as his five-strong cheering section has arrived in the audience, all decked out in orange. They are also carrying a sign that reads "I Heart Pumpkin" and one young man has brought along one of those hollow plastic pumpkins that kids use to trick-or-treat, hoising it aloft whenever their man takes down the pot.
Here at PokerNews, we applaud creativity in railbirding. Nice job, gents.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 5:08 PM Local Time
Kyle Ray open-raised and Matt Keikoan made the call from the big blind. Keikoan led out on the flop and Ray called. Keikoan fired again when the hit the turn and earned another call. The river was the and Ray folded to Keikoan's bet.
Keikoan is up to just over 600,000 in chips.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 5:00 PM Local Time
Dan Idema opened for a raise and Kyle Ray defended his big blind.
Ray checked the flop over to Idema, who bet. Ray called and they went to the turn, which fell the . Ray check-called again. The river was the and Ray check-called one more bet.
Idema showed for the win and took down the pot.