Saturday, June 19, 2010 3:25 PM Local Time
We arrived on the turn of the board to witness Victor Ramdin (small blind) betting out 37,000. Kevin MacPhee (button) made the call.
The river was the and both players checked.
"Straight," announced Ramdin, turning over .
"Higher straight," trumped MacPhee, and tabled .
"The real straight," commented Craig Gray as MacPhee raked in the pot to put him up to 445,000. Ramdin didn't look terribly happy, and dropped to 280,000.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 3:18 PM Local Time
One player who has decided not to chance it at the Poker Kitchen today is the Netherlands' first ever bracelet winner Rob Hollink. He's brought along some frankly delicious-looking sushi that judging by its packaging has clearly not come from anywhere in the Rio. We're hoping that our Dutch friends will be able to find out where he got it from.
Over on the next table, Victor Ramdin is rather overestimating the level of service that a player can expect here. "...I'd like some room temperature water," he was telling the waiter - doable - "Oh, and a couple joints," he giggled. (Not doable.)
Saturday, June 19, 2010 3:11 PM Local Time
On the flop of , Jose-Luis Velador checked to Phil Ivey who bet 40,000. Velador made the call.
The turn brought the and both players checked. The river completed the board with the and Velador checked once more. Ivey fired double what he fired on the flop for 80,000 and Velador tank-folded.
Velador dropped to 340,000 in chips while Ivey increased to 355,000.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 3:01 PM Local Time
Jose-Luis Velador check-called 20,000 from David Chiu on the turn of an board, before both players checked the river. Chiu turned over for two pair, queens and eights, and Velador mucked, giving Chiu the pot.
Former chip leader Velador was down to 370,000 after that. Chiu meanwhile was up to a commanding 560,000.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 2:56 PM Local Time
Tristan McDonald had his last 90,000 or so in the middle against Kevin MacPhee. McDonald held the and was up against the of MacPhee.
The flop, turn and river ran through and that was the end of the line for McDonald. He was eliminated in 13th place and took home $12,671. MacPhee increased to 400,000 in chips.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 2:53 PM Local Time
Tristan McDonald raised from the cutoff seat to 20,000 and Craig Gray called from the small blind. The two took a flop of and both checked.
The fell on the turn and Gray fired 36,000. McDonald called and then the river completed the board with the . Gray cocked back and fired 80,000. McDonald tanked for quite some time and then asked, "You bluffing me? I can only beat a bluff," before eventually folding and leaving himself with just about 90,000 chips.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 2:49 PM Local Time
Phil Ivey went hunting for the last of Matt Sterling's chips with the versus the of Sterling. Sterling was all in for about 50,000 chips preflop.
The flop came down and it didn't look good for Sterling as Ivey flopped a set of jacks and a flush draw.
The turn brought the and then the river the , giving Sterling broadway on the river and doubling him up back over 100,000. Ivey dropped back to 300,000.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 2:49 PM Local Time
Kevin MacPhee opened for 20,000 under the gun, but James Mitchell in the cutoff made it 65,000 to go. It folded back around to MacPhee, who thought about it briefly before announcing, "I'm all in." He pushed his whole 185,000 stack forward and then lowered his head.
Mitchell stared him down for a long time, idly rolling chips back and forth across the table in front of him. After a couple minutes he laughed (eliciting zero reaction from MacPhee) and then folded.
Mitchell: seemed to have doubled up somewhere along the line, but now down to 245,000
MacPhee: up to 260,000
Saturday, June 19, 2010 2:44 PM Local Time
We got to the table just in time to see David Chiu and Rob Hollink check down the turn and river of a board. Chiu turned over for a set of kings and Hollink mucked, his stack dipping to 390,000 in the process. Meanwhile Chiu seems to have nudged into the lead on a shade under 500,000.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 2:41 PM Local Time
From middle position, Matt Sterling raised to 18,000. Action folded to Jose-Luis Velador in the big blind and he made the call. After the flop came down , Velador fired the pot for 39,000. Sterling folded and was left with just 55,000 chips. Velador moved up to 429,000.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 2:36 PM Local Time
Victor Ramdin raised to 20,000 from early position and got a call from Joshua Tieman in the small blind. The two of them took a flop of and Tieman checked. Ramdin checked behind.
The turn was the and Tieman checked again. Ramdin fired 27,000 and Tieman made the call.
The river completed the board with the and both players checked.
Tieman rolled over the and Ramdin mucked, dropped back to 300,000 in chips while Tieman approached the 400,000-chip mark.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 2:34 PM Local Time
Pot Limit Omaha
Craig Gray made it 15,000 in the cutoff and Kevin MacPhee called on the button. They saw a flop which Gray checked. MacPhee bet pot (39,000) and that was enough to end the hand.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 2:33 PM Local Time
We picked up the action on the flop with the board reading . Phil Ivey was first up and fired a bet of 31,000. Matt Sterling was his opponent and he made the call.
Fourth street brought the and Ivey didn't slow down. He fired out 60,000. Sterling thought for a minute and then made the call.
The river completed the board with the and Ivey announced that he was all in for 78,000. Sterling tanked and then made the call.
Ivey revealed to for top two pair and Sterling mucked. He dropped all the way to 75,000 while Ivey doubled to about 370,000 in chips.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 2:31 PM Local Time
David Chiu checked the flop to Phil Ivey, who bet 27,000. Chiu made the call.
They proceeded to check down the turn and river, and Chiu turned over . Ivey presumably couldn't beat it, as he mucked and dropped a little to 175,000. Chiu meanwhile upped his stack to 480,000.
In fact Chiu picked up another small pot courtesy of chip leader Jose-Luis Velador a couple hands later, and is now at 480,000.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 2:23 PM Local Time
Victor Ramdin and Konstantin Bucherl got all the money in on the flop of . Ramdin held the for bottom two pair and Bucherl held the for a flush draw.
The turn was the and filled up Ramdin, leaving Bucherl making his way to the exit. The river then completed the board with the .
Bucherl was the first person eliminated and earned $12,671 for his 14th-place finish.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 2:20 PM Local Time
Phil Ivey started things off with a limp under the gun and then Jose-Luis Velador completed from the small blind after action folded to him. Gavin Cochrane was in the big blind and raised to 24,000. Ivey called and then Velador called as well.
The flop came down and Velador checked. Cochrane fired a continuation bet worth 48,000 and then Ivey folded. Velador tanked for several minutes and eventually folded.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 2:16 PM Local Time
The board read when we arrived; three players were still in the hand and it look as though it had been checked down that far.
When we got there, it was to witness Irish Open champion James Mitchell checking to Kevin MacPhee in the cutoff, who bet 25,000. The action moved to Victor Ramdin on the button, who promptly raised. Mitchell got out of there quickly, and MacPhee folded up with a grin.
MacPhee - 191,000
Ramdin - 320,000
Saturday, June 19, 2010 2:09 PM Local Time
Good luck, all.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 2:00 PM Local Time
We have located the tables in question and players are beginning to take their seats. We expect play to get under way very shortly.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 12:58 PM Local Time
Just 14 players remain as we head into Day 3, the final day of this $2,500 PLH/PLO party.
We don't yet know where the tournament will be - it's too early for the bags to be out. However we do know when it will be, and that magical time is 3pm, in around an hour.
Jose-Luis Velador leads the field, but there's just a whisker between him and David Chiu. Also still in are Rob Hollink, Victor Ramdin, Kevin MacPhee, and the multi-tabling Phil Ivey will be attempting to play both this event and the heads up across the way
We'll be back in an hour.