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Friday, July 2, 2010 5:10 PM Local Time
We had the first moment of what could be considered "tanking" at this final table. Mike Schneider raised pre-flop and was three-bet by Brendan Taylor from the big blind. Schneider called to a flop of . Taylor bet and was called, then bet again when the turn paired the board . Schneider also called that bet, taking the two players to the river. Taylor finally slowed down and checked. Schneider took that as his cue to bet. Taylor took about twenty seconds (ages in limit hold'em) before mucking his hand.
Friday, July 2, 2010 5:08 PM Local Time
Ben Yu raised preflop and Mike Schneider called from the big blind. The flop came and it went check, bet, call. The same happened on the turn and then the came on the river.
Schneider led out with a bet only to have Yu raise it up. Schneider called and showed for a straight which was good enough to beat Yu's two pair with . Yu dropped to 350,000 after the hand.
Friday, July 2, 2010 5:00 PM Local Time
Sijbrand Maal has been struggling so far but he got a few chips back off o Joseph McGowan. Maal opened with a raise from middle position that McGowan three-bet from the button. Maal called, then checked and called another bet on an ace-high flop, . Both players checked the turn, leading Maal to fire out on the river. McGowan opted to fold.
Friday, July 2, 2010 4:58 PM Local Time
Jonathan Little raised and Terrence Chan reraised from the button. The blinds folded and Little made the call as the flop came . Little checked, Chan bet and Little raised.
After Chan made the call the was put out on the turn. Little bet and Chan called. The same happened when the hit the river. Little showed and Chan mucked. Chan is down to 270,000.
Friday, July 2, 2010 4:50 PM Local Time
Ben Yu raised preflop and was called by Michael Schneider. Yu then bet the flop and Schneider raised. Yu made the call as the came on the turn.
Yu checked, Schneider bet and Yu called. The same happened when the was put up on the river. Schneider turned over for a flopped set and took down the pot.
Friday, July 2, 2010 4:45 PM Local Time
Brian Tate has been playing well and running good in the first few levels, but even he can't win every pot. He was in the blinds an called a pre-flop raise from Ben Yu. Yu fired every street, . Tate checked and called every bet, including the last, but had to muck his hand when Yu sh owed for two pair, queens and fours.
Friday, July 2, 2010 4:42 PM Local Time
On a flop of Terrence Chan checked and Brendan Taylor bet. Chan called and the turn was the . It went check, bet, call and then the appeared on the river. Both players checked and Taylor showed to take down the pot and add around 50,000 to his stack.
Friday, July 2, 2010 4:33 PM Local Time
One of the first post-break hands was played between Terrence Chan and Mike Schneider. Chan opened pre-flop, then was the only player to call Schneider's three-bet. Chan checked and called a bet on the flop, then checked and called again on the turn. When Schneider bet after Chan checked the river, Chan finally decided to fold.
Friday, July 2, 2010 4:09 PM Local Time
Players are on their first break of the night.
Friday, July 2, 2010 4:02 PM Local Time
Terrence Chan was out of position against the much shorter-stacked Brendan Taylor. Taylor bet every street of a board. Chan checked and called each time, then tabled at showdown. He had been behind Taylor's the whole way but rivered a chop. That's how things have been going today for Taylor.
Friday, July 2, 2010 4:01 PM Local Time
Jonathan Little raised to 16,000 from the cutoff and Brian Tate reraised to 24,000 from the button. The blinds folded and Little made the call.
The flop came and Little checked. Tate bet 8,000 and Little check-raised to 16,000. After Tate made the call the turn came the . Little bet and Tate called. Little then checked the on the river and Tate bet. Little mucked and Tate added 68,000 to his stack.
Friday, July 2, 2010 3:52 PM Local Time
Michael Schneider raised from early position and Jonathan Little reriased from the cutoff. The blinds got out of the way and Schneider made the call.
The flop came and it went check, bet, call as it did on the turn and river. Little showed for a rivered set and added around 60,000 to his stack.
Friday, July 2, 2010 3:41 PM Local Time
On a flop of , Ben Yu checked and Michael Schneider bet. Yu then raised to 16,000 and Schneider called. Yu bet out on the turn and Schneider called.
The river was the . Yu bet and Schneider called. Yu turned over for a pair of queens but Schneider showed for a flush. Yu dropped around 64,000 on the hand.
Friday, July 2, 2010 3:37 PM Local Time
Terrence Chan opened the betting with a pre-flop raise on the button, but it was small blind Mike Schneider who took control from there. he three-bet the small blind and then bet every street of the board. Chan called every time but couldn't beat two pair, , that Schneider tabled at showdown.
Friday, July 2, 2010 3:31 PM Local Time
We don't know what Joe McGowan called with on the river but chances are it had Jonathan Little beat on the turn. McGowan raised the button and was called by Little from the big blind. Both players checked a flop of . Little tried to bet the turn and was quickly called by McGowan. Little fired again on the river and again McGowan called. Little showed his , which had connected with the river to make two pair, sevens and sixes. McGowan mucked.
Friday, July 2, 2010 3:28 PM Local Time
Sijbrand Maal raised from the cutoff only to have Terrence Chan reraise from the small blind. Michael Schneider called from the big blind and Maal called as well.
The flop came and Chan bet. Maal made the call after Schneider folded and the turn was the . Both players checked to the on the river. Chan checked, Maal bet, and Chan made the call.
Maal showed for a pair of jacks but was behind Chan's pair of aces with the . Chan took down the pot and added 72,000 to his stack.
Friday, July 2, 2010 3:25 PM Local Time
Ben Yu was in the big blind for a hand in which Brendan Taylor opened with a pre-flop raise. Yu was the only caller to a jack-high fop, . He checked and then raised after Taylor made a continuation bet. Taylor called, then put in his own raise after Yu bet the turn. Yu would not be dissuaded; he called. Both players checked the river, where Yu's top pair of jacks, , took down the pot.
Friday, July 2, 2010 3:23 PM Local Time
Brendan Taylor raised from the cutoff only to have Jonathan Little three-bet from the button. The blinds folded and Taylor made the call. It went check, bet, call on every street as the board ran out .
Little turned over for a pair of aces and Taylor mucked. Taylor was left with around 275,000 after the hand.
Friday, July 2, 2010 3:21 PM Local Time
After one full level of play, Brian Tate has jumped out to the early lead. He's followed by Terrence Chan. The person taking the worst of it so far is Dutch player Sijbrand Maal.
Friday, July 2, 2010 3:13 PM Local Time
Brain Tate did not slow down in the face of Brendan Taylor's attempts to control the betting. Tate, sitting in the big blind, three-bet after Taylor opened the button with a raise. Taylor called to a flop of . Tate fired out a bet and was called. The turn was a seeming blank, the , and drew another bet from Tate. Taylor tried a raise, but quickly surrendered his hand after Tate kept on telling the same story by re-raising.