Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:41 PM Local Time
Just a few minutes before the next scheduled break, Robert Mizrachi and Alex Jacob took a flop of . Mizrachi checked to Jacob, who bet bet 40,000. Jacob was put to the test with about 160,000 behind after Mizrachi check-raised to 100,000. Jacob tanked for a few minutes before putting his stack in with . Mizrachi snap-called with top pair, . The on the turn gave Jacob a few extra outs, but he was eliminated after the river came a second queen, .
Mizrachi is up to 950,000.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:37 PM Local Time
We have a new group moved over to the secondary feature table, including Scotty Nguyen, Bryan Pellegrino, and James Carroll. Nguyen has about 500,000 at the moment, Pellegrino has about 680,000, and Carroll remains among the leaders with almost 2 million.
None of those three was involved in the first dramatic hand at the table, however. The hand began with Jonathan Duhamel opening with a raise to 26,000 from the hijack seat, Jamie Brown reraising to 56,000 from the cutoff, then Rafal Michalowski reraising all in for about 160,000 from the button. The blinds got out, as did Duhamel, and Brown quickly called.
"Chop it up, baby, so nobody get hurt now" said Nguyen with a grin. The flop then came , and it looked as though a chop was likely. But the turn brought the and a collective "uh oh" from the crowd.
"I hate the slowroll," said Michalowski with a grimace. Then came the river -- the -- and indeed, Michalowski's Main Event had come to a painful end.
Brown now has about 890,000 as we approach the next break.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:28 PM Local Time
Johnny Lodden got his last 73,000 in the middle three ways. Fred Bell had him covered by 9,000, and Mark Tyson had them both covered several times over.
Lodden had to dodge three overs to stick around, but he decided to boat up just for fun with the board. He tripled up to 228,000. Bell hit the rail, and Tyson was left with 240,000.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:25 PM Local Time
Every once in a while we saw two people eliminated on the same hand, but it's incredibly rare to see three or more people eliminated. Steve Billirakis just accomplished that feat in one fell swoop.
Action started in early position with Bernard Lee, who moved all in for 64,00. Billirakis called that raise before Steven Hartstein re-shovedfrom the cutoff for 131,000. That second raise folded the button, but small blind Feming Chan then became the third player to move all in when he shoved for 350,000. Billirakis, the only active player left in the hand, pondered his decision for several minutes before finally calling Chan's raise, creating a four-way pre-flop showdown.
Billirakis actually had the best hand with a pair of jacks. He needed to dodge two overcards, diamonds, and any ten. Billirakis actually flopped a full house, , but Lee and Chan both had draws to bigger full houses. Neither hit as the turn and river came and to knock all three of Lee, Hartstein and Chan out of the tournament.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:25 PM Local Time
Kevin MacPhee open-shoved his last 21,000 from middle position and Giovanni Rizzo made an isolation reraise to get himself heads up with a chance to eliminated MacPhee.
The board ran , and MacPhee doubled up to about 65,000. It didn't last long, however.
A few hands later, Thomas Denny limped first in from the small blind, and MacPhee shipped it in from the big. Denny quickly called with , and MacPhee was in trouble but drawing live with his . He wasn't drawing particularly live after the flop, and the board of has eliminated him from the Main Event.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:23 PM Local Time
The cutoff seat raised to 19,000 and Ronnie "Ronasty" Bardah called from the button. Patrick Hartnett called from the small blind and the flop came down .
Action checked to Bardah and he fired 26,000. Both opponents folded and Bardah scooped to pot to move to 1,001,000 in chips.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:20 PM Local Time
We arrived on a flop. It didn't look like much, but it was enough to get all of Philip Lowery's 220,000 in the middle against Walter Davis. Lowery held for top two, but it was in bad shape as Davis showed for bottom set. His set turned into quads with the on the turn. Lowery was drawing dead, and Davis is up to 510,000.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:19 PM Local Time
The WSOP-Circuit star Dwyte Pilgrim made his last stand recently. After Nathan Meyvis opened for 21,000, Pilgrim moved all in for 115,000. Jan Boye, sitting on the button, made an easy call with . That was incredibly bad news for Pilgrim, who didn't even have an over-card with his . An over-card would have been useful on a board of . There was no joy for Pilgrim. He saddled up and headed off to the cage after saying, "Good game guys," to his table.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:16 PM Local Time
We missed the preflop action, but we walked up in time to see Danny Mizrachi betting 20,000 on a flop of . Denis Pisarev made the call, and he called another 22,000 on the turn. The river brought the and a wager of 60,000 from Mizrachi. Pisarev called with , and Mizrachi double-checked his cards before sending them into the muck.
Mizrachi - 235,000
Pisarev - 1.2 million
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:11 PM Local Time
Matt Keikoan got the best of Nicolas Chappuis in a race situation. Keikoan opened with a standard raise pre-flop. Chappuis then moved all in with and Keikoan called with . Chappuis completely missed the flop, and when Keikoan turned a nine Chappuis was left drawing dead. He's now out, and Keikoan is up to 440,000.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:10 PM Local Time
Antony Lellouche opened to 18,000, and Allie Prescott made it 52,000 total on the button. "All in," Lellouche said, committing his whole 220,000-chip stack. Prescott called to put him at risk.
The flop put Lellouche in the lead, and the turn kept him there. But the on the river brought Prescott a set to bust the French pro. Prescott is up to 760,000.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:07 PM Local Time
Christopher George opened a recent pot with a pre-flop raise. He was called in two spots before big blind Pim van Wieringen re-raised all in. George made the call with and discovered that van Wieringen had been attempting to squeeze everyone out with . Van Wieringen did manage to flop a ten, , but the turn and river came running queens, which did not help his cause. He's out, and George is up to about 1,150,000.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:06 PM Local Time
On the flop of Jason Somerville got all in for about 300,000 in chips with the . Mads Wissing held the for top pair.
The turn was the and the river the . Somerville missed his spade flush and was eliminated on the hand. Wissing move to 900,000 in chips.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:06 PM Local Time
On a flop of a player was all-in for 400,000 against Alexander Kostritsyn.
Kostritsyn's hand held through the turn or the river and eliminated his opponent, moving up to 1.9 million in chips.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:04 PM Local Time
Robert Miller raised to 20,000 from under the gun. Gualter Salles called in middle position. Dan Lu called from the hijack seat and Dominykas Karmazinas shoved in for 87,000 from the big blind. Miller reshoved before Salles and Lu folded.
Miller held the and Karmazinas the , looking like this one would be a chop.
The board ran out and Karmazinas made a flush with his to double up. He's now got about 225,000 in chips.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:03 PM Local Time
Three players -- Eric Capra, Phil Galfond, and Filippo Candio -- had made it to the turn with the board showing . Capra checked, Galfond bet 57,000 into a pot about twice that size, Candio called, and Capra folded.
The river brought the . This time Galfond bet 126,000, and with a look of resignation Candio made the call. Candio tabled , and his set of eights was best as Galfond mucked.
Candio has 860,000 at present, while Galfond has about 1.74 million.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:02 PM Local Time
Tony Dunst's stack continues to hover around 1.5 million, as it has for most of the day. He seems to chip don a little bit, then knock out a short stack to chip back up. His latest victim was Hugo Franca, who got 90,000 chips all in pre-flop with . Dunst greeted Franca with . It seemed that Franca was poised for a double-up after he turned an ace, , but Dunst spiked a queen on the river to make a set of queens and win the pot.
Dunst's current count is 1.56 million.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:00 PM Local Time
Scott Lipshutz was all in for 150,000 with the . He was up against the for Laurentius Sloot. The board ran out and Sloot's kings came from behind to win the hand. He sent Lipshutz to the rail and another pair of kings cracked a pair of aces.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 1:54 PM Local Time
Wow! What a hand that just went down on Table 339 in the Orange section of the Amazon Room!
Anders Taylor, who final tabled Event No. 41: $1,500 PLO-8 for third place worth $97,913, opened to 18,000. Two players made the call before Martijn Schirp reraised to 110,000 on the button. When action got back to Taylor, he reraised to 265,000. The two flat-callers got out of the way before Schirp moved all in for over one million in chips. Taylor snap-called, creating a pot worth over two million, the biggest of the tournament!
Taylor held the and was in prime position to be granted a huge double up through Schirp who held the .
The flop came down and everything was good so far for Taylor. The turn card brought a devastating blow as the hit the felt and all those chips Taylor had worked so hard to get looked like they would be just about gone pending a miracle on the river.
The river card completed the board with the , which wasn't the bullet Taylor needed to resuck on Schirp. The pot was pushed to Schirp as Taylor dropped all the way to 280,000 in stunning fashion. Schirp is now sitting second in chips with a little over two million in his stack.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 1:53 PM Local Time
Jon Lactaoen did what he could, getting his 125,000 chips in good with against Jens Weigel's . The dealer was having none of it, however. He put a ten right on the flop, and the board of has ushered Lactaoen to the payout line.
Weigel is up to 300,000 after scoring that knockout.