Tuesday, June 28, 2011 5:30 PM Local Time
On the last hand of the level, the action folded around to Antonio Esfandiari on the button. The Magician sized up the dead money in the pot and made a raise of 48,000. Philip Hammerling defended his big blind by calling and the players watched the dealer flop the .
Hammerling was first to act and tapped the table for a check, which prompted Esfandiari to try and take the pot right there with a bet of 57,000. The native of Germany paused for a minute or so before deciding to call and the hit the table on the turn. Both players checked this innocuous card and we were off to the river.
Hammerling had enough of checking and led out for a bet of 82,000. Esfandiari stared him down for a but before releasing his hand and the bracelet winner took a slight hit to begin official final table action.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 5:22 PM Local Time
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 5:18 PM Local Time
After introductions of all the final table players, we have now resumed play with 4 minutes remaining in level 23.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 5:09 PM Local Time
Here at the secondary feature table -- under the spotlights and amid the nonstop cheering over in the "mothership" -- a blind-vs.-blind confrontation just developed between David Haiman (SB) and Jean Luc Marais (BB).
It having folded to him, Haiman raised to 62,000 from the small blind. Marais checked his cards, deliberated about a half-minute, then slid out some green (25K) chips to make it 200,000 to go. Haiman thought a beat, then announced he was all in, and Marais called.
Haiman showed and Marais . The flop came , giving both pairs of aces but Marais a dominating second pair of treys. The turn was the and river the , and we are down to the official nine-handed final table.
The Frenchman Marais looks to be our chip leader to begin the final table proceedings with over 1.8 million.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 5:08 PM Local Time
After finally reaching his ultimate goal of sitting at a WSOP final table, Aaron Massey did not wast any time chipping up.
On the first hand dealt after moving to the final table area, Massey was in the small blind and open-shoved for his last 269,000. He was instantly called down by Andrew Teng in the big blind, who flipped over . Massey revealed the and would need a fortunate flop to overcome Teng's pocket pair.
Fortune had smiled on Massey in this instance and the queen on the flop gave him the lead. After the turn card came , he the aspiring young pro was one card away from earning the double.
Teng could not find a nine in the deck and Massey doubled through, giving him a stack that, while still below average, allows him some much needed breathing room.
Massey rushed over after the double and told us "This is my dream come true! It's actually happening." He didn't need to tell us anything though, as Massey's ear-to-ear grin and genuine sense of excitement said it all.
|Aaron Massey||545,000||273,000 |
|Andrew Teng||535,000||-280,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:57 PM Local Time
|Antonio Esfandiari||1,600,000||550,000 |
|Kenneth Griffin||1,485,000||10,000 |
|Jean Luc Marais||1,300,000||50,000 |
|Philip Hammerling||1,100,000||-120,000 |
|Andrew Teng||815,000||-35,000 |
|Eric Baudry||735,000||135,000 |
|Jeremiah Siegmund||465,000||-15,000 |
|David Haiman||420,000||-17,000 |
|Aaron Massey||272,000||42,000 |
|Jonathan Lane||230,000||-50,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:54 PM Local Time
|3||Jean Luc Marais|
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:48 PM Local Time
Antonio Esfandiari raised to 45,000 from UTG, and Andrew Teng called from the button. It folded to Jonathan Driscoll in the big blind who checked his cards, sat looking ahead for a moment, then announced he was all in. A count of his remaining chips determined he was committing a stack of 335,000.
Esfandiari thought about a minute, then leaned over to get a look at Teng's stack. "About eight," said Teng referring to his stack that totals around 850,000 at present. Esfandiari leaned back, then announced he was all in, forcing a fold from Teng.
The board ran out , and after spending time at the top of the leaderboard today, Driscoll just misses the unofficial final table, finishing in 11th place.
Esfandiari is up over 1 million at present. The remaining ten players have packed up and moved over to the secondary feature table, where they will be assigned new seat. Back in a few with the table draw and more action.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:44 PM Local Time
In one hand action folded to Aaron Massey in the small blind who raised to 50,000. Philip Hammerling called from the big blind and they saw the flop come . Massey bet 65,000 and Hammerling called. The turn was the and Massey bet out 80,000. Hammerling again opted to call and they saw the fall on the river.
Both players checked and when Hammerling showed his , Massey mucked his hand and was left with around 420,000.
Not long after that hand, Jeremiah Siegmund raised all in from the button for a total of 237,000 and Massey who was in the big blind snap called.
Siegmund was drawing slim until the flop came to give him a pair and the lead. The turn and river were the and and Siegmund doubled to 480,000 while Massey was left with only 230,000.
|Philip Hammerling||1,220,000||30,000 |
|Jeremiah Siegmund||480,000||155,000 |
|Aaron Massey||230,000||-295,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:34 PM Local Time
Having been quiet since the start of Day 3, Jean Luc Marais finally made his presence known after doubling through Jonathan Lane.
Marais opened for 65,000 from the cutoff and watched Lane three-bet to 190,000 to defend his small blind. The action folded around and Marais tossed a few T25,000 chips forward for the call.
Lane took the initiative with the textured board and led out for 200,000. Marais took his time and deliberated for a minute or so before placing two stacks in the middle for a call.
Lane immediately announced "All-In" and watched as Marais stood while declaring "Call!" The Frenchman revealed his for a flopped nut straight, and Lane winced when he saw he was drawing dead with the . Marais had ran the slowplay perfectly and trapped Lane into shoving when he could not win the pot. The meaningless river card came and Lane was forced to ship more than half of his stack across the table.
|Jean Luc Marais||1,250,000||655,000 |
|Jonathan Lane||280,000||-665,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:25 PM Local Time
Eric Baudry raised to 50,000 from under the gun and received calls from Andrew Teng, Ken Griffin in the small blind and Antonio Esfandiari in the big blind.
The flop came and both blinds checked to Baudry who bet 105,000. Teng and Griffin both folded and Esfandiari raised to 480,000. Baudry opted to fold and Esfandiari took the pot bumping his stack above the one-million chip mark.
|Antonio Esfandiari||1,200,000||280,000 |
|Eric Baudry||600,000||-260,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:18 PM Local Time
It folded around to Philip Hammerling who raised to 44,000 from the small blind, and Jean Luc Marais called from the BB. The flop came . Hammerling pushed out a bet of 33,000, and Marais called. The turn was the , and Hammerling kept hammering, this time betting 86,000.
But Marais hit back, announcing immediately he was raising all in with the 415,000 or so he had left. Hammerling thought for a full minute, then let it go.
Hammerling still has about 1.2 million, currently second behind Griffin. Meanwhile, Marais chips up to 595,000.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:14 PM Local Time
After reaching the unofficial final table of ten players during Event # 8: No-Limit Hold'em, Jonathan Driscoll is just two eliminations away from surpassing that 10th place performance.
The native of Quebec was active early on the day with his large stack, but after some unsuccessful confrontations he has dropped about half of his stack. With the final table so close at hand, he has tightened up just a bit and is looking to pick his spots wisely.
|Jonathan Driscoll||420,000||95,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:10 PM Local Time
When Jeremiah Siegmund raised to 45,000 from the small blind, Jonathan Lane peered down to inspect his opponent's smaller stack, before defending his big blind and coming along.
The flop rolled out and Siegmund continued his line, firing 55,000 into the middle. Lane called him down and the turn card brought the to the table.
This time Siegmund slowed down and checked to Lane, who proceeded to bet 125,000. After an agonizing tank of over six minutes, Siegmund finally released his hand and the pot was shipped to Lane.
|Jonathan Lane||945,000||145,000 |
|Jeremiah Siegmund||325,000||-110,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:56 PM Local Time
The remaining 11 players are now back from break. When we hit 10 we will combine to form the unofficial final table so stay tuned!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:51 PM Local Time
Aaron Massey arrived at the Rio today dressed to the nines in hoped of making a good impression at his first WSOP final table. With his maroon leather jacket and crisp new jeans, Massey told us he "is hoping to make a splash here today."
After becoming a fixture on the WSOP Circuit and the Heartland Poker Tour, Massey is seeking his biggest score to date here at the world's premiere poker event. Repeating his personal motto of "Destiny is mine," when Massey told us that "He just wants to be a poker star so bad" his passion for the game was written on his red leather sleeve. He has been documenting what he termed "his failures so far this summer" through his website chicagopokerclub.net, and says the blog is his way of living his dream of becoming a professional player.
So far, the affirmations have worked and Massey is already running good from the get go, after having found a $20 bill tucked inside his jacket pocket. Massey laughed when he found the lost dough, saying "I'm on a freeroll now baby!" before adding "Round of drinks on me!"
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:37 PM Local Time
Players are now on their first 20-minute break of the day.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:32 PM Local Time
Jonathan Driscoll raised to 32,000 from the button and Antonio Esfandiari called from the big blind. The flop came and the fireworks began. Esfandiari checked, Driscoll bet 32,000, Esfandiari raised to 86,000, and Driscoll then re-raised to 140,000. Not to be outdone, Esfandiari put in yet enother raise to 215,000 total. Driscoll opted to simply call and the fell on the turn. Esfandiari only had a little over 200,000 left in his stack and checked the action to Driscoll who put out two green chips equaling 50,000. Esfandiari then pushed in a raise to 150,000 and Driscoll immediately said he was all in.
Esfandiari snap-called and Driscoll cried "You better not have a better kicker" and groaned in agony when Esfandiari showed his . Driscoll flipped over his and the entire table waited to see what the river would bring. The came giving Esfandiari a full house and the double up.
|Antonio Esfandiari||920,000||535,000 |
|Jonathan Driscoll||325,000||-945,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:23 PM Local Time
Tamas Lendvai decided to raise it up from the cutoff, making it 36,000 to go. Jonathan Lane defended his big blind with a call and the players watched a flop of hit the table.
Lane checked it to Lendvai, who fired a bet of 43,000 into the middle. This was met by a check raise to 155,000 by Lane and Lendvai thought hings over for a minute or so. He eventually settled on an all-in shove and was disheartened to hear Lane instantly make the call with authority in his voice.
He flipped up his for a flopped flush, and when he saw Lendvai's , Lane did a little shimmy to celebrate his enormous lead in the hand. The on the turn ended the proceedings and Lendvai was drawing dead. After the on the river made things official, he hit the rail in 12th place.
|Jonathan Lane||960,000||435,000 |
|Tamas Lendvai||0||-375,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:17 PM Local Time
David "OBD" Baker came into play with a short stack and put it to the test several times during these first two levels. Recently, following a button raise by Andrew Teng, Baker pushed his stack of about 220,000 in the middle from the small blind and got a call from Teng. Baker had and hopes of doubling versus Teng's , but the board came and the pair chopped the pot.
Just a couple of orbits later, Baker was all in again from under the gun for his last 180,000 and got a caller once more in Teng in the big blind. This time Baker held and had run into Teng's . The board brought no help to Baker's hand, and he's out in 13th place.
Teng is now up to 930,000.