Monday, October 21, 2013 6:56 PM Local Time
Marc Uzan was not happy when Shawn Buchanan said, “flush,” at showdown on a board.
We arrived at the action with Uzan having checked the river and with Buchanan betting 11,700. Uzan tank-called and Buachanan turned over
Uzan slammed his cards on the felt, muttered to himself unhappily and Buchanan raked in the pot.
Buchanan currently has around 130,000 in chips.
Monday, October 21, 2013 6:52 PM Local Time
David Yan has been battling hard with a short stack, but a recent double up might be the spark that he needs here on Day 2 of the WSOPE Main Event.
Jeffrey Yarchever opened with a raise to 3,000 from the button before Yan announced himself all in from the small blind for a total of 12,100. Yarchever quickly called with to have live cards against Yan’s
Yarchever paired the flop but that wasn’t enough as the board delivered trip deuces for Yan for the double up. He’s up to 25,000 and with some breathing room once again.
Monday, October 21, 2013 6:46 PM Local Time
Jay Farber just knocked another player out and Dutchman Clyde Tjauw Foe explained to us what happened. Tjauw Foe raised, Farber called and a short stack with 19,000 chips moved all in. Tjauw Foe made the call and unexpectedly Farber did so as well.
On a ten-nine-x flop the hand was checked and the turn brought a jack. Farber bet, Tjauw Foe folded and the November Niner showed a set of jacks. The all-in player had a pair of fours and was knocked out. Farber now sits on about 100,000 chips.
Monday, October 21, 2013 6:45 PM Local Time
Daniel Zack started the day on one of the toughest tables in the room, with Phil Ivey, Kyle Cheong, Dan Steinberg, Noah Schwartz, Thomas Muhlocker, Mark Newhouse and Igor Kurganov all being at the table at some point throughout the day. Now, Zack has been eliminated.
We arrived at the action on the turn of a board, with Zack having his short stack all in against Steinberg.
“I think you’re drawing dead,” Steinberg said as he turned over for the nut straight.
Zack wasn’t drawing dead with his but a spade didn’t come on the river and with that he was sent home.
Monday, October 21, 2013 6:44 PM Local Time
Faraz Jaka raised to 2,800 in the small blind and Nicolas Levi called in the big blind.
The flop was and Jaka fired a bet of 2,700 which the Frenchman called.
Both players checked the turn.
The river was the and Jaka fired 7,100 and Levi again made the call.
Jaka mucked, Levi wasn't going to show but he was forced to turn over to win the pot.
“Wow, this table sucks,” said Daniel Steinberg.
Monday, October 21, 2013 6:30 PM Local Time
A friendly ESPN colleague just helped us piece together a hand between Faraz Jaka and Mark Newhouse. Jaka had raised preflop to 2,800 from early position and Newhouse three-bet to 7,000. The action was folded back to Jaka who called creating heads up action on the flop.
The flop brought and both players checked. On the turn the hit and this time Jaka check-called 7,000.
The river was the and Jaka checked again. Newhouse bet 17,000 and after tanking for a long time Jaka called. Newhouse showed and Jaka mucked, cards leaving himself with 40,000 chips. Newhouse is now up to 155,000 chips.
Monday, October 21, 2013 6:25 PM Local Time
The imposing Elliott Smith was all in preflop against Ludovic Lacay and Fabrice Soulier. The two Frenchman checked down the board to the river where Soulier bet 25,000. Lacay got out of the way.
Smith turned over but he'd been pipped on the river by Soulier's which had made a king high straight.
Monday, October 21, 2013 6:19 PM Local Time
Barry Greenstein’s stack has been well below average for quite a while today, but he still has enough chips to scare. That’s in spite of losing the following recent hand.
It was opened up to 2,600 from Eric Sfez and Greenstein made the call on his direct left. The rest of the table got out of the way and the dealer spread out a flop. Sfez led for 2,600 here and Greenstein called. On the turn, Sefz led for 3,200 and Greenseting again called.
The river was completed with a and this time Sfez flicked out two single 5,000-denomination chips. Greenstein made a fairly quick call and mucked when Sfez showed
Greenstein now has around 30,000 in chips.
Interestingly, Greenstein has cashed in WSOP events 64 times time over his career, but only two of those cashes are in the World Series of Poker Europe.
Barry Greenstein at the 2013 WSOP Europe
Monday, October 21, 2013 6:12 PM Local Time
On the river of a board, Jason Duval checked and Jeremy Ausmus bet 7,000. Duval made an instant call and Ausmus showed while Duval flashed
“Could've been worse,” sighed Duval, “you run so good man...so good.”
“You've never run good in a tournament?” replied Ausmus.
Monday, October 21, 2013 6:09 PM Local Time
Nicolas Cardyn just raised to 2,500 and he was three-bet by Eric Sfez to 5,500. The action was folded back to Cardyn who made the call.
The flop brought and both players checked. On the turn the hit and Cardyn checked again to Sfez who now bet 7,600. Cardyn put together a raise to 18,600 and Sfez went into the tank for a long time before making the call. While Sfez was tanking he held enough chips in his hand to put Cardyn all in, but ultimately he decided to play it safe.
The river brought the and Cardyn tanked for a very long time himself before opting to check. Sfez messed around with some chips, wiped his forehead with a napkin as if he was making a huge decision, but ultimately he checked as well.
Cardyn showed for a rivered straight and Sfez tabled Cardyn's up to 85,000 chips while Sfez still has him covered by a big margin with 160,000 in front of him.
Monday, October 21, 2013 6:05 PM Local Time
Daniel Negreanu has been waiting patiently all day for his moment to strike. Despite being short-stacked he remained confident that his time would come.
Recently Negreanu made a big lay down with a huge draw, but he followed that up moments later by connecting with a similar draw and finding that much-needed double up.
Negreanu called a raise from the big blind and three players took a flop of It was checked to Jean-Michel Texier who continued for 4,100. Action folded back to Negrenau who matched the bet. The turn produced a brick, the and Negreanu checked again to his opponent who bet 8,000. Negreanu played with his chips and exchanged some friendly banter before making the call once again.
When the completed the board, Negreanu moved all in for a total of 20,800 and Texier made the call with for top pair, but Negreanu had the goods with his spiking the flush on the river for the double. Negreanu is now up to a more-comfortable stack of 80,000 chips.
Monday, October 21, 2013 5:56 PM Local Time
Another double up for November Niner David Benefield.
All in with the cowboys against Flavien Guenan's preflop.
The board came and Benefield jumped up to 52,000 while Guenan has 95,000.
Monday, October 21, 2013 5:49 PM Local Time
The players are back from their break and the fourth level of the day has begun!
It's now level 10, with blinds at 600/1,200 and a 200 ante.
At the end of this level there will be a 90-minute dinner break.
Monday, October 21, 2013 5:24 PM Local Time
The players are now on their third break of the day.
Back to action in 20 minutes!
The next time there is a break, it will be time for dinner!
Monday, October 21, 2013 5:23 PM Local Time
When we came back to check up on Noah Schwartz we noticed that his seat was empty. Sam Greenwood said that Dominik Nitsche took all his chips and the German bracelet winner gave us the cliffnotes on the hand.
Nitsche and Schwartz were heads up on a queen-nine-five flop with two clubs and the latter called a bet. On the turn, a king, the same scenario repeated itself and on the river, a deuce, Nitsche put Schwartz all in.
Schwartz made the call with queen-jack but lost to Nitsche’s jack-ten for a turned straight.
Nitsche’s now up to 128,000 chips and doing very well heading into the third break of the day.
Monday, October 21, 2013 5:19 PM Local Time
Luc Guenan limped for 1,000 preflop in the small blind and Phil Hellmuth made it 3,000 in the big blind.
Guenan then raised to 9,000. Hellmuth thought for a while before folding.
“Ok buddy, I'll let you bluff me with your Q-4 or whatever, just know that I'll have all your chips in ten minutes...”
Hellmuth has about 30,000 remaining.
Monday, October 21, 2013 5:14 PM Local Time
New Zealand’s David Yan found himself as one of the short stacks recently and was always going to be finding a way to get all his chips in the middle sooner or later.
That time recently came as Yan was all in preflop for 12,000. Steven Maiffredy called on his direct left and Yan was at-risk holding against Maiffredy’s
Yan looked like he was ready to get out of his seat and leave, but the flop put him in front. By the time a turn and a river had been dealt on the felt, it was the double up Yan needed.
Monday, October 21, 2013 5:11 PM Local Time
Elior Sion has been eliminated by Jeffrey Yarchever.
Sion was all in with but couldn't outdraw Yarchever's on a board. Yarchever now has 130,000.
Monday, October 21, 2013 5:09 PM Local Time
Igor Kurganov just took Phil Ivey’s last chips and the former explained to us what happened. Ivey shoved all in from the small blind for 16 big blinds and Kurganov, seated on his immediate left, made the call.
Ivey showed two fours and lost to Kurganov’s queen-jack who managed to make a flush. Kurganov’s now up to 260,000 chips and still chip leader in the tournament.
Monday, October 21, 2013 5:00 PM Local Time
The board showed when we picked up the action as Daniel Alaei bet 2,700. The player to Alaei’s left, two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Oleksii Kovalchuk, called and on the river the hit.
This time Alaei, himself having four WSOP bracelets and one as recent as last summer, bet 6,200 and Kovalchuk called again.
Alaei showed and raked in this pot bumping his stack up to 87,000 chips. Kovalchuk was left behind with 24,000.