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WSOP: Cada Tops Field at USD 10k NLHE Main Event Day 1c

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2009 by mikewebb82

With the holiday over, the fireworks were confined to the inside of the Rio as Day 1c of the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event drew the biggest field yet of the Day 1 flights. 1,697 players signed up for Day 1c, prompting tournament officials to shift the schedule to five levels on Days 1c and 1d, as opposed to the four levels played on Days 1a and 1b. Among the poker superstars taking the field on Day 1c were Scotty Nguyen, Jamie Gold, Dennis Phillips, Joe Hachem, Matt Savage, Daniel Negreanu, and John Juanda. Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver brought out the athletic star power, as the former light heavyweight champ took to the felt. At the close of play, Joe Cada led Day 1c survivors.

Phil Hellmuth made his customary Main Event grand entrance, coming in on a Roman sedan chair as multitudes of toga-wearing and body-painted models escorted the 11-time bracelet winner to his seat. Also in the field was “Miami” John Cernuto, who returned to WSOP action, after collapsing during a preliminary event this summer.

The larger field meant more big names busting out, and some of the early eliminations included David Saab, David “Chino” Rheem, Evelyn Ng, and Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu’s stay at the featured table was much shorter than he had hoped, as he was sent home well before dinner break. All the money went in on the    flop, and Negreanu opened   for two pair. He was in deep trouble when his opponent made the call and tabled   for the bigger two pair, and when the turn brought the  Negreanu was left with only two outs. The  on the river wasn’t one of them, and Kid Poker was finished.

Jamie Gold was another Day 1c casualty, busting later in the afternoon when he got it all in with   to an opponent’s pocket jacks. Gold missed the    flop entirely, and when the turn brought the  , he was drawing dead. Other Day 1c eliminations included John Caldwell, Al “Sugar Bear” Barbieri, and Annie Duke.

One thing players didn’t want to see at their table at any point during this WSOP was the trademark fedora of triple bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro. Lisandro’s winning ways continued all through Day 1c, as he racked up an impressive stack to finish the day among chip leaders. In an early pot, Lisandro checked his big blind to see the flop. Lisandro bet out and the small blind called. The   hit the turn, and both players checked. The small blind fired a bet when the   hit the river, and Lisandro quickly raised. After a moment’s hesitation the small blind called and showed   for eights full of aces. Lisandro tabled   for jacks full of eights, and scooped yet another big pot.

1983 Main Event champ Tom McEvoy won the Champions’ Invitational event earlier this summer, but couldn’t make it through the minefield of Day 1c. He made his exit after the dinner break and was soon joined on the rail by late eliminations Brandon Cantu, David Singer, and recent “Rumble Nowhere Near the Rio” winner, Liv Boeree.

Joe Cada

Joe Cada

As play drew to a close, WSOP Media Director Nolan Dalla took a moment to recognize one player in particular who would move on to Day 2. Kent Senter was diagnosed in March with multiple myleoma, a rare cancer of the plasma cells, and given anywhere from six months to two years to live. Senter, a father of four, had always dreamed of playing in the WSOP Main Event, and with his diagnosis and the expensive treatments, that dream seemed unlikely to ever come true until Bluff Magazine publisher Eric Morris contacted PokerStars, who put up the USD 10,000 entry fee, so that Senter could live out his dream. Senter made it through Day 1c with a medium stack and received an ovation from the entire room when Dalla introduced him.

Joe Cada was the man sitting with the most chips when the final pot was pushed, his stack of 187,225 establishing him as the overall chip leader of all the Day 1 flights so far. Tyler Patterson, Sebastian Stier, and Chance Kornuth also finished with hefty stacks. Other notable Day 1c survivors included Phil Hellmuth, Joe Hachem, Terrence “Not Johnny” Chan, Marc Naalden, Justin Bonomo, Hevad Khan, Isabelle Mercier, Dennis Phillips, and Howard Lederer.

Leonardo DiCaprio Starring in Online Poker Movie

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2009 by mikewebb82

Move over, “Titanic,” there’s a new sheriff in town. Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio will star in an untitled film about internet

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

gambling outfits in Costa Rica, according to the Hollywood Reporter and Entertainment Weekly.

The screenplay will be written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, who both served in the same capacity in the 1998 film “Rounders,” which drew many of today’s poker prodigies to the game. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), “Rounders” marked the first official writing credits for Koppelman and Levien. The duo has also teamed up with DiCaprio to bring “Beat the Reaper” to the big screen. The film, which will be released next year, has the following plot according to IMDB: “ER doctor Peter Brown’s life is turned upside down when he crosses paths with a mobster who appears to know him from his former life as a hitman.”

No release date has been given for DiCaprio’s online poker movie. An article on MTV.com noted that DiCaprio’s plate is quite full: “DiCaprio has an enormous list of films in pre-production. For the time being, at least, he’ll be working on Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception.’ Whenever he’s finished with that, he will probably have developed five more projects.” IMDB notes that DiCaprio has 21 films in development.

Whether the film will focus on online poker, casinos, or sports betting remains to be seen and various websites pitch the movie in several different ways. Tokwiro-owned online poker rooms Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker are both based in San Jose, the Central American country’s capital city. A report by CBS News program “60 Minutes” identified the offices of the sites as being located in a “strip mall.” Both Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker comprise the CEREUS Network, which was formed in November.

Action Poker, the flagship site of the network of the same name, has offices in Costa Rica. Joining the site in the tropical nation is Doyle’s Room, which opened the 2009 calendar year by jumping to the USA-friendly Cake Poker Network. Ten-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Doyle Brunson, whose “Texas Dolly” moniker has made him one of the industry’s foremost faces, is the site’s namesake. Also holding a presence in Costa Rica is PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site. According to PokerScout.com, which ranks online poker site traffic, PokerStars has a seven-day running average of 22,000 cash game players. It happily accepts customers from the United States.

“Rounders” starred Edward Norton and Matt Damon. The movie was released five years before Chris Moneymaker became a household after the Tennessee accountant defeated Sammy Farha in the 2003 WSOP Main Event. Since then, Koppelman and Levien have kept their love for poker alive, teaming up for ESPN’s short-lived series “Tilt,” which starred Michael Madsen as Don “The Matador” Everest. “Tilt” premiered in 2005, ran for one season, and featured appearances by poker superstars including Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, and T.J. Cloutier. Negreanu is fresh off a cameo in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

Finally, Koppelman and Levien wrote “Oceans Thirteen,” which came out in 2007. It was the third installment of the franchise, which stars Damon, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Andy Garcia, and Julia Roberts. “Oceans Thirteen” returned to its roots in Las Vegas as the team sought revenge on casino owner Willy Blank (played by Al Pacino). The movie also stars Don Cheadle, who founded Ante Up for Africa along with Norman Epstein and “Celebrity Apprentice” runner-up Annie Duke.

2009 WSOP: Simmons Caps Final 27 in NLHE #28; Tran, Kurtzman Lead in PLO #30 and HORSE #31

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Day 2 of Event #28, USD 1500 No-Limit Hold’em, concluded with the field narrowing from the original 2,638 who signed up for Day 1 to the final 27 who will return for Day 3. As play concluded in the evening, the chip leader was Joe Simmons on a stack of 1,120,000, followed by Jason Potter with 929,000, and Rico Ramirez with 789,000.

Play started at 2:00 p.m., and the money bubble was burst about 90 minutes later, with the remaining 270 players all earning at least USD 2,808. Cody Slaubaugh was among the 56 bustees who failed to make the cut. He opened the pot to 3,000 from middle position before Kyle Hegeman made it 9,000 total from the big blind. Slaubaugh reraised to 20,000. Hegeman moved all in over the top for his last 42,900 and Slaubaugh called, only to discover that he was dominated by Hegeman. The board ran out, and Slaubaugh was crippled with 4,200. After doubling a few hands later, Slaubaugh got the rest of chips into the middle against an opponent. The opponent turned a set to send Slaubaugh to the rail.

Once the bubble passed, the shorter stacks busted out rapidly, 65 in the first hour. 2008 Main Event runner-up Ivan Demidov was one of three contestants eliminated simultaneously when four players at one table were dealt pocket pairs, and all four decided to make a stand before the flop. Champie Douglas’s pair of kings was best, and they held up against a pair of queens, Demidov’s tens, and another player’s sixes. About an hour later, Douglas pulled off an only slightly less dramatic double-elimination when he was best from beginning to end against and on the board. Douglas would eventually succumb though, in 69th place, worth USD 6,121.

One of the largest pots Joe Simmons collected on his way to the end-of-day chip lead came at the expense of Neil Channing. Both had big pocket pairs –Channing and Simmons and together they put 300,000 chips into the middle on the safe-looking flop. Neither the turn nor the river helped Channing. Not even God could save the queens.

Liv Boeree was running hot for awhile. She check-called all in on the flop, made a flush on the turn, and the river dream card was just the icing on the double-up cake. Less than an hour later she doubled again with pocket aces besting A-K. Her luck couldn’t hold out, though, and she exited the tournament in the 57th place (USD 7,237) after running    into an opponent’s pair of red aces.

The notables who collected a check before heading home were Thor Hansen, Kelly Kim, Mats Gavatin, Clark Hamagami, Tony Cousineau, and overnight chip leader Van Dung Nguyen.

The remaining 27 players will reassemble Monday at 1:00 p.m. PDT and play to the end. All are now guaranteed a minimum payout of USD 18688, and the winner will be getting USD 639,331 and a nice piece of WSOP jewelry.

$2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Event #30, Day 1 – J.C. Tran Seizes Early Lead

It was a killing field for Day 1 of Event #30, $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha, a new WSOP event for 2009. The starting field of 436 was squeezed down to just 61 by the time tournament officials stopped the mayhem. On the top of the heap stood J.C. Tran with 176,900. Len Ashby finished in the second chip position with 123,500, followed by Jesse Rios with 109,200. John Juanda, Theo Jorgensen, Eli Elezra, David Chiu, Andy Bloch, and Phil Ivey are also still in the fight.

Players started at noon with 2,500 in tournament chips, plus two add-on chips, redeemable during the first three levels of play for another 2,500 each. A “table of death” was formed early with C.K. Hua, Jeffrey Lisandro, David “Devilfish” Ulliott, Rob Hollink, Jesper Hougaard, Kirill Gerasimov, and Gavin Smith all seated at the same table. Not surprisingly, this table saw a disproportionate share of action.

Smith and Lisandro managed to get all their chips into contention on the board, with Smith. On the river meant that Lisandro doubled up with his set of deuces. A short time later, it was Hua and Ulliott who put it all at risk, this time on the flop. Ulliott was ahead, but Hua had the draws. When the turn and river fell, Hua had two pairs to Ulliott’s one, and the Devilfish had to use his last add-on chip.

Phil Hellmuth may have gotten a little too eager in a heads-up pot against Mike Stoltz. Stoltz was first to act after the flop and he was contemplating his action when Hellmuth said, “All right, I call you,” and pushed his chips into the middle before Stoltz had bet. Stoltz then put his chips into the pot, and the hands were turned over. It was Stoltz’s wheel draw that rolled in when the board completed.

An astonishing mass of poker talent could not survive the day, including Greg Raymer, Gavin Griffin, Michael Mizrachi, Barry Greenstein, Max Pescatori, Jimmy Fricke, Burt Boutin, Shannon Shorr, Jason Mercier, Nenad Medic, Daniel Negreanu, Erick Lindgren, Gavin Smith, Robert Mizrachi, David Williams, Mike Sexton, Jesper Hougaard, Jan von Halle, Chau Giang, Sam Farha, Katja Thater, Clonie Gowen, Jared Hamby, Jeffrey Lisandro, Prahlad Friedman, Sabyl Landrum, Adam Junglen, Berry Johnston, Barry Shulman, Kirill Gerasimov, David Ulliott, Chris Bell, Mike Binger, and Dan Heimiller.

Play resumes on Monday at 2:00 p.m. PDT, and will go until either 3:00 a.m. or when a final table has been determined. The last 61 players will be competing for 45 payouts, ranging from USD 4,883 to USD 235,685 – plus the small matter of a gold bracelet for first – taken from a total prize pool of USD 1,002,800.

USD 1500 HORSE Event #31, Day 1 – Kurtzman Out in Front
Day 1 of Event #31, $1,500 HORSE, was slated for the evening shift as 770 participants commenced play at 5:00 p.m. After completion of the eight scheduled levels, the field had been whittled down to 220. Atop the leaderboard was Eric Kurtzman with 57,800, with Marco Traniello (55,000), Jim Silveira (55,000), and Andy Black (54,300) close behind.

The format of this event calls for the games to change every hand. Phil Ivey already has two bracelets in the 2009 WSOP, but even he can stand some luck once in awhile. Ivey was the big blind and called a raise from a player in early position. Ivey called down all the way to the river where, he finally led out. His opponent made the call. But the cowboys were no good against Ivey’s queen-high straight, made with    in the hole.

The pot put Ivey’s stack up to 5,200, after having been blinded off for most of the first two levels while the multi-tabling Ivey played in Event #30, the USD 2500 Pot-Limit Omaha. Ivey was eliminated in absentia near the end of the day, as he focused his attention on the Omaha event, where he is still in contention.

Mike Matusow didn’t share Ivey’s luck. He was eliminated in a hold’em hand, all in before the flop for his last 475 chips from the small blind . He was up against the   of Filipe Pacheco. Matusow estimated his chances at “about 50-50” when he saw the cards. He had to revise it to “about 99.9 percent against” after the flop came. It was zero on the turn card.

After getting crippled in a stud hand, Daniel Negreanu made his exit in hold’em just before the close of the day. He was all in against one opponent on the flop in the hole. The opponent called with a flush draw,that missed the  turn but filled when the river came  .

Others not getting a return-invitation to the party included Gavin Smith, Markus Golser, Billy Argyros, Dutch Boyd, Shirley Rosario, Maria Ho, Chau Giang, Todd Brunson, Mel Judah, Erick Lindgren, and PokerNews Editor-in-Chief, Haley Hintze.

But many familiar faces will return when the field takes off again on Day 2. These include Mickey Appleman, Paul Darden, Barry Greenstein, Anna Wroblewski, Mark Gregorich, Vanessa Rousso, Bryan Micon, Thor Hansen, Shannon Shorr, Archie Karas, Annie Duke, Marcel Luske, Chad Brown, Bryan Devonshire, Lacey Jones, Shannon Elizabeth, Fabrice Soulier, Blair Rodman, David Singer, Mimi Tran, Ming Lee, James Van Alstyne, Toto Leonidas, Perry Friedman, Joe Serock, Matt Savage, Katja Thater, Farzad Bonyadi, Rodney Pardey, and Al Barbieri.

All 220 surviving players will return to the felt when action gets underway at 2:00 p.m. PDT. The prize pool of USD 1,051,050 will be divided among 72 spots, each getting at least USD 2848, with USD 247,033 reserved for the winner.

Schulman, Carris take down bracelets WSOP June 13

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2009 by mikewebb82

Nick “The Takeover” Schulman won his first World Series bracelet Friday, but Ville Wahlbeck continued his tremendous run at the 2009 WSOP.
Schulman finished first in the USD 10,000 World Championship 2-7 final table with Wahlbeck taking the second place to grab control of the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard with 255 points.

An especially impressive feat considering Erick Lindgren won POY last year with only 245 points.

Both players outlasted a stacked final table which included Steve Sung, John Juanda, David Benyamine and Rolande de Wolfe.
Here’s a look at what else happened on another busy day at the WSOP:

Event 22 USD 1,500 Shootout Final Table

The USD 1500 Shootout final table didn’t have a lot of star power, but you wouldn’t have known that by looking at the railbirds.
Around 20 fans donned orange Jeff “Wildcat” Carris T-shirts to cheer on their horse while Chris Moore and Jason Somerville also drew a large crowd of fans.
The screaming was near Main Event level as Carris proceeded to outlast all his competition, including WPT Five Diamond winner Eugene Katchalov, to take down the bracelet and the USD 313,673 that came with it.

Event 24 USD 1,500 No-Limit Day 2

Event 24 was of particular interest to fans because two of our bloggers, Martin Derbyshire and Olle Sundin, were looking to go deep.
Both players made it past the 40-player mark but Sundin busted soon after and Derbyshire ended up coming in 29th. Not bad for the PL.com crew.
Pretty much everyone was excited to see EPT Hostess Kara Scott go deep in the event, but she also busted out at around 1 a.m.
By the end of the day, 19 players remained with no big-name pros in the running, although Dean Hamrick did bubble the 2008 Main Event final table.
Also trying to win the bracelet are Michael Greco, Panayote “Pete” Vilandos and Andy “BKiCe” Seth. Day 3 of Event 24 starts at 1 p.m. sharp tomorrow.

Event 25 USD 2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud HL/Eight or Better Day 2

Day 2 of Event 25 began with 153 players including pros like Jennifer Harman, Phil Ivey, Gavin Smith and Chau Giang all vying to make another WSOP final table.
They made it all the way down to 14 players before opting to bag up the chips and come back tomorrow for what could be a long Day 3.
Jon “Pearljammer” Turner is your overnight chip leader with 365,000 chips. It could be an epic final table with Ivey, Blair Rodman, Chad Brown, Carlos Mortensen and Dutch Boyd still in the running.
Play resumes at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Event 26 USD 1,500 Limit Hold’em Day 1

Event 26 drew 643 players, which once again proves that the No-Limit variant of poker is easily the more popular of the two.
That said, the field was rather compelling with actress Shannon Elizabeth, Lakers owner Jerry Buss and all the usual suspects with Teddy “Iceman” Monroe, Erica Schoenberg, Brock Parker and Barry Greenstein all in the building.
By the end of the day there would still be 124 players remaining with Bill Chen, Justin Bonomo and Nikki Harris all wielding big stacks.
Play resumes at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Event 27 USD 5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split Eight-or-Better Day 1

For an obscure event with a buy-in of USD 5,000, Event 27 did very well to bring in 198 runners.
Among the field were well-known pros like Phil Ivey, who multi-tabled Event 25, Barny Boatman, Shannon Shorr, Amnon Filippi, Clonie Gowen, Kathy Liebert, Erick Lindgren and many others.
By the end of the day 60 players were left with the money starting at 18. Daniel Negreanu, Jeffrey Lisandro and Roland De Wolfe were all stacked.
Day 2 starts at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Brock Parker Wins Back-To-Back WSOP Events

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2009 by mikewebb82

Brock “t soprano” Parker achieved a seemingly unachievable goal Wednesday evening by winning the USD 2,500 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em event at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), and picking up his second bracelet in four days.

Parker bested a field of 1,068 players to win his first ever No Limit Hold’em event at the WSOP. He overcame a chip deficit to defeat Joe “floes”

Brock Parker

Brock Parker

Serock heads up, and take home another massive payday of  USD 552,745. With the victory Parker has now staked his claim as the king of short-handed events, as he defeated PokerStars Team Pro Daniel Negreanu on June 8 heads up to win the USD 2,500 Six-handed Limit event.

“I like to play more hands,” said Parker about his short-handed success. “Playing nine-handed is pretty boring. I guess Six-Handed gets me more motivated because I get to play in a lot of pots. It’s more fun.”

Parker, called an “online legend” by friend and fellow poker pro Alex Bortah, has been playing tournaments at the WSOP since 2004 but hadn’t made a No Limit final table until Wednesday. He considered himself a better Limit Hold’em player after having reached the third final table last week, but following his win last night he said he might put more time into No Limit Hold’em events in future.

Youth is starting to become a theme at the final tables of this year’s WSOP. Four of the top six finishers in the USD 2,500 Six Handed No Limit event were aged 23 or below, including runner-up Joe Serock. The online heads-up specialist was the chip leader going into the final day but was terrorized by Parker in the format he knows best. Serock made several attempts to take pots away from Parker by three-betting preflop but Parker always came back with a four-bet, forcing Serock to fold. According to Joe he was card dead throughout most of the heads-up play.

When Serock finally did pick up a good hand it was trumped by Parker’s better hand. On the final hand of the tournament Serock raised to 200K at 40K/80K blinds and Parker re-raised to one million.

Parker’s hand held up, as he made a set of queens on the river and captured the title. Serock was sent home with USD 341,783. Online star Russell Crane took third place in the event for USD 220,633. After being short stacked for most of the day Crane moved all in over the top of a Serock raise with J-T and Serock called with A-9. Joe made two pairs on the turn and was able to dodge a straight draw to send Crane to the rail.

Jesse Rios was the fourth place finisher when he got his entire stack in preflop with A-J against Parker’s A-Q. Parker’s hand held up and Rios, at age 33 the oldest player at the final table, left with USD 148,661. It was his fourth cash at this year’s World Series of Poker.

Alex Wilson (fifth place) and Clayton Newman (sixth place) were the other members of the final table. It took three hours to finally eliminate a short-stacked Newman, who moved all-in with pocket twos and was called by Jesse Rios with pocket tens.

Parker took over control of the WSOP Player of the Year lead with the victory and plans on playing Thursday’s USD 1,500 No Limit Event #24. “I’m excited about the Player of the Year,” he said during a post-tournament interview. “I want to try for that, for sure. Especially now that they are making a big deal out of it.”

Here are the final results from the USD 2,500 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em event:

1. Brock Parker – USD 552,745
2. Joe Serock – USD 341,783
3. Russell Crane – USD 220,633
4. Jesse Rios – USD 148,661
5. Alexander Wison – USD 104,323
6. Clayton Newman – USD 76,123

Two more bracelets will be awarded on Thursday as the USD 1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em and USD 3,000 HORSE events will play down to a winner. Twenty-one players are still alive in the USD 3,000 HORSE field, making for what should be a long day at the tables. Those remaining include Matt Hawrilenko, Chau Giang, Gavin Smith, Ylon Schwartz, and James Van Alstyne. They are all chasing chip leader Zac Fellows, who goes into the final day with 470,000 chips. A first-place prize of USD 311,899 will be awarded to the winner of that event.

2009 WSOP: Daniel Alaei Bags Second Bracelet in #18 Omaha Hi/Lo

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 11, 2009 by mikewebb82

After three days of split-pot poker against one of the toughest fields anywhere, Daniel Alaei bested Scott Clements in a brutally short heads-up

Daniel Alaei

Daniel Alaei

battle to claim his second World Series of Poker bracelet in Event #18, the USD 10,000 World Championship Omaha Hi/Lo. Alaei outlasted a tough Day 3 field which included Clements, Annie Duke, Daniel Negreanu, and Sam Khouiss to pick up the bracelet and the USD 445,898 top prize.

Seventeen players returned to the felt on Day 3 of the World Championship of Omaha Hi/Lo, but the field shrank quickly quite early. Toto Leonidas (17th), Alex Kravchenko (16th), Pat Pezzin (15th) and Ted Lawson (14th) all busted before the first break. Ville Wahlbeck came back from the first break with a few chips, but he departed when John Monnette and Sam Khouiss chopped the pot and claimed Wahlbeck’s last chips. Wahlbeck, who final-tabled the USD 10,000 Stud Championship and won the USD 10,000 Mixed Game Championship at this year’s Series, added USD 31,632 to his 2009 WSOP winnings for his 13th-place finish.

Sam Khouiss helped to take out Wahlbeck, but then fell in a similar fashion in the 12th place (USD 39,709). Khouiss got all his chips in against John Monnette and Ben Boyd. Khouiss’ low draw was counterfeited twice on the board of      , and Boyd and Monnette both made queens up with no low to chop the pot. Once Jacobo Fernandez busted in the 11th place (USD 39,709), the remaining players consolidated to one table to await the final table bubble. Cameron McKinley earned that unwanted title when he busted in the tenth place (USD 39,709) at the hands of Ben Boyd. Boyd flopped bottom set on the     board, and his hand held up to send McKinley packing.

After McKinley’s elimination, the final table players took a dinner break and returned to chip stacks and seating assignments that looked like this:
Seat 1: Scott Clements – 1,445,000
Seat 2: Annie Duke – 225,000
Seat 3: Daniel Alaei – 540,000
Seat 4: Greg Jamison – 350,000
Seat 5: John Monnette – 940,000
Seat 6: Yueqi Zhu – 170,000
Seat 7: Tom Koral – 220,000
Seat 8: Ben Boyd – 855,000
Seat 9: Daniel Negreanu – 635,000

Yueqi Zhu was the first casualty of the final table when he busted in the ninth place (USD 54,179) at the hands of Greg Jamison. Zhu raised preflop with A-K-J-7, and Jamison and Daniel Alaei both called. Alaei bet out on the     flop, Jamison called, and Zhu raised all in. Alaei and Jamison both called. Jamison put the last of his chips in the pot when the   came on the turn, folding Alaei. Jamison showed A-J-9-2 for trip nines, and when the river came down the  , Zhu was busted.

While she wasn’t selling lemonade these last few days at the Rio, Annie Duke still managed a pretty good take for herself when she earned USD 58,049 for eighth place. She got her money in preflop against the all-in of Greg Jamison. John Monnette also came along for the ride. Monnette made two pair on the board for the high, while Jamison made the second-nut low with his A-5. Duke was left without any piece of the pot or any remaining chips as she headed to the rail.

Another three-way pot saw Tom Koral bust in the seventh place (USD 65,453). Daniel Negreanu and John Monnette both called Koral’s preflop shove, then checked down. Monnette showed aces up, good enough to take the whole pot as Negreanu showed a worse kicker on his aces up and another counterfeited low draw. Koral was all but dead as soon as the ace hit with K-K-4-4.

Daniel Negreanu had to do all the heavy lifting himself when Greg Jamison raised preflop. Negreanu was the lone caller to see the flop, and Jamison led out. Negreanu raised, and the chips flew back and forth until eventually both players were all in. Jamison showed for the top two pair, but Negreanu tabled for the bottom set. The turn and river came and Negreanu scooped the pot as Jamison busted in the sixth place (USD 77,736).

John Monnette found himself desperately short-stacked and all in from the small blind as Daniel Alaei and Ben Boyd limped in to see the flop. Both live players checked the flop, and Alaei bet out on the  turn. Boyd called the turn, and called again when Alaei bet the  river. Boyd showed 2-4-7-8 for the eight-high straight, good enough to scoop the pot and send Monnette home in the fifth place (USD 97,422).

Daniel Negreanu made his second final table of the last few days, and once again he fell just short of another WSOP bracelet with a fourth-place finish here. Negreanu called a preflop raise from Scott Clements and then moved all in on the flop. Clements called for the open-ended straight draw, and made the wheel on the turn when landed. Negreanu was drawing thin for half the pot, and when the on the river brought Clements an unnecessary flush, Kid Poker picked up USD 130,401 for the fourth place.

All the three remaining players limped in to see the flop, and Daniel Alaei bet right out. Ben Boyd moved all in over the top for less than a full raise, and Scott Clements and Alaei both called. Clements and Alaei both checked the   turn, and Alaei bet out again on the  river. Clements got out of the way as Alaei showed for the six-high straight and the best low, as Boyd could only muster. Boyer who came third earned USD 182,730 for his three days of poker.

Daniel Alaei took the chip lead into heads-up play, and he wasted no time finishing off Scott Clements. All the chips went in preflop on just the second hand of heads-up play. The all-high board came down to make top set for Alaei and finish off Clements in second place (USD 275,946). Alaei, whose previous WSOP gold came in a deuce-to-seven lowball event in 2006, picked up USD 445,898 for his impressive victory in Event #18.

WSOP: Monnette in the Lead on Final Day of Omaha 8-or-better

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2009 by mikewebb82
It was like a reunion.
At the start of Day 2, the USD 10,000 World Championship Omaha 8-or-better tournament (Event 18) was packed, again, with the biggest names in poker and with few, if any, soft tables. Jean-Robert Bellande was sandwiched by Phil Hellmuth and John Hennigan, Annie Duke and Phil Ivey were seated next to one another, and Daniel Negreanu was in the middle of Table 77 with Chau Giang to his left.
Negreanu yelled out, “Where’s Barry (Greenstein)?” Annie Duke was talking probabilities with Bill Chen. Even Hellmuth, Ivey and Hennigan flashed smiles during conversations at their tables.
But as the 129-player field at the start of Day 2 of the 2009 World Series of Poker’s came down to the last few tables and the money bubble at 18, the mood changed and players became much less talkative and more tense. They became extremely worried and were getting upset with other players.
“The thing with Omaha,” Negreanu told BluffMagazine.com, “you’re not focusing on tells as much as you’re just playing the game. Late, when the blinds go up, every little pot, any edge you can get is intensified.”
John Monnette, who finished second to Ivey for the Deuce to Seven Draw bracelet a few days ago, has the chip lead with 1.14 million, almost twice as much as Ben Boyd in second with 663,000, going into the final day of Event 18 with two tables left. The last day of play begins Tuesday at noon in the Amazon Room of the Rio Hotel. Follow the play live here.
“Feel I’ve been playing well, running well,” Monnette said. “(The Deuce to Seven Draw) was my first (WSOP) final table so I was happy, but at the same time I was disappointed to come in second. Anytime you finish second for a bracelet you’re disappointed. I came here to play lots of tournaments and, after one mishap, you can’t give up.”
Two players went out during the same hand, but at two different tables, in the 20th and 19th, putting the remaining players in the money at 2:40 Tuesday morning. Play was supposed to end with a final table of nine, but, in accordance with new rules, play ended at 3 a.m. with 35 minutes left in Level 19.
The last 17 players include Monette, Negreanu, Duke, Villie Wahlbeck, Toto Leonidas, Scott Clements and Daniel Alaei.
The winner of the tournament will receive USD 445,898 and the coveted championship bracelet. All remaining players are guaranteed at least USD 26,921.
“There is still a long way to go,” Monnette said. “There are still 17 players, a lot of good players, but I have a lot of chips, which is to my advantage.”

It was like a reunion.

At the start of Day 2, the USD 10,000 World Championship Omaha 8-or-better tournament (Event 18) was packed, again, with the biggest names in poker and with few, if any, soft tables. Jean-Robert Bellande was sandwiched by Phil Hellmuth and John Hennigan, Annie Duke and Phil Ivey were seated next to one another, and Daniel Negreanu was in the middle of Table 77 with Chau Giang to his left.

Negreanu yelled out, “Where’s Barry (Greenstein)?” Annie Duke was talking probabilities with Bill Chen. Even Hellmuth, Ivey and Hennigan flashed smiles during conversations at their tables.

But as the 129-player field at the start of Day 2 of the 2009 World Series of Poker’s came down to the last few tables and the money bubble at 18, the mood changed and players became much less talkative and more tense. They became extremely worried and were getting upset with other players.

“The thing with Omaha,” Negreanu told BluffMagazine.com, “you’re not focusing on tells as much as you’re just playing the game. Late, when the blinds go up, every little pot, any edge you can get is intensified.”

John Monnette, who finished second to Ivey for the Deuce to Seven Draw bracelet a few days ago, has the chip lead with 1.14 million, almost twice as much as Ben Boyd in second with 663,000, going into the final day of Event 18 with two tables left. The last day of play begins Tuesday at noon in the Amazon Room of the Rio Hotel. Follow the play live here.

“Feel I’ve been playing well, running well,” Monnette said. “(The Deuce to Seven Draw) was my first (WSOP) final table so I was happy, but at the same time I was disappointed to come in second. Anytime you finish second for a bracelet you’re disappointed. I came here to play lots of tournaments and, after one mishap, you can’t give up.”

Two players went out during the same hand, but at two different tables, in the 20th and 19th, putting the remaining players in the money at 2:40 Tuesday morning. Play was supposed to end with a final table of nine, but, in accordance with new rules, play ended at 3 a.m. with 35 minutes left in Level 19.

The last 17 players include Monette, Negreanu, Duke, Villie Wahlbeck, Toto Leonidas, Scott Clements and Daniel Alaei.

The winner of the tournament will receive USD 445,898 and the coveted championship bracelet. All remaining players are guaranteed at least USD 26,921.

“There is still a long way to go,” Monnette said. “There are still 17 players, a lot of good players, but I have a lot of chips, which is to my advantage.”