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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.


Phil Hellmuth enters dressed up as Caesar

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

The latest amusing anecdote comes straight from the WSOP in Las Vegas. It is about the no-limit Texas Hold ‘em champion, Phil Hellmuth who

Phillip J. Hellmuth AKA “Poker Brat”

Phillip J. Hellmuth AKA “Poker Brat”

dressed up as Julius Caesar and paraded through the entrance to the World Series of Poker last Sunday. He arrived in a car outside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and was accompanied by dozens of women and trumpeters, which drove the fans into frenzy.

11-time gold bracelet winner Hellmuth had won the WSOP main event 20 years ago and now appears again at the event’s poker table. Female gladiators with body paint and muses carrying rose petals in bags accompanied him throughout. “When you dress as Caesar you actually feel more powerful. Kiss my ring!” Hellmuth’s said while speaking to the AP, and continued “Hail Caesar!”

The television cameras showed how Phil was rolled in, greeted Jeffrey Pollack, the World Series of Poker Commissioner, and then had a quick change into standard attire for the tournament start.

During last year’s WSOP, Hellmuth surprised everyone with his Gen. George S. Patton attire, and this year it’s Caesar, and so the guess is that this annual dress up will become a tradition. “It’s a kind of fun. I think it’s great for poker” were his words.

Compared to Hellmuth, the other players had everyday attire without a bombastic entry but some players did have some gimmicks up their sleeve during the tournament of 2008, trying to draw attention to themselves and may be distract competition. Such as last year’s number three, Dennis Phillips, who won USD 4.5 million at the series’ final table and had a dozen supporters dressed in a white collared shirt and a St. Louis Cardinals hat.

Meanwhile, the WSOP sell-outs are looking great this year with almost 1,700 players entering this year’s tournament last Sunday. Many are expecting a bigger sale by today, one to reach a record of 2,600 players. In fact, July 6 is the last day and entries to the tournament are accepted with hopefuls guessing on an additional 800 new tournament applicants. Last year it was the turn of Peter Eastgate to win the event with a prize of USD 9.15 million. Eastgate had entered the event through a USD 10,000 buy-in tournament contested by another 6,844 players.

WSOP: Lisandro Dominates Main Event Day 1c

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

Only days ago Jeffrey Lisandro became the fifth player ever to win three bracelets in a single World Series of Poker. Following his third win he

Jeffrey Lisandro

Jeffrey Lisandro

commented that he wanted to win a fourth. Anybody you thought he was kidding you should have been in the Amazon Room at the Rio on Sunday afternoon.

From the start of the day the man currently leading the WSOP Player of the Year race was at the top of the chip counts, and when play wrapped for the night Lisandro had bagged 147,000 chips, good enough for a sixth on the day. After winning his three bracelets in Seven-card Stud events Lisandro found the action in Hold’em to be just to his liking.

“(In one pretty big pot) I had two aces and someone flopped a set and I got a bit lucky — I made runner-runner straight. Most of the other time I was just grinding down small pots, stealing a few antes,” said Lisandro. “It was a slow, slow grind. I think I finished in front at almost every stage. I was just grinding. I didn’t want to risk any chips.”

“A couple of people tried to bluff me. I wasn’t playing that fast, and I was expecting them to try and bluff me because I was playing pretty weak. They were all easy calls.”

The five players to eclipse Lisandro on Sunday were Joe Cada, Tyler Patterson, Sebastien Stier, Chance Kornuth and Ariel “Da_Evils” Schneller. Cada holds the unofficial overnight chip lead with an astonishing 187,000 but right on his heels is Tyler Patterson with 179,500. Patterson, a professional poker player from Everett, Washington found a rush of cards in the last level after coming back from the break with 42,000.

“I just went on a massive rush. I flopped a set against ace-king and an overpair. The ace-king kind of went crazy and the overpair was just stuck,” said Patterson, who stacked both players on that hand. ”Nobody goes wire-to-wire though, there’s going to be bumps in the road. Hopefully I’m still there in the end.”

The day marked the return of a majority of the inaugural November 9 as six of the nine started their quest for another final table appearance. Craig Marquis, Darus Suharto, Ylon Schwartz, Dennis Phillips, Chino Rheem and Kelly Kim all returned to the scene of last summer’s glory, and with the exception of Rheem all will return on Day 2a with chips.

The field for Day 1c was the largest of the Main Event so far with 1,696 players taking to the felt. A near capacity field is expected for Day 1d with 2,500 players registered as Day 1c wrapped up for the night. Action resumes at 12 Noon PT.

Poker Players Alliance (PPA) Unveils National Poker Week

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2009 by mikewebb82

The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) is planning a National Poker Week from July 19 to July 25. The PPA is the industry’s one million member

Poker Players Alliance

Poker Players Alliance

 strong lobbying force.

The PPA unveiled National Poker Week at a press conference on Monday inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino during the 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP). The gala featured Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV), whose Internet Gambling Study Bill was introduced during the 110th Congress, but failed to be marked up by the House Judiciary Committee. Also present were PPA Chairman and former three-term Senator from New York Alfonse D’Amato, Poker News Daily Guest Columnist and Tournament Directors Association Co-Founder Linda Johnson, and 2004 WSOP Main Event Champion Greg Raymer.

After the press conference, Berkley issued the “Shuffle Up and Deal” command to start play in the Amazon Room.

“I thought it went very well. Shelley Berkley was magnificent with her command for the issue and stated why it’s important for poker players to get involved in a meaningful way. She explained that the poker community should rally around the initiatives that the PPA is putting forth in order to make sure that legislation like Barney Frank’s bill will get passed,” PPA Executive Director John Pappas said on Monday at press conference.

Frank has two measures in the US Congress. HR 2267 establishes a licensing and regulatory framework for the internet gambling industry in the United States. HR 2266 delays the regulations of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) from being implemented for one year to December 1st, 2010.

The PPA will fly in of over 30 of its State Directors to Washington, D.C. as part of the National Poker Week. While in the nation’s capital, the State Directors will meet with their elected officials to pitch support for legislation like HR 2266 and HR 2267. In addition, the crew will deliver a petition to President Obama calling for exemption of poker from the UIGEA. Over 10,000 concerned players have signed the virtual poker petition, which will be delivered on July 22. It opens with a simple statement regarding the rights of poker players: “I am a voter and a fellow poker player asking for your support of my right to play games of skill like poker on the Internet.” In order to sign the petition, a person’s first name, last name, e-mail address, and mailing address are required. As I wrote this paragraph, 20 players have lent their names.

Professional poker players slated to be part of the event include Howard Lederer, Andy Bloch, Poker News Daily Guest Columnist Annie Duke, Jan Fisher, Linda Johnson, and 2008 November Nine member Dennis Phillips. On July 21, a charity poker tournament benefiting the United Service Organizations (USO) and the Malone House at Walter Reed Army Medical Center will take place. The PPA is fronting the costs for the event in order to ensure that all the money raised goes directly to beneficiary organizations. The prizes and buy-in for the tournament were not available at the time of writing.

A key element leading up to National Poker Week is the launch of, which invites poker players from around the country to submit a video of why the game is important to them and why the US Government should legalize the Great American Pastime. All videos will be entered into a drawing for a two night Las Vegas package complete with airfare for two people. A total of 16 amateur videos are currently posted, including a clip from Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX). In addition, World Poker Tour Host Mike Sexton, “Cowboy” Kenna James, and Lederer have all submitted recordings. Interested WSOP spectators and players can produce their own videos at the PPA’s booth outside the Amazon Room.

Members of the press present at the 45 minute long event on Monday received a tutorial on the PPA’s new National Poker Week web tools. In addition, it was revealed that a variety of telephone and e-mail campaigns were being planned.

Ovechkin Wows Crowds At WSOP Charity Shootout

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

Hockey superstar Alex Ovechkin wowed the crowd at the World Series of Poker Wednesday.

Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin

The National Hockey League’s reigning MVP joined fellow NHLers and members of Team PokerStars Pro at the NHL Charity Shootout in the Amazon Room.

The ESPN feature table was transformed into a miniature hockey rink for the event, a 24-player mini-tournament which gave a few lucky online qualifiers the chance to face off against their hockey heroes in a USD 150,000 charity freeroll.

Among the stars to take part were Vancouver Canucks captain Roberto Luongo, Jeremy Roenick (San Jose Sharks), Mats Sundin (Vancouver Canucks), Scott Hartnell (Philadelphia Flyers) and Sheldon Souray (Edmonton Oilers).

PokerStars pros Vanessa Rousso, Dennis Phillips and Chris Moneymaker represented the professional contingent at the table.

The 24 players were divided into three tables of eight, with the winner at each table coming back later Wednesday night to crown a champion.

The online qualifiers joined six NHL stars and one PokerStars pro in each of the three first-round matches, though Kevin Connolly of HBO’s Entourage filled the sixth celebrity seat in the final heat.

The stars of the rink have dominated first two heats, with hockey legends Glenn Anderson and Ed Olczyk both winning their tables outright.

Nashville Predators star Steve Sullivan was the second player eliminated at the third table, taken out by former teammate Hartnell, who shared a big laugh with Sullivan afterward.

“I don’t think I did very well,” said a smiling Sullivan shortly after his elimination. “I was a little intimidated, a little nervous.”

“You’re out of your element and that makes it a little difficult. I had fun and it was for a good cause. I had a blast.”

“It’s a great idea,” Sullivan continued. “It takes us away from the ice and puts us in a different venue.

“It’s great for the fans to see us in different aspects of our lives and just to have fun with it. I think they did a great job.”

Tennessee native Chris Moneymaker shared a table with Sullivan and Hartnell, both of whom made names for themselves with the Predators, the state’s only NHL franchise.

“I know some of these players, and it’s nice that I got this table,” Moneymaker said. “It’s been fun and I’ve really enjoyed it.”

“As far as the poker goes I’m just trying to keep the pots small and stay out of trouble, hopefully let them make some mistakes and capitalize on those the best I can.”

The 2003 Main Event champ hoped to fare better than his fellow pros, neither of whom managed to win their heat.

“It’s great for poker and it’s great for the NHL,” Moneymaker said. “It’s a good marriage and I think going forward it will be fun to watch.”

Portions of the proceeds are earmarked for the Ronald McDonald House of Las Vegas as well as the NHL Players Association’s Goals & Dreams fund, while each participating player will receive USD 2,000 towards the charity of his choice.

The Shootout will be broadcast on ESPN Classic and ESPN2 in the United States and TSN in Canada, as well as on the NHL Network throughout North America.

Mike Eise Wins WSOP USD 1,500 No Limit Holdem Event

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

After a six hour long final table, Mike Eise, a 30 year-old pipe fitter from St. Louis, took down Event #28 of the 2009 World Series of Poker

Mike Eise AKA "The Force"

Mike Eise AKA "The Force"

 (WSOP), a USD 1,500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament. Eise’s win was worth USD 639,331 and he got his first WSOP bracelet.

Eise regularly plays in the same cash game as inaugural WSOP November Nine member Dennis Phillips. He’s also part of a poker club called the Wanna’ Be Poker Series. Eise stormed through a talented nine-handed final table that became official when Joey Brattole was eliminated in the tenth place. Then, Mike Zulker pushed all-in pre-flop with K-Q of hearts and was called by online poker pro Jason “JP_OSU” Potter, who showed K-J of diamonds. A flop of K-7-7 gave both players kings-up, but kept Zulker in front with a queen kicker. The six of diamonds on the turn gave Potter a flush draw, but a jack on the river paired both of his hole cards and sent Zulker home in the ninth place.

The next player ousted from the final table was Jose Luis Franco, who earned USD 83,180 for his eighth place finish. Franco shoved pre-flop with A-3 of clubs, but ran into Rico Ramirez’s A-J. The flop came 9-K-10 with two clubs, giving Franco outs for a flush. However, a red jack and a red seven ended his tournament run. Shortly thereafter, Avi Braz was bumped in the seventh place. Braz pushed on a board of A-2-10 with A-J, but Eise woke up with A-K. No help came to Braz, who banked USD 93,622 in his first WSOP cash.

The sixth place in the USD 1,500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament went to Zack Fritz, who earned USD 111,266. Eise called the all-ins of Jeff Chang and Fritz, who held pocket kings and A-K, respectively, while Eise showed A-Q. The board came 10-high, preserving Chang’s win in the hand with cowboys and tripling him up. Chang had Fritz covered. Barry Berger was the next to depart, pushing with pocket jacks on a board of 8-Q-6 with two spades. Ramirez called with 10-9 of spades for flush and straight draws. The turn came a jack, improving Berger to a set, but at the same time, the card gave Ramirez a queen-high straight. Needing the board to pair on the river for a full house or quads, Berger watched as a harmless four fell. He took home USD 139,353 for his fifth place effort.

Potter was ousted in the fourth place for USD 185,444. One of his hole cards was foiled when his Q-10 of spades ran into Chang’s pocket tens pre-flop. The flop came Q-4-10, giving Potter one of his three outs, but also improving Chang to trips. Official WSOP coverage noted that, upon seeing the action-packed flop, “the crowd erupted with an ear-splitting and deafening display of claps and stomps.” The ace of spades on the turn gave Potter a flush draw, but the seven of clubs on the river sent him out of the Amazon Room nearly USD 200,000 richer for his wear.

Ramirez was eliminated in the third place after calling for his tournament life with J-4 on a board of K-J-J-9. However, Eise tabled pocket nines for a full house. The river was a 10 and Ramirez earned USD 261,963 for his efforts. After scooping the healthy pot, Eise entered heads-up play with a 9:2 chip lead. In the event’s final hand, Chang put his tournament life on the line with A-J on a board of 3-6-3. Eise showed just 8-7 for just eight-high, but spiked a seven on the turn to move out in front. Needing one of the six remaining aces or jacks in the deck, Chang watched as the river fell a five, ensuring Eise would take home his first WSOP bracelet. Chang settled for a USD 392,494 consolation prize.

Here are the results from Event #28 of the 2009 WSOP, a USD 1,500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament:

1. Mike Eise – USD 639,331
2. Jeff Chang – USD 392,494
3. Adolfo Ramirez – USD 261,963
4. Jason Potter – USD 185,444
5. Barry Berger – USD 139,353
6. Zachary Fritz – USD 111,266
7. Avi Braz – USD 93,622
8. Jose Franco – USD 83,180
9. Michael Zulker – USD 77,778