The Tournament of Champions is certainly turning into a thrilling affair as the latest level saw three more players hit the rail and Barry Greenstein come out of nowhere to take over the chip lead.
Just 23 players of our original 27 remain after three levels.
Here's the latest action from the floor:
Greenstein Stacks Farha
Barry Greenstein made it 600 to go and was called by Scotty Nguyen, Sam Farha, and Phil Hellmuth.
The four saw a flop of Q♦ 2♠ J♦.
Greenstein fired out 1,200 and Nguyen flatted. Farha made it 4,200 and Barry went to 14,200.
Nguyen quickly folded.
"Alright baby," Farha said as he shipped in his stack.
"I hope I'm not drawing dead," he continued after seeing Greenstein insta-call.
The Bear turned over K♦ T♦ while Farha was in deep with his 8♦ 9♦.
"I had ace-queen. Oh my god. Why you have to do that shit baby?" said Nguyen as he clutched his heavily oiled hair.
"I'm trying to score," Farha said flippantly.
The dealer burned and turned the Q♥ and then the 4♣ making The Bear's king high the best hand.
Just having Farha covered, it means that Barry is up to almost 80,000 while Farha is left with nothing.
"We're putting in 200 big blinds with nine high and king high over!" Phil Hellmuth giggled. "I'm the ginsu knife son!"
We have no idea what he meant with the knife comment but we're going to try to find out
So Who's Not Here?
The voting for the 2010 WSOP Tournament of Champions was fairly standard in our opinion and most of the players we thought were going to get in, did indeed get in.
Chris Moneymaker was probably on the bubble. It's somewhat surprising that main event champs Greg Raymer and Joe Hachem would make it in but not the guy that many credit with kick-starting the poker boom.
We would have loved to see our boy Jason Mercier in the field as he's been as hot as any players over the last couple years but the fans seemed to go more for veteran players.
Tom Schneider, who offered to split half his winnings with people who voted for him did not make it into the tournament.
Team Full Tilt pro Erick Lindgren is also strangely absent today.
There are of course a few popular players who don't have a bracelet yet so they weren't eligible. Gus Hansen, Annette Obrestad and Tom Dwan would fall in that category. Gavin Smith would also be in there, although he rectified that by winning a bracelet last night so he would be eligible next year.
Change of Plans
Remember how we said we were going to play from 27 to a final table of nine today?
Yeah forget about that. Apparently because so much of the field is involved in the $5k Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo we're going to only play four one-hour levels today.
Play will recommence tomorrow at 12:00 and we'll go to a final table of nine and then play out the final table on July 4 as originally planned.
Barry Shulman won the 2009 WSOPE Main Event for $1.3 million this but he's going to finish well short of the money in this event.
In his last hand Shulman limped from middle position, Mike Matusow completed his small blind and Allen Cunningham checked the big blind.
The flop came 8♠ 3♠ 3♦ and Matusow checked but Cunningham threw a 500 chip into the pot.
Shulman raised to 1,500 and Matusow folded. Cunningham decided to come along for the ride and called.
The turn came 4♣ and Shulman bet 3,000 and Cunningham made it 6,000 to play. Shulman shoved and Cunningham immediately called. Shulman flipped over 5♣ 3♣ to Cunningham's 9♠ 3♥ in a slight cooler of a hand.
The river was a fateful 6♥ and that was it for Shulman in this event.
The Bad Boys of Poker
Phil Hellmuth has been running his mouth a bit which, in itself wouldn't be a big deal.
"I f*#@ing try to trap them and look what they do. This is so f#*!ing ridiculous," he would mutter under his breath.
Matusow, always finding time to put himself in the spotlight, began repeating everything that Hellmuth said to the crowd. The language got more and more 'colorful' as time passed - perhaps a bit too colorful.
One of the tournament directors came over to address the table.
"I hear you guys are using some potty mouth. I don't know who it was and I don't care but I don't want to come back here," he told the table. The crowd reacted by booing and hissing. "I'm just saying this is a televised thing, and we all need to be respectful and courteous to each other."
"If I just say 'F' to substitute certain words is that alright?" Matusow asked.
"That would be fine," the director answered.
"Ok well, you're going to be hearing 'F' a lot. These are my fans over here and they want to hear what's going on at the table!" he shouted to the rail, who responded with a loud cheer.
Paleontologist Scotty Nguyen
Scotty Nguyen casually strolled into the playing area with a tournament official carrying his chips in tow.
"Oh wow. Scotty, were you at the clubs all night?" Phil Hellmuth asked loudly.
"You got it baby!" Nguyen answered with a laugh. If he was out at the clubs all night, he looks like he's in good shape - and by that we mean, only half wasted.
Immediately he took notice of a fossil in front of Mike Matusow.
"What's that baby?" he asked.
Matusow went on to tell about how he busted Greg Raymer who then autographed the ancient polished stone.
"Wow baby. Did you know this thing is three-hundred thousand years old, baby?" Nguyen asked in awe. We couldn't help but notice that the fossil looked like a trilobite. While 300,000 years wasn't a bad guess, it's more like 250 million-526 million years old. That's old, baby.
In a surprising turn of events, Greg Raymer has found his way to the rail.
Raymer, Mike Matusow, Mike Sexton and Sammy Farha all saw a flop of A♦ Q♦ 6♣. Sexton bet 800 but Raymer check-raised to 6,000.
Matusow went for the check-raise himself and made it 15,000. At this point Raymer mentioned he had initially meant to bet 2,000 but had instead threw a 5,000 chip and a 1,000 chip into the pot.
Sexton folded and Raymer felt compelled to call based on pot-odds. Raymer's mistake was obvious as soon as the cards were on their backs:
Raymer: 7♦ 4♦
Matusow: A♠ Q♣
The board finished with 4♣ and then the 9♠.
Raymer is out of the tournament.
Negreanu vs. Duke Part 1
Daniel Negreanu has drawn first blood against nemesis Annie Duke.
Antonio Esfandiari opened for 600 from early position and Duke called from the small blind and Negreanu from the big blind.
The flop came A♣ K♣ 3♠ and action checked to Esfandiari who bet 1,525. Duke called and so did Negreanu.
The turn came 5♦ and Esfandiari checked but Duke bet 2,800. Negreanu called but Esfandiari folded.
The river came 8♣ and Duke bet 5,300.
Negreanu carefully weighed out his options but finally made the call with J♣ 3♣ for the jack-high flush.
Duke mucked and Negreanu is up to over 50,000 chips.
More to come.
Blinds: 100/200 Ante: 25
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