Highlights From the 2006 Farzad Bonyadi, and Andy Bloch.
The Chip Leaders
The top guys are not very well known, but they are certainly good poker players. This is top 3 after day 1A:
1. Francis Cipriano, $123,200
2. Ken Jacobs, $119,106
3. Paul McCaffrey, $110,650
A really, really bad beat - or was it really?
What would you do if a player that had gone all-in against you with a lower pocket pair flopped four of a kind? You would catch a runner-runner straight flush of course. That exact thing happened at the World Series today. It was 5♥ 5♣ against 8♠ 8♣. The flop came 6♠ 5♠ 5♦. Then the turn: 9♠, and the river: 7♠. It was an amazing turn around, but was it a bad beat? The player that ended up winning the pot was an 80% favorite when all the money went in to the pot pre-flop.
George Lucas in the House?
"Star Wars" director George Lucas made an unexpected appearance at the World Series of Poker today. Or at least someone playing at David Sklansky's table thought so. The guy bet Sklansky $100 that one of the camera men working for ESPN was in fact George Lucas. Sklansky went in the tank for a few minutes and then made the call. The camera man (of course) wasn't George Lucas, and Sklansky won the bet. Unconfirmed rumours say that Yoda was dealing at another table for a while: "Put in Big Blind you must."
Lots of Pocket Rockets
Some people never seem to get pocket aces, other get them all the time. Before midnight tonight one player had been dealt pocket rockets no less than nine times.
Phil Hellmuth's record broken
No, not the record for number of bracelets won, or the one for number of cashes, but the record for arriving late. Actually, Minh Nguyen's seat stood empty all day until he had been blinded out of the tournament. Will that count as a record?
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