Markedly different than the last David Pham, coming straight from his final table appearance just a few days ago in Reno, lasted until the third level before being sent on his way. He got his money in against Todd Rebello but unfortunately for The Dragon, Todd had flopped the nut straight to busticate Mr. Pham.
One of the sickest hands of the day came close to the end of the last level. Alex Jacob limp-called an opening raise and it was heads-up going to the flop that came A♦ 9♥ 8♠. His opponent checked it and Alex bet out $4,000. The other player popped it to $14,000 and with only a few more chips than that, Alex called all-in somewhat reluctantly.
Seeing Alex's hand, pocket eights for the set, it was hard to understand his reluctance. His instincts proved to be sound, however, as his opponent turned over wired aces for top set. After the hand was over Alex told us that he should have gotten away from it. I guess that's why he's a pro.
Shortly after Mr. Jacob's demise the fifth level of the night was over, signaling the end of Day 1a. After that the only thing to do was head to the bar and top off the night with a few drinks.
It didn't end there though as we all headed down to the poker room to play a little $120 SNG. I'm pretty sure the stakes were a bit lower than Andy Bloch and Joe Sebok were used to but I think they still gave it their all. Jeremy Firth was the first one out, sent to the rails by a sick river that gave Joe a set to crack Jer's top pair.
I followed Mr. Firth shortly after, getting my money in good against Jeremiah Smith. With an ace on the board and one residing in both our hands, I had Miah out-kicked but it was his runner-runner straight which would prove to be my undoing.
Draw-outs aside, I feel I must big-it-up for Jer since he ended up taking down first place. He outlasted both Andy and Joe to beat Amanda Leatherman in the heads-up match.
Enough with the penny-ante poker though; it's the WPT main event that we're all here to see! Tomorrow at noon the second half of the field will sit down at the felt to find out who will join their Day 1a counterparts on Sunday. As always I implore you to tune in then for the very best in live tournament coverage from the most ballingest crew in the business - PokerListings.com!