In a city known for its knot-tying, there was a surprising number of cardshark couples clogging the Amazon Room. Clearly Sunday is the day to surprise your lady (or gentleman) friend with a romantic seat at the greatest contest known to couplekind.
Even more startling, the random seat draw put twosomes curiously close together. For most of the day, Chad Brown sat a few tables from T.J. Cloutier lasted much longer, playing at a feature table until near the end of the day. Well, he played until the end of his day, when his hard-won chips went over the top, losing with sixes versus his caller's jacks. We suspect he may return to poker some time soon.
Towering Swede Ishak Noyan found Jesus, but he didn't look happy about it. At a table also featuring Melissa Hayden, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson bet enough to fold action around to Noyan, who threw in his last $700 to flip over A♦ J♣ to Ferguson's pocket eights. No aces and no jacks made Noyan a busted boy.
Gavin Griffin made it to the dinner break third in chips, around the $70,000 mark; and continued to dominate play post-feeding, until he met his arch-nemesis. Tom Bernard took Griffin out in a couple of hands, taking himself to the top of the charts in the process.
First, looking at a board of Q♦ J♥ 2♦ 4♦ and a pot of about $40,000, Bernard moved all-in from the button to be called by Griffin's Q♣ 4♥. Bernard showed K♣ J♠, then rivered trips with the J♣ to deal the first blow.
The knockout punch came shortly thereafter, when Griffin moved it all to the middle showing a flush draw to Bernard's pocket rockets. The only flush was Griffin's delightful pink hair as he headed for the rail, having narrowly missed another day of Main Eventitude.
Other notable non-winnars were Greg Raymer, Mike Matusow, Andy Bloch and John Gale, all of whom will start circling dates in their 2008 calendars. PokerListings.com isn't going anywhere for a while, though - so stick with the best coverage since the sun; and we're better at night, obviously.