Timeline

Main Event - The End Is Nigh!

We have reached the end of the day and less than 500 players remain still nursing their hopes of glory and of course that juicy $9,000,000 first prize.

Here's what's been going down in this exciting period.

Kar-a Krash 

Kara Scott has seen her $300,000 have a big bite taken out of it.

She saw a raise in front of her and looking down at A-Q, she re-raised only to find the initial raiser shoving on her for the rest of his $100,000 stack.

Committed to call now but not loving it, she made the call only for her opponent to showdown the bullets. A $200,000 pot was in the offing but Kara was highly unlikely to take it down and no bad beat was on the cards as a non-threatening board transpired to double up her opponent.

Disappointed, but still in the mix with $200,000 Kara took the dent to her stack well and looks focused and ready to rebuild after that rather costly setback.

All In The Timing


Jeremiah Smith's table was recently broken, forcing Smith to load up his million plus chip stack into a variety of trays in order to move.

Some wag from the watching poker media thought this would be an opportune moment to crack a funny, yelling out "Hold up Jeremiah! The van's on its way!"

Sadly, his attempt at humour fell on stony ground, everyone turning their heads to look at the embarrassed member of the press as he quietly skulked off to work on his stand up material.

Vanessa Rousso
Guess I shoulda gotten it in badder.

After his small, embarrassing moment in the spotlight, the rail turned their attention back to the increasingly popular Smith, watching on as a member of staff assisted him in moving his bulky stack to its new location.

Empire Falls! Rousso Routed

Vanessa Rousso calls an opponent's all-in for all but her last $8k holding a pocket pair of sevens and is in good against an opponent holding A-6. Yeah, but the board comes 10-5-4-3-2 and her rival hits runner-runner to make a straight and cripple the PokerStars pro.

A few hands later, Rousso gets all-in to the good again, this time with A-J against an opponent with Q-4. It's all gravy until Fourth Street, when the dealer flips up a queen. Rousso can't recover and is rendered eliminato.

Hansen MMMBopped!

Thor Hansen gets all-in on a 6-4-2 flop and turns up pocket nines. He gets called. His opponent has pocket aces. The turn is a brick. The river is a brick. Hansen is eliminated. The end.

Thor Hansen
Thor's hammer-ed by bullets.
  

Gazes Blinks!

Bill Gazes gets all-in preflop holding pocket tens and is called by an opponent holding the pocket aces. The board comes J-7-3-4-3 and Gazes can't force the two-outer. He's thus eliminated and joins the madhouse in the payout room as he awaits that paper.

Limp If You Like

A very rare limped pot just played out at Evelyn Ng’s table. While most pots have been of the raise-and-take-it or open-shove variety throughout this last level no less than five people limped into Ng’s big blind.

She checked her option and joined all five limpers in checking the K K 3 flop. They all checked the 10 turn as well, but when one unknown fired away after the 6 river came down, Evelyn was the sole caller of the $12k bet.

The unknown was in no hurry to show his hand and after Evelyn showed 10 4 for two pair he mucked allowing her to add the pot to her $300k stack.

Jeremiah Smith
$1,200,000
Mark Ketteringham
$912,000
Dag Martin Mikkelsen
$885,000
Sarkis Akopyan
$850,000
Alex Kostritsyn
$840,000
Robert Georato
$759,000
Andrew Brokos
$750,000
Sigurd Eskeland
$750,000
Alberto Font
$748,000
Karle Wilson
$712,000
Level
15
Blinds
2000/4000
Ante
500
Players Left
483
Tables Left
70

Main Event Day 3 - Bubblicious!

The bubble has burst and now the carnage begins anew at the 2008 Main Event. We've lost 44 players and counting in the first half-hour after the bursting of the money bubble as short-stacks seek to take advantage of a relatively flat payout structure and thus beat the line to the taxi stand before the night gets too late.

Here's how the action has played out since the bursting of the bubble:

Master Blasted!

A player in early position raises to $12,000 and Men "The Master" Nguyen ships it all-in for $21,000 total. Action folds back around to Player 1, who gives the matter an inordinate amount of thought before finally deciding he had to call and turning up a monstrous 5 3.

Nguyen has pocket tens and looks to be in good shape to double up. The board, however, thinks otherwise as the dealer turns up K 3 2 3 7 to give Player 1 trips and send the Master to the rail.

"Don't ask me to shake your hand," the ever-gracious Nguyen tells his rival before muttering some profanity and heading off to the payout booth.

Good Times!

With all the palava and theatrics and tension surrounding the bubble a grey, distant memory of the past, the mood has lightened considerably in the Amazon. Players who only moments ago were staring daggers at each other across the felt are now laughing, joking and backslapping each other with merry abandon.

An example of this renewed bon viveur was witnessed in a hand where a shortstack shoved with pocket Kings and looked set to double up when his opponent called him with the highly-unlikely-to-win K J.

A board of clubs popped out and as the shortstack didn't have a club, the two players chopped the pot. The shortstack wasn't overly disapponted about missing out on getting full value with his kings though, laughing happily as he muttered "So sick!!" repeatedly.

Ryan Fin-ish


Shortstacked player Ryan Fin has busted out, shoving with A-9 and hoping to double, especially when he picked up a call from K-J. The poker gods were in no mood to submit to his will however as both a King and a Jack popped out to send Fin spiralling out of the tournament, thankfully inside the money bracket.

Devin Porter
Double Devin

Esposito Doubles

Devin Porter raises to $11,000 preflop and Lou Esposito flat-calls in the big blind. The flop comes Q 6 2 and both players check. The turn is the 4 and Esposito leads out for $17,000. Porter puts him all-in for his last $96,000 and Esposito makes the call, turning up Q Q for top set. Porter has 9 9 and needs to hit a spade to send Sweet Lou packing. The river, however, is the A and Esposito doubles through Porter.

Post Bubble Madness

The inevitable post-bubble rush for the door has begun and the field lost more than 40 players in the first half hour of the level. As the madness continued we saw one player’s queens cracked by no less than ace-ten, under pairs fail to suck out on over pairs and a whole whack of weak aces fall to made hands – It’s madness I tell you…madness.

Brutal Day

Brandon Adams was just seen walking through the hallways of the Rio. He was among the Day 1 leaders but it looks like that dream has been dashed.

“Brutal day,” we overheard him saying to a friend as they walked off.

Sleeping On The Job

Jean-Robert Bellande has put his head in his hands and looks like he might be sleeping. Perhaps this strategy will be more effective than the one he employed against Matt Graham where he gave away a huge chip lead heads-up for the Limit Hold’em Shootout bracelet.

With more than $200k in his stack he’s a shoe-in to make Day 4 and most likely wants to avoid serious trouble as the night nears it’s end.

Chip Leaders

Here are the current chip leaders, courtesy www.wsop.com:

Jeremiah Smith $1,200,000
Matt Matros
$838,500
Alberto Font
$830,000
Robert Georato
$759,000
Sigurd Eskeland
$750,000
Andrew Brokos
$750,000
Karle Wilson
$712,000
Sarkis Akopyan
$700,000
Jeff Kimber
$685,000
Owen Crowe
$644,000
Level
15
Blinds
2000/4000
Ante
500
Players Left
622
Tables Left
70

Main Event Day 3 - Popped; The Number Of The Beast Remains

It took the last hour to do it, but the bubble has burst and the remaining players are in the money. Anyone who busts now will earn $21,230 until the next jump at 603rd place.

In the meantime the players have gone out on a 40-minute break in a rather celebratory mood.

The bubble boy was one Steve Chung. He got it in with pocket eights against an opponent's cowboys.

But despite not making the cash he's been handed a seat in next year's Main Event when he can try again.

We'll be back with more action when they are, but for now you can feast on the latest chip counts from the WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Jeremiah Smith $1,116,000
Sigurd Eskeland
$950,000
Alberto Font
$830,000
Iwan Jones
$770,000
Robert Georato
$759,000
Karle Wilson
$712,000
Jeff Kimber
$685,000
Sarkis Akopyan
$682,000
Andrew Brokos
$661,000
Owen Crowe
$644,000
Level
15
Blinds
2000/4000
Ante
500
Players Left
666
Tables Left
70

Main Event - Day 3 - I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles!

Nice shirt!
Nice shirt!

With just seven more players waiting to receive bustification before we burst that bubble, the tension is thick and palpable. $21,230 may be only just double the players' buy-in but that is still a lot of dough, especially to those players who satellited in for a button and a piece of fluff.

Flipping For Twenty Grand

Despite the intense gravitas of the situation, the atmosphere is still somewhat jovial as it has been throughout the series, and there are as many smiling faces as faces riven with tension with the critical bubble burst looming.

One player a few moments ago was all-in with A-K versus pocket fives. His tournament life hanging in the balance, the flop fell J-Q-2 but the player seemed calm and placid, despite so much being at stake.

His patience was rewarded as he spiked a King on the turn and when the river blanked he laughed and joked as he raked in the pot. "I'm not playing for the bubble baby. I'm here to win!" That attitude might just see him 9 million dollars richer in 5 days and four months time.

Scott's Guard

Kara Scott
Yet another Kara Scott pic.

Kara Scott is perched nicely in the thick of things with $370,000. We didn't want to disturb her concentration at this crucial time, so kept a respectful distance, but she beckoned us over to mouth her chip stack and tell us quickly "$370,000...and I'm not letting them go!"

We wished the PokerStars-sponsored Kara well in her increasingly successful bid to make a big score here.

Mizrachi Mashed

Things definitely tightened up as we were inching towards the money bubble. Most of the pots in the room were being picked up uncontested before the flop just as the one PL.com caught Robert Mizrachi in a few minutes ago. He made it $8,300 pre flop, but when the player in Seat 1 repopped making it $25k Mizrachi had to fold.

Triangular Towers

Many people have more chips but Mark Vos still gets the PL.com award for tallest stack in the room right now. Vos told us he’s built the triangular structure with 50-stacks of chips and is really enjoying the imposing figure the clay construction has become over his table. It's even weaving back and forth a little when the table gets bumped. Unfortunately he is also aware they are going to take his black 100’s soon enough and the real size of his stack will be revealed.

Call A Medic!

Nenad Medic must have felt he had little choice but to get it all in on an ace high flop with big slick and was even ahead of Sigurd Eskeland's ace-queen at the time.

The turn bricked and Medic looked good for the double but he was left looking for sixth street when a queen fell on the river.

Medic says goodbye to the feature table and Eskeland is now close to the chip lead with almost $1 million.

Counting Crows

Here are the players who are not feeling the bubble pressure, their stacks giving them plenty of breathing space at this point. Counts are courtesy of worldseriesofpoker.com.

Jeremiah Smith
$1,035,000
Sigurd Eskeland
$950,000
Alberto Font
$830,000
Robert Georato
$759,000
Karle Wilson
$690,000
Jeff Kimber
$685,000
Sarkis Akopyan
$682,000
Owen Crowe
$644,000
Geert Jans
$623,000
Edward Roger
$590,000

 

Level
14
Blinds
1500/3000
Ante
400
Players Left
673
Tables Left
71

Main Event Day 3 - The Bubble Approacheth

We're down to the last 700 survivors in the Main Event and the bubble is approaching at supersonic speed. The Amazon Room is a madhouse and the tension, like the perspiration, is dripping off the walls. Hand for hand play is imminent and the bursting of the demon bubble should occur within the next few hours. Keep it locked right here for the full details, obv.

Here's how the last hour played out in the Amazon Room:

Hansen Doubles

Norse God of Tight-Aggressive Play Thor Hansen open-shoves for his last $42,600 from early position and is called by an opponent on the button. The action folds around and Hansen turns up J J to his rival's T T.

Kido Pham announces that he folded a ten and Hansen needs to dodge one out (or miraculous running cards) to survive. The board comes 6 4 2 6 A and Hansen does indeed double to keep his Main Event hopes alive.

Huge Pot For Smith

A PokerStars qualifier in early position raises and is called by Chris Bell and Jonathan Turner before Jeremiah Smith pops it on the button. The original raiser makes it $100,000 to go and Bell and Turner both vacate the area.

Smith, on the other hand, mulls his options before deciding, "I can't fold this. I'm all in."

Now it's his opponent's turn to tank as he debates committing the last of his $180,000 to the cause. After some serious rumination he lays it down and Smith rakes a pretty substantial pot.

Not Hitting The Heit's, Man

Jan Heitmann has lost some chips since his earlier high point of $190,000. His friend and fellow poker professional George Danzer, the man who famously shared a table with professional donkey Dmitri Noble. related this story to us.

Much of his fall can be attributed to a mis-timed bluff. Involved in a hand with A-6, he bet the river of a four heart board for $35,000 with pure air, only for his bluff to be picked off by Brandon Adams, who made a good call with the 8 for an eight high flush.

Oops! His stack has dwindled to $73,000 now.

Party All The Time

Full Tilt’s Markus Golser just picked up a decent pot putting him close to $300,000 in chips.
The action began when Golser and the big blind called a $7,500 raiser from middle position. The flop fell A K Q and all three checked, but when the river came the 5 the BB fired out for $25k. The raiser chucked his hand in the muck, but Golser made the call sending us to the 10 river.

Perhaps fearing the worst the BB checked, but when Golser made it $32k to see his holdings he snap called. Golser had hit the river with A J to rake the pot while his opponent angrily showed big slick.

Masters Of The Universe


Men “The Master” Nguyen just got into it with a player at his table while asking him to show his cards after pushing Men of a pot.

“Call me then, call me,” the player said.

“I will,” Nguyen said. “I will wait for the cards first then I will call you. To me everyone should show one time. You show nothing.”

Things quieted down when the player made yet another pre flop raise. Nguyen folded but a few seats down Chau Giang decided to raise. After announcing his intentions Chua then pushed all in for $46k.

“Come on, double me up,” Giang said.

It folded back to the raiser who looked to Men.

“Here this is for you,” he said, open folding A Q.

“Thank you,” Men replied. “Thank you. You hear me say thank you right.”

Girls Just Wanna Build Stacks

Kara Scott is working a little magic on the boys at her table. She’s managed to raise and three-bet her way into more than her fair share of pots without showdown throughout the Main Event and it seems today is no different.

PL.com caught her making the call on a standard raise while in the big blind and check raising the J 2 4 flop forcing her opponent to fold. She’s up and over the $240 mark now and continues to be a contender.

Chip Counts!

Here are the current chip leaders, courtesy www.wsop.com:

Jeremiah Smith $963,000
Sigurd Eskeland
$750,000
Alberto Font
$696,000
Karle Wilson
$690,000
Jeff Kimber
$686,000
Matthew Jensen
$600,000
Edward Roger
$590,000
Vito Branciforte
$590,000
Alan Jaffrey
$570,000
James Mills
$550,000
Level
14
Blinds
1500/3000
Ante
400
Players Left
702
Tables Left
71

Main Event Day 3 - Back From Dinner

The players have finished mopping up the last of their gravy and are back in their seats feeling re-invigorated, refreshed and ready for the intense bubble period that is approaching as rapidly as a cheetah skateboarding down a glacial mountain.

Here are the chip leaders as we move into this crucial period. They'll be looking to rape and pillage with abandon whilst the shorter stacks cower miserably till they get their hard earned renumeration.

Sigurd Eskeland
$750,000
Albert Font
$746,000
Jeremiah Smith
$725,000
Jeff Kimber
$686,000
Matthew Jensen
$600,000
Vito Branciforte
$590,000
Alan Jaffray
$573,000
Mark Ketteringham
$562,000
 Dustin Holmes
$540,000
Geert Jans
$530,000
Level
14
Blinds
1500/3000
Ante
400
Players Left
732

Main Event Day 3 - The Last Supper

Before everyone gets paid that is!

The players are off to grub and wonder what the future holds for them. Ninety minutes from now they will all be back in the Amazon Room to play out the bubble. The last few minutes before break were possibly the most exciting since the beginning of the series.

The room buzzed with anticipation as players walked around between hands to survey the other tables. For the first time in recent memory, instead of the clatter of chips being the predominant sound it was actual human conversation! Players chatted away as if a weight had been lifted off the room. It isn't over yet though, 81 players that went off to eat will not be getting a paycheck.

Gus Is Back

The crowd around Gus Hansen's table was so thick it was difficult to get a good look at what was going on. By the time the people had dispersed, all that was visible was the dealer pushing Hansen a mountain of chips while Hansen's pocket fives, to go along with one on board, waited to be shuffled back in the deck.

Ramdin Dumps Chips

Victor Ramdin just took a massive hit, losing more than half his stack after flopping a monster but failing to get away from it when his opponent hit the card he needed. We arrived on the flop with enough chips in the middle to indicate it was re-raised pre-flop.

Ramdin and his opponent both checked the Q 9 4 flop and the 5 hit the turn. This time Ramdin’s opponent led out for $45,000.

Ramdin made the call and the 6 hit the river. We’re not 100% sure on the action here but we think Ramdin’s opponent bet out, Ramdin shoved and his opponent called.

The bottom line was that Ramdin was in trouble against the nut flush. Ramdin took some time mucking and later confided in us that he had flopped a set with pocket nines. Ramdin looked to be around $240,000 after the hand was over.

New Leader

We have a new chip leader. At least we think we do; it’s a big room. One thing we do know about him is his name is Alberto Font Rytzner and he has a lot of chips, somewhere in the neighborhood of $800,000.

Kabbaj: Two for the Price of One

John Kabbaj just got moved to a new table and it didn’t take him long to get in action. An opponent in early position opened to $7,000 and Kabbaj re-popped to $27,000. Action got to the player in the big blind who thought for some time before re-re-raising to $74,000.

John Kabbaj
So leafy!

The original raiser threw it away but Kabbaj announced all-in somewhat half-heartedly. His opponent called and turned over J J which was in bad shape against Kabbaj’s pocket queens. The board ran 7 7 5 2 4 and Kabbaj doubles to over $200,000.

Graham Cracker Crunched

Matt Graham moved all in on a ten high board when his opponent bet. His opponent didn't hesitate to call the shove and turned up pocket kings. Graham smiled and shook his head while turning over his queens. The turn and river blanked and Graham could do nothing but smile and stare off into space.

"Jesus, so sick," he said as he walked away.

Beer O'Clock

A player at Men The Master's table raised and and another player made the call. Nguyen raised it up and the original raiser shoved.

The third guy liked the price he was getting and called as well. The original raiser turned over A 8, the second guy who was getting the good price turned up K T, The Master turned over a real hand - pocket aces!

While most players, even those holding aces, might be nervous about being all in, The Master wanted a beer.

"Hey! Where my Corona?" Nguyen shouted to the nearest cocktail purveyor. It was on it's way but, for now, The Master would have to settle with tripling up or going home. The dealer put out a flop of J 9 6 causing the player with K-T to celebrate his new found hope no matter how slim it was. The 5 on the turn brought hope for the player with the nut flush draw and a gutshot. The Master didn't seem to care much, he just wanted his beer. The river was a blank and Nguyen tripled up!

"Must be nice. You play real good!" needled Jason Strasser.

Apparently a handful of Coronas is enough to knock down Nguyen's sarcasm detection systems.

"I have pocket A! Easy to play pocket A!" replied a straight faced Master.

Chip Counts - Tastes Great, Less Filling

Chip counts courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com

Jeremiah Smith
$766,600
Alberto Font Rytzner
$746,000
Sigurd Eskeland
$700,000
Jeff Kimber
$666,000
Vito Branciforte
$590,200
Mark Ketteringham
$563,300
Geert Jans
$562,000
Jeremy Joseph
$550,000
Alexander Kostritsyn
$520,000
Victor Ramdin
$515,000
Level
13
Blinds
1200/2400
Ante
300
Players Left
747

Main Event Day 3 - Hit The Brakes!

We're an hour from dinner now, and the players are dropping fast. If they're not afraid, that is. There are a lot of guys in this field who just want to hang on and make the money, and more of our better players are using that opportunity to pick up some pretty easy chips right now.

Mouth Going South

Mike “The Mouth” Matusow just lost a rather large pot and, as is usually the case, it took bad luck to relieve him of his chips. It started with the player in the cut-off opening the pot and the Mouth re-popping from the big blind. His opponent made the call and the flop came 9 9 7.

Both players checked and the 8 hit the turn. Matusow led out for $22,000 and his opponent made the call. The J hit the river and Matusow checked. His opponent bet $30,000 and the Mouth quickly called.

Matusow was aghast to see T T turned over but the other player for the rivered straight. Matusow could only shake his head and table K K.

Value for Phil

A player in middle position raised before the flop to $6,500, and the only caller he got was Phil hellmuth in the big blind. Hellmuth checked dark and the flop came down J 6 4. The MP player checked behind.

The turn came down the 5 and this time the Poker Brat led out for $5,500. Not much time passed before MP called, bringing the 3 on the river. Hellmuth again led out, this time for $4,500, and he got no more value as his opponent folded.

No Bluff For You!

Bluff Magazine publisher Eric Morris is out of the tournament. He got all-in with A Q against J 10, only to see his opponent flop a ten. “Unbelievable!” said Morris, before shaking his opponent’s hand and heading for the exit.

Bad Luck Jon

Jon Turner lost a pretty nasty pot early on today and has been trying to claw his way back ever since. He’s done an admirable job of hanging in there with $60,000 in chips, but things just got a lot more difficult when Jeremiah Smith as moved to Turner’s left. Smith is well over $600,000 at the moment and unlikely to give many chips away, so the road will probably be a tough one for PearlJammer.

Vic with the Trick

Victor Ramdin plays an unorthodox style which, at times, works great. A moment ago we saw just one of those times. The player under the gun opened the pot and it folded to Victor in the small blind who currently has two massage therapists working on him. Ramdin made the call. The flop came down A A T and both players checked.

The turn was the 2 and Ramdin checked again. His opponent counted out $9,000 and tossed it into the pot. Ramdin paused before cutting out a few chips of his own and check-raising to $25,000. His opponent made the call.

The river was the 3 and Ramdin sat stonily for a few beats. He cut out one tall stack of yellows and added a few $5,000 chips on top, $54,000 in all. His opponent made a quick call and Ramdin immediately said, “Flush.” His opponent let out a frustrated exhalation and mucked his hand.

Gank Shanked

Brett “Gank” Jungblut has been eliminated. A moment ago we saw him get set up, wearing his now trademark cowboy hat all the while. Gank raised from under the gun and an opponent a few spots down the line re-popped.

It didn’t take much time for Jungblut to move all-in and it took his opponent even less to make the call. Pocket kings for Gank were no good against the other player’s bullets and after the board came and went with no change it was official.

A.K. Beats A-K

Alexander Kostritsyn
Set of queens good!

Alexander Kostritsyn's opponent had the clock called him by a player that wasn't even in the hand. A.K. had bet $70,000 on a flop of K Q J and it was more than enough to have his oppoonent covered. It was clear his opponent wanted to fold, but in the end made the call. His suspicions were realized when Kostritsyn turned over a set of queens to his A-K. Kostritsyn's hand held and one more person's WSOP dream was crushed right before his eyes.

Hallingooaaaal!!!!!!!

"Ok, I'll bet this one time and this one time only," laughed the player sitting to Frederik Halling's left. The two were at the turn on a A 6 9 K board, Halling had checked, and his opponent had bet $8,000. Hallingol laughed and made the call. The river was the 3 and true to his word, Halling's opponent checked behind and turned over a king and started laughing.

"I have pocket threes," said Halling stopping his opponent's laughter in it's tracks. His opponent looked as if to say 'are you serious?' and Halling nodded and showed his threes.

Chip Counts - Now With Improved Flavor!

Chip counts provided by www.worldseriesofpoker.com

Sigurd Eskeland
$695,000
Jeff Kimber
$666,000
Jeremiah Smith
$620,000
Vito Branciforte
$559,000
Geert Jans
$550,000
Sylvain Coeur
$529,000
Jeremy Joseph
$520,000
Alexander Kostritsyn
$515,000
Victor Ramdin
$512,000
Karle Wilson
$509,000
Level
13
Blinds
1200/2400
Ante
300
Players Left
856

Main Event Day 3 - Goo Goo Ga Joob!

Break time, people! But about seven minutes before we started the break, everyone thought they were getting an early reprieve as the clock suddenly went down to zero. No such luck for those who needed the break right then, as the staff announced that the clock had skipped forward. Maybe somebody sat on the mouse and accidentally clicked the wrong button?

Get Real Paid

Evelyn Ng opened up the betting in middle position for $6,800 and the player in the small blind made the call. The player in the big blind then considered his move for about 20 seconds before raising it up to $32,300 total. Ng made the call after a few moments’ thought, and the pressure was then on the small blind. He thought for a full minute before eventually mucking his cards (and he told us he had 8-8).

The heads-up flop came down 9 3 2 and the big blind waited about 10 seconds before dismissively waving his hand and announcing himself all-in. “I call,” said Ng, and the big blind’s heart sank about to the bottom of his stomach. Ng turned up A A, leaving her in splendid shape against his Q Q. The board ran out with no queens, and Ng got paid off handsomely - the $100,000 flop bet, together with the money in the pot before the flop, have her up to around $245,000.

Best. Match. Ever.

Over at Nenad Medic they’re still talking about the Wimbledon final from earlier this week, declaring it the best tennis match ever. Medic himself apparently as hiding under a rock during that match, or otherwise playing poker with people who just don’t care for tennis. Either way, he really missed one for the ages.

That’s All She Wrote

The Red section of tables is finally free of our oppressive WSOP tables and has been given back to the cash games from whence it came. Blue, Green, and Orange are all still full of tournament players, though - a little under 100 tables at this point. At the rate we’re going right now, Orange might also lose all its tournament players before the end of the night.

It’s a reminder of how quickly this WSOP has gone that right now is the fullest we’ll see the Amazon Room until next year’s installment of the greatest poker festival in the world.

Has Anybody Seen These Two?

If anybody out there knows players by the names of Fernando Gardo or Vimy Ha, please give them a call and let them know their chips are being anted away. The two players have yet to show up today and their chip stacks are taking serious hits. Vimy Ha had $190,000 at the beginning of the day and it appears he has less than half of that remaining.

Chino Rheeming His Table

David Rheem
Sitting with this guy is seriously torture.

David 'Chino' Rheem has a fortress of chips amassed in front of him. He's been putting them to work as well, pushing the action at any opportunity.

Rheem made it $6,000 to go and was called by the button and the big blind. The 4 Q 6 flop was checked through but the big blind fired $15,000 on the 4 turn. Chino called and the 4 came on the turn. The big blind checked this time and Chino decided to err on the side of caution, reluctantly checking behind.

"You got a queen you got it," said Chino. His opponent turned up A-6 and Chino responded with his pocket eights which were good for yet another pot.

Chip Counts Across America

Here are your current top 10 chip leaders, courtesy of WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Sigurd Eskeland $680,000
Jeff Kimber
$650,000
Jeremiah Smith
$601,500
Karle Wilson
$570,000
Sylvain Coeur
$529,000
Geert Jens
$525,000
Patrick Fortin
$520,000
Chris Barrile
$500,000
Victor Ramdin
$500,000
Mathew Jensen
$480,000

 

Level
13
Blinds
1200/2400
Ante
300
Players Left
856

Main Event Day 3 - Drop It Likes It's Hot

The action continues at a frantic pace and will probably not slow down until around the 800 player mark, which is set to come soon. Let's get straight to the action.

Gone Til November

Erik Seidel somehow managed to get all of his chips in with J 5 no pair no draw. He was called with pocket kings and that was all she wrote for Erik.

"See you all in November," said Seidel as he slid past the camera crew and into the crowd.

Giang Bang

At Chau Giang's table, an opponent raised it up to $6,000 and it folded to Giang.

"Lemme see what chips you have," asked Giang. After assessing the situation, Giang made the call and it folded over to the big blind who also came along for the ride. The three saw a flop of Q 3 7.

Both players checked to Giang who fired $20,000. Just the big blind called and the turn delivered the 2. This time Giang fired $50,000 when it was checked to him and his opponent called again. The river was the K and Giang, showing no signs of slowing down, bet $80,000 and his opponent tanked it. He finally claimed to have A-Q and folded. Giang went into shock.

"Noooo, are you kidding me? You put all that money all that money in with ace queen and you don't play! Are you kidding me? Very good laydown. Swear to God it was a very good laydown!" exclaimed Giang.

A few minutes later PL.com walked past the table and Giang was still complimenting his opponent on what an amazing laydown it was.

Nenad Needs A Medic

Everybody wants to make a play against a pro. Nenad Medic made it $6,000 to go preflop and netted one caller before it got to the big blind, who pumped it up to $25,000 to go. Nenad called, they saw a Q 7 5 flop, and then checked it down to the river when a 3 and 7 came. Someone finally took a stab at the pot and the big blind fired $50,000. Nenad called without much thought and looked like he might have an aneurysm when his opponent showed 7 2!

Rousso In The Black


Vanessa Rousso called an all in shove from her opponent with pocket jacks and was shown 7 4. The preflop bet wasn't too big, but neither was Vanessa's stack and, were she to lose, would sustain sustain some serious damage. The camera crew arrived and the dealer was given the go ahead to deal the flop: 2 6 4. The flop was spicy and drew some 'oohs and ahh's from Rousso, the rest of the table, and likely millions of viewers in a few months.

"Oh God. Black. Please black!" begged Rousso.

The dealer burned and turned the 2 and then followed it with the 8. Rousso was polite to her freshly busted opponent and shook his hand.

"Don't know how I hold there. You scared me, I'm not gonna lie, you scared me!" said Rousso as she said farewell.

The Staredown Begins…NOW!


It's unclear who would win in a staring contest between Brandon Adams and Scott Clements but one thing is for sure, the world needs to see it happen. Adam's raised to $4,800 preflop and was called by the big blind. The flop came down 5 9 8 and Adams fired out $6,000. His opponent immediately shoved all in for another $50,000 and Adams initiated 'intense stare down mode'.

For those of you unfamiliar with Adams' ISDM, it is enough to make young children cry and strike fear in the hearts of the most hardened criminals. His opponent withstood the staredown for about a full minute without flinching, a valiant effort. Adams finally folded but PL.com suspects his opponent will think twice before shoving in on Adams again.

…You ARE the Boorish European Hold’em Player


Amanda Baker
Classy, even at the end of her run.

When one thinks of retarded antics and excessive celebration at the table during the WSOP, more often than not the offending party is probably an American. It’s a poker stereotype that often holds true - players from the Land of the Free certainly can be boorish, at times. It’s worth noting, though, that their counterparts from around the world are just as capable of showing a distinct lack of class.

We saw a perfect example of that a few minutes ago when some Eurodonk knocked out Mandy Baker. The reason we knew she was gone was because we heard him screaming “YES!!!” from across the room. When we arrived he was clapping his hands and still screaming, the cards had already been scooped up, and Baker left without saying a word.

Where’s the McLovin’?

Irishman Gary “McLovin’” Clarke found himself on a short stack. When he looked down to find A-K he decided it was time to gamble, so he got his chips in the middle against another player with two black tens. There was no love for Clarke when the board ran out eight-high, sending him home so close, yet so far away from here he wanted to be.

Hellmuth Goes Subtle…Maybe


For Phil Hellmuth, a big part of playing a no-limit hold’em tournament is using intimidation against his opponents. His track record in such tournaments, his reputation for blowing up, and his sheer physical size are among the arsenal he employs to get the point across - subtly or not so much - that the rest of the table doesn’t stand a chance against him.

Walking by a few minutes ago, we noticed a little something extra in the subtle end of the intimidation spectrum: where everyone else stacks their chips in towers of 20, Hellmuth goes for 30 at a time. Always different, eh Phil?

Chip Counts... You Know You Want 'Em!

Chip counts courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com

Jeff Kimber
$681,000
Sigurd Eskeland
$680,000
Jeremiah Smith
$612,000
Geert Jans
$525,000
Mathew Jensen
$500,000
Peter Biebel
$500,000
Chris Barrile
$480,000
Patrick Fortin
$450,000
Raja Kattamuri
$450,000
Alex Outhred
$445,000

 

Level
12
Blinds
1000/2000
Ante
300
Players Left
956

Main Event Day 3 - Revenge of the Nerds

It's break time on Day 3 of the Main Event, and the hallways are as packed as we're going to see them for the rest of our stay at the tournament.

Kara, Queen of the Three-Bet

The player under the gun made it $4,200 to go and action folded back aorund to Kara Scott in the big blind. The EPT hostess made the call and the flop came down 10 5 4. With no hesitation at all she bet out $6,000, and her opponent almost as quickly raised to $17,000.

At this point the UTG player took off his sunglasses and sat back in his chair, staring Scott down. The longer he watched the more convinced he became that he was beat, until he finally just shook his head and mucked his cards, surrendering the pot to the lady.

Method #3,457 of Setting Mikey Off

Mike Matusow has been feeling pretty chatty today. His game feeds off the information that people give him, and at a table as aggressive as his has been today, that information can make all the difference in a key pot.

As aggro as his tablemates have been, they have given up one walk in the big blind today - and it was to Matusow. He looked down at his cards and disgustedly flipped up pocket aces. He stood up in disbelief and began ranting about how aggressive the table has been, drawing laughs from the rest of the players. We're sure he's frustrated, but we're also sure there's a lot more act than honesty in his comments.

You've Been Warne-d

They may not be playing cricket here in Vegas, but there's a cricketer playing poker. Shane Warne just picked off a nice little pot holding 8-8 against Elie Said's A-8, after Said came over the top of Warne's bet on a seven-high flop. That boosts the Aussie's to a healthy $146,000.

What The Fuhs

Danny Fuhs has been dealing with some coolers but has come out in better shape than he could have been in. Fuhs raised to $4,800 and was called by the big blind. The flop was 8 T 7 and the big blind check-called $5,500. The turn was the 3 and the big blind again check-called, but it was $10,000 this time. On the 8 river the big blind woke up and fired $10,000. Fuhs snap called and was shocked to see the big blind turn over pocket kings. Fuhs turned up his pocket queens.

"Wow, first I have pocket jacks in the big blind against his queens and now queens against his kings," lamented Fuhs.

"I know you don't wanna hear it, but it's cost you the minimum," offerred up a different player at the table. Indeed it has.


Hoyt To Trot

Over at Hoyt Corkins' table, an early position player raised and Corkins reraised from the small blind. The original raiser shoved and Corkins beat him into the pot with his pocket aces. He was up against A K and the flop was king high with two spades. The flop could have been better but Corkins avoided anymore danger and busted his opponent.

Oh My'a Jeremiah

Jeremiah Smith is continuing his tear. His stack is almost at $600,000 after having just added an extra $100,000. Smith picked up pocket eights and made it $4,000 to go preflop. The big blind came along for the ride and they saw a flop of 7-8-9. Jeremiah's opponent picked up a random fistful of chips and threw them into the pot. Jeremiah responded by picking up a bigger fistful of chips, enough to have his opponent covered, and threw them in. His opponent called and turned up 6-9, for plenty of live outs. Luckily for Smith, the turn and river were blanks and yet another huge pot was shipped to him.

No Clemency For Scott

Scott Clements suffered a brutal beat that sent him home. Clements raised it to $5,000 and his opponent made it $15,000 to go. Clements shoved all in for $66,000 more and his opponent called much faster than he probably should have and turned over A Q. Clements turned up A K. The flop was five high and rainbow flavored but a nasty queen on the turn was like a punch to the gut for Scott. The river was a brick and Clements picked up his coffee and headed for the nearest exit.

Level
11
Blinds
800/1600
Ante
200
Players Left
1062

Main Event Day 3 - Let the Slaughter Commence

Welcome back to Day 3 of the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event. Today is the day that the whole world gets to see the remaining field combined as one. It appears that the Rio might be pumping more oxygen into the joint because the action was sizzling right off the bat. Dealers alerted the floor staff and camera crews of 'all ins and calls' from the first few seconds of play and they don't show any signs of slowing down.

Larcenous Mizrachi

On the surface this hand might not appear like much, but it is something PL.com has seen Rob Mizrachi do over and over again. An early position player at his table raised it up to $4,500 and the cutoff made it $15,000 to go. Rob flatted as did the original raiser. The flop came down 2 2 5 and both players checked and folded quickly to Mizrachi's $28,500 bet. It doesn't seem like much of a pot, but Mizrachi has an aura about him that seems to intimidate opponents into submission. It seems like he gets away with murder sometimes.

Say It Ain't So

It is with heavy hearts that we report that Patrik Antonius has kicked the bucket. A player opened up the betting and Mantonius shoved for his remaining $25,300 more. He was called and it was showtime. Antonius turned up K J and his opponent A T. The flop was a beautiful K 6 4. The turn would've caused Antonius fans worldwide to hold their breaths - 4. A brutal Q on the river gave his opponent the nut flush and Antonius a ticket to ride.

Ganked!

Brett Jungblut
No bank for Gank yet.

Bret 'Gank' Jungblut sat in thought for several minutes. Jungblut raised preflop and the cutoff shoved in for about $107,000. The small blind shoved without skipping a beat and Gank went in the tank. Eventually the floor was called to run down a clock and Gank mucked his pocket queens face up. Both of his opponents turned up with A-K. Jungblut was understandably upset but there was nothing he could do. An all heart flop gave the player with the A some hope of scooping the big pot while nearly gave his opponent a heart attack.

"Cocktails!" yelled Jungblut as he sat back down to the task at hand, drawing a few laughs from his tablemates.

There's No Place Like Home

Toto Leonidas has made himself right at home at his table. He's been splashing around a lot and has been giving his opponents a hard time. One player finally stood up to the pressure on a 5 9 3 board. He had bet $10,000 and had been instantly min-raised by Toto. He finally shoved and Toto beat him into the pot. Pocket jacks for the no-name, pocket nines for Leonidas.

"One time? Please?" asked the player with jacks quietly. Sorry sir, not this time.

Turner Jacked

The most painful situation witnessed by PL.com during the first hour was easily the altercation Jon 'PearlJammer' Turner got into.

Under the gun made it $4,100 to go preflop and a girl sitting to his left shoved for her last $5,300. Jon Turner made the call as did the small blind. Four players saw a Q Q 8 flop and all hell broke loose. Under the gun checked and PearlJammer made it $9,500 to go. The small blind called and the big blind shoved for $55,000 more. P.J. thought for a minute or two before finally making the call.

"Do you have pocket eights?" Turner asked. His opponent might have not realized he had been called or was just in a daze, but he stared blankly back at Turner. Finally he realized what was going on and shook his head. Turner turned up A Q, his opponent who had shoved turned over A T. The young lady who had shoved preflop was hanging onto hope until she saw the hearts, she tabled K 5 and was drawing near dead.

"Put an ace up there!" begged Turner. The dealer burned and turned the 6. Turner had to fade just one more card but the 3 on the river was not what he wanted to see. The monster pot was scooped to the player with the nut flush and Turner's stack was reduced to a mere shadow of what it once was.

Level
11
Blinds
800/1600
Ante
200
Players Left
1161
Event Name Event 54, Main Event No-Limit Hold'em
Venue Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 3 July 2008
Final Day 10 November 2008
Buy In $10,000
Entrants 6844
Prize Pool $64,431,779
First Prize $9,152,416
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 50/100
Level 2 0 100/200
Level 3 0 150/300
Level 4 25 150/300
Level 5 50 200/400
Level 6 50 250/500
Level 7 75 300/600
Level 8 100 400/800
Level 9 100 500/1000
Level 10 200 600/1200
Level 11 200 800/1600
Level 12 300 1000/2000
Level 13 300 1200/2400
Level 14 400 1500/3000
Level 15 500 2000/4000
Level 16 500 2500/5000
Level 17 1000 3000/6000
Level 18 1000 4000/8000
Level 19 1000 5000/10000
Level 20 2000 6000/12000
Level 21 2000 8000/16000
Level 22 3000 10000/20000
Level 23 3000 12000/24000
Level 24 4000 15000/30000
Level 25 5000 20000/40000
Level 26 5000 25000/50000
Level 27 10000 30000/60000
Level 28 10000 40000/80000
Level 29 10000 50000/100000
Level 30 15000 60000/120000
Level 31 20000 80000/160000
Level 32 30000 100000/200000
Level 33 30000 120000/240000
Level 34 40000 150000/300000
Level 35 50000 200000/400000
Level 36 50000 250000/500000
Level 37 75000 300000/600000
Level 38 100000 400000/800000
Level 39 150000 500000/1000000
Level 40 200000 600000/1200000
Level 41 200000 800000/1600000
Level 42 300000 1000000/2000000
Level 43 300000 1200000/2400000
Level 44 400000 1500000/3000000
Level 45 500000 2000000/4000000
Level 46 500000 2500000/5000000
Level 47 1000000 3000000/6000000

Peter Eastgate
wins
$9,152,416

Event 54, Main Event No-Limit Hold'em

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Peter Eastgate $9,152,416
2. Ivan Demidov $5,809,595
3. Dennis Phillips $4,517,773
4. Ylon Schwartz $3,774,974
5. Scott Montgomery $3,096,768
6. Darus Suharto $2,418,562
7. David "Chino" Rheem $1,772,650
8. Kelly Kim $1,288,217
9. Craig Marquis $900,670
10. Dean Hamrick $591,869
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