2012 Main Event: William John Leads Day 1A
As the end of the day draws to a close, players are trying to hold on to their chips to ensure that they return in a few days to continue to Day 2. Some of the players we have lost before the end of the day include Kristy Arnett, Eric Froehlich, and Ray Romano.
Candio Back for Another Rollercoaster Ride
One player that we will see continue to Day 2 is Filippo Candio. He burst onto the poker scene during his deep run in the 2010 Main Event that culminated in a 4th place finish worth $3,092,545 and he’s making some noise here in the 2012 edition.
He’d chipped up to nearly 100,000 chips with the overly-aggressive style he’s known for, but that same penchant for playing big pots was his undoing. With a 100,000 chip pot heading off to an opponent with pocket kings, Candio sent 50,000 chips into the middle pre-flop with just AQo and the board blanked out.
Candio still has about 45,000 chips to work with so it’s not all doom and gloom for the excitable Italian.
Words with Friends, FTW
iPads have become a must-have item for many poker players, offering the perfect way to fill up the dead time during all that folding and sitting around waiting for the next hand.
We’re not exactly the nosy sort, but it’s hard to miss what many players are doing on their iPads during a circuit of the room. The following are quick stats for what players were up to on their iPads.
3 playing Words with Friends
2 checking Facebook
1 playing Angry Birds Space
1 watching Game of Thrones
The Mouth Is Paralyzed
It isn't often that we associate Mike “The Mouth” Matusow with the word paralyzed. However, that was just the word he used to describe how he played the following hand.
He was on the button and called a preflop raise from the player in middle position. The flop came out 9♦ J♥ 3♥. The middle position player checked, and Matusow bet 1,200. The player in middle position made the call.
When the A♥ came on the turn, both players checked. They also checked the 2♣ on the river.
After all the action was completed, Matusow turned up his hand, reluctantly showing K♥ J♠. His opponent mucked his hand giving Matusow the chips.
“I’m paralyzed! I don’t think I’ve been this paralyzed in poker in my life,” Matusow said referring to his inability to bet his hand.
Defending champ Pius Heinz had a rough go of it for much of the day. Right as the night was nearing the end, he finally picked up some momentum and some much needed chips.
He was all-in for his tournament life on a A♠ 5♠ 3♠ board. His opponent tanked before making the call for about 8,000 more. Heinz tabled J♠ 4♠, and his opponent turned over 8♠ 7♠. Heinz was able to double up with a bigger flush, and now has close to 30,000 chips.
Heinz wasn't finished, as he would find himself all-in again just a few hands later. He was in great shape once again with pocket queens versus his opponent’s AQ. Heinz ended up flopping a set to cruise to another double up, and getting above starting stack for the first time all day with about 60,000 chips.
Three More Hands
With 10-minutes left in the last level of the day, the tournament director announced that there would only be three more hands of poker dealt for the day. Players are getting their redraw slips so when they come back on Tuesday, they know where their seats will be.
Players from Day 1A will return at 12:00 pm on Tuesday to continue their quest for total poker domination. However, we will be back tomorrow to pick up on the action from Day 1B. See you then!
Top 10 Chip Counts for Day 1A
William John - 266,700
Gerardo Lubas - 165,800
Daniel Strelitz - 164,125
Dane Lomas - 157,600
Chance Kornuth - 141,775
Jonathan Cuevas - 141,675
Eric Kurtzman - 136,900
David Randall - 132,750
Vasile Buboi - 132,075
Leo Wolpert - 128,300
Chip Counts Courtesy of WSOP.com