$111k One Drop: No Money Yet; Martin Jacobson Leads Final 26

Martin Jacobson (left) leads, with Antonio not far behind.
Martin Jacobson (left) leads, with Antonio not far behind.

There was a bit of controversy at the end of the night in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller event as play ended with 26 players remaining -- but only 24 will get paid.

Most of the players were vocal about their desire to keep playing, but the WSOP staff stuck to their earlier announcement that unless they were on the actual Money Bubble (25 left), they'd stop for the night.

So two of these players will earn $0, while the other 24 will be guaranteed at least $173,723. And most of the eyes are on the first prize worth more than $4.8 million.

Here are the official end-of-day chip counts, with the blinds increasing to 30,000-60,000 with a 10,000 ante:

1.  Martin Jacobson  -  3,255,000  (54 bb)
2.  Connor Drinan  -  3,250,000  (54 bb)
3.  Brandon Steven  -  3,140,000  (52 bb)
4.  Matt Glantz  -  3,005,000  (50 bb)
5.  Antonio Esfandiari  -  2,970,000  (49 bb)
6.  Martin Finger  -  2,910,000  (48 bb)
7.  Bill Perkins  -  2,750,000  (45 bb)
8.  Chris Klodnicki  -  2,570,000  (42 bb)
9.  Olivier Busquet  -  2,275,000  (37 bb)
10.  Nick Schulman  -  1,940,000  (32 bb)
11.  Farshad Fardad  -  1,900,000  (31 bb)
12.  Phil Laak  -  1,760,000  (29 bb)
13.  Anthony Gregg  -  1,750,000  (29 bb)
14.  Richard Fullerton  -  1,705,000  (28 bb)
15.  Andrew Lichtenberger  -  1,575,000  (26 bb)
16.  Lawrence Greenberg  -  1,565,000  (26 bb)
17.  Blake Bohn  -  1,375,000  (22 bb)
18.  Steve Gross  -  1,270,000  (21 bb)
19.  Haralabos Voulgaris  -  1,240,000  (20 bb)
20.  Shaun Deeb  -  1,215,000  (20 bb)
21.   Yevgeniy Timoshenko  -  1,205,000  (20 bb)
22.  Jason Koon  -  1,195,000  (19 bb)
23.  Daniel Alaei  -  1,140,000  (19 bb)
24.  Dan Shak  -  1,020,000  (17 bb)
25.  Jeremy Ausmus  -  995,000  (16 bb)
26.  Mike Sexton  -  740,000  (12 bb)

Last year's One Drop champion, Antonio Esfandiari, is still alive and fifth in chips. He would really distance himself from the rest of the poker world on the all-time money winners' list if he went back-to-back in One Drop High Rollers.


Follow-the-Chips: Phil Laak

Our Follow-the-Chips player, Phil Laak, had an inauspicious start on Day 2, oversleeping until his friend Antonio Esfandiari called him to wake him up after the tournament began.

So Laak arrived 30 minutes late.

Laak was having trouble building momentum, and spent most of the day on the bottom half of the leaderboard.

But Laak went on a rush after the dinner break in Level 18, building his stack from about 360,000 to more than 2.6 million.

Laak tapered off from that high point to finish 12th in chips with 1.76 million.


Day 3 Starts at 1:00 pm PT

The original goal was to crown a champion in this event on Day 3, but with 26 players remaining, that seems unlikely.

Regardless of what happens, action will resume on Friday at 1:00 pm PT, and the first order of business will be to burst the Money Bubble.

Return to PokerListings.com for continuing coverage as the remaining 26 players battle it out for a $4.8 million first prize.

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Non-Bubble Bubble Report

"What are bubble?"
"What are bubble?"

Play slowed considerably after we got down to 27 players.

The official bubble and hand-for-hand wouldn't start until we hit 25 players, but there were inklings of bubble mentality.

Players were kneeling on their chairs and pacing around the room. There was a general, jovial attitude when cards were being shuffled, but things would go quiet when dealers announced an all-in.

Chips would stop riffling and players and media would swoop in on the table, hoping for another poker carcass.

Bubble Confusion

It was during that time that the floor grabbed the microphone and announced that we'd be playing one more level tonight, possibly.

"If we get down to 25 players, we'll keep going until we break the bubble," said tournament director Bob Smith.

"What?" Asked Antonio Esfandiari. "Why?"

The TD explained himself again but Esfandiari still didn't understand.

"Why 25? Why wouldn't we just end it?"

"'What's a bubble?'" Shaun Deeb said, impersonating Esfandiari from another table. "He just wants to know when he'll win this tournament."

There were several laughs but Esfandiari's confusion didn't subside.

After asking the tournament director a few more times, Bob Smith finally found an answer for Esfandiari.

"We hit the money at 24," Smith said. "We don't want one person to come back and have to bust outside of the money tomorrow."

Esfandiari nodded and we had an all-in.

Double Double, Animal Style

"I don't fare too well with races," Mike Sexton said.

Sexton was all-in with 9 9 against Daniel Alaei's K Q. The board came 6 3 5 2 5 and Sexton doubled up to about 1 million.

"You wouldn't want to bubble twice," Esfandiari said to Sexton. "That would be something huh, bubbling the One Drop twice."

"I made the money," Sexton said. "$1 million, just didn't make the TV table."

Once again, Esfandiari had some misunderstandings with the bubble. Last year, Sexton just made the money and finished 9th in the One Drop event for $1,109,333.

The only other player still in the field who cashed last year is Esfandiari himself. 

After Sexton's double up, we had a few river saves.

Nick Schulman went all-in with A J against Hyong Chae's A Q. The 7 8 3 2 board was looking slim for Schulman, but then a J came on the river to double him up to 1.8 million.

Then Jason Koon was at risk. Koon moved all-in and got called by the very vocal Bill Perkins.

Koon showed T T and Perkins turned over A J. The flop came K 9 Q and an A came on the turn.

Perkins started celebrating and screamed, "Leroy Jenkins," after a J came on the river. Perkins celebrated while other players, the media and rail stared at him, waiting for him to realize that Koon doubled up.

"He hit the straight," somebody said.

"Oh man," Perkins said, grabbing his head with both hands.

"If I would've busted to anyone I'd want it to be you," Koon said to Perkins. "You're good for the game. Sure, $4 million would've been nice but you know, life's good either way."

Koon nonchalantly doubled up 1.2 million while Perkins still had 2.3 million.

Then Tony Gregg doubled up with kings against Haralabos Voulgaris queens.

Day 2 Ends

We finally got down to 26 players when Matt Glantz knocked out Hyoung Chae. Chae had kings and Glantz turned over ace-jack. Glantz hit an ace on the river and we were down to 26.

The tournament ticked into the next level and play stopped. WSOP staff called Jack Effel and the big man said to bag and tag for the night.

The bubble won't burst quite yet so come back for coverage from Day 3 of the One Drop.

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Vivek Out in 29th; Phil Laak Still Strong

Vivek Rajkumar had the table chip lead at the dinner break.
Vivek Rajkumar had the table chip lead at the dinner break.

When the field returned from the last break of the day, our Follow-the-Chips player, Phil Laak, was sixth on the leaderboard with 2.64 million in chips.

That was a major turnaround from the level before, when Laak was in shove-or-fold mode with just 360,000.

There wasn't much change for Laak this level, as he only played three out of 24 hands at his table, investing less than three big blinds each time.


Vivek Rajkumar Eliminated by Haralabos Voulgaris

Vivek Rajkumar wasn't quite so lucky. He was the table chipleader not that long ago, but the times have changed.

Rajkumar raised big from UTG+1, putting most of his chips into the pot but technically not all in. Haralabos Voulgaris reraised from the button, and Rajkumar called with A 7.

Voulgaris turned over 8 8, and Rajkumar would need to improve to stay alive.

The board came K K 8 4 9, and Voulgaris flopped a full house, eights full of kings, to eliminate Rajkumar in 29th place.

Haralabos Voulgaris  -  1,800,000  (36 bb)
Vivek Rajkumar  -  Eliminated


No More World Champions

While this has been a field packed with talent, it's interesting to note that there are no WSOP Main Event champions remaining in the field.

Not even if you count WSOP-APAC or WSOP Europe, though Daniel Negreanu and John Juanda did make it pretty deep today.

In fact, there is only one player left in the field who has even made it to the final table of the WSOP Main Event -- Jeremy Ausmus, who finished fifth last year.

Two other players still alive in the field got close to that Main Event final table. Brandon Steven bubbled in 10th place in 2010, and Mike Sexton finished 12th back in 2000.


Updated Leaderboard

With 28 players remaining, the Money Bubble will begin when three more players bust. Here's a look at the leaderboard, courtesy of WSOP.com:

1.  Martin Finger  -  3,740,000  (74 bb)
2.  Bill Perkins  -  3,150,000  (63 bb)
3.  Olivier Busquet  -  3,025,000  (60 bb)
4.  Andrew Lichtenberger  -  2,700,000  (54 bb)
5.  Martin Jacobson  -  2,570,000  (51 bb)
6.  Phil Laak  -  2,560,000  (51 bb)
7.  Brandon Steven  -  2,170,000  (43 bb)
8.  Richard Fullerton  -  2,110,000  (42 bb)
9.  Chris Klodnicki  -  2,080,000  (41 bb)
10.  Connor Drinan  -  2,050,000  (41 bb)

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Laak Skyrockets

Phil Laak, stacked and dangerous.
Phil Laak, stacked and dangerous.

Phil Laak was short. Then he wasn't.

Laak went from being one of the tournament short stacks to being third in chips in just one level.

Last time we left you, Laak was down to 360,000, or about 12 big blinds. The next level was quickly approaching and Laak was in need of a double up.

He got it. 

Haralabos Voulagaris raised to 55,000 from the cutoff and action folded to Laak on the small blind. Laak looked at his chips and then pushed them all-in.

Voulagaris asked to pull his bet in. Laak's all-in would cost Voulagaris another 269,000.

Voulagaris called and turned over A 8 to Laak's K J.

Laak was behind, but the J 9 2 flop but him in the lead. The 8 came on the turn and then the river brought a J to give Laak trips and the double up.

Armed with a stack of about 680,000, Laak had some more space to maneuver.

Laak took down the blinds and antes by raising to 64,000 from early position and then won another big pot.

Laak Takes One Out

Daniel Negreanu was on the hijack and Laak was on the cutoff. The two got it all-in preflop and Negreanu turned over A K to Laak's 9 9.

Players were almost even in chips and were flipping for One Drop livelihood. The board ran T 8 6 T 4 and the dealer started counting out Laak's stack.

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu, One Drop dropout.

"I'm out," Negreanu said when the dealer reached the 600,000 mark.

Negreanu was already out the door and roaming down the secret passages of the Rio while Laak was still racking up his chips.

In just under 20 minutes, Laak went from about 360,000 to 1.35 million.

Then he doubled up again.


Laak Hits Again

Andrew Lichtenberger raised from the hijack to 65,000 and was called by Laak on the button and Jason Mo in the big blind.

The flop came 7 6 3 and Mo and Lichtenberger checked. Laak tossed out 155,000 and only Mo came along.

Mo checked the 9 turn. Laak made a motion to ask the dealer to spread the pot before putting in a healthy bet of 456,000.

Mo moved all-in for a little over a min-raise and Laak snap called saying, “I have the nuts.”

He turned over T 8 for the turned straight. Mo had flopped a straight with 5 4 but was now looking for a spade.

The T was no good for Mo and he was chipped down to 250,000 while Laak has moved in third place on the leaderboard with 2,667,000.

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Gus Hansen Busts; Phil Laak Short

King-queen was no good for Gus Hansen.
King-queen was no good for Gus Hansen.

When the field returned from dinner in Event #47 ($111,111 One Drop High Roller), there were 48 players remaining, but only 24 of them would get paid.

Would four one-hour levels this evening be enough to burst the Money Bubble? The math suggests that it'll happen, but with $173,723 separating 24th place from 25th, the field will likely tighten up considerably.


Haralabos and Lucky Chewy Take Gus Hansen's Chips

In the fourth hand after the dinner break, Haralabos Voulgaris raised from middle position, Gus Hansen called from the button, and Vivek Rajkumar called from the big blind.

The flop came Q 8 3, Rajkumar checked, Voulgaris bet 78,000, and Hansen raised to 182,000. Rajkumar folded, and Voulgaris moved all in for 645,000.

Hansen asked for an exact count and tanked for a while before he called with K Q for a pair of queens. But Voulgaris turned over A A for an overpair.

The turn was the 3, the river was the 6, and the pocket aces held up for Voulgaris to win the pot and double up in chips -- nearly crippling Hansen in the process.

Haralabos Voulgaris  -  1,200,000  (50 bb)
Gus Hansen  -  250,000  (10 bb)

The next hand, Daniel Negreanu raised from middle position, and Phil Laak moved all in from the hijack. Negreanu folded K Q face up, and Hansen said, "You saw how much I lost with it?"

About 10 hands later, Hansen got it all in preflop from the hijack with A 4 against Andrew Lichtenberger in the big blind with K 10.

The board came 8 8 5 2 K, and Lichtenberger paired his king on the river to win the pot and send Gus Hansen to the rail.

Gus Hansen  -  Eliminated


Phil Laak
It's make-or-break time for Phil Laak.

After Dinner on Day 2 Is No Time For a Starting Stack

This tournament is deepstacked, but not so deepstacked that you can cruise comfortably into Day 3 with a starting stack.

And that brings us to our Follow-the-Chips player, Phil Laak.

Laak returned from the dinner break with about 570,000 in chips, but he lost a few pots to drop down to about 360,000 (12 big blinds).

Keep in mind that everyone in the tournament started with 300,000 in chips, but it's certainly not worth what it used to be.

Laak has been keeping an eye on the tournament clock, but there's no denying that he's in shoving range and doesn't have enough chips to limp into the money. It'll be go time for Laak soon.


Updated Look at the Leaderboard

With 43 players remaining, the blinds increase to 15,000-30,000 and a 5,000 ante. Here's a look at the leaderboard, courtesy of WSOP.com:

1.  Martin Finger  -  2,806,000  (93 bb)
2.  Brandon Steven  -  2,413,000  (80 bb)
3.  Connor Drinan  -  2,010,000  (67 bb)
4.  Steve Gross  -  1,910,000  (63 bb)
5.  Farshad Fardad  -  1,884,000  (62 bb)
6.  Jason Mo  -  1,842,000  (61 bb)
7.  Martin Jacobson  -  1,802,000  (60 bb)
8.  Tobias Reinkemeier  -  1,784,000  (59 bb)
9.  Richard Fullerton  -  1,610,000  (53 bb)
10.  Vivek Rajkumar  -  1,560,000  (52 bb)

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Post-dinner Play Underway

Play has resumed in the $111,111 One Drop tournament with Martin Finger in the lead and our "Follow the Chips" coverage still on Phil Laak.

Laak has moved towards the bottom of the pack and we expect some action shortly.

Seats and chip counts for feature table:

Seat 1: Olivier Busquest - 903,000
Seat 2: Andrew Lichtenberger - 938,000
Seat 3: Haralabos Voulgaris - 601,000
Seat 4: Daniel Negreanu - 858,000
Seat 5: Phil Laak - 570,000
Seat 6: Gus Hansen - 1,011,000
Seat 7: Daniel Perper - 745,000
Seat 8: Vivek Rajkumar - 1,560,000

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Laak Treads Water; Hansen Makes Waves


Players are now on the second dinner break of the One Drop.

While 166 players started this splendid little tournament, only 50 remain. Leading them most of the day was Brandon Steven. Steven was charging through the field but was caught by Martin Finger at the end of the level.

That difference is slightly more than what our Follow-the-Chips player, Phil Laak, currently has.

Staying Even

Laak had some more preflop action and even went all-in. Nobody called though.

In the first hand, Laak called a 45,000 raise from the big blind. The flop came 8 6 Q and both players checked. The initial raiser bet 55,000 when the K came on the turn and Laak folded.

A few hands later, Andrew Lichtenberger raised to 45,000 from early position and Laak moved all-in for about 360,000 from the cutoff. Lichtenberger thought for a few minutes but eventually folded.

Juanda Out

John Juanda will not win the One Drop.

Vivek Rajkumar raised from the button and Juanda moved all-in from the small blind. Lichtenberger was in the big blind and reshoved. Rajkumar folded and we had a showdown.

Juanda: K 7

Lichtenberger: A K

The board came J T Q 4 J and Juanda was out of the tournament.

Hansen Gets Involved

Gus Hansen became involved in a few interesting hands late in the level. The first one resulted in nothing but a rule clarification.

With Laak under the gun, Hansen fired out a 51,000 before Laak even checked his cards. There was much discussion before the floor was called.

After trying to get the floor to look at his cards and telling players he had a real hand, Laak folded and nothing big became of it.

“We know you had 8-3 off or something,” Haralabos Voulgaris said, “you were wasting our time because you were going to fold.”

Just a few hands later and the action folded around to Hansen in the small blind. He put in a big stack of 25k chips. Enough to put Fabian Quoss all-in.

Quoss thought for a while before calling off his tournament life with Q 6 against Hansen’s Q J.

The J 3 2 gave Hansen a stronger hold on the hand, Quoss picked up a gutshot with the 5 turn, but it ended with a blank 8.

Dinner Time

Official chip counts are coming in from WSOP during the dinner break and we have a new chipleader in Martin Finger.

Greg “FBT” Mueller, Ben Lamb, Brian Hastings, and Amit “amak316” Makhija were pre-dinner eliminations.

Top 10 chips counts per WSOP.com:

1. Martin Finger - 2,806,000
2. Brandon Steven - 2,413,000
3. Connor Drinan - 2,010,000
4. Steve Gross - 1,910,000
5. Farshad Fardad - 1,884,000
6. Jason Mo - 1,842,000
7. Martin Jacobson - 1,802,000
8. Tobias Reinkemeier - 1,784,000
9. Richard Fullerton - 1,610,000
10. Vivek Rajkumar - 1,560,000

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Laak Anxious for a Break; Negreanu Gives Action

Negreanu didn't wait for Laak to get back from break to KO Madde
Negreanu didn't wait for Laak to get back from break to KO Madde

Phil Laak spent a good part of the level leading up to the second break watching the clock more than his opponents.

He was already putting his shoes back on, probably to the relief of his tablemates, and packed up fully five minutes before the level ended.

Laak enjoyed his break so much he was late to return, but he needn’t have rushed because Daniel Negreanu took care of the first hand action.

Negreanu Gives Action

Negreanu opened the new level by raising to 35,000 and Patrick Madden three-bet his entire stack for 251,000.

“I’ll give you action,” said Negreanu after it folded back around to him, “Jacks.”

Madden was holding 8 8 against Negreanu’s J J.

He received no help on the A T 7 flop then Negreanu went runner-runner for the useless broadway straight with Q turn and K river.

Madden was eliminated and Negreanu moved over the 1,000,000 chip mark.

Haralabos Voulgaris Doubles Thru Gus Hansen

While there wasn't a lot of Laak action late in the level, there was an all-in situation between Haralabos Voulgaris and Gus Hansen.

Voulgaris raised under the gun to 40,000, Hansen reraised from the hijack to 125,000, and Voulgaris moved all in for 374,000.

Hansen called with A K, and Voulgaris turned over Q Q -- a classic race situation. Voulgaris would need his hand to hold in order to stay alive.

The board came 8 8 7 J 3, and Voulgaris won the pot with his pocket queens to double up in chips.

Haralabos Voulgaris - 788,000 (49 bb)
Gus Hansen - 395,000 (24 bb)

BrokeJRB Drawing Dead

Always entertaining and never boring, everyone loves to see Jean-Robert “BrokeJRB” Bellande enter an event.

For fun and for his chips.

He managed to bust the One Drop by first getting his chips in with Ace-high on the turn drawing completely dead to the turned trip Kings of Yvegeniy Timoshenko.

Bellande then at least put his last chips in as a coin flip with A T against Jason Senti’s 9 9.

He was done in by quads when Senti flopped one nine and turned the other.

Hit the Road

There are obviously few soft spots in this event, but it’s been a rough day for a lot of the bigger names in the event.

Former WSOP bracelet winners Jason Mercier and Jake Cody were part of the latest casualties along with David “Doc” Sands, Kyle “KJulius10” Julius, and Lee Markholt.

According to WSOP.com, the Top 10 chips counts:

1. Brandon Steven - 2,700,000

2. Shaun Deeb - 1,759,000

3. Andrew Robl - 1,655,000

4. Ben Lamb - 1,650,000

5. Jason Koon - 1,525,000

6. Connor Drinan - 1,500,000

7. Jason Mo - 1,450,000

8. Nick Schulman - 1,340,000

9. Daniel Negreanu - 1,340,000

10. Olivier Busquet - 1,175,000

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Laak Dips; Snacks and Chips

Players and spectators at the One Drop.
Players and spectators at the One Drop.

While players are steadily dropping out of the tournament, Phil Laak is going up and down.

In our last update, Laak stole some blinds and won a few small pots to chip up to 575,000. The next level he lost a few pots and finished with 460,000.

It wasn't a big loss and Laak even won a few pots preflop. Laak took down the blinds and antes twice with a preflop raise but got three-bet for a loss a few times.

With 6,000/12,000 blinds and a 2,000 ante, Laak raised to 36,000 and Andrew Lichtenberger re-raised to 132,000 from the big blind. Action was back on Laak, who thought for a while.

Laak eventually folded and lost a similar pot when he was on the button.

Laak raised to 24,000 from the button and small blind re-raised to 100,000. Action folded back to Laak who quickly folded.

Laak did see a flop though.

Later in the level, Laak raised to 40,000 from under the gun and Daniel Negreanu called from the big blind. The flop came J A 9 and Laak led out for 14,000. Negreanu folded and Laak took down the pot.

Despite winning that wee pot, the blinds and antes took a toll on Laak bringing him down to 460,000 by the end of the level.

No snacks for you.

Break and Chips

When the clock hit the second break of the day, only 67 players were left.

Several of them had millions of chips but some other chips were noticably absent.

There are no longer any snacks available for players in the One Drop.

Yesterday, the Blue Section of the Amazon Room was littered with snacks for the players.

There were Twix, Snickers, Lays, bananas, glazed nuts, Snickers Marathon Bars and several other edibles for players.

Now they're gone.

They were carted out last night and there are reports of glazed nuts and a lonely bowl of dried fruit in the Rio back alleys.

$111,111 only gets you one day of snacks.

High roller.


There are confirmed reports of chip leaders in the One Drop. Brandon Steven continued to chip up and is the first player to cross the 2 million mark. Shaun Deeb also vaulted to the top of the chip counts page along with Ben Lamb, Jason Koon and Andrew Robl.

According to WSOP.com, the top 10 counts are:

1. Brandon Steven - 2,135,000

2. Shaun Deeb - 1,759,000

3. Andrew Robl - 1,655,000

4. Ben Lamb - 1,650,000

5. Jason Koon - 1,525,000

6. Jason Mo - 1,450,000

7. Jason Senti - 1,376,000

8. Nick Schulman - 1,300,000

9. Olivier Busquet - 1,175,000

10. Steve Gross - 1,170,000

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Brandon Steven Continues His Run-Good on Day 2

Brandon Steven is ready to atone for bubbling the Nov 9.
Brandon Steven is ready to atone for bubbling the Nov 9.

Brandon Steven was the big stack at the end of Day 1, and hasn't slowed down here on Day 2 as he has built up a stack of 1.77 million to retain the lead.

Last year's One Drop champion, Antonio Esfandiari, is still on the leaderboard with an even million in chips. It would be pretty epic (no, not that Epic) if Esfandiari could win the One Drop high-roller event two years in a row.


Phil Laak Slowly Climbing

Our Follow-the-Chips player, Phil Laak, is still on the main stage with Daniel Negreanu, Andrew Lichtenberger, Vivek Rajkumar, and Haralabos Voulgaris.

Laak has loosened up a bit, playing seven of the last 23 hands. During this period, aggression has been paying off for him.

After Laak came in from the hijack with a standard raise, Fabian Quoss reraised him from the button. Laak paused for a moment before four-betting it large, and Quoss quickly folded.

Another pass of the button later, and Negreanu came in with a raise from the hijack. Laak reraised him big from the cutoff, and Negreanu quickly folded. Another preflop pot awarded to Laak.

It wasn't much, but combined with a few blind steals, Laak built his stack up from 550,000 to 575,000. Steady progress.

Phil Laak  -  575,000  (47 bb)


Updated Look at the Leaderboard

With 80 players remaining in the field, only the top 24 will finish in the money. Here's a look at the unofficial leaderboard, courtesy of WSOP.com:

1.  Brandon Steven  -  1,770,000  (147 bb)
2.  Ben Lamb  -  1,400,000  (116 bb)
3.  Dan Shak  -  1,375,000  (114 bb)
4.  Jason Mo  -  1,320,000  (110 bb)
5.  Nick Schulman  -  1,300,000  (108 bb)
6.  Olivier Busquet  -  1,225,000  (102 bb)
7.  Andrew Robl  -  1,180,000  (98 bb)
8.  Steve Gross  -  1,090,000  (90 bb)
9.  Tobias Reinkemeier  -  1,070,000  (89 bb)
10.  Antonio Esfandiari  -  1,000,000  (83 bb)

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Laak Likes the Turn; Finds a Double

Phil Laak played it patient before a big double up
Phil Laak played it patient before a big double up

If Phil Laak didn’t make many moves before the first break of the day, he picked the right time to make one shortly afterwards.

He still wasn’t too active; the biggest feat at the start of the last level was a visit from his actress girlfriend Jennifer Tilly.

She brought him an obviously updated iPhone along with some fancy charging system allowing him to use multiple devices.

None of which was making a bit of a difference as his stack was slowly whittled down.

Laak Gets Lucky Against Chewy

Perhaps not lucky, but it was a good time to get a big hand.

Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger raised to 20,000 from under the gun and Laak popped it 46,000 from the hijack.

Folds all around until Lichtenberger puts Laak all-in for 265,000 total. Laak called quickly but was 2nd in the race with A K versus Q Q.

Laak found no luck on the 8 4 2 flop but got there on the K turn. The A completed the board to put Laak comfortably over 500,000.

Movin’ Movin’

Players continue to hit the rail and a pretty nice pace considering the deep stacks.

Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Layne Flack, and Joe Cheong have been knocked out along with Marvin Rettenmaier from the feature table.

Andrew Robl, Olivier Busquet, and 2010 WSOP November Nine Jason Senti are recent additions to the Top Ten chip counts with some big hands over the last level.

Top 10 chip counter per WSOP.com:

1. Brandon Steven - 1,540,000

2. Dan Shak - 1,375,000

3. Jason Mo - 1,320,000

4. Andrew Robl - 1,180,000

5. Dee Tiller - 1,150,000

6. Oliver Busquet - 1,120,000

7. Jason Senti - 1,100,000

8. Steve Gross - 1,090,000

9. Chris Lee - 1,075,000

10. Antonio Esfandiari - 1,000,000

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Laak Starts Slow; Players Drop Fast

A Laaked iPhone.
A Laaked iPhone.

Laak started late and continued slow.

Level 12 featured 4,000/8,000 blinds with a 1,000 ante and Laak spent the first part of it enjoying a freshly-delivered meal.

Laak also had a phone call while he was seated at the feature table. He picked it up and quietly talked into it while a hand was playing it.

He did play some poker though.

But not much.

Most of the level consisted of a preflop raise and folds all around. In one of those hands, Laak raised to 20,000 from the button and Fabian Quoss called from the big blind.

The flop came K K 7 and both players checked. The turn was a 3 and there was another round of checks. Players checked one more time on the river and Laak showed A Q to take down the pot.

Laak's stack didn't deviate too much and he finished the level 355,000. While Laak still has 44 big blinds, he's a bit below the average stack of 585,883.

There was a bit more action going on at Laak's table though.

Toby Lewis Coolered by Lucky Chewy

With about 20 minutes left before the break, Andrew Lichtenberger (button) and Toby Lewis (small blind) saw a flop of 10 8 2.

Lewis got it all in for about 150,000 with A 8 (pair of eights), but Lichtenberger had him dominated with A 10 (pair of tens).

The turn was the K, the river was the 6, and Lichtenberger won the pot with his pair of tens to eliminate Lewis from the tournament.

Andrew Lichtenberger  -  635,000  (79 bb)

Toby Lewis  -  Eliminated

A short while later, Haralabos Voulgaris arrived with about 415,000 to fill the empty seat. 

As Daniel Negreanu welcomed him to the table, Voulgaris said, "This is my fourth table today." That's an impressive feat for a tournament day that's less than two hours hold. 

The Bad Beat Walk of the Day

Shortly after the elimination of Toby Lewis, Patrick Madden received a walk in the big blind, but he wasn't pleased -- he turned over A A, but got no action.

Negreanu laughed and said that he folded queen-nine of spades on the button, and Madden was a little dumbfounded. Negreanu told Madden that he just had a bad feeling and let it go rather than raise.

After about a minute of teasing, Negreanu admitted to Madden that he actually had a garbage hand like five-deuce, and had no thoughts about playing it.

Several Drops

Players have been dropping out of the One Drop quickly today.

We played 10 levels yesterday but only lost 58 players. Play's been going on for only two levels today and we've already lost 23 players. While Laak has been taking it slow at the beginning of the day, others have had a bit more action:


As we go on to the first break, the top 10 counts according to WSOP.com are:

1. Brandon Steven - 1,540,000

2. Dan Shak - 1,375,000

3. Jason Senti - 1,100,000

4. Steve Gross - 1,090,000

5. Antonio Esfandiari - 1,000,000

6. Jason Mo - 975,000

7. Chris Lee - 906,000

8. Ben Lamb - 855,000

9. Matt Glantz - 854,000

10. Connor Drinan - 850,000

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Laak Makes an Entrance; Negreanu Makes a Statement

Phil Laak eventually replaced his chip bag next to Negreanu
Phil Laak eventually replaced his chip bag next to Negreanu

It only took 30 minutes into the first level of the day before Phil Laak, our featured player, made his entrance.

“You have enough money to show up late to this thing,” Antonio Esfandiari needled him as he made his way to the live stream stage.

Laak was in no hurry to get his day underway but the rest of the table was active including an upbeat Daniel Negreanu.

Laak Preparations

Before someone as unique as Laak decides to play the game, there are certain things which much be settled.

First thing is to remember to turn off the ringers on his phone. He is reminded of this as it rang loudly from his backpack shortly after sitting.

Then he needed to replace his boring old baseball cap with a jazzy little hipster wool hat number.

Atop the wool hat is the now widely seen over-hear headphones, which are finally plugged into his (what appears to be) Gen 2 iPhone.

The look would not be complete until he pulled on his traditional “Unabomber” hoodie.

After all that was done, it looked like he was ready to play.

Laak Drops

By the time Laak was ready to play a hand, most of the level was already in the book. But he gave away a few chips on the first one.

Toby Lewis raised to 13,000 from the button and Negreanu called from the small blind. Laak was finally ready to go and tossed in a watermelon colored chip.

“42,000!” Laak declared and he was underway with a big three-bet.

Lewis moved out the way and Negreanu made a great show of putting in his calling chips.

Suddenly both veterans put on the breaks as they checked down the entire K 7 6 2 K board.

Negreanu rolled over 4 4 for Kings up. Laak mucked, moved under 400,000, and went back to programming his Day 2 playlist.

Calling Clock

Negreanu has always been a vocal supporter of anything which will speed up the game.

He tweeted last night that he plans to exercise his right to call the clock on those who slow things down.

“I’ll give everyone the first one,” he told his table this afternoon, “after that I’m going to start calling the clock. Be warned.”

He still hasn’t given a warning and newcomer to Seat 1 John Juanda thought it was funny.

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$111k One Drop, Day 2: Phil Laak at Featured Table

Artist's rendition of what Laak might look like if he were here.
Artist's rendition of what Laak might look like if he were here.

The first day of the WSOP $111,111 One Drop event didn't see a lot of bustouts because the players started so deep in chips. But a third of the field managed to find the rail anyway.

There are now 108 players remaining from this field of 166, and the schedule says they'll be playing down to the final table tonight -- though that's not likely to happen.

They will, however, reach the Money Bubble. The top 24 players will finish in the money, guaranteed at least $173,723, while the top five players will earn more than $1 million each.

First prize is worth $4,830,619.


Follow-the-Chips: Phil Laak

On Day 1, we "Followed the Chips" of Phil Ivey, who did not have a great day and busted in the final level.

On Day 2, we'll be turning out attention to another Phil in the field. No, not Hellmuth -- he didn't play. (According to his Twitter feed, he "wasn't feeling it.")

We'll be following the eccentric and energetic Phil Laak.

Laak's table is an interesting one, with notable pros like Andrew Lichtenberger, Toby Lewis, Vivek Rajkumar, and the current WSOP Player of the Year points leader Daniel Negreanu.

However, when action got underway, Laak was nowhere to be found. Ten minutes passed, and he still wasn't here.

At that point, Laak's close friend Antonio Esfandiari called him, and claims he woke him up, so Laak is on his way.

Meanwhile, Esfandiari is trying to get some prop bets going as to how quickly Laak arrives, and whether or not he brushes his teeth and does other standard morning prep.

For now, here are the official starting chip counts for Laak's table, with the blinds starting at 3,000-6,000 and a 1,000 ante:

Seat 1.
Seat 2.  Andrew Lichtenberger  -  291,000  (48 bb)
Seat 3.  Toby Lewis  -  103,000  (17 bb)
Seat 4.  Daniel Negreanu  -  785,000  (130 bb)
Seat 5.  Phil Laak  -  485,000  (80 bb)
Seat 6.  Patrick Madden  -  738,000  (123 bb)
Seat 7.  Fabian Quoss  -  565,000  (94 bb)
Seat 8.  Vivek Rajkumar  -  674,000  (112 bb)

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Event Name Event 47 - One Drop High Roller
Venue Rio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 26 June 2013
Final Day 28 June 2013
Buy In $111,111
Entrants 166
Prize Pool $17,891,148
First Prize $4,830,619
Tony Gregg

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Event 47 - One Drop High Roller

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Tony Gregg $4,830,619
2. Chris Klodnicki $2,985,495
3. William Perkins $1,965,163
4. Antonio Esfandiari $1,433,438
5. Richard Fullerton $1,066,491
6. Martin Jacobson $807,427
7. Brandon Steven $621,180
8. Nick Schulman $485,029
9. Olivier Busquet $384,122
10. Lawrence Greenberg $384,122