The American TV show Everybody Loves Raymond was a popular hit during the 2000’s and two of the stars, Ray Romano and Brad Garrett, are in the Main Event today.
The show won 13 Emmy Awards during its run and the two stars are avid poker players.
Luckily for productivity sake, the two players are separated by a Rio hallway so distractions are decreased.
We decided to follow along with both players for one orbit.
Hand 1: (BTN) Garrett raised it up to 450 after a player in middle position limped pre-flop. The big blind and middle position player called. They both checked to Garrett after the Q♠ 7♠ 5♣ flop.
Garrett bet 700 and only the middle position player came along. Same story on the 8♦ turn with Garrett tossing in 2,000 after a check.
The K♦ river produced a check-fold when Garrett tossed out a single 5k chip.
“You were in all kinds of trouble going into the river Brad,” the player chirped as he mucked.
Hand 2: (CO) The player under the gun opened to 450 and only Garrett came along from the cutoff. UTG led out again for 1,000 after the 5♥ 4♠ 3♦ flop and Garrett called.
They both checked the 8♦ turn and UTG put out a thin 625 bet after the Q♥ river.
Garrett called and both said “one pair”. Garrett’s A♥ 4♥ was no good against 8♥ 7♥.
Hand 3: (HJ) Garrett called a middle position players raise to 450 then folded to a bet after the K♥ 3♥ 2♠ flop.
Hand 4: (LJ) Middle postion opened to 450 and Garrett folded his first hand pre-flop of our visitin
Hand 5: (UTG+2) Garrett open-folded.
Hand 6: (UTG+1) Garrett again open-folded.
Hand 7: (UTG) Another open-fold.
Hand 8: (BB) Under the gun limped, Hijack position raised to 600 and Garrett folded his big blind.
Hand 9: (SB) Terrance Chan opened from early position to 450 and Garrett released his small blind.
Garret finished the round on 34,000.
Every loves Ray when he folds.
Hand 1: (UTG) Romano opened from under the gun to 500 and received folds all around.
Hand 2: (BB) Under the gun opened for 450 and was called by the Hijack position, button, and Romano in the big blind.
Romano fired 2,000 after the K♠ J♦ 5♠ flop and was rewarded with folds all around.
Hand 3: (SB) Under the gun limped for 200 and both the blinds came along. Romano tossed out a small 400 bet after the T♠ 5♦ 4♣ flop and again prompted folds.
Hand 4: (BTN) Hijack position opened for 500 and everyone folded.
Hand 5: (CO) Middle position opened to 450 and Romano let it go.
Hand 6: (HJ) Early position player raised to 450 and everyone folded.
Hand 7: (LJ) Under the gun raised to 500 and was called by Romano before the big blind player raised to 2,000. Romano folded.
Big blind player checked then folded the A♠ K♠ 2♥ flop after a 2,000 bet. The winner rolled over Q♥ Q♠ and the disgusted opponent reached to turn over Q♣ Q♦.
Hand 8: (UTG+2) Romano open folded.
Hand 9: (UTG+1) Romano finished his orbit with another open fold.
Romano finihsed the round on 36,000.
Eight Limps and a Call From Ray Romano
Shortly after our Round with Ray Romano, something unusual happened at his table.
A nine-way family pot.
Romano was in the big blind, and every player at the table limped in front of him. (The blinds are at 100-200.) Romano tapped the table to indicate a check, and it was nine players to the flop.
The flop came J♣ 3♣ 3♠, and it checked all the way around to the player on the button, who bet an even 1,000.
The small blind folded, and Romano looked around the table and said, "How many of us are there, nine? So that's 18 cards. Somebody's gotta have a three, right?"
Romano folded, and then everyone else folded behind him.
As the dealer pushed the pot to the player on the button, he showed one card -- the 3♥.
Romano shrugged and said, "I folded a jack."
The Lonely Dealer
George the dealer is lonely.
George is in the red section of the Brasilia room and is the only table without any players. A wall flanks his right, there are players and action in every other direction.
George the lonely dealer.
George and his playerless table is a hub, a jumping point. All new registrants will go to George, pick up a stack, a bag of Ruffles and an upside-down card with their seating assignment.
But George won't be lonely for much longer. Late registration has closed and the field for Day 1B won't grow any larger.
Day 1A drew 934 players and we've more than surpassed that number today. Only a small section of the Brasilia was used yesterday and play was quickly confined to the Amazon room. Now the Brasilia is packed and players have spilled into the massive Pavilion room.
We're still waiting on official numbers but -- in terms of size -- today's field has obliterated yesterdays.
Amazon Room Also Has Its Stars
After focusing on the Brasilia and Pavilion room during our first rounds we also discovered a ton of well-known players in the main room. The 2004 champ, Greg Raymer, was spotted just a few tables away from the 1998 champ, Scotty Nguyen. Nick Binger, Konstanin Bucherl, Mandy Baker, Mario Puccini and last year’s GPI Player of the Year, Dan Smith, are also sitting in close proximity of these former champs.
Tyron Krost, the man who will play the Aussie Million Main Event for the remainder of his life due to winning the Tournament of Champions two years ago, has also shown up today.
The highlight of Gregg's blossoming career.
Ian Simpson, winner of this year’s Irish Open, has also joined and the biggest winner of the summer so far, Tony Gregg. He'll probably have has to probably finish second in this event to top his biggest lifetime cash. A little over a week ago Gregg won the One Drop event for $4.8 million.
On the other side of the rope in the orange section we immediately heard Bill Perkin's chirpy antics. Perkins is not one to be quiet and he will definitely draw a crowd throughout today’s even as he’s sitting right on the rail.
Mark Teltscher was also spotted, as were Team PokerStars Pro Maxim Lykov, Joe Tehan, Micah Raskin, Daniel Cates and former EPT Copenhagen winner, Anton Wigg.
As we made our way through “Orange” we also spotted former Main Event third-place finisher, Antoine Saout, Mazin Khoury, former EPT San Remo winner Rupert Elder, Xuan Liu, Paul Newey, Randal Flowers, Andrew Chen and three more PokerStars Pros: Ville Wahlbeck, Eugene Katchalov and Matthias De Meulder.