Star-studded field makes it to Day 2

Blue-haired ElkY
Blue-haired ElkY

The first day of Event #3 has come to an end.

Players started coming in at 4pm today and kept trickling in for the first six levels. By the time late registration had closed, we had a total of 81 entrants. 

While the prize pool was relatively small, the talent in the field was enormous. With the amount of big names present, the tournament area resembled more of a Super-High Roller Championship Ultimate World Cup tournament. One starting table had Phil Ivey, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Dan Kelly. Not surprisingly, there were several eliminations at the table. Then Jonathan Duhamel came in and didn't leave until the table broke.

Fans were also going crazy near one table where Mel Judah, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth were seated. Unlike the previous table, this one was right on the rail. Then, to make things better for the fans, Phil Ivey moved to the table. 

There were several other pros present today including JC Tran, Jose Cheong, Joe Hachem and Brandon Cantu, but none of them would survive. 

But all the other prominent names we mentioned will be making it to Day 2. 

Brandon Wong will lead the field with 42,925 and Rob Campbell will come in 2nd with 33,350. Coming in 3rd is a very nonchalant ElkY with 31,500. 

The other pros coming back tomorrow will be Phil Ivey (21,425), Barry Greenstein (18,325), Daniel Negreanu (16,700), Dan Kelly (16,050), Jonathan Duhamel (14,650), Phil Hellmuth (5,625).

8-game is a favorite among pros as it provides very good bragging rights. Many of them have made it through this first stage, but only one can win the bracelet. 

Play resumes tomorrow at noon local time. Check our coverage as we play down to what's sure to be an exciting final table. 

Stay tuned as we watch these poker stars fight down to third final table of the inaugural WSOP APAC.

What's So Special About Phil Hellmuth?

Phil Hellmuth is almost as well known for his explosive temper as he is for the record 13 WSOP gold bracelets he's won. But behind the Poker Brat personality is a poker mind that few seem to understand.

To find out what makes him tick we went straight to Phil Hellmuth himself. We also chatted with 2012 WSOP Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia and PokerListings.com reporter Alex Villegas to get two more perspectives.

Love him or hate him it's impossible to deny that Phil Hellmuth is one of the greatest poker players in the history of the game.

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Final Three Hands

The Tournament Director has given the instructions for the final three hands for the evening.
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Katchalov Rivered; Still Sitting Healthy

Eugene Katchalov gets rivered
Eugene Katchalov gets rivered

Pot Limit Omaha

On a K 6 A flop with just 1,500 in the middle, we found Eric Sclavos all in for his last 3,525. Eugene Katchalov managed to get all in also against a third player as the cards were placed on their backs.

Katchalov: A A 8 2
Sclavos: J 7 6 6
Opponent: A K 9 9

With Katchalov eyeing a 31,000-chip pot, the T on the turn changed little, but it would be the 6 on the river giving Sclavos quads to keep him alive with just over 10,000 as Katchalov would win the side pot to move to 19,050 while leaving the third opponent crippled with just two big blinds.

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Duhamel flushes out aces

Jonathan Duhamel
Jonathan Duhamel

Limit Hold'em

The field has been more than halved.

There are now 36 players remaining and we're down to our final six tables. Duhamel and an opponent were faced with a 9 4 8 flop. Duhamel had three bet preflop, prompting one fold and one call. 

Duhamel's opponent bet 800 and Duhamel called, bringing a 5 on the turn. This time Duhamel raised the bet and the 10 came on the river after the call.

Duhamel bet when checked to and his opponent went into the tank and finally emerged with call. Duhamel showed A K for the nut flush and his opponent dissapointedly turned over A A.

Duhamel is now up to 16,500.

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Negreanu Scooped by Aristidou and Hellmuth

Daniel Negreanu gets scooped
Daniel Negreanu gets scooped

Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo

Daniel Negreanu had the bring in and Phil Hellmuth completed to 400. Peter Aristidou made the call next to act, as did Negreanu before all three players checked through to sixth street.

Aristidou bet out 800 and Negreanu and Hellmuth called before seventh street was checked down.

Negreanu: (X-X) / 6 2 2 Q / (X)
Hellmuth: (X-X) /A 6 J 2 / (X)
Aristidou: (X-X) / 7 4 A 8 / (X)

Aristidou tabled his 7 6 / Q for a pair of sevens and Hellmuth tabled his 7 4 / K for a seven-low. Negreanu mucked and was scooped by both players to move to 21,500 while Aristidou climbed to 6,500 and Hellmuth moved to 10,000.

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Final Level Upon Us

We are now down to the final 40 players, and with it comes the final level of the night.

LH / O8 / 2-7: Blinds 200/400
Razz / Stud / Stud-8: Ante 100 Bring-In: 100 Completion: 400
NLH / PLO: Ante: 50 Blinds 100/200

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Prizes and pools

Jack Effel's voiced boomed through the tournament area again.

This time, it was to tell the players of Event #3 that their prize pool had been determined. There were a total of 81 players that took part in Event #3, creating a prize pool of $162,000.

Out of these 81 players, only 9 will see a payday. The final 9 will be paid out like so:

9th -- $5,158

8th -- $6,002

7th -- $7,200

6th -- $8,978

5th -- $12,020

4th -- $16,336

3rd -- $22,427

2nd -- 32,039

1st -- $51,840*

*First place also gets a shiny WSOP APAC bracelet. 

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Kings Enough for Hellmuth

Seven Card Stud

Phil Hellmuth brought in and Peter Aristidou completed to 300. Phil Ivey and Hellmuth made the call as Aristidou bet fourth. Ivey folded but Hellmuth called, and then called again on fifth street before taking the lead on sixth and seventh after Aristidou checked and then called.

Hellmuth: (X-X) / 2 5 9 6 / (X)
Aristidou: (X-X) / 8 3 Q 6 / (X)
Ivey: (X-X) / 4 A (folded on fourth)

Hellmuth tabled his K K / Q, and Aristidou kicked his cards to the muck to slip to 5,100 while Hellmuth climbed to 11,000 in chips.

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Hachem out

Joe Hachem
Joe Hachem

Limit Hold'em

The Australian poker deity, Joe Hachem, was fairly quiet throughout the tournament. 

The former world champ got quite shortstacked and then made his final move in a round of limit hold'em.

Hachem raised to 600 and fellow Australian Sam Khouiss re-raised. Hachem put in a 4-bet and Khouiss's final bet would be enough to put Hachem all-in.

Hachem called and showed A K to Khouiss's A T.

The flop came Q T Q and Hachem started to stand up. The turn was a 3 and the 7 came on the river. Hachem shook hands with table mates and then headed off into the distance.

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Wanna Dance?

No Limit Holdem

Daniel Negreanu opened the pot with a raise to 350 and Phil Hellmuth three-bet the cutoff to 975. Negreanu paused for a few moments before making the call and then checked the K J A flop.

Hellmuth tossed in 700 and Negreanu quickly kicked his cards to the muck.

“Wanna dance?” asked Hellmuth as he flashed his A A.

“I was thinking about dancing…” added Negreanu.

“I was ready!” quipped Hellmuth as the table burst into a spurt of laughter.

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Aristidou Takes 2-7 Pot

2-7 Triple Draw

Peter Aristidou limped under the gun, as did Mori Eskandani before Daniel Negreanu made it 600 from the button. Both Aristidou and Eskandani called and all three players drew two cards.

The action was checked round and Aristidou stood pat, Eskandani drew one and Negreanu two before Aristidou bet out 600. Both players called before drawing one on the final draw.

Each player checked and Aristidou tabled his 9x-7x-6x-5x-4x to take the pot and move to 7,000 in chips.

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Back in action

Players have returned from their final break of the day. There are two more levels of play scheduled for the day and then it's time to rest up before Day 2.

Late registration is now officially closed. For the first time during the tournament the number of registrants can't go up, it's stuck at 81. 

Out of those 81 players only 46 remain and there will be even fewer as we finish the stay.

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Campbell leads

Rob Campbell
Rob Campbell

Stephen Chidwick has been eliminated and Rob Campbell is in the lead.

Campbell was on the big blind and the UTG player had bet 300 while Chidwick re-raised to 800. Campbell called and the initial raiser moved all-in. 

Chidwick and Campbell called and the flop came K J Q. Chidwick got it all-in and Campbell called, showing A Q K J.

"He had ace-king-9-5 double-suited," Campbell said, referring to Chidwick. "And the other guy had ace-queen-crap."

The turn was a Q and the river brought the 9

Chidwick and the other player were eliminated while Campbell went up to 27,000.


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Cheong KO'd

Joseph Cheong outdone by ElkY
Joseph Cheong outdone by ElkY

2-7 Triple Draw

Dan Kelly raised to 500 and Joseph Cheong called all in for 350. Bertrand Grospellier also made the call from the big blind.

Cheong and Kelly drew two while Grospellier drew three before checking to Kelly who bet out 250. Grospellier responded by check-raising to 500 and Kelly made the call drawing two after Grospellier and Cheong stood pat.

Kelly called the 500-chip bet from Grospellier and drew one before both players checked.

Cheong tabled his 8x-7x-6x-4x-2x but wouldn’t be able to better Grospellier’s 8x-7x-5x-3x-2x and was forced to head to the rail. Grospellier pushed his stack upwards of 13,500 courtesy of the Cheong elimination.

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A Few Hands of Omaha 8-or-Better

Omaha 8-or-Better

Both Mori Eskandani and Daniel Negreanu committed 500 preflop to see a 8 4 3 flop fall. Eskandani bet out 250 and Negreanu called as the dealer dropped the 9 on the turn.

Eskandani bet 500 and Negreanu called before the 9 completed the board on the river. Eskandani bet out 500 and Negreanu paused for a few moments before folding while slipping to 14,000 as Eskandani moved to 7,000.

The following hand Phil Hellmuth raised to 500 from under the gun and Phil Ivey made the call before leading for 250 on the 9 Q K flop. Hellmuth called and when the 6 landed on the turn he called a 500 bet from Ivey.

The river landed the J and Ivey checked only to have Hellmuth toss in 500. Ivey folded while slipping to 18,000 as Hellmuth flashed his A K and moved back to 8,000.

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Doom transfer

Phil Ivey has been moved from the table of doom and transferred to another one.

He left ElkY, Duhamel and Kelly behind and is now seated in between Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth. Also present at the table are Mel Judah and another new addition, Mori Eskandani.

Negreanu and Hellmuth didn't waste time announcing the makeup of their table to the world:


Their table mates didn't express their enthusiasm through the Twitterverse.

No one has Tweeted from Ivey's account since Friday, Judah hasn't Tweeted since October 8th and Eskandani only has one Tweet to his name (Twitter handle):


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Level Up Time

Another level is in the bag and it's time to raise the blinds with the following structure.

LH / O8 / 2-7: Blinds 125/250
Razz / Stud / Stud-8: Ante 50 Bring-In 75 Completion 250
NLH / PLO: Ante 50 Blinds 50/100

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Hellmuth Strikes Gupta

2-7 Triple Draw

The action folded to Phil Hellmuth and he called from the small blind as Ash Gupta checked his option in the big.

Hellmuth drew three and Gupta drew four before Hellmuth bet out 200. Gupta called and drew 2 after Hellmuth drew 1 and was faced with a bet of 400.

Gupta agonized over his decision before folding to leave himself with just 1,350. Hellmuth flashed his 8x-6x-5x-3x-2x and added a few chips to his shortish stack.

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Chau Chau!

Chau Chau!
Chau Chau!

“Chau Chau!” exclaimed Daniel Negreanu as Chau Giang moved to the table opposite Negreanu.

“What you doing here baby?” added Negreanu.

“Oh I got lost…” chimed in Giang as he wondered over and bumped fists with Phil Hellmuth.

“You know we’re in the Southern Hemisphere right?” asked Hellmuth.

Giang threw out a look of shock and slowly walked back to his table.

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Gupta Scooped

Ash Gupta during Event 1
Ash Gupta during Event 1

Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo

Phil Ivey brought in for 50 and Ash Gupta completed to 200. A third player made the call along with Ivey before both of them called a bet from Gupta on fourth and fifth streets before Ivey bet sixth and seventh with both players calling.

Ivey: (X-X) / 2 A 8 8 / (X)
Gupta: (X-X) / T A K 7 / (X)
Opponent: (X-X) / 5 4 3 J / (X)

Ivey tabled his Q 7 5 for a 8-7 low while Gupta mucked the A-X-X when he saw his other opponent’s 2 2 2.

With Gupta getting scooped, he was left with just 2,600 while Ivey moved to 14,500 in chips.

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Ivey takes from Kelly

Phil Ivey was in a raised pot against Dan Kelly, the game was seven card stud. 

Ivey: (X)(X) A Q 4 Q (X)

Kelly: (X)(X) 2 7 2 K (X)

Ivey bet on second street and Kelly raised. Ivey called and then check-called another bet from Kelly on third street. Ivey then took the initiative on fourth street and bet, Kelly called.

Then Ivey bet again on fifth street. Kelly raised and Ivey threw in a re-raise. Kelly thought for a bit but finally called. 

Ivey turned over A A 10 and Kelly stared at Ivey's hand. Kelly then nodded and threw his hand in the muck.

This hand put Kelly down to about 9,000 while Ivey is up to 12,000.

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Francis Falls to Negreanu

Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo

Catching the action fifth street we found Dean Francis all in against Daniel Negreanu.

Francis: (7 6) / A T K
Negreanu (6 5) / 6 Q J

Francis caught a K on sixth, but when Negreanu caught the Q it still left the local player drawing.

“I’ll let you know if I fill up!” announced Negreanu as he squeezed his seventh card … the Q.

Drawing dead, Francis stood up and left as the dealer revealed his final card to be a meaningless 5. Negreanu now has just on 16,000 in chips.

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Tran Exits

No Limit Holdem

Early in this level JC Tran has been eliminated when on a 3x-3x-4x-8x-Qx board he ran a bluff with just ace-high.

His opponent tabled 4x-4x for a flopped full house and Tran was forced to head to the rail.

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Here we go

Players are back for 8 different games of poker. There are four more levels of play scheduled before we bag and tag.

Here is the structure for the level.

LH / O8 / 2-7: Blinds 100/200
Razz / Stud / Stud-8: Ante 50 Bring-In 50 Completion 200
NLH / PLO: Ante 50 Blinds 50/100

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Take a break

Players are on their second break of the day. They'll come back to Level 5 and two more levels of late registration.

A total of 80 players have showed up for Event #3 and 73 remain. We'll see how that number changes these next two levels.

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Good hand gets bettered

Barry Greenstein
Barry Greenstein

Pot-Limit Omaha

Barry Greenstein took a hit. 

The game was PLO and some of Barry's chips were about to go.  The flop read 5 8 7 and, faced with bet worth 150, Greenstein potted. 

His opponent moved all-in and Greenstein called, flipping over his cards. The dealer tried to stop him while he counted out the chips, just to confirm the all-in was less than the pot. 

The players said it didn't matter, they were going in anyways.

Greenstein turned over K Q 7 7 for a set and the second-nut flush. His opponent showed A 4 9 6 for the nut flush.

The J came on the turn and gave both players the flush. Greenstein needed the final seven or a pair on the board, but the 2 on the river was neither. 

"I had a good hand," Greenstein said. He did indeed. 

Greenstein paid out 3,200 and was left with about 4,400.

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Hellmuth Betters Negreanu

Omaha 8-or-Better

From the button Daniel Negreanu opened to 300 only to have Phil Hellmuth three-bet to 450. Negreanu called and the flop fell A Q 4 and Hellmuth fired out 150 only to have Negreanu make it 300.

Hellmuth tossed in 450 and Negreanu made the call to see the 2 land on the turn. Hellmuth check-called 300 before the river landed the 2 and Hellmuth led for 300 with Negreanu quickly calling.

Hellmuth tabled his A A T 9 for top full house, and Negreanu tabled his A 4 4 K for a smaller full house to slip to 13,500 as Hellmuth moved to 8,500 in chips.

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Hellmuth Doubles Opponent

Seven Card Stud

Catching the action on fifth street we found Phil Hellmuth betting out and Dean Francis making the call before a third player two-bet. Hellmuth three-bet, Francis folded and Hellmuth’s opponent called all-in.

Hellmuth: (J 2) / 3 7 J
Opponent: (A 7)  J 4 6

Hellmuth called the A and his opponent the T. On seventh street Hellmuth wasn’t able to improve as he collected the Q, but when his opponent flipped up the A, Hellmuth would double his opponent up and slip to 7,300.

“Back to the drawing board against you sir!” uttered Hellmuth as the next hand began.

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Time to Level Up

Another level is in the bag, and with it comes an increase in blinds which sees the players having to endure the following.

NLH / PLO: Ante 25 Blinds 50/75
LH / O8 / 2-7: Blinds 75/150
Razz / Stud / Stud-8: Ante 50 Bring-In 50 Completion 150

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Steicke and Mariakis Exit

Two more players have recently been eliminated with David Steicke and Michael Mariakis both hitting the rail.

On Steicke's table we found Rob Campbell sitting with an impressive 13,000 in chips - but he informed us that Steicke's elimination wasn't on his hands but the unknown player sitting with roughly starting stack.

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Flush for Negreanu

Pot Limit Omaha

Facing a raise to 150, Daniel Negreanu made the call next to act along with a third player to see the dealer drop a 5 9 2 flop.

The action was checked round to the third player who bet out 300 which was called just by Negreanu. The T on the turn, and the 4 on the river, went check check to see Negreanu table his Q 8 T 5 for a flush.

As Negreanu moved to 14,000 his opponent said, “I didn’t have enough chips to push you off!”

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A Few Late Comers

JC Tran from earlier in the series
JC Tran from earlier in the series

Several new players have taken their seats throughout this level with local tournament veterans Jason Gray, John Dalessandri and Billy "The Croc" Argyros all finding a seat.

Binh Nguyen and JC Tran have also been spotted while the tournament staff have opened another table to accomodate for the recent influx of arrivals.

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Dwindling stacks

We've lost three players so far. 

Not surprisingly, one was seated at the table of doom -- Phil Ivey, ElkY, Jonathan Duhamel and Dan Kelly. It's tough to survive a table where half your opponents have more than $10 million in live-tournament earnings. 

While this brings us down to 69 players, that number can still go up. We'll be playing eight levels today, six of which are open for late registration.

The number won't go up forever though, as several players are starting to get short-stacked. Bryan Huang is one of them.

In a round of stud, Huang and an opponent bet and called every street. The final board read:

Huang: (X)(X)/4 J 7 2/(X)

Opponent: (X)(X)/3 9 6 2/(X)

Huang's opponent showed Q 10 10 and Huang mucked, leaving himself with one lonely T1,000 chip. 

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Putt's Kings Get Outdrawn

Seven Card Stud

Graeme Putt raised the completion on third street and bet fourth before calling his opponent’s bet on fifth street. When sixth street fell and his opponent bet out again, Putt quickly folded.

Putt: (X)(X) / T 3 8 7
Opponent: (X)(X) / J K Q 9

Putt flashed his K K and slipped to 4,100 while his opponent flashed his K Q for two pair to collect the pot.

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Chidwick Chops

Stevie Chidwick finds an ace-king chop
Stevie Chidwick finds an ace-king chop

No Limit Holdem

Robert Campbell opened to 100 from under the gun and Stevie Chidwick three-bet to 300 from the cutoff. The player on the button made it 1,000 to go, and once the blinds and Campbell had folded, Chidwick pushed all in for 4,875.

Campbell’s opponent paused for a few moments before eventually making the call. Unfortunately neither player would lose the hand as they turned over A K and A K for a near guaranteed chop.

The dealer spread a 2 Q 4 6 6 to see the pot chopped.

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More arrivals

Late registration is still open for four more levels and players keep on trickling in. 

Some of our newest arrivals include Brandon Cantu and Scott Clements.

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Dreamy Hellmuth

Hellmuth mixing things up
Hellmuth mixing things up

Phil Hellmuth has shown up for Event #3.

He only missed two levels this tournament. 

The 13-time bracelet winner took a seat at Daniel Negreanu and Mel Judah's table. Negreanu filled Hellmuth in on what's been going on and Hellmuth sized the table up.

"It's a good table," Hellmuth said to Negreanu. "I know you play all these games good. Mel plays good in all these games."

He then revealed a bit more to Negreanu. Apparently, Hellmuth had a dream with Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari. In that dream, Negreanu ran really well and Hellmuth lost some prop bets against Esfandiari.

"I gotta make sure not to bet against him," Hellmuth added.

Negreanu does have more than double the starting stack, we'll see how prophetic Hellmuth's dream turns out to be. 

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First Break

The 72 players have stopped mixing games and gone on a break instead. 

The 15-minute break will last 15 minutes and players will return to Level 3. There 

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Portaro Straightened Out by Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu takes an early lead
Daniel Negreanu takes an early lead

Pot Limit Omaha

The first player has been eliminated here in Event 3, and it is none other then local Bruno Portaro.

Noticing that his seat was empty and that Daniel Negreanu had 14,200 in chips, we asked him for the details of the Portaro elimination.

Negreanu bet out on a Jx-8x-4x flop and Portaro raised. Negreanu made the call before checking the Qx on the turn as Portaro fired out again. Negreanu check-raised pot and Portaro went all in with Negreanu quickly calling.

Negreanu: Qx-Tx-Tx-9x
Portaro: Ax-Kx-8x-4x

With Negreanu holding the nut straight, Portaro would need to spike an eight or a four to improve to a full house or a ten to make a bigger straight, but unfortunately none would hit the river as he was bundled to the rail as the first elimination of the tournament.

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Number 4 for Ivey

Just that easy for Phil to make the number 4
Just that easy for Phil to make the number 4

2-7 Triple Draw

Dan Kelly opened with a raise to 150 and Phil Ivey three-bet to 225. The small blind called, as did Bertrand Grospellier and Kelly.

Ivey drew one while the others drew three before Ivey’s bet of 75 was called by all. On the second draw only Kelly and Grospellier drew two while Ivey and the small blind took one each as Ivey’s 150-chip bet was called by all but Kelly.

On the final draw each player took one card and Ivey bet out 150 which only the small blind called.

Ivey quickly flipped over his 7x-6x-5x-4x-2x for the number four and collected the pot to move to 6,500 in chips.

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Judah Takes One in PLO

Pot Limit Omaha

Mel Judah opened to 75 under the gun and Daniel Negreanu, Bruno Portaro and Dean Francis all made the call; the latter two from the blinds.

The flop fell 6 8 3 and Judah continued for 300 and found callers from just Negreanu and Portaro before the Q landed on the turn and the action was checked round.

The river landed the 6 and Portaro checked before Judah tossed in 750 to prompt quick folds from Negreanu and Portaro. As Judah was pushed the pot, he flashed the K.

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Aristidou and O'Grady Take Half

Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo

Catching the action on fifth street we found Ash Gupta betting out 150 and Stuart O’Grady making the call before Peter Aristidou bumped it up to 300. Both players made the call before O’Grady led on sixth and seventh with both players calling.

Gupta: (X)(X) / T T 8 A / (X)
O’Grady: (X)(X) / 8 5 Q A / (X)
Aristidou: (X)(X) / 9 4 J 2 / (X)

O’Grady tabled his 6 3 3 for a 8-6 low while Aristidou tabled his J J / 6 for trip jacks to take the high as Gupta mucked.

With Aristidou claiming half the pot to move to 1,950, he is on the way to making a come back after losing kings to aces in the no limit holdem round earlier.

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One down

The first level of play is done. 

We've also seen some new additions including Jeff Lisandro and a few WSOP APAC final tablists.

The 4th and 5th place finishers from Event #1 have taken a seat at the AU$2,200 Mixed Game event. Jeremy Ausmus has been spotted and Jonathan Duhamel took a seat at the table of doom, making it doom-ier. Duhamel is now seated at a table with Phil Ivey, ElkY and Dan Kelly.

There are currently about 67 players registered for the event and late registration is still open for the next three levels.

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No Limit Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu got some chips in no-limit hold'em. 

The flop had most of the aces in the deck, A A A, it was a beautiful sight. It was a raised pot and the UTG player had bet 125. Another player folded and Negreanu raised to 325 from the big blind. 

The UTG player called and a 2 came on the turn. Negreanu bet 425 and was faced with a raise to 1,025.

Negreanu took some time but eventually called. 

A 3 came on the river and both players checked. Negreanu showed 7 7, enough to beat his opponent's K Q

Negreanu is now up to about 7,500.

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Ivey Takes One from Kelly in Razz


Phil Ivey and Dan Kelly called the 25-chip bring-in along with a third player before Kelly bet out on fourth. The bring-in folded but Ivey raised to 150 as the unknown player called; as did Kelly.

Kelly bet on fifth and Ivey raised which pushed one player out but left Kelly making the call before he called a bet on sixth from Ivey before both players checked seventh.

Bring-In: (X)(X) / Kx-5x (folded on fourth)
Ivey: (X)(X) / Tx-3x-Ax-4x / (X)
Opponent: (X)(X) / Qx-8x-7x (folded on fifth)
Kelly: (X)(X) / 5x-3x-8x-3x / (X)

Ivey rolled over his Ax-7x-4x for a T-7 low and Kelly mucked to see Ivey pushed the pot to move to 7,500 in chips.

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Putt and Others Join Field

Graeme Putt will be looking for another final table today
Graeme Putt will be looking for another final table today

A few more players have taken their seat late in the level with the likes of James “Andy_McLEOD” Obst, Bryan Huang, David Steicke, Jan Suchanek and Joe Cabret joining the field.

Also taking his seat is Graeme “Kiwi G” Putt who is fresh off his 6th place finish in Event 1: AU$1,100 No Limit Holdem Accumulator for a AU$41,610 payday.

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A mixed field

Some mixed action
Some mixed action

Event #2 feels like an event many times its buy-in.

The field resembles a high roller or Players Championship event. Tables are six-handed and one of them has half its seats occupied by Phil Ivey, ElkY and Dan Kelly. Their table is also whispering distance from Eugene Katchalov, who's within farting distance of Chau Giang.

Daniel Negreanu is down in another corner close to the rail and has, naturally, attracted dozens of fans with cameras. There are also lots of young players hungry for bracelets as well. Oliver Gill, fresh from his 12th place finish in Event #1, is back for another shot.

British pro Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick is also hunting for his first bracelet. Last year he told PokerListings that he'd get one eventually. He's hoping that time is now. 

Aside from the international professionals, there are a bunch of players from the local team hoping to keep the bracelet home. Live and online Australian pros have made it in droves for a shot at mixed game glory. 

The players here love poker and are playing for more than money. They're competitive, they're hungry, they're the best players in the world and they want to show it.

8-game requires a mastery of poker's fundamentals while quickly adjusting to each games nuances. It takes skill, and players love showing how much skill they have. 

There are currently about 70 players in the tournament but it's one of the toughest fields in the world. We'll see who finally ends up on top throughout the next three days. 

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Greenstein Check-Raises Gill

Barry Greenstein wins an early one
Barry Greenstein wins an early one

No Limit Holdem

Barry Greenstein opened under the gun to 75 and Oliver Gill called next to act as the dealer dropped a Q 5 2 flop.

Greenstein continued for 125 and Gill made the call as the 8 landed on the turn and Greenstein checked it over to Gill who tossed in 225. Greenstein made the call before checking the T on the river as Gill bet out 400.

Greenstein responded by tossing in three 500-denomination chips amounting to a raise of 1,500. Gill uttered a few words before eventually folding while slipping to 4,850 as Greenstein collected the pot to move to 6,800 in chips.

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Portaro Rivers Better Full House

Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo

After exchanging a pot on the previous hand, Dean Francis and Bruno Portaro were at it on the very next hand.

Francis bet 75 on fourth street which Portaro called before he took the lead on the remaining streets betting 150 each time with Francis calling him down the whole way.

Francis: (X)(X) / 5 5 9 J / (X)
Portaro: (X)(X) / K 9 K 6 / (X)

With Francis calling blind on seventh, Portaro flipped over his 7 7 / 7 for a full house, and when Francis tabled his Q 5 hole cards he would need the fourth five if he was to win the pot.

Although rivering a full house, the J wouldn’t be enough for Francis as Portaro was pushed the pot.

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A Few More Arrivals

A few more players have trickled into today’s tournament with the likes of Trung Tran, Seonglee Ang, Brandon Wong and Joseph Cheong being seated together.

Poker PROductions’ Mori Eskandani is seated alongside Mohsin Charania and Chau Giang while Stevie Chidwick is waiting for players to arrive at his table.

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Who Has Been Spotted So Far

Phil Ivey might be a little happier now that he's playing 8-Game
Phil Ivey might be a little happier now that he's playing 8-Game

The PokerListings Live Reporting Team went for a stroll across the tournament floor to see who is about, and so far there are nine tables in action – but more will be expected due to six levels of registration.

Robert Campbell and Roy “GodLikeRoy” Bhasin are seated together while Melbournian’s Dean Francis, Mel Judah and Bruno Portaro are graced with the presence of Daniel Negreanu. American’s Mike Watson and Barry Greenstein are seated with Ash Gupta and Oliver Gill; both of who went deep in Event 1 while a very locally dominated table of Peter Aristidou, Michael Mariakis, Sam Khouiss and David Zhao are seated together.

In the high limit area we find Chad Brown seated with Aussie Millions Champion David Gorr, Rainer Quel and Daryl “Dazzler” Lanyon whole Leo Boxell and Eugene Katchalov are also scattered about.

However, it is the table closest to the media room that will attract the most attention as Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Dan “djk123” Kelly and Phil Ivey are set to battle it out.

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Cards in the Air!

After that early delay, the cards are now in the air here in Event 3!

Each player begins with a 6,000-chip starting stack and we will be playing eight 60-minute levels today with late registration open for six levels.

The first game up is Pot Limit Omaha!

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Slight Delay

Unfortunately the start of play here in Event 3 has been delayed as the Tournament Directors train some new dealers of the rules and procedures of the today’s tournament.

In the past the Crown Poker Room have had a plethora of dealers that understand all facets of each of the eight games being dealt, but it seems some of them have moved on or not been scheduled for this evening.

Some of the players have spoken up at the lateness of the start of play as well as why this quick-fire training has been conducted so late, but the Crown staff are doing their best to educate the few un-educated dealers so that the cards can be put into the air.

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Get Ready to Mix It Up Eight Ways!

Welcome back to the Crown Poker Room and the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific for Event 3: AU$2,200 Mixed Event!

Today sees three events running through Crown Casino, but it is Event 3 that will prove most difficult as players will be playing eight different games of poker. The H.O.R.S.E games of Limit Holdem, Limit Omaha Eight-or-Better, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo will be teamed with 2-7 Triple Draw, No Limit Holdem and Pot Limit Omaha to test players in a wide range of poker disciplines.

With Event 1 down to a final table already, and Event 2 closing in on reaching their own final table, many notable local and International players will make up the field that will be looking to claim the first WSOP mixed game bracelet of the year.

Stay tuned to PokerListings from 4:00 p.m. local time as our Live Reporting Team providing continuous live updates throughout Event 3!

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Event Name Event 3 - $2,200 Mixed Event
Venue Crown Casino, Melbourne
Date 8 April 2013
Final Day 10 April 2013
Buy In AU$2,200
Entrants 81
Prize Pool AU$162,000
First Prize AU$51,840
Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey

Event 3 - $2,200 Mixed Event

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Phil Ivey AU$51,840
2. Brandon Wong AU$32,039
3. Graeme Putt AU$22,427
4. Daniel Negreanu AU$16,336
5. Rob Campbell AU$12,020
6. Kevin Song AU$8,978
7. Sam Khoueis AU$7,200
8. Bill Argyros AU$6,002
9. Dale Townsend AU$5,158