Main Event - Day Five in the Books!
The clock has run out on Level 23 and that means we are done for the night. It looks like 79 have made it through to Day 6. Play is slated to get back underway at noon tomorrow.
Vos Lost (80th)
On the very last hand of the night Mark Vos got in a raising war against Dennis Phillips and ended up with all his chips in the middle. A-K for Vos was in terrible shape against Phillips' pocket aces.
The board changed nothing and Vos is gone in 80th place for $77,200.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Straight
Jeremy Joseph just picked up a big pot, turning a straight and getting paid off in the process. The hand started with Joseph opening and David Saab repopping. Joseph made the call and they both checked the K♣ K♦ T♦ flop.
They checked again on the Q♣ turn, but when the 4♥ hit the river Joseph fired out $400,000. Saab thought for what seemed an eternity, standing up from the table and taking a few quizzical steps around his chair.
He eventually opted to make the call, and Joseph tabled J♣ 9♣ for the king-high straight. Saab taps the table and takes his seat as the pot is pushed.
Cedric Not So Entertained
We were on hand for the elimination of Cedric Kolstad but it wasn’t until they announced his bustification that we learned he goes by the name Cedric “The Realtor” Kolstad. He may be a bit more boring than Cedric the Entertainer, but if you’re looking for a house he’s a lot more helpful.
We arrived on the flop and it looked like Peter Neff had raised his button and Kolstad had flatted from the small blind. The flop had come 9♠ 7♣ 3♣ and the rest of the money found its way into the middle. Kolstad was short when he started the hand, which makes us wonder why he would just call before the flop.
At any rate Kolstad was all-in and at risk with A-K against Neff’s 8♣ 9♣. Kolstad saw he was in terrible shape, and things went from bad to worse when the 9♦ hit the turn. The 7♥ on the river made it official and Kolstad is gone.
We think he was busted in 84th place, which would give him $64,333 for his trouble.
Tommy Le Doesn’t Bet
Tommy Le, not the Motley Crue one but rather the younger brother of California superstar Nam Le, just made a monster but opted to check in hopes of inducing some action. Unfortunately for him it didn’t work out too well.
It started with action folding to Le in the small blind. He opened to the tune of $80,000 and Matt Matros called in the big blind. The flop came down J♣ 7♠ 4♥ and they both checked. The turn was the 7♣ and they checked again. The river was the J♥ and two more checks followed.
Le turned up J♠ 9♦ for top boat and Matros asks, “You ever think of betting that at any point?” Le responded with, “Well, I thought you’d bet the flop with a pair and the turn with a set. I didn’t think I’d get paid off.”
The pot goes to Le and they move on to the next hand.
Just as much as the suck-resuck is a theme of the day, so is the use of the squeeze play - or at the very least, picking up a monster hand after. On multiple tables in the last few minutes we saw cases of big reraises taking down pots after a raise and a fold in front.
On one table, Alexander Kostritsyn opened under the gun for $72,000 and David Benefield almost folded before making the call on the button. Justin Sadauskas then bumped the bet up to a hefty $330,000 from the small blind. Kostritsyn saved face by waiting a moment before folding his cards, while Benefield automucked.
On another table, Peter Eastgate opened in middle position for $80,000 and got a call from Alan Gould in the cut-off. Brandon Cantu then flexed the muscle afforded to him by his big stack, popping it to $290,000 total and watching the action go muck-muck faster than you can say “pay jump.”
With this much money on the line, aggression is paying off big-time right now.
It looks like Aussie Millions champion Alexander Kostritsyn will have to wait for next year to get a shot at his first WSOP bracelet.
The Russian was down to under half a million in chips when he opened for $65,000 and got called by Garrett Beckman on the button. The flop came down T♦ 6♥ 4♣, Kostritsyn checked, and Beckman led out for $90,000. Kostritsyn check-raised for a total of $395,000 and Beckman made the call.
Kostritsyn: A♥ K♣
Beckman: 7♠ 7♦
The board ran out with the 2♦ on the turn and the J♥ on the river to send Kostritsyn home.
We got to Niklas Flisberg’s table with the flop reading Q♥ 8♣ 6♥. Flisberg fired off $275,000 and was check-called by Larry Wright. Both men checked the 9♦ turn and the 3♣ river, and after Flisberg turned up his A♣ Q♣, Wright showed A♥ Q♦ for the chopped pot. Both men tapped the table and waited for the dealer to ship them their respective halves.
Positively Double-Through Street
We missed the first bits of action but when those were over Chris Klodnicki was all-in for his tournament life and just over $1 million in chips with J♣ J♦ against James “Don’t Call Me Jim” McManus and his Q♥ T♥. Two different camera crews ran over to the table to catch the action. The flop came A♦ 6♠ 4♦, the turn the 5♠, and the river the A♠ to give Klodnicki a serious boost at an opportune moment.
Victor Ramdin was down to his last $350,000 and got it all-in before the flop with pocket kings, putting him well in front of Aaron Gordon’s A♠ 8♠. A 9♥ 9♠ 6♦ 3♥ 7♥ board helped the cowboys hold up and boost Ramdin to over $700,000 just before the end of the night’s action.
You Ever Read Kill Phil?
The omnipresent Phil Hellmuth just clashed with Aaron Keay, and by the end of the hand he was missing a large chunk of his stack.
In the hand Keay bet but Hellmuth raised to $220,000 from the small blind. Keay called and the flop came A♣ J♣ 5♦. Hellmuth bet $140,000 but Keay moved all-in instantly. Apparently Hellmuth didn’t feel entirely comfortable with his hand because he threw it into the muck.
The Poker Brat dips below the $1 million chip mark for the first time in a while.
Cold Chips! Tiffany Michelle Loses Race
Poker reporter/player Tiffany “Hot Chips” Michelle just doubled a player up. She got the player to commit his entire stack with Q-J against her 9-9 but there was a queen on the flop and Michelle couldn’t recover.
Initially the large crowd of Michelle supporters cheered when the queen hit on the flop, as the dealer had the hands reversed, but they were in for a cruel surprise when they realized who really held the Q-J.
- Players Left
- Tables Left