Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
Ten levels of play are in the books here in Event 28: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Four-Handed, and six of the remaining 86 players will return to Day 2 only to leave empty-handed. Steven Weiss (171,000) and Brian Rast (168,000) most likely won’t bust before the money bubble bursts – they’re our chip leaders.
Event 28 was one of the most anticipated events of the summer, because there has never been a four-max tournament in the history of the World Series of Poker. There were 750 entrants looking to make history as the first four-max bracelet winner ever, and the chips were flying almost immediately. During the first six levels of play, we lost more than two thirds of the field, including Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier, Marvin Rettenmaier, Daniel Negreanu, David Vamplew, Aaron Jones, and the 2009 Main Event Champion Joe Cada.
The play began to settle after dinner break, and Rast, one of our leaders, won an epic pot off of Byron Kaverman during Level 9. The 2011 Poker Player's Champion made queens full of tens on the river against Kaverman’s sevens full of queens, and check-raised all in. Rather than snap it off for his whole stack – which we saw a lot of today – Kaverman tanked for over five minutes. He couldn’t get away from it however, and called, eliminating him from the tournament. Shankar Pillai (150,000) rocketed up to the top of the charts early on in the day, and never looked back. Even when Jake Cody was moved to his direct left, and he took a nice-sized pot off of Pillai, the 2007 bracelet winner never dipped below 100,000 during the latter levels.
There are plenty of other notables who will return tomorrow, including Sam Stein (154,200), Tony Dunst (162,800), Darryll Fish (125,700), Joe Tehan (96,600), Lex Veldhuis (102,200), Isaac Haxton (49,500), and Jason Koon (139,000).
With 86 players remaining, we are just six eliminations away from bursting a $4,385 money bubble. Play will resume tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the Orange Section of the Amazon Room, but for now, good night from Las Vegas!
The players will play two more hands, then bag and tag for the evening.
According to the board, 88 players remain, meaning we're eight eliminations away from bursting the money bubble. With 14 minutes left to play, it's a race to see whether or not a few short-stacked players will have to sweat their destiny overnight.
Sam "KingKobeMVP" Stein was on the button, and raised to 1,700. David "Doc" Sands three-bet to what looked like a little over 7,000, and Stein called. The dealer fanned , and Sands led for 6,750. Stein raised to 14,700, and Sands tanked for a minute or so, before moving all in.
Stein called with two nines, and Sands had ace-king. The turn and river both bricked, and Sands was out the door in a flash.
Shankar Pillai was first-to-act and opened to 1,700. He was called by Jake Cody in the small blind and the player in the big blind.
The flop came and Cody led out for 2,500. The player in the big folded, however, Pillai made the call.
The turn brought a and, not slowing down, Cody fired again - this time for 5,700. Pillai again called.
The completed the board and Cody fired a third barrel for 11,400. Pillai thought it over and decided to fold. Cody mucked without showing.
Cody is up to 85,000 while Pillai has slipped to a still-commanding 130,000.
Gavin Smith was the first person to act, and raised to 2,300. A player on the button three-bet to 4,900, and Smith four-bet jammed to 25,950. The three-bettor tanked for several minutes, allowing Mohsin Charania to go to the bathroom, and then finally called.
The board ran out , and Smith doubled to 62,000 chips.
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier is no longer seated at Table 11, and when we arrived at the table, Darryll Fish was pulling in a wave of chips.
"You're not going to want to report that one," Fish told us, grinning from ear-to-ear. "It was ugly."
ElkY himself filled us in on the details via Twitter:
elkypoker Bertrand Grospellier
Brutal bust out top two vs underpair all in turn and I get 2 outed lol. #sosick #nextiguess June 14 2012
Hashtag "so sick," indeed.
We caught up with the action on a flop. The player in the big blind position had already went all-in for 35,000 against Isaac Haxton, who was on the button. Haxton snap-called and hands were revealed.
Haxton: for a set of kings.
Opponent: for two-pair.
The turn and river did not help Haxton's opponent and he was eliminated.
Haxton is up to 80,000 following the hand.