Up, down, up, down. That's been the story for Chris Moneymaker today. After recently eliminating Raymond Rahme to climb to 45,000, Moneymaker has dropped back down to 25,000. A player who doubled Moneymaker up earlier in the day was the beneficiary this time, with that held against Moneymaker's on a board of .
Moneymaker let loose a deep, disappointed sigh after paying of 18,575 to his opponent. It seemed to say, "Here we go again. Back to work."
It's hard to specify precisely why, but the action today feels much slower and more methodical than it did yesterday. There's no reason it should be so; the fields from both days are of similar size. Yet yesterday it seemed like there was an action pot going down every few minutes, no matter which way you looked. Today pots seem smaller (with a few notable exceptions) and flops seem much more rare.
It could be that the mix of playing styles yesterday was more explosive and that today's players veer more towards the TAG end of the scale. But once we get into the next level, in about twenty minutes, we expect that the pace of play -- and eliminations -- will pick up significantly.
Chris Moneymaker has just eliminated fellow Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Rahme from the Main Event.
Preflop, an unknown player opened with a raise to 800 from middle position. Action then folded around the table to Moneymaker in late who reraised to 2,800. A couple more folds brought the action around to Rahme in the small blind and he made the call. The original raiser let go of his hand, sending Rahme and Moneymaker heads-up to the flop.
A pair of checks prompted the dealer to burn and turn the . Rahme checked, Moneymaker bet 3,500 and Rahme shoved all in for 12,000. Moneymaker insta-called and tabled a pocket pair of kings for top set. Rahme had the best of it though, as he turned over for Broadway.
With one card left to sweat, Rahme needed to dodge a jack, an eight, a ten and the case king in order to stay alive and double up, but the deck sided with Moneymaker, delivering the on the river giving him a full house.
The elimination hoisted Moneymaker well over the 45,000 mark in chips.
One name we haven't called much today is that of the irrepressible Dennis Huntly. Huntly, a card if ever there was one, is sitting behind a stack of approximately 19,000, just under the starting stack. Judging by his remarks after a recent hand, he's been paying off a fair number of river bets.
In a four-way pot that checked to the river, , Huntly was the only person to call the small blind's bet of 1,600. He pitched his cards into the muck in disgust when the small blind turned over for a set of sevens. Huntly then added, "I don't know why I don't believe ya," suggesting he has paid off the particular player several times today.
Daniel Neilson opened to 1,050 from early position and was met with three callers - including Van Marcus on the button and Dennis Huntly from the big blind.
The flop fell down and following a check from Huntly, Neilson fired out 2,825 and was called in one spot before Marcus commented, "I could have gone broke with this hand" as he tossed his cards into the muck.
Huntly followed suit and both Neilson and his opponent checked the on the turn to see the land on the river and another check from Neilson follow.
His opponent mulled for a little before sliding out a bet of 3,200.
"Show me Ace-Queen or Queen-Jack" stated Neilson as he made the call, only to see the of his opponent chop with his .
"Wow . . . I had Jacks" stated Marcus as he shook his head in disbelief at a possible double or triple up.
"What were you smoking?" asked Huntly.
"Do you call my shove preflop?" directed Marcus towards Neilson.
Neilson looked Marcus' stack up and down before responding with the answer Marcus didn't really want to hear - yes!
Oh my. A massive pot was played on Tae Joon Noh's table just before the break, with Noh taking the absolute worst of it and crashing out of the tournament. Kristoffer Myhre limped from under the gun, then watched as the next player raised and Noh re-raised. Noh and Myhre had roughly equal stacks of about 50,000 chips. Myhre had acquired his stack by cracking aces.
With action back to Myhre, he called Noh's raise. The player in between also called to a flop of . Myhre led into his opponents and was called only by Noh.
The turn was a third club. Myhre bet 18,500, putting Noh deep into the tank. He ultimately announced all in and was snap-called by Myhre.
Myhre had flopped a set of kings against Noh's pocket aces;Noh had the best flush draw on the turn along with the two remaining aces to overtake Myhre. The river was black, but it was a spade -- the . The stacks were counted down with Myhre having Noh just barely covered. As a result of that massive pot Myhre has 110,000 chips and Noh is out!