Main Event

Trips All Over for Steicke

The man, the myth, the legend
The man, the myth, the legend

Wandering by the table where David Steicke is sitting, there's just an aura about it. One can just sense the power that Steicke has over the other players at his table as if he's the puppeteer manipulating them at will.

There was a flop of {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{5-Hearts} laid out in the middle of the felt and Steicke was involved yet again. He checked his action over to his opponent. The player checked behind after taking some time to think about his decision.

The turn was the {9-Diamonds} and Steicke fired a bet of 5,000 into the middle. The pot at the time was just over 6,000. His opponent tanked for some time and then let his hand go, giving Steicke another pot. He showed the {Q-Hearts} for at least trip queens before raking in the pot.

On the next hand, Steicke saw a flop of {J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{4-Clubs} in multi-way action. Two players checked and then Steicke checked as well. The turn was the {A-Diamonds} and action checked to Steicke again. He fired 3,000 and the first player called. The other player folded.

The river completed the board with the {9-Hearts} and the first player checked. Steicke took his time and then fired out 3,500. His opponent called and then mucked when Steicke turned over the {J-Spades}{7-Spades} for trip jacks. More trips for Steicke means more chips and he's up just over 60,000.

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Juvonen Beats the Board

We have a new chip leader after Jukka Juvonen picked off a huge bluff. He checked a board reading {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{7-Spades}, and Ludovic Riehl made a strong bet of 4,500. Juvonen called to see the {3-Hearts} on the river. He checked again, and Riehl swiftly moved all in. The dealer counted out his stack and determined it would cost Juvonen 18,450 to see a showdown. He paid the price, and Riehl disgustedly showed {2-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}. But three pair is no good in this game, and Riehl was playing the board. Juvonen's {q-Clubs}{q-Spades} was plenty good enough to beat that, and with the elimination of Riehl, he took over the chip lead with around 64,000.

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JC Tran - Out
JC Tran - Out

We missed the hand that finally did him in, but a short-stacked and unusually grumpy looking JC Tran has just been eliminated from the event.

For Your Viewing Enjoyment

Here's a quick round of photos from the first two levels of Day 1b.

Look up!The ceilingThe tournament roomJC TranEric AssadourianJohn PhanAndrew ScottAndrew ScottRoger SpetsEmanuel SealEmanuel SealPeng Yu-reng

Steicke Still Rollin' Along


David Steicke has had just about every pot he's played pushed his way here on Day 1b. If anyone's ever followed out coverage in events where Steicke has played, you'll know this is somewhat of the norm for him.

On a flop of {K-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{7-Hearts}, Steicke checked to his female opponent. She fired 1,200 and Steicke called. The turn brought the {4-Spades} and both players checked. The river was the {J-Diamonds} and both players checked again. Steicke tabled the {A-Clubs}{4-Clubs} for a lowly pair of fours and his opponent mucked. Another pot was pushed to Steicke as he pushed his stack to the 60,000-chip mark.

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Count 'Em

Late registration for the day ended after the first two levels, meaning we've got the day's final number of entrants. A total of 84 entrants showed up to the Grand Lisboa on Day 1b to throw their hats into the ring along with the 88 players who came out for Day 1a. The prize pool is still growing, however, as tomorrow's Day 1c will likely attract the largest field.

Terrence Continues to Lose Chips

Terrence Chan
Terrence Chan

Dimitrios Mertzanis limped in the cutoff seat and then Terrence Chan limped from the button. The small blind completed and then the big blind raised to 1,500. Mertzanis folded before Chan called. The small blind folded as well.

The flop came down {K-Spades}{7-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} and the big blind fired 2,500. Chan thought about it for a little bit and then mucked his hand. He was left with just 8,400 chips.

Tags: Dimitrios MertzanisTerrence Chan

No One Lends Lendvai a Hand

Tamas Lendvai got all his money in on the turn of a {a-Hearts}{10-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{5-Spades} board. He was going to need a miracle on the river to save his {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} from elimination at the hands of {a-Clubs}{q-Hearts}. But the river was the unhelpful {9-Spades}, sending him to the rail early.

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Lebedev Might Need New Trousers

Andriyan Lebedev was the first player into the pot, opening with a hijack raise to 650. In the small blind, Eric Assadourian three-bet to 1,800, and that sent the decision back to Lebedev, He squirmed in his chair and checked his cards several times. And then checked them again.

"Have another look," Assadourian said, chuckling. "Did it change?"

After another moment (and yet another check of his cards), Lebedev made a reraise to 6,300 total, and Assadourian gave him a sideways look. Eventually, he called to see a flop of {J-Clubs} {K-Spades} {5-Spades}. When Assadourian checked, Lebedev announced an all in for about 16,000 total. Assadourian had about 19,000 chips left, and the move sent him into the tank for a minute or so.

"You're so nervous," he finally piped up. "That's what's putting me off. I don't know if you're nervous, like, big hand or..." Assadourian trailed off. With a shake of the head, he sent his cards into the muck and he's right back down around his starting stack once again.

A few minutes after the hand, Assadourian was still talking with one of his table mates about the decision. "He was really nervous when he reraised me. He was s****ing his pants."

Tags: Eric AssadourianAndriyan Lebedev