Keith Sexton was livid yesterday when, due to dealer error on the river, he lost a pot he should have won. Despite that setback, Sexton managed to hang on for the rest of the night and return today. But his day is off to a rocky start after running into the freight train known as Phil Ivey.
After Sexton completed third street, action folded to Ivey. He raised his ace and only Secton called. Ivey had the betting lead on every street and fired every step of the way until the river. On the river he checked, and Sexton checked behind. Ivey opened in the hole for two pair, kings and nines. Those two pair dragged the pot and increased Ivey's count to 75,000. Sexton is down to 42,000.
Yesterday it was Dniel Negreanu's day to catch rolled-up hands and to make quads, including a really brutal hand against David Grey where Negreanu made quad jacks and Grey made quad sixes. Today might be Eric Buchman's day.
The 2009 November Niner started the day in third place in the chip counts. He quickly added to his stack in a hand against Edouard Mignot-Bonnefous by firing on every street. On sixth street, with Buchman's board showing a queen, two kings and an ace, Mignot-Bonnefous raised Buchman's bet. Buchman three-bet, then fired dark on the river. Mignot-Bonnefous called and saw the bad news -- Buchman made quad kings.
85 players made it through Day 1 of the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud World Championship yesterday. When they bagged up the chips at the end of the night, it was Event 2 Champion, Michael Mizrachi, who had accumulated the biggest stack. Surprisingly, the player in second place was the player who finished in second place in Event 2 -- Vladimir Schmelev.
But in a very pro-heavy field, there are still plenty of "names" left looking to make a move up the counts and secure a seat at tomorrow's final table. In fact, the 1-2 punch from this event last year -- Freddie Ellis and Eric Drache -- are both alive and kicking heading into Day 2.
Play is set to resume at 3pm local time, in about thirty minutes. See you then!