Event #13: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Boutin on a Roll


After a player had moved all in, Burt Boutin made the call and turned over {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}. He was far ahead of his opponent's {9-Spades}{9-Hearts} as the flop came down {6-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}.

Boutin, who likes to pace near the table, was clearly anxious on the hand. The {K-Clubs} ensured Boutin would win the pot, which increased his stack to 27,500.

Tags: Burt Boutin

Baldwin Busted

Eric Baldwin
Eric Baldwin

Eric "basebaldy" Baldwin was in the cut off and pushed all in for his remaining 2,575. The small blind folded and the player in the big blind made the call.

Baldwin: {6-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}
Big Blind: {A-Spades}{9-Diamonds}

The flop came down {6-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}, giving Baldwin a pair of sixes; however, he would need more help as his opponent made a pair of aces. The {Q-Spades} on the turn changed nothing. Baldwin started to stand as the {A-Hearts} hit the river.

Baldwin was eliminated from the tournament late on Day 1B.

Tags: Eric Baldwin

Everyone's Thinking Dwan

Tom Dwan is clearly the talk of the Rio today. He's currently playing the final table of Event No. 11, but that hasn't stopped his presence from taking hold in the Pavillion. For most of the morning, Antonio Esfandiari has talking opponents into playing Lodden Thinks. The most recent question they're betting on: What does Edward Brogdon think Tom Dwan's self-assigned chances of winning the final table are?

Tags: Anontio EsfandiariEdward BrogdonTom Dwan

Welcome Back


Players have returned from there dinner break and the cards are in the air. We have 327 players left for Day 1B. We will be playing another two and a half hours, or half way through Level 9, the same as Day 1A.

Grub Time

Players have 90 minutes to grab some food. We're going to head over and watch the Tom Dwan play his first final table at Event 11, and get back with the action here when play resumes.

Like We Said, Phil, You Gotta Win Those Races

Phil Hellmuth had been nursing a short stack up and down when he finally went all in with {a-}{q-} and got called by an opponent holding {9-}{9-}. Hellmuth got no love from the board when it fell {6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{5-Clubs} and he made a graceful exit.

Tags: Phil Hellmuth

You Gotta Win Those Races

Davidi Kitai
Davidi Kitai

We arrived at Davidi Kitai's table when he was acting under the gun and raising all in against an opponent on a board reading {6-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{4-Clubs} with 4,000 in the pot. His opponent tanked for a while, and when told that it was it would be another 8,000 to call, which he eventually did.

Kitai: {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}
Opponent: {4-Spades}{6-Spades}

The {10-Diamonds} on the turn wasn't what he needed, but when the {j-Hearts} fell on the river, Kitai made his flush and doubled up.

Tags: Davidi Kitai

More Tournaments at the Rio

Tournament Director Jack Effel grabbed the mic and announced to the room, "We've been hearing some other casinos are hosting events that players would rather be playing here."

He went on to announce that the Rio would now be hosting deep stack tournaments with $200 buyins where players would get 15,000 in chips and play 30 minute levels, starting at 25/50. The tournaments will be held every day at 1:00pm and continue on for as long as there is interest.