Event #2: $50,000 Poker Player's Championship
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The New Mike Matusow

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Pot-Limit Omaha:

Mike Matusow has been the "new" Mike Matusow for several years now, long enough that it's no longer new. But that doesn't stop Matusow from rolling out the line from time to time. Matusow limped, then called a raise to 3,600 from Eli Elezra. Matusow led a {7-Hearts} {5-Spades} {6-Hearts} flop for 7,000, a bet which Elezra called.

The turn paired the board, {6-Spades}. Matusow led again for 13,000. Elezra raised to 34,800 but was faced with a tough decision when Matusow shoved for 82,500.

A few moments passed while Elezra thought thinks through. "Ok, I'll lay down a full house for you," he finally said.

"Do you think I have enough balls in PLO to four-bet bluff for my tournament life?" Matusow replied. He paused, then added, "Well, maybe the Old Mike."

Elezra is down to 163,000.

Tags: Eli ElezraMike Matusow

Chiu Trying to Rebuild at South's Expense

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Omaha 8/b:

Cole South bet the flop, bet the turn, and bet the river of a {q-Hearts} {8-Clubs} {9-Hearts} {6-Clubs} {7-Spades} board. Chiu raised the river and induced a crying call from South. South's flopped two pair, {9-Diamonds} {3-Diamonds} {8-Hearts} {2-Spades}, was no good against Chiu's straight, {a-Spades} {9-Spades} {4-Spades} {10-Hearts}. Chiu won the pot, but he's still among the short stacks with 34,000.

Tags: Cole SouthDavid Chiu

Ritchie Overcoated Too, But It's No Problem

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Pot-Limit Omaha:

Getting overcoated by a board pair is not a pleasant experience, but somehow Brett Richey made it work anyway. Richey raised {k-Diamonds} {4-Hearts} {a-Diamonds} {j-Spades} pre-flop, then called Justin Smith's button re-raise. Richey flopped two pair, {8-Spades} {4-Diamonds} {k-Spades}, and check-called 7,200. The turn wasn't a great card for Richey, the {8-Diamonds}, making his hand kings and eights with an ace kicker. He check-called another 16,800.

Both players checked the {2-Clubs} river. Richey's hand as enough to take down the pot.

Tags: Brett RicheyJustin Smith

Evdakov Gets a Big Piece of durrrr

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No-Limit Hold'em:

Tom Dwan is down a healthy chunk of his stack after tangling with the WSOP record-holder for most cashes in a single WSOP -- Nikolay Evdakov. There was a pre-flop raise that Evdakov called from the cutoff. Dwan, sitting in the big blind, then re-raised to 7,200. The original raiser folded but Evdakov called again.

Dwan led for 11,300 on a flop of {q-Spades} {2-Clubs} {3-Diamonds}. Evdakov made a just-slightly-bigger-than-mini mum raise to 25,000. Dwan called.

Dwan check-called 30,000 on the {k-Hearts} turn and another 25,000 on the {3-Clubs} river. He couldn't beat Evdakov's top pair, {a-Hearts} {k-Diamonds}. As a result Dwan's stack is down to 35,000 while Evdakov is up to 215,000.

Tags: Tom DwanNikolay Evdakov

Somehow, One Pair Scoops

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Lyle Berman
Lyle Berman

Omaha 8/b:

It was a pretty tough break for Lyle Berman. He flopped two pair and a low draw with {a-Spades} {4-Spades} {7-Clubs} {6-Clubs} against Patrik Antonius' top pair and gutshot straight draw, {a-Diamonds} {k-Clubs} {j-Hearts} {j-Diamonds}, on a board of {10-Diamonds} {a-Clubs} {6-Hearts}. The turn {10-Spades} was a terrible card, overcoating Berman's hand, but after check-raising the flop he followed through with turn bet that Antonius called. Both players checked the {4-Diamonds} river, allowing Antonius to take down the entire pot with aces and tens with a king kicker.

Tags: Patrik AntoniusLyle Berman

Chipcounts

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Yuval Bronshtein
Yuval Bronshtein
150,000
David Benyamine
David Benyamine
150,000
Todd Brunson
Todd Brunson
150,000
Doyle Brunson
Doyle Brunson
150,000
Chad Brown
Chad Brown
150,000
Justin Bonomo
Justin Bonomo
150,000
Noah Boeken
Noah Boeken
150,000
Andrew Bloch
Andrew Bloch
150,000
Jared Bleznick
Jared Bleznick
150,000
Michael Binger
Michael Binger
150,000
Steve Billirakis
Steve Billirakis
150,000
Lyle Berman
Lyle Berman
150,000
David Benefield
David Benefield
150,000
Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown
150,000
Allen Bari
Allen Bari
150,000
David Baker
David Baker
150,000
David Bach
David Bach
150,000
Josh Arieh
Josh Arieh
150,000
Patrik Antonius
Patrik Antonius
150,000
James Alstyne
James Alstyne
150,000
Dario Alioto
Dario Alioto
150,000
Daniel Alaei
Daniel Alaei
150,000
Huck Seed
Huck Seed
150,000
Isaac Blum Haxton
Isaac Blum Haxton
150,000
Shawn Buchanan
Shawn Buchanan
150,000

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The *New* Hellmuth Tank-Fold

No-Limit Hold'em

Joe Serock opened for 2,100 from UTG and got five callers including Phil Hellmuth and Erik Sagstrom. The flop came down {J-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{8-Spades} and Hellmuth led out for 5,000. Only Sagstrom called. They went heads-up to the turn, which fell the {5-Hearts}. Hellmuth bet another 12,000 and Sagstrom called. When the {A-Hearts} hit the river, Hellmuth gave the table a slow knock and Sagstrom bet 16,000.

Hellmuth took off his sunglasses and stared at the board in silence. He uttered not a word about the quality of his luck, the quality of the river card, or Northern European idiots as he pondered his decision. Ultimately, he mucked without saying a word. Do we have the feng-shui expert to thank for that?

Tags: Phil HellmuthErik Sagstrom

Giang Rolls a Wheel

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Pot-Limit Omaha:

David Benyamine was shaking his head after a PLO showdown against Chau Giang. Benyamine raised the button to 2,000 pre-flop, with Giang calling from the big blind. Giang coughed loudly after a flop of {3-Spades} {j-Hearts} {5-Hearts}, then checked. Benyamine followed up with a bet of 3,600 that Giang called.

Both players verbally checked the {4-Diamonds} turn, then checked again when the {3-Hearts} river made the board slightly scary. Giang turned over {a-Clubs} {2-Diamonds} {k-Clubs} {j-Spades} for a wheel, which was good enough.

Tags: Chau GiangDavid Benyamine

The $50K by the Numbers

It's a little difficult to compare year-to-year numbers when it comes to the $50,000 Players' Championship, primarily because the format has slightly changed every year.

2010 (8-game mix, televised, NLHE at final table): 116 entries
2009 (H.O.R.S.E., not televised): 95 entries
2008 (H.O.R.S.E., televised, H.O.R.S.E. at final table): 148 entries
2007 (H.O.R.S.E., televised, H.O.R.S.E. at final table): 148 entries
2006 (H.O.R.S.E., televised, NLHE at final table): 143 entries

This year's numbers are up a bit from last year's, no doubt due to the fact that (a) no-limit and pot-limit games have been added to the mix and (b) ESPN is televising the final table this year, where the 8-game mix will be abandoned in favor of straight no-limit hold'em.