Event #24: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

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Craig Marquis 13,000 1,500
Shawn Buchanan 12,000 -1,000
Michael Glasser 10,800 4,600
Liv Boeree 8,300 400
Eric Froehlich 7,000 -2,300
Chad Batista 6,700
Michael Binger 6,700 1,200
Michael Skomac 6,500 -3,500
Vitaly Lunkin 6,000 3,300
Ylon Schwartz 5,500
Mark Seif 5,300 4,300
Carter Phillips 5,300 3,800
Robert Varkonyi 4,900 1,500
Tracey Nguyen 4,800 2,000
Corey Burbick 4,300 700
Phil Gordon 3,700 -800
Andy Black 3,100 -100
Matt Graham 2,800 -300
Maria Ho 2,500 -50
Humberto Brenes 2,000 -2,200
Owen Crowe 1,900 -500
Martin Kabrhel Busted
Shane Schleger Busted
Justin Bonomo Busted
Mike Leah Busted

Two Pair Provides a Double For Black

We arrived at this hand just in time to see Andy Black go all in for about 1,000 into a pot with 1,200 in it and a board of {7-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{k-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}.

His opponent thought about it for a while before making the call.

Black: {6-Spades}{7-Clubs}
Opponent: {k-}{9-}

The river bricked and Black found himself up to about 3,200.

Tags: Andy Black

Wax On, Wax Off


With the board reading {8-Spades}{7-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{10-Spades} a player in the big blind checked to Matt Waxman who moved all in for 3,550. His opponent called and then mucked when Waxman tabled {9-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} for a rivered straight.

Waxman is now up to 8,900 chips.

Tags: Matt Waxman

Rocky Road for Ho


Maria Ho opened to 250 from early position and a player near the button shoved for 1,850. Action folded back to Ho who though for a moment before tossing in the call.

Ho: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}
Opponent: {K-Spades}{J-Clubs}

The {K-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{5-Hearts} flop was no good for Ho and she couldn't find an ace or a jack on either the turn or the river doubling her opponent up. Ho has had an up and down level and has slipped back below starting stack with 2,550 chips.

Tags: Maria Ho

A lil' more chips for lilholdem

Chad "lilholdem954" Batista is mixing it up at his table. In one hand we just caught, he went all in for 2,525 when his opponent bet 500 into a flop reading {a-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{6-Hearts}.

Batista's opponent folded {a-Clubs}{2-Clubs} face up. Batista in turn flipped up the {4-Diamonds}.

Tags: Chad Batista

Maria Ho Finds Time To Double

As we mentioned earlier, Maria Ho has been playing a lot of pots lately. Her aggressive table image may have just paid off for her.

Ho was in the big blind when she called a raise from the player on the button. The flop came {4-Clubs}{7-Spades}{5-Clubs}. Ho checked, and then called a bet of 300 from her opponent.

The turn was the {9-Clubs}. This time Ho took the opportunity to lead off with a bet of 1,500, leaving only about 400 behind. Her opponent raised, and Ho called, putting herself all in.

Ho: {7-Hearts}{9-Hearts}
Opponent: {k-}{k-}

The river came down {a-Hearts} and Ho's two pair held. She's now up to about 4,400.

Tags: Maria Ho

Krazy Kabrhel


It's safe to say that Martin Kabrhel is playing a little aggressive today.

After a player in the cutoff raised to 300 (with just 650 behind) Kabrhel moved all in for 6,200 (effectively 3,000). The action folded back to the player in the cutoff who called and the hands were tabled:

Kabrhel: {A-Spades}{9-Diamonds}
Cutoff: {K-Spades}{Q-Clubs}

The board ran {K-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{10-Hearts}{J-Spades}{4-Spades} and Kabrhel doubled his opponent dropping him to 5,100 chips.

The very next hand Kabrhel shoved over another late-position raiser. He wasn't called though, and moved back up to 5,600 chips.

Tags: Martin Kabrhel

"It Was Fun While It Lasted"


Phil Ivey only lasted one hand at our mega table of death.

The aforementioned older woman, Theresa Gex, opened from under the gun and Ivey just grabbed his whole stack and stuck it in the middle. Chris "Jesus" Ferguson flatted and the action folded back to the kind woman who snapped it off.

Ivey tabled {K-Hearts}{K-Spades} and Ferguson let out a laugh when he opened {K-Clubs}{7-Hearts}.

"You got me Phil," he joked.

Gex got them all though when she triumphantly turned over {A-Spades}{A-Clubs}. The rail around the table was four people deep and they all exploded into uncontrollable laughter.

The board ran {J-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{Q-Spades} and Mr. Ivey hit the rail.

"Well," Ivey said with a huge grin. "It was fun while it lasted."

Ivey's out, Ferguson is down to 2,000 and the sweet old woman has tripled to 9,000.

Tags: Chris FergusonPhil IveyTheresa Gex

The Deadliest Table of Death

If you've ever wanted a reason not to late register, look no further than Table 109. The table is composed of people who just signed up. It's no exaggeration when we say that it's by far the most stacked starting table we've seen in any $1,000 event.

Seat 2:Tommy Vedes
Seat 3: Dan Heimiller
Seat 5: Tom Dwan
Seat 6: Phil Ivey
Seat 8: Andy Black
Seat 9. Chris Ferguson

Squeezed in between Dwan and Ivey is an older woman with grey hair, Theresa Gex. Not the most comfortable place to be, but we'll see if she can prove doubters wrong.

Note: In the first hand we caught at the table, Chris Ferguson busted Dan Heimiller.

Tags: Andy BlackChris FergusonDan HeimillerPhil IveyTom DwanTommy VedesTheresa Gex

Bracelet Ceremony


David "Bakes" Baker and John "Tex" Barch are being presented bracelets today for winning Event #19: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship and Event #20: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha respectively.

They're both first-time bracelet winners, but both have great track records here at the WSOP. Congratulations gentlemen!

Tags: David BakerJohn Barch