|Robert Williamson III||37,000||7,000|
Pursuing that tough-tables-everywhere theme, here's a hand from the table featuring Erik Seidel, Chris Ferguson, Men Nguyen, and James Akenhead. Oh, and Sandra Naujoks and Name Le are at that one, too.
Akenhead limped in from middle position, and it folded around to Le who called from the small blind, and Seidel checked his option from the big blind.
The flop came monotone -- . Le checked, Seidel bet 300, Akenhead folded, and Le called. Both remaining players then checked the turn and river.
Le showed for a flush, and Seidel took one more look at his four before tossing them dealerward. Le has 13,500 now, Seidel 8,200, and Akenhead 5,200.
As players are eliminated and tables combined, new and interesting rosters are appearing. Two tables imparticular are quite formidable.
Table 17 currently has Tom McEvoy, Bertrand Grospellier, Eric Baldwin, and Gavin Griffin.
Table 29 is home to James Akenhead, Chris Ferguson, Erik Seidel, and Men Nguyen.
Tables are still breaking so stacked tables surely await in the future.
With the board showing and about 1,200 in the middle, Team PokerStars Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero of Argentina bet 800, and his opponent called. The river was the , Barbero bet 2,400, and his opponent got out.
Barbero comes to the WSOP on a torrid streak, having taken down two consecutive Latin American Poker Tour events. In February Barbero bested a field of 307 to win the LAPT Punta del Este Main Event. Then just over a week ago Barbero came away with all the chips at LAPT Lima, where 384 players entered.
Here Barbero looks to be having a good afternoon thus far. With that last hand, Nacho chips up to 31,000 as we approach the midway point of Level 6.
Tom McEvoy limped in middle position and then called a raise to 600 from the player on the button. The two saw a flop of and both checked.
When the came on the turn, McEvoy bet 1,000 and the button called. McEvoy then checked when the hit the river.
"Straight," the button said after checking. McEvoy silently turned over for a full house and took down the pot. He is now up to 15,100.
Here at the start of Level 6, the big board is now showing 333 players left from our starting field of 596. Looking like less than half of our starters are going to make it to the dinner break, which begins at the end of this level.
"Crazy" Marco Johnson just enjoyed a timely triple up.
Johnson was in a tricky spot, all in preflop with against two opponents, both of whom held nice PLO starters -- and .
Luckily for Johnson the board conveniently brought three spades to give him the nut flush, and Johnson is now up to 17,000.
|Robert Williamson III||30,000||9,500|
The player in the hijack raised to 450 and James Akenhead reraised to 1,575. Chris Ferguson, who was next to act from the small blind, raised again to 5,400, leaving himself only 350 behind.
Action folded back to the hijack who mucked. Akenhead put in a big pile of chips, which put Ferguson all in. Ferguson called and showed and was ahead of Akenhead's .
The board ran out and Ferguson got a much needed double up to around 11,600. Akenhead was still left with a healthy stack near 18,000.