That brings an end to a long ten levels of play here today in Event #37 of the 2010 World Series of Poker. Our 219 hopefuls have been reduced to just 25 of the finest mixed game players in the world, who will return tomorrow to decide who will be victorious and capture that elusive gold WSOP bracelet.
It will be an exciting day as we have several big name pros still in this field, headlined of course by the immortal Phil Ivey who will have the attention of the world as he goes for bracelet number eight. He's been in cruise control for most of this event so far, and will be looking to step it up a gear tomorrow.
He will be joined by the likes of David Benyamine, Bill Chen, David Singer, Scott Seiver, Jeff Lisandro, Chad Brown and Dan Heimiller, just to name a few. However they will all be chasing John Juanda who continues his fantastic form as he surged late to grab the chip lead with 393,000 chips, narrowly ahead of David Baker and Ryan Hughes. We'll have the full list of chip counts updated in the Chip Counts page you very shortly.
The players will return to the Amazon Room at 3pm tomorrow and play it out until a champion is crowned. Hold on to your hats folks, it could be a long and bumpy ride! We look forward to your company then!
The players will now be playing six more hands on each table before we wrap it up for today.
Andrew Goetsch is not on Scott Seiver's Christmas card list right now. Facing a bet from Brent Wheeler on the river in a Stud-8 hand, Seiver took what he thought was around a minute to decide on what to do. This was apparently enough time for Goetsch to call for the clock.
Seiver wasn't impressed and eventually timed out as Wheeler took down the pot.
"Did I do something to you in a previous life? Why on Earth would you call the clock?" questioned Seiver. Goetsch mumbled something inaudible in reply.
"Great way to represent your site sir," continued Seiver.
It was implied by Seiver that Goetsch would be wanting time to drag out and the levels to jump because of his short stack. He could either jump up the payouts if others bust or give himself a chance to double up and get back into the tournament.
Dan Heimiller added, "I'm happy to just wait and jump up the payouts. It's an extra $2,000! An extra $2,000 every day, that's over $600,000 a year and that's good money!"
Hard to argue with that logic.
The board was paired on the turn, , when Jeff Lisandro fired a bet into the pot. His lone opponent, David Benyamine, called to see the fall on the river. Lisandro fired again. Benyamine gave the matter about 20 or 30 seconds of thought before finally calling. Lisandro tabled two kings, , for a final hand of kings and jacks, to take down the pot.
The fight of Devin Hanneman has come to an end. He was all in on third street against both Konstantin Puchkov and Dan Makowsky.
There was betting action on the side with Makowsky leading and Puchkov calling him down.
Makowsky: () /
Puchkov: (-X) /
Hanneman: () /
Puchkov showed trip queens but it wasn't enough to overcome Makowsky's wheel. Hanneman had outs as he tried to squeeze out another diamond on the river, but it wasn't to be as he hit the rail in 28th place. Makowsky is up to 290,000.
An excepionally short Clayton Mozdzen called from the button pre-flop after David Singer opened and was called by Mitch Schock. George Trigeorgis also called from the small blind before big blind Albert Hahn re-raised. Everyone except Trigeorgis called the re-raise, with Mozdzen all in.
Singer led the flop and the turn. Each time he was called by Shock and Hahn. When the river fell , Hahn bet all in for 11,500. Singer was the only player to call that bet. Hahn opened for the nut low and a straight-six. That hand was good for both halves of the side pot and both halves of the main pot after Mozdzen mucked.
Mozdzen exits in 29th place.
The action has slowed to a crawl recently, and its with no thanks to Devin Hanneman who is currently the short stack of the field, and happily blinding down, hoping perhaps to jump a pay bracket.
"Go home short stack..." joked Mark Johns, "...and stop ruining our game!"
"I'm waiting to be rolled up..." replied Hanneman, "...or better!"
Hanneman currently has about 10,000 in chips, which is only good for about seven more antes!