Eight levels up, eight levels down. Triple zero on the clock at the end of Level 8 means that we're done for Day 1 of Event 46, $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo.
It was a sedate day in the Blue Section of the Amazon Room. 284 players were about as quiet as players playing a split-pot game can be. The bust-outs were delayed somewhat until after the first break, thanks largely to the red "rebuy" lammers that each player was given at the start of the tournament.
But the bust-outs did come. Double-bracelet winner Frank Kassela was among the first out. He was soon followed by the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Andy Bloch, Antony Lellouche, Kevin MacPhee, Sorel Mizzi, Jason Mercier and many, many more.
When the chip bags came out, there were several players that were all vying for the chip lead. We think the biggest stack bagged up belongs to Steve Chanthabouasy, with 88,000. He's followed by Sergey Altbregin (85,000), Ryan Karp (76,200) and Francis Lincoln (75,700). But given the size of the pots that some tables were playing, we wouldn't be surprised if someone else grabed the chip lead on the very last hand of the night.
The Big Clock shows 130 players left. Those players will return at 3pm tomorrow to play down to a final table. They might even actually make it by the time 3am rolls around. PokerNews will of course be there to capture the action.
Until then, you can find us at the bar.
Steve Jelinek bet out on a flop and after Steve Chanthabouasy had potted, he agreed to get his whole stack in. On their backs.
Jelinek: for a pair of tens and a backdoor low draw
Chanthabouasy: for two pair and a gutshot
"Oh, that's nice," Jelinek complimented the man who would soon be in possession of his chips.
Chanthabouasy filled up and the $1,500 PLO8 champion hit the rail, just a hand or two before the end of the night.
Chanthabouasy meanwhile looks to be our chip leader as the chips are bagged and tagged.
There are only ten minutes left on the clock, but dealers have been instructed to play seven more hands at each table -- a tally that will surely take longer to play out than the ten minutes would take.
Regardless, that's where we're at. Seven more hands on each table.
It's like Chelsea Flower Show in here, as a brief potting war broke out between Mike Matusow and Max Pescatori on the turn of a board. It culminated with Pescatori calling all in.
Matusow: for the nut low, a pair of eights, a gutshot and the nut flush draw
Pescatori: for a pair of fives and the nut low
River: giving Matusow trips
Matusow took three quarters putting him up there with the chip leaders on 73,000. Pescatori meanwhile was reduced to 12,000 and was not happy about it at all.
With all of the poker being played the last few weeks, the players clearly need to find something else to occupy their attention. Italian Max Pescatori is discussing the World Cup knockout rounds (which start tomorrow) and is quite impressed by the U.S. team.
"If you can get 45-1 on the U.S. to win, take it," he told Mike Matusow. "They are really, really good."
Joe Beevers limped in on the small blind and Sergey Altbregin checked his option. They checked it all the way down to the river, when Beevers bet out 1,200. Altbregin potted, Beevers called, and once it had been established that Altbregin had the high (he turned over for a full house) and Beevers had the low (), they chopped it up.
This would not have been terribly interesting, but for the fact that Altbregin appears to be our current chip leader, on 85,000.
Poker's an easy game sometimes. Get aces twice and have them hold both times. Phil Hellmuth got his first aces, , when he had just 2,700 chips. His min-raise pre-flop was called by one player, and the rest of his chips were in on a flop of . His aces held.
Shortly thereafter Hellmuth opened for 1,400 pre-flop and was called by both blinds. On a flop of , the small blind led for 2,500. After the big blind folded, Hellmuth shoved for 4,900 total and was called. This time he had and was up against . The board again bricked out to push Hellmuth up to 14,000.