With two-thirds of the field already eliminated, we seem to have hit a general "after dinner" slowdown, with less aggression dominating the action. We're still a long way from the end of the night, however, so we don't expect this malaise to last. The current chip leaders are all in the 80,000 to 90,000 range, except for David Singer, who has managed to be the first to crack six figures.
2009 November Niner James Akenhead was oen of three players involved in a flop. He was first to act and checked. The second player also checked, leading the third player to bet 2,825. Akenhead spent some time in the think tank before check-raising to 10,000 straight. That was enough to chase out the player in between. The original bettor quickly moved all in and Akenhead called. His kings were in the lead against his opponent's top pair, . The turn gave Akenhead two pair, and it was a good thing when his opponent paired his queen with the river to also make two pair. Kings and treys took down the pot and boosted Akenhead to 52,000.
It seems like it's always a good time for quads, but it's definitely a good time for quads when your opponent has top two. Lee Markholt got his stack into the pot on a board of and was called by a player with . Markholt turned up for a set of fives, then found the case five on the river to make quads and double up. He's up to 16,500.
Tom Franklin opened the pot from late position for 1,050. He was called only by the small blnd, who checked a flop of . Franklin bet 1,500 and was then check-raised to 4,000. He called to what was purpose a dangerous-looking turn card, the . The small blind led out for about 8,000, then quickly called after Franklin moved all in for 13,000 total. The small blind showed a set of eights, , but Franklin out-did that with a set of jacks, . The river didn't improve anyone. As a result, Franklin is up to 28,500.
We're a month into the 2010 WSOP now, and the late nights seem to be starting to take their toll. Although it's only just shy of 9pm local time, we spotted Dennis Phillips "resting his eyes" in between hands. The good news for Phillips is that because this event started at noon today, the chip bags will be broung out at about 12:45am instead of the later 3am or 330am that is the norm for restarts and the 5pm tournaments.
Win your flips andyou could be the next champion. Lose your flips and you could be the next out. It was a case of the latter for Carter King, who put his last 2,000 at risk with . An opponent called with pocket deuces, which held up. King's gone.
Tom Dwan had position over both of his callers in a recent hand that he raised pre-flop to 1,050. One of those callers, the big blind, led out for 1,800 on a flop of . Dwan was the only player to call the bet.
The turn paired the board, . Dwan's opponent cautiously checked. Dwan studied him carefully before checking behind.
Another small card, the , fell on the river. Dwan's opponent fired a pot-sized bet of 6,5000, drawing an instantaneous fold from durrrr. His chip stack is down to about 14,000.
A flop of was out on board when we walked up to Billy Kopp betting out 1,800. He was heads up with Tom Franklin, and Captain Tom raised to 4,000. Kopp had him covered with his all-in reraise, and Franklin instantly called to put himself at risk for about 10,000 total.
Kopp turned up for top pair, and he was in bad shape when Franklin showed that his had flopped a set. The turn and river came and , and that gives the double up to Franklin, moving up to 22,500.
Kopp is all the way down to 4,600.