Event #51: $3,000 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em

Off They Go


The 443 remaining players are back from their 90-minute break. Cards are in the air.

Dinner Bell

We've got six levels behind us, and that cues our dinner break. The players have 90 minutes, so we'll be back right around 8:20 p.m. to finish off the last four levels of Day 1.

Bon appetit!

A Won-durrrr-ful Life


Ship the triple up to Tom "durrrr" Dwan. Tom Dwan raised to 800 pre-flop and was called by a middle-position player and by the button. Dwan continued on a flop of {a-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{3-Clubs}, leading out for 1,175. The next player to act raised to 2,925. The button then flat-called that raise, prompting Dwan to ship in his whole stack, 7,575 total. The middle-position player tanked for about a minute and a half before announcing that he too was all in.

The brought the action back to the button, who called after about a minute. For the main pot, Dwan's set of nines, {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}, was ahead of each of his other opponents' top pair. They both had unsuited ace-queen and wound up chopping the side pot after the board bricked out. Dwan collected all of the main pot to triple up to 25,800.

"That was probably a bad call but I figured he had the set, so..." said the button, referring to Dwan.

"You figured *I* had the set?" Dwan asked, a smile at the corner of his lips. He'd have no further chance to use that information, however, as the table broke immediately following the hand.

Tags: Tom Dwan

The Toilet Flushes This Time

We walked up too late to see when the money went in there, but we do know that Humberto Brenes has just been eliminated by Faraz "The-Toilet" Jaka. Humberto flopped a set of fives with a pocket pair, but Jaka could do better than that. His {2-Diamonds} {4-Diamonds} was flopped even better by {K-Diamonds} {5-Diamonds} {6-Diamonds}, and Brenes was unable to fill up to stay alive.

With that knockout pot, Jaka has taken a significant chip lead over anyone we've spotted, sitting pretty with 63,000 right now.

Tags: Faraz JakaHumberto Brenes

Diamonds Good to Selbst


Vanessa Selbst groaned when she saw what bad shape she was in. She moved all in for 5,575 from the small blind and was called by a player under the gun, who had limped into the pot. That player tabled {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}, a significant favorite over Selbst's {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}. But Selbst flopped a flush draw, {7-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}, then turned her flush with the {j-Diamonds}. She doubled up to 11,500.

Tags: Vanessa Selbst

Leibert Out

Andy Philachack opened to 725 from late position, and Kathy Liebert moved all in for about 2,000 total. She had pocket sixes, and she was up against {Q-} {10-} for her tournament life.

The flop was clean and raggy, but a ten on the turn was too much for Liebert to overcome. She's out, and Philachack is up to 45,000 in the process.

Tags: Andy PhilachackKathy Liebert

Double Dip


Double dipping -- playing in two (or more!) tournaments at the same time -- has become very popular at the World Series of Poker the last few years. No surprise, then, that the seat next to Jordan Morgan is empty with a stack of 6,300 in front of it. A yellow sticky note on the table rail identifies the owner: John Juanda, who is currently playing in Day 2 of the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event.

Tags: John Juanda

Missing, Presumed Busto

Here's a (long) list of players we haven't seen in quite some time. They are presumed busto until new information comes to light:

Matt Brady
Bruno Fitoussi
Thuy Doan
Marco Traniello
David Chiu
Toto Leonidas
Andre Akkari
Scott Clements
Tom McCormick
Valdemar Kwaysser
Chad Brown
Jude Ainsworth
Victor Ramdin
David Benyamine
Dan Heimiller
Max Pescatori
Bill Chen
Bryan Devonshire

Maridu Meets Her End

Maria Mayrinck
Maria Mayrinck

"That was the cutest little pot ever."

That's what Maria "Maridu" Mayrinck said to us as she meandered toward the rail, so we had to get the rest of the details.

"Set of deuces," she said pointing at herself, "against a set of queens," with a point back towards her former table. "Well," she added, "he made quads on the river."

With a shrug, Maridu was gone.

Tags: Maria Mayrinck

No Sweat for Hachem


Life is pretty good right now for former Main Event champion Joe Hachem. He was sitting in the cutoff in a recent hand and three-bet to 1,525 after a middle-position player opened for a raise. That player then four-bet to 3,8000. Hachem made the call to a flop of {7-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{k-Spades}. Hachem's opponent led out for another 3,800, then was faced with a big decision when Hachem raised all in for 11,300 total. The player thought through his decision for quite a while before finally calling with {j-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}. Hachem had that hand easily beat with {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}. The turn and river blanked out {9-Clubs} and {8-Clubs} to ship the double-up to Hachem. He's up to 33,500.

Tags: Joe Hachem