That brings an end to a rapid-fire first day of Event #52: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed Event. It was one of the most hyped events of the 2010 World Series of Poker with the online kids licking their lips at the prospects of a big buy-in, short-handed tournament.
Only the best of the best were in attendance as 191 took to the felt at noon this afternoon. After ten levels of check-raises, triple barrels and five-bet bluffs, our field has been reduced to around 70 players; a rather high number of bustouts for a tournament which started with a massive 75,000 start bank. The ruthless aggression of our fearless players would have something to do with that. From the moment Tom Dwan was eliminated by a cruel river blow after Alex Roumeliotis made a move on him, it set the tone for the day of fast-paced play and exciting eliminations - perhaps none more memorable than Danny Wong's devastating one-outer.
Those who fared better include Daniel Negreanu who was with the chip leaders all day, Sam Trickett was dominant throughout the later stages and Isaac Haxton who surged towards the close of play. However it was Alexander Gruibem who bagged up the chip lead with 548,000, closely followed by Jason Somerville with 516,600. We'll have the full updated chip counts of the field for you shortly.
We'll recommence at 2:30pm tomorrow as the players will inch their way towards the money and a day three berth. We look forward to your company then!
On the last hand of the night at his table, Tim Begley raised the button to 5,500. Sorel Mizzi was in the small blind and reraised to 15,200. Begley moved all in and Mizzi quickly called. Mizzi held the and Begley the .
The flop came down and Begley picked up trip kings. The turn was the and the river the , giving Mizzi the gutshot straight to broadway. He finished with 169,700 chips while Begley was out the door, felted on the last hand.
Each table is playing three more hands before we bag, tag and drink.
On a flop of McLean Karr checked it over to John Juanda who bet 11,600. Karr then check-raised to 29,700 and Juanda made the call.
The turn was the and Karr moved 46,700 into the pot and Juanda matched it as a big pot was developing when the completed the board on the river.
Karr decided to check and Juanda checked behind. Karr showed for a straight to take it down. He's up to 460,000 with Juanda back down to 365,000.
Isaac Haxton opened from the hijack, John Racener shoved to 36,000 from the button and Haxton called.
Racener's kings held up on the board and he doubled to 76,500.
The old squeeze play. It looks so suss but can sometimes be so strong. That's exactly what happened to Jared Jaffee, who squeezed out in the big blind and squeezed it to 20,000 after a raise and two callers.
Chris Oliver was the original raiser, and he released, as Justin Bonomo and Nick Schulman made the call to see a flop of .
All three players checked and the hit the turn. Again it checked to Bonomo who fired 30,000. Schulman got out of the way as Jaffee made the call.
The river was the and Jaffee checked again as Bonomo took his time before checking behind. Jaffee showed the rockets and Bonomo mucked. Jaffee is up to 240,000.
Phil Galfond opened for 6,000 from under-the-gun and Davidi Kitai reraised to 17,500 from his immediate left. The action folded to Isaac Haxton in the small blind, who four-bet to 62,500. Galfond gave up his hand, Kitai moved all-in and Haxton snap-called.
Kitai did not improve on the board and was eliminated. Haxton is up to 503,000.
Catching the action on the turn on a board of , PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu called the 14,500-chip bet from his opponent before being faced with another bet worth 30,000 on the river.
"I think you got me this time," chirped Negreanu, "but there's no way I'm folding!"
Negreanu slid calling chips into the middle and was shown . Negreanu sighed and flashed to be out-kicked by his opponent. Negreanu slips to 400,000.
Chris Moore opened for 4,800 from the button and Steven Kelly shoved for 57,200 total. Moore made the call.
The board ran out , resulting in a chopped pot, each player with a pair of fives and ace-king-jack. However, the dealer pushed the pot to Moore and Kelly departed the table before anyone realized the mistake. Moore pushed the pot back and the dealer began splitting it as Shawn Buchanan ran out the door in pursuit of Kelly.
"Dude, it's your lucky day!" said Beth Shak as Kelly arrived back in his seat.