Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Hamilton Runs Into Aces

Beauty surrounded by beasts!
Beauty surrounded by beasts!

Facing a raise under the gun to 900, a call from late position and then a three-bet to 3,600 from the small blind, Lisa Hamilton made it 10,900 from the big blind.

The original raiser moved all in for 13,300 and once the call and three-better folded, Hamilton made the call.

Hamilton: {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}
Opponent: {A-Diamonds}{A-Spades}

Apart from a slight sweat on the river when it fell paint, the board fell fairly dry as it was spread {5-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{2-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} to see Hamilton double her opponent up while slipping to just 3,600 in chips.

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Team PokerStars Pros Update

George Lind
George Lind

A number of Team PokerStars pros came out for Day 1b, with several having already left us. Among those not making it through to tomorrow's Day 2 are Grayson Physioc, Darus Suharto, Chad Brown, Nichoel Peppe, Pat Pezzin, and Chris Moneymaker.

We do still have a few in the field, however. George "Jorj95" Lind of Team PokerStars Online has been thriving all day and presently sits with a well above average stack of 38,500. Florian Langmann of Team Poker Stars Germany is doing well, too, with 19,000. And South African Raymond Rahme has about 8,500 as we approach the end of Level 8.

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Musumeci Gargan-ised!


We are unsure exactly of how the betting action and amounts fell, but we found Amanda Musumeci all in on the button against Anthony Gargano in the small blind.

Musumeci: {A-}{Q-}
Gargano: {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}

The board ran out {7-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{4-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} to see Musumeci eliminated as Gargano climbs to 48,000 in chips.

Tags: Amanda MusumeciAnthony Gargano

Au Revoir Antoine


Catching the action on a board reading {8-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} and a pot of around 6,000, Antoine Saout was faced with a bet of 2,000.

Saout paused for a few moments before check-raising to 4,500 with his opponent instantly making the call.

The dealer dropped the {3-Spades} on the river and Saout move all in for 9,600, and was called as quickly as he was on the previous street.

Saout tabled his {K-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}, but it would be his opponent's {Q-Hearts}{10-Hearts} that would send Saout to the rail.

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Big Bump for Bronshtein


Yuval Bronshtein opened from under the gun with a raise to 2,300, and the player sitting to his left reraised to 6,000. It folded around to George Lind who called from the small blind. The big blind folded, then Bronshtein reshoved all in. The UTG+1 player called, and Lind got out.

Bronshtein showed {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades} while his opponent tabled {A-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}. The community cards came {8-Spades}{A-Spades}{9-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}, and Bronshtein's hand was best.

He's chipped up to 53,000 now and is among our leaders for Day 1b. Lind still has nearly 30,000.

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Some Random Chip Counts

Andrew Talbot 49,000 -3,000
George Lind 29,300 -10,700
Vladimir Geshkenbein 22,000 -6,500
Amanda Musumeci 21,400 200
Lisa Hamilton 19,100 8,600
Antoine Saout 14,100 -5,900
Florian Langmann 14,000 -4,100
Van Nguyen 8,600 4,900

Gray Skies Turned Black for Physioc


The action folded round to Grayson Physioc who moved all in for his last 3,300 from the hi-jack.

An opponent in the small blind iso-shoved for over 6,000 to force the big blind to toss his cards into the muck.

Physioc: {J-Spades}{3-Spades}
Opponent: {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}

With Physioc's hand caught in the cookie jar, he would manage to find a chocolate chip one as the flop fell {K-Spades}{j-Clubs}{4-Hearts}.

The turn was even tastier for Physioc when it landed the {J-Hearts} to reduce his opponent's outs to just four.

Unfortunately for Physioc, the river would be one of them as the dealer smacked the {10-Spades} on fifth street to send Physioc to the rail.

"Good game. Good luck boys!" he announced before vacating the tournament floor.

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Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?


"Attention players in Event #54, the $1K no-limit hold'em... you now have a clock!"

So came the announcement just a moment ago. Event #56 has now gone on dinner break, which has freed up the screens surrounding our event. So now we get to follow an Event #54 clock.

We'd been playing without a visible clock since well before dinner, so our players showed their appreciation of having a way to see how much time is left in the level and how many players remain with a small cheer.

We appreciate it, too. There are 41 minutes left in Level 8. And 370 players (from Day 1b) remain. (Hooray.)

Where is That Flop Schedule?


"Did you just know it was going to flop?" asked one player to another.

Player . . . lets call him Johnny Tran . . . raised and then called all in holding {4-Spades}{3-Diamonds} against a player . . . lets call him Thomas MacDougall . . . who three-bet shoved holding {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs}.

The final board of {4-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{3-Clubs} would ensure the double for Tran as MacDougall looked absolutely flabbergasted with what just went down before his eyes.

We at PokerNews can't detail the whereabouts of where Tran attained the Event #54 flop schedule, so instead we're going to say it was due to the massage he was getting.

So the result? If you can't get the daily flop schedule, find a masseuse now!

Zhu Doubles Through


Yueqi Zhu is here. That's the Zhu whose high point this WSOP was a third-place finish in Event #25, the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship, and whose low point was the disqualification from Event #53, the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout.

Zhu still has chips in this one, although a recent bit tangling by Zhu with our leader Andrew Talbot almost sent him to the rail just a short while ago.

Talbot had opened with a raise to 675, and Zhu reraised all in with his last 3,750. Talbot called, showing {A-Hearts}{8-Hearts}. Zhu turned over {A-Spades}{j-Hearts}.

The board came {3-Spades}{9-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{7-Spades}, and Zhu doubled to about 8,000. Talbot still has about 53,000.

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