Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Amanda Ain't Bluffing


On a board reading {7-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} Amanda Musumeci deliberated with a decision before firing out 5,000 into a pot of roughly 4,000.

Her opponent took his time before making the call only to be shown the {K-Clubs}{Q-Spades} of Musumeci.

As Musumeci collected the pot, she moved to over 21,000 before saying, "I tried to make it look as bluffy as I could."

Tags: Amanda Musumeci

Talbot Truckin'


Andrew Talbot continues to have a strong day, building on that big stack largely gained from his big knockout hand versus Peter Feldman earlier.

Just now Talbot knocked out two more players in rapid succession. One was Senovio Ramirez. Talbot raised before the flop, Ramirez reraised, Talbot shoved, and Ramirez called. Talbot had {A-}{K-} versus Ramirez's {A-}{7-}-suited, and Talbot's hand held up as best.

Soon after, Talbot was raising again before the flop to 1,000, had a player reraise to 2,900, Talbot again shoved, and again had his opponent call. This time Talbot had {10-}{10-} and his opponent {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}.

The flop was good for Talbot, coming {10-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{7-Clubs} and giving him a set. The {9-Hearts} turn gave his opponent a chance, but the {8-Diamonds} on the river sealed it.

After that sequence, Talbot is up to 56,000.

Tags: Andrew TalbotSenovio Ramirez



Facing an all in for 2,050 from an opponent in the cutoff, Vladimir Geshkenbein made the call from the big blind.

Geshkenbein: {Q-Clubs}{6-Clubs}
Opponent: {A-Hearts}{8-Spades}

The board ran out {10-Hearts}{5-Spades}{9-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} to see Geshkenbein send an opponent to the rail while climbing to 28,500 in chips.

Tags: Vladimir Geshkenbein

Saout Chipping Up


Facing two limps ahead of him, Antoine Saout bumped it to 1,250 from the cutoff.

The cutoff cold-called and the limpers came along for the ride, but all instantly-folded to Saout's 3,300-chip flop bet.

After being down to just a few thousand a few levels ago, Saout is now up to a healthy 20,000 in chips.

Tags: Antoine Saout

Aldridge's Afternoon

Ken Aldridge
Ken Aldridge

As the field for our event shrinks, we are having to move through several of the tables for Event #56 (the $2,500 no-limit hold'em event) to get to our remaining players.

At one of those tables sits Ken Aldridge, whom you may recall we reported earlier had busted from our event. He was just telling his table in Event #56 about his experience earlier this afternoon.

"I really wanted to play this one," he said with a grin right after winning a pot. "I had run up to 15,000 in the $1K, but I knew I wanted to play this, so I got it in. Had an overpair to the board, he had flopped a set...." And that was that.

He looks like he's off to a good start in Event #56, too. Of course, if he busts there, there's only one more event left in the WSOP. The Big One.

Tags: Ken Aldridge

By the Numbers


A total of 3,844 players registered for this event, with 2,340 coming yesterday and 1,504 today.

Of that group of 1,504, we currently have 396 players still with chips. That means 729 players total are still alive in Event #54.

The average chip stack for those here playing Day 1b is about 9,900 as we move through Level 7.

Play Resumes


Players have returned and Level 7 has begun. The plan tonight is to play two more one-hour levels, then 35 minutes' worth of Level 9 before concluding, thereby halting play at the same point it was stopped last for Day 1a.

Dinner Break


The remaining players are now heading on their 90-minute dinner break.

See you back here at 8:20 pm PST.

Hamilton Doubles Opponent


Lisa Hamilton opened to 500 from early position only to have an opponent move all in for 4,900.

Hamilton made the call tabling her {A-Clubs}{J-Spades} to be in a race against {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}.

The {Q-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{4-Spades} flop put Hamilton in the lead, but the {A-Hearts} on the turn gave her opponent an additional four outs.

Unfortunately for Hamilton, the river landed the {10-Hearts} to see her opponent double to over 10,000 as she slipped to just under 12,000 in chips.

Tags: Lisa Hamilton

A Liu-Liu of a Hand


J.J. Liu was eliminated near the end of Level 6 in an especially unfortunate hand.

Holding {A-}{6-}, she committed the last of her stack following an {A-}{A-}{K-} flop, but her opponent had {k-}{k-} for the full house. The turn was a ten and the river a queen, and Liu won't be coming back from the soon-to-start dinner break.

Tags: J.J. Liu