Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Nguyen Nicked


Facing a raise to 75, Kenny Nguyen three-bet from the button to 300, only to have the original raiser four-ball it back; making it 1,375.

Nguyen made the call as the {K-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{9-Spades} flop fell, and after a check, Nguyen moved all in for his last 875. Nguyen's opponent made the call and we were off to a showdown.

Nguyen: {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades}
Opponent: {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs}

The turn and river landed the {J-Spades} and {7-Diamonds} to see Nguyen hit the rail for an early exit.

Tags: Kenny Nguyen

Theo Back At It

Theo Tran
Theo Tran

Both Theo Tran and another opponent committed 200 preflop to see a {A-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{10-Hearts} flop.

Both players checked to see the {K-Spades} land on the turn and Tran faced with a 300-chip bet.

Tran then bumped it up to 700 and his opponent made the call as the {9-Hearts} fell on the river.

Tran's 525-chip bet was check-called by his opponent as Tran tabled his {7-Diamonds}{7-Spades} for a flopped set to take down another pot and virtually double to 3,400 in chips.

Tags: Theo Tran

Faces in the Crowd


A few more familiar faces…

Jonathan Aguiar is here. So are Lisa Hamilton, Julian Thew, Ken Aldridge, Chris Moneymaker, Mike Wattel, and David Sands.

Tran Doubles


A short-stacked Theo Tran opened to 100 and found a caller to see a {7-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{10-Hearts} flop fall down.

Tran fired out 150 and was check-called by an opponent before the {Q-Hearts} landed on the turn and Tran's 200-chip bet was again check-called.

With only 300 left in his stack, Tran moved all in when the river landed the {J-Hearts}.

"I guess you don't have {9-Hearts}{8-Hearts}" stated his opponent before making the call.

Tran's opponent would be proved right as Tran tabled his {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} to double to 1,700.

Tags: Theo Tran


Tommy Le trips up over a house!
Tommy Le trips up over a house!

Taking another stroll around the Pavilion Room we found Tommy Le's chair empty.

Approaching the table to ask some of his fellow ex-players, they informed us that one player had a full house and another trips as Le's cards hit the muck as his chips were pushed elsewhere.

Tags: Tommy Le

Gorilla in Our Midst

Otto Fabius, foraging for chips
Otto Fabius, foraging for chips

As we were making the first round of the Pavilion, we heard someone wish good luck to his friend from the rail as he took his seat at the table.

"Good luck, monkey man," he said. Didn't think too much of it until we saw the player to whom the well-wishing was addressed.

The player is Otto Fabius, and he's come today dressed in a full-body gorilla suit.

He's even brought a couple of bananas.

Tags: Otto Fabius

Le Picks Wrong Spot


Tommy Le was greeted on his arrival to the table with a preflop raise of 325 confronting him.

Le wasn't one to sit back and take it on the chin, and consequently raised the action to 825.

Unfortunately for Le it was bad timing as his opponent quickly fired 2,825 total to prompt a quick muck from Le as he slipped to 1,900 in the early goings.

Tags: Tommy Le

Early Birds


Tables are set up throughout the spacious Pavilion Room, and there are still a lot of empty seats, so we're expecting players to keep arriving throughout these first couple of levels.

Some of those here for the first hands of Level 1 include Nam Le, Pat Pezzin, Raymond Rahme, Christina Lindley, J.C. Tran, John Monnette, and Daryll Fish. Barry Shulman and Theo Tran are here, too, sitting next to each other, in fact.

We've also spotted a couple of 2010 WSOP bracelet winners so far among today's field -- Men Nguyen, winner of Event #10, the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, and Valdemar Kwaysser, who took down Event #38, the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship.

Cards in the Air


Tournament Director Jack Effel has delivered all of the usual announcements and has instructed dealers to start dealing the first hands of Day 1b.

As Effel noted, players will be playing until we reach about the 35-minute mark of Level 9 today -- as was done yesterday for Day 1a -- at which point they'll stop and those surviving will return for tomorrow's Day 2.

Here Comes Day 1b


Welcome to Day 1b of Event #54, the last of six open-field $1,000 no-limit hold'em events at this year's WSOP.

Yesterday more than 2,300 players showed up to take their shot at this one, with only 331 surviving to tomorrow's Day 2. Play was stopped last night in the middle of Level 9 so as to prevent the tourney from reaching the money prior to the field combining on Day 2, and that is what will happen again today for those registering to play Day 1b.

Some of the prize pools for these $1K events have been quite large. For the most part, the winners of each have taken home around half a million dollars to go with their shiny gold bracelets. The largest field and prize pool of these $1K events was for the first one -- Event #3 -- which saw 4,345 players enter and Aadam Daya win $625,872 for coming out on top.

Registration for Event #54 will remain open until the start of Level 3, so we'll keep an eye on that entrant total and see if this one challenges Event #3's numbers.

Come back at noon local time when the action begins!