Marco "CrazyMarco" Johnson and a gentleman named Crazy Mike just booked a last longer for the event. We missed the specifics, but we did catch the details on another side-bet between Mike and Michael Binger.
"You have to lay me odds," Crazy Mike pleaded.
"1.1 to 1," Binger offered.
"1.2 to 1," Crazy Mike responded.
"Booked," said Binger.
"This is a must-cash bet, right?" Crazy Mike shouted from an adjacent table.
"No..." Binger answered.
Crazy Mike did his best to get out of the bet, but Binger wouldn't budge. The bet is on.
That's the number on the big board as 171 players have taken their seats so far. With last year's event setting the bar high at 212 runners, we're going to need some help in the next two hours to set another record. We'd expect to move ahead of the 2009 total of 179, though.
There were several bets already stacked in the pot when we watched the turn card fall on a board. Heads up, Vanessa Selbst check-raised Barry Greenstein, and "Bear" threw in the extra bet to see the river. Selbst bet again, and Greenstein called.
Greenstein's pair of kings earned him the high half, and Selbst had to settle for just a quarter of the pot as she and Bear chopped up the low half. The lady is down to 26,000, while Greenstein improves to about 40,500 with that nice pot.
Under the gun, Will Failla opened the pot with a raise, and only the big blind, Alessio Isaia, called to see a flop.
It came , and Failla put out his continuation bet. Isaia check-raised, and Failla called the extra bet there, and a bet apiece on the turn and river.
Isaia tabled , and he'd get the low half with the nut low. Failla's was good for the top half, but "The Thrill" was less than thrilled. "Seven times!" he pointed his finger down at the two aces on the felt. "Seven times today, and I have no chips."
Failla does have 19,000 left from his starting stack of 30,000, but he and his aces are a bit grumpy right now.
There are a few notables who've trickled in since the break. Chau Giang, Daniel Negreanu, Michael Binger, Freddy Deeb and Eli Elezra have all found their seats in the Yellow Section of the Pavillion Room.
Still no sign of reigning champion Sammy Farha, but there are still two more hours of late registration.
We just went over to check on how much time was in the level, and apparently there's 27 seconds left in the second period. And Boston is up 4-0. Our bright yellow time clock has been tuned to the NHL playoff game, and there are at least a couple fans and bet-sweaters craning their necks, spending more time watching the action on the ice than on the felt.
When we arrived at his table, George Lind III was heads-up with an opponent and the board was complete: . Lind III's opponent led out, Lind III raised, and his opponent went deep into the tank. He eventually called, but quickly mucked when Lind III tabled for aces full of sixes.
Lind III is off to a nice start and has over 35,000 chips.