Today saw records broken as WSOP Event #3 began with 925 players, seven more players than the same event back in 2009 and 107 more than last year. For people who could not afford the $25,000 HU event, this was the real start of the WSOP and the event was filled with more stars than was probably expected.
Phil Hellmuth, Tom Dwan, Michael Mizrachi - all got quickly involved but were early casualties as were Eugene Katchalov, Jeff Madsen, Daniel Negreanu amongst others.
At the end of the day, Canadian Guillaume Rivet appears to be chip leader with 71,200 ahead of Andy Seth (61,700) with about 210 players remaining. Other players still involved include Barry Greenstein (46,900) James Dempsey (38,900) while TJ Cloutier, John Phan, Jean-Robert Bellande, Lex Veldhuis and Erik Seidel are all still in with a shout.
Tomorrow, we will be restarting in the purple section of the Amazon room at 2.30pm for anyone wishing to come down and rail Day 2 of this tournament. We'll see you all there, but remember that the $5,000 NL event is starting at 12pm and the $1,500 Stud event is at 5pm if our tournament isn't enough of a poker fix on it's own!
Defending Champion, Michael Chow had just 1,800 left and raised to 1,600 first into the pot. Men "The Master" Nguyen tried to isolate him from the button with a three bet but Thayer Rasmussen had other plans and made it four from the small blind. Chow threw in his last 200 and Nguyen called.
The three players saw a flop and Rasmussen fired out 800 to which Nguyen called. The came on the turn and again Rasmussen fired. Nguyen called and the river was the . This didn't stop Rasmussen from firing one more time which forced Nguyen to finally let go of his hand.
Rasmussen spread what was nearly the best starting hand in the game which was good in this hand for both the high and low against the all-in Champ.
Thayer has 23,500 while "The Master" falls to 16,000. Also at that table is Bryan Micon with 29,500.
Andy Seth and another player just teamed up to knock out Matt Savage. All three players committed 1,600 chips preflop and they took a flop of . Seth bet 800, and Savage called along with the other player. The hit the turn, and Savage went all in for 2,500 following Seth's 1600 bet. All three players saw the hit the river, and after one more bet and call, Seth and his opponent both showed a wheel, with Seth tabling the . Savage mucked and made his way to the exit.
Blair Rodman has been short all day long but hasn't let it get to him. He has been increasing his chip stack slowly for the past hour or two but can't find any permanent momentum.
From early position he limped, as did another player from late position. The small blind completed and the big blind checked his option. The flop came and after two checks from the blinds, Rodman led out 800 and the player in position called.
After the blinds folded, the dealer put down the on the turn. Again, Rodman bet and his opponent called. The river was the and the bet-call sequence was repeated.
Rodman showed for the nut low and his opponent flipped over for a flopped two pair and tens and eights as his final hand. The pot was split and Rodman continues the fight with 6,000.