Event #32: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

West Heads South

Tim West
Tim West

We didn't catch the hand, but we can confirm that Tim West has been eliminated from the tournament.

Tim West Busted

Whoopsy Daisy

[user153638] • Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

We just had an interesting situation develop at a nearby table that serves as a great reminder as to why it's important to pay attention at the poker table at all times. In the hand, an under-the-gun player moved all in for 49,500 and action folded around to the player on the button, who apparently didn't see the big raise.

The button threw in 8,000 for what he thought was a raise. When the dealer informed him that there was a raise in front of him, the button attempted to pull his bet back. The floor was called and it was ruled that the button had two options, either muck and sacrifice the 8,000 or call the 49,500.

When the floor walked away, the button attempted to move all in over the top, which the dealer didn't allow. With few options, the button called the bet. Surprisingly, the player in the big blind called the raise as well. When the flop came down {7-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}, the big blind led out for 40,000 and the button simply said, "This is insane." He then mucked in frustration as the big blind showed {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}. The all-in player showed {Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs} and the live players ended up chopping the button's money.

If only he'd paid attention and saw the initial raise, things might have gone differently.

Madani Wins Biggest Pot Of The Tournament

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

We just caught the end of a crazy hand that has skyrocketed Seyed Madani into the chip lead. When we came to the table, the board read {3-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{k-Clubs}. Madani had put out a bet of what looked like 38,000 into a pot that had about 50,000. His opponent, Pietermichae De Goede, who was virtually even with him in chips, asked how much he had, then announced all in. Madani called fairly quickly, and De Goede INSTANTLY mucked. Madani tabled {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} for rivered broadway, and De Goede's hand was flipped up, showing {6-Hearts}{5-Hearts} for a missed straight draw. It took about 10 minutes, and 4 racks, for Madani to stack up all his chips, and when he did, it looked like he was sitting at about 500,000.

Tags: Seyed Madani

Recent Payouts

[user153638] • Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

110th- Christopher Woodbury ($4,199)
109th- Nathan Goldstein ($4,199)
108th- Stephen Chimelski ($4,199)
107th- Jesus Cabrera ($4,199)
106th- Michael Skomac ($4,199)
105th- Steve Tabb ($4,199)
104th- Billy Denton ($4,199)
103rd- Scot Williams ($4,199)
102nd- Jacob Szudera ($4,199)
101st- Brent Hanks ($4,199)
100th- Chino Rheem ($4,199)
99th- Joe Patrick ($4,772)
98th- Louis Tran ($4,772)
97th- Kenneth Hicks ($4,772)
96th- Tod Holley ($4,772)
95th- Gennadiy Dvosis ($4,772)
94th- Mario Orozco ($4,772)

West Continues to Slip

Tim West
Tim West

With the board reading {7-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{3-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{a-Spades}, Guilherme Garcia bet 22,000 from the big blind and after a bit of thought Tim West decided to call. Garcia revealed his {3-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} for a set of threes which bested West's {j-}{4-} for two pair.

Another player at the table noted that West had raised from early position with a rather weak hand and said to West, "Well THAT ruined your image." West just laughed and said he didn't care.

Guilherme Garcia 165,000 126,800
Tim West 110,000 -25,000

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Will 2011 Continue the Trend?

[user153638] • Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Over the past decade the World Series of Poker's attendance has continually increased. Prior to this year's WSOP, predictions were varied due to the events of online poker's infamous "Black Friday," leaving many to believe numbers may be down overall. While only time will tell if attendance is up, the first half of the WSOP seems to have surpassed expectations.

WSOP Entrants Since 2000

Year# of Entrants

West's Aggression Backfires


A player in the hijack raised to 7,000 only to have Tim West three-bet to 18,500 from the cutoff. West has been doing an awful lot of raising and reraising in position, but this time he was met with some stiff resistance when the small blind suddenly moved all in for around 90,000.

The hijack got out of the way as West pondered a call. Playing the hand would cost a good portion of his stack, but West ultimately thought better of it and laid down his hand.

Tim West 135,000 -15,000

Tags: Tim West

Pham Doubles Through Gill

After a flop of {9-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}, Carter Gill and Kim Pham ended up getting all the chips in the middle.

Gill: {j-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}
Pham: {j-Clubs}{j-Spades}

Pham's jacks were leading but Gill's pair of nines and flush draw weren't dead yet. The turn and river were the {2-Hearts} and {q-Spades} and Pham let out a excited yell. When Pham's chips were counted Gill had to ship 144,000 across the table. He expressed his discontent at losing his stack of orange T5000 chips.

With nearly 300,000 in his stack Pham is now one of our chipleaders.

Kim Pham 295,000 263,500
Carter Gill 90,000 -80,000

Tags: Carter GillKim Pham

Lippert Leaps Back Into The Lead

• Level 16: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

Adam Lippert started today as the chip leader, but while other stacks were growing his seemed to be stuck in neutral. That is until we went to his table and saw him stacking up a ton, and we mean a ton, of chips. He said that he had {a-}{k-} against an aggressive opponent's {9-}{9-} and they got it all in preflop and he won the race. He is now sitting on 330,000.

Tags: Adam Lippert