Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Ben Who?

• Level 7: 150-300, 25 ante

You may have already noticed the massive stack that just keeps growing on our chip counts page. He is currently crushing the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place stacks in our counts of Sorel Mizzi, Tyler Patterson and Tom Dwan. So who is Ben Volpe?

Well, he's certainly been making a name for himself this World Series. He has already cashed three times and made one final table, eventually finishing 6th in Event #34, a $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em tournament. He also came in 30th in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Triple Chance tournament. Along with his brother, Paul, who has cashed four times this summer (in four different games), it's safe to say we should know who Ben Volpe is by now.

His current stack rests at 133,000. To put that into perspective for this stage of the tournament, that is more chips than three tables had combined when we started the day. It's also larger than the average stack will be when we have just 115 competitors left. Considering that we still have over 1,200 players, that is a pretty impressive start after only seven hours of play.

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Amazon Room Straglers

There are still some tables being played out in the Amazon Room. Here are some of the chip stacks that stand out from the players on those tables.

Christina Lindley 24,000
Eric Baldwin 10,300 -2,700
Matt Affleck 9,000 4,500
Maria Ho 9,000 4,500
Liv Boeree 8,400 1,200
Cherish Andrews 3,600

Marion Still In the Game

• Level 7: 150-300, 25 ante
Shawn Marion still winning pots.
Shawn Marion still winning pots.

NBA All-Star Shawn Marion was looking at a raise of 800 in the big blind. With only the original raiser left in the hand, Marion moved all in for just over 2,800. The original raiser took a moment to fold his hand and Marion is up to 3,200.

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Who's Shippin' and Who's Slippin'?

Let's count together!

Ben Volpe 69,500 -1,500
Sorel Mizzi 63,000 17,000
Tyler Patterson 43,800
Tom Dwan 37,500 -2,000
Yu Kurita 28,000 19,300
Brendon Rubie 25,500
Kenny Nguyen 20,200
Neil Channing 19,700 15,700
Gavin Smith 19,400 3,400
Haibo Chu 19,300 2,300
Simon Watt 16,700 3,700
Steve Leonard 16,400 13,100
Luis Pampliega 10,200
Lauren Kling 7,800 2,800
Praz Bansi 6,000
Frederik Jensen 5,900
Amanda Baker 5,500 -1,000
Eddy Sabat 5,400 -1,900
Terrence Chan 4,900 1,900
Andrew Lichtenberger 4,600
Shawn Marion 4,100 -900
Sarah Bilney 2,100 -2,400

Lichtenberger Slips

A player in early position raised to 650 before Andrew Lichtenberger came in with a re-raise worth 1,450; the action then folded around to his opponent who called before both players checked down the flop of {8-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} and the turn of the {J-Diamonds}.

The player then bet 1,200 on the river of the {2-Diamonds} and Lichtenberger mulled it over before making a crying call, only to muck his hand after the player showed {6-Hearts}{6-Clubs} for the set.

Andrew Lichtenberger 4,600

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Dwan Down

The action folded around to the player on the button who open-shoved for 2,425 before the flop; the player on the small blind folded, but Tom Dwan thought about it for a short while before making a value call with {K-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}.

The button quickly rolled up {A-Clubs}{10-Clubs} and it held after the dealer spread the board of {8-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{7-Hearts}{2-Spades}. Not that it matters to Dwan at this stage - he's still sitting comfortably with about 40,000 in chips.

Tom Dwan 39,500 -2,500

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Amazon Room Counts

Christina Lindley 24,000 12,600
Brock Parker 20,000 10,500
15,000 10,500
Ari Engel 15,000 10,500
Liv Boeree 7,200 -3,600
Barry Johnston 7,000
Brian Hawkins 6,300 1,800
Maria Ho 4,500 -3,300

Chip Updates

Dan Kelly 21,000 1,800
Gavin Smith 16,000 -8,000
Mark Schmid 12,700 5,900
Jeff Sarwer 9,000
Josh Brikis 8,700
Steve Watts 8,700 5,700
Shawn Marion 5,000 -1,200
Nacho Barbero 5,000 -8,000
Ben Ludlow Busted