Event #58: $10,000 Main Event
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Iacofano Foldo

Shamus • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

Kevin Iacofano opened with a raise from middle position and got one caller in the big blind. The flop came {A-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{3-Spades} and both players checked. The turn was the {5-Spades} and Iacofano's opponent bet 2,000. Iacofano called.

The river brought the {2-Clubs}. This time Iacofano's opponent bet 3,000, and after a bit of thought Iacofano let his hand go.

Despite that small hit, Iacofano still has much to show for his work during four-and-a-half levels today. He has about 84,000 now.

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He's Mad I Tell You... Mad!

Mike Caro - "The Mad Genius"
Mike Caro - "The Mad Genius"

We've walked by Mike "The Mad Genius" Caro's table here in the Pavilion room countless times today but had yet to catch him involved in a hand until just recently.

A player in middle position raised to 1,200 and Caro re-raised to 3,200 from the hijack. Action folded back around to the original raiser who tossed in a call.

The flop came {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and both players checked. When the {3-Hearts} fell on the turn the first player bet out 3,000 and Caro thought for a bit before calling. The river brought the {5-Spades} and the first player checked it over to Caro who went into the tank. Caro carefully studied his opponent, no doubt looking for a tell of some kind, and played with his orange T5000 chips looking like he wanted to toss one out as a bet.

He eventually decided to check and flipped up his {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts} which prompted the other player to muck his hand. After a bit of banter between the two, the other player admitted he held ace-jack which seemed to surprise Caro a bit.

Caro has been maintaining a decent stack on Day 1 and after the hand was up to 51,000.

Mike Caro
Mike Caro
51,000 12,000

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Duhamel Doubles

[user153638] • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

We're not sure of the details, but defending champ Jonathan Duhamel was kind enough to tell us that he recently doubled with {A-}{K-} against {A-}{Q-}. Duhamel is now back up to the starting stack of 30K.

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Chip Counts

[user153638]
David Hunkus
David Hunkus
140,000 -5,000
Adam Junglen
Adam Junglen
120,000 25,000
Connor Allisen
Connor Allisen
100,000 -17,000
Ted Forrest
Ted Forrest
91,000 7,000
Dan Shak
Dan Shak
75,000 16,000
Christophe de Meulder
Christophe de Meulder
68,500 8,500
Gavin Smith
Gavin Smith
65,000 19,000
Shaun Deeb
Shaun Deeb
60,000 3,000
Phil Gordon
Phil Gordon
60,000 15,000
Marcel Luske
Marcel Luske
58,000 500
Heather Sue Mercier
Heather Sue Mercier
57,000 48,000
Yann Dion
Yann Dion
55,000 -13,000
Gavin Griffin
Gavin Griffin
50,000 10,000
Minh Ly
Minh Ly
49,000 10,000
Glenn Neubauer
Glenn Neubauer
45,000 -2,500
43,000 24,000
Scotty Nguyen
Scotty Nguyen
40,000 18,000
Cody Slaubaugh
Cody Slaubaugh
39,000 4,000
Bobby Baldwin
Bobby Baldwin
33,000 -9,000
Jonathan Duhamel
Jonathan Duhamel
30,000 12,500
Victoria Coren
Victoria Coren
25,000 -5,400
Sean Getzwiller
Sean Getzwiller
21,000 -27,000
Jeff Sarwer
Jeff Sarwer
20,000 -30,000
Todd Witteles
Todd Witteles
19,000 -4,000
Vitaly Lunkin
Vitaly Lunkin
18,500 -6,500

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DeMichele Decision Delivers Double-Up

Shamus • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

Following the breaking of the main feature table, we followed Michael DeMichele over to his new seat in the Blue section, where he was able to build his stack up over 15,000 in short order. Then, just now, he found himself in a tense situation in which he had to commit just about every last one of those chips he'd earned.

The board read {5-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{J-Spades} and there was about 6,000 in the middle when DeMichele led with a bet from the big blind, then his opponent raised to 7,500. DeMichele counted out his chips and divided out enough to reraise back to 11,750 total.

His opponent -- who had roughly the same stack to start the hand as did DeMichele -- promptly pushed all in, causing DeMichele to put his hand over his face. After another agonizing few seconds he announced he was all in as well.

DeMichele showed {K-Clubs}{K-Hearts} and was ahead of his opponent's {Q-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}. The turn was the {8-Hearts} and the river the {5-Hearts}, and a count afterwards showed that DeMichele indeed had his opponent covered just barely. Another player has hit the rail, while DeMichele now sits with about 35,000.

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Individually Numbered & Weighted Tournament Markers

Giuseppe Zarbo
Giuseppe Zarbo
150,000 10,000
150,000
140,000
Bruce Senquist
Bruce Senquist
110,000
105,000
101,000
92,000
Steve Watts
Steve Watts
75,000 15,000
John Rezni
John Rezni
75,000
Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce
70,000 5,000
Joe Cada
Joe Cada
55,000 15,200
Maria Mayrinck
Maria Mayrinck
21,400 -15,600
Jennifer Leigh
Jennifer Leigh
18,000 9,600

Dennis Phillips Doubles

• Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante
Dennis Phillips has his work cut out for him to replicate his deep Main Event runs.
Dennis Phillips has his work cut out for him to replicate his deep Main Event runs.

Dennis Phillips has been grinding a short stack for most of the afternoon. He finally got all in preflop with pocket tens against an opponent's {3-Spades} {3-Hearts}.

The board ran {4-Clubs} {2-Clubs} {J-Hearts} {K-Spades} {A-Diamonds} and Phillips doubled up to 18,000.

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Painter Takes a Hit

On a flop of {3-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{10-Hearts}, an opponent in middle position checked to Jameson Painter who led out for 1,625. The opponent check-raised, throwing out three T1,000 chips, but as per the WSOP rules, he was required to meet the minimum raise, which was 3,250.

Painter called the 3,250, then both players checked down both the turn of the {2-Clubs} and the river {2-Spades} before the player showed {A-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}. Painter mucked his hand.

Almost at the same time, Phil Hellmuth, who had been broken from the secondary feature table, arrived with his short stack, but a bellowing cry of "COCKTAILS, 275!" brought our attention to the stack of AJ Gambino, who's now on almost 99,000 in chips! For the record, Gambino was not the one screaming across the room.

AJ Gambino
AJ Gambino
98,600 68,600
Jameson Painter
Jameson Painter
74,500 9,800

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Negrea-No

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu raised to 950 from middle position and was called by the button to see a {Q-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{7-Diamonds} flop. Negreanu fired out 1,400 and was min-raised to 2,800. The Canadian made the call and then called another 4,000 on the {3-Hearts} turn before both players checked the {6-Hearts} river.

Negreanu's opponent turned over {Q-Clubs}{9-Hearts} for top two pair and "KidPoker" was forced to simply muck his cards as he dropped back down to 41,000

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu
41,000 -6,200

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Look Out for Fenech

• Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante
Jeff Fenech
Jeff Fenech

Our last count had Jeff Fenech trending upwards toward the top of the counts, and he's still at it over there.

We picked up a heads-up pot on the flop as it showed {K-Hearts} {6-Spades} {J-Clubs}. A gentleman we don't recognize got himself all in for about 17,000 right there, and Fenech put him to the test. It was pocket aces, {A-Spades} {A-Diamonds} for Mr. Gentleman, but Fenech's {6-Hearts} {6-Diamonds} had out-flopped him in a big way.

The turn {7-Diamonds} and river {8-Clubs} did nothing to change either hand, and that most recent knockout pushes Fenech higher, up over the century mark to about 120,000.

Tags: Jeff Fenech