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Sunday, June 1, 2008 | Francis Lee


Event 1 $10,000 PL Hold’em World Championship - Day 2

Seventy players returned for the second days play in this opening event at this year World Series of Poker. All fighting for a place on the nine seat final table to be played on the third and final day. Eli Elezra led the field in the chip ranking at the start of play on around $300,000 in chips.

Play started off very fast with players dropping like flies all over the card room as they were trying to build a decent chip stack. In the opening exchanges David Bach took the chip lead as he eliminated Richard Toth. Bach with pocket Nines hit a set with the first card out and Toth didn’t recover to survive.

It took five hours to reach the bubble with the final 36 players all cashing in. Play was very tight as we reached the last 37 players left in the event, as no one wanted to be eliminated being so close to the money. Eventually the bubble burst with James Gorham being the unlucky last man out not to cash. Gorham hit two pair on a Flop of :kc :9c :8d holding :9s :8s His opponent Nikolay Evdakov with :kh :qh called his All In raise. The Turn card proved to be the killer as the :qd gave Evdakov a bigger two pair. The :3s on the River burst the bubble eliminating Gorham in 37th place.

Play opened up again after this stage as the field was deduced to the final ten players in just over three hours. The chip lead had changed from player to player with Andy Bloc and Mike Sexton both heading to the top of the chip rankings. The last ten players were put onto the same table and play would only conclude once we were down to the final nine.

This is where play tightened up considerably and it took over two hours to loose the final player. This came about when John Kabbaj moved All In with pocket Sevens over the top of Nenad Medic’s initial raise. Medic made the call with :qs :js and it was a race to the finish. Medic took down the pot on the River hitting a King high straight sending Kabbaj to the rail.

Final Table Chip Rankings:

  • 1st Andy Bloc $2,115,000
  • 2nd Nenad Medic $1,200,000
  • 3rd Mike Sexton $1,130,000
  • 4th Mike Sowers $675,000
  • 5th Amit Makhija $525,000
  • 6th Chris Bell $455,000
  • 7th Phil Laak $425,000
  • 8th Kathy Liebert $285,000
  • 9th Patrik Antonius $230,000

Event 2 $1,500 NL Hold’em - Day 1a

The $1,500 events at the World Series of Poker always attracts the big fields, and event organisers predicting a record attendance with the number of players registering reaching over 3000 by yesterday afternoon. The field is to be split into two fields, both playing on separate days with each field playing eight levels before being put together.

As the players took there seats the estimated number of players starting out on Day 1a was around 2000. There was a good mix of the well known pro’s and amateur players in the field all looking to pit there wits against the best.

As the play progressed through out the day the most notable players to head for the rail was Tom Schneider, Johnny Chan, Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu to name a few.

As play came to a close David Robertson was in the chip lead with $109,100 closely followed by Ryan D’Angelo and Frank Siwopoli. Of the 2000 entrants in this opening field just 224 has survived making it to the next stage. Tomorrow we start again at noon with a fresh new field for day 1b.

Top 10 Chip Leaders at the end of Day 1a

  • 1st David Robertson $109,100
  • 2nd Ryan D’Angelo $105,800
  • 3rd Frank Siwopoli $103,900
  • 4th Shane Schleger $89,000
  • 5th Henry Tran $80,300
  • 6th John Carlson $80,200
  • 7th Grant Hinkle $77,800
  • 8th Scott Montgomery $76,800
  • 9th Cameron Main $65,500
  • 10th James Akenhead $65,100



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