WCOOP Event #5 $10,000 High-Roller live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #5, the historic $10,000 High-Roller No-Limit Hold'em Event, is brought to you by bloggers Martin Harris, Johnny Kampis, Change100, and Brad Willis. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. Want to see Event #6 action? See the WCOOP Event #6 Live Blog.

4:51am-dorinvandy wins Event #5, DuckU eliminated in 2nd place

Saying it was dorinvandy's night... if anything, that's a gross understatement.

In what would be the final hand of the night, dorinvandy made a standard raise from the button to 125,000 and DuckU called from the big blind. DuckU checked the Ts-8s-7d flop over to dorinvandy, who bet 140,000. DuckU came over the top for the rest of his chips, over 2 million in all, and dorinvandy quickly called, showing Td-Th for top set. DuckU was on straight and flush draws with Qs-9s and was looking for a jack or a spade that didn't pair the board to double up and wrest control of the match from dorinvandy. However, the Kh fell on the turn and the Qh on the river, ending this deep-stacked heads-up match in swift fashion.

Congratulations to dorinvandy, who takes home $617,925 for topping this elite field. DuckU earned $459,030 for his runner-up finish.

You can see the last hand play out below. A full wrap-up will be available in just a bit.

4:32am-Starting heads-up chip counts

dorinvandy - 5,521,457
DuckU - 2,503,543

4:27am- #1PEN eliminated in 3rd place

Short-stacked at 302,000, #1PEN moved all in from the small blind with 4c-4h and massively-stacked dorinvandy made the call from the big blind with Qd-7d. dorinvandy continued to catch lightning cards, the flop coming down 7-6-3. Though #1PEN had a glimmer of hope picking up an inside straight draw, he blanked out on the turn and river and bid us good night in 3rd place for a $337,050 payday.
Though tournament poker players are always gunning for first, and pretty much any other spot is a disappointment for most, you've got to hand it to #1PEN for making a tremendous run in the WCOOP these past two nights, now adding a 3rd place finish in Event #5 to his runner-up honors in Event #3 for a staggering weekend take of $391,170. Well played, sir.

4:20am- Choron runs into the dorinvandy buzz saw

Glen "Choron" Chorny called dorinvandy's button raise from the big blind and the two saw a flop of As-5c-3h. Chorny check-called 120,000 from dorinvandy. When the Qc fell on the turn Chorny checked again, but dorinvandy checked behind. The river came the 6d and Chorny checked a third time, prompting a 280,000 bet from dorinvandy. Chorny made the call, but saw the bad news when dorinvardy's Ac-6c was revealed-- a rivered two pair. The million chip pot put dorinvandy up to 5.2 million while Chorny fell to 539,000. Only a few hands later, DuckU set Chorny all in when the action was folded to him in the small blind. Chorny called from the big blind, but found his Ac-7s dominated by DuckU's As-Qs. To add insult to injury, DuckU flopped Broadway when it came down Kc-Jh-Th. Chorny couldn't squeeze out a chop on the turn or river and he hit the rail in 4th place, collecting $256,800 for a spectacular run.

3:59am-Chip Counts at break

Level 25
Blinds 20,000/40,000, antes 4,500
Average chip count: 2,006,250
Players remaining: 4
First prize: $617,925.00

dorinvandy - 4445771
DuckU - 1748055
Choron - 1473488
#1PEN - 35768

3:45am-Book almost closes on #1PEN

After most of a level where small pots were traded back and forth between our four remaining players, some action finally started brewing between #1PEN and Glen "Choron" Chorny. Chorny limped in from the small blind and #1Pen bumped it to 100,000. Choron came over the top for 250,000, prompting #1PEN to four-bet him all in for just short of a million in chips. Chorny made the call, revealing pocket queens and found himself in great shape against #1PEN's Kc-8s. No king arrived for #1PEN and he found himself shortstacked. He managed a double-up on the next hand. At the break he has 357,000.

3:30am--Finally, it slows down

It looked for a bit like this might be the fastest final table of the year, but now that were down to four-handed play, the action has slowed down dramatically. No surprise why. First place is worth more than $600,000.

3:12am-#1PEN preys on gbmantis

gbmantis was crippled after open-shoving for 344,000 with Ad-Ks and getting a call from a similarly-stacked DuckU who turned up pocket eights. The snowmen held up, leaving gbmantis with only a bit more than 80,000 in chips. Though he managed to double back up with 7-7 vs. #1PEN's 5-5, it was all over for him on the next hand. With the action folded to him in the small blind, gbmantis moved all in for 174,000 with Qc-2d but ran into #1PEN's Ad-Qs. For his 5th place finish, gbmantis earned $179,760.

3:05am-Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker out in sixth place

Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker found himself shortstack after doubling up gbmantis a couple of hands earlier. Finally after looking down at A-4, he put in the rest of his 300,000 chips. His timing was bad, though. Glen "Choron" Chorny woke up in the small blind with KK. Moneymaker missed his ace and exite in sixth place for $139,635. See the hand play out in the re-player below.

2:53am--Chip counts at break

Level 23
Blinds 12,500/25,000, antes 2,500
Average chip count: 1,337,500
Players remaining: 10
First prize: $617,925.00

dorinvandy - 5283259
#1PEN - 809540
Choron - 759455
Money800 - 545980
DuckU - 390875
gbmantis - 235891

2:49am--Action turns turbo

And while we were picking our jaws up off the floor, Chris Moneymaker doubled through #1PEN with JJ vs 66. Just a couple of hands later #1PEN doubled through gbmantis with TT vs AQ. Moneymaker is now back above 500,000. gbmantis is on the shortstack with 283,000.

2:48am- Jonathan "Jcardshark" Little makes surprise exit in 7th place

Holding more than 1.9 million chips at the start of the hand, Jonathan "Jcardshark" Little was hardly in danger. dorinvandy opened from UTG for 50,000 and Little called from the big blind. A 5c-4s-2c flop came down and Little led out for 72,000. dorinvandy put in a raise to 240,000 and Little called. The turn was the Qd and Little checked, opening the door for dorinvandy to put out a 420,000 bet. Little called. The river was the Ts and Little checked again. dorinvandy moved all-in for more than 2.5 million, putting Little to a decision for his remaining 1.2 million. After his time bank ticked away for about a minute, Little made the call.

dorinvandy had flopped two pair with 4d-5d and the table exploded in disbelief when Little's hand was revealed-- Ac-5h for third pair. Just like that, Little went from second in chips to hitting the rail and dorinvandy gained even more ammunition. dorinvandy is now up to 5.1 million in chips. nearly six times more than his closest competitor, #1PEN who is sitting on just over 800,000.

Check out this utterly shocking hand below:

2:30am- purplEUROS cashes in 8th place

We've warned you throughout the afternoon/evening about what happens when you tangle with dorinvandy, so hear it again. You will get hurt, if the last few hours are any indication of how well he's running in this event. purplEUROS tried to take the all-in play away from him, shoving for more than 514,000 after dorinvandy opened for 50,000, but he made the call, turning up Ac-Ks to purplEUROS' Ad-Qc. The board ran out jack high and purplEUROS was eliminated, collecting $75,435 for his run. dorinvandy's stack topped 3 million after the hand.

For a closer look at what happened, click on the graphic below:

2:25am-Orel Hershiser out in 9th place

In baseball terms, getting aces cracked would be kind of like throwing that perfect sinker, only to have it knocked out of the park. Orel Hershiser took his A-A up against Jonathan "jcardshark" Little, who flopped a set of sixes to KO him from the tournament. Hershiser earned a cool $54,570 for playing some excellent poker tonight. Well done. Check out how the hand unfolded below:

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So, wow. Seriously. Wow. (I stole that line, by the way).

Last night at the time, we watched #1PEN make the final table and place second in the $215 Limit Hold'em event where he won $54,000. Now, he sits at the final table of the $10,000 High-Roller event tonight.

At some point, #1PEN, you gotta go to sleep and give everybody else a chance.

2:02am--murza Zhban eliminated in 10th place, final table set

murza Zhban was crippled by Orel Hershiser just before the break, three-betting the Cy Young Award winner all in before the flop and getting a call he wasn't really looking for. murza Zhban's Qd-9s was dominated by Hershiser's As-Qs and he got no help on the K-6-5-6-J board. Hershiser chipped up to more than 700,000 while murza Zhban was left with only 63,000.

On the third hand back from break, murza Zhban got the rest of his chips in the middle pre-flop vs. the ever-active dorinvandy only to find his Ah-7s dominated by dorinvandy's Ac-Tc. dorinvandy hit a ten on the flop and that was it for murza Zhban who exited as the final table bubble boy in 10th place. The $41,730 payday should soothe him just a little.


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1:49am-Chip counts at break

Level 21
Blinds 7,500/15,000, antes 1,500
Average chip count: 802,500
Players remaining: 10
First prize: $617,925.00

dorinvandy - 2362344
Choron - 988204
#1PEN - 826260
Jcardshark - 716249
O. Hershiser - 705734
DuckU - 677487
purplEUROS - 655187
Money800 - 530378
gbmantis - 499968
murza Zhban - 63189

1:47am-sappy123 eliminated in 11th place

the dorinvandy wrecking ball still hasn't stopped swinging, the latest casualty of his unbridled aggression being sappy123, who no douby is going to have nightmares about pocket deuces for weeks to come.

Here's how it all unfolded. dorinvandy opened for 30,000 and sappy123 put in a reraise to 86,000. Not content to call and see a flop, dorinvandy moved all in for his entire 1.4 million stack and sappy123 called off his remaining 622,000. Turning up Ah-Qc to dorinvandy's 2d-2h, it was a race situation, and with the arrival of the 9s-7h-7d-Kh-6c board, sappy123 was gone in a flash and dorinvandy dragged the 1.4 million pot, sending his stack up to an astonishing 2.1 million, more than twice than the 989,000 stack of Choron, his closest competitor. Along with a lifetime hatred of pocket deuces, sappy123 took home $41,730 for his performance today.

1:33am-Pokerccini sees way too may jacks, out in 12th

If you're going to go out in 12th place, you might as well do it in a big way. See Pokerccini's $41,730 exit below.

1:30am-steamraise runs into aces, blows gasket in 13th place

A massive pot just unfolded between steamraise and Jonathan "Jcardshark" Little. Team PokerStars Pro Chris "Money800" Moneymaker opened the pot for 27,888 and Little made the call. With the action folded to steamraise, he moved all in for nearly 450,000. Moneymaker gave up his hand and Little insta-called, turning up Ad-Ac to steamraise's 7h-7s. No help for steamraise on the board and Little raked in the 836,000 chip pot, crippling steamraise to only 51,286.

Nearly the same scenario unfolded on the very next hand, steamraise moving all in behind Little's 30,000 opening raise. Little made the call with 9d-Ts and discovered he was in better shape than he thought when he saw steamraise's 5c-5h for a classic race situation. It's turning out to be Little's day, as he caught a ten on the flop and steamraise headed to the rail in 13th place.

1:29am-rivermanl out in 14th place

WIth 175,000 remaining in his stack, rivemanl moved all in over the top of Jonathan "Jcardshark" Little's 25,000 open and Little made the call. rivermanl's pocket threes were in serious trouble against Little's pocket jacks and he couldn't improve on the A-Q-5-9-4 board. For his 14th place finish, rivermanl took home $35,310.

1:23am--EPT Grand Final winner looking for another title

Though most of you probably knew this already, we now have permission to reveal that Choron is none other the Glen Chorny, winner of the EPT Season 4 Grand Final. Chorny won €2million just last April and today is in second place in this event.

Watch Glen Chorny Wins EPT 4, Grand Final on PokerStars.tv


Okay. We know Orel Hershiser can play poker. He made the quarter finals of the $25,000 NBC heads up championship. But, this $10K event is one of the toughest tournaments around and Orel is still alive. In fact he just doubled up with this hand.

1:11am-mendieta19 exits in 15th place

mendieta19 staked his tournament life on Big Slick, moving all in for 215,000 behind Pokerccini's opening raise. Pokerccini made the call and his pocket queens held up to take out mendieta19 in 15th place. With that hand, Pokerccini chipped up to over half a million.

1:05am-NISSE123 eliminated in 16th place

Short-stacked NISSE123 patiently waited for the right hand to push with, and made his move when he picked up Qs-Qh. Though he was probably delighted to get a call from steamraise's Ks-Ts, the flop came down Kd-9d-7c and NISSE couldn't catch another queen or running straight cards to survive. Out in 16th place, NISSE123 earned $28,890 for his efforts.

1:00am-A Little information for you.

In case you didn't already know, one of the 16 players remaining in this event is Jonathan "Jcardshark" Little. One of Little's first major live scores was the 2008 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. There, he took fifth place $317,873. Today he is looking to make it to the first prize of this event...more than $600,000.

Little, far right, at the 2007 PCA

12:50am-rkruok can finally get some sleep

rkruok has had a marathon two days of poker, finishing 12th in last night's limit hold'em event and going deep here tonight in Event #5. rkruok had been fighting on the short stack for most of the last few levels, at one time sinking to only 9,000 in chips and rebuilding all the way back to an average stack. Facing a button raise from murza Zhban, rkruok moved all in for 225,000 and his opponent made the call, showing pocket sixes to rkukok's Ac-Kd. The board ran out eight high and put an end to rkruok's tournament and sending him to bed with an additional $28,890 for his 17th place finish.

12:49am-Chips at the break

Level 19
Blinds 5,000/10,000, antes 1,000
Average chip count: 501,562
Players remaining: 16
First prize: $617,925.00

dorinvandy - 1466233
Choron - 1078699
sappy123 - 651192
murza Zhban - 595662
Money800 - 555824
gbmantis - 449354
steamraise - 434989
#1PEN - 416960
purplEUROS - 402599
DuckU - 385543
Jcardshark - 378596
O. Hershiser - 329412
Pokerccini - 304518
mendieta1 - 286150
rivermanl - 197890
NISSE123 - 91379

12:43am-twirlpro spins out in 18th place

Jcardshark just claimed another victim, taking out twirlpro. twirlpro moved all in over the top of Jcardshark's 20,000 opening raise and his opponent made the call, turning up Ad-7c to his pocket deuces. An ace hit the flop and twirlpro couldn't catch one of the two remaining deuces in the deck and hit the rail in 18th place. $28,890 will be waiting for him in his PokerStars account for his efforts today.

12:41am-bigegypt falls in 22nd place

Joe "bigegypt" Elpayaa moved all in pre-flop for his remaining 93,000 and Jcardshark made the call. Elpayaa's Ad-6d was dominated by Jcardshark's As-Jh and he couldn't get any help on the Qd-Ts-7s-2h-5h board, exiting the tournament in 22nd place. bigegypt is a three-time winner of the $100 rebuy tournament and made the final table of this year's PokerStars Carribean Adventure, finishing 6th.

12:36am-Moneymaker schools theprofess

Sure, it doesn't take a college education to wake up with kings in the big blind. Regardless, it's no fault of Chris Moneymaker that he did that very thing when facing an open-shove from theprofess. Theprofess had pocket fours. Moneymaker flopped his set and that was that. Theprofess finished in 20th place for $20,865.

12:32am-bestbuy82 out of business

Moments ago, bestbuy82 looked good for the final table. Now, he has no table at all. After doubling up #1PEN with AK vs AA, he ran into Choron in the hand below.

12:29am-nitbuster eliminated by dorinvandy

Another hand, another 800,000 pot for dorinvandy. This time, his victim was the formerly big-stacked nitbuster, who lost all of his 408,000 chips on the following hand, crushing his hopes of a repeat WCOOP final table. With these two hyper-aggressive players seated at the same table, there were bound to be some serious fireworks at one point or another.

nitbuster opened for 20,000 and dorinvandy smooth-called and sacker called from the big blind. On the Jd-9h-7h flop, sacker checked to nitbuster, who bet 46,000. dorinvandy raised to 136,000, chasing out sacker, and after using a good portion of his time bank to think it over, nitubster made the call, leaving himself 250,000 behind. When the 6c fell on the turn, nitbuster checked and dorinvandy immediately moved all in for 913,000. nitbuster made the call, turning up Js-Tc and likely smashing his fist on whatever surface held his computer when dorinvandy showed his Ah-Ad. The river was the Qs and nitbuster made a shocking exit in 24th place, earning $20,865.

12:26pm--Two aces, two times, two doubles

Table 13 is lucky for a couple of peoples. #1PEN just picked up aces versus bestbuy82's big slick and doubled up. On the very next hand rkruok found his own aces versus Choron's jacks and doubled up as well.

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12:15am-Moneymaker in the money and looking for more

Chris Moneymaker is the only member of Team PokerStars Pro who cashed in this event. He's still running strong. Here's a look inside the mind of Moneymaker.

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12:12pm-dorinvandy= first million dollar man

dorinvandy just became the tournament's first million-dollar man after winning two monster pots to more than double up. dorinvandy made an opening raise of 15,000 from early position, only to be popped to 42,400 by top stack steamraise on the button. dorinvandy four-bet all in for over 400,000 and much to his chagrin was called, steamraise turning up Ad-Kd. dorinvandy was on a steal with only Tc-7c, but was saved by the flop, when it came down Ts-Td-8s. The turn was the Qh, the river was the 5h and dorinvandy raked in the largest pot of the tournament, taking the chip lead with 832,000.

Only two hands later, dorinvandy and kwil20 saw a flop of Kh-Qh-9h, kwil20 check-raising dorinvandy all in for nearly 208,000. dorinvandy made the call, showing Qc-Ts for a pair of queens to kwil20's Ks-3c for a pair of kings. The 8h changed nothing on the turn, but the Tc spiked on the river, making dorinvandy two pair and awarding him another monster pot to send his stack soaring over a million in chips.

12:08am-bestbuy82 finds a customer

Is there anything better than flopping a set this late in a tournament? How about flopping a set and getting paid off in a big way. What you see below happened at the expense of Pier85 who is out in 27th place for $20,865.

11:57pm-Hung out to D__RY

Down to 70,000 in chips, Danny "THE__D__RY" Ryan made his last stand, open-shoving pre-flop from middle position and dorinvandy snap-called from the big blind. Ryan had run his Ah-8d into dorinvandy's pocket aces and couldn't catch a miracle board to survive. For his 31st place finish, Ryan earned $19,260.

11:54pm-Recent eliminations

32. Boosted J (United States) $19,260.00
33. Dolcetrix (United States) $19,260.00
34. tjbentham (United Kingdom) $19,260.00
35. Assassin8tor (United States) $19,260.00
36. Hasn82 (Denmark) $19,260.00
37. philivey2694 (United States) $17,655.00
38. AMAK316 (United States) $17,655.00
39. YRWTHMELTHR (Canada) $17,655.00
40. WheresMyRoll (United States) $17,655.00
41. PearlJammer (United States) $17,655.00
42. gunning4you (United States) $17,655.00
43. SirWatts (Canada) $17,655.00
44. MaltLiquor40 (Canada) $17,655.0.

11:51pm--Choron: That was sick

Choron would know how sick it was. He laid the beat on Boosted J. How sick? Check it out below.

11:48pm-DuckU doubles through Jcardshark

Jcardshark has sat comfortably in the top ten for most of this tournament, but just hit his first significant bump in the road. Stacked at 278,000 and change, Jcardshark moved all in over the top of DuckU's opening raise of 18,000. DuckU made the call for his tournament life and turned up As-Ks to Jcardshark's Kh-Tc. The board ran out Ac-Ah-3c-3h-9s and DuckU doubled up to 216,000 while Jcardshark fell to the back third of the pack with 178,000.

11:37pm--Full chip counts at break

Level 17
Blinds 3,000/6,000, antes 600
Average chip count: 243,181
Players remaining: 34
First prize: $617,925.00

steamraise 840915
Choron 604531
nitbuster 567294
purplEUROS 539800
Pokerccini 444417
dorinvandy 386190
Money800 379074
twirlpro 301096
Pier85 294421
bigegypt 291794
rivermanl 257895
#1PEN 248880
kwil20 246373
gbmantis 237939
Jcardshark 223237
bestbuy82 204528
delegator 186382
rkruok 179465
mendieta19 167826
theprofess 166788
murza Zhban 156952
O. Hershiser 155005
ArbahChamesh 128920
sacker 116003
DuckU 107239
Dolcetrix 96672
NISSE123 89637
THE__D__RY 85874
whaassuuppp 80868
sappy123 70448
Boosted J 66876
_unskiIIed 62033
nordeste 23220
tjbentham 16408

11:32pm-Sevens not lucky for Hasn82

With only 69,529 left in his stack, Hasn82 open-shoved with two red sevens and ran directly into Dolcetrix's Th-Tc. The board offered little help and Hasn82 finished in 36th place for $19,260.

11:30pm-Pier85 beneficiary of SirWatts' demise

With 126,000 in his stack, and the action folded to him in the small blind, SirWatts put Pier85 to the test, setting him in for his entire 54,778 stack before the flop. Pier85 made the call, turning up Ks-Qc to SirWatts' Ac-5h. A king hit the flop and a queen hit the river, Pier85 making two pair and dragging the 124,000 pot.

Left with slightly more than 66,000, and the action folded to him again, SirWatts open-shoved, only to have Pier85 re-shove to isolate, forcing out big blind Assassin8tor. SirWatts' Ad-Qc was dominated by Pier85's As-Kd and he couldn't improve, exiting the tournament in 43rd place for a $17,655 payday.

11:28pm--A Royal ending for PearlJammer

After open-shoving with AQ, Jon "PearlJammer" Turner discovered he'd just run into rivermanl's aces. For a little insult on top of the injury, the board ran out Qd-Jd-8c-Td-K to give rivermanl the Royal Flush. Turner finished in 41st place for $17,655.

11:25pm-Right Call, Wrong Result for THE __D__RY

THE__D__RY: 0 for 3 last all ins
THE__D__RY: oh well... got luck for tourney life also

Don't you wish we all could be as gracious and level-headed as Danny "THE__D__RY" Ryan? Facing ArbahChamesh's 52,349 chip all in, Ryan decided to look him up with Ad-Qh and it ended up being a good call, his opponent holding Kh-Ts. The flop came down Kc-Js-4s, though and Ryan's hand couldn't improve on the 7s turn or the 2h river. He's down to just below the 60,000 mark now while ArbahChamesh doubled to nearly 112,000.

11:20pm-Knowing nitbuster

We're sure a lot of you know who nitbuster is. We can't say it here unless he outs himself publicly. Nonetheless, even if you don't know him by his real name, you know his screen name from last year's WCOOP main event final table. Yep. He's not a bad player at all.

11:06pm-Recent eliminations

45. TIJO (Costa Rica) $17,655.00
46. devinr12 (United States) $16,050.00
47. feming (United States) $16,050.00
48. samh133 (United States) $16,050.00
49. doidovarrido (Norway)$16,050.00
50. Hols_think (Spain) $16,050.00
51. taktloss47 (Germany) $16,050.00
52. BrynKenney (United States) $16,050.00
53. PICKLED EGG (United States) $16,050.00
54. KtheKing (Brazil) $16,050.00

11:01pm-nitbuster rolls past 500K

nitbuster rolls past 500K No stranger to a WCOOP final table, nitbuster is positioning himself for another appearance after winning two massive pots within a single orbit. nitbuster's Ad-8d hit against murza Zhban's pocket tens when the flop came down Ah-Kh-3c and he called his opponent's lead bets down on every street, raking in a 365,000 pot.

Only three hands later, he mixed it up with KtheKing, flat-calling his opponent's early position open from the cutoff. The flop came down 7s-7h-5h and KtheKing led out for 20,914. nitbuster put him all in and KtheKing called, showing Ah-Th for two overs and a flush draw to nitbuster's pocket sixes. Non-heart fours landed on the turn and river, giving nitbuster another monster pot and increasing his stack to nearly 530,000.

He's currently second in chips, behind only steamraise, who boasts a nearly 700,000 stack.

10:54pm-Is Orel for real?

It seems our earlier reports about the reality of O. Hershiser being the actual Orel Hershiser haven't filtered worldwide. The rail is still asking "Are you him?" Well, the answer is yes. What's more, he's feeling pretty confident. And is he for real? We'll let this hand settle the debate.

10:53pm-Details of the Boeken bubble

Exclusive is our high-roller bubble boy Down to 45,000 in chips, Team PokerStars Pro Noah Boeken open-shoved pre-flop and couldn't have been too excited to see dorinvandy make an isolation reraise to 94,000 from the small blind. Indeed Boeken's As-Qh was dominated by dorinvandy's Ah-Kd and he couldn't improve on the ten-high board, exiting Event #5 on the money bubble, in 55th place.

10:49pm-Bubble pops all over Exclusive

Event #5 is now in the money, and Noah "Exclusive" Boeken is not. Details to come, but suffice to say, Boeken is the bubble boy of the night, leaving Chris Moneymaker as the only member of Team PokerStars to cash in this event.

10:45pm-#1PEN running pretty well

#1PEN was sitting on 71,000, about half of average when taktloss opened for 10,700 from UTG. #1PEN made his move, shoving all in, a substantial raise of 60,000 which would cost taktloss about half his remaining stack. taktloss decided to make the call and found himself in a race situation, his Th-Ts up against the Ah-Kd of #1PEN. The As-Ac-3s flop all but sealed the hand for #1PEN, who came away from the hand with a double-up to more than 150,000. taktloss was left with 56,000, down but certainly not out. You might remember, #1PEN came in runner up this morning in Event #3.

10:41pm-Brutal bubble hand

It wasn't quite the bubble, but it might as well have been when two of the top ten chip leaders tangled. Pure sickness ensued. Just watch it. It's like a car accident on the highway. You don't want to look, but you can't help yourself.

10:36pm-Chip counts at the break

Level 15
Blinds 2,000/4,000, antes 400
Average chip count: 140,789
Players remaining: 57
First prize: $617,925.00

Top Ten Chips:

steamraise 719165
Dolcetrix 349543
HoesMobil 302647
DuckU 297146
Pokerccini 272231
nitbuster 242032
murza Zhban 229740
purplEUROS 209082
bestbuy82 204928

Team PokerStars Pros remaining:

Chris "Money800" Moneymaker 117,179
Noah "Exclusive" Boeken 53,064

10:15pm-nitbuster picks off BrynKenney's bluff

BrynKenney opened for 7,775 and nitbuster made the call from the big blind. He checked the As-5h-2c flop, but called BrynKenney's 11,200 continuation bet. nitbuster check-called his opponent's 26,400 bet when the 9c fell on the turn and another 58,400 when the river came the 4s. nitbuster had top pair with Ac-8c in the hole and successfully picked off a bluff, BrynKenney showing Kd-2s. nitbuster is now up to 285,000 and sits among the top 5 in chips.

10:00pm-Highlight city

It's like Sports Center for WCOOP. PokerStars.tv is putting together highlight reels of the big WCOOP events. Today we received the highlights from the final table of Event #1, $215 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max.

Watch WCOOP TV Event 1 - $215 Hold'em (6 max) on PokerStars.tv

9:58pm-mig.com out just short of the cash

WSOP bracelet winner James "mig.com" Mackey made his move, three-betting the aggressive Jcardshark's 7,000 open-raise all in for his remaining 46,000 in chips. Unfortunately, Jcardshark had a real hand there and made the call, his Ad-8d dominating mig.com's Kd-8s. Jcardshark paired his ace on the flop and sent mig.com to the rail in 64th place, just short of the money.

9:57pm-neverwin true to his name

Dustin "neverwin" Woolf opened for 7,000 and faced a reraise to 22,000 from bestbuy82. neverwin decided to make his stand, moving all in for 63,250 and was called, his Qc-Qh dominating bestbuy82's 7c-7d. It was not neverwin's day, though as the 7s hit the flop, making his opponent's set. No miracle for neverwin on the turn or river, and he hit the virtual rail in 71st place.

9:56pm-#1PEN cripples RandALLin

Playing poker for nearly two days straight doesn't seem to have deterred last night's runner-up in Event #3 in the least. #1PEN popped RandALLin's 6,000 chip open-raise to 16,400 only to face a four-bet all in from his opponent. #1PEN called another 32,000, turning up Qs-Qd and was no doubt delighted to see RandALLin's pocket jacks. The board blanked out and #1PEN's stack crossed the 100K mark while RandALLin was left with only slightly more than 15,000 in chips

9:52pm-Recent eliminations

In recent action, Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes and James "mig.com" Mackey have been eliminated,

9:42pm-NoMercy gets no...well, you get the idea

What a fall from grace. Just an hour ago, Team PokerStars Pro Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier was the chip leader. Now, she is out just short of the money. PokerStars player steamraise is almost 100% to blame.

NoMercy came in for a raise 7000 and steamraise made the call. NoMercy bet 15,000 on a 4c-Jh-K flop. Steamraise put her all-in for 138,000 more and Mercier made the call with her As-Kh. The result wasn't pretty for the Team PokerStars Pro. Steamraise showed Jd-Ks. The board bricked twice and Mercier was out in 65th place.

9:38pm-UGOTPZD gets PZD

As we approach the bubble tonight, UGOTPZD was in dire need of a double up. He pushed his last chips in and got called in two places. He had to feel good when he actually flopped a pair. He likely felt let good when his opponent bet into the dry side pot. That's never good news. See the rest of the hand below.

9:28pm--Returning from break

After a 15-minute break to refresh after six hours of player, the 71 players are returning to try to make it to the first milestone...the top 54 players who will walk away with cash.

9:18pm--Chip counts at six-hour break

Level 13
Blinds 1,250/2,500, antes 250
Average chip count: 113,028
Players remaining: 71
First prize: $617,925.00

1. steamraise 616,195
2. Dolcetrix 344,643
3. DuckU 259,496
4. Jcardshark 246,238
5. Pokerccini 226,265
6. PAW717 225,353
7. HoesMobil 204,559
8. Hols_think 196,163
9. sappy123 183,672
10. bigegypt 182,486

Team PokerStars pros remaining:
Chris "Money800" Moneymaker 112,183 (28th place)
Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier 69,410 (47th)
Humberto "Humberto B" Brenes 58,638 (54th)
Noah "Exclusive" Boeken 45,207 (64th)

9:12pm--ElkY KO-ed

Just before the break, samh33 knocked out Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. ElkY shoved his last 15,692 with Ad-5s, and samh33 called him with 6d-6c. The flop came 8c-5h-6h, giving samh33 a set. The 2c on the turn meant ElkY was drawing dead, and he is out in 72nd place. samh33 now has 79,319.

9:10pm--JohnnyBax's pair is not good enough

Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy just finished in 76th after his pocket jacks couldn't match the power of dorinvandy's pocket kings. TIJO initially raised to 6,000, dorinvandy re-raised to 18,000 and Josephy pushed all in for 21,000. TIJO got out of the way and dorinvandy called. The flop of 3d-Ks-8h ended any drama and the turn and river of 8c-Ad finished Josephy off.

9:03pm--Nelson can't duck the duck

Team PokerStars pro Lee Nelson pushed his 20K stack in the middle, but DuckU called and knocked him out in 78th. Here is how the hand played out:

8:52pm--steamraise steamrollin'

On the very next hand, steamraise found himself involved in another huge pot versus FA_Morgoth.

In this one, philivey2694 raised to 2,567 from early position, and steamraise repopped it to 12,800 from the small blind. FA_Morgoth then three-bet to 29,535 from the big blind. philivey2694 folded, and steamraise called.

The flop came 2s-Jh-4s. steamraise checked, FA_Morgoth bet 35,231, and steamraise promptly shoved his enormous stack of 300-plus thousand in the middle. FA_Morgoth called with his last 127,937.

Talk about a rush. steamraise turned over As-Ac, while FA_Morgoth had Kd-Kh. The turn was the Qc and the river the 3c, and FA_Morgoth is suddenly out in 87th.

That hand put steamraise up to 534,314, nearly a quarter million ahead of his nearest foe!

8:46pm--Mercier takes a huge hit, courtesy steamraise

Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier had briefly enjoyed the chip lead, having built her stack up over the quarter million mark. Then came the following huge pot versus steamraise, and she's fallen way back to 88,010. Meanwhile, steamraise has assumed the chip lead with 335,644. Click to see how the hand played out:

8:43pm--Hershiser strikes out Lee Nelson

A big pot just developed between Orel Hershiser and Lee "LeeNelsonP*" Nelson. Nelson raised to 4,500 from the button with 60,000 behind and Hershiser re-raised to 10,500 from the small blind, leaving himself 29,000 behind. Nelson then bet enough to put the former Los Angeles Dodgers star all in and Hershiser called.

The hands were Ks-Kd for Hershiser and 6h-6d for Nelson. The board ran out Qd-Jd-8c-9c-3c and Hershiser doubled up to 82K. Nelson fell to 25K.

8:37pm--Kicker problems for The Waco Kid

Jared "TheWacoKidd" Hamby got the rest of his stack in with A-J, but ran into problems, and found himself bounced from the tournament in 97th. Here's the hand:

8:33pm--Wait, don't tell me.... I know I've heard that name before...

You might have noticed a certain player named "area23JC" appearing in a couple of those top ten chip count lists from earlier in the afternoon. He continues to amass chips quietly. We just saw another instance where he called with position a preflop raise by _unskilled_, reraised the continuation bet of _unskilled_ on the flop causing his opponent to fold, and took a nice 26k pot.

Perhaps you recall that name "area23JC" from earlier WCOOP events, such as the 2006 WCOOP Main Event which he won, claiming a nice $670,194 first prize.

Do you remember who "area23JC" is?

None other than J.C. Tran, who nearly $7 million in lifetime live tourney winnings include his first bracelet at this summer's WSOP. Tran currently has 107,894 chips, putting him in 21st place.

8:24pm--Now under 100 players

It's still awhile to the money (top 54), but at least we've cracked the two-figure mark. Recent eliminations include Team PokerStars pro Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan in 113th place and Mike "Sowerss" Sowers in 106th.

8:09pm--Chip counts at five-hour break

Level 11
Blinds 750/1,500, antes 150
Average chip count: 75,707
Players remaining: 106
First prize: $617,925.00

1. HoesMobil 196,720
2. Jcardshark 195,136
3. Team PokerStars Pro Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier 189,496
4. bestbuy82 187,430
5. tjbentham 185,797
6. FA_Morgoth 181,782
7. devinr12 168,594
8. ArbahChamesh 164,469
9. Choron 161,128
10. steamraise 144,847

Team PokerStars pros in top 100:
Chris "Money800" Moneymaker 122,854 (15th place)
Noah "Exclusive" Boeken 82,195 (42nd)
Lee Nelson 59,717 (57th)
Humberto "Humberto B" Brenes 53,196 (66th)

8:01pm--Is that the turn of the screw, or the screw of the turn?

Team PokerStars pro Lee Nelson found himself in good shape on the flop against doidovarrido, but the turn? That was a different story.

7:49pm--Four more Team PokerStars pros out

Among the victims of the recent carnage were Alex Kravchenko in 148th place, Victor Ramdin in 147th, Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso in 121st, and Steve "stevejpa" Paul-Ambrose in 118th.

7:46pm--Shake your Moneymaker

Meanwhile, life is better for another former WSOP ME champ and Team PokerStars Pro, Chris "Money800" Moneymaker. He just crossed the 120,000-chip mark and is now hovering just beneath the top ten. Now, wouldn't this be an interesting way to mark a fifth anniversary...?

7:38pm--Tom McEvoy can't celebrate on 25th anniversary of WSOP win

Team PokerStars Pro Tom McEvoy, who won another $10,000 no-limit hold'em tournament 25 years ago when he took the WSOP Main Event 1983, just busted in 133rd place in this $10,000 event.

Down to 18,000, McEvoy pushed all in over the top of a 3,000 bet from YRWTHMELTHR. McEvoy found himself in bad shape with As-7c versus Ad-Kh and found no help on a board of 4h-3d-Td-9c-3c.

7:33pm--The deck giveth, the deck taketh away

After grabbing a big stack, FA_Morgoth lost more than a third of his stack to HoesMobil in a big pot. After this hand, HoesMobil moved up to 203,000 to jump into first place:

7:27pm--theprofess takes Fossilman to school

2004 WSOP Main Event champion and Team PokerStars pro Greg "Fossilman" Raymer, down to a bit more than 22,000, raised to 3,000 from under the gun, and it folded around to theprofess who called from the big blind. The flop came Td-8s-3s. theprofess checked, Raymer bet 4,000, and theprofess check-raised to 8,000. Raymer pushed all in, and theprofess called.

theprofess had Ts-9s for top pair, while Raymer was looking to pair one of his hole cards -- As-Kh. The turn was the 7c and the river the Th, and Raymer is out in 150th place. Meanwhile, theprofess is now up to 73,297 and 34th.

7:21pm--Big move for FA_Morgoth

FA_Morgoth just won a big one to move into the top five. In the hand, zangbezan24 opened for 3,000 from the cutoff and FA_Morgoth re-raised to 7,756 from the button. Logical pushed all in for 77,090 from the big blind and zangbezang24 got out of the way. FA_Morgoth thought for awhile and called, showing Qd-Qc. Logical showed Ad-Kh and the flop of Qs-Js-2d gave FA_Morgoth a set, but left a straight draw out there. However, the board bricked off with 6h-3d and FA_Morgoth moved up to 170,000 after scooping the massive pot.

7:09pm--Dario done

Just before the break, Team PokerStars pro Dario Minieri was eliminated after shoving all in against samh133 on a flop of Ah-8d-2s. Click the replayer to see what he had -- and what samh133 had -- and how the hand played out:

7:08pm--More recent eliminations

Some more notable knockouts include Team PokerStars pros Andre "Aakkari" Akkari in 165th place and Dario Minieri in 162nd, as well as online pros Dag "dmmikkel" Martin Mikkelsen in 168th and Nick "TheTakeover" Schulman in 163rd.

7:06pm--Chip counts at four-hour break

Level 9
Blinds 500/1,000, antes 75
Average chip count: 49,844
Players remaining: 161
First prize: $617,925

Top ten in chips:

1. bestbuy82 193,055
2. steamraise 192,061
3. tjbentham 160,413
4. HoesMobil 152,015
5. Jcardshark 141,413
6. Team PS Pro Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier 121,560
7. area23JC 116,167
8. samh133 114,134
9. devinr12 110,856
10. _unskilled_ 105,174

Team PokerStars pros in top 100:

Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan 82,021 (22nd place)
Lee "LeeNelsonP*" Nelson 67,854 (34th)
Victor Ramdin 53,807 (57th)
Humberto "Humberto B." Brenes 52,571 (62nd)
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospelier 46,390 (75th)
Chris "Money800" Moneymaker 43,000 (80th)
Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso 36,108 (94th)

6:49pm--Half the field remains

As we approach the end of Level 8, there are currently 161 players left of the original 321 who began play four hours ago. Still a while to go before the money, though, as the top 54 finishers get paid.

6:38pm--One-two punch knocks out Annette_15

Quite a development over on Table 34. Team PokerStars pro Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier raised to 2,200 from early position, and both Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad and fellow PS pro Dario Minieri called from late position.

The flop came 4c-3h-6s. Mercier checked, Annette_15 bet 5,450, Minieri folded, and Mercier made the call. Total pot 18,700.

The turn brought the Ac. Mercier bet 10,000, and Annette_15 promptly shoved all in with her stack of 62,020. Mercier deliberated a bit, then called with her remaining 42,630.

Mercier showed 3s-3d for the set, while Annette_15 held 6h-5h -- she'd semibluffed. The river was the 6c, and suddenly Mercier had more than 120,000, while Obrestad had fallen under 10,000.

A few hands later, Annette_15 shoved with Ad-Qs and was called by Minieri who held Qh-Qd. Minieri's queens held up, and Annette_15 is out in 180th place.

6:34pm--Got to win your races

Sappy123 passed the test in a huge pot that vaulted him into the top three on the leaderboard. Starting the hand with 92,650, he re-raised MrSweets28 to 8,500 from the small blind after MrSweets28 had made it 2,400 from the hijack position. MrSweets28 promptly made it 22,400 and sappy123 put his opponent all in. MrSweets28 held Kd-Ac against the Tc-Td of sappy123. The tens held as the board came 5h-6c-5c-Jh-3s and sappy had 139K after the hand.

6:32pm--More notables gone

Recent bustouts include Team PokerStars pros John Duthie in 220nd, Marcin "Goral" Horecki in 192nd, and Vicky Coren 190th.

6:23pm--Who needs aces when you have... 3-6?

Player august35 found himself near the top of the leaderboard until he got his aces cracked by the 3-6 of diamonds held by kingsofcards. August35 tried to trap preflop, but kingsofcards found the flop too much to his liking:

6:15pm--shaniac shut out

Down to 7,158, Shane "shaniac" Schleger open-shoved from the cutoff and was called by FA_Morgoth on the button. shaniac showed 3s-Ks, and would need some help against FA_Morgoth's Qd-Ac.

The board ran out Jc-As-Kc-6s-Ad, and shaniac is out in 204th. FA_Morgoth currently has 58,747, good enough for 43rd.

6:08pm--I'll take those chips if no one else wants 'em

Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin has been steadily building his stack all day, and currently hovers around 15th place. In a recent hand bart spijker raised from UTG to 2,400, both Ramdin and Choron called behind him, and T_Mac also called from the big blind.

The flop came Kc-5s-Qs, and all four players checked. The turn was the 9h, and when it was Ramdin's turn he fired 7,200 into the middle, prompting the others to fold.

Ramdin is now up to 75,862.

5:56pm--Chip counts at three-hour break

Level 7
Blinds 400/800
Average chip count: 37,152
Players remaining: 216
First prize: $617,925.00

1. tjbentham 104,743
2. august35 101,044
3. buck21 100,457
4. nitbuster 92,930
5. HoesMobil 92,295
6. area23JC 92,267
7. SNo0oWMAN 90,190
8. ArbahChamesh 89,462
9. Team PokerStars Pro Lee "LeeNelsonP*" Nelson 86,779
10. Assassin8tor 86,650

Team PokerStars pros in top 100:
Victor Ramdin 69,062 (19th place)
Chris "Money800" Moneymaker 52,302 (45th)
Betrand "ElkY" Grospelier 50,985 (47th)
Dario Minieri 48,910 (54th)
Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan 47,271 (59th)
Noah "Exclusive" Boeken 44,915 (65th)
Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier 44,180 (71st)
Andre "aakari" Akkari 38,601 (87th)

5:51pm--"lol @ folding"

In the last hand before the break, a short-stacked Kongsgaard just made a stand of sorts at that tough Table 34 (see below) following some late-position funny business from Dario Minieri and Annette_15. Check it out:

And here's the chat that followed as the break began:

Dariominieri: niurbgiusebvu buierbuirbuoieqbnewqiuernboiern
Dariominieri: hate folding that
Annette_15: lol @ folding
Dariominieri: k k big respect kong
Annette_15: i call with 23o
Dariominieri: really?
Annette_15: y
Dariominieri: mmm
Annette_15: he knows ur 3bing me ****light
Annette_15: so hell go with weaker hands than normal

5:38pm--They're dropping like flies

We're now down to 232 players. Among recent notable eliminations are PS pros Raymond Rahme in 277th place and Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown in 272nd, Adam "Roothlus" Levy in 256th, Steve "MrSmokey1" Billirakis in 252nd, Peter "Nordberg" Feldman in 244th and PS pro Bill Chen in 237th.

5:35pm--Barry Greenstein gone

Battling a short stack all day, Team PokerStars pro Barry "barryg1" Greenstein pushed the rest of his 3,245-chip stack into the pot preflop from the big blind. iamhiv called and Greenstein was in great shape with Ah-Ks versus As-9s, but the board ran out 4s-2s-Th-6d-Ts giving iamhiv the nut flush and eliminating the Team PokerStars pro in 240th place.

5:32pm--No room to breathe at Table 34

Table 34 looks to be a tough one for at least five of the nine players seated there. On side of the table one finds Team PokerStars Pro Dario Minieri sitting beside Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad. On the other, there's Mike "Sowerss" Sowers and Team PS Pro Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier.

A quick glimpse at the hand history shows those four players have won all but one of the last 15 hands at that table, mostly with preflop aggression. Current chip counts for those four: Annette_15 -- 58,670; Dario Minieri -- 57,105; Sowerss -- 41,100; NoMercy -- 37,780.

5:24pm--Lee Nelson doesn't like Ike

Team PokerStars Pro Lee Nelson just took the chiplead with 98,000 after he got eisenhower1 to call a big river bet that put eisenhower1 all in. Here is the hand:

5:13pm--No takeover at Table 33

Nick "TheTakeover" Schulman isn't finding the going easy today. In a recent hand, he called a raise from Bassysaffari to 1,050 preflop and led out for 1,600 on a Qd-9d-Kd flop, which Bassysaffari called. On the turn, the 4c, Schulman bet big with 11,000 and didn't like what he discovered when Bassysaffari raised to 23,555. Schulman folded and was down below 17,000 after the hand.

5:07pm--Will the real Andy Beal please stand up?

We suspect he isn't the real deal since the billionaire banker lives in Texas and this player is from Vienna, but regardless player RealAndyBeal is our current chip leader and first participant to crack the six-figure mark with 104,475.

5:02pm--Somebody check her ID

SlippyJacks raised to 1,200 from UTG+1 and Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad, sitting to Slippy's left, made the call. The rest of the table folded, and the flop came 2c-9h-3s. SlippyJacks bet 1,850, and Annette_15 called. The turn was the Ac. This time SlippyJacks checked, and Annette_15 bet 3,850. SlippyJacks made the call.

The river brought the 8s. SlippyJacks checked, and after contemplating for a few moments Annette_15 bet 12,455. SlippyJacks went deep into the tank, taking over 100 seconds to decide what to do. What could she have? "god" typed SlippyJacks. "i wanna call so bad."

Finally he did, and Annette_15 showed 2d-2s for the flopped set. "yah," typed SlippyJacks. Then, less articulately, "resgrgvvgrhbgregs."

That hand knocked SlippyJacks down to 13,270. Meanwhile, Annette_15 has climbed up to 77,000 and 6th place.

Annette_15 flops a set and gets paid:

4:54pm--Some notable eliminations

Included among those who have busted in the last hour are Isaac "westmenloAA" Baron in 306th, Scott "SCTrojans" Freeman in 302nd, Katja Thater in 295th, Phil "USCPhildo" Collins in 288th, Scott "emptyseat88" Fischman in 287th, and Team PokerStars Pro Alexandre "Allingomes" Gomes in 282nd.

4:43pm--Chip counts at two-hour break

Level 5
Blinds 200/400
Average chip count: 28,257
Players remaining: 284
First prize: $617,925.00

1. SNo0oWMAN 79,790
2. Glenmorangie 71,598
3. ArbahChamesh 70,468
4. purplEUROS 69,500
5. murza Zhban 69,290
6. the_blues57 68,975
7. Genius28 67,122
8. T_Mac 64,725
9. RealAndyBeal 62,504
10. Annette_15 61,890

Team PokerStars pros in top 100:
Lee Nelson 57,884 (13th place)
Bill Chen 51,440 (19th)
Dario Minieri 50,555 (21st)
Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso 48,759 (27th)
Andre "aakari" Akkari 45,625 (35th)
Steve "stevejpa" Paul-Ambrose 44,968 (37th)
Chris "Money800" Moneymaker 44,072 (42nd)
Betrand "ElkY" Grospelier 41,185 (48th)
Noah "Exclusive" Boeken 35,215 (75th place)

4:35pm--Throwing the curveball

Orel Hershiser is playing aggressive poker at Table 37 and building his stack. In one hand, sweetluvin7 raised to 900 and Hershiser called in the big blind. Hershiser checked the flop of 7c-3c-2h and check raised to 3,300 after sweetluvin7 opened for 1,100. Hershiser led for 4,200 on the Qd turn and sweetluvin7 called. The river came 3h, Hershiser bet 5,400, and sweetluvin7 folded.

Hershiser now holds more than 50,000 chips.

4:30pm--Brown encounters preying gbmantis

gbmantis open-raised to 750 from the button, and Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown called from the small blind. The flop came 6c-8h-Ac. Brown checked, gbmantis bet 650, then Brown minimum check-raised to 1,300. gbmantis called.

The turn was the 5s. This time, Brown bet out 2,100 (into the 3,750 pot). gbmantis called. Total pot 8,600.

The river brought the 2h. Brown bet 4,200, and gbmantis quickly raised to 9,999 -- about half his remaining stack. Brown promptly let the hand go.

Brown now has 22,993, while gbmantis has moved up to 32,480.

4:21pm--Luca Pagano goes down

More battles between Team PokeStars Pros: Dario Minieri just busted Luca Pagano in 299th place. Here is how the hand occurred:

4:12pm--Show me the Moneymaker

Team PokerStarsPro Chris "Money800" Moneymaker was just involved in a huge hand with chip leader tr0nni in which Moneymaker's tournament life was on the line. See how the hand played out here:

4:09pm--Dario doubles

Team PokerStars Pro Dario Minieri just doubled up in a large pot with Kongsgaard.

Beginning the hand with 39,775, Kongsgaard raised to 555 and Minieri, who had 22,850, called in the small blind. The flop came 9c-Ad-7c and a raising war ensued, with several bets before Kongsgaard put Minieri all in. Kongsgaard had Ac-Kc for top pair-top kicker and nut flush draw, while Minieri had flopped a set with 9h-9s.

The turn and river came 5h-Ah, and Minieri's hand held. He moved up to 46,000 while Kongsgaard dropped below 20,000.

4:06pm--Griffin, Saul out

We have just begun Level 4. Recent bustouts include Team PokerStars Pro Gavin Griffin and Kevin "BeL0WaB0Ve" Saul.

4:01pm--Hershiser throwing fastballs

Former World Series MVP pitcher Orel Hershiser, who has taken up poker in recent years, is in the field today and is faring well. The PokerStars Player has built his stack to 31,600, good for top 100 placement on the leaderboard at this point.

You may recall Hershiser made the quarterfinals of the National Heads-Up Poker Championship in the spring by beating Ted Forrest, Allen Cunningham, and Freddy Deeb, so he's no slouch against tough competition.

3:56--The rich get richer

Early chip leader tr0nni just added another 13k after knocking out Domce in 308th.

Domce had raised 3x to 600 from middle position, and Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy had called from the cutoff. tr0nni then reraised to 2,475, prompting Domce to shove all in for a total of 12,975. JohnnyBax got out of the way, and tr0nni called, showing Ah-Kc. Domce turned over Qs-Qh.

The flop was 8d-7d-9s and turn 7h -- so far so good for Domce. But the Kd on the river sent Domce home and tr0nni up over the 90,000-chip mark.

3:52pm--Battle of the poker stars

Team PokerStars Pros Isabelle "No Mercy" Mercier and Luca Pagano just battled in a 15,000 pot with Mercier getting the better of her peer. After this hand, Pagano was down below 8,000:

3:43pm--What starting hand is better than aces?

We just had an interesting hand over on Table 4 right as we began Level 3. Greg "Fossilman" Raymer limped in from under the gun, and Jovial Gent, sitting to Raymer's left, raised to 900. The table folded back around to Raymer who promptly pushed all of his remaining 21,825 chips in the middle. Jovial Gent thought a brief moment, then folded.

Raymer then flashed 8d-8s as the chips slid his way.

"Thought I'd try a steve play," typed Fossilman, ostensibly referring to stevesbets who sits across the table from he and Jovial Gent. "Plus it's my hand," he said, referring to the fact that pocket eights was the winning hand for Raymer when he won the 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event. "Better than Aces," he added.

3:35pm--Chip counts at the one-hour break

Level 3
Blinds 100/200
Average chip count:
Players remaining: 316
First prize: $617,925.00

Top ten in chips:
1. tr0nni 76,050
2. Genius28 60,772
3. #1PEN 50,045
4. Choron 49,022
5. Team PokerStars pro Andre "aakkari" Akkari 48,400
6. molswi47 45,938
7. birdguts 45,563
8. Hold_emNL 45,340
9. bart spijker 44,865
10. BiggestFish 44,300

Team PokerStars pros in top 100:
Noah "Exclusive" Boeken 33,645 (33rd place)
Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier 31,875 (44th)
Dario Minieri 30,525 (54th)
Steve "stevejpa" Paul-Ambrose 29,759 (61st)
Lee Nelson 28,320 (76th)
Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso 28,050 (82nd)
Tom McEvoy 28,050 (83rd)
John Duthie 27,500 (93rd)
Betrand "ElkY" Grospelier 27,435 (95th)
Gavin Griffin 27,225 (99th)

3:25pm--Most remain for second hour of play

With five minutes to go before the first break, we have only had four bustouts thus far -- RunThisTable, TheCronic420, wraptduck, and basebal1b. That means the average stack is still near the starting avg. -- just over 25,000 -- although the blinds in Level 3 (100/200) will be four times what they were in Level 1 (25/50). Still talkin' very deep stacks, though, and thus, theoretically, a lot of "play" (as they say).

3:11pm--tr0nni jumps out to huge lead early

Player tr0nni is sharing a table with 2003 World Series of Poker champ Chris "Money800" Moneymaker and online star Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy, but that hasn't seemed to faze him here in the early going. tr0nni is already up to 76,000 in the early going, more than 25,000 ahead of anyone else. Here's the hand that took him over the 75k mark:

3:07pm--Today's prize pool is $3.21 million

Registration is now closed with 321 players participating. First place will receive $617,925 and 46th-54th places will get $16,050.

3:04pm--Fischman drowning

Like Greenstein, Scott "emptyseat88" Fischman has also taken an early tumble, falling to less than 12,000 as we begin Level 2.

3:02pm--Barry gets shanked, part two

Barry "barryg1" Greenstein and ShankingYou battled in another big pot and again the shank came out on top. ShankingYou had just lost a large pot and was down to 11,265 when he called Greenstein's raise to 150 from the cutoff. The two saw a flop of 4d-Kd-9h and Greenstein led out for 250, which ShankingYou called. After the turn brought the 5d, Greenstein checked, ShankingYou bet 675 and Greenstein check-raised to 2,000 and ShankingYou called. Greenstein bet 5,000 on the As river and ShankingYou called. Greenstein showed Qh-Td and ShankingYou held 7d-6d for the flush.

After the hand Greenstein was down to 11,000 and ShankingYou was up to 18,000.

2:59pm--It's the middle of the day, but the stars are out

Scanning the list of entrants for today's High-Roller event, one finds lots familiar usernames, including Kevin "BeL0WaB0Ve" Saul, Steve "MrSmokey1" Billirakis, Peter "Nordberg" Feldman, Jon "PearlJammer" Turner, Adam "Roothlus" Levy, Shane "shaniac" Schleger, Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy, and Mike "Sowerss" Sowers, among others.

Many of the Team PokerStars pros are out for this one as well today, including Andre "aakkari" Akkari, Alexandre "Allingomes" Gomes, Barry "barryg1" Greenstein, Bill Chen, Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown, Dario Minieri, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Greg "Fossilman" Raymer, Gavin Griffin, Humberto "Humberto B." Brenes, John Duthie, Katja Thater, vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso, Luca Pagano, Chris "Money800" Moneymaker, Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier, Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan, Ray Rahme, Steve "stevejpa" Paul-Ambrose, Tom McEvoy, Vicky Coren, Victor Ramdin, and William "William" Thorson.

2:53pm--Barry Greenstein gets shanked

Team PokerStars Pro Barry "barryg1" Greenstein lost about 20 percent of his chips in a pot with player ShankingYou after ShankingYou pushed on the river and Greenstein folded. Here is how the hand played out:

2:47pm--Just a couple of high-rollers looking for a little fun

LukeFromB13 just took a small pot from Tim "Tmay420" West. West had called LukeFromB13's preflop bet, then after his opponent made a continuation bet on a flop of Ad-6s-7c, West let it go.

"nh there," said Tmay420 afterwards, adding "gkfdljsgkljdfhgkjdfhkghdfkgkldfhjglkj."

The conversation continued thusly:

Tmay420: dont worry luke
Tmay420: well have some fun today
LukeFromB13: just here to have fun?
Tmay420: nah
Tmay420: ur just here to 3 bet me all day
Tmay420: next time the flop wont be Ace high

2:43pm--Tough tables in this one

With a $10,300 buy-in there was little doubt the competition in today's opening event was going to be tough. Among the tougher tables are Table 36 with Barry "barryg" Greenstein, Jon "PearlJammer" Turner and Lee Nelson and Table 38 that has players Bill Chen, Alexandre "Allingomes" Gomes, Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad, and Scott "emptyseat88" Fischman.

2:38pm--Annette_15 wasting little time

Not even one orbit in, and online phenom Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad has already picked up a decent pot here in the early going.

Annette_15 raised to 150 from middle position, Holdem_NL called from the small blind, and Scott "emptyseat88" Fischman also called from the big blind. The flop came Ah-4h-Qd, and the blinds checked to Annette_15 who bet 350. Only Holdem_NL stuck around. The turn was the 9s. This time Holdem_NL bet out 900, and Annette_15 raised to 2,750. Holdem_NL called.

Both checked the Qc on the river. Holdem_NL showed 9h-6h for nines and queens, but Annette_15 held Ac-9c for the better two pair. She jumps out to 28,375, while Holdem_NL slips to 21,700.

2:31pm--Shuffle up and deal!

This historic $10,300 buy-in no-limit hold'em event is underway. Blinds start at 25/50 here in Level 1, with players starting with a whopping 25,000 in chips.

Currently 310 players have registered, with registration still open. That means a prize pool of in excess of three million dollars for this one!

8:28am--WCOOP Event #5 $10,000 High-Roller No-Limit Hold'em begins at 2:30ET

For the first time ever, the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker will host a $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament. Some of the biggest names in poker are already signed up for the $2 million guaranteed event. Join us here at 2:30pm ET for full live blog coverage of the tournament.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in WCOOP