WCOOP Event #6 $530 No-Limit Hold'em live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #6, the $3 million guaranteed no-limit hold'em event, is brought to you by bloggers Stephen Bartley, David Aydt, Jennifer Newell, and Carol Kline. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Want to see the Event #5 action? Check out the WCOOP Event #5 Live Blog.

5:04am - Day 1 complete, 72 survive

Day 1 of WCOOP Event #6 has ended, with 72 players remaining. Action (and live blogging coverage) will resume at 4:30pm ET later today.

Level 23
Blinds 12,500/25,000, antes 2,500
Average chip stack: 1,020,972
Players remaining: 72
First Prize: $452,086.50

Top Ten Chip Counts:

1. pokrates 4,571,526
2. shaamo 3,666,172
3. pawnUz 2,501,626
4. LYM333 2,395,878
5. bogjavul123 2,236,854
6. porkshitznel 2,132,541
7. SexSeen 1,866,713
8. kleath 1,699,480
9. kizza_om 1,689,202
10. Yo Burger 1,615,411

Team PokerStars Pro:

Andre "aakari" Akkari (1,051,706 in chips)

Eliminated:

Alex "Allingomes" Gomes (300th)
Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan (504th)
Luca Pagano (585th)
William Thorson (596th)
Barry "barryg1" Greenstein (2,511st)
Bill Chen (2,436th)
Noah "Exclusive" Boeken (2,930th)
Marcin "Goral" Gorecki (2,934th)
Humberto "Humberto B." Brenes (3,098th)
Lee "LeeNelson" Nelson (3,769th)
Alex Kravchenko (3,905th)
Tom McEvoy (4,029th)
Victor Ramdin (4,942nd)
Greg "FossilMan" Raymer (5,388th)
Chad " ChadBrownPRO" Brown (5,685th)
Ray Rahme (5,948th)
John Duthie (6,207th)
Isabelle "No Mercy"Mercier (6,335th)
Vanessa "Lady Maverick" Rousso (6,526th)
Dario Minieri (6,818th)
Chris "Money800" Moneymaker (6,848th)
Katja Thater (7,158th)

4:40am - That suits Akkari to a tee

Andre "aakkari" Akkari is the last Team PokerStars Pro standing. After sitting on a below-average chip stack for a while, Akkari decided to mix it up by raising to 42,500 from middle position with Kc-7c. 10 UDR PAR, who was sitting on the button, was the only caller. When the flop came 9c-2h-Qc, Akkari bet 75,000, which prompted 10 UDR PAR to raise to 225,000. Akkari then re-raised all-in to 481,880. 10 UDR PAR made the call and tabled Ks-Qh for top pair. Were there any clubs left in the deck? Plenty. The 2c fell on the turn, and the Tc fell on the river, giving Akkari the flush and a much needed double up.

4:30am - Feeling under par? Have some juice!

The name of the game is chip accumulation. Sometimes you can pick on the short-stacks at the table, but other times you can't help but confront the big-stacks. And when two big-stacks collide, there are often shake-ups in the leaderboard. Take this hand for example. 10 UDR PAR started the hand with 1,211,158 in chips, and juuuiice was sitting with 1,153,556. After 10 UDR PAR limped in for 15K, juuuiice raised to 63.5K and 10 UDR PAR made the call. 10 UDR PAR check-raised from 96K to 192K on a flop of 6d-5h-7c, and juuuiice called. 10 UDR PAR continued with the pressure by betting 105K after the Jd fell on the turn. This time, juuuiice raised to 380K, with 10 UDR PAR making the call. Who would have the last word? When the Jh hit on the river, 10 UDR PAR led out for 150K, folding juuuiice. After collecting the 1,303,500 pot, 10 UDR PAR jumped to 1,878,658 in chips. Do you think you know what the players held? Watch the hand and take a guess.

4:20am - Player to watch: Kenny Rap

Another fresh face in our top ten chip counts as of the last hour is Kenny Rap. His success on PokerStars goes back a long way, with nearly $400,000 in tournament earnings in the past three years alone. He also had strong performances at the 2007 WCOOP - five cashes that include one final table in Event #14 NLHE last year.

Kenny is currently playing at table #19.

4:01am - End of hour number ten chip counts, one more hour to go on Day 1

Level 21
Blinds 7,500/15,000, antes 1,500
Average chip stack: 639,217
Players remaining: 115
First Prize: $452,086.50

Top ten chip counts:

1. LYM333 1,787,294
2. viebu 1,615,330
3. vgreen22 1,608,414
4. pokrates 1,599,793
5. achen 1,599,619
6. Kenny Rap 1,530,848
7. bogjavul123 1,526,554
8. porkshitznel 1,455,516
9. 10 UDR PAR 1,393,158
10. JI3607 1,371,675

Team PokerStars Pros:

Andre "aakari" Akkari (518,980 in chips)

Eliminated in the Money:

Alex "Allingomes" Gomes (300th)
Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan (504th)
Luca Pagano (585th)
William Thorson (596th)

3:54am - Answer: The same number of ways you can skin a cat

Question: How many ways can you double up in a poker tournament? For billzfan86, the technique is simple: (1) call a middle-position raise to 36,000 while holding As-Qc, (2) flop a full house on a board of Qs-Qh-Ac, (3) smooth call opponent's 75,000 bet after the flop, (4) call again when opponent bets 120,000 after the turn, (5) call when opponent bets enough to put you all in on the river and (6) collect 1,163,430 in chips. For those of you who learn better by watching, check out the replay below:

3:30am - Chatterbox heaven

The chat boxes are blowing up at two tables in particular. While numerous friends, family members, and fellow players watch the players in these WCOOP events, there are two players garnering a great deal of attention in the chats.

First is Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari, who has an international chat going on around him, though he seems to stay out of the fray. He is playing his game and trying to stay above average in chips as we go deeper into this tournament. Chat sample:

shizer [observer]: aakkari is by far the best MTT pstar player
pd0gg: hevads good
yipyapsap [observer]: hevads good....andre is Great...

Second is AJKHooser1's table, which is boasting of well-known online players like SCTrojans and BeLOWaBOVe, all of whom are railing their friend. One observer keeps typing, "AJK for PREZ." Now that would be interesting.

To follow the chat on their tables, AJKHoosier1 is on #524, and aakkari is on #688.

3:20am - Player to watch: AJKHoosier1

Guess who recently appeared in the top chip counts? (Hint: It's in the title of this entry.) AJKHoosier1 is soaring past the 1 million chip mark and just broke into the top ten. With some very aggressive play, he sits with more than 1.3 million and increasing with each word typed here. This online pro player has over $600,000 in winnings on PokerStars in the last three years alone, and he is presumably looking to capture his first WCOOP title and bracelet.

He's certainly making a run at it late tonight. Check out his action, if you're so inclined, on Table 599.

2:54am - Big stacks tangle for 1.5 million in chips

Fresh off the break, the action at Table 267 kicked off with a confrontation between Solovka (chipleader at the break) and achen (third in chips at the break). By the time the river card was dealt, almost 1.5 million in chips was sitting in the middle of the virtual felt. Who made the big all-in move on the river and skyrocketed to almost two million chips? Watch and see.

Did you watch? We highly recommend it, but if you didn't we'll tell you that the answer to the above question is achen.

2:48am - End of hour number nine data, for informational purposes only

Level 19
Blinds 5,000/10,000, antes 1,000
Average chip stack: 401,693
Players remaining: 183
First Prize: $452,086.50

1. Solovka 1,426,821
2. lostrom 1,348,376
3. achen 1,201,750
4. shaamo 1,153,913
5. Housh Me 1,015,796
6. juuuiice 942,738
7. Coulabdoul 866,367
8. JI3607 849,292
9. AiP5 845,122
10. Turkishmcfly 839,481

Team PokerStars Pro:

Andre "aakari" Akkari (500,421 in chips)

Eliminated in the Money:

Alex "Allingomes" Gomes (300th)
Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan (504th)
Luca Pagano (585th)
William Thorson (596th)

2:26am - Nut versus second nut, but the only pair is on the board

Who needs a pair? Not Achen. His Ah-Ks for nut no pair took down a 293K pot when it bested the second nut no pair of RockoSanchez. OldVoin, who said "bliad'" after the cards were revealed, might have had the best hand from start to finish, but he folded to achen's re-raise all-in. achen now has more than a million chips and is sitting toward the top of the leaderboard.

2:15am - Money matters more as payouts increase

It is that time of the tournament, folks, where the money jumps start looking better each time. Players are now in the 181th place - 216th place range where they receive $3,675.50 for eliminations, but if they hold on another pay level, they'll get $4,043.05. And yes, as luck would have it, payouts increase the longer players stay in the tournament. (Genius concept, no?)

But as in every event, the bigger jumps don't happen until the last two tables are in play. At that point, the minimum cash will be $9,188,75, and it goes up exponentially from there. And it's pretty much a guarantee that the players have seen those numbers, including the $452,086.50 first place prize, and thought about how rewarding that would be.

2:02am - Milestone moment for shaamo

After nine and a half hours of play in WCOOP Event #6, we finally have our first player to reach the million chip mark. Shaamo started the hand with 923,502 in chips and got the final boost when his As-Ks took down the Th-Tc of smellmuth. Watch the action unravel here:

1:45am - Former chipleader gets set up by tos69

Earlier we reported about JI3607's commanding chiplead, but over the past couple of orbits, the rest of the field has started to catch up. Shortly after the break, JI3607 took his pocket jacks against the pocket tens of tos69. Will JI3607 further add to his stash? Well if the headline hasn't given it away, watching the hand replay surely will.

1:30am - End of hour eight information, for your viewing pleasure

Level 17
Blinds 3,000/6,000, antes 600
Average chip stack: 261,601
Players remaining: 281
First Prize: $452,086.50

Top ten chip counts:

1. JI3607 853,831
2. lostrom 798,234
3. Chess1956 736,001
4. KeyserSoze11 719,802
5. Dilith 672,259
6. adonislee 656,690
7. Solovka 632,031
8. Ti0373 630,491
9. Coulabdoul 624,667
10. KingGorn 616,425

Team PokerStars Pro:

Andre "aakari" Akkari (390,312 in chips)

Eliminated in the Money:

Alex "Allingomes" Gomes (300th)
Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan (504th)
Luca Pagano (585th)

1:26am - Splits are also found outside of the Olympics

Team PokerStars Pro Alex "Allingomes" Gomes was looking to double up to an average chip stack while holding Ah-Qc against Auryon's Ad-Js. Unfortunately for Gomes, a dominating hand isn't always a winning hand. The flop and the turn looked good for Gomes, but watch the hand replayer to find out how Gomes ended up settling for a split.

And just like that, Gomes has now been eliminated. Allingomes will settle for 300th place in this WCOOP event for a $2,572,85 prize.

1:20am - Andre Akkari knows how to make money

Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari has been sitting above average in chips for quite awhile this evening, though during this level, he hit a blockade. When his pocket jacks went in against the pocket eights of John_Coffee3, an eight spiked on the river, and Akkari shipped more than 90,000 of his chips to his opponent. He lost a few subsequent hands - to Uncle Tilt, perhaps - to see his stack decrease all the way to the 200,000 range, but in the past several minutes, he has catapulted back up to near 400,000. This guy knows how to make money, and he's going for it right here at Table 688.

Over the summer, Akkari talked to PokerStars.TV amidst the WSOP madness about how to make money in Vegas. Check it out:


Watch WSOP 08: Andre's Tips On Making Money In Vegas on PokerStars.tv

1:00am - Top top third best

Team PokerStars Pro Alex "Allingomes" Gomes took a significant hit to his chip stack when he flopped top pair top kicker against dbslim and 10 UDR PAR and lost to both players. Although top top can be a winning hand in many situations, you'll never believe what the flop brought for Gomes' opponents. Watch the hand unfold here:

12:50am - 2008 WCOOP final tablists playing on

The beauty of the WCOOP is that some players hop in for one or two tournaments to try out their skills on the big stage, and others settle in for two and a half weeks of as many events as they can play.

Take, for example, the list of players who made the final tables in Events 1-4 in the past two days. A number of them played in Event #6 here today, and here is how they fared:

Event #1 - $215 NLHE 6-max

First place finisher shane147 played today but finished early, fourth place finisher - DOV - hung in there but missed the money, and sixth place scarface_79 finished in the middle of the pack today.

Event #2 - $215 PL 5-Card Draw

Second place wedlowjones and fifth place nathalie111 both finished just outside the money in this tournament, and sixth place xoxol73 took an early leave of the tables.

Event #3 - $215 Limit Hold'em

Winner cwp394, runner-up #1PEN, and fourth place finisher Bdbeatslayer all just missed the money, and eighth place finisher BadcardsAA was eliminated in the middle of the event today.

12:35am - End of hour number seven chip counts

Level 15
Blinds 2,000/4,000, antes 400
Average chip stack: 164,820
Players remaining: 446
First Prize: $452,086.50

Top ten chip counts:

1. JI3607 822,731
2. ChOoTh 547,605
3. Solovka 543,883
4. adonislee 489,090
5. billzfan86 470,371
6. Ruguebye 460,644
7. TXSooner518 456,193
8. LUFCBas 454,493
9. HuggyHB12 436,647
10. Guimp 427,400

Team PokerStars Pros still in the running:

Andre "aakari" Akkari (249,967 in chips)
Alex "Allingomes" Gomes (267,743)

Recent Eliminations:

Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan (504th)
Luca Pagano (585th)
William Thorson (596th)

Eliminated (yes, they are still eliminated and will likely remain that way):

Barry "barryg1" Greenstein (2,511st)
Bill Chen (2,436th)
Noah "Exclusive" Boeken (2,930th)
Marcin "Goral" Gorecki (2,934th)
Humberto "Humberto B." Brenes (3,098th)
Lee "LeeNelson" Nelson (3,769th)
Alex Kravchenko (3,905th)
Tom McEvoy (4,029th)
Victor Ramdin (4,942nd)
Greg "FossilMan" Raymer (5,388th)
Chad " ChadBrownPRO" Brown (5,685th)
Ray Rahme (5,948th)
John Duthie (6,207th)
Isabelle "No Mercy"Mercier (6,335th)
Vanessa "Lady Maverick" Rousso (6,526th)
Dario Minieri (6,818th)
Chris "Money800" Moneymaker (6,848th)
Katja Thater (7,158th)

12:26am - Pulling away from the pack

Our current chipleader, JI3607, has started to pull away from the rest of the field, now almost 300,000 ahead of ChOoTh who is in second place on the leaderboard. JI3607 started this hand with 613,279 in chips but picked up over 200,000 more after eliminating Qcity1 in this hand:

12:18am - The Rain has fallen

Having lost some ground since the last break, Hevad "RaiNKhAN" was put in a position to move, but his middle pair came up against Big Slick, and this is how it played out:

12:05am - Ciao, Luca!

Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano had been steadily increasing his chip count for the past several levels. Sitting with 91,894, he entered a hand that would be his demise. Proofrock made an initial pre-flop raise to 7,000, which was called by Luca in the SB and motorgirl101 in the BB. The flop came 9h-Tc-Ac, and all three checked. The 6c on the turn brought a bet of 40,000 from Luca, but motorgirl101 pushed all-in for 88,643. Proofrock left the scene, and Luca called, which put him all-in. Luca showed 9d-9s for trips and his tournament life, but motorgirl showed 8c-7h for the straight. An 8d on the river didn't do it, and Luca Pagano was eliminated in 585th place.

11:54pm - Flushed away

When you have a pocket pair and you flop a set, you hope to get action on your hand. Sometimes, however, it's not the kind of action that you want. Team PokerStars Pro William Thorson went from 110,573 in chips to 32,631 in chips when his flopped set got flushed away in this hand:

And soon after, the Team PokerStars Pro was out. William Thorson was eliminated in 596th place, which was good for $1,102.65.

11:50pm - Aces for Alex

Team PokerStars Pro Alex Gomes is on the rise. Picking up pocket aces early in this level, he made them work for a 79,306 pot and a 134,367 chip stack going forward. Here's how it went down:

11:35pm - Somewhere else to be?

The field is dwindling fast at this late hour on a Sunday night. In the first 10 minutes of this level alone, 50 players have been eliminated. If there is somewhere else to be, I must have misplaced my invitation. Errr, that's okay. This is the WCOOP! It only comes around once a year, and we have a front row seat. This is online poker's "Super Bowl."

Notable eliminations in the past few levels:

VietCutie - 784th place
Ylon "TenthPlanet" Schwartz - 1000th place
BodogAri - 1083rd place

11:15pm - Superstitious beware of level 13

Level 13
Blinds 1,250/2,500, ante 250
Average chip count: 98,144
Players remaining: 749
First prize: $452,086.50

Top ten chip counts:

1. Mannydarx 396,303
2. Guimp 366,565
3. DMETALFEEN 352,348
4. h4x0r06 337,699
5. voyager7o9 334,952
6. pacino06 334,552
7. LYM333 328,780
8. Rivalen 322,502
9. gipsy74 322,485
10. forbz1 320,494

Team PokerStars Pros still holding strong:

Andre "aakari" Akkari (161,167 in chips)
Alex "Allingomes" Gomes (95,539)
Luca Pagano (76,494)
Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan (127,963)
William Thorson (123,898)

Eliminated:

Barry "barryg1" Greenstein (2,511st)
Bill Chen (2,436th)
Noah "Exclusive" Boeken (2,930th)
Marcin "Goral" Gorecki (2,934th)
Humberto "Humberto B." Brenes (3,098th)
Lee "LeeNelson" Nelson (3,769th)
Alex Kravchenko (3,905th)
Tom McEvoy (4,029th)
Victor Ramdin (4,942nd)
Greg "FossilMan" Raymer (5,388th)
Chad " ChadBrownPRO" Brown (5,685th)
Ray Rahme (5,948th)
John Duthie (6,207th)
Isabelle "No Mercy"Mercier (6,335th)
Vanessa "Lady Maverick" Rousso (6,526th)
Dario Minieri (6,818th)
Chris "Money800" Moneymaker (6,848th)
Katja Thater (7,158th)

10:56pm - Early leader slipping once more...

William Thorson just moved up to 133,000 after a sizable pot against one of the early tournament leaders Mokers. It was worth 48,800 when the chips were swept Thorson's way...

10:50pm-- The bubble

No long drawn out strategic approach to the bubble in Event 6, instead, it burst with a mighty boosh with five players busting out within seconds of each other.

The title of unluckiest finisher went to SindyJizz whose exit in 1,081st place opened the flood gates for others who had been hanging on by their finger nails to finally loosen their grip; 40 players out in a matter of two or three minutes.

What are they playing for?
1st $452,086.50
2nd $306,169.15
3rd $205,828.00
4th $169,073
5th $132,318
6th $95,563
7th $64,321.25
8th $42,268.25
9th $27,728.50
10th to 12th $18,377.50
13th to 15th $12,864.25
16th to 18th $9,188.75
19th to 27th $7,351.00
28th to 36th $6,615.90
37th to 45th $6,248.35
46th to 54th $5,880.80
55th to 72nd $5,513.25
73rd to 90th $5,145.70
91st to 117th $4,778.15
118th to 144th $4,410.60
145th to 180th $4,043.05
181st to 216th $3,675.50
217th to 252nd $3,307.95
253rd to 288th $2,940.40
289th to 324th $2,572.85
325th to 360th $2,205.30
361st to 405th $1,837.75
406th to 450th $1,470.20
451st to 720th $1,102.65
721st to 1080th $735.10


10:48pm-- Huge pot for Andre the Giant

While he doesn't wear size 26 boots like the former famous wrestler, Team PokerStars Pro Andre "aakkari" Akkari just applied the knee breaking figure eight to his opponent's chip stack after a big scare on the flop...

10:30pm - Pagano's pursuit of lead continues

Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano has gone from critical to in contention in the space of a level and now has close to 70,000 thanks to a neat hand with pocket threes...

10:20pm -- The fight back continues

UcancallmeMr started it all, raising pre-flop to 4,554. A modest raise on his part, given that his stack stacks at 280K. KingGorn call on the button but not to be outdone William Thorson re-raised on the small blind. No fear.

UcancallmeMr got out of the way, so too KingGorn. Thorson happily mucked his cards for a welcome 16,512 pot.

"laid down a big hand for u there William" said UcancallmeMr.

10:18pm-- 75 players to the bubble, who's wants the money and who's wants the chips?

We're nearing the bubble for $735.10 to 1080th place, and some clean air for the bubble boy in 1081. While facing that three-bet for their tournament life who is going to press their luck and hope for no whammies, and who's going gamble and try for that huge $452,000 payday plus the WCOOP bracelet?

10:10pm-- End of hour number five chip counts, the bubble nears

Level 11
Blinds 750/1500, antes 150
Average chip stack: 61,514
Players remaining 1,195
First Prize: $452,086.50

1. UcancallmeMr 293,404
2. Voyager7o9 265,760
3. ScoopCity 261,010
4. Twisted22 252,842
5. Dilith 252,733
6. Strategovic 233,914
7. Mary 717 227,355
8. Achen 220,766
9. Jumper17 216,999
10. X22magriel 215,897

Recent eliminations:

O Hershiser (1,309th)
Unixangel (1,332nd)
DeOhGee (1,369th)
JohnnyBax (1,379th)
55lucky55 (1,838th)

Team PokerStars Pros

Andre "Aakari"Akkari (70,268 in chips)
Alex "Allingomes" Gomes (17,747)
Luca Pagano (42,934)
Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan (55,230)
William Thorson (81,790)

Eliminated:
Barry "barryg1" Greenstein (2511st)
Bill Chen (2436th)
Noah "Exclusive" Boeken (2,930th)
Marcin "Goral" Gorecki (2,934th)
Humberto "Humberto B." Brenes (3,098th)
Lee "LeeNelson" Nelson (3769th)
Alex Kravchenko (3905th)
Tom McEvoy (4029th)
Victor Ramdin (4942nd)
Greg "FossilMan" Raymer (5388th)
Chad " ChadBrownPRO" Brown (5685th)
Ray Rahme (5948th)
John Duthie (6207th)
Isabelle "No Mercy"Mercier (6335th)
Vanessa "Lady Maverick" Rousso (6526th)
Dario Minieri (6818th)
Chris "Money800" Moneymaker (6848th)
Katja Thater (7158th)


9:50pm - Stormy weather for Luca but still on course

Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagnao has been in the shadow of the likes of William Thorson, Noah Boeken and Barry Greenstein today but is still in Event 6, although the outlook for the Italian is looking less rosy than it did a short time ago.

With blinds now set at 600/1,200 with a 100 ante Luca had fallen from an earlier perch of more than 40,000 to his current 26K.

S D Mikee B raised 3,600 from late position only to be re-raised by breid525 on the button, 8380 in total. It was now on Pagano in the big blind who called. There was no chasing Mikee B from the pot who also called for the 7c-6s-8s flop.

Both active players checked the flop to see the Qd on the turn. Now it was Mikee B moving all-in, 23890 in total. Luca got out of the way leaving it up to breid525 to spoil Mikee B's day. The river was the 3c. Would this do it?

Mikee B turned over Kc-Qc whilst Breid 525 could only manage Ah-Td. It forced Breid to the rail whilst Mikee B now sits with more than 50,000 in front of him.

9:40pm-- PokerStars.TV to show final table highlights of select events, including tonight's Event #5 $10,000 NLHE High Roller tourney

Much like Event #1's coverage below, you'll be able to find playback of the big event tonight on PokerStars.TV:


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


9:27pm - The rise and rise of William Thorson

As any virtual railbird understands, it's not easy keeping track of every table and each player at it during a WCOOP event, but one table that has kept our attention for over eight levels now is table Thorson. The Team PokerStars Pro's triumphant march continues, peaking recently at more than 120,000. This hand helped a little...

9:25pm-- Andre "Aakkari"Akkari nearly doubles up after slipping below average

Finding one pip higher then your opponent is a great way to double up, and Team PokerStars Pro Andre "Aakkari" Akkari found himself with a sizable pre flop lead in this hand...


9:14pm-- Railbirds offering a different heads-up match with RaiNKhaN

idnt69 [observer]: khan ill play with you someday whats your highest rank on halo
Dryyyyy [observer]: khan ... 1v1 valhalla swords?????
Dryyyyy [observer]: and camo ???

The rail seemed to have picked up the Team PokerStars pro Hevad Khan's affinity for Halo and offering a slightly different head-to-head battle versus the "let's play for rolls" challenge. You can find Hevad chatting about is 25 tabling and video game player exploits at PokerStars.TV, follow the link to his videos and more on all of our Team PokerStars pros.

9pm -- The situation at the break

Level 9
Blinds 500/1000, antes 75
Average chip count: 41,578
Players remaining: 1768
First Prize: $452,086.50

1. TXSooner518 207,759
2. modaddy 166,919
3. Mary 717 166,813
4. voyager7o9 157,922
5. Jl3607 156,542
6. Skjervoy 150,461
7. Pipedream17 149,401
8. DrunknStupor 144,301
9. Strategovic 143,234
10. Maden2k 143,016

Team PokerStars Pros
Andre "Aakari"Akkari (59,813 in chips)
Alex "Allingomes" Gomes (38,621)
Luca Pagano (41,872)
Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan (25,070)
William Thorson (944,08)

Eliminated:
Barry "barryg1" Greenstein (2511st)
Bill Chen (2436th)
Blodders03 (2,879th)
Kongsgaard (2,886th)
Shaniac (2,907th)
Noah "Exclusive" Boeken (2,930th)
Marcin "Goral" Gorecki (2,934th)
Humberto "Humberto B." Brenes (3,098th)

8.50pm -- Luca involved in a three-way pot and comes out the better for it

Well, he has more chips at least. Team PokerStarsPro Luca Pagano got in nearly half of his remaining stack with pocket kings pre-flop against two short stacks. See below just how he ended up after the climax...

8.40pm -- An affair to remember, RaiNKhaN finds trips jacks to nearly double his chips

Team PokerStarsPro Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan made a flat call of 2,400 after an UTG+1 raise from ZT Cattle, with Affairante in middle position squeezing Khan while raising 15,425 all-in. ZT Cattle abandoned ship, while Khan made the call leaving 6,840 in chips behind for a massive 34,450 chip pot.

Khan: Jc-Jd
Affairante: 8d-8s

The flop of 2s-Js-Th was a huge one for Khan and by the 6h on the turn Affairante was drawing dead. The Team PokerStars Pro moved back to over the average chips with 41,290, while Affairante busted in 2,256th place.

8.25pm -- Ah, the hottie avatars will draw you in... then take all your chips

Currently sitting 16th in chips on table 574 is someone familiar with the username "VietCutie". No doubt to the attractiveness of her picture and sizable chip stack. She has quite a history on PokerStars with a victory in the daily $100 with re-buys good for $36,450 and last year nearly making the final table of the WCOOP main event, bowing out in 15th place for $41,222.

8.10pm -- Antes coming up as modaddy leads the pack

Level 8 in 15 minutes will bring the antes into play as we move into hour four of the tournament. Currently with blinds at 400/800 the average is hovering around 30,000 chips with modaddy from San Jose sitting on top with 147,579.

Close behind sitting in 3rd with 117,395 in chip is 2006 WCOOP Event #12 final tablist mrrain. See the final table report from PokerStarsBlog here.

7.50pm -- The situation at the break

Level 7
Blinds 400/800, antes 50
Average chip count: 27,398
Players remaining: 2,678
First Prize: $452,086.50

1. NemoStars22 118172
2. A_Fausto_A 117497
3. Mrrain 112395
4. Mokers 109850
5. Skjervoy 107723
6. PiS.ToTo 104158
7. Gobblerthree 103209
8. TXSooner518 101839
9. Golfinn3 101735
10. Dw2006 101639

Team PokerStars Pros
Andre "Aakari"Akkari (63,727 in chips)
Barry "barryg1" Greenstein (46,000)
Bill Chen (12,712)
Alex "Allingomes" Gomes (42,177)
Bertrand "ElkY" Grosspellier
Luca Pagano (59,388)
Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan (16,265)
William Thorson (61,434)

Eliminated:
Blodders03 (2,879th)
Kongsgaard (2,886th)
Shaniac (2,907th)
Noah "Exclusive" Boeken (2,930th)
Marcin "Goral" Gorecki (2,934th)
Humberto "Humberto B." Brenes (3,098th)
THE_D_RY (3,121th)
Josh prager (3,125th)
Lee "LeeNelson" Nelson (3769th)
Alex Kravchenko (3905th)
Tom McEvoy (4029th)
Victor Ramdin (4942nd)
Greg "FossilMan" Raymer (5388th)
Chad " ChadBrownPRO" Brown (5685th)
Ray Rahme (5948th)
John Duthie (6207th)
Isabelle "No Mercy"Mercier (6335th)
Vanessa "Lady Maverick" Rousso (6526th)
Dario Minieri (6818th)
Chris "Money800" Moneymaker (6848th)
Katja Thater (7158th)

7.40pm -- Aces cracked sends Exclusive into hiding

The turn call from former Sunday Million final tablist iso_o with almost 16,000 chips in the pot was fine, but with the seven of clubs on the turn, left the Team PokerStars Pro looking for some hope on the river...

7.30pm -- Giant leaps of the William kind

We've been keeping track of William Thorson today because wherever and whenever he plays there tends to follow a streak of excitement. Today has been no exception.

As reported earlier despite being down to just a few grand he bounced back with avengence. He's now racing towards the leaders with moe than 50K thanks to two particular hands; the first for a 40K pot...

Then this one for close to 30K thanks to a pair of jacks...

7.20pm - Greenstein marches on

No one really expected one bad hand to knock a player like Barry Greenstein off of his game. He was quickly making up for lost chips with a pot worth more than 10,000.

With Greenstein in the big blind and the action folded around to Von Anka on the button, Anka made it 1,200 before Greenstein upped that to 7,400 in total. With just a few chips short of 4,000 Anka immediately pushed in and with 26,000 behind Greenstein called.

A board of Jc-6c-Qd-7h-Jd was good to the Team PokerStars Pro who held Qc-9h. But it was the end of the things for Von Anka, eliminated holding Ad-Th. Greenstein back up to 37,823.

7.15pm -- No rest for the recent 2008 WCOOP bracelet winner cwp394

After a 16 hour marathon that ended this morning, winner of Event #3 $215 Limit Hold Em' WCOOP bracelet, cwp394 can be found back at it today. With blinds at 200/400 he is currently at table 806 with 15,025 in chips and looking for further improve on his massive $73,385 win.

7.05pm - PokerStars ambassador still on for a perfect game

Baseball pitchers are known for using brute strength and speed or the craftiness of picking corners with changeups. All those tools are in use today for PokerStars sports ambassador Orel Hershiser as he approached hour three with nearly double the average chips at 31,523 with blinds sitting at 200/400.

7pm -- Greenstein grounded by ace-queen

Minutes after the break and into level five Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein had a slight setback after an impressive start which had seen him up to 44,000...

6:50pm-- End of hour two chip counts

Level 5
Blinds 200/400
Average chip count: 16,092
Players remaining: 4,567
First Prize: $452,086.50

Team PokerStars Pros:

Andre "Aakari"Akkari (28,304 in chips)
Barry "barryg1" Greenstein (42,333)
Bill Chen (17,956)
Alex "Allingomes" Gomes (40,027)
Noah "Exclusive" Boeken (35,240)
Marcin "Goral" Gorecki (8,879)
Humberto "Humberto B" Brenes (19,817)
Alex Kravchenko (7,535)
Lee "LeeNelson" Nelson (17,176)
Luca Pagano (32,175)
Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan (26,500)
Tom McEvoy (7,975)
William Thorson (22,340)

Eliminated:
Victor Ramdin (4942th)
Greg "FossilMan" Raymer (5388th)
Chad " ChadBrownPRO" Brown (5685th)
Ray Rahme (5948th)
Bertrand "ElkY" Grosspellier (6110th)
John Duthie (6207th)
Isabelle "No Mercy"Mercier (6335th)
Vanessa "Lady Maverick" Rousso (6526th)
Dario Minieri (6818th)
Chris "Money800" Moneymaker (6848th)
Katja Thater (7158th)

6:46pm-- Bad news for William Thorson's table after a double up

If you watch William Thorson play in a live event he's clearly a dominant force at any table he plays. Well, you get the same impression watching him online.

Despite at one stage being down to less than 4,000 his stack now measures in excess of 22,000 thanks to a 22k pot against blodders03.

Folded to Thorson in the cut off, he made it 900 to go with blodders03 the only caller from the big blind. On a flop of Kh-Kc-3c blodders03 came out firing, making it 3,500 which Thorson called. blodders03 had bet 7,300 almost before the turn card 6s appeared onscreen with Thorson wasting no time in calling with the last of his stack. All-in it was no or never.

There can be few sights in the game better than seeing your aces hold up, and that's exactly what happened for Thorson. Blodders03 turned over 4c-6h which even the river card 2c couldn't improve.
A big haul for Thorson now looking even mightier, his stack up to 22,340.

6:36pm-- Big stack moves in on Exclusive's table

Noah "Exclusive" Boeken was enjoying the table chip lead until second in chips jahwise decided to drop by and immediate tangled with the Team PokerStars Pro. After calling Exclusive's 900 chip raise in the big blind with blinds at 150/300, jahwise checked the Jc-Jd-Qd flop, Boeken followed thru with a continuation bet for 900 which was check-raised by jahwise to 3167 total.

Check-check on the third jack of hearts falling on the turn, and a bet of 4867 on the river Ac by jahwise brought a call from Boeken.

jahwise flipped up the flopped boat of Queen full of Jacks (Qh-Qs) while Exclusive mucked his hand and fell to 30,991 in chips while jahwise shot near the top of the leaderboard with 70,367.


6:29pm-- End of the road for Chad Brown

The end was not long in coming for Chad Brown after the 8K pot he'd lost a few moments before. In the very next hand Brown, now in the small blind, watched as two limpers joined the pot and saw the 6d-Kd-9h flop.

Brown checked and it was str8flushin5 in the big blind betting first, 600 which was called by littlela in middle position. With the button folding it was back to Brown who instantly re-raised, a total of 2,200. Str8flushin5 folded but littlela called for a turn card Tc.

Now Brown moved all-in. It was 6,020 for his opponent to call, which he did, showing Ad-9d to beat Brown's Kh-Qs and send the Team PokerStars Pro out of the tournament in level 3.

6:21pm-- Sets are gold, Team PokerStars Pro William Thorson adds to his stack

William Thorson is still firing, despite earlier setbacks. He just saw off one opponent to give his own stack a welcome boost....

6:18pm-- Recent notable eliminations:

Ray Rahme in 5948th
John Duthie in 6207th
2007 WCOOP Main Event champ "ka$ino" in 6246th

6:10pm - Brown loses a few but still in the black

Chad Brown in the big blind. The action returned to him after a bet of 500 by L1 Y1NG in middle position sat with nearly 14,000. Brown has roughly the same and called for a flop of 9c-7h-Th. L1 Y1NG made it 600 this time, re-raised by Brown 1,800 in total. Both players checked the Qd on the turn to see the river card 4c. A big bet by Brown, 3,400 making for a pot just over 8,000.

"QJ?" asked L1 Y1NG.

Brown kept quiet. Y1NG called showing Td-Js, good for the pot with the Team PokerStars Pro showing Ad-8s, down now to 8,420.

6:01pm-- Team PokerStars Pro Ray Rahme is out

Short stacked and needed chips to start making a run at the money today, Team PokerStars Pro Ray Rahme needed chips but unfortunately found himself a little behind in this hand...

5:45pm-- End of first hour, Noah "Exclusive" Boeken in the top ten

Level 3
Blinds 100/200
Average chip count: 11,297
Players remaining: 6,507
First Prize: $452,086.50

1. Batera 43,350
2. Mokers 40,885
3. billusnail 39,875
4. buck21 39,649
5. ssonyboy 38,150
6. wmdbaker 38,150
7. Exclusive 38,125
8. caprioli 38,000
9. helstokk 37,470
10. matt0278 36,665

Team PokerStars Pros:

Andre "Aakari"Akkari
Barry "barryg1" Greenstein
Bill Chen
Chad " ChadBrownPRO" Brown
Alex "Allingomes" Gomes
Bertrand "ElkY" Grosspellier
Noah "Exclusive" Boeken
Greg "FossilMan" Raymer
Marcin "Goral" Gorecki
Humberto "Humberto B" Brenes
John Duthie
Lee "LeeNelson" Nelson
Luca Pagano
Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan
Ray Rahme
Tom McEvoy
Victor Ramdin
William Thorson

Eliminated:

Isabelle "No Mercy"Mercier (6335th)
Vanessa "Lady Maverick" Rousso (6526th)
Dario Minieri (6818th)
Chris "Money800" Moneymaker (6848th)
Katja Thater (7158th)


5.28pm - Different story for Victor

Whilst his fellow Team PokerStars Pro Dario Minieri succumbing to an early all-in against pocket nines, Bronx man Victor Ramdin had a different story on table 776, getting the better of it against P0ker D0h, to the tune of a 14,492 pot...

5:26pm-- Late Registration is now closed, line up for the huge payouts

We'll be paying out 1080 places today in this $530 event. If you burst the bubble you'll receive at least $735.10 but should you make the final table, check out the huge amounts below...

1. $452,086.50
2. $306,169.15
3. $205,828.00
4. $169,073.00
5. $132,318.00
6. $95,563.00
7. $64,321.25
8. $42,268.25
9. $25,728.50

But, be prepared to sit for awhile as the final table is most likely 15 hours away.

5.15pm - Trouble in store for Minieri

When Team PokerStars Pro Dario Minieri plays a hand the poker world watches. At least that's what it felt like a few moments ago. After losing a few thousand in the opening stages Minieri found himself tangling with macck100 with a disappointing outcome for the young Italian, busted in the second level of the day...

5:10pm-- Orel Hershiser showed his heads-up chops on TV, now see if he's got the online game

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PokerStars player Orel Hershiser is looking to strike out a few fellow players today as he takes to the tables with over 7,000 others in search of a massive $450K+ first place prize for the winner today. Hershiser is joined by a number of sports celebrity ambassadors such as Wimbledon champ Borris Becker and hockey all-star Mats Sundin.


4.55pm - Friendly flops

A hit for William Thorson early on but the best players can always find a way back, as he just demonstrated...


4:52pm-- Always interesting to wonder who's behind the name

Is it really him? Right now billionaire real estate mogul DonaldTrump could be playing out on table 258. Will he shout "YOU'RE FIRED!" with choice words about his opponents play after each bust out?

That's the advantage to playing poker, as long as you have the buy-in, everyone is welcome to join in on the fun.

4.45pm - Fourteen flashes and fold

We're underway in Event 6 with blinds in this first level set at 25/50. On table 86 sits one of the new boys to Team PokerStars Pro, Sweden's William Thorson. Anyone thinking that the opening hands of a two day event like this bring only small pots would be way off the mark here with a big pot quickly taking shape between Thorson and chippoman.

Both had most of their original 10,000 starting stack with Thorson on the button and chippoman in the big blind. It was folded to Thorson who raised to 150 with chippoman the only caller to see a 4c-Qc-6c flop.

Checked to Thorson, he bet 250 which was called. The Js on the turn and again Thorson came out betting after it was checked to him, 550 now. This time though his volley of fire was returned with prejudice, a raise back to the Swede of more than 1,305, a total of 1,855. Thorson called for the river card, 9h.

No checking this time, chippoman pushed in, 6,925 leaving Thorson with the decision to make. I counted 14 flashes of the Thorson avatar, then a fold. An early hit for the new boy.

4:41pm-- Joining us for the party today

A parade of Team PokerStars Pros will be playing today. If you ever wonder where to find the pros, simply select the "request" tab in the main lobby, then choose "Find a Team PokerStars Pro" from the drop down and volia!

Andre Akkari, Barry Greenstein,Bill Chen, Chad Brown, Dario Minieri, Alex Gomes, ElkY, Noah Boeken, Greg Raymer, Marcin Gorecki, Humberto Brenes, John Duthie, Katja Thater, Vanessa Rousso, Lee Nelson, Luca Pagano, Chris Moneymaker, Isabelle Mercier, Hevad Khan, Ray Rahme, Tom McEvoy, Victor Ramdin and William Thorson.

For the bios on your favorite Team PokerStars Pro, follow this link to the PokerStars.com Team PokerStars Pro's page

8:28am--WCOOP Event #6 $530 No-Limit Hold'em begins at 4:30ET

What a sad day. No Sunday Million to keep us occupied. But wait! How about a Sunday Three Million? That's right. WCOOP Event #6, $530 No-Limit Hold'em, has a $3 million guarantee. The two-day event kicks off at 4:30pm ET. We'll cover the whole thing here. Join us then.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in WCOOP