PCA: Team PokerStars update

Just back from the dinner break and the news is as great as it is horrible for Team PokerStars. While most of the Team plays tomorrow, Chris Moneymaker and Isabelle Mercier have been in action today.

It seems best to get the bad news out of the way first. Chris Moneymaker had been having a pretty good day. After a relaxing morning on the beach, the 2003 WSOP champion had been playing well all day and had built an impressive 30,000+ stack in the first four levels of play. Then, just before the dinner break, Moneymaker flopped a set of threes. What seemed like a golden opportunity to further build his stack turned ugly. His opponent turned a set of queens. So, the champ went to dinner with the beat on his mind. Then, five hands into Level 5, Moneymaker flopped open-ended and got all-in against somebody who had flopped a pair of fives with A5. The turn and river didn't complete the straight. Moneymaker has left the tournament area.

With that out of the way, it's time to turn our attention to the queen of the tournament area, Isabelle Mercier. Heading into Level 5, Mercier has one of the bigger stacks in the room. When I had a chance to ask her how the stack came to life, she answered with a smile, "Work, work, work...and then I got kings against queens." In fact, the only bad news of the entire day for Isabelle has been that someone swiped her PokerStars silver ingot card protector during the break. A posse has been formed and the scoundrel is being hunted down as we speak. We're hoping the local sharks are hungry.

In other news, Daniel Negreanu couldn't get his game going today and has already been eliminated from the tournament. Mike Matusow has been on the ropes most of the afternoon but is fighting hard at a table with EPT Baden Classic Champ Patrik Antonius.

More updates in a bit.