2010 PCA: Day 1B level 3 live updates

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpgLive updates from Day 1B, level 2 of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains, Brad Willis, and Simon Young.

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Previous coverage: Level 1 | Level 2

Blinds: 100-200

3.20pm: Time's up
Another level ticks by. Blinds up to 150-300 and into level four.

3.15pm: Old damn river
Benzerfa Youcef opened for 500. Next to him was Team PokerStars Pro Hevad Khan in the cut off who called, as did Laurence Grondin on the button. The flop: 8♠7♦K♦. Youcef made it another 1,400 which Khan called. Grondin wanted to know how much Youcef had behind, just 5,050, but passed anyway. On the Q♣ turn Youcef checked to Khan who made it 1,400. Youcef moved all-in and showed considerable dissatisfaction when Khan turned over K♠Q♥. Youcef turned over A♥K♥ and was ready to leave.
Then again: A♠ on the river. A man came over, presumably a friend, and began rubbing Youcef's head. He's back in. Khan takes a knock.

Talking of Hevad Khan, he met up with our video crew a little earlier...


Watch PCA 2010: Hevad Kahn on PokerStars.tv

3.10pm: Sundin skating on thick ice
Mats Sundin has just more than doubled up, taking a nibble from Eugene Katchalov but almost felting Esteban-Polo Ripamonti in the process. The three of them went to the flop: Katchalov in early position, Sundin in the small blind and Ripamonti in the big. It cost each of them 400 to get there.

The flop came 3♣5♥4♦ and Sundin led for 2,000. Ripamonti raised to 6,000 and Katchalov folded. Sundin called. The turn was J♠ and then a lot of min-raising broke out. Sundin bet 7,000, Ripamonti raised to 14,000 and Sundin made it 21,000. Call.

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Mats Sundin

The river was 4♠ and the last of the money went in - about 6,000 apiece. Sundin showed J♣J♦ had rivered a boat. He had actually been ahead most of the way, however, as Ripamonti showed 4♣6♣ for the missed straight draw that turned into trips on the end.

Sundin is up to about 70,000.

3pm: Sheringham kicked into the long grass
Teddy Sheringham, the former Manchester United and England footballer, is out. He had a bad afternoon and lost three key hands to decimate his stack. Ironically, the player who dealt the final blow when he was down to just 3,000, was Poli Rincon, the former Real Madrid footballer. Both are sponsored by PokerStars for this event.

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Teddy Sheringham

2.55pm: Durrrr runs into a set
Tom Dwan is down to around 20,000 after running in to Nicolo Calia's set. On the 9♥A♥J♦7♣ Calia bet 11,000, which Dwan called. Both checked the dangerous 8♣ river, and Calia's 9♠9♣ was good for the pot.

2:50: More from the request line
We're keeping an eye on our player request box. Note, we're not going to be able to find everybody (think needles, haystacks, etc), but we'll do out best to keep up. Here are some recent requests.

Martin Schmidkunz--Qualifier of the German Team-Pro-Challenge. Currently sitting on about 28,000.

John Vellios--Runs the family deli and took a shot to go to Atlantis with a friend (Throwinphins) who won a seat. Vellios then went on to win a live satellite here at Atlantis. He final tabled the two-day $1,000 WCOOP earlier last year. He's got about 34,000 right now in the PCA Main Event.

Melanie Weisner--Known as Callisto 5 on PokerStars. Currently sitting on about 25,000.

Philip Byers--Winner of the PokerStars Passport. He happens to be right around his starting stack, but is enjoying a nice long conversation with his neighbor...Orel Hershiser.

2.44pm: Suarez v Strassmann
Roman Suarez opened for 600 in the cut off which Johannes Strassmann called from the button. Tapio Vihakes also called from the small blind. The flop came 8♣5♦J♦. Vihakes checked to Suarez who bet 1,500. Strassmann then raised to 5,200 forcing Vihakes out of the hand but Suarez paid up for a K♠ on the turn. Suarez made it another 5,200 to play but Strassmann wasn't finished, calling for a 7♣ river card -a further 10,000 from Suarez. Strassmann paused, picking up two blue chips and twirling them in his fingers while looking at Suarez. Suarez gave nothing away. Strassmann passed, down to just under his starting stack of 30,000.

2.40pm: No more Nelly
Nelly has played his last hand in Paradise this year. He limped in early position and picked up four callers, who all saw a flop of A-4-5. Nelly's bet of 1,000 was called in one spot and the turn was a king. Nelly bet, his adversary raised and it all went in: Nelly's big slick (ie, two pair) was in big trouble against 2-3 for the flopped straight. No full house came on the river and the rap star was downed.

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Nelly is no more

2.35pm: Dyer downs Schulman
Greg Dyer is up to around 65,000 after accounting for Nick Schulman. It didn't play out like the normal aces versus kings showdown - Schulman flatted pre-flop and the post-flop action will likely be recounted by Dyer on a well-known internet discussion forum more accurately than I could do here. But the essential fact is that it was aces versus kings and Schulman is out.

Note: This entry originally got the wrong Shulman/Schulman, reporting that Dyer's opponent was Jeff Shulman. It wasn't. It was Nick Schulman. Apologies.

2.30pm: Rousso's charge continues
Vanessa Rousso can do no wrong and is up to around 130,000 already. She has knocked out no fewer than five players, two in one hand, when her flopped set of nines was better than pocket aces and pocket kings. That'll work.

2:25pm: Serendipity from the blog inbox
We've received a few e-mails from people asking about their friends who are playing in Day 1B. One came in with the following request:

"Please follow Roger Pruzansky ---bluffblocker is on line name. He has finished in the money in 3 of the five major tournaments he has played and is destined to win this one."

And so we went out in search of good Roger and found him tied up in a big pot. We were looking at a board of 3♠7♦8♦2♠. His opponent had led into him and Pruzansky raised. The opponent didn't think at all before calling.

The river was the 2♦. A check to Pruzansky led to a quick 10,000 bet. His opponent tried to call, then balked, then called anyway.

"Flush," Pruzansky said, and turned over Q♦9♦.

"Flush," he opponent repeated, and then said a few things in a foreign language that probably weren't very nice. He threw in 4♣8♥ face-up.

"He had four-eight?" Pruzansky said. "Well, I had the best hand going in."

Pruzansky is now up to somewhere between 40,000 and 50,000.

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2.20pm: All about Johnny Lodden
The Norwegian Team PokerStars Pro has a tough table today, which includes a certain Phil Ivey. Earlier, he spoke to our video team about his poker life...


Watch PCA 2010: Johnny Lodden on PokerStars.tv

2:16pm: Level 3 a'comin'
We've spent two hours playing poker today (and by we, I mean the hundreds of players that aren't blogging this tournament). They've had a quick break to grab a slice of Bahamian pizza and are coming back to 100/200 blinds.

Also don't forget to email us at blog@pokerstars.com if there's anyone in particular that you'd like us to follow. If you can tell us some biographical information about your player, we can write a small paragraph about them, maybe get a picture on the blog and let you know how they're doing.

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