2010 PCA: Day 1B level 8 updates

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpgLive updates from Day 1B, level 8 of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains, Brad Willis, and Simon Young.

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Blinds: 400-800-100

9pm: Over
Today's battle is over. We're counting - and we're counting hard. But we reckon Anibal Tacla leads, with 166,000. Matt Graham, with 146,700, is right up there too. A full wrap will follow momentarily.

8.35pm: Battle of the Finns
Jani Vilmunen, a World Series of Poker Europe Omaha bracelet winner opened for 2,200 from middle position whish was called by Sami Kelopuro in the big blind for a flop of 9♦8♣7♦. Both checked for a 2♣ on the turn. Kelopuro made it 3,500 which Vilmunen called for a river card K♠. Kelopuro made it another 7,500. Vilmunen tanked for a while then called. Kelopuro turned over T♦J♦. Vilmunen could only chuckle and muck his cards.

8:28pm: By way of apology
The last time we saw Brad Stebeleski, we were in Playa Cochal. An hour or two before, he'd been in the sickest of situations. He and two other players were all-in for their antes on the money bubble of the event. Stebeleski, who--if memory serves--had the best hand and still came out the loser. It was then we did what we do. We deemed him Bubble Boy. Oh, sure, Stebeleski was friendly about it, but it was clear the nom de bubble stung a bit. And he told us so.

And so we promised that at our next opportunity, we would feature him in such a way that he would be known as something other than Bubble Boy.

This is that opportunity. Stebeleski is on the verge of making Day 2. As for the bubble...well, we still have a couple of days before that becomes an issue.

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8:24pm: Ramdin rebound
When we walked by Ramdin just a little while ago, he was down to 7,000 chips. Now? He has around 60,000.

"What happened?" we asked, because there had to be a story.

Ramdin didn't answer, except with a smile, so his neighbor obliged (after good-naturedly knocking over Ramdin's stack).

"He had kings and aces, back to back," the man said. "Flopped a king with the kings, made the nut flush with the aces."

And so that's the story, and Ramdin is back to stacking his chips.

8.20pm: Let's go to dinner
That was William Reynolds to his girlfriend watching from the rail after his tournament was ended in the last level of the day. Returning from the break and posting a 800 big blind, one of the table big stacks raised to 3,000 from the button. Reynolds announced he was all in for his last 6,000 without even looking at his cards.

He got an approving smile from a neighbour when he turned over 7♣7♥ and he was well in the races against J♠K♣.

The flop, however, wasn't so good for Reynolds. It came 5♥[10h]2♣ and another jack on the river ended Reynolds' participation and send him to a restaurant.

8:13pm: "It's like kindergarten"
That quote from an anonymous member of the media about the table featuring Peter Eastgate and Christian Harder. Why? Because they are having so much fun.

Minutes ago, Harder and Eastgate got involved in a high stakes game of How Many Children Does the Dealer Have? After bidding on the line back and forth, it finally settled on Eastgate's "plus two and half." Harder went in the tank when another player at the table spoke up. "I would take the under," he said.

Shane Schleger held up his arm. "One player to a hand, sir."

Finally, Harder did, indeed, take the under.

The dealer's answer: One.

Schleger turned to the dealer. "I'm sure you're very proud of him."

"Her," the dealer said.

Eastgate, meanwhile, shook his head at the loss.

And meanwhile, everybody else played for the millions in the prize pool.

8.05pm: We're back!
Yes, we're back. Play restarts after the colour up. The last level of the day.

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Peter Eastgate