2010 PCA: Level 1 live updates

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpgLive updates from Day 1A, level 1 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: 50-100

1.05pm: Level over
That's the final action of level one. Level two will be right along.

1pm: A chunk out of Chen
Bill Chen bet around 5,000 on the river, looking at a board of A♠J♦2♠9♣K♠. His opponent seemed set to raise - asking for a count of Chen's stack - but then flat called and showed [10s]8♠ for a small flush. Chen showed J♣J♦, his flopped set now second best. Chen is down to around 15,000.

12.55pm: A gorodetskiy opening
A huge hand, well a hand anyway. Ilya Gorodetskiy, Huck Seed and John Larochelle saw a flop of 9♠7♣T♦. Gorodetskiy checked in the small blind, as did Seed in the cut off. Larochelle was between them on the button and made it 700 to go. Both called. On the K♥ turn they each checked, getting a A♥ river card. Now Gorodetskiy made it 2,000 and Seed folded, going on to point out to the dealer what he believed to be a waste of paper - and rainforest - that the official documentation was creating. Meanwhile Larochelle was in deep thought. "I'm not gonna raise," he said but was unsure whether to call or fold. He did the latter. Gorodetskiy up a little in the early stages.

12:53pm: Too much input
You might have noticed, we're a little slow on the draw today. The internet is giving us some issues here. Rest assured, we're on top of the tourney. We're hoping the internet service gets a cup of coffee and wake up sooner or later.

In the meantime, here's a nice picture.

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12.30pm: Worth the walk
It's a long way to walk to the furthest corners of the Imperial Ballroom, but the random table draw has made sure that we'll be making the effort. Around one of the most distant tables sits Kevin Schaffel (World Series final table player), Jeff Williams (EPT Grand Final champion) and Valdemar Kwayser, who won in Costa Rica on the first season of the LAPT.


12:26pm: Disaster, double-up, first chip leader
We were just getting a feel for the room and joking about getting a chip count (the joke being...well, everybody has 30,000 chips). Just then, we met the first chip leader of the 2010 PCA. Wayne Bentley managed to pick up A♥A♦ at the very same time Brazil's Fernando Issas held pocket kings. They got it all in on a queen-high flop and Issas couldn't find a way to catch up. Bentley is now our first chip leader, sitting on around 60,000 chips.

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Wayne Bentley


12.25pm: The data
Action is already well under way, so here's a quick rundown of the important information.

  • Players begin with 30,000 in chips.
  • Levels are one hour long.
  • Blinds start at 50-100 and increase as per the regular EPT tournament structure.
  • We will play eight levels today and the remaining players will return on day two (Thursday). Tomorrow is day 1b, with an identical structure.
  • They're playing no-limit Texas hold 'em.
  • I'm running out of other things to put in this bullet point list.
  • I will stop now.

    12:10pm: Cards in the air
    Annnnnnd, we're underway. To get a sense for what we're looking at, see Howard Swains' report: The main event.

    11:51am: Ready, set...
    In a matter of minutes, the moment we've been anticipating for eleven and half months will become a reality. The first of two Day 1s of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is about to begin.

    Players will begin with 30,000 in chips and play eight one hour levels today.

    We have a team of top reporters and chip counters assembled here. We've had our protein shakes and vitamins. The only thing that will stop us reporting this thing from beginning to end will be an unlawful arrest of some sort (which we're not expecting).

    You ready?

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