PCA 2012: Way to stay alive

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpgVille Wahlbeck started today on the most tricky of tables. Described earlier right here, it was also the home of Joe Cada, Jonathan Duhamel, Eugene Katchalov, ElkY and Philipp Gruissem. While Duhamel in particular has prospered, up to more than 200,000 right now, Wahlbeck has been finding the going tough. He never really got over his starting stack of 50,000. More recently he had slid down to 22,200.

On the button, and facing an opening raise from the player in the cut-off, the Team PokerStars Pro decided to make a stand, shoving with K♥Q♠. After a few moments in the tank, his opponent elected to call with A♣9♠. Although his tournament life was on the line, Wahlbeck was not that far behind.


Ville Wahlbeck with Theo Jorgensen offering support

If you're going to come from behind to win a hand, however, it may as well be like this: the flop came Q♣Q♦Q♥ to make Wahlbeck quads, ensuring a double up back over his starting stack for the first time.


Gualter Salles

Not so much good fortune for Team PokerStars SportStar Gualter Salles, who just busted in horrible fashion to Mike 'Timex' McDonald.

"I had about 120,000 and got it all in pre-flop with kings against his queens. He turned a queen," Salles, a former racing driver and team owner from Brazil explained ruefully to me.


Mike McDonald

Even though one or two members of Team PokerStars Blog are about to die on their feet, we've still got two more hours to play this morning in the high roller. About 72 of the 148 entries remain, and the long night is necessary to ensure we can get down to a final table of eight by end of play tomorrow.

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