WSOP Event #13: Terrence Chan Day 2 Updates

It just goes to show, Jimmy V. was right. Never give up. In the first level of play today, Terrence Chan has doubled up and busted a shorter stack. He now has a very playable stack. More than 20 players have busted in the last hour. In interesting news, Chan is seated with David Plastik at the moment. Whether either of them recall their run-in in an event last year, it's certainly on my mind. I'll be interested to see if there are any clashes between the two players this afternoon.

Stay tuned to this post throughout the afternoon for periodic updates on Chan's run through the rest of the field.

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12:22pm--Down to ten players and one table. One more player to go before they break for the night.

11:21pm--The ever-shifting nature of the media exclusivity rules and enforcement have again taken seismic turn. My birds-eye view of Terrence's play has been blinded. I can report that the event is now down to 18 players and Terrence is among the chip leaders. Hopefully the issues here will be resolved soon enough.

11:02pm--Humble Terrence just entered the building. Asked if he would be more proud to win a limit or no-limit bracelet, he said that he is better at limit than no-limit. Then he said something about a trained monkey being able to win with the cards he's been getting in Event #13. I may have missed some context somewhere, but the basic idea is, Terrence is feeling like a lucksack. Me, I think he's playing pretty damned well. Trained monkey or not.

10:39pm--Oh, and Terrence now sits second in chips with a little more than 350K

10:34pm--Going to break, Terrence said he thought further about the hand with Lindgren and decided he should've checked. That said, regardless of whether he steals there or gets the money in on the flop, Lindren is going to bust. See, Terrence held 2-3 to Lindgren's A4. The flop came out A23. Terrence eventually and unecessarily hit a boat. So, Lindgren goes broke either way. His only chance of staying alive is if he'd realized he was under the gun instead of the big blind.

10:23pm--Terrence just played what he deemed probably the strangest hand of poker he has ever played in his life. Short-stacked Erick Lindgren thought he was the big blind. In fact, he wasn't. Terrence was. Folded around to Terrence, "Obviously, I had to try to steal." So he did...with 2-3 off. Lindgren called with A4. Although an ace came on board, Terrence's hand snapped off Lindgren and sent the frustrated pro to the rail.

10:18pm--Nearing the two-table mark and Terrence still sits in the top five players in chips. He's not been getting overly involved in the past hour or so. Of course, that could change at any minute.

9:30pm--Coming back from dinner break. Now it's time for the sprint to the final table.

Photo copyright Rob Gracie -- IMDPI

Photo copyright Rob Gracie -- IMDPI
Playing 200,000 with $1 behind


8:22pm--Terrence is now on dinner break. He took a small hit to his stack on the last hand before the break, but is still in very good shape.

7:48pm--Down to three tables. A re-draw puts Erick Lindgren immediately to Terrence's left and Melissa Hayden three to his left. Terrence is smiling just a little bit more now. Still, there's a long way to go down to the final nine.

7:08pm--Back from the PokerStars Suite now. While sitting with our players, including Isabelle Mercier and Joe Hachem, I saw Terrence Chan walk in.

"Tell me you're on a break."

He, in fact, was. He apparently just busted a shorter stack and is up over $200,000 now. That puts him in the top five players with four tables remaining.

5:29pm--Terrence raked a pot just as he was going on a 17-miunte break. I looked at his stack. "About 90?" I asked.

"Where do you get 90?" he said. Suddenly I felt stupid. Terrence is a bit of a poker genius. I started trying to figure out where I had made a mistake. While I was re-calculating, Terrence counted through his chips.

"Ninety," he said with a little surprise.

The dealer looked up and asked, "Did you think it was more or less?"

Chan said, "Less." Then he looked at me and said, "In all fairness, even though these are my chips, you do this more often than I do."

That last pot moved Terrence close to the top ten in chips.

I'll be back with more on Terrence a little later. I'll be doing the "Be on the Blog" hour in the PokerStars suite from 6pm-7pm. If you're around, come by and get your picture taken and tell me about you.

5:12pm--See, that's the thing about Terrence Chan. There are about 50 people left in this event. He is sittig on about $70,000 in chips. That puts him in the top half of the field to be sure. While Mike Matusow's hands hold up and he shadow-boexes around the room, while chip leaders hit two-outers and give double high-fives to their buddies on the rail, Terrence sits quietly. He's slumped down in his chair. If he were to slide any lower, he wouldn't be able to see over his evenly-stacked chips. Plastik is wringing his hands on a short-stack and Chan seems to barely notice. Even when I ask Chan about his table draw, he makes no mention of Plastik. He just looks at the table and calmly says, "I'm fine with it." So, he's stoic. Most good players are, I suppose. Still, it's a little creepy sometimes.

4:21pm--I stepped up to Terrence's table and notice his stack was much, much bigger. I raised my eyebrows.

"Did you see the hand?" he said.

I shook my head.

"I sucked out," he said, with not a tinge of joy in his voice. I looked for something in his eye that said he enjoyed it. After all, the unfortunate opponent in the hand was David Plastik (Turns out I may have misunderstood on this one and it wasn't Plastik after all).

"Eights versus nines," Chan said, and turned back to the table.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Series of Poker