WSOP Event #10: Hevad Khan chipped up
The US national anthem rang out from the Amazon room to celebrate the fact three new champions, all from the US, were on the central podium to pick up their bracelets. Jason Mercier, $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha, Freddie Ellis, $10,000 7-card Stud, and Steve Sung, $1,000 No Limit Hold'em, stood proudly to attention as most of the room (at least the Americans playing) joined them on their feet.
One of them was Team PokerStars Pro Hevad Khan, who of course stood taller than most seeing as he is seemingly nine-foot tall. Khan wants one of those bracelets for himself, and he's in good shape in day two to go deep in the $2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em/Omaha event, having started with 56,700 from the remaining 97 players with the average about 31,000.
He nearly didn't make the start, getting to his seat just as the dealer was preparing to get the action started. Just as well, as our man was on his big blind (blinds 300-600 for the PLO).
His first hand of the day was an anti-climax: In the big blind, playing Pot Limit Omaha, three saw a Q♠K♣8♣ flop. Check all round, as they did for the 9♦ turn and 8♥ river. Khan showed 5-7-2-5 - no good.
But we saw some if his trademark aggression in only the second hand of the day. A player in early position made a raise to 1,800, Khan called from the small blind, and the two saw a 5♥Q♠K♣ flop. Khan checked, the initial raiser bet out 10,000 - and Khan re-raised the pot to take it down.
A trademark move for the man who final tabled the Main Event in 2007 and now has more than $2.5 million in tournament cashes. Soon after he picked up another pot to send him up to 90,000, nestling nicely in the top five.
Some 453 players started this event, and we're down to 86. Only 45 of them will get paid, with top spot bagging $244,862.
With Khan in the field are some other senior Team PokerStars Pros - Daniel Negreanu (38,000), ElkY (62,000) and Greg Raymer (31,000) are fighting on, as is Team PokerStars Germany Pro Benjamin Kang (28,400).