WSOP Event #2: Lex flexes muscles
Poker in Holland is on something of a roll at the moment. First Constant Rijkenberg won the PokerStars EPT San Remo event in April, then a week later Pieter de Korver won the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo. Now countryman Lex Veldhuis, a member of Team PokerStars Holland Pro, is making a serious move here, moving up to third in chips with 330,000.
He got there in a race against Shaun Deeb. The pair had tangled already, so you sensed there may be fireworks when Veldhuis made it 3,600 from the cut-off. Deeb obliged by re-raising to 12,100 from the small blind, and then the Dutchman made a monster all-in shove for more than 150,000 on top - called in an instant:
The board ran Q♣[10h]2♦A♣9♥, and Veldhuis, who had earlier busted Jonathan Little, shot up to 330,000.
Chip counts in Level 6, blinds 800-1,600 (200 ante). 157 players remain:
Antonio Esfandiari, 470,000
Frank Kassela, 340,000
Lex Veldhuis, Team PokerStars Holland Pro, 330,000
Justin Bonomo, 330,000
Matthew Glantz, 330,000
Kyle Wilson, 300,000
Mark Seif, 280,000
Tony G, 270,000
Doyle Brunson, 267,000
Chris Moneymaker, Team PokerStars Pro, 260,000
While Chris Moneymaker mounts his charge, fellow Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstin is out, signing a copy of his book Ace on the River, and handing it to his nemesis Andy Black. Let's hope the Irishman has a sizeable book case - it's the second book he's got from Greenstein because he also busted him in the EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final. "It may be the second book he's given me, but I much prefer having his chips," said Black.
In Monte Carlo, Black busted Moneymaker five minutes after knocking out Greenstein, and they share the same table again here. "I'm really hoping I do that again, too," said Black. Just then he open raised from the button, and Moneymaker on his big blind quipped: "You really are after these chips," before folding. Black showed K♠J♠.
Players are now taking a 90-minute dinner break.