WSOP Diary Day 8: $10,000 Stud Championship draws big names
After the drama of the high-stakes $50,000 Poker Player's Championship, the second big buy-in of the World Series of Poker so far began yesterday, drawing a list of names to make the mouth water. Among the 150 starters in the $10,000 7-Card Stud Championship were Team PokerStars Pros Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, Greg Raymer, Chad Brown, Pat Pezzin and Alex Kravchenko, as well as Friend of PokerStars Bill Chen and Team PokerStars Online player George Lind.
They were up against the likes of Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey and Jennifer Harman. But as it happened, the players who finished first and second in the Poker Player's Championship earlier in the week ended day one here in spots one and two again. Michael Mizrachi bagged up 191,900 and Vladimir Schmelev 178,100. In third place is November niner and PokerStars player Eric Buchman with 119,000. He finished fourth in the Main Event last year for $2.5million.
Barry Greenstein will always show for a big game, and he enjoyed a swingy day, down to 12,000 at one point before finishing with 55,900. "Stud is not meant to be this volatile," he said.
Negreanu had a ball - having rolled up at least four times during the day (starting with three of a kind). In one of the last hands of the night he had rolled up jacks which improved to quads on fifth street. Even better news for the Canadian - David Grey had made quad sixes! Negreanu finished just behind Greenstein on 55,300, Lind on 42,700, Pezzin 20,700 and Kravchenko with 3,600. 88 of the 150 starters got through.
That meant we lost Raymer, Brown and Chen from the PokerStars ranks. Raymer was up to 60,000 at one point but it went downhill from there, and eventually he busted to Brunson. Brown was all in on fourth street with K♣K♦/Q♥J♠ which improved to kings and jacks, but he could not outrun his opponent's aces and threes.
Yesterday, Negreanu spoke to Raw Vegas TV in which he explained his view - written about here yesterday - that he would never use poker 'internet speak' during interviews. It makes for fun viewing....
While the Stud was getting much of the attention, three PokerStars Pros were confirming their cashes in day two of the $1,500 No Limit event. Some 2,341 players had signed up on day 1, and Pat Pezzin ($3,792), Victor Ramdin ($3,413) and Martin Hruby ($3,128) made it all the way through to the cash yesterday.
Hruby's exit was particularly brutal - he got all in with Q♦Q♠ and was up against Simon Lam with 4♠4♦ and Jesse Yaginuma with [10d][10h]. The flop was 5♦3♠2♥ giving Lam the open-ender, but after the turn bricked it was the [10c] river that gave Yaginuma a set and sent Hruby to the rail.
Yesterday also saw the start of the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em event, the one that Team PokerStars Pro JP Kelly won last year. But he was to fall in the early levels after getting bogged down at a tough table that included Scott Seiver. Kelly's demise came with K♦[10d] failing to over take Jared Jaffey's pocket jacks, which went on to make a set.
There were 650 starters in this event and only 65 made it through, just two shy of the money. One of those was Team PokerStars Pro Tom McEvoy, winner of the WSOP Champions Invitational last summer, who bagged up 23,400, a fair way behind overnight chip leader James Dempsey from the UK on 205,900. Much of McEvoy's stack came in a late double up against JJ Liu. On a 8♣9♣2♥ flop, Liu made it 4,300 and McEvoy moved all in for 3,100 more. Call.
With a mountain of outs, the turn swung things in McEvoy's favor, coming 7♣ for his flush. Team PokerStars Pros who failed to make it through were Lex Veldhuis, who spent his time sitting next to McEvoy, Victor Ramdin, who spent much of his time playing in the $1,500 No Limit event instead, Gavin Griffin and a first sighting of the WSOP of Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier.
Today is day two of the Stud and of the $1,500 PLH, plus the start of another $1,500 No Limit Hold'em, bringing with it another bumper field. The first Limit Hold'em event so far, with a $1,500 buy-in, also gets under way today.
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Tweets of the Day
@FossilMan: First break of the $10K stud world championship. Chris Ferguson to my left, Doyle Brunson on right. :-)
@KatjaThater: Relaxing first morning in Las Vegas: Coffee, Cigarettes & sunrise. Could´nt be better.
@RealKidPoker: 66,400 with two levels left to play. Feel like I'm playing really good and reading hands perfectly. I feel like I can see thru the cards.
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Thought of the Day
Back-to-back for Mizrachi?
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Previous WSOP Diary entries
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WSOP Diary: Viva la revolution in Las Vegas
WSOP Diary: Safari, so good for Noah Boeken
WSOP Diary: Barry Greenstein mixes it up in the $50K
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