That's all from Studio 3 at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. Over two days, we watched some of the biggest names in poker test their mettle with a high-stakes, high-action battle under the lights. Mike Matusow, David Oppenheim, and Andrew Feldman were today's biggest winners, while Tom Dwan seemed to enjoy himself the most. Justin "Boosted J" Smith and Erik Cajelais each lost two $100K buy-ins and called it quits. Phil Ivey stopped by but played for less than an hour.
Ivey and Patrik Antonius will be busy tomorrow playing their field-leading stacks for Day 2 of the Main Event. The rest might try their luck at tomorrow's $10,500 Heads-Up Championship. Follow PokerNews for live coverage of all of the action.
Finally! The food has arrived. And it's just in time to prevent a riot. There is a brief break in the action while the guys focus on more important things.
Sam Trickett opened with a raise, and David Benyamine called. Then on the button David Oppenheim reraised to $14,000. Trickett called, and with a shrug, so did Benyamine. "If you can flop it, I can flop it," he said to Sam.
Flop: - Trickett and Benyamine checked to Oppenheim, who bet $24,000. Only Trickett called.
Turn: - Trickett checked again, then thoughtfully called a bet of $52,000.
River: - One more check, and this time Oppenheim fired $81,000. Trickett tanked for four minutes before quietly calling. Oppenheim showed for top boat. He's on quite the roll. This $350,000 pot is on the heels of a small win and an even bigger pot.
Tom Dwan dubbed this "the never ending hand." David Benyamine raised the button, and David Oppenheim defended his blind. Slowly.
Flop: - Oppenheim checked, and Benyamine bet a considered $4,200. After a minute, Oppenheim called.
Turn: - Another quick check and painstaking bet of $10,800 from Benyamine. Oppenheim tank-called.
River: - Snap-check from Oppenheim, but Benyamine didn't take the bait and checked behind. Oppenheim tabled to scoop the pot with trip aces.
Dwan was just glad it was over.
Chris Ferguson is in the building. We've got a full table now.
Seat 1: Patrik Antonius
Seat 2: Chris Ferguson
Seat 3: Tom Dwan
Seat 4: Andrew Feldman
Seat 5: Sam Trickett
Seat 6: David Benyamine
Seat 7: James Bord
Seat 8: David Oppenheim