2010 PCA Main Event

Table of Instantaneous Death

Check out this table that has developed as a result of a few table breaks:

Seat 1: Dan "wretchy" Martin
Seat 2: Justin "Roothlus Jr." Levy
Seat 3: Matt Vengrin
Seat 4: Montell Williams
Seat 5: Haviz "hafizzle" Khan
Seat 6: Sorel "Imper1um" Mizzi
Seat 7: Annette Obrestad
Seat 8: poor unknown man
Seat 9: Sam Oberlin

You Can't Win 'Em All, Kid

Joe Cada
Joe Cada
Joe Cada's day of flirting with Jayde Nicole is over, unfortunately.

On a board showing {K-?} {K-?} {8-?} {5-?} {7-?}, Cada called all in for his last 6,000 chips or so. His unknown opponent showed him {K-?} {Q-?} for trip cowboys, and Cada could not beat it. He sent his cards back to the muck, bid farewell to the beauty across the table, and made his way toward the exit.

Sundin Takes a Hit

Mats Sundin
Mats Sundin
With over 10,000 chips in the middle on a board of {8-Clubs} {5-Clubs} {2-Diamonds} {4-Diamonds} {A-Hearts}, former hockey superstar and now Team PokerStars member Mats Sundin fired 7,000. His opponent raised to 17,000 and was able to scare off Sundin.

Sundin slipped back to 36,000 chips and his opponent showed him the {6-Spades} {6-Clubs}.

Tags: Mats Sundin

Kill 'The Thrill'

A few minutes ago, Will "The Thrill" Failla lost kings versus aces to an unknown player. That same player just ended the day for Failla.

First, the player opened from early position with a raise to 600. René Angélil called and then Failla called as well. The flop came down {7-Spades} {6-Spades} {5-Hearts} and the preflop raiser bet 1,000. Angélil called and before Failla could act, the dealer began to burn and turn.

"Woah, woah, woah!" yelled out Failla. The dealer stopped abruptly and let Failla act. "I raise," he said, making it 4,000 to go.

The first player (remember this is the same player that crushed Failla's kings with aces) announced that he was all in. After Angélil folded, Failla called, "Let's gamble!" Failla only had about 6,000 left after he put in the raise.

Failla tabled {10-Clubs} {8-Clubs}, but was upset to see his opponent's {A-Spades} {8-Spades}.

Pleading for a red ten, Failla would be sent to the rail after the turn and river came the {J-Hearts} and {Q-Clubs}.

Tags: "The Thrill""Will The Thrill"René AngélilWill Failla

Matches Made in Heaven

A quick walk through the room brought to our attention the fact that there are several intriguing match-ups situated throughout.

For example:

Eugene Todd (Bro) v. Will 'The Thrill' Failla
-- Two of the loudest and perhaps most entertaining poker players in the game

Jayde Nicole (Playboy Playmate) v. Joe Cada (2009 WSOP Champion)
-- Hot chick matched with one of the hottest names in the game

Allen 'Chainsaw' Kessler v. Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier
-- Two guys whose playing styles couldn't be more different

'Action' Jeff Garza v. Joe Cassidy
-- Two guys whose names are synonymous with "action"

Alex Gomes v. Andre Akkari
-- Two lookalike Team PokerStars Pros

and finally...

Justin Bonomo v. Men 'The Master' Nguyen
-- Click here

"You guys blogging?"

Will 'The Thrill' Failla
Will 'The Thrill' Failla
Asked Will 'The Thrill' Failla of two of our field reporters.

A pair of nods and a quick probe into Failla's day at the table prompted the following rant:

"I just had kings into f*cking aces... is that any f*cking thing?" belted Failla.

"I just lost 80 f*cking k."

Tags: Will 'The Thrill' Failla


An under-the-gun player limped in before Sami "LarsLuzak" Kelopuro raised to 1,100. The cutoff seat called and then the limper came along as well.

The flop produced the {Q-Clubs} {Q-Spades} {7-Clubs} and action checked to Kelopuro. He fired 2,300. The cutoff quickly raised to 5,200 and the limper got out of the way. Kelopuro quickly followed suit and slipped to 31,750.

Tags: "LarsLuzak"Sami Kelopuro

Seat Open

The chairs that used to belong to Alexander Kostritsyn and Yevgeniy Timoshenko are both now empty. A quick scan around the room sees them absent, and we're pretty certain both men were knocked out before the last break.

A Blah Day for Pagano

One player checked the flop of {K-Clubs} {Q-Clubs} {3-Hearts} to Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano. Pagano fired 2,300. He was called by the third player that saw the flop while the first player folded.

The turn brought the {5-Spades} and Pagano checked. His opponent checked behind.

The river completed the board with the {A-Diamonds} and Pagano checked again. His opponent snap-checked right behind him and then immediately tabled top two pair with the {A-Spades} {K-Diamonds}. Pagano mucked and slipped to 20,000.

Tags: Luca Pagano