You don't have to spend too long standing near Nelly's table to catch him involved in a pot. His latest contest saw him go heads-up to a flop of . The rapper led out with a bet of 1,000 in the form of a single yellow chip, and his opponent called.
Nelly would bet 2,000 on the turn , and his final bet of 3,000 on the river caused his opponent to take pause for a couple long minutes. He finally made the call, and Nelly tabled for the flopped two pair. His hand was no good, but things clearly could have gotten much worse as his opponent showed up the winning set with . Both men had flopped big, and Nelly managed to keep his losses relatively small as his stack drops to 15,500.
It would be an understatement to say that Vanessa Rousso has had a good start to the day. She was able to jump up to 60,000 early on, but that's not the big story involving her in the early morning. Here's a hand that just put Rousso up to 130,000.
Rousso and two other players created a pot worth over 14,000 going to the flop. One player was in the small blind, Rousso was in the cutoff seat and the other player was on the button.
The flop came down and the small blind fired 15,000. Action fell on Rousso and she moved all of her chips in with a swift, two-handed motion. She had the other two players well covered in the hand.
"Oh Jesus," said the player on the button before he too shoved his chips in for roughly 35,000, making the all-in call. The small blind then called for all of his chips as well.
Rousso tabled her hand right away, revealing and middle set. The button turned his head away from the table in disgust and rolled over his two kings -- . The small blind waited for both of these hands to be turned over and then showed the . Rousso went from worst to first on the flop and was in the lead with a chance to scoop a massive pot pending she held on the turn and river.
The turn brought the and added a heart draw for both the other players.
The river was the though, not completing that flush. It kept Rousso's hand best and jolted her to 130,000 chips.
Nelly is in the house, and he's splashing around in pots in the early going. He dragged two small pots in a row as we were standing over his table, and the platinum-selling hip-hop star is up to about 33,000 here in Level 2.
With over 16,000 chips in the pot and a board of , Liz Boeree called 12,000 from David Williams after tanking. Williams tabled for the nut flush, having made it on the turn. Boeree mucked her hand and slipped to 13,000. Williams jumped to 50,000.
Chris Klodnicki was acting out of the cutoff seat and his opponent was on the button with a flop of . Klodnicki checked and his opponent fired 1,500. Klodnicki then raised to 3,500. After about a minute of thought, the player made the call.
The turn brought the and Klodnicki led out with a bet worth 6,000. Another minute passed before the player on the button would make the call.
After the river card fell the , two pair sat on board and Klodnicki went into the tank. He didn't move a muscle for a solid minute before looking up slowly and announcing "all in." The all-in bet was worth a little over 19,000 and Klodnicki had his opponent covered.
It was now time for his opponent to tank, and that he did. The player took several minutes to decide on his action. At one point, he even reached back at his stack and grabbed the chips he had left, looking like he was going to call, but then stopped. He also double checked his hole cards a few times.
Eventually, the player mucked his hand and Klodnicki scooped in the pot to move to 42,000 chips.
On flop of , we joined a heads-up pot in progress with the action on Tom "durrrr" Dwan in the big blind. He led out into the pot with a bet of 825, and his lone opponent, Robert Mizrachi, came along with the call.
Fourth street brought the to pair the board, and Dwan passed this time. Mizrachi now took the lead with a bet of 1,000, and Dwan called. The last card off was the , and the action check-checked with Dwan tabling the winning . His trips hated that turn card, but a baby boat is good enough to move Dwan up to about 33,000.
Team PokerStars Pros Victor Ramdin and Arnaud Mattern have drawn the same table, with Ramin three seats to the Frenchman's left. And they've wasted no time tangling up in a pot.
We just caught the tail end of the hand, but the board read , and there were about 8,500 chips stacked in the pot. Ramdin was first to act, and he fired out 5,000 straight. That sent Mattern into the think tank for several minutes as a crowd of spectators began to huddle around the table. Mattern clutched a blue T5,000 chip in his hand, clearly trying to talk himself into or out of a call. After a long pause, the chip dropped from his hand and into the pot for a call.
Ramdin tabled , and his set was good enough. Mattern double-clutched his cards before sending them back to the dealer face-down.
That moves Mattern down to about 18,000, while Ramdin has climbed up over 40,000 here in the early going. We'll certainly be keeping an eye on this table if these two are going to go at it all day.