Main Event

Nothing Beats Better than Nothing


We found Kenny Milam pondering his action on the river against Christina Brewer. The board showed {7-Hearts} {8-Spades} {7-Spades} {5-Hearts} {Q-Clubs} and Brewer had checked to him. Milam bet 6,100 and Brewer called after some short thought.

Milam sheepishly tabled {A-Hearts} {10-Diamonds} for ace high and Brewer was visibly shaken by his cards. She turned up {A-Spades} {9-Diamonds} and said, "I knew you had nothing."

"I had a little bit better nothing," he replied.

Kenny Milam us
Kenny Milam
us 40,000 27,800
Christine Brewer us
Christine Brewer
us 2,100 -14,900

Tags: Christine BrewerKenny Milam

Jack Rivers Against Finne

Josh_Cahlik • Level 9: 400-800, 100 ante

A short stacked player opened the betting by moving all in for 3,550. Tim Finne called and the rest of the table folded. Finne flipped over {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} and was ahead of the short stack's {J-Clubs}{5-Spades}.

The flop came {K-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{K-Spades} with the {4-Diamonds} following on the turn. Unfortunately for Finne, the {J-Spades} struck the river, scoring a double up for his opponent. Finne is still sitting on a nice stack of around 60,000, however.

Tags: Tim Finne

Sigh, "You Got It"

Paul_Oresteen • Level 9: 400-800, 100 ante

We were on our way back to the media desk when a hand between Rex Clinkscales and Hung Truong was developing. The board read {K-Clubs} {A-Diamonds} {10-Diamonds} {7-Hearts}, Truong had checked and Clinkscales bet something in the neighborhood of 2,400. Truong check-raised to a little over 6,000 and Clinkscales called. The river brought the {3-Clubs} and Truong bet 5,000. Clinkscales wasted little time calling and Truong sighed and said, "You got it."

Clinkscales tabled {A-Clubs} {J-Spades} and Truong mucked his hand.

Tags: Rex ClinkscalesHung Truong


Macchia Convinces Engel


Mike Macchia opened to 900 from the cutoff and Ari Engel was the lone caller from the big blind. The flop hit {Q-Clubs} {4-Spades} {K-Hearts}, Engel checked and Macchia bet 1,600. Engel called to see the {Q-Spades} turn. Engel led with 2,400 and Macchia called. The river brought the {K-Clubs}, Engel checked and Macchia bet 10,000.

Engel thought for a moment but then kicked his cards back to the dealer.

Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca 35,000 13,600
Mike Macchia
Mike Macchia

Tags: Ari EngelMike Macchia

Bergeron Climbing


With the flop reading {J-Spades}{2-Clubs}{A-Clubs}, the player in the big blind checked, and a short stacked player in the cutoff moved all in for 6,775. Craig Bergeron raised from the button, causing the big blind player to call off for his tournament life as well.

Bergeron: {A-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Big Blind: {J-Clubs}{8-Clubs}
Cutoff: {A-Hearts}{4-Hearts}

The turn and river came {2-Diamonds}{3-Spades}, leaving the player in the big blind with merely a pair of jacks against the aces of the other two. Bergeron and the cutoff chopped the main pot while Bergeron took a small side pot from the elimination of the player in the big blind.

Craig Bergeron us
Craig Bergeron
us 65,000 20,000

Tags: Craig Bergeron

No Back-to-Back Champion This Time

Paul_Oresteen • Level 9: 400-800, 100 ante

Tripp Kirk is fresh off winning the WSOPC Main Event St. Louis and was gunning to be the first player to win back-to-back Main Events. That dream just fell short as we saw Kirk pack up his things and leave the tournament area.

Tags: Tripp Kirk

Ducks Call Down

Paul_Oresteen • Level 9: 400-800, 100 ante

Hung Truong limped in middle position, Peter Mavro raised to 1,125 and Jamie Kerstetter called from the small blind. Truong called to see the flop fall {Q-Hearts} {9-Clubs} {6-Clubs}. Kerstetter and Truong checeked and Mavro bet 2,150. Kerstetter got out of the way and Truong called.

The turn came {7-Spades} and both players checked. The river came {4-Hearts} and both players checked again. Mavro tabled {A-Diamonds} {K-Spades} and Truong flipped over pocket deuces to take the hand.

Tags: Peter MavroJamie KerstetterHung Truong

Moore Doubles Through Phillips


After five limps and a completion from the small blind, Dennis Phillips peered down at his cards in the big blind and raised to 2,400. Action folded around to Charles Moore who was the only player to call.

The flop came {5-Spades}{6-Hearts}{7-Spades}. After a brief moment, Phillips checked and Moore quickly pushed his short stack all in. Phillips called just as quick as Moore's push, and tabled {K-Clubs}{K-Hearts}. Moore, however, had flopped a set, holding {5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}.

Fourth and fifth street came {4-Diamonds} and {7-Clubs} and just like that Moore was able to score a double up. Phillips on the other hand, could only shake his head.

Dennis Phillips us
Dennis Phillips
us 15,000 -5,000
Charles Moore us
Charles Moore
us 14,000 4,000

Tags: Dennis PhillipsCharles Moore

Three More Levels

Paul_Oresteen • Level 9: 400-800, 100 ante

The field will play three more levels before bagging and tagging for Day 2.