We got to the table to see Craig Bergeron plop down a stack of chips totaling 24,000. This bet covered his opponent's stack. With the board showing , Bergeron's opponent sat pondering whether or not this was the proper time to risk his tournament life. In the end he chose to lay his hand down, awarding Bergeron the pot.
Matt "Watdahell" Chang is one of the most colorful characters on the circuit today. He's everyone's best friend and holds the record for being in the background of the most winner photos the WSOP posts online. After playing Day 1a he came back to the tournament room sporting a Washington Capitals coozie in the shape of hockey glove, a coozie with a neckstrap and a giant straw hat.
The cap of the hat is removable and as he made his way around the room he put the top on Ari Engel. And well, pictures speak louder than words.
Ari Engel opened to 450 from middle position, the player on the button called and Habib Bull called from the big blind. The trio saw the flop come and all checked. The turn came , Bull bet 1,100, Engel called and the button called. The river came , Bull bet 2,500, Engel called and the button folded.
Bull reluctantly tabled and Engel had him beat holding .
With the flop reading , Christine Brewer checked and La Sengphet fired out a bet of 700. The third player in the hand made the call and Brewer opted to fold.
The turn brought the and Sengphet pushed out 1,350. It seemed her opponent had his "call any" button checked, as his calling chips were in the middle before Sengphet took her hand away.
The river came and Sengphet checked. Her opponent bet 1,600 and Sengphet called. Her opponent tabled for a straight and Sengphet mucked her hand.
Players of the second flight are now on their first break of the evening.
We saw piles of chips being pushed in the middle from across the room and we ran over to find Craig Bergeron in a hand with an unknown player. The board showed and we think Bergeron bet in the neighborhood of 3,600.
There was over 9,000 in the pot before the bet and we saw his opponent toss in a sloppy call. The dealer peeled off the on the river. Bergeron sat motionless for a good bit before putting the majority of his large denomination chips - around 26,000 or so. His opponent folded and Bergeron cracked a sly smile and flashed his cards to a friend at another table.
"One time for the folks at home?" we asked. He grabbed our notepad and wrote down he held .
With the board reading , Kenny Milam pushed out a bet of 1,100 into a pot of about 2,100. La Sengphet pondered a call for about a minute before tossing it in. Milam shrugged his shoulders and Sengphet turned up her . Milam mucked his hand and she was able to scoop the pot.