Event 34 - $3,000 Limit Holdem

From "Poker Sauna" to "Poker Igloo"

We've overheard many players complaining that it's too cold in the Player Pavilion; earlier in the series, everyone was unhappy because it was too hot.

Bryan Devonshire thinks he got it figured out: "I think the air conditioning is just another play by Harrah's. It forces everyone to buy a sweatshirt or a jacket."

Whatever the case may be, conditions are rather chilly in the tent.

Inside Scoop

We just received the payout sheet from the tournament staff.

296 players entered the tournament today, creating a total prizepool of $816,960.

The top 27 places will get paid, with 1st place receiving almost a quarter of a million dollars. Click the "Prizepool and Payouts" link to view the complete list.

Hellmuth Makes a Loose Call

With one limper in front of him, Phil Hellmuth called from the small blind and the big blind checked. The flop came {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} and Phil bet 150; the big blind called and the limper folded.

Both players checked after the turn brought the {3-Spades}. The board paired when the {Q-Clubs} fell on the river, and Phil checked to his opponent, who bet 300. Phil made the call and his opponent showed {Q-Spades}{4-Diamonds} for trip Queens. Hellmuth turned over {K-Hearts}{9-Spades} for nothing but King high.

"You see what I did?" said Phil after the hand. "I called with K-9. Nobody else would have made that call."

Phil dropped to 4,400 on the hand.

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Dutch's Aces Hold

Dutch Boyd just won a nice-sized pot betting his pocket Aces on every street with the board showing {7-Spades}{6-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{8-Diamonds}.

The hand brought Dutch's chip count up to 5,500.

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Another Late Arrival

Chris "Jesus" Ferguson has just taken his seat in the Player's Pavilion. Chris lost approximately 2,000 of his 6,000 starting stack while he was away.

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The Poker Brat is Here

Phil Hellmuth just took his seat at Dutch Boyd's table, only three hours after the first cards were dealt; classic Phil.

He told one of our reporters that he experienced a mild case of food poisoning earlier today.

Phil lost about 1,900 chips while he was gone.

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Ted Lawson Turns a Flush, Wins Nice Pot

Two early position players checked the {4-Spades}{5-Spades}{9-Hearts}{3-Spades} board to Ted Lawson who bet 200; both players called. The river brought the {9-Diamonds} and the first player to act bet out. The action folded to Lawson who made the call.

His opponent turned over {10-Clubs}{9-Spades} for trip nines, but Lawson revealed the {10-Spades}{6-Spades} for a ten-high flush.

Lawson's win brought him back up to 5,600 chips.

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