Live Events 2
Event 55 - $10,000 World Championship No Limit Holdem

John Phan Has Been Eliminated

Phan moved in for his last 10,000 with K-Q, and another player moved all-in himself and tabled A-K. Undercards filled out the board and Phan was eliminated.

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Why Show Up Late for Day Two?

Jeremiah Teal, sitting at Table 3, seat 1, arrived 45 minutes late today. When asked about it, he replied that he didn't oversleep or forget the time, he just wanted to get a nice breakfast and come in on his own terms, relaxed and ready to play.

Teal started the day with 83,500 in chips, which is a healthy stack, but he says that didn't factor into his decision. He's played some games with Freddy Deeb, and Deeb once told him he left a final table for an extended break when he had just 30 big blinds -- his frame of mind was more important than the chips. Teal remembers that advice, and put it into practice today.

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"Human Calculator" Survives an All-In

Scott Flansburg, known as the "human calculator," moved in with A-K on a short stack and flopped top two pair. On the turn he hit the ultimate jackpot-- the ace of diamonds-- for top full house and increased his stack to 24,000.

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A Friendly Little Reminder

Francois Safieddine, who won the $2,500 No Limit Hold 'Em event this year, was all-in on a flop of {J-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}. His opponent made the call and Safieddine showed 7-7 for a set while his opponent showed {K-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} for a flush draw and straight draw. The turn was the {6-Spades} and the river was the {K-Clubs}. Safieddine was scooping up the pot when John Phan, who is seated at an adjacent table, peered over to see what had happened.

"You're always lucky," Phan remarked in regards to the hand without seeing the action. "You always get there on the river."

"I have the bracelet," Safieddine quipped, "you don't. You're number two, I am number one!"

Safieddine and Phan were heads up during the $2,500 event. Phan came in second to Safieddine, who took first and the bracelet.

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Jason Alexander Doubles Up With Set Over Set

A player in middle position raises to 3,000, another player calls, and Jason Alexander calls from the button. The flop comes {K-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}, it's checked to Alexander who bets 15,000, the original raiser moves all in, the third player folds, and Alexander calls all in for 39,100.

His opponent shows {J-Clubs}{J-Spades} for a set of jacks, but Alexander shows {K-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} for a higher set of kings. His opponent has just one out, but misses as the last two cards come {3-Hearts}{9-Clubs}.

Jason Alexander wins the pot, doubling up to 99,400 in chips.

This hand was brought to you free from bad Seinfeld-related jokes; consider it Alexander's free pass this early in the day. Stay tuned for George Costanza references throughout the rest of our coverage.

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1,169 Players Remaining

During the first hour of play, 15 tables have been broken so far on Day 2b with 136 players busting out. There are 1,169 players remaining.

Daniel Alaei Trips His Ace

A player raises to 2,500, Daniel Alaei calls, and the big blind calls. The flop comes {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}, and all three players check. The turn card is the {9-Clubs}, the big blind bets 6,000, Alaei calls, and the third player folds. The river card is the {7-Hearts}, the big blind checks, Alaei bets 12,000, and his opponent calls.

Alaei shows {A-Spades}{J-Spades} for trip aces, and his opponent mucks. Daniel Alaei wins the pot, increasing his stack to about 163,000.

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Mimi Tran Claims a Victim

Mimi Tran opened the pot from middle position, a late-position player moved all in for 27,000 and Tran called. Tran turned over {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds} while her opponent held {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs}. The flop was {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{8-Spades} keeping Tran's aces in the lead, but giving her opponent a royal flush draw. The turn was the {7-Spades}, but the river was the {5-Hearts}, eliminating Tran's opponent.

Tran was up to 60,000 after the hand.

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