MSPT Sycuan Casino
Event 55 - $10,000 World Championship No Limit Holdem

J.C. Tran Adding Chips To His Stack Early

Russell Rosenblum raises under the gun to 2,600, J.C. Tran calls right behind him, the big blind reraises to 6,000, Rosenblum calls, and Tran calls. The flop comes {6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}, the big blind checks, Rosenblum bets 16,000, Tran moves all in, and the other players fold. Tran shows {Q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for the queen-high flush as he takes the pot, increasing his stack to 142,000.

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Chad Brown Straightens Out to Bust a Player

With the board showing {K-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} on the turn, a player is all in with {A-Hearts}{A-Spades} against Chad Brown's {J-Clubs}{10-Clubs} -- Brown flopped a king-high straight. The meaningless river card was the {4-Diamonds}, and Brown busted his opponent as he increased his stack to more than 95,000.

Chad Brown ended the preliminary events on a high note, finishing second in Event #54 ($5,000 NL 2-to-7 Draw). He was denied his first WSOP bracelet by 8-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel.

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Negreanu Doubles Up

Daniel Negreanu called an all-in by an opponent who had him covered, on a flop of {A-Hearts}{K-Spades}{5-Diamonds}. His opponent turned over A-Q while Daniel showed A-5. The turn was the {6-Diamonds} and Daniel asked the dealer not to lay another 6 down.

The dealer obligied, peeling off the {10-Spades} on the river. Negreanu doubled up, his tournament life safe, for now.

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Shuffle Up and Deal

We start off every day here at the Main Event with Tournament Director Jack Effel reciting a few rules and regulations, and then he hands the microphone over to some poker luminary to officially get play under way. Today the honors went to PokerNews' own Jonno Pittock, who thanked our indefatigable floor reporters for their hard work during the whole Series before cutting right to the chase and announcing, "Shuffle Up and Deal".

Bad Start/Good Start for Bill Gazes

When Bill Gazes arrived, he rushed to Table 76, seat 7 to open up his chips and get ready to play. There was just one problem -- it wasn't his seat, or his chip bag.

Gazes got his wires crossed a bit, and he's actually sitting at Table *16*, seat 7.

Shortly after play began, the button raises to 3,000, and Gazes moves his short stack all in from the small blind for 14,300. The button folds, and Gazes increases his stack to about 19,000 in chips.

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Daniel Negreanu, Off and Running

Negreanu is sitting at the ESPN Feature Table to start off the day and he just won the first hand of the day. He called a 3,200 raise before a {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{3-Spades} flop, and when his opponent led out for 4,000 Negreanu raised 8,000 more. The other player folded and Negreanu showed A-K. He's now up to 57,500.

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Vinnie Vinh Eliminated

On the second hand of play at his table, the action was folded to Vinny Vinh and he moved all in for 3,000 from two off the button. The big blind said, "I call blind." Vinh turned over {5-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} saying "it's my favorite hand," while the big blind tabled {K-Hearts}{8-Spades}. The flop was {Q-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}. The turn was the {9-Spades} making Vinh two pair, but the river was the {K-Spades}, making a higher two pair for the big blind and eliminating Vinh.

After wishing his opponents luck, Vinh made a hasty exit from the Amazon Room.

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First Elimination of the Day

The first victim of the day was Tom Daly, who pushed all-in on the first hand with {K-Spades}{3-Spades} and was called by his opponent who held {A-Diamonds}{8-Spades}.

Flop: {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}

The turn was the {Q-Clubs}, giving Daly a straight draw, but the {4-Clubs} on the river sealed his fate.

What Are the Odds?

Allen Cunningham and his longtime girlfriend Melissa Hayden are both sitting at Table 22. Surprised, I asked, "What are the odds?" Then Dave O'Neil added, "What are the odds that I'd be sitting between them?"

As you'll recall, Allen Cunningham reached the final table last year, and he is ready to make another run this year. This is the third straight year that Cunningham has had a fantastic Series, with a bracelet each year and WSOP Player of the Year honors back in 2005.

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