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Event #58: $10,000 Main Event

Vince Bluffs With Wired Pair

Shamus • Level 4: 150-300, 25 ante
Vince Van Patten
Vince Van Patten

By the turn, there was about 8,000 in the middle, with the board reading {3-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{K-Spades}. Vince Van Patten, sitting in the nine seat, tossed out a bet of 6,000, and his opponent, sitting on the other side of the dealer in Seat 1, quickly called.

The river brought the {A-Diamonds}, and Van Patten again acted quickly, this time tossing nine yellow chips a bit haphazardly for a bet of 9,000. His opponent paused, counted through her remaining stack, and let her hand go.

Van Patten showed his hand as he dragged the pot -- {2-Clubs}{2-Hearts}. Perhaps he's looking to make his opponent tilt like a three-legged barstool.

Van Patten now has about 38,000.

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Shulman Surrenders


A player opened for 800 in the cutoff and action folded to Barry Shulman in the big blind, who three-bet to 2,000. His opponent quickly cut out a four-bet to 4,500 and tossed it into the middle. Shulman, almost as quickly, called.

The flop came {5-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} and Shulman checked, prompting a 5,200 bet from his opponent. Shulman took one last look at his cards and sent them into the muck.

Shulman is down to 29,500.

Barry Shulman
Barry Shulman
29,500 1,500

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Three-Way All In

Josh_Cahlik • Level 4: 150-300, 25 ante

We caught up with the action due to the commotion happening over at table #359. Three players moved their entire stack all in before the flop. One was holding {A-Spades}{A-Clubs} while another had {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts} tabled in front of him. These two players were up against a very scared player who held {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades}. The player holding queens hoped to hit one of his two outs, and even picked up more outs after the flop fell {K-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{J-Spades}. Unfortunately for him, the turn and river were {J-Diamonds} and {9-Diamonds} and he was sent packing to the rail, leaving his chips to be chopped up by the two players with pocket rockets.

Rasmussen Takes One From Busquet


We came into this hand on the turn with the board reading {6-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{2-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and Olivier Busquet in the small blind had bet out 3,200. Geoff Rasmussen on the button called the bet and the two saw the river {10-Spades}. Busquet led out again for 7,500 this time and Rasmussen instantly called. Busquet showed {k-}{j-} for two high cards and was crushed by the full house {6-}{8-} of Rasmussen.

Busquet still has plenty of chips with 70,000, but Rasmussen has emerged as another one of the day's big stacks with about 125,000.

Olivier Busquet
Olivier Busquet

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A Win for Nguyen


With the board already reading {j-Spades}{7-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{8-Hearts} and quite a few chips already in the pot, Kenny Nguyen bet a little over 6,000. The other two players didn't take long in folding their hands and Nguyen said "How did you guys know?" as he revealed his {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts} for the nut flush. Nguyen raked in the pot with a smile and his stack grew to around 65,000.

Kenny Nguyen
Kenny Nguyen
65,000 8,000

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Woolley Bully

Shamus • Level 4: 150-300, 25 ante

A player in middle position opened for 800 and it folded around to Bob Woolley who defended his big blind. The flop came {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}. Woolley checked, his opponent continued for 1,050, and Woolley made the call. The turn was the {8-Hearts}, bringing checks from both players.

The river was the {J-Clubs}, putting a second pair on the board. Woolley didn't waste much time before pushing out a bet of 2,700, and his opponent went into the tank, gritting his teeth at the sight of Woolley's bet. Finally, after about a minute, he let his hand go.

Woolley is sitting with about 30,000.

Tags: Bob Woolley

Farha Dodges a Bullet


Three players including Sammy Farha saw a flop of {4-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}. All three decided to check and the turn came {7-Hearts}. The player in early position fired out a bet of 1,600 only to be raised by the player in middle position to 3,600. Farha made the call and the early position bettor also called.

The river brought the {2-Hearts}, which turned out to be quite the action card. The early position player led out for 6,000 and the player in middle position tanked. After about two minutes, he announced that he was all in. Sammy Farha looked dumbfounded by the move as if he couldn't believe that he was about to fold his hand to this bet. Farha tossed his hand away and the early position player quickly called.

The player who announced all in turned up {8-Spades}{8-Hearts} for a flopped full house and the caller mucked his cards.

"I had three fours. I just laid down three fours there" Farha announced to the table, proud that he was able to dodge a big bullet while another player was sent to the rail.

Sammy Farha
Sammy Farha
22,500 -6,500

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Diaz Doing Well

tayke2 • Level 4: 150-300, 25 ante
David Diaz
David Diaz

David Diaz is having himself quite a solid World Series this year. He already claimed a bracelet in Event #12 $1,500 Triple Chance No-Limit Holdem, where he pocketed a cool $352,808. We just went over to his table, and he has amassed a stack of 125,000, which is one of the tops in the room. We will be sure to keep an eye on him for the rest of the night.

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Card Protector Creativity

[user198205] • Level 4: 150-300, 25 ante

Any poker player will tell you that protecting your cards is an important part of any poker tournament. While most players choose to use either a tournament chip or some kind of metal coin or medallion to protect their hand, some get a little more creative. Upon scanning the orange section of the Amazon Room we were able to spot all of these items being used as card protectors:

Miniature snake figurines (cobras, as far as we can tell)
Red rabbit foot
Attached nut and bolt
Ceramic rooster figurine
Small bottle of Lubriderm lotion
Miniature FSU football helmet
Gold shark (No, it does not belong to Humberto Brenes)