We walked over to Patrik Antonius's table and saw him heads up in a pot that already had 12,000 in the middle. The board read , and the small blind checked to Antonius, who bet out 5,500. He was called, and the river brought the . The small blind checked again, and as Antonius has been known to do, he sat motionless for about 90 seconds before reaching for his chips. He ended up putting together a bet of 7,500, and slid it into the middle. The small blind tanked for about two minutes, clearly pained by the decision, as the bet represented half his stack. He ended up making the call, and Antonius showed for the bottom straight. It was good enough to win, as his opponent mucked his hand, boosting Antonius back up over 80,000.
Logan Deen is playing in his first ever WSOP today and there's no question that he's the youngest player in the field. Deen chose to play in Day 1B as it happens to fall on his 21st birthday. He's had a rail of supporters with neon colored signs cheering him on all day as he participated in the most prestigious poker tournament in the world.
Unfortunately, Deen has been running short on chips as of late. After being short stacked for a bit, Deen finally shoved all in preflop for his last 3,300 and received one caller:
Deen was behind and would need help on the flop. The flop came and gave Deen top pair and the lead in the hand. The turn brought the giving him two pair and the river bricked out for his opponent when it fell . Deen was able to double up to around 8,000 in chips.
Eugene Katchalov raised to 700 from middle position and action folded to Mikhail Smirnov on the button who went all in for a total of 11,750. Katchalov called and the hands were revealed.
Smirnov was going to need some help to stay alive and indeed the flop brought the giving him a pair of queens and the lead. Katchalov could still catch an ace or a king to win the pot but the turn and river brought the and and Smirnov doubled to 24,300 while Katchalov was left with 36,500.
We didn't catch the action, but when we went over to Justin Bonomo's table, he was counting out his chips after earning a key double up. The board read , and Bonomo held for a flopped straight. His opponent held for two pair, and according to Bonomo, all the chips went in on the turn. After the hand, Bonomo is back up to nearly 40,000.
During a recent hand Javier Martinez made it 700 preflop, Mikhail Smirnov then reraised and made it 2,025. Martinez then opted to then raise again and made it 5,600 a call was made by Smirnov.
The dealer put out a flop where Martinez bet 6,500. Smirnov called and both players got to see the turn where Martinez made a bet of 45,000 to put Smirnov all in. Smirnov folded and Martinez was given the hand.
We reported to you previously how Ben Lamb vaulted himself to the chip lead after a big pot with Maxim Lykov. Well, he just gave some back after putting a shorter stack all in on the turn and getting a call.
We came in when the board read and a little over 15,000 was already in the pot. Lamb's opponent in the big blind bet out 6,225 and Lamb took a break from his massage and IPad to ponder for a bit. As soon as ESPN saw all the chips in the pot they dashed over and the table was a madhouse. Eventually, Lamb pulled off four T5000 chips from his castle of a stack, mere peanuts to him, and tossed them in the pot which effectively put his opponent all in. The player called and showed for top set. Lamb showed for a gutshot straight draw.
The river came the which paired up Lamb but didn't give him the straight he was looking for. Lamb seemed frustrated for a moment but eventually congratulated the player with a (possibly) sincere, "Nice Hand." Lamb sighed and aggressively counted out his remaining chips which total around 185,000. He is still good for the chip lead as far as we know and although he lost a bit there, he is still one of the hottest players on the planet and a dangerous player to have atop the counts.