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PokerNews Podcast Episode #217: Welcome to the 2014 WSOP!

SantanaBandana • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante sign lights up the Pavilion Room stage sign lights up the Pavilion Room stage

The 2014 World Series of Poker is officially underway, and the crew brings you the first podcast of the summer. Rich, Donnie, and Jason discuss the 25K Fantasy draft, David "ODB" Baker's fantasy league, and the first open event of the summer, Event #2: $25,000 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold'em.

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Almost There

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante

We have 93 players left after a runner runner bad beat story on table nine. Jose Zaragoza tried to eliminate one further player after raising to 2,300 from under the gun and then calling all in for 6,300 with the {A-Clubs}{4-Clubs}. His opponent had {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} and immediately shut down all hopes of a similar scenario on the {K-Clubs}{K-Spades}{8-Spades} flop. The {3-Spades} turn and {8-Diamonds} river completed the board.

All spectators have been asked to leave the tournament area as we are so close to the money.

Sun Rises

Yardley • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante

The flop was {10-Spades}{4-Hearts}{10-Hearts} and Alexander Sun was facing a bet of 4,500. He responded by moving all in. His opponent had him covered and took a while to make up his mind before making the call.

Sun sighed and turned over {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} but was in great shape against his opponents {a-Spades}{4-Spades}.

No scary cards as the turn came the {k-Clubs} and the river the {2-Clubs} to deliver a double up for Sun.

Alexander Sun 36,000 21,000

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First Player Above 100k

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Peter Alba appears to be the first player to accumulate more than 100,000 in chips. A player moved all in for 17,000 or so from early position and had done so previously for a couple of times. Dennis Glover folded his small blind but Alba snap called in the big blind with the {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}.

The all in player only had {A-Diamonds}{10-Spades} and his "one time please" was denied by the dealer on the {K-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{2-Clubs} board.

We have 94 players left and will approach the money bubble very soon.

Peter Alba us 100,000 20,000
Dennis Glover 74,000 -2,000

Instant Shove On The Turn

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante

On the {3-Spades}{9-Spades}{7-Diamonds} flop, Charompol CJ Hongthong led for 5,000 and was confronted with a raise to 13,000 by Jessica "panda burr" Lamm. CJ made the call and then instantly moved all in once the {7-Spades} appeared on the turn. Lamm folded while taking advantage of a massage and dropped below average.

Charompol CJ Hongthong 53,000 53,000

Calculated Risk Pays Off

Yardley • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Phyllis Storz put her 4,900 over the line from late position and Ryan Sackett took a “Calculated risk.” as he put it and made the call with {k-Spades}{j-Diamonds}. Storz was marginally ahead with her {a-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}.

The cards were dealt {4-Spades}{j-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{3-Clubs}. A sharp intake of breath from the table as the turn fell and Storz made a gracious exit.

Ryan Sackett 26,900
Phyllis Storz Busted

But It Was Suited

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Kevin Chiem three-bet to 4,500 and then called a four-bet shove for 13,000 with the {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}. His opponent had {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} but Chiem got there on the turn of a {3-Hearts}{K-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{2-Clubs} board.

One hand later he was involved in yet another hand, not even finished yet with stacking the chips. He raised and called a three-bet from Lee Davy only to quickly check-fold on the {6-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{A-Clubs} flop. It was Davy who led for 5,200 and didn't have to show any further aggression to win the pot uncontested.

Lee Davy 31,000 5,500

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Shoving Time on Table #7

Yardley • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Go big or go home is likely to be the dominant theme of this level, at least until the players reach the bubble when action is highly likely to slow down dramatically.

Tom Harper shoved under the gun and it got to small blind Willy Kerol who had a smaller stack an announced all in to put his tournament life on the line.

Harper had the pair {8-Clubs}{8-Spades} and it was big slick {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs} for Kerol. The cards ran out {6-Hearts}{q-Spades}{4-Hearts}{j-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and Kerol let out a relieved, “Yes.” as his straight came on the river to double him up.

At the same table Cory Rodvik open shoved from middle position and found a caller who tabled {j-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}. Rodvik needed help as he showed {k-Spades}{q-Spades} and with a final board of {5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{q-Clubs}{a-Clubs} the dealer duly delivered that help.

Cory Rodvik 22,000
Tom Harper 20,000
Willy Kerol 14,000

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Three Bet Shove the Small Blind

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Stephen Conyers cheered after doubling up for 11,000 with {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} versus {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs}. On the {7-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{A-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} board he improved to two pair after getting it in preflop from the small blind.

Similar story for Zach Laxen, just for less chips. Laxen had 6,400 left and his {A-Clubs}{10-Hearts} held up against {Q-Spades}{J-Hearts} on a {2-Spades}{2-Clubs}{7-Spades}{5-Hearts}{4-Spades} board. He lured his opponent into the call with the words "I won't make the money if you don#t double me up." We'll see about that as there are 103 players left and only 90 will cash.

Trevino Chips Up

gqzdaddy • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Sergio Trevino
Sergio Trevino

After two limpers from middle position, Sergio Trevino checked his option in the big blind. The flop was {k-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{q-Diamonds}. Trevino checked, as did the first limper and their other opponent bet 2,500. Trevino called and the third player folded and they were heads up.

The turn was the {9-Clubs} and Trevino checked again and his opponent bet 2,900. The river was the {a-Hearts} and this time Trevino bet out for 5,000. His opponent thought for a moment before mucking his cards and Trevino found some early action as we crawl toward the bubble.

Sergio Trevino 36,000 4,000

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