Event #19: THE GIANT - $365 No-Limit Hold'em

Kathy Liebert Busts Two

Yardley • Level 7: 400-800, 100 ante

Kathy Liebert knocked out two opponents in a recent hand. Liebert had the other two covered and was all in preflop with {a-}{a-}. The next big stack had {q-}{q-}, and the short stack had {a-}{10-}.

The board ran out {q-}{4-}{j-}{7-}{a-}. The queen on the flop was quite a fright for Liebert, but an ace on the river saw her knock score the double knockout.

Kathy Liebert us
Kathy Liebert
us 95,000 75,000

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Break Time

Yardley • Level 6: 300-600, 75 ante

Players are now on a 20-minute break.

A Look At Numbers of Entries

Yardley • Level 6: 300-600, 75 ante

There have been 3,245 entries so far today with two more levels of late registration to come. Here's how that compares with the previous flights and how many went on to bag up chips.

Day 1a1,629124 
Day 1b1,230106 
Day 1c1,606146 
Day 1d1,581142 
Day 1e3,303+??? 

Flights 1a,1b,1c, and 1d saw 6,046 players total, with 518 survivors.


No Gamble No Future, Mohammed Suhail Doubles

Yardley • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

With a turbo structure and the field still in the unlimited re-buy period, one needs nerves of steel and to not be adverse to the odd gamble at time in the tournament. Several players have seen their first bullet stray wide of the target, but one has recently gotten, by his own admission, a touch lucky to still be in.

Mohammed Suhail, a recreational player, recounted opening with {8-Spades}{2-Spades} from his stack of 13,000 and then calling a three-bet to 3,100.

The flop was {10-}{10-}{2-}, where Suhail check-called a bet of 2,500. The turn was the {q-}, and a check from Suhail saw his opponent bet 4,000. Suhail responed by moving all in to, as he put it, "get his opponent off his hand."

His opponent thought for a while before calling with {a-}{8-}, and with the river bricking out, the bottom pair of Suhail secured him a double-up to get above starting stack.

Mohammed Suhail gb
Mohammed Suhail
gb 22,000 2,000

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Aaron Hendrix MyStacking Chips

Yardley • Level 4: 150-300, 25 ante

Former professional poker player/reporter Aaron Hendrix has just arrived in Vegas and is playing The GIANT as a warm up for his first-ever WSOP Main Event, a dream he has always had and is set to fulfill.

Hendrix is one of dozens of players in the field using MyStack to keep friends, family and investors up to date with their progress.

So far, so good for Hendrix who has doubled up his staring stack already.

Muskan Sethi in
Muskan Sethi
in 20,000 20,000
Melissa Gillett au
Melissa Gillett
au 20,000 5,000

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Big, Friendly Giant

Yardley • Level 3: 100-200, 0 ante

There are more and more people packing into the various rooms in the Rio where The GIANT is being played. There are now 2,686 entries, with little sign of it slowing down.

There are signs of a few more well-known faces in the field, though, and there is a real Friday night, eve-of-the-Main-Event buzz at the moment.

Alexander Lakhov ru
Alexander Lakhov
ru 28,000
Mohammed Suhail gb
Mohammed Suhail
gb 20,000 20,000
Thomas Ward gb
Thomas Ward
gb 20,000 20,000
Andrew Christoforou gb
Andrew Christoforou
gb 20,000 20,000
Dennis Phillips us
Dennis Phillips
us 20,000 20,000
Kathy Liebert us
Kathy Liebert
us 20,000 20,000