Event 3 - £10,000 No-Limit Holdem Main Event

Yum Yum Dim Sum

Bow down to the Prof
Bow down to the Prof
From the Empire...

There are two tables downstairs, one of which holds poker powerhouses Daniel Negreanu and Howard Lederer. Although its slim picking with regards to hot poker action, a discussion about the local cuisine is keeping their vocal cords busy.

The current topic is Dim Sum, but I'm sure they've discussed other food genres. Either way, even in a standard discussion about food, Daniel Negreanu is as enthusiastic as ever whilst Howard talks in that calm, cool and collective manner that sends the women wild whilst subconsciously analysing even the most innocuous of subject matters. The Prof makes the most boring of conversations seem fascinating!

Tags: Daniel NegreanuHoward Lederer

The Lizard King Eliminated

The Lizard King likes his white wine
The Lizard King likes his white wine
From the Empire Casino...

A crowd of people (including Annette_15) standing five-deep on the rail caught my attention and I rushed over to Kirk Morrison's table. With about 12,000 in the pot, I noticed that the action was four-handed. The board read {8-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{4-Spades}. Aleksander Vathne checked, Martin Johnson checked, Roland De Wolfe checked, and Kirk Morrison moved all in for 21,000. Vathne went into the tank as Martin Johnson folded behind out of turn. One of the other players not in the hand berated Martin for his poor etiquette. Vanthe eventually moved all-in over the top and De Wolfe folded.

"I'm in deep trouble," said Morrison. "I'll show you one card."

Morrison flipped over the {2-Hearts}. Then he revealed the {5-Spades}. All he had was a gutshot. Vathne tabled {J-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} for top pair. The turn was the {J-Spades} and the river was the {2-Diamonds}. Vathne knocked out Morrison as he wished everyone good luck.

Tags: Kirk Morrison

Michael Binger Eliminated

Michael Binger
Michael Binger
THE FIFTY-- Michael Binger was just eliminated over the course of two hands, the first which crippled him and the second one finishing him off.

On a flop of {7-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}, Binger moved all in for 13,900 from the small blind and was called by the big blind, whom he had only slightly covered. Binger turned up {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} while the small blind was ahead with the {6-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}. The turn was the {2-Diamonds}, the river was the {4-Diamonds}, and after everything was counted up, Binger was left with only 1,300 after the hand.

On the very next deal, Binger moved that 1,300 all in from the button and got calls from the small blind and Tony G in the big blind. Both blinds checked down the {9-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{6-Clubs} board. The small blind turned up {A-Hearts}{5-Hearts}, Tony G mucked, and Binger mucked and hit the rail.

Tags: Michael Binger

New Chip Leader

And I think it's one from the Sportsman --

A strange hand, with a monster pot developing on the flop, which was {J-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}{2-Clubs}. Cutoff Peter Grigglestone check-raised the button Gerry Kane's 2k bet all in. That's 28,000. The rest of the table fell silent as Kane called.

Kane: {Q-Clubs}{J-Clubs}
Grigglestone: {2-Hearts}{2-Spades}

Turn: {10-Clubs}
River: {J-Hearts} A slightly wincing Kane shook his opponent's hand and proceeded to stack up his monster 83,600 stack.

Tags: Gerry Kane

Scotty Nguyen Out, Baby.

Scotty Nguyen, pictured playing Omaha no less enthusiastically
Scotty Nguyen, pictured playing Omaha no less enthusiastically
From the Sportsman --

There was a good 15 minutes just now when micro-stacked Scotty Nguyen kept moving in and doubling to mini-stack - for example getting it in against two players and finding his {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades} good on an Ace-high board. Speaking to the winner of the side pot: "You win that side pot. It's not easy to knock out Scotty. I told you - Scotty live forever!"

Well, it wasn't quite forever, but it was a good long run, with his final hand being {A-Hearts}{K-Spades} against {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades} - the all-in was announced after there had already come a third Queen on the flop, and a gracious Nguyen shook hands left and right: "Good luck, Willie...Good luck young man..." etc. and exited to a round of applause.

Tags: Scotty Nguyen

Dominic Dominates

From the Empire...

I joined the action very late in the day, but from what the rail were saying, the big 20k pot already in the middle was created when Dominic Kay called Steve Billirakis' raise and two calls on the streets before Dominic himself bet out on the river.

The board was {J-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{A-Spades} and the bet was 11,500, but after keeping the action-hungry audience waiting for what seemed like an age, the WSOP 2007 bracelet hero made the fold, much to the apparent relief of Dominic.

I don't know Dominic particularly well, but I have met him at the felt a few times, once on the final table of a festival side event. On both occasions he was a very tricky customer, always prepared to make moves if he felt it was the right thing to do.

His live experience might not be as vast as the majority of the field, but with the 42,000 he now has in front of him after the aforementioned hand, he is more than capable of making an impact and surprising a few people.

Tags: Dominic KaySteve Billirakis

How Much?????

Magnus Persson has just doubled up in comedy circumstances.

On a flop of {9-Clubs}{6-Spades}{7-Spades} he goes all in for 15,000.

His opponent, one of the Betfair qualifiers, says, "Call." When the dealer asks him for 15,000 chips he looks confused.

"I thought you said 1,500."

We get a ruling and of course it stands, he dejectedly turns over:


Against Persson's {K-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}

The hand holds and the Betfair player washes his ears out.

And I run off to stop myself from laughing out loud.


We have just had the official announcement that:

362 Players bought into this tournament.
36 Places will pay
36th Pays £27,100
First Pays £1,000,000.


Patrik Antonius Busts Another

THE FIFTY-- Don't say we didn't warn you. Move all-in against Patrik Antonius and he WILL bust you.

Such was the fate of Connor Drinan, who dared to take his {8-Clubs}{8-Hearts} against Antonius' {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades}. The flop was {K-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{6-Hearts}, and the {Q-Diamonds} on the turn sealed it for Antonius, who is now north of 40,000 chips and shows no signs of slowing down.

Tags: Patrik Antonius

A Natter with Willie Tann

Willie Tann doesnt have a care in the world, he has just missed out on a couple of hands to say hello to me. He also told me he is a big fan of Pokernews, so that was nice.