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

Gold and Keys in Most Hectic Hand of the WSOPE

Jamie Gold
Jamie Gold
This is probably the busiest hand we'll see all night, my wrist is sore from scribbling.

Jamie Gold has just joined James Keys' table.

From the button he raises to 3,000 into Keys' big blind, Keys sits and thinks for a while.

"Just a call right?" Gold asks him.

Keys calls.

Flop is: {10-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{8-Spades}

Keys checks, Gold bets 7,000, Keys raises to 13,000.

"I guess you're the guy that's taking me out right?" Gold tells him, as he flat-calls.

Turn: {6-Diamonds}

Gold gets his remaining chips to make sure Keys can see. "I have about 40,000."

Keys thinks for a while.

"Either you put them in or I do," Gold says.

"I promise if you put them in I'll call. Gentlemen's agreement."

Charles from Harrah's comes over and tells Jamie not to talk to Keys about future action.

"Jamie, its a rule we made up just for you," he tells Gold.

Gold apologies to the table.

Keys puts Gold all in.

Gold calls.

Gold: {A-Clubs}{A-Spades}
Keys: {K-Diamonds}{K-Spades}

Kenny Tran (from the table next door) comes over and shouts "King!"

Gold starts arguing with Tran. "Why would you do that? Why would you come and wish that on me?"

The James Keys fan club start shouting at Gold.

Charles from Harrah's gives them a warning.

Patrik Antonius walks over laughing, asking why it took so long for the money to get in the middle.

River Card: {3-Spades}

Gold doubles up. The Keys fan club continue to hurl abuse (but the soberer members calm the rowdier ones down).

Keys behaves like a perfect gent and tells Jamie "Nice Hand".

Keys' fan club ask me to berate Gold online. No way, he played it brilliantly.

Gold is up with the leaders.

Tags: James KeysJamie Gold

Pre-flop Re-re-raiser Has Aces

Mats Gavatin just won a tidy pot from Christian Toboc, who found himself facing a critical bet having raised perma-opener Lechich to 13,000 preflop. Left hand side neighbour Gavatin moved all in for a total of 32,300. With only about 10k more than that in his own stack, it was a big call - and he made it, shaking his head when he saw the {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds} in his opponent's hand. He flipped {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades} and waited while the board came out:

Flop: {7-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{2-Spades} Noticing that Mats Gavatin looked a little tense, Tony G tried to set him at ease, "You have Aces - enjoy it! It's like a 100m race but you get a 50m head start."

Turn and river: {5-Clubs}{8-Hearts} and he doubles through leaving Toboc facing the felt.

Tags: Christian TobocMats Gavatin

Pearljammer Chipping Away

Pearljammer playing earlier in the day
Pearljammer playing earlier in the day
Over at the feature TV table, Jon "Pearljammer" Turner has picked up a couple of pots since dinner break. He was down to 20,000 and has increased his stack to 35,000.

Tags: Pearljammer

Stormin Norman

Stormin Norman on the feature table
Stormin Norman on the feature table
At the very start of the post-dinner break level, 'Stormin' Sam Norman (okay, I made up that nickname) doubled up in sweaty palm circumstances, his tournament life dependent on a winning a coin flip against Ali Khaitan with {3-Clubs}{3-Hearts} versus {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs}.

The {6-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{6-Spades} flop was pretty harmless, and although the {6-Clubs} turn had a few blood-thirsty sickos quietly chanting for the case Six, it failed to arrive on the {2-Spades} river.

Tags: Ali KhaitanSam Norman

Jari Kylmala Eliminated; Tony G is in the House

Jari Kylmala: not in the house
Jari Kylmala: not in the house
Tino Lechich raises to 4k preflop twice in a row, the second time facing an unfoldable-to re-raise all in from Kylmala. He called with {9-Clubs}{9-Spades} and Kylmala was balancing his tournament life on {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}. People yet again couldn't help themselves telling him they'd folded one of his cards, and Tony G was saying something about it being, "Bike time!"

It was indeed - the board came {10-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{6-Hearts}{5-Clubs} and Kylmala headed for the rail.

The dinner break seems to have somewhat loosened Tony G up - he's talking up a storm currently and when he won his own preflop all-in race (his Eights against Dan Shak's A-K offsuit) we got to hear about it. "All right! Tony G is in the House!"

Tags: Dan ShakJari KylmalaTony G

Matthew McCullough Doubles Up

Over at the featured TV table, Matthew McCullough was heads up pre-flop against Ryan Fronda.

Fronda: {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}
McCullough: {K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}

The flop was {K-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} and McCullough took the lead with two pair. The turn was the {8-Hearts} and the river was the {2-Spades}. McCullough increased his stack to 40,000.

Tags: Matthew McCulloughRyan Fronda

Buffenbarger's Boots Bust Barny Boatman

Barny Boatman beaten
Barny Boatman beaten
Action has once again filled the poker room, as the post-dinner rush of blood to the stomach seems to have encouraged a bit of gamble in the players. Jeff Buffenbarger, seconds after re-raising all-in (with pocket Fives; shown to folding original raiser Patrik Antonius) for the first time, re-raised again preflop.

This time there had been a 4k bet in front of him from Horst Koch, and he made it 24k on the button. Small blind Barny Boatman then moved in for about that amount. Koch dwelled for a respectable length of time and passed leaving Buffenbarger to reveal {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds} against Barny's {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}. "I thought you had a pair...but I couldn't get off it," Barny said as the board came out disconnected and Queen-high, no Ten. They shook hands and both left the room (the table immediately broke).

Tags: Barny Boatman

Bathroom Talk with Jamie Gold

2006 WSOP Champion - Jamie "I'll show either way" Gold
2006 WSOP Champion - Jamie "I'll show either way" Gold
A couple of minutes before the dinner break ended, I had a brief chat with Jamie Gold in the bathroom.

"I'm about average," the 2006 WSOP world champion said as he washed his hands. "I have about 70,000 and feel great despite the fact I'm not getting cards."

Tags: Jamie Gold

Last Level of the Night

Blinds have increased to 800/1,600 with a 200 ante. This will be the last level of play before Day 2b is complete.

There are seven tables left with approximately 60 players remaining.