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

Cards are Back in the Air

Players are taking their seats and Tony G has told us what a big heart he has. Let's shuffle up and deal.

The Mantis Strikes

He loooooooves the ladies
He loooooooves the ladies
As I join the action, Liverpool's mischievous Scouse rogue Joey Lovelady is all-in for 21,700 against the spindly frame of Karl 'Mantis' Mahrenholz. The flop reads {10-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{Q-Spades}, and as the furrowed eyebrows of Karl twitch incessantly, Lovelady attempts to convince (or so he'd have him believe) that he has enough chips to call, Karl himself at one point confessing, "I have enough to gamble."

As they are embedded in a bizarre dialogue exchange as to what Karl's next move should be, the 10-foot giant suddenly announces call out of the blue, much to the chagrin of Lovelady.

Karl shows {Q-Hearts}{7-Hearts}, resulting in Lovelady politely admitting, "Good call that, mate," showing down {K-Diamonds}{J-Spades} in the process.

Although he had outs, they were quickly dispelled, the clinical {Q-Diamonds} turn and {7-Diamonds} river giving the Londoner an unexpected full house.

As he left, Lovelady was a gentleman in defeat, congratulating his opponent on the call and wishing him good luck for the rest of the tournament.

Tags: Joey LoveladyKarl Mahrenholz

The James Keys Fan Club Will Have a Hangover in the Morning

James Keys rail has just come over to tell us he is their friend, they told us he was on over 200,000. I could smell the alcohol on their breath and went to check and he actually on about 160,000.

They are getting very rowdy, like most English supporters of competitive games.

I hope they've had something to line their stomach, otherwise they will regret it in the morning.

Tags: James Keys

"He's a bit quiet, isn't he?"

silent but violent
silent but violent
Fresh off the featured table, Adam Junglen (66,800) is back causing havoc with us commoners out here on the balcony.

At just 19, Adam Junglen may very well be one of poker's biggest rising stars. Aggressive, confident and unrelenting, his fast 'any two cards' style has already led to an EPT final in the shape of Season 4's opener in Barcelona where he finished 6th for a quite magnificent €196,500.

As I wandered over the table to obtain his chip count, table opponent Karl 'Mantis' Mahrenholz beckoned me over and said, "He's a bit quiet, isn't he? Doesn't say a word, just dead silence all the way through. It might put me on tilt soon."

Tags: Adam Junglen

Chips Moving Clockwise via Ovyind Riisem

Ovyind Riisem, chip conveyor
Ovyind Riisem, chip conveyor
Ovyind Riisem is sat in the unenviable position between Patrik Antonius and Christian Toboc, and was just now involved in two pretty chunky pots. The first went his way, as he bet in position on an Ace-high disconnected board, with Antonius check-calling him - including a 17k bet on the river. Riisem flipped the {A-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} for top pair and his opponent calmly paid it off, tapping the table and mucking his hand.

But then, moments after building a big stack, about 23k of it continued on one place to the left, as Riisem called Christian Toboc's all in re-raise from the button. He called with {K-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}, in pretty bad shape against Toboc's {K-Spades}{K-Hearts}. As the board came down non-dangerous, Toboc, who has recently seemed unable to remain seated for more than two hands in a row, leapt up once again and received some slaps on the back and secret-handshake like congratulations from his avid railers. He's on 47,600, while his opponent isn't really in danger of becoming a short stack just yet.

One for team GNUF - we asked Toboc what the initials representing his sponsor and site actually meant, and he said, "I have no idea. I think it's meant to be like 'Gucci' or something, letters which don't mean anything but are original." There you have it.

Tags: Christian TobocOvyind RiisemPatrik Antonius

Ryan Fronda Pulls a Mike McD

Over at the feature table, Ryan Fronda may or may not have bluffed Johnny Chan out of a pot. We didn't get to see his cards because Chan folded.

In the movie "Rounders," Mike McD bluffed Johnny Chan out of a pot with rags. He got the Master to lay down a better hand.

Fronda increased his stack to 72,000. No word if he has a friend named 'Worm' that stiffed Teddy KGB.

Tags: Johnny ChanRyan Fronda

Magnificent Magnus

I'm chip leader... Whopeeeeeeeee!
I'm chip leader... Whopeeeeeeeee!
Magnus Persson is your current chip leader with a mouthwatering, knee-knocking, adrenalin pumping, green eyed monster-inducing, supercalafrajalisticexpealidocious 168,400.

Tags: Magnus Persson

Keys Locks the Door on Deebs World Series

Shaun Deeb
Shaun Deeb
The classic coin flip scenario between young internet hotshots Shaun Deeb and James Keys:

Deeb: {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts}
Keys: {A-Hearts}{K-Spades}

Very first card out is an ace and the rail erupts. It appears the UK won in the railbird stakes.

Tags: Shaun Deeb