While most players have been taking advantage of the brief pause in the action to relieve themselves, get a drink, or just stretch their legs, a number of action-addicts just haven't been able to tear themselves away from the tables. Doyle Brunson, Mike Matusow, Phil Hellmuth, and John Juanda elected to stay at the tables to play a few rounds of Chinese poker. Matusow suggested $500 a point, but was talked up to $1,000. It appears that he lost every single hand he played. "Thanks for coming by, Mike," commented one of the winners as they returned to their own tables to resume the tournament.
Meanwhile, the usually gentlemanly Doyle Brunson wasn't doing so well either. "S*** f*** mother****, this hand sucks so much I wanna vomit," commented he. Yikes.
Woody Deck seemed a little frustrated in the break. He has a healthy stack (18,900) but he thinks he should have a lot more. He's lost two big pots where opponents have chased and hit two-outers or similar on the river.
He did realize though that he has one of the better table draws and he has the chips to do damage if his opponents keep chasing cards.
Jeff Madsen raised preflop at Mike Matusow. "Big hand, huh?" said Matusow, and called.
The flop came down and Madsen bet out; Matusow flat-called. They both checked the turn, and Madsen took another stab at the pot on the river. Matusow called, and was horrified to see that Madsen's had pipped his to the post.
Matusow is now lamenting how he misplayed the hand at high volume to Phil Hellmuth. Hellmuth: "Well Mike, everyone knows how tight you're playing, you could have check-raised the flop."
"Good luck boys, all the best," I hear in a thick English Midlands accent. I look up and see Mickey Wernick getting up out of his chair. When I get to the table the cards have already been mucked and I see Barry Greenstein stacking newly-acquired chips. Greenstein must've forgotten a copy of his book as Wernick left empty handed.
Showing , Jason Newitt traded raises with one opponent, while a third played monkey in the middle, calling every bet from Newitt and his nemesis until the action was capped at 1,500.
On fifth Street, Newitt picked up the and his opponent fired a bet that put Newitt all in for his last 75 worth of chips; the other opponent in the hand got out of the way and of course Newitt made the call.
Newitt was slightly behind when the money went in, as his opponent held two pair (sixes and threes) but the Newitt picked up on sixth Street did wonders for his chances of staying alive, as it gave him new outs for a flush.
With one card to come, Newitt was working with [ ] , needing a queen, four, ace, king, three or any spade to best his opponent's two pair. Luckily for him, Seventh street delivered, giving him the and the nut flush.
His opponent blanked on the end, receiving an ace, and was unable to make a low hand, therefore Newitt scooped the entire pot and now sits with about 7,800 in chips.