When we arrived, there was already 480,000 in the middle on a flop of and big blind Jacob Daniels checked. A player in middle position shoved for 405,000 and the hijack folded. Brian Kaufman called from the button and Daniels folded.
Middle position player:
The on the turn gave Kaufman’s opponent some straight outs but the on the river wasn’t one of the cards he was looking for. Kaufman up to over 5.6 million in chips.
Laura Cintra put her neighbor all in and at risk of elimination for his last 800,000 and Cintra had the better hand with against .
The board ran out and Cintra managed to eliminate her opponent.
Yehia Ali Lama opened the action raising to 85,000 from middle position. Fabrizio Gonzalez called from the big blind.
The two saw a flop of and Gonzalez led for 65,000. Lama was quick enough to raise to 180,000. Gonzalez needed only a couple of seconds to three-bet to 415,000. Lama had his 715,000-stack in the middle almost before Gonzalez had committed his reraise.
Gonzalez tanked for a bit, played around with his chips, and said he was about to fold two-pair since he thought he was drawing dead against his opponent’s flopped top set of nines.
“You show I show,” Gonzalez said. Lama didn’t budge just yet.
Gonzalez eventually folded, repeating his request to see some cards in exchange for showing his own that were still in front of him.
Lama showed the and Gonzalez showed the .
When the dealer started to push the pot to Lama, he showed the as well for the flopped king-high flush. Gonzalez didn’t show his second card but the table seemed pretty sure the Uruguayan high roller hadn’t just folded two pair.
Marty Mathis limped from the small blind and the player in the big blind checked his option. The flop came down and the American checked his option. The big blind fired a bet of 50,000 and Mathis called.
The turn was the and both players checked. The was dealt on the river and the defending champion checked again. His opponent did the same and Mathis showed but it wasn’t good against the of his neighbor.
Mathis is up about 500,000 since the start of the day despite losing this small pot.
20,000 / 40,000
Big Blind Ante
When we arrived, the board was already out in a hand between Rainer Kempe (cutoff) and the player under the gun. With on the table, Kempe was facing a bet of 400,000. The German high roller tanked long and hard and eventually called. His opponent showed and Kempe mucked.
Bruno Politano got his chips in the middle with in a preflop raising war with his neighbor who had . It was a coin flip and they left it up to the dealer.
The flop immediately brought a king which was bad news for Politano and he had just one out left on after the turn. The river was the and Politano was eliminated.
He immediately reentered which is still possible until level 11 starts.
With registration still open for the first two levels, a lot of players that bust opt to jump back in. Right now, with 15 minutes left in the first level of the day, the number of entries is up to 368. With another 35 that competed online, the total stand at 403 which means the event is 97 off from making it’s lofty $5,000,000 guarantee. With registration open till the start of the third level of the day, a lot more players are sure to get back in when they get eliminated.
When we arrived, Darya Krashennikova was standing up shooting the action on her phone. She was all in from first position holding up against the of big blind Ivan Luca.
Unfortunately for Krashennikova, the flop came giving Luca top two. Krashennikova needed a queen or running straight cards but missed with the on the turn and on the river.
|Charles La Boissonniere||1,800,000||800,000|
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