2011 World Series of Poker

Event #23: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix
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Event #23: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix

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Let's Play 8 Games Today!

In about 30 minutes, we will be playing one of the most exciting events of the World Series, Event #23: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix. That means that the players will be alternating playing Triple-Draw 2-7, Limit Hold'em, Omaha 8, Razz, Stud, Stud 8, No-Limit Holdem, and Pot Limit Omaha. Did you follow all that? Ok lets continue.

Last year, Sigurd Eskeland topped a field of 453 players to win a first place prize of $260,497. At the final table, he had to defeat the likes of Steve Sung, Scott Seiver, Alex Wice, and Jared Jaffee. In addition, Todd Brunson, Alex Kravchenko, Jose Ignacio Barbero, and Dario Mineri were eliminated on the second to last table. Needless to say, the field will be chalk full of top notch pros!

The plan is to play triple draw 2-7, H.O.R.S.E, then No-Limit Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha in every 60-minute level, and today, we are going to be play 8 levels. Be sure to stay tuned to Pokernews for every draw, flop, seventh street, all-in, and chopped pot as we will bring you all the action from the Pavilion Room!

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Game On

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The cards are in the air, and Event #23 is off and running.

There are about 240 players registered right now, and the number is ticking up by the minute.

Famous Faces All Around

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As we expected, there are plenty of big names competing in this tournament. Nearly every table is playing shorthanded at the moment, so there are still several seats to be filled, which means this list will only grow as the day goes on.

Vitaly Lunkin
David Williams
Joseph Cheong
Allen Bari
Eugene Katchalov
Marco Traniello
Jon Turner
Daniel Negreanu
Vanessa Selbst
Ray Henson
Brett Richey
Bryan Micon
Justin Bonomo
Ted Forrest
John Cernuto
Defending Champion Sigurd Eskeland
Kirk Morrison
Eric Buchman
Alex Kamberis
Jonathan Spinks
Gavin Smith
John Juanda
Jeff Shulman
Brandon Cantu

Tough Tables

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As you can already tell, the field is packed with notable faces, and a couple tables stick out as potentially calamitous. Check out some of these table pairings:

- Jeff Shulman, Al "Sugar Bear" Barbieri, Chris Bell
- Eric Baldwin, Bryan Micon, David Steicke
- Ted Forrest, Brent Roberts, Shaun Deeb, Fabrice Soulier
- Justin Bonomo, John Cernuto, Adam Friedman
- Marco Traniello, Eugene Katchalov, Tristan Clemencon

Billirakis Off To Bad Start

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Omaha 8/b

A player in middle position raised and Steve Billirakis was the only caller in the big blind. The flop came out {q-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{4-Clubs}, and Billirakis check raised his opponent. The players ended up capping the betting on the flop, and they went to the turn, which was the {7-Hearts}. This time, there was just one bet from Billirakis and a call from his opponent. On the river, the {a-Hearts}, Billirakis check called, and mucked when his opponent showed {k-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} for broadway.

Taguri: Steve Billirakis

Enter Chainsaw

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Allen Kessler has just joined the field at a table with Jon Aguiar and Perry Friedman. True to his tweet from a moment ago, Aguiar immediately slipped his Bose headphones on and started fiddling with his .mp3 player.

Players in the Black Section

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Tables have started to spill over into the black section, and given that these are late registrants, it is no surprise that we recognize several players at the tables.

Sam Grizzle, Noah Boeken, Huck Seed (same table)
Nikolay Edvakov
Dan Kelly
Bryan Devonshire
Steve Billirakis
John D'Agostino
Andy Black
Alex Wice

Cheong Pairs, Folds

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David Williams completed with a {5-} showing, and Joseph Cheong called with a {3-} up. Williams bet on fourth ({10-}), fifth ({2-}), and sixth ({J-}). Cheong pulled a {J-} on fourth and called, and he called another bet when he got a {7-} on fifth. Sixth was another {7-}, though, and Cheong was forced to lay it down.

The 2010 November Niner has had a good start to the day, though, up to about 10,500 despite that loss. Williams is down to 4,400 from his starting stack.

Taguri: Joseph CheongDavid Williams