One of the remaining 58 players in the field is Matt Graham, or should we say multiple bracelet winner Matt Graham.
Graham is currently sitting with approximately 130,000 in chips and looking to score his third World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Back in 2008, Graham defeated Jean-Robert Bellande to win the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout. He had to come back from a massive chip deficit during heads-up play in order to do so and claim the $278,180 first-place prize. One year later, Graham scored his second piece of WSOP jewelry and a lot more cash after he won the $10,000 World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha event for $679,402. The final table he defeated included Vitaly Lunkin, Van Marcus, Josh Arieh and Barry Greenstein.
After being a regular for quite some time on the poker circuit, Graham decided to take a break from poker. He's back now -- at least for this event -- and making a very deep run in this 2,500-player field. He has ten WSOP cashes and earned over one million from WSOP events alone. In total, Graham holds nearly $1.8 million in live tournament earnings.
Be sure to stay with us here at PokerNews to follow Graham's run in his quest for WSOP gold bracelet number three.
From under the gun, Cyrus Partow raised the action to 15,000. Players folded all the way around to Joey Weissman in the big blind, who decided that this was his time to move all in for 73,000. Partow made the call, flipping up . Weissman held .
The flop brought much drama, falling , giving Weissman trip nines, but also providing Partow with a pair of aces and spades as immediate outs. The came on the turn, leaving Partow with any spade that didn't pair the board as a way to win the hand. Unfortunately for Partow, the river came and Weissman was able to rake in the pot and double up.
From early position, a player made it 10,000 to go. Action folded around to Christopher Avery who responded to that raise by pushing his stack all in. His opponent made the call and we were off to the races.
The board fell and Avery's nines were able to hold, doubling him up to around 150,000.
Lasecki raised under the gun making it 25,500 all in, and received one caller Steven Merrifield on the button.
A flop of came out giving Merrifield a set of jacks and a large advantage going to the turn-river. A turn gave Lasecki a straight and the lead. A on the river gave the hand back to Merrifield and he was able to double up.
We found Lars Bonding min-raising preflop making it 8,000 to anyone who wanted to come along for the ride. Timothy Ulmer the player on Bodning's immediate left then reraised and made it 19,500. After everyone else folded and the action was back on Bonding he three bet and made it 48,000 total. After some brief contemplation Ulmer moved all in. Bonding was apparently caught and folded quickly.