We've seen plenty of extra curricular gaming on players' mobile devices occurring this afternoon and evening. In addition to the popular Chinese Poker game, we've also seen Angry Birds, Words With Friends, and even Farmville.
Carlos Mortensen is presently sitting to Phil Laak's left, and between the two of them sitting on the table's outer edge is an iPad. As hands are being dealt, they are currently engaged in a game of Heads Up Hold'em.
In Heads Up Hold'em, the match is just getting started. With the blinds 40/80 and what looks like 5,000 chips in play between them, Mortensen has a slight edge, ahead by about 200.
Meanwhile, in that other tournament -- the one with the $1.15 million-plus first prize -- Laak has the advantage with about 53,000 to Mortensen's 27,000.
The player in the hijack raised to 2,500 only to have Alan Sternberg raise to 6,100 from the cutoff. Both the button and blinds got out of the way and the hijack made the call. When the flop came down , the hijack-check called a bet of 2,000, leading to the on the turn. Again the hijack checked and allowed Sternberg to bet, this time 10,000. The hijack folded without further incident and Sternberg took down the pot.
Bertrand Grospellier raised from middle position only to have the big blind out in a big three-bet; in fact, it was enough to put Grospellier all in if he chose to make the call, which he did.
Grospellier was in a good spot to double, provided he could dodge an ace. The flop was innocent enough, as was the turn. An ace on the river was the only thing to fear, but it fretting was for naught as the rolled off without harm.
Grospellier doubled on the hand, though he is well below the chip average.
When we arrived there was about 22,000 in the middle and a stack of 25,200 sitting in front of Tobias Reinkemeier. Eddy Sabat was tanking, and after some time passed he finally made the call.
Reinkemeier turned over and Sabat . Reinkemeier was a little surprised at the sight of Sabat's
hand. "What are you thinking about folding for?" he asked.
The flop came , pairing Reinkemeier but giving Sabat a set. The on the turn made a full house for Sabat, though Reinkemeier still had small hopes for a saving ace. But the river was the , and Reinkemeier is out. Sabat is up to 89,000.
Brendon Rubie opened with a raise from the button and got one caller in the big blind. The flop came and the big blind checked. Rubie bet 2,100, then his opponent check-raised to 6,500. Rubie responded by shoving all in, and his opponent called with what he had remaining, a total of 26,800.
Rubie showed for tens and nines while his opponent held for an open-ended straight draw. The turn was the and the river the , and Rubie's hand remained best.
In one of the first hands back from the break, a player on the button raised to 1,800, then Matt Affleck -- today sporting a Steve Largent Seahawks jersey -- checked his cards and announced he was all in for his last 20,200. The big blind checked his cards, thought for a half-minute or so, then called the raise, and the button folded.
Affleck showed . Meanwhile the big blind had woken up with . The board came , and Affleck hits the rail.