With 4,750 in the pot and a board reading , Tim West checked and Tom "durrrr" Dwan bet 2,300. West tanked for a couple of minutes before shaking his head and saying, "You could have K-K-4-8."
The small blind folded and Dwan smiled as he flipped over , much to the delight of West.
Our field reporter happened by Joe Tehan's table just in time to see an opponent making a hasty exit. Tehan did the deed as he held on a board. Tehan is now sitting on a mighty stack of 54,000.
We don't know the details, but we can confirm that Ted Forrest has been eliminated from the tournament.
We picked up the action on the turn, heads up between Ali Eslami and Mikhail Tulchinskiy. The board showed , and Eslami checked from the blinds. Tulchinskiy bet 3,000, Eslami check-raised to 8,500, and Tulchinskiy reraised all in for about 12,000 or so. Eslami called with for the nuts, and we never got to see Tulchinskiy's hand. He mucked with some frustration as the filled out the board, though someone at the table said they saw in his hand, too. Whatever it was, it wasn't good, and we're minus on Russian here on Day 1.
Eslami is on the rise, bolstering his stack up to about 47,000 with that knockout pot.
The numbers are in, and they are good!
An impressive 352 players bought into this event, an increase of nearly 25% over last year's field in the same event. That means a bigger prize pool, too -- $1,654,400 in fact. That money will be chopped up by the final 36 players with the bottom payout being worth $10,091. That's just more than twice the buy-in.
Going up from there, everyone at the final table will make at least $33,352, and the six-figure payouts start with fourth place. First? Just $397,073 and a gold bracelet, thankyouverymuch.
You can find the full breakdown of the prize pool in the Payouts tab up top.
On a board reading , a player in middle position checked to David Chiu, who bet 3,850, leaving himself just 800 behind. Nick Binger made the call from the button and the middle-position player came along as well. When the peeled off on the river, it went check, bet 800, and calls.
"I've got the low," Chiu said as he turned over . The middle-position player then showed for the high, leaving Binger's out in the cold.
We just walked up to some pretty significant post-flop action. There was 7,500 in the pot when we walked up to the flop, and the first player to act (Player 1) had moved all in for 3,250. Right behind him, Richard Ashby had raised to about 15,000, and Jim Anderson called all in for 9,050 next door. That put the action on one last gentleman, Player 4, and he spent a long, long while considering the decision for his last 4,825 chips. After some time, he reluctantly tossed them into the pot.
Player 1: (pair, wheel draw)
Ashby: (top pair)
Anderson: (set, wheel draw)
Player 4: (wheel draw)
It was a mess of cards and chips laying on the board, and the dealer ran out a turn and river. Ashby let out a fist pump and a quiet, "Yes!" as he ran down a full house to take the high half of the pot. Player 1 is eliminated, while Player 4 wins half of the main and side pots with his low. Ashby does likewise with his full house, and Anderson can only win half of the last little side pot, stacking up the 1,475 chips he has left to try and make a comeback.
Ashby is up to about 28,000.
"Miami" John Cernuto raised to 875 from middle position and found a lone caller in the big blind. Both players proceeded to check the flop, leading to the turn. The big blind mustered the courage to bet 1,150, which was enough to push Cernuto off the hand.
"Miami" John is down to 11,800.