On a flop, we watched Darvin Moon check-raise his heads-up opponent from 2,000 to 7,000 straight. The bettor called the raise, and the drew an all-in shove from the 2009 Main Event runner-up. It was 12,200 total, and Mr. Opponent made the call with a chance at the knockout. Moon was well in front, though:
Moon needed to dodge an ace or ten to stay alive, and the river was as safe as it gets. Just like that, Moon gets a boost back over 40,000 chips.
There's just under one hour to go in the final Day 1 of the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event. Right now, we've got Maynard Little topping the charts with 171,200 in chips. That's still a good ways off of the 209,500 that Fred Berger bagged up after Day 1a, but there's still time for stacks to be built here. We'll see if anyone can eclipse that mark put up by Berger a few days ago.
Douglas Smith and Shawn Cunix have been sharing space for quite a while now, each holding at least 100,000 each, but Cunix is now well out in front after sitting back to watch Smith lose a few in this hand on table 276.
The action folded around to the player in middle position who limped in before the flop; the small blind called and Smith checked in the big blind before all three players checked down the flop of .
The small blind and Smith then checked to the middle position player after the dealer produced the on the turn, only to both fold after he led out for 1,600.
Smith's no longer in the 100K club, down to less than 84,000. However, all of Cunix's followers will be pleased to know that he's on more than 137,000 in chips!
We found this hand developing on the turn with John Dolan, in the small blind, betting out 2,425. The board read and Dolan's opponent called. The river came and Dolan fired out 6,025. His opponent tanked for a short while before calling.
Dolan half smiled and turned over and his opponent revealed and took the pot. Dolan was left with only 6,525.
Todd Brunson recently was moved over to the white section where he wasted no time getting involved in a pot. Brunson from late position bet out 1,100 and received a call from the player on the button preflop. With a flop being spread out both players opted to check.
The brought a repeat of action as again both players knuckled.
A river almost had us leaving to find a more interesting hand when all of a sudden instead of checking Brunson bet out 3,100 and received a call fairly quickly. Brunson tabled for a set of fours and his opponent simply deposited his cards in the muck and Brunson was awarded the pot.
We don't know how we managed to miss her, but Amanda Musumeci was recently spotted in the field. Not only that, she is sitting with a pretty big stack . . . 130,000! Needless to say, we'll be keeping an eye on her from here on out.