Professional Paul Wasicka, who you may remember as the runner-up at the 2006 WSOP Main Event and the winner of the 2007 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, just missed his draw but still managed to take a major pot from fellow pro Dan Kelly.
With the board reading and the action on him to act first, Wasicka shoved for his last 14,900 and waited as Kelly ran through his calculations. After thinking it over for a minute or so, Kelly decided to look him up, but his cards went into the muck when Wasicka rolled over for a runner-runner straight. He had been drawing on a flush, but when the turn and river came perfect-perfect, Wasicka ended up with a well disguised straight, and a double through an especially dangerous opponent.
After Dan Kelly opened for 1,600 for the second time in three hands, Erick Lindgren's must have looked like the right hand with which to test the young wunderkind's mettle. Lindgren three-bet shoved for his last 5,700, and when the action folded around to Kelly, he didn't hesitate before making the call with .
Lindgren smiled in resignation, telling Kelly "I waited until you had a hand, I'm an idiot," while he awaited the flop's arrival.
When the hit the board, Lindgren had found a dry well, and he would need to catch lucky to keep his chips.
The on the turn provided additional chop outs to the wheel straight, as both players would play their ace, but instead of the four players at the table called for, the fell in its place.
With that, Lindgren had made a pair and it was good enough for the win. Kelly's stack absorbed a slight dent, something tells us a few more opens to 1,600 will have him stacking again in no time.
Being seated to the right of Erick Lindgren on the last table redraw has not limited Dan Kelly's startling ability to accumulate chips at a rapid rate.
The young online pro, who has ran roughshod over the competition here at the Rio while making two straight final table appearances, has amassed a stack of over 70,000 chips as Day 1 edges closer to its conclusion.
His aggressive style and seemingly untouchable run good prompted Lindgren to jokingly ask the tournament director to move Kelly again, but for now he will have continue doing battle with a player who does not appear to be mortal at the moment.
A huge cheer went up over in the Silver section of the Brasilia Room, and we rushed over to find a slightly intoxicated rooting section expressing their undying admiration for one Melanie Weisner. With her tabled against an opponent's . and the board reading , it appeared to be yet another preflop all-in between identical hands ending in a chopped pot. Appearances, however, can be deceiving.
According to the stunned onlookers on the rail, who were treating Weisner like a rock star after this play, the pro check-called bets on the flop and turn, before her opponent shoved all-in on a bold river bluff.
After what was reported to be a five-minute dive into the tank, Weisner made the call with just ace-queen high, earning her half of the pot as only a professional can.
While the dealer stacked the chips in even proportions, Weisner told her opponent "too bad you didn't have ace-ten." The man responded by saying simply "you know you're sick, right?" With her newly burnished table image and a mountain of chips at her disposal, Weisner looks to be a force as Day 1 heads to its conclusion.