With the flop reading , Janette Zawecki was faced with a bet of 6,600 from an unknown opponent. After thinking for only a few seconds, Zawecki moved all-in over the top for about 10,000 more holding .
Her opponent counted out the requisite calling chips and thought things through, before eventually rolling them into the pot and revealing for no pair/no draw.
Zawecki was visibly surprised at having been called down so lightly, but the on the turn gave her pause. With a backdoor straight draw now in play, she was at risk of being victimized by a senseless suckout, but the on the river could not harm her, and she earned a well deserved double.
As is the case in every large field, low buy-in event here at the WSOP, friends and supporters have taken to the rail to root for their favored players.
We recently met a gregarious man named Ugur Kara, who was sweating every hand that his friend Franco Vaccaro Notte was involved in. Kara explained that he and Vaccaro Notte have attended the WSOP every year since 2007, exclusively playing No-Limit Hold'em events, as well as the Rio's Daily Deepstack series.
It is because of players like Kara, who also competed today in Day 1 action, and his friend that the WSOP is so wildly successful year after, because without their enthusiasm and passion there would be no game for the pros to play.
Kara proudly explained that Vaccaro Notte was likely the last Sicilian left in the field, and while he is currently nursing a short stack, hopes to push a few buttons in the next level and start earning for the family.
Andy Frankenberger just dragged a huge pot his way, and with it, Cassandra McCarville's first chance at WSOP glory.
According to Frankenberger, he raise-called with and the flop fell as pretty as a picture: . He had flopped his set, and after McCarville bet the turn and river with , her stack was shipped to Frankenberger.
While McCarville no doubt hoped to extend her first WSOP bracelet event to a second day, losing to a former WSOP and WPT champion is nothing to feel ashamed of, as Frankenberger has knocked plenty of people out in his day.
We noticed a huge brick of neatly stacked chips, with two clean towers each holding twenty of the yellow T1000 tournament chips, and found out that the owner was none other that two-time WSOP bracelet winner Frank Kassela.
You may remember Kassela from ESPN's televised coverage of the 2010 Main Event, where he made a deep run before ultimately finishing in 674th place, or his appearance at the $2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em final table in 2005, which was eventually won by Johnny Chan.
Kassela is one of the best professional tournament players that escapes public notice, but with over $2.2 million in live earnings on the circuit, and the chip lead here late on Day 1, he is definitely a threat to make another bracelet run in this event.