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When I play on Full Tilt, I find myself occasionally deal with (losing) players claiming the site is rigged: “I’ve lost three times today with aces.” “I saw you suck out twice in ten hands in the Ferguson last night Craig.” Etc. Etc. Etc. Aft… Continue reading
The WPT World Championship $25,000 buy-in is underway, and a long list of big time pros have whittled out of the woodwork to attend this prestigious event. Players such as Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Jennifer Harmon, and Gavin Smith registered for the event to play in Day 1.
At the start of Day 2 the tournament clock showed 170 players total. However, players had until 5:00 pm to get in on the action. Some of the players that wondered in for Day 2 included Andy Bloch, Daniel Alaei, David Williams, Hoyt Corkins, Tom Dwan, John Hennigan, Chris Ferguson, and Freddie Deeb. Phil Hellmuth also made his traditional late arrival during Day 2, but he left the trademark spectacle entrance at home. He must be waiting for the World Series of Poker where he has announced he will be showing up as a MMA fighter. It is never a dull moment with Hellmuth around.
Chris “Jesus” Ferguson didn’t get in much play time for his $25,000 investment. He hadn’t even played one orbit when Tommy Vedes raised from late position to 2,500. With one caller in front, Ferguson popped it to 11,000. Vedes made the call and the middle man got out of the way. The flop came 7 6 3 rainbow. Ferguson shot out a 16,000 bet, and Vedes moved all in. Ferguson was at a decision for all of his chips since Vedes had him covered. After some consideration, Ferguson made the call with K K. Vedes was behind with 9h 8h drawing to a straight. The turn was an A, and the river delivered the devastating 5h which gave Vedes the win.
Phil Hellmuth dodged a bullet today. On a 9d 7c 3h board Hellmuth put out a 12,000 bet. Kathy Liebert reraised to 30,000, and Hellmuth pushed in the rest of his stack for 89,000. Liebert made the call turning over a set of 7’s. Hellmuth rose out of his chair flipping over his A A. The turn was a 6h, but a miraculous Ac saved the poker brat from elimination by giving him a higher set. “I’ll admit, you outplayed me that time,” announced Hellmuth. In true ladylike fashion, Liebert retained a smile on her face even though she was left with only 10,000 in chips after the suckout.
Some of the players that were unable to fade bullets included Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Gavin Smith, Tom Dwan, and Jennifer Harmon. These players were eliminated during Day 2.
At the end of Day 2 only 98 players remain. The average chip stack is around 200,000 going into Day 3. Faraz Jaka is trying to keep a stronghold on the point lead, as he is the chip leader with 597,100 chips. Shawn Buchanan is right behind him with 596,600. Play for Day 3 will continue at noon tomorrow with new seating assignments for all of the players. Stay tuned for more updates of the WPT Bellagio $25,000 Championship.
Here are the top ten chip leaders at the end of Day 2:
Faraz Jaka – 597,100
Shawn Buchanan – 596,600
Justin Bonomo – 503,600
Joshua Gould – 502,900
Brandon Cantu – 489,000
Todd Terry – 475,600
Soheil Shamseddin – 472,000
Cody Slaubaugh – 416,300
John OShea – 398,300
David Williams – 363,000
Familiar faces like Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson will be back to compete in the bracket-style head-to-head format for $1.5 million in combined prize money Mar. 5-7.
Plus, several newcomers including PokerListings Blogger and Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, 2009 World Series of Poker champion Joe Cada, 2009 WSOP Main Event runner-up Darvin Moon, and High Stakes Poker host Kara Scott will be in the field of 64 trying to take down last year’s champ Huck Seed.
“The lineup of competitors for this year’s event is the best yet,” said Jon Miller, executive vice president of NBC Sports.
“Continually bringing together the best of the best to compete in this unique format has made the National Heads-Up Poker Championship one of the most anticipated poker events of the year.”
The event will be taped for broadcast on NBC over six consecutive Sundays in April and May.
The first round opponents for the brackets will be chosen at random during the GoDaddy.com Draw Party held at PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace Mar. 4.
Below is a list of the entire 64-player field less seven spaces for online qualifiers.
Patrick Antonius Eric Baldwin Andy Bloch Doyle Brunson
Joe Cada Johnny Chan Don Cheadle Allen Cunningham
Pieter De-Korver Annie Duke Tom Dwan Peter Eastgate
Eli Elezra Antonio Esfandiari Sam Farha Chris Ferguson
Ted Forrest Jamie Gold Phil Gordon Barry Greenstein
Bertrand Grospellier Joe Hachem Gus Hansen Jennifer Harman
Phil Hellmuth Orel Hershiser Jesper Hougaard Phil Ivey
John Juanda Gabe Kaplan J.P. Kelly Phil Laak
Howard Lederer Erick Lindgren Mike Matusow Jason Mercier
Dario Minieri Chris Moneymaker Darvin Moon Greg Mueller
Daniel Negreanu Scotty Nguyen Annette Obrestad Brock Parker
Dennis Phillips Greg Raymer Vanessa Rousso Kara Scott
Huck Seed Erik Seidel Mike Sexton Gavin Smith
Jennifer Tilly Paul Wasicka David Williams Leo Wolpert
Media outlets from all over the world jam packed the red carpet as the Rio Convention Center became the center of the universe for both the celebrity world and the poker world Thursday.
Lots of big names flew into town for the event, which is in its third year on the WSOP schedule.
Actor Don Cheadle and Annie Duke are officially hosting and it appears the 2009 Ante Up For Africa is the biggest one yet.
“When we first conceived of the charity, we were thinking we’d just do a little event and raise like 20 or 30 thousand dollars,” said Duke. “But (WSOP Commissioner) Jeffrey Pollack had a vision for this event that we didn’t have and he made us part of the World Series of Poker.
“It’s an amazing platform where not only are poker players involved here, at one place at one time, but media is also focused on poker this time of year right before the Main Event. It’s so exciting to see everyone come out.”
138 players from the worlds of poker, entertainment and sports descended on the Amazon Room for the $5k event, won by John Hennigan in 2008.
Hennigan was back in the field to try to defend his title, along with celebrities including Ben Affleck, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Mike Tyson.
“I don’t really think I’m going to do well but it’s for a good cause,” said Tyson. “It’s nice to be able to participate, play poker and raise awareness.”
“Everybody who’s an amateur poker player thinks it’s exciting to play with professional poker players, but as a professional poker player it’s exciting to sit down and play with celebrities,” Michelle said.
With the $5k buy in, the tournament netted a prize pool of $670,680, with a first-place prize of $177,730.
However, Hennigan donated his entire winner’s share to charity last year and it’s expected that today’s winner will do the same.
Other celebrities in the field included Sarah Silverman, Jennifer Tilly, Brad Garrett, Nelly and a poker icon ever since his role in Rounders, Matt Damon.
“More people that come up to me on the street, if they say ‘I love you in….’, and it’s a guy between the age of 18 and 40, I can guarantee you he’s going to say Rounders.”
With such an eclectic field, there’s no telling who might come away with the title.
“All these bracelet winners, all these final table winners,” said Nelly. “I don’t think I’m going to think about it, because if I think about it I’m going to make the wrong moves.
“Their mind control at this point is much superior to mine.”