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WSOP Main Event Day 1A
#172302 07/04/09 07:55 AM
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This is the latest update and I posted earlier updates, the last update will end up being the last post in the thread.

The players have just gotten back from another short break, fueled with nicotine, caffeine, or whatever else they may have found in their time away from the felt.

We've got a few choice cuts from the last hour so read for eliminations, former world champions and a sneak peek at the top ten chip leaders in the room.

Take Me to Your Leader(s)

Dragan Galic

Jeff Williams

Radek Stockner

Jeremy Ausmus

Eli Elezra

Kevin Stammen

Michael Kamran

Scott Hall

Bryan Colin

Phi Nguyen

Vos Lost

Like a Vos.
Mark Vos treaded water after his disastrous hand earlier where his aces got cracked. He hung in there until he picked up pocket queens.

He raised and someone reraised it. Vos shoved and was called by A K. He made it through the flop but the Ace on the turn ended up being the last nail in the Vos coffin.

Yang Doubles

Jerry Yang just doubled up. Before you Yang fans get too excited, he is now back 'up' to 8,300.

He's had a tumultuous last couple of hours that had him sitting on just under 4k. He shoved with K Q and was called by deuces.

Yang made a boat by the turn but with just over 20bb's he's far from smooth sailing.

R.I.P. Deeb

This is likely the last you'll hear of Freddy Deeb for the 2009 WSOP.

The flop was K Q 4 and deeb was facing a 2,200 chip bet. He called as did another player. The T turn was checked around.

The Q on the river got the action going. Deeb bet 6,000 and one player folded. The remaining player made it 37,000 to go.

Deeb only had 11,000 left which he promptly pushed in. Deeb turned over A J for broadway which is a good hand, but not as good as his opponents queens full of kings.

Level: 3
Blinds: 150/300

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Re: WSOP Main Event Day 1A
FREAK #172303 07/04/09 07:56 AM
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The numbers are in! A total of 1,116 players showed up and put down their $10,000 for a shot at glory. It's the lowest number of players to show up for a day one since before 2006.

It's not clear what these numbers really mean. Considering the worldwide economic climate this could be a really a great number.

It remains yet to be seen how many will show up in the future days but rumors are already circulating that day 1d has already sold out.

We expect numbers of who is left shortly so we can get you some average chip counts.

Shimmy, Shimmy Coco What'd

Things got a little cooler in here when Nelly busted. Word on the street is that he got all in with pocket queens against 9-T offsuit.

In great shape to double up, two nines of the flop changed his situation drastically. No help came for the rap artist and he was last seen runnin' a mile - for the cause, and being righteous above the law.

Lunkin Re-Vitalyzed

Vitaly Lunkin called a raise out of the small blind. The two players saw a Q 3 9 flop. Lunkin check-called 1,000 and then check called another 1k on the 8 turn.

Random stoic Martin de Knijff pic.

The river was the 5 and lunkin woke up and fired 3,000. His opponent called and Vitaly turned up T 7 for a flush. Obv.

Choo, Choo

Johnny Chan has been continuing to play super passively. The Orient Express is looking more like a Lionel. On this particular hand, he called 1,500 on a 8 3 5.

They both checked the J turn. Chan's opponent fired 2,500 on the 3 river and Chan called. We're not sure what he had but Chan mucked when his opponent turned up pocket nines.

A Man, A Moustache, and a Terrified Young Girl

Humberto Brenes is walking around with a couple of ridiculous looking inflatable rubber sharks.

They are plastered with PokerStars stickers and Humberto is waving them around at anyone brave enough to step near.

One poor girl didn't know what she was getting into when Brenes approached her. First he put one shark's mouth her carotid artery and the other on her jugular vein.

The girl stood petrified as Humberto first leaned in and kissed her on the left cheek, then he slowly went to the other side and kissed her right cheek. Last but not least he went in for the kill.

Brenes leaned in and put his big furry moustache right in that poor girl's face and planted a kiss right on her mouth!

She could do nothing but laugh uncomfortably as Humberto went off to find his next victim.

Level: 3
Blinds: 150/300

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Re: WSOP Main Event Day 1A
FREAK #172304 07/04/09 07:57 AM
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The first dinner break of the 2009 WSOP is over and done with. The players have filtered back into the Amazon Room stuffed and ready to go.

Bryan Colin is our after dinner chip leader. He's sitting on just over 70,000. Jonas Klausen sits in the second spot with exactly 70,000.

The blinds are now 150/300 but we still don't have any idea how many players started the day or how many players remain so the average stack size remains a mystery.

Where's the suggestion box?" a man wearing PokerStars gear asks a floorman, who shrugs.

"Next year, I suggest you make the dinner break after Level Three, at dinner time."

The floorman shrugs again and rolls his eyes. He's heard it all before.

For whatever reason, we're going on dinner break now, at the end of Level 2. The field will return in 90 minutes to play out the third and fourth levels of the night before bagging and tagging until Tuesday.

Elsewhere in the Amazon Room:

Danzer Panzer'd! Shooting Star George Danzer has already been eliminated, but this update is about Patrik Danzer, who could not contain his enthusiasm when it came to calling an opponent's all-in on an A 7 5 T J board.

Danzer had 9 8 for the straight flush and must have felt he was unbeatable. But lo and behold, his rival turned up K Q for the Royal F***ing Flush aka the stone neezies.

Luckily for Danzer, he was up to 60k already and has only seen his stack drop to about 30k. So he's alright and he's got a bad beat story.

Misplaced the raise button.

Chan Plays A Hand Interestingly

We watched Johnny Chan open a pot by limping from the cut-off and get only one partner in Steve-Paul Ambrose, who checked in the big blind.

The flop came K-5-3 and SPA checked to Chan, who checked behind.

The turn was the Q, putting two clubs on board, and SPA checked again. Chan checked his cards and then checked behind.

The river was the 8 and SPA checked. Chan quickly checked behind.

"I have a three," SPA announced.

Chan turned up A Q for second pair and took the pot.

Nelly Spitting Game!

Rapper Nelly is loosening up the other players at his table, all of whom seem farily happy to be seated with the St. Lunatic.

We watched Nelly go deep into the tank while facing a bet heads-up on a jack-high flop. Ultimately he folded and his rival flashed a pair of kings.

Goin down down baby!

"Well it beats threes," Nelly announced.

Then a few hands later he was heads-up again with a different opponent, this time on the river of a queen-high board with three clubs.

Nelly-san bet out 3k and his rival tanked forever.

"Do you want me to call?" he asked.

"Not really, if you want to know the truth," Nelly replied. "I just want to get this hand done with. There's a lot more poker to be played."

His opponent thought it out a bit more before laying down the hand. "Show one time?" he begged.

"Give me $500," said Nelly. Then he relented. "Pick a card."

Before his rival could choose, the rapper turned up K 5 for the second nuts. His table congratulated him and the game went on.

Who Is This Angelil?

Rene Angelil is playing this event and a funny story about him is, we caught him in the gift shop earlier having been cornered by a rabid autograph seeker.

The husband of Canadian melodramatic balladeer Celine Dion dutifully signed the man's shirt, but the man's next request gave him pause.

"What did you say your name was, sir?" the man asked.

"Rene Angelil," Rene Angelil replied.

His captor nodded vaguely and wandered off. So bizarre.

The field is now on dinner break until about 6 p.m. local time.

Level: 2
Blinds: 100/200

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Re: WSOP Main Event Day 1A
FREAK #172305 07/04/09 07:58 AM
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"All in and a call!" shouted a dealer from Blue 47, and then one from orange 110. It's a phrase that is becoming more and more prevalent here at day 1a. Just three hours into the event and and WSOP dreams are being crushed to dust left and right.

Nelly had been ground down to just a little over 10,000 but recently managed to double up details unknown.

Johnny Chan has been spotted roaming around the back halls of the Rio but he just recently decided to make his appearance at his table.

He walked in carrying a large hand bag that was stuffed with provisions. It's clear he's planning on staying here for a while.

Mike Soured

Mike Sowers is busto. He was down to 4,275 when he shoved with A T and was called by pocket tens.

The board had beef jerky party pack potential: J J 3. But a brick turn and river left Sowers heading for the exit jerkyless.

Slaubauch Coleslawe'd

Cody Slaubaugh might get some television time but that's about all he'll be getting out of this year's WSOP.

Slaubaugh and Eli Elezra got into an altercation that had Slaubaugh all in with K 5 against Elezra's K 6. Elezra had moved all in on the river on a K Q 3 2 6 board.

Slaubugh made the baffling call on the river and stood from the table.

Vos Flossed

"Make sure you have the action for that one. I want everyone to know that I at least have an excuse," said Mark Vos.

A pot worth about 40,000 was in the process of being shipped in the opposite direction. Vos made it 500 to go preflop and the big blind made it 1,500 to go.

Vos nonchalantly tossed in 6,000 and was called. The flop was 9 Q 3 and Vos fired 4,400. Both players checked the J turn.

The river was the 7 and Vos' opponent tossed in two 5,000 chips. Vos made the call and was shown pocket jacks for a turned set. Vos flashed his aces and threw them into the muck.

Yang Mang...

Jerry Yang made back some lost ground.

On a flop of Q 4 Q board, someone bet 1,500 and another player made it 3,500. Yang made the call.

Both players checked the A turn but Yang woke up and fired 9,000 on the 8 river. The camera crews swarmed on the table thrusting a microphone into Yang's silent face.

His opponent folded and the dealer shoved the pot to Yang who flashed a queen before tossing his cards in.

Level: 2
Blinds: 100/200

Vandalay Industries... Say Vandalay Industries!!! People are starting to bust. Jon "The Razor" Phan was one of them. He is one of the many, many, many that are going to bite the dust today.

Jonas Klausen and Tony G have worked their way to the top of the chip leader board. Both of them have more than doubled up.

We have noticed a severe lack of funny hats and outfits today. We're not sure what's going on with people being so serious, but it's early yet and surely it's only a matter of time before hilarious antics ensue.

Yang Banged

Jerry Yang just got coolered in a big hand that cost him most off his stack.

Yang made it 600 to go and was reraised to 6,600 (got to love the standard of play on day 1's). Yang shipped it all in and his opponent called.

Yang turned over pocket kings but was in trouble against pocket aces. A king as the door card was just a tease for Yang for the flop contained an ace as well.

Whattup J. Tilly?

A blank turn and river saw the majority of Yang's chips going across the table. Yang was left with 14,000.

The Exclusive 15k Club

A few well known players are now members of a club they'd rather not belong to. Mike Sowers, Isaac Haxton, Andy Black, and Jeff Williams all now are members of the 'Under 15k' club.

E.Z. Elezra

Eli Elezra is up on the television table along with Lex Veldhuis and Cody Slaubaugh.

Slaubaugh made it 250 to go from the button and both Elezra and the big blind called.

The flop was A K Q. It checked over to Slaubaugh who bet 1,800. Just Elezra made the call.

The turn was the 8 and Elezra check called - 4,200 this time. On the J river both players checked. Elezra turned over pocket queens for a set.

Slaubaugh mucked and Elezra dragged the nice pot.

George Costanza'd

Jason "I have been in $#%@ other than Seinfeld" Alexander just lost a few chips.

He was up to over 40,000 when he got involved in a hand against a preflop limper.

Alexander made it 500 to go, was called, and the two saw a 4 2 9 flop.

The preflop limper check-raised Alexander's 800 bet to 2,500.Alexander called and the 5 was delivered on the turn. This time his opponent made it 5,200 and Costanza called.

On the 6 river George's opponent showed no signs of slowing down and bet 12,500. This was enough to make Alexander flick his cards in the muck.

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Blinds: 50/100

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Re: WSOP Main Event Day 1A
FREAK #172306 07/04/09 07:59 AM
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And we're off! The zoo that is the WSOP Main Event has begun and it will be pedal to the metal from here on out. A sea of unfamiliar faces speckled with some well known faces occupy hundreds of tables in the Amazon, Brazilia, and Miranda room.

The first of four Day 1s will feature four two-hour levels of action, with players starting with 30k in chips and the blinds at 50/100.

Registration is capped at 3,000 people per day on each of the first four days, but we would expect a total field of between six and eight thousand by the time all of the buy-ins are added up.

Among those notable names to be playing on Day 1a of the Main are 2007 champ Jerry Yang, EPT boss John Duthie, L.A. Dodger great Orel Hershiser, Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander and PokerListings blogger Jason Mercier, among many, many others.

Here are some highlights from the first hour of play:

Smith Wins First Pot of WSOP

Gavin Smith raised it to 300 preflop and was called just by the button.

The K Q 6 was checked through. Gavin checked the 7 turn and called when his opponent bet 200. On the 5 river Gavin woke up and bet 875.

He was quickly called. Smith turned over pocket fives for a rivered set and his hand was good.

"Great, I won my first pot!" he said to the table.

The Shak attack!

Beth Shakin' It Up

Beth Shak is starting off the day on the right foot. She raised to 300 preflop from the button and was called by both blinds.

The 5 Q 9 flop was checked around. On the 5 turn the big blind bet 525.

Shak made the call and then bet 1,025 on the 6 river when her opponent bet. She was called and turned over K Q. Her opponent mucked and Shak stacked the pot.

Mickey Mouse'd!

A player made it 200 to go and Mickey Neuberger made it 750 from the small blind. His opponent made the call and they saw a J T 5 flop.

Starting on the wrong foot!

Neuberger fired 1,000 and then called when his opponent min-raised. On the 3 turn Mickey check called 1,500. He also checked called 1,000 the 5 river. He was shown aces and Mickey mucked his queens.

Judah Down

Mel Judah lost one early on when he ran into aces. He check called a few bets through the river and was shown aces. The board was queen high but, whatever Judah had, he couldn't beat it. The pot ended up costing Judah about 4,000. Not a good start.

Beef Jerky Party Packs Aplenty!

If you haven't heard about it by now, the World Series of Poker is sponsored by Jack Links Beef Jerky. Right when the tournament started the tournament announcer got on the horn to let everybody know about an amazing promotion.

Was nowhere near the jerky!

Any player that took down a pot with four jacks would win a $100 Beef Jerky party package! The room buzzed as players discussed the joy and glory that $100 in dried beef would bring if they were lucky enough to pick up four jacks.

Some wondered if it would even happen. Well, it only took about ten minutes to find out the answer to that question.

With four jacks on board, two players at table blue 32 were lucky enough to each earn $100 worth of beef. We're not sure what they plan to do with their newfound beef bankroll, but if they use good beef management, they'll have jerky for quite some time.

Level: 1
Blinds: 50/100

Welcome to the Main Event of the 2009 World Series of Poker.

This $10,000 No Limit Hold'em extravaganza is widely regarded as one of the best and most prestigious poker tournaments of the year and attracts thousands of pros, amateurs, celebrities and rank fish to the Amazon Room at the Rio Casino in scorching Las Vegas, Nevada.

It's the first of four Day 1s and approximately one-quarter of the field is at their seats for the first four levels in this mammoth fourteen-day event.

Level: 1
Blinds: 50/100

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