Main Event

Straight Flush Doubles Selbst

[user68268] • Level 3: 100-200, 0 ante

We just got some second-hand information about a big hand that just went down on the feature table. We don't have access to the feature table, but we can tell you what we've been told.

Vanessa Selbst just doubled through Chris McClung with a straight flush. When the money went in, McClung held a full house and we can only imagine how much of a cooler it was. McClung isn't out, but he is pretty short.

Also on the feature are former tennis superstar Boris Becker, former UFC fighter Heath Herring and another Team PokerStars Pro Gualter Salles.

Tagovi: Vanessa SelbstHeath HerringGualter SallesChris McClungBoris Becker

Sabat Bests Mercier

Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier

We all know Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier has won a lot of tournament titles in his short poker career, but Eddy Sabat has one he doesn't — an APPT title. On this hand, Sabat and Mercier did battle with Sabat coming out on top.

Sabat fired a bet of 725 on the {K-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{2-Spades} flop. A second player folded in between Sabat and Mercier before the South Florida boy wonder made the call.

The turn was the {A-Hearts} and both players checked to see the {8-Diamonds} land on the river. Sabat fired a bet of 1,825 and the "always wearing at least one piece of Miami sports apparel" Mercier mucked his hand.

Eddy Sabat us
Eddy Sabat
us 39,500 9,500
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 34,000 4,000

Tagovi: Jason MercierEddy Sabat

Updates in the Palm of Your Hand

• Level 3: 100-200, 0 ante

As we wander around the room, we notice that several players staying up-to-date on the action via their iPads and iPhones. And that makes us happy. If those of you spectating you're going mobile at some point today, you should consider snagging our handy iPhone app from the App Store, too. It's the most convenient way to get live updates and chip counts straight from the tournament floor. From us to you.


Break Dance

• Level 2: 75-150, 0 ante

We've put the first two levels in the books, and the players are taking a 15-minute break.

Collins Sends Armstrong To The Rail

Picking up the action on a {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{4-Clubs} flop, Jamie "pokerjamers" Armstrong was faced with a Phil Collins check-raise to 1,650. Armstrong took a few moments before he shoved for about 12,000. Collins called quickly with {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} and was ahead of Armstrong's {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs}.

No ace or winning club would come as the {4-Hearts} turn and {K-Spades} sent Armstrong to the rail near the end of Level 2.

Phil Collins us
Phil Collins
us 45,000 15,000
Jamie Armstrong us
Jamie Armstrong
us Out

Tagovi: Jamie ArmstrongPhil Collins

Pagano Cruising

Luca Pagano
Luca Pagano

From under the gun, David "Doc" Sands raised to 375. The player in the cutoff seat called and action moved to Luca Pagano in the small blind. He three-bet to 1,300. The big blind and Sands got out of the way, but the cutoff seat called.

The flop came down {A-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{10-Clubs} and Pagano fired 1,350. His opponent folded and Pagano won the pot. He's now up to 85,000 in chips.

Luca Pagano it
Luca Pagano
it 85,000 1,000
David Sands us
David Sands
us 16,500 -9,000

Tagovi: Luca PaganoDavid Sands

Busquet Takes a Hit


Olivier Busquet is considered one of the best heads up players in the world, but there's not much you can do when you're opponent gets there.

Busquet was indeed heads up with an opponent with the board reading {q-Spades}{4-Spades}{4-Hearts}. He led for 1,000, and his opponent called. The turn was the {10-Clubs}, and Busquet quickly tossed out another 3,000. His opponent called.

The river was the {j-Diamonds}, and Busquet fired a third bullet. This bet was 8,000 chips, and his opponent went into the tank. Eventually he called, and Busquet tabled {a-Hearts}{4-Clubs} for trip fours. His opponent showed {a-Spades}{k-Spades} for a Broadway though, and won the pot.

Olivier Busquet us
Olivier Busquet
us 26,000 -4,000

Tagovi: Olivier Busquet