Main Event

The Six-Figure Club


While carousing the room, we noticed that a Alex Venovski is commanding a rather large chip stack. We've got him at 147,000, and we'll certainly be keeping an eye on him.

Alex Venovski
us 147,000 117,000

Tagovi: Alex Venovski

Sands Doubles

Doc Sands
Doc Sands

We arrived at the table during the middle of the raising as the player on the button had put in a re-raise to 3,300 while David Sands had re-raised from the small blind to 18,700. After a good amount of time in the tank, the played on the button shoved and Sands called all in for 20,000 total.

Sands: {J-Diamonds}{J-Spades}
Opponent: {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}

It was off to the races and Sands came out the victor as the board rolled out {10-Spades}{9-Clubs}{5-Spades}{8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}.

David Sands
us 42,000 22,000

Tagovi: David Sands

Cajelais Doubles Opponent


Erik Cajelais opened on the button, a player in the small blind three-bet jammed for around 10,000, and Cajelais called.

Cajelais: {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts}
Opponent: {j-Hearts}{10-Spades}

Cajelais made the right call, but he didn't hold as the board ran {k-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{3-Clubs}.

Erik Cajelais
ca 26,000 -6,000

Tagovi: Erik Cajelais

Can You Hear Me Now?

Ty Reiman
Ty Reiman

Every now and then, we see one of poker's basic lessons being re-learned the hard way by a relatively inexperienced player.

This time, the issue was regarding the use of headphones and the responsibility of the player to follow the action regardless. The pot in question involved 2010 PCA finalist Ty Reiman (who wasn't the headphone wearer), and we walked up to the river of a {7-Clubs} {5-Spades} {2-Hearts} {10-Hearts} 8s} board. The gentleman we don't recognize was leading the betting, and he flicked out a blue T5,000 chip and announced "Forty-eight twenty-five." The dealer heard the amount as 2,825, though, and he announced that as the bet.

"Twenty-eight twenty-five."

The gentleman who'd made the bet is enjoying a bit of loud after-dinner music on his Beats headphones, and it became clear that he couldn't hear a thing outside of his playlist.

Reiman was debating a call, and he asked, "Twenty-eight twenty-five?" to make sure. The dealer confirmed, the opposing player didn't even hear it, and Reiman made that call. He ended up winning the pot with {A-Hearts} {8-Hearts} against his opponent's {A-Clubs} {K-Hearts}, but Mr. Opponent called the floor to argue that the action was incorrect, and that Reiman might have folded to his intended bet of 4,825.

The essence of the floor ruling — and we've heard this before — is that the player with headphones on failed to correct the error when given a couple chances to do so, and the bet was allowed to stand as 2,825.

"That was probably good for you," Reiman reached out. "If it makes you feel any better, I probably would have called anyways."

Ty Reiman
us 76,000 21,000

Tagovi: Ty Reiman

An Under-the-Gun Win for Veldhuis

Lex Veldhuis
Lex Veldhuis

Dutch Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis was under the gun to start this hand. After the dealer pitched out all the cards, Veldhuis raised to 1,000. Action folded over to the cutoff seat and the player there made the call. The big blind also called and the flop came down {6-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{2-Spades}. After the big blind checked, Veldhuis bet 2,000. The cutoff folded and the big blind called.

Fourth street was the {10-Spades} and the big blind checked again. Veldhuis fired 4,600 and his opponent gave it up, allowing Veldhuis to scoop in the pot.

Lex Veldhuis
nl 91,000 -1,000

Tagovi: Lex Veldhuis

Mercier Moves On

Jason Mercier - out
Jason Mercier - out

Jason Mercier's after-dinner session was a short one. We were too far away to see the hand play out, but we saw the Team PokerStars Pro stand up from his chair, double-check to make sure he was covered, and head out the double doors. #whenwillitend

Jason Mercier
us Out

Tagovi: Jason Mercier

A $200 Coin Flip

[user101598] • Level 7: 250-500, 50 ante

In the back of the Imperial Ballroom, there are dozens of people sweating the NFL playoff game between the Denver Broncos and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The fourth quarter ended moments ago, and the teams are tied 24-24, so they're headed to overtime. If you're not familiar with the rules of overtime (*cough* Donovan McNabb, *cough*) then you might not know that it begins with a coin toss.

You get where we're headed with this one, right?

Before the coin was tossed at midfield, Sam Stein and Scott "BigRiskky" Clements bet on the outcome. Stein had the Steelers, Clements the Broncos, and Denver won the toss. Stein promptly shipped two crisp Benjamins to Clements.

Lol coinflipaments.

Tagovi: Sam SteinScott Clements

Shots After Dinner

This round of beauties comes from the lens of Neil Stoddart.

Bryn KenneyTy ReimanToni JudetJason MercierLex VeldhuisHumberto BrenesBill ChenMatthias De MeulderIvan Demidov