We decided to keep tabs on 2010 Main Event 3rd Place Finisher Joseph Cheong for an orbit. Here we'll take you on the wild adventures of this aggressive player.
Stack at Orbit's Start: 990,000
Hand #1: Cheong started in the small blind. With the flop reading , he bet out 40,000 and his opponent called. The turn brought the and Cheong continued out for 55,000. His opponent called once again. The river brought the and Cheong pushed out 95,000. His opponent made the call.
"You got it," said Cheong, mucking his hand. His opponent flipped up and scooped the pot.
Hand #2: Cheong had the button and it folded around to him. He raised to 18,000 and he took down the blinds and antes.
Hand #3: The player under the gun raised to 18,000 and Cheong called from the cutoff. The flop came . His opponent bet 24,000 and Cheong made the call. The turned and his opponent bet 82,000. Cheong called once again and the two saw the river. His opponent pushed out 125,000 and Cheong quickly called.
His opponent tabled for jack-high. Cheong flipped up for a flush draw off of the flop, but an eventual two pair. Cheong was able to scoop the pot and recoup his losses from Hand #1.
Hand #4: A late position player raised to 19,000 and Cheong made the call. Daryl Jace three-bet from the button to 60,000 and the original raiser folded. Cheong made the call and the flop came . Cheong checked and Jace continued out with 75,000. Cheong quickly shot his hand to the muck.
Hand #5: Cheong was in middle position and folded preflop.
Hand #6: Cheong was in middle position and folded preflop.
Hand #7: Cheong was in early position and folded preflop.
Hand #8: Cheong was under the gun and raised to 18,000. It folded to a middle position player who three-bet to 57,000. Action folded around back to Cheong who thought for a minute before mucking his hand.
Hand #9: Cheong started this hand in the big blind. Daryl Jace raised to 18,000 from under the gun and the button made the call. Cheong called as well and the three saw a flop of . Cheong and Jace both checked and their opponent fired out 36,000. They both folded and their opponent took down the pot.
Stack at Orbit's End: 1,050,000
Although Cheong seemed to have a roller coaster of an orbit early on, he managed to come out of it with a 60,000 chip profit. Cheong's aggressive and active style has made him a severe force to be reckoned with and it shows with his lack of fear of entering a pot with anyone at his table. We'll keep you posted with more updates on Cheong and the rest of the field as the tournament progresses.