Ryan Spittles from the UK, a regular on the EPT Circuit, is playing in his second event of the WSOP today. He told us that he had been playing cash games “all over” Vegas and found the $2/$5 and $5/$10 games at the Wynn and Venetian particularly juicy when he could get a seat.
He broke off the conversation to play a hand, making it 75 in early position and getting a call, then watching a three-bet to 300 come from the player on the button. Spittles was the only player to call the reraise and it was checked down to the river as the board came . A bet of 225 from Spittles then came on fifth street, good enough to win the pot.
We spotted a few WSOP Main Event Champions in the field today, including Greg Merson, Carlos Mortensen, Greg Raymer, and last year's champ, Ryan Riess, who tweeted earlier this is his first event of the 2014 WSOP:
We arrived at the table to see Chris Hanley, who told the table his nickname was “Chris Cringle” and did indeed look like Santa Claus with his long bushy white beard, all in on a flop of .
He turned over for the up and down straight draw. His opponent, Zephyr Pering, turned over for flopped quads. The turn and river didn’t really matter and Hanley said, “What are you gonna do?” before taking his leave.
Hanley is out, but it was a nice double-up for Pering here in the first few hands.
Event #11: $1,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em begins shortly at 12 p.m. here at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, the first six-handed event of this year's WSOP.
Every event at the 45th annual World Series of Poker has attracted large fields so far this year. It wouldn’t be a great surprise to see this one attract a big field, too, and perhaps top the 1,069 entries from last year when John Beauprez won this event to take home $324,764 after beating Manig Loeser heads-up to win.
The six-max format of the game has become wildly popular online over the last few years, so expect some wizards to demonstrate their skills on the felt. There should be lots of juicy action as players open up their ranges and get involved in a lot more pots than in the full ring version of the game.
Players begin with 4,500 chips with blinds starting at 25/25. There are ten 60-minute levels of play scheduled for today which may increase to 11 if there are a large number of entrants. Players get a 20-minute break after every two levels and an hour dinner break after Level 6. You know the drill by now... so let’s get the cards in the air!
The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be bringing you full coverage of Event #11 over the next three days, so keep it right here as the first week of the 2014 series draws to a close.
Event #11: $1,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Dan 1 Start