Event #65: $10,000 Main Event

Nassif Folds River

• Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

Gabriel Nassif has been building his stack up but he gave a little back in a recent pot.

Nassif had position on the preflop aggressor and they saw a heads up flop of {k-Spades}{10-Hearts}{4-Hearts}. Nassif called a bet of 1,400 and they went to the turn {9-Spades}. Nassif called another bet, 2,500 this time and saw the river card {10-Diamonds}. A bet of 5,000 from his opponent who had 17,000 behind finally persuaded Nassif to fold.

Gabriel Nassif FR
Gabriel Nassif
FR 47,800 18,600

Tagovi: Gabriel Nassif

Sammartino Shoves Preflop

[user169806] • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

A massive hand went down a few moments ago involving Dario Sammartino and Craig Varnell.

We joined the hand where Varnell was on the button with 2,375 chips in front of him and Sammartino in the small blind having made it 6,500 to continue. Varnell then put in an additional raise to 18,375 and after a minute or so Sammartino moved all-in, covering Varnell.

"Show me, one time?" asked Varnell, but Sammartino made a gesture that suggested maybe he would or maybe he wouldn't.

Varnell looked genuinely pained in his decision making; calling and losing would see him bust on Day 1, while folding would see him preserve 17,000 chips.

He eventually opted for a fold and was shown {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}.

"I know I was priced in, but what can you do there?" said Varnell, who claimed to have held pocket queens.

Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it 60,500 29,700
Craig Varnell us
Craig Varnell
us 17,000

Tagovi: Craig VarnellDario Sammartino

Flack Shoves

• Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

Following a raise, Layne Flack three-bet the hijack to 3,600 only to have the original raiser make it 8,000 to go. Flack made the call as the dealer fanned a {3-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{6-Clubs} flop with the original raiser betting out 8,000.

Flack went into the tank for close to two minutes before announcing all in for a total of 25,800 to now put his opponent into the tank before he reluctantly folded.

Layne Flack us
Layne Flack
us 50,625 29,625

Tagovi: Layne Flack

Jackson's Comeback Is Complete

[user169806] • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

Ben Jackson had spent most of Day 1a nursing a short stack and it looked set to be a miserable first WSOP Main Event experience for the young pro. But, and it's a big but, he's now smiling from ear-to-ear after not only clawing his way back to the starting stack size, but doubling that starting stack to be sat with 60,000 chips.

We saw Jackson, in the big blind, all-in on a {K-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} board and waiting for the player on the button to call. The button eventually called and showed {K-}{J-} and as soon as he saw the {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs} in Jackson's hand he stood from the table ready to leave.

The dealer placed the {10-Diamonds} on the river to bust the player on the button and to see Jackson's stack swell to 60,000.

Ben Jackson gb
Ben Jackson
gb 60,000 53,800

Tagovi: Ben Jackson

Jacobson and His Pocket Tens

[user68268] • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante
Martin Jacobson
Martin Jacobson

After the player in the cutoff seat raised to 1,200, Martin Jacobson reraised to 4,200 from the small blind. A woman in the big blind then reraised to 10,500, and action folded back to Jacobson. He thought for a bit, then moved all in. With about 17,000 behind, the lady called with the {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} to put herself at risk. Jacobson had the {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}.

The flop came down {Q-Spades}{9-Clubs}{8-Clubs}, and Jacobson stayed in the lead. The turn was the {J-Diamonds} and gave Jacobson a straight, leaving the woman needing one of the remaining two tens in the deck to stay alive.

The river card paired the board with the {8-Diamonds}, and Jacobson had made a full house to win the pot. He moved up over 160,000 as there remained about 35 minutes left in the day.

Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
se 161,000 23,000

Tagovi: Martin Jacobson

Roberts Riles Russian

• Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

Jamie Roberts was in the small blind and facing off against a Russian player on the button. They were heads up to a flop of {4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} and Roberts led out for 3,125. His opponent called and they went to the turn card {4-Hearts}.

Both players checked and the {3-Hearts} fell on the river. Roberts bet enough to put his opponent all in, over his 11,000 remaining chips. The Russian looked back at his cards and stared daggers at the impassive Roberts. It looked like he hated it but he released his hand.

As Roberts collected the pot and released his cards the losing player pointed at them and demanded, “Show me.” Roberts said nothing.

Jamie Roberts GB
Jamie Roberts
GB 65,500 -500

Tagovi: Jamie Roberts

Wilt Takes the Lead with Massive Pot

[user68268] • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante
Aaron Wilt
Aaron Wilt

Aaron Wilt was one of the big stacks already here on Day 1a of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, but his day just got a bit better. Wilt was just involved in a pot of around 140,000 that saw him vault up to 166,500 in chips.

Picking up the action on the {10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{5-Clubs} flop, Wilt had check-raised his opponent's bet to 19,000, only to have the player come back with a reraise to 32,000. After a minute of thought, Wilt moved all in. His opponent tanked for a little bit, then called it off for around 65,000 total.

Wilt tabled the {5-Hearts}{5-Spades} for bottom set of fives, and his opponent rolled over the {K-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}.

The turn was the {6-Diamonds}, and the river was the {2-Spades}. Wilt's set of fives stayed the best hand, and he eliminated his opponent while shooting up and into the chip lead.

Aaron Wilt US
Aaron Wilt
US 166,500 81,500

Tagovi: Aaron Wilt