Event #65: $10,000 Main Event
Dani:

Luxemburger Climbing

• Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

On a board of {10-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{4-Spades}{7-Spades}, Trey Luxemburger was faced with a bet of 10,000 which he called as the {2-Spades} completed the board on the river.

Luxemburger now had the action checked over to him and he opted to toss in a bet of 15,700 which forced his opponent out.

Luxemburger is now up to 176,000 in chips.

Trey Luxemburger US
Trey Luxemburger
US 176,000 32,000

Tagovi: Trey Luxemburger

RiverJammer

[user101598] • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante
Jon Turner
Jon Turner

Jon "PearlJammer" Turner checked to an opponent on a board of {j-Spades}{k-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}. He bet 6,500, Turner called, and the river was the {7-Diamonds}.

Turner checked again, the player bet 12,000, and Turner check-raised all in for 22,125. The player called, and Turner showed {k-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} for a flush.

"That's so bad," the player said, showing {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts} for Broadway.

Turner doubled to 63,000 chips.

Jon Turner us
Jon Turner
us 63,000 11,500

Tagovi: Jon Turner

Hakobian Keeps Climbing

[user20283] • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante
Sarkis Hakobian
Sarkis Hakobian

Every time we glance over at Sarkis Hakobian's stack it's increased a little. The Russian player, at Brandon Cantu's table, is on quite a run with 165,000 chips and he's in contention for the Day 1b chip lead.

For the last little bit we haven't seen any big pots with Hakobian, but all the small pots added up are making for his stack to be a huge one.

Sarkis Hakobian RU
Sarkis Hakobian
RU 165,000 28,000

Tagovi: Brandon CantuSarkis Hakobian

Soccer Star Takes on Poker Star

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

John Arne Riise raised to 1,000 from under the gun and found callers in the shape of Taylor Paur in the small blind and the player in the big blind.

On the {2-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} flop, Paur and the big blind checked to Riise, who bet 1,150. Both of the blinds called and the {A-Spades} peeled off on the turn. All three players checked the ace's arrival so the dealer placed the {2-Hearts} onto the river.

Paur, under the watchful eye of Riise, bet 3,975. The big blind gave up on the hand, as did Riise.

Taylor Paur us
Taylor Paur
us 103,000 7,000
John Arne Riise NO
John Arne Riise
NO 18,000 1,000

Tagovi: John Arne RiiseTaylor Paur

O’Dwyer Gets Andy Black Pep Talk

• Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

O’Dwyer was a little short on chips before the break but he is all smiles now and revealed a quick catch up and a pep talk from fellow Irishman Andy Black did the trick.

The break seems to have been good for Dennis Phillips too as he found a spot to three-bet shove with {a-Clubs}{k-Spades} and get a player to put the rest of his chips in with {a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. The board ran out {k-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{7-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and Phillips was back to a playable stack.

Thomas Muhlocker at
Thomas Muhlocker
at 60,500 37,700
Jamie Kerstetter us
Jamie Kerstetter
us 46,000 -16,000
Lex Veldhuis nl
Lex Veldhuis
nl 44,500 -7,800
Govert Metaal nl
Govert Metaal
nl 39,000 23,000
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
ie 32,000 500
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
us 24,000 8,000

Look Who We Found

[user101598] • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

There are times where, while wandering through the different rooms at the Rio All-Suit Hotel & Casino during the Main Event, we bump into familiar faces that at rarely spotted at the World Series of Poker. This is the biggest, most prestigious poker tournament of the year, and even the player that no longer grind as frequently as they once did feel the need to come to Las Vegas, plop down 10 dimes, and battle it out for the ultimate poker crown.

We've just spotted one of those familiar faces; 2009 November Niner Kevin Schaffel.

Schaffel, who finished eighth in the 2009 Main Event for just over $1.3 million, hasn't cashed in a live poker tournament since the 2012 WSOP, but he's here looking to make another deep run. He nearly has three times the starting stack with 84,000, and is a favorite to bag an above average stack at the end of Day 1b.

Kevin Schaffel us
Kevin Schaffel
us 84,000

Tagovi: Kevin Schaffel