Event #65: $10,000 Main Event

Jacks for Torelli

• Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

Brandon Meyers opened to 1,400 only to have Alec Torelli three-bet to 2,400. Meyers called, and then check-called 2,500 on the {4-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} flop before the {K-Hearts} and {Q-Clubs} were checked through on the turn and river.

Meyers tabled his {A-Hearts}{9-Hearts}, but it would be Torelli's {J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} that would see him scoop the pot.

Brandon Meyers us
Brandon Meyers
us 67,000 9,000
Alec Torelli us
Alec Torelli
us 38,000 1,000

Tagovi: Alec TorelliBrandon Meyers

Riise in Need of Some Chips

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

Poker pro Taylor Paur's currently sitting on a very comfortable 96,000-chip stack while one of his table mates, John Arne Riise, is looking for some help towards the end of the day.

Paur's story's known to most followers of the PokerNews live updates but Riise might not stand out as a familiar name, while most Premier League fans will definitely know the latter.

For many years Riise was a standout player for Liverpool, winning the Champions League in 2005 after beating A.C. Milan, the FA Cup (2006), League Cup (2006) and UEFA Super Cup in 2001 and 2005.

In total Riise played 487 games on the highest level for AS Monaco, Liverpool, AS Roma and Fullham during his impressive career. Up until today Riise has played the most games for the Norwegian national team with 110, and the only active player that's close is Brede Hangeland who's participated in 91 games.

So while a record setting poker achievement is still far away for this 33-year old professional athlete, his soccer achievements are never to be forgotten.

Taylor Paur us
Taylor Paur
us 96,000 7,000
John Arne Riise NO
John Arne Riise
NO 17,000

Tagovi: Taylor PaurJohn Arne Riise

Volpe Busts

• Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

Paul Volpe’s stack is getting closer to the felt and he is now severely in the red zone. He was in the big blind and called a raise to 800 from Dan Wirgau, putting out the extra 400. The flop was {6-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{a-Spades} and both players checked.

The turn card was the {k-Diamonds} and Volpe check-called a bet of 1,200from Wirgau with just under 3,000 behind. The river card was the {7-Spades} and Volpe once more checked. Wirgau put out a handful of T1000 chips covering Volpe’s stack. He looked around the room in agony for a while before folding {k-}{q-}. Wirgau showed him one card, the {6-Diamonds}.

Not long after that though we returned to find an empty seat where Vople had been.

Dan Wirgau us
Dan Wirgau
us 148,000 148,000
Paul Volpe us
Paul Volpe
us Out

Tagovi: Paul Volpe

Heigh-Ho the Hero

[user270022] • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

On a board of {q-Spades}{10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{4-Clubs} and 14,000 in the middle, Samuel Moore bet 10,000. Maria Ho went into the tank for a couple of minutes before making the call. Moore mucked and Ho tabled {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} to take down the pot.

Samuel Moore US
Samuel Moore
US 134,800 -5,200
Maria Ho us
Maria Ho
us 43,700 7,700

Tagovi: Maria HoSamuel moore

Kuether Came to Play

• Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

We arrived at the table in time to see Joe Kuether and an opponent looking down at a flop of {4-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{A-Spades}. Kuether checked over to his opponent on the button who dropped out 2,500. Kuether came over the top with a check-raise to 6,100 and his opponent called.

The {10-Spades} fell on fourth street, prompting a check from Kuether. His opponent rapped the table back, allowing the {2-Spades} to finish off the board. Kuether moved out 25,000 total, which was actually a bet for his opponent's entire stack of 13,450. Kuether's opponent went into the tank for roughly two minutes before flicking his cards at the muck. Kuether was pushed another sizable pot and now sits on 156,000 in chips.

Joe Kuether us
Joe Kuether
us 156,000 56,000

Tagovi: Joe Kuether

Luxemburger Wins One and Loses One

• Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

On a flop of {8-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}, Trey Luxemburger bet out 5,000 from the cutoff and just the big blind called as a player in middle position folded.

The turn landed the {6-Diamonds} and Luxemburger bet 6,100 with his opponent check-calling before both players checked the {10-Diamonds} on the river.

Luxemburger tabled his {A-Clubs}{A-Spades} and his opponent flashed his {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs} as Luxemburger collected the pot to move to 167,500 in chips.

On the very next hand following a raise to 1,000, Luxemburger three-bet to 3,000 from the hijack before the original raiser four-bet to 7,500. Luxemburger snap-called as both players checked the {J-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} flop. When the turn landed the {3-Hearts}, the original raiser bet out 5,000 with Luxemburger quickly calling as the {6-Spades} landed on the river.

This time Luxemburger would be faced with an 11,000-chip bet, and after a few moments of consideration, he made the call.

Luxemburger's opponent tabled {J-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} for top pair and Luxemburger folded while slipping to 144,000 in chips.

Trey Luxemburger US
Trey Luxemburger
US 144,000 -6,000

Tagovi: Trey Luxemburger

Player Spotlight: Former NFL Player and Flag Football Coach Eric Stocz

• Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante
Eric Stocz
Eric Stocz

As former tight end for the NFL's Detroit Lions, Eric Stocz now spends his time coaching flag football for kids in grades 2-8 and spends a part of his summer each year here in Las Vegas participating in the World Series of Poker Main Event.

We caught up with Stocz as Day 1b players were heading to their last break of the evening. He shared how he got involved in poker, his biggest challenge at the table, and talked a little about the infamous poker games on the team plane.

PokerNews: How’s your day going?

Eric Stocz: I’m having a great day. A little up and down. This is my fourth World Series and I’m hanging in there and happy to be here.

You used to play for the Detroit Lions and then went on to work in the fitness industry, specifically with kids. Tell us a little about that.

I played for the Lions from 1996-1998 and on retirement I used to work with sports camps for kids and I did that for about eight or nine years. That was a camp that I ran, a speed and strength camp. I would have my old teammates come out.

Then I changed my emphasis towards coaching and spent my time coaching a football team at the local high school. Now I run a flag football camp through the NFL in West Bloomfield, Michigan. On top of that, I am also a personal trainer. I don’t have any kids of my own so it’s great to have them all day long and I have a lot of fun with it.

So how did you get involved in poker?

I am such a competitive person and it seems like every time I go and play a sport, I get hurt. I found that poker allows me to feed my competitive spirit without me getting hurt. And as long as I keep my head straight and I don’t go crazy with the gambling, it’s a good thing.

What do you find is your biggest challenge at the poker table?

I am a person with major ADD, it is really hard for me to sit still. I live a very active lifestyle so sitting still for so long is a challenge. You will always know where I am at in a poker room because I am always up and down.

You hear all the rumors floating around about poker games on the planes when the team is heading out of town. Is there any truth to those?

It is totally true. For a guy that was making $350,000 per year, which was a lot for me, I was playing against some guys that were making big-time money. So when I lost it was a lot of money to me. It was fun, well not the losing part. But yeah, basically we gambled on the plane all the time.

Do you play poker outside of the World Series?

No, not really. In Michigan they have local poker charity rooms and they are everywhere plus there are three casinos near by as well. So it’s tough not to play. But I come out here and play in these big events and seeing all different types of people from different countries, it’s just really to be a part of this.

So how do you prepare for the World Series if you aren’t playing regularly?

I have been playing for so long and I do a lot of reading so it feels like I just pick up where I left off. To me, a poker game is a poker game. This just happens to be for a lot of money.

Tagovi: Eric Stocz