Event #65: $10,000 Main Event

Kuether Still Stacking

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

The under the gun player opened to 800, an early position player made the call, and the player in the hijack seat called. Action folded to Joe Kuether in the big blind who three bet to 3,400. Only the player in the hijack called and would fold when Kuether continued with a bet of 14,000 on a flop of {6-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}.

Joe Kuether us
Joe Kuether
us 100,000 23,000

Tagovi: Joe Kuether

More Counts from Purple

[user101598] • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante
Joe DeGeorge US
Joe DeGeorge
US 110,000 12,000
Tim Finne us
Tim Finne
us 77,000 14,000
Russell Rosenblum us
Russell Rosenblum
us 69,000 -2,000
Alex Queen us
Alex Queen
us 60,000 -11,000
Brandon Meyers us
Brandon Meyers
us 58,000 21,000
Iori Yogo jp
Iori Yogo
jp 46,000 -800
Mark Radoja ca
Mark Radoja
ca 45,000 -30,000
Bryan Huang sg
Bryan Huang
sg 43,000 17,400
Jared Hamby us
Jared Hamby
us 38,000 5,000
Gary Benson au
Gary Benson
au 37,000 -18,000
Alec Torelli us
Alec Torelli
us 37,000 -4,000
David Sklansky us
David Sklansky
us 35,500 -6,500
Scott Seiver us
Scott Seiver
us 33,000 17,900
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
ca 31,000 9,000
Vanessa Pacella US
Vanessa Pacella
US 31,000
Joseph McKeehen us
Joseph McKeehen
us 29,000 800
Garrett Beckman us
Garrett Beckman
us 28,000 -13,000
Craig Thames US
Craig Thames
US 27,000
Oleksii Kovalchuk ua
Oleksii Kovalchuk
ua 19,000 -3,000
Pieter de Korver nl
Pieter de Korver
nl 18,000 -9,500
Minh Ly us
Minh Ly
us 14,000 -16,000

Volpe Stays Alive

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

Paul Volpe moved all in preflop and was met by two callers. His two opponents checked down a board of {10-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} and all three chopped up the blinds and antes.

Paul Volpe us
Paul Volpe
us 3,000 -2,500

Richards Battles With Pham

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

We just caught the action in a hand between J.R. Richards and David Pham. When we arrive on the scene Pham had 2,800 out in front of him on the button while J.R. Richards, three seats on his right, had 1,250 invested.

Richards tanked for a bit before ultimately tossing in 5,000. Pham tanked for over a minute and Richards said, "Just let it go Mr. Dragon!"

Eventually Pham made the call and the the flop brought out {Q-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{3-Spades}. Richards bet 9,250 and Pham folded after about two minutes.

Pham, one of the biggest stars of the game around the poker boom, has $8.8 million in career tournament earrings and two Main Event cashes under his belt. Pham's been around for a very long time, and he has probably seen it all, as his first tournament result dates back to November of 1992.

J.R. Richards us
J.R. Richards
us 63,000 3,525
David Pham us
David Pham
us 57,000 -5,000

Tagovi: David PhamJ.R. Richards

Purple People Eaters

[user101598] • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante
David Williams us
David Williams
us 87,000 9,500
Michele Limongi it
Michele Limongi
it 78,000 48,000
Triana Iglesias NO
Triana Iglesias
NO 70,000 -6,000
John Eames gb
John Eames
gb 67,000 22,000
Angel Guillen mx
Angel Guillen
mx 62,000
Arnaud Mattern fr
Arnaud Mattern
fr 61,000 3,000
Miguel Borrero US
Miguel Borrero
US 60,000 6,000
Tuan Le us
Tuan Le
us 57,000 -1,700
Ravi Raghavan us
Ravi Raghavan
us 50,000 -1,000
Chris Bell us
Chris Bell
us 50,000 2,000
Brian Green us
Brian Green
us 47,000 6,500
Eric Afriat ca
Eric Afriat
ca 45,000 -33,000
Kevin Song us
Kevin Song
us 42,000 -1,000
Tom Koral us
Tom Koral
us 39,000 1,000
Cy Watson US
Cy Watson
US 37,000 22,800
Andrey Pateychuk ru
Andrey Pateychuk
ru 30,000 -8,000
Matt Woodward us
Matt Woodward
us 24,000 24,000
Eric Stocz us
Eric Stocz
us 23,000 -2,500
Ismael Bojang at
Ismael Bojang
at 22,500 5,500
Nick Binger us
Nick Binger
us 14,000 -1,800
Christian Harder us
Christian Harder
us 13,500 2,500

Big Hit to Boeree

• Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

Just before the break, we caught a hand where Liv Boeree lost a solid portion of her chips. In the hand, a middle position player raised to 1,000 and Boeree came over the top for 2,100 total. Her opponent called and the flop came down {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{6-Spades}. Action checked to the raiser and Boeree fired out a continuation of 2,000. Her opponent called, allowing the {4-Diamonds} to drop down on the turn. Boeree's opponent check again, she bet 3,600, and he tossed out a call.

The {2-Hearts} finished the board on the river and action checked Boeree's way one last time. She cut out a bet of 11,000 and her opponent called, tabling {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} for ace-high. Boeree flashed {J-Hearts}{10-Clubs} before her cards were pulled into the muck.

During the break, she took to twitter regarding the hand.

Liv BoereeManaged to find possibly worst guy in the tourney to 3/b & empty the clip into. Doh. 11k going into 200/400.

Boeree now sits right around 11,000 in chips.

Liv Boeree gb
Liv Boeree
gb 11,000 -21,000

Tagovi: Liv Boeree


Final Break of the Day; Matt Affleck Makes a Charge

[user101598] • Level 4: 150-300, 25 ante
Matt Affleck
Matt Affleck

Four years ago, Matt Affleck suffered one of the worst beats you can imagine near the bubble of the World Series of Poker Main Event final table bubble. After an inconsequential flop, Affleck was all in and at risk with pocket aces against the pocket jacks of Jonathan Duhamel, and the eventual champion spiked a jack to take a massive chip lead.

Now, on Day 1b of the 2014 Main Event, Affleck is making a charge. We caught Affleck in one significant pot in Level 4, where he check-raised on the flop and fired two more bullets on the turn and river. His opponent tank-folded after the final community card was dealt and Affleck was pushed the pot.

Also among the leaders at this time are Jeff Norman, Samuel Moore, Trey Luxemburger and Steve Ryan.

Among the players to bust during Level 4 were Eddie Blumenthal, Vivek Rajkumar, Dan O'Brien, Bob "Uncle Krunk" Panitch, Max Silver, Justin Smith, Ami Alibay, Mathew Frankland, Chris Tryba, Timothy Adams, Philipp Gruissem and Nick Cassavetes.

Gruissem was all in and at risk with a very short-stack holding {8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}, and was crushed by an opponent's {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}. The aces held up, and the German hit the rail. Cassavetes was also done in with suited gappers - {7-Spades}{5-Spades} - against a wired pair of eights.

The players will be on recess for 20 minutes before playing the fifth and final level of the evening. In the meanwhile, check out this video:

Tagovi: Matt Affleck

Pollak's Grinding

[user20283] • Level 4: 150-300, 25 ante
Kevin Pollak
Kevin Pollak

The player under-the-gun raised to 750 and Kyle Keranen from the cutoff after which Kevin Pollak called from the big blind. The flop came down {7-Spades}{6-Spades}{2-Hearts} and Pollak check-called 1,150.

On the turn Pollak checked again and the under-the-gun player fired out 2,900, which was enough to take down this pot.

Despite losing this pot Pollak still sits on around 32,000 chips with one level left in the day.

Kevin Pollak us
Kevin Pollak
us 32,000 -2,000

Tagovi: Kevin PollakKyle Keranen

Aces For Gruneberg On Last Hand Before Break

• Level 4: 150-300, 25 ante

The player under the gun raised to 700, Zach Gruneberg three-bet to 1,700 from the cutoff, his opponent four-bet to 5,700 and Gruneberg five-bet to effectively 48,000-ish. His opponent tanked for about three minutes before calling all in with {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts}.

Gruneberg tabled {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds} and held up through the {K-Spades}{5-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{9-Hearts} board to score the elimination.

Zachary Gruneberg us
Zachary Gruneberg
us 101,000 46,000