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An early positioned player raised before the flop and Ryan Lenaghan called from the cutoff. The button and blinds got out of the way, leaving the duo heads up to a flop of . Lenaghan's opponent cut out a continuation of 3,400 and the 2011 WSOP Main Event 16th place finisher tossed forward a call.
The fell on fourth street, prompting checks from both players. The completed the board and Lenaghan's opponent fired a final bet of 9,000. Lenaghan instantly called, only to find that he was beaten by his opponent's for aces and sixes with a queen. With this hit, Lenaghan's stack has dropped to about 93,000.
We just updated some short-stacks minutes ago, but how quickly fortunes can change in a short time in No Limit Hold ‘Em.
Dermot Blain was down to under 13,000 but doubled up when he got it in with , was called by and spiked an ace on the river. Not long after, he picked off a river bluff holding two pair and is now sitting with nearly 60,000.
Byron Kaverman was last seen paying off an opponent on the river, but has recovered quickly.
Paul Newey is still short on chips, but has managed to find a double up and is still alive in the Main Event.
After Danny Johnson started the festivities by ordering "last-level beers" at his table, which includes Phil Ivey, the rest of the table has joined in — including Ivey himself. Then, the following small hand came up, but it wasn't the hand that turned out to be the story, but rather the antics afterwards.
Ivey opened from middle position to 2,600, and Johnson called out of the big blind to see the flop come down . After Johnson checked, Ivey bet 3,000, and Johnson folded.
"I just can't beat the G.O.A.T.," said Johnson out loud to no one in particular, but referring to Ivey.
Everyone at the table smiled and laughed, while some sipped on their beers. Ivey, though, stacked up the chips from the pot and took the final sip of his beer.
"Looks like you need another," said the player next to Ivey, pointing at Ivey's empty cup that was down to just the lime.
"I drink fast, man," responded Ivey. "This could get bad. I'm ready for like four more!"
The table laughed, but Ivey's face was still serious as if to say he wasn't joking.
"I mean it," he said. "I'm not a one-beer man."
Just as Ivey finished telling the table that he wasn't a one-beer man, Jared Bleznick came over and stood behind him.
"You're even money to make the final table," said Bleznick as he leaned in and hover over Ivey's shoulder. Ivey tried to shake him off as a nonbeliever.
"Even money to make the final table!" Bleznick yelled as he began to walk away from the table.
"You're f***ing crazy!" yelled out Ivey.
"I'm telling you, you're even money!" yelled back Bleznick as he was getting back into his seat a couple tables down the row.
"I'll tell you what, I'll bet against myself," said Ivey. "Bet! $50,000!" he shouted.
Bleznick didn't accept the bet, but did keep yelling back that he still thought Ivey was even money to make the final table. "You've got 600K," he said at one point.
"No, I don't. I've got 500," responded Ivey.
"$50,000 — So are we booked?" finished Ivey, with his hands held out wide in full wingspan.
Bleznick didn't respond, so it's assumed he didn't accept the bet, and both he and Ivey returned to playing the next hand in the tournament. As "last-level beers" continues at the table with about an hour left in the day, we'll surely keep you updated on more of the fun that comes.
Facing a preflop raise from middle position, Mike "umpa21" Ziemba moved all in for 26,600. The action folded back to the original raiser, who didn't have Ziemba covered by much, and he tanked for the better part of 90 seconds before calling.
It was a classic race situation, but Ziemba was in very rough shape after the dealer fanned . He was drawing dead on the turn (), and was out of his seat by the time the completed the board.
We got to the table and Morgan Popham was being pushed a huge pot of approximately 200,000 to bring his stack up to 325,000. We asked Popham what happened, and he said he got it all-in with on a flop. His opponent had flopped a straight with , but the board would pair sevens on the river to give Popham a winning full house.
Popham finished second earlier this summer in Event #2: $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha for $127,245 and added a 14th place finish in Event #37: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha for $11,957. He's proven he can play big field PLO tournaments and is now trying to prove his mettle in the biggest No Limit Hold 'Em tournament of the year.
Joe Vigurs called a three-bet of 8,400 from Russell Crane, who was in late position, and the two checked a flop. Vigurs bet 8,200 on the turn, and Crane called. Vigurs' river barrel of 13,200 was enough to get Crane off his hand, which was clearly the goal since Vigurs showed for a missed straight draw.
Former World Poker Tour Player of the Year Matt Salsberg had been grinding a short stack most of the day, and his time in the Main Event just ran out in the last level of the night.
Salsberg got the last of his chips in from the cutoff holding the only to run into a player holding . Salsberg, who made his first WSOP final table earlier this summer, failed to improve and took the long, lonely walk out of the Amazon Room.
We found Paul Pierce considering a wager of 15,000 from Kyle Johnson on a board of . Pierce opted to lay it down, showing a in the process.
"I know I'm ahead," he said.
"Whaaat," a player across the table said, surprised by Pierce's fold.