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More WSOP 2008 Main Event Updates. Hellmuth and Matusow out

Day 6 is over and we’re down to the last 3 tables with only 27 players left.

All the big names left in the tournament were knocked out today. Here are the eliminations:

  • 64th place: Victor Ramdin — $96,500
  • 45th place: Phil Hellmuth — $154,401
  • 30th place: Mike “The Mouth” Matusow — $193,000

I really wanted to see either Hellmuth or Matusow make the final table. Sadly, it isn’t too be.

Phil Hellmuth caused some controversy at the tables today. In the last hand of play last night, he was given a one-orbit ban for losing his temper. He lost his temper in a hand with Christian Dragomir when Dragomir cracked Phil’s Ace-King with Ten-Four suited.

This morning when play continued, Phil was at the tables playing his cards. The ban had been overruled. “Warnings and penalties are intended to correct inappropriate behavior and our rulings should be as fair as possible, given the circumstances,” said Jeffrey Pollack, Commissioner of the WSOP. “In this instance, the punishment did not fit the crime.”

It is a bit harsh to give a player a ban for the next day of play, seeing as he would definitely have calmed down for the next day’s play. However, I wonder if the ban would have been lifted had it been an unknown player. Did Phil get special treatment for being an 11 time WSOP bracelet winner?

Phil got knocked out when his Ace-Queen offsuit lost to Andrew Rosskamm’s pocket Jacks. The two players were allin preflop. Hellmuth earned $154,400 for his 45th-place finish, bringing his WSOP career total earnings to $6,008,145. After politely shaking the hands of his tablemates, Hellmuth exited the tournament area with a storm of obscenities, cursing his inability to “catch a break.”

Matusow Takes a Wrong Turn, Eliminated in 30th Place ($193,000)

Right before the players went on break, Paul Snead raised to 200,000 and Mike Matusow repopped it to 660,000 from the big blind. Snead made the call and the flop came A A 5. Both players checked and the turn brought the 9, the card of death as far as Matusow was concerned. He bet 500,000 and Snead shoved all in. Matusow made the call and showed down A J for a set. Unfortunately for “The Mouth,” Snead turned over A 9 for a full house on the turn. Matusow needed a jack to survive, but the K fell on the river and the biggest name left in the main event took a sick beat and made his exit in 30th place.

Bad luck Mike, better luck next year.

Here are the remaining players in the event:

Table 1

Seat 1: Joe Bishop — 4,855,000
Seat 2: Peter Eastgate — 9,325,000
Seat 3: Gert Andersen — 6,740,000
Seat 4: Kelly Kim — 8,840,000
Seat 5: Brandon Cantu — 4,740,000
Seat 6: Dean Hamrick — 2,375,000
Seat 7: Ivan Demidov — 4,965,000
Seat 8: Niklas Flisberg — 1,330,000
Seat 9: Michael Carroll — 1,015,000

Table 2

Seat 1: Scott Montgomery — 4,320,000
Seat 2: Tim Loecke — 2,280,000
Seat 3: Anthony Scherer — 2,385,000
Seat 4: Owen Crowe — 3,800,000
Seat 5: Craig Marquis — 11,460,000
Seat 6: Ylon Schwartz — 3,655,000
Seat 7: Paul Snead — 6,600,000
Seat 8: Tiffany Michelle — 9,755,000
Seat 9: Phi Nguyen — 1,020,000

Table 3

Seat 1: Jason Riesenberg — 3,405,000
Seat 2: Darus Suharto — 4,510,000
Seat 3: Chris Klodnicki — 6,245,000
Seat 4: Toni Judet — 5,000,000
Seat 5: Nicholas Sliwinski — 4,925,000
Seat 6: David Rheem — 8,280,000
Seat 7: Dennis Phillips — 11,910,000
Seat 8: Albert Kim — 3,675,000
Seat 9: Aaron Gordon — 1,790,000

Read more at CardPlayer.



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WSOP 2008 Main Event Update

The $10,000 WSOP Main Event started off with 6,844 players, a prize pool of $64,333,600 and a first place prize of $9,119,338.

We’re now down to the final 79 players. Play has finished for the day.

Some of the notable players still left in the event are: Phil Hellmuth, Mike Matusow, Victor Ramdin and Matt Matros.

Here are the current chip leaders:

  1. Mark Ketteringham: 5,700,000
  2. Andrew Brokos: 4,100,000
  3. Tiffany Michelle: 3,800,000
  4. Jamal Kunbuz: 3,500,000
  5. Albert Kim: 3,400,000
  6. Nikolay Losev: 3,400,000
  7. Alfred Fernandez: 3,100,000
  8. Steve Lade: 3,000,000
  9. Judet Cristian: 2,900,000
  10. Aaron Gordon: 2,900,000

Mark Vos, Gus Hansen and Alexander Kostritsyn are among the big players to have been knocked out in today’s play.


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Back to back live tournament wins

I am so sick at live tournaments!

This is quite strange because for the last 6 months I’ve only been playing online cash games. For some reason I play tournies better offline and I play cash games better online.

Last night I won a live £30+3 freezeout with approx. 25 runners. I won £285 for my 1st place finish. The last live tournament I played I also won, you can read about that here.

Although the money I win (and lose) offline is pennies to what I win online – it’s still a great feeling and very useful to win a live tournament. All my money is stuck on the net and I’m always low on cash. But winning a big sum like this offline gives me all the money I need for the next few weeks.

I think the reason I don’t do as well as I should in live cash games is because I get impatient and don’t play my A-game. The reason I think I do well at live tournaments rather than online tournaments is because the reads I can get on players helps me tremendously.  For some reason, I need the physical reads in tournaments a lot more than I do in cash games.

I played quite well in the tournament and I would rate myself the player that played 2nd best last night. The player that ended up finishing 2nd (£145 win) played better than me throughout the tournament.

The only time I actually felt I played better than him was when it got to heads-up, but even then I ended up winning when I got my Q9 allin vs his K8 preflop. I did well to get into a winning position, since he started HU with $36k chips and I started with $21k chips. And again, if the cards had been reversed he probably would have won.

I’m happy though. Throughout the tournament I had my fair share of good and bad luck.

I just finished a winning online session. I won approx. $350. I didn’t play yesterday and the day before that I lost $400.

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Good news and bad news

First the bad news:

Since I started playing poker again (25th of June) – I was up about $3000 online within 2 days. I am now down approx. $500 over this period of time. I’m about quits at Party and I’ve lost just under $500 at TowerGaming. I also lost a $200 I cleared at TG which was worth $200 and I actually cleared 95%+ of that bonus before I continued playing on the 25th – so in reality I am down about $700 online.I have moved down to $200NL for a while until I start winning again. After I’ve won $1000 at $200NL I’ll move up again.

The good news:

On Thursday night I won £450 (~$900) in a live tournament. It was a £30 semi-freezeout (you can buyin twice – either a rebuy if you get knocked out or an addon at the end of the rebuy period) with a guaranteed 1st prize of £500. There were only 9 runners. I think everybody bought in twice so the prize pool should have been £540 minus the rake, but the actual prize pool was £640 (£140 for 2nd place) – a nice overlay.

I played okay although I played better on Monday night were I lost £40 and came 6th out of 16 runners in the £10 rebuy. I played 2 hands in total in the rebuy period which was 90 minutes long. I was playing tight, but I also had a completely dead deck. I just wasn’t being dealt anything. At the start of the freezeout I had 6000 chips (each buyin is 2500 so I had made a profit of 1000 chips).

There were a few short stacks at the opposite end of the table to me that went allin 3 or 4 times and somehow managed to survive all of them with weak holdings.

When it got to 4 handed we agreed to knock £50 off 1st place and £10 off 2nd to give 3rd and 4th £30 each.I was the most aggressive and loose player at the table when it got to short handed. When it got to 3 handed I was bullying the other players to death. The blinds were very big and I was pushing allin a lot. Today I read the end of “No Limit Hold ’em: Theory and Practice” by Sklansky and Miller. It has a really amazing chapter on these kinds of situations at the back. It’s about the Sklansky-Chubukov rankings and it applies a lot to tournaments. It tells you if you should push your hand when the stacks are small. I definitely recommend reading it.

I offered my opponent a deal when we got to heads-up. I had 26k and he had 19.3k. The blinds were 1k/2k. The difference between 1st and 2nd was £320 so I offered him £180/£140 split. This was a very fair offer. He was playing for the club so asked a few of the others and he ended up declining. I then offered £170/£150 which is definitely in his favor and he declined too. The 1st hands of HU he’s in the SB. He pushes allin. I have A5o. I thought for a few minutes. He then calls for the clock. I decided to call. He had 76s. The board came 994, 8, 2 and I won the tournament.

Analyzing his allin move, was it a good play? I think so. The Sklansky-Chubukov number would be 8300 chips. But since I am folding hands like Q7, 89, JT and maybe even hands like A2o. I think his push is definitely +EV.


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First day of poker

I won ~$1700 today online and lost £40 ($80) offline.This is the most I have ever won in one day. I played maybe 5 hours online today. I’ll post some of the big hands tomorrow. I don’t feel I played great online today and I did mess up a few hands. But I did come away with a nice profit. I will post some of the big hands tomorrow.I played in a £10 rebuy tonight. I came 6th out of 16 players. I didn’t make any money. Top 3 got paid. I was unlucky not to cash and I was by far (IMO) the best player in the tournament. I lost a lot of expensive coin-flips at the final table and the only hands I did win were when I was a 75% favorite.I ended up getting knocked out with 44 against AA. This is how the hand went:

6 players left. Blinds are 1k/2k. 60k chips in total. I have 14k and am in 2nd place. Chip leader is to my right and has $20k. The next player has 500 chips. The other 3 players have an average stack of $10k.

I’m dealt 44 under the gun. I move allin. Chip leader moves allin. Everyone else folds. I have 44. He has AA. His hand holds up and I’m knocked out. I think the hand was pretty standard. The blinds were so big – I had no choice but to move in. My M was 4.67.

I did get lucky earlier in the tournament when I got allin with T8 against Q9 on a 972 board. I hit my straight and survived. I feel that my opponent made a bad call anyway. I think he should have folded his hand after how the action went.

Good Night

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A Superstar finally Wins a Bracelet

Allen Cunningham today won his 5th WSOP bracelet. Allen, one of the quietest players in the game, won his bracelet in Event 13 – $5,000 World Championship Pot Limit Hold’em event. He beat Jeffrey Lisandro in heads up play to win the event.

Cunningham defeated high-stakes cash game pro Jeff Lisandro in a two hour heads-up match that featured countless small pots, then two huge ones consecutively. Cunningham won the tournament went his K9o went allin against Lisandro’s QQ preflop. Cunningham spiked a king on the river to take his 5th bracelet and a prize of $487,287.

Allen truly is a class act. He finished 4th in the 2006 WSOP main event last year and has netted over $8.5 million in tournament winnings throughout his career. He is considered by many to currently be the best tournament player in the world.

In other news today, Phil Hellmuth has a chance to make World Series of Poker history today. If he wins the $1,500 no-limit event that began Saturday, he will have won more WSOP bracelets than anyone in the world.

He’s currently in a three-way tie with Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan with 10 bracelets. All of Hellmuth’s bracelets come in Texas hold’em events.

Doyle Brunson is also closing in on an 11th bracelet. He is currently second in chips in the $5000 World Championship Limit Hold’em event. He has a long way still to go with 120 players still left. Tony G is in 8th place.

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$1500 freeroll

I came 71st out of 123 runners in tonight’s TowerGaming freeroll. The quality of the players was surprisingly good. Usually everybody goes allin the first few hands of these freerolls and you’ve lost half the field after about half an hour. In tonight’s and last night’s tournies, most of the players have been playing fairly tight and it takes a while to get to the payout structure.

I think the reason for the better players is that to enter you need to have earned quite a lot of player points in a relatively short amount of time. The players that are able to earn so many PPs so quickly are either playing at the higher stakes or are playing a lot at the lower stakes – either way, they have to be fairly decent players. Also, each seat in the freeroll tonight was worth $12.2 and the tournament had a nice payout structure with the top 20 players being paid and $21 being awarded to 20th place and $390 for 1st. All these reasons put together lead to a relatively level of competition for a freeroll.

Here’s a quick summary of the tournament:

I doubled up fairly early with T2s flopping a flush and busting JJ.

I won a few more small pots. Stole a few blinds and grinded my stack up a bit more, at which point this hand occured: – I think I probably played it badly, but I really didn’t know what to do. Our stacks are so short and it’s heads up. I can’t really let my hand go. I’m a fish in this situation. Losing half my stack with 2nd pair seems stupid. I’m going to post the hand on the FTR forums.

This is the hand I lost the rest of my stack with: – Villain was playing quite tight and I had been raising quite a lot recently. The blinds were getting bigger though. I think my push was alright. I was hoping villain would fold btw. But even if he didn’t I was still ahead if he had 2 overcards.

On a side note: I reached 99MPH in my car tonight. I’m feeling really confident in my driving now.

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