Event #55: $50,000 Poker Player's Championship

A Glantz-ing Blow

Shamus • Ниво 11

No-Limit Hold'em

Shawn Buchanan opened with a raise to 8,000 from middle position and it folded back around to Matt Glantz who called from the big blind. The flop came {2-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{4-Hearts} and both checked. The turn was the {8-Hearts}. Glantz pushed out a bet of 15,000 this time, and Buchanan quickly called.

The river was the {4-Clubs}. This time Glantz fired 28,000 and after a brief pause Buchanan let his hand go.

Glantz adds a few more to his big stack. He's pushing the 500,000-chip mark now, while Buchanan slips below 100,000.

Тагове: Matt GlantzShawn Buchanan

Hellmuth Fills Up


No-Limit Hold'em

Phil Hellmuth opened to 8,600 from early position, and received calls from David Oppenheim (hijack) and George Lind (big blind). The flop fell {2-Spades}{7-Clubs}{4-Hearts}, Lind checked, and Hellmuth continued for 17,000. Only Oppenheim called.

Both players checked the {6-Hearts} on the turn, and after the {7-Hearts} paired the board on the river, Hellmuth led for 36,900. Oppenheim called, and Hellmuth tabled {2-Hearts}{2-Clubs} for a full house.

Oppenheim mucked, and Hellmuth raked in a nice-sized pot.

David Oppenheim us
David Oppenheim
us 543,000 -65,000
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 340,000 68,800

Тагове: David OppenheimPhil Hellmuth

Lucky Gum?


No-Limit Hold'em

Jesse Martin opened to 8,500 from the hijack seat, and Minh Ly moved all in for 58,000 from the small blind. Martin went deep into the tank, and while he was thinking, Josh Arieh reached into his pocket for some gum. Arieh asked if anyone would like a piece, and only Ly reached his hand out. Upon seeing this, Martin asked for a piece as well.

"I have to make sure it's not lucky gum," he added. "I call."

Martin: {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}
Ly: {4-Diamonds}{4-Spades}

Ly was crushed, but the flop fell {5-Spades}{2-Spades}{6-Hearts}, giving him four extra outs to a straight. The {7-Hearts} on the turn added another four outs, and the {8-Clubs} spiked on the river, giving him an eight-high straight and the winning hand.

"Is there a big game running?" Arieh asked Ly. "Is that why your in a rush?"

Ly admitted that there is a big ring game running right now, but he's still alive and now above 100,000 chips. Martin stepped away from the table to recollect himself, and is just below 100,000 after the bad beat.

Minh Ly us
Minh Ly
us 120,000 37,600
Jesse Martin us
Jesse Martin
us 98,000 -62,400

Тагове: Jesse MartinMinh Ly

Cards in the Air

Shamus • Ниво 11

Still some empty seats, but most of the players are here and we're underway. They're all starting with no-limit hold'em to start Day 3.


Day 3 Awaits, and a Lamb Shall Lead Them

Ben Lamb
Ben Lamb

Welcome to Day 3 of the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship! Of the starting field of 128 there are 74 players still with chips, including many of the game's best known and talented pros. Only the top 16 will realize a profit in this one, meaning there's still a lot of work to be done between now and then for those returning today.

Ben "Benba" Lamb will be sitting down to the largest stack in our corner of the Amazon Room today with over 700,000. But he'll have Gus Hansen and Sebastian Ruthenberg close on his heels, as well as dozens more of poker's most feared and respected pros behind them. Take a peek at the seating draw below and see just how many names you recognize among the final 74.

The "eight-game mix" format will continue today and through to Wednesday's final table when the game will switch to no-limit hold'em only. Thus not only will players continue to have to compete in all eight of the games, but they'll also have keep managing their tourney strategies to accommodate the combination of fixed limit games (H.O.R.S.E. plus 2-7 triple draw) and "big bet" games (PLO, NLH).

Today's schedule says they'll play five or six 100-minute levels, depending on how close they come to reaching the money. Cards are scheduled to go in the air at 3 p.m. local time, so come back then for coverage of all the action.

Happy 4th of July!


While we wait for things to start around here, watch the following update to put yourself in the loop of all the happenings around the Rio, including hundreds of tables dedicated to satellite action today. So if you have no plans for Independence Day then get yourself down to the Rio and try to nab a Main Event seat!

Day 2 chip leaders

Benjamin LambGus HansenSebastian RuthenbergDavid OppenheimDavid Baker

Day 3 Table and Seat Draw

2751Jon Turner88,800
2752Alexandre Luneau468,200
2754Bill Chen278,900
2755Marco Johnson160,500
2756Barry Greenstein237,900
2757Brian Rast184,400
2758Michael Binger166,000
2761Abe Mosseri371,000
2762Eugene Katchalov124,000
2763Daniel Alaei74,000
2764Sorel Mizzi193,300
2765Erick Lindgren341,000
2766John Racener51,500
2767Nick Schulman106,000
2768Doug Booth287,300
2821Justin Smith388,600
2822Minh Ly82,400
2823David Bakes Baker86,900
2824Steve Sung253,200
2825Josh Arieh433,800
2827Jesse Martin160,400
2828Tristan Clemencon36,500
2841Fabrice Soulier252,200
2842Jim McCrink114,000
2843Brian Hastings364,000
2844Vladimir Shchemelev302,600
2845Greg Mueller320,200
2846Matt Hawrilenko138,500
2847Carlos Mortensen196,900
2861Phil Galfond196,700
2862Roman Yitzhaki361,400
2863Hoi Cheung303,800
2864Matthew Ashton223,300
2865David Baker482,700
2866Sebastian Ruthenberg669,600
2867Shaun Deeb247,900
2868Jeffrey Lisandro147,700
2871Yan Chen405,200
2872David Benyamine353,200
2873Alexey Makarov165,900
2874Gus Hansen688,700
2875Ashton Griffin328,600
2876Robert Williamson III332,200
2877David Singer216,700
2878Chad Brown205,000
2911Brett Richey358,400
2912David Bach377,800
2913Scott Seiver375,000
2914Robert Mizrachi205,200
2915Bertrand Grospellier43,700
2916Guillaume Rivet238,600
2917Sebastien Sabic193,300
2918Ronny Kaiser167,700
2941Jennifer Harman255,000
2942Steve Billirakis409,000
2943Dario Alioto210,500
2944Lamar Wilkinson14,200
2945Jason Lester105,500
2947Jared Bleznick181,500
2948Leonard Martin127,600
2961Scott Clements213,000
2962Andrey Zaichenko291,000
2963George Lind398,500
2965John Hennigan204,300
2966Phil Hellmuth271,200
2967David Oppenheim608,000
2968Benjamin Lamb704,500
2981Owais Ahmed129,500
2982Rami Boukai408,600
2983Shawn Buchanan132,700
2984Tom McCormick238,900
2986Raymond Dehkarghani75,000
2987George Danzer192,700
2988Matt Glantz471,100
Event #55: $50,000 Poker Player's Championship
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