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Money Time, Lamb Makes History, Ivey in the News

by , Jul 13, 2012 | 11:53 am

Last table standing in the Pavilion Room
Photo: WSOP.com/Jay “WhoJedi” Newnum

It’s finally time for the money day at the WSOP Main Event. 666 players are going to be happy, the 667th player out is going to be disappointed, the 668th player is going to be crushed. It’s become a tradition to easy the pain of the player going out short of the money by giving them a buy-in to next year’s Main. This is all very nice but it really just creates another bubble for the player who bubble’s the bubble. Perhaps there will be some trickle down in the future, give that guy a hearty handshake and a case of Ripple.

All 720 remaining players on Day 4 will be sitting in the Amazon Room and things will go smoothly enough until they approach the magic number. Then the pace of play will grind down to a crawl, media will be banished to the sidelines, and players will still inexplicably stall during hand-for-hand action.

But after the field is in the money, we’ll hear a steady call of “Payout Table XXX” while the shorty survivors dump in their last few chips.

David D’Alesandro will start as the Day 4 chip leader with 1,100,000 followed by Sean Rice, Jacob Balsiger, and Leo Wolpert as the only other players over a million. Other notables near the top include Paul Volpe (820,000), Vanessa Selbst (814,000), Sorel Mizzi (738,000), Vivek Rajkumar (678,000), and Jason Somerville (637,000). WSOP has the rest o the starting Day 4 chip counts.

Interesting side note from yesterday’s action. With Ben Lamb’s elimination from the Main Event, he became the first WSOP Player of the Year to not cash in a WSOP event the year after winning the title. Lamb is a cash game lover and only played in a handful of events this summer.

Link Dump

Tweet of the Day – You just can’t make this stuff up. At least you know the producers of Millionaire aren’t recycling every question on their show.


Poker star’s divorce case fuels Nevada Supreme Court arguments – Phil Ivey is back in the news, but this time it’s the Washington Post and has nothing to do with his game at the tables. His messy divorce hit the Nevada Supreme Court this week with talk of improper campaign contributions and free speech.

Ryan Eriquezzo Wins WSOP National Championship – It’s been an interesting week for Eriquezzo, but he finished it off by capturing the WSOP National Championship in front of friends, family, and the ESPN cameras.

Biggest Hands from Week 6 – Chad Holloway takes a look at some of the biggest hands over the last week, spread across different event and various games including Terry Grimes who shipped his chips in on the last hand of the night. Right into Aces.

Nevada Gambling Revenue Sees Sharp Decline In May – Things were not all shiny in Nevada this spring as Nevada’s gaming revenue dropped a huge 10% in May based on year-over-year comparisons. Julio Rodriquez at CardPlayer has the details.

BLUFF Main Event Trivia – I’m only including this BLUFF Trivia video because I was off to the side trying to 1) make WhoJedi laugh and 2) feeding him the answers. Surprised you can’t hear me signing the Jerry Yang song in the background.


Ben Lamb’s New License Plate

and the car that goes with it

by , Nov 11, 2011 | 9:14 am

If you just saw it on the street, you might not know it had anything to do with poker. But indeed, according to 2+2 NVG, this fine Nevada license plate is attached to nearly $100k worth of Beamer, a 650i, that Ben Lamb recently purchased:

ben lamb bmw license plate

Would be much cooler if the “1” represented a bracelet, and he got a new car for every one he won. But oh well, sometimes third place and $4 million will have to do.

ALT HED: Germans Win Again

Oh, and almost forgot to post … here’s Pauly and I on scene doing some Tao of Pokerati during the moment from the final 3 with him that we’ll all remember:

Tao of Pokerati: First Hand Fireworks FTW? by Pokerati


WSOPep Rally

+ Brett Richey Ben Lamb rap video "Stack 'em to the Top"

by , Nov 8, 2011 | 6:21 pm


Things ready to get underway … Ben Lamb vs. Pius Heinz vs. Martin Staszko. The score is 55 to 108 to 43 … ball on the 600k/1.2mm yard line. The Pius Heinz fans are singing songs in 57 varieties of central European … big hairy Sasquatch is tromping through the crowd giving WSOP fist-bumps … and the Ben Lamb camp is hootin’ it up something fierce. The guy in the actual lamb costume gets on stage with Vegas hoochie-hottie dancers for a few bumps and grinds before Ty Stewart, the noble WSOP shepherd, realizes he’s not part of the show and diplomatically encourages him back to the stands. Woulda been cooler to see cops with billy clubs dart from the sidelines and deck him like a streaker, but hey, maybe next year.

To keep you entertained in the 15 minutes of interim before what’s going on here in the Penn and Teller Theater makes it into the WSOP cloud … enjoy the Brett Richey rap song about Ben Lamb, with a line inspired by Team Pokerati’s favorite crazy DonkeyBomber spouse, Julie Schneider, in “Stack ’em to the Top”:

via DonkDown

UPDATE: Ben Lamb all-in on first hand! 35bb v 22bb … No suckout …


And Then There Were Three Two

Lamb 3rd, Heinz v Staszko for the title

by , | 4:09 pm

Phil Collins is no longer at the WSOP Main Event final table, but that doesn’t stop me or many others from breaking out a classic Genesis album from the 1970’s. Around 5:50pm PT tonight (8:50pm ET, 2:50pm in the UK) Pius Heinz, Ben Lamb and Martin Staszko will return to the Penn & Teller Theatre in a battle where the winner earns $8.7 million while second and third place will have to settle for $5.4 million and $4.0m respectively.

Here’s the chip counts when action kicks off again tonight with the blinds starting at 600,000/1,200,000 with an ante of 200,000:

Seat 1: Pius Heinz – 107,800,000
Seat 2: Ben Lamb – 55,400,000
Seat 3: Martin Staszko – 42,700,000

 

Hand for hand updates at PokerNews and WSOP.com. PokerNews also has a chat going off the ESPN broadcast here.

ESPN will start their 15-minutes delayed coverage at 6:00pm PT, 9:00 ET. Streaming will be available at www.watchespn.com as well as the WSOP.com site.

Some twitterers to follow tonight for live updating:

@taopauly, @oskargarcia @howardstutz @casekeefer @pokernews @jesswelman @bluffmagazine @pokerlistings @lance_bradley @eric_ramsey @donnie_peters @avpoker

Live blogging from Pauly while Shamus will be blogging a few minutes behind the coverage.

Expect Tao of Pokerati episodes throughout the night.

 

6:35pm UPDATE: Ben Lamb was eliminated on the 4th hand after Staszko doubled up on the first hand: 77 >KJ to become crippled. Lamb shoved with Q6 into Staszko’sJJ and didn’t improve to earn $4,021,138 as Staszko takes the chip lead.  Here’s what Lamb got shortly after being eliminated:

Ben Lamb gets punk'd (photo courtesy @BenbaLamb

 

6:50pm UPDATE: Heinz has dominated the early action heads-up to regain the lead with 132 million chips to Staszko’s 73 million.

7:40pm UPDATE: Staszko has gone on a rush as the blinds are now at 800,000/1,600,000/200,000 to retake the lead 110.65m – 95.25m

8:30pm UPDATE: Staszko gave up his lead, but turned up the aggression once again to hold a 113.6m – 92.3m chip lead. Heinz appears tired while Staszko has renewed confidence.

9:25pm UPDATE: The lead has now changed hands for a seventh time heads-up as Heinz wins several hands in a row to hold a 116.9m to 89m chip lead as the blinds go up to 1,000,000/2,000,000 with a 300,000 ante.

10:20 UPDATE: Now Staszko takes the lead once again as he wins several hands in a row as he now takes a commanding lead again: 146.6m to 59.3m.

11:30pm UPDATE: The poker media is getting restless as the heads-up battle rages on. Staszko had Heinz under 45m in chips, but the gap has been narrowed. Staszko leads 132.8m to 73.1m for Heinz.

12:00am UPDATE: Over 100 hands of heads-up play and not a single hand featured an all-in and call. That would change shortly after the blinds went up to 1,200,000/2,400,000 with an ante of 300,000. Heinz shoved with Ah Qh on a Ks Tc 7c flop. Staszko called with Qc 9c. The turn and river bricked out and Heinz now leads with 161.5m chips to Staszko’s 44.4m.


Down to Three

Taos of Pokerati

by , | 3:27 pm

Good times at the WSOP … thanks for hanging with Pauly and me as we use this opportunity to try out some newfangled podcast technology. You know, kinda like ESPN and the WSOP (and NGCB) are trying out newfangled technology with this whole “live” broadcast thing. (Once upon a time we used those “quotes” around the word “live” for mockery. But now, at just 15 minutes off of reality, no less sarcasm intended.)

Episode numbering seems to be the only tricky thing … and maybe using the geo-locator toggle. But it didn’t seem to matter as we sought the best way to insta-podcast the exciting highlights “semi-live” as the November Nine whittled down to the three that ultimately would matter tonight, in a few hours, live from the Penn & Teller Theater, and “live” on ESPN and possibly in your pocket:

Nov. Nine – Giannetti Lives (Ep 5) by taopokerati

Dan and Pauly are ringside for a decisive hand between Matt Giannetti and Martin Staszko. Giannetti was crippled on the previous hand and moved all-in. Staszko called with a dominated hand. Dan and Pauly call the action….

Tao of Pokerati: Quad Lambs by Pokerati

Tao of Pokerati: Non-silence of the Lamb at Penn & Teller Theater by Pokerati


Clemente Scams, Crunk Drops, HORSE Wars, and MOAR

DonkDown Radio

by , Oct 26, 2011 | 8:25 pm

On This episode of DonkDown Radio we try (and fail) to call Michael Clemente, known scammer – but we tell the story of his scamming a local Orleans dealer for $1k.  WORLD PREMIER OF BRETT “GET CRUNK” RICHEY’S BEN LAMB RAP. We talk with Eric Crain, recent 4th place finisher at some tourney in Hammond.  Menachum drops us a parlay that pays $1 for every $2 wagered, and we talk about black men eating pussy with the Iceman. Goldfarb, Karina Jett, HORSE wars, Pokerati Dan + MOAR!
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(Way Outside) the Epic Poker League – Chino Rheem Wins (Pays Back?) a Cool Million

Seidel 2nd, Mercier 3rd

by , Aug 13, 2011 | 3:40 am

The first Epic Poker League tournament of their first season ended with Chino Rheem overcoming the rungood of Jason Mercier, Erik Seidel and The Micros to win the first Main Event, earning a cool $1,000,000 defeating the Seiborg heads-up. The final table last over 200 hands, recap the blow-by-blow action starting here or just read @AlCantHang’s recap.

According to Ben Lamb, he was paid in full for money he was owed by Chino. Others, not so much. The forums were no different “congratulating” Rheem on his win.

Final table results:

1st: Chino Rheem – $1,000,000
2nd: Erik Seidel – $604,430
3rd: Jason Mercier – 360,970
4th: Hasan Habib – $237,560
5th: Gavin Smith – $154,260
6th: Huck Seed – $107,980


(Way Outside) the Epic Poker League: Main Event Day 1

WSOP bracelet winners Katchalov, Lamb and Rast 1-2-3 in chips

by , Aug 10, 2011 | 7:35 am

The highly anticipated debut of the Epic Poker League held their first $20,000 Main Event Tuesday afternoon at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. The first day of the “rake-free” tournament ($400 of each buy-in went to the dealers) with $400,000 added ended with three of the hottest players in poker, Eugene Katchalov, Ben Lamb and Brian Rast the top three in chips.

The first EPL event featured plenty of notable names absent as Daniel Negreanu, most of Team Full Tilt, and Doyle Brunson deciding not to participate. Card-holding members need to enter at least one Main Event, Pro/Am and charity event each season to maintain their card.

In a radio interview last week, Phil Hellmuth wasn’t sure if he’d play in the first event. After making his “announcement” on Twitter Monday, he made his traditional late appearance, but was eliminated shortly after the dinner break.

The EPL will hold tournaments in a variety of no-limit hold’em formats, with the inaugural event played six-handed. Registration closed at the start of level 5, nearly 8 hours after play started. The tournament clock showed 137 players entered to create a $3,085,200 prize pool. The winner at the conclusion of play Friday will earn as the top 18 places make the money. The top 27 EPL money earners return February for the $1,000,000 League Championship freeroll.

Jason Mercier and Sean Getzwiller (a Pro/Am qualifier) are the other bracelet winners from this year’s WSOP among the 63 players returning Wednesday afternoon at 12pm PST to play another six levels.

Top ten chip counts:

    Eugene Katchalov – 356,300
    Ben Lamb – 287,200
    Brian Rast – 260,500
    Antonio Esfandiari – 248,100
    Noah Schwartz – 220,200
    McLean Karr – 191,800
    Hoyt Corkins – 187,400
    Isaac Baron – 167,700
    Dan O’Brien – 163,300
    Erik Seidel – 161,200

The full list of chip counts along with live updates, table draws, videos and more can be found at www.epicpoker.com

Pre-M.E. Festivities

Before the Main Event, the EPL kicked off over the weekend with The $1,500 Pro/Am tournament, offering nine Main Event seats, drew a combined field of 190 entrants as the final table was filmed for the Heartland Poker Tour. Steve O’Dwyer was the winner, earning $23,810 plus his EPL Main Event Seat. The only EPL-eligible player to snag a seat on the cheap was Andy Bloch, eventually finishing 3rd. Michael Craig recaps the final table.

While the Pro/Am final table was in action, 81 players put up $240 (plus a ton of $100 rebuys and add-ons) to raise over $50,000 for Operation USA, with the money earmarked for the victims of tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri. Plenty of goodies were given to all players with Zappos contributing $2,500 to the winner. Reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year Andy Frankenberger won the title, donating the winnings to the charity.