Posts Tagged ‘2009 WSOP’

Bustout Interview: Steve Begleiter, 6th Place

by , Nov 8, 2009 | 4:38 am

Tao of Padraigrati

by , | 4:31 am

Pauly and I look further into drinking with Padraig Parkinson, and in general what it means to be at the WSOPenn and Teller Theater at about midnight with seven players still remaining.

(NOTE: Ivey busted a few minutes after we finished recording this episode.)

Episode 6: Not-so-Last Call

The Biggest Inverse Hush So Far

by , | 1:22 am

This time short-stacked Phil Ivey got it all-in with AK vs. Darvin Moon’s AQ. The crowd has erupted to chants of “I-VEY, I-VEY, I-VEY!”

Ivey tries to hold back a smile … biting into an apple to hide his smirk.

UPDATE: And ooooh, Pokerati’s fave final table dealer Linda Tran delivers a Queen in the window.

The crowd still gives a standing ovation … more chants of “Ivey, Ivey!” … Phil Hellmuth chases him down … Ivey keeps walking, apparently not wanting to talk. He’s on stage immediately giving his ESPN bustout interview. He looks nonchalant and pissed and disgusted at the same time.

Obviously the tenor of this tournament just changed dramatically. No?

A Fan’s View

by , Nov 7, 2009 | 8:09 pm

As the PokerRoad boys say, “If you can’t take the best of it, take the worst of it.” For Kevin Schaffel, that meant getting all in preflop with pocket Aces vs. Eric Buchman’s pocket Kings and losing to quads.

Live poker is most certainly rigged.

I was standing on the balcony as the hand played out and the emotions were obvious.

Pre-flop – aces vs. kings

Post-flop – aces vs. quads

Bustout Interview: Kevin Schaffel, 8th Place

by , | 7:56 pm

Bustout Interview: James Akenhead, 9th Place

by , | 7:23 pm

The Biggest Hush So Far

by , | 7:22 pm

We’re 6 hours into the action, Phil Ivey is All-in (with ~ 20 BB in his stack) and Jeff Shulman is in the tank ….

The crowd is shushing each other all of the sudden. And re-shushing. It’s like everyone in here understands that this tourney does change dramatically if and when Ivey goes out.

UPDATE: Shulman folds. Crowd cheers.

Seriously, wow, that was different. Phil Ivey is different. (Can’t wait to see who had what with that hand.)

Now on to level 36 … 250k/500k blinds … 50k ante.

When Worlds Collide

by , | 7:14 pm

We’ve talked a little about cheering sections at today’s final table, but we’ve saved the strangest combination of superfans for last.

Sitting on stage near their main man Phil Ivey are the Humphreys, the little old couple who have rooted him on since his days as an Atlantic City phenom. Next to them are some of Ivey’s newer friends… rap mogul Irv Gotti and rapper Ja Rule.

Wouldn’t you love to listen in on their conversations?

Semi-live Everything Blog

by , | 6:48 pm

So much craziness going on, and we’ve hardly covered any poker. James Akenhead hit a sick three-outer — the crowd erupted — to triple up, and Antoine Saout called an all-in bluff from Darvin Moon with two pair to stay alive … that was like over an hour ago when this post started.

So here’s a rundown of the off-the-table things that have gone on … and maybe a few on-table situations as well.

HAND UPDATE: Akenhead vs. Schaffel … KK < AA and Schaffel doubles up to stay alive. Thanks to @haribo22 for sneaking me in to the special Harrah’s VIP room in the Palazzo Suites for the free sandwiches and Pepsis. Mooching off the elite, of course, is how we roll.

Turned out to be a good thing … as the original plan was to attend a special PPA gathering with free sandwiches and Pepsis … but the event got canceled when they ran out of food and neither Howard Lederer nor Annie Duke showed up. To be fair, one or both of them was on the air with Bluff Radio at the time.

The new-and-improved WSOP website has a pretty nice feature for following the action … combining chip counts, pics, and tweets:

(Click to launch.)

It’s funny, of course, because for the past few years, there has been so much to-do over number of posts per hour, and who covers what … and now, after so much chest thumping and kneecap cracking to figure out how it all should and does work … all that stuff is pretty much irrelevant in 2009 — not only because there’s no selfishly “official” info provider, but moreso because twitter has become the default way to go for immediate, albeit unofficial, results.

HAND UPDATE: James Akenhead is out 9th! 33 < 99 vs. Kevin Schaffel. Crowd doesn't so much erupt as respectfully and enthusiastically applauds. If you're not already, follow the action and then some on Tao of Poker.

Check it out: the Penn and Teller Theater did reach capacity (1,200). And the line outside the WSOP&T, stretching through that long long hallway that summertime WSOP visitors know all too well:

HAND UPDATE: Ivey folded. But he really had to think about it.

HAND UPDATE: Schaffel all-in again, with AA vs. Eric Buchman’s KK. Flop K-Q-J. WOOOOOT! 4th King on the turn … Schaffel out in 8th place.

Note for next year: How ’bout a visible tournament clock? We’re all guessing where we are in the levels.

Supposedly the WSOP website has been a bit slow at times … as has PokerNews. If in need for a super-updated chip count fix, check out PokerListings as a go-to backup. They also have rules there for a main event final table drinking game … which can still have you pretty hammered by heads-up, even with others having nearly a 6-hour head start.

HAND UPDATE: Shulman starting to come alive.

A Bird’s Eye View

by , | 3:57 pm

The Penn & Teller theater is a big room with seating for hundreds of friends, family and media folk. Some of us are down on the floor close to the action while others, like me, are relegated to the sky box where we can look down on the action from high above.

While we can’t see the cards, we do have some large monitors and hand-by-hand commentary to help us keep up with the action. It’s pretty cool, actually.

A view of the final table from high in the sky.

A Closer Look at the Action


by , | 3:17 pm

While the battle for the bracelet heats up on stage, Doyle Brunson is taking care of business in the lobby of the Penn & Teller theater where he’s signing copies of his books, including his new autobiography that goes on sale soon.

You're not putting this on eBay, are you?

Who says you need to final table to make money at the WSOP?

Tao of Pokerati: November Nine

by , | 2:44 pm

We’re back … with the world’s shortest poker podcast … so short, we’ve already got two episodes for you.

Episode 1: Pre-action Action

Episode 2: Homme-team Advantage

Staring ‘Em Down

by , | 2:40 pm

Phil Ivey made the first all-in move of the day and the crowd went… silent.

It was certainly the tensest moment so far as both Joe Cada and Jeff Shulman considered taking Ivey on and, potentially, knocking him out. In the end though, Ivey’s fold equity was enough that he took down the pot and lived to play on.

I can’t wait to see what happens when we have an all-in and a call.

Julie Schneider at the November Nine

by , | 2:29 pm

In spirit … Phil Ivey just took down his first pot, and a voice from the crowd screamed: “Stack’em, stack’em, to the top!”

More November Nine Prep

by , Nov 6, 2009 | 11:17 pm

Well into Friday eve, the ESPN production crew is testing small-scale pieces of their tech set-up, and the Rio is readying itself for a big crowd …

twitpics: @JoyKendra