Las Vegas, NV
Back for Day 32 of the WSOP. A little late start to today because of HORSE last night. Have a slight HORSE hangover. Four events today....
Event #49 $1,500 NL - Final TableAnd here's today's final table...
Event #50 $10,000 PLO - Day 2
Event #51 $1,500 HORSE - Day 2
Event #52 $1,500 NL - Day 1
Event #49 $1,500 NL - Final Table:Can JC Tran win a bracelet? Or will another Euro take it down?
Seat 1: Christoph Kohnen (Moers, Germany) - 293,000
Seat 2: Joe Pelton (Irvine, CA) - 1,093,000
Seat 3: Jesper Hoog (Stockholm, Sweden) - 320,000
Seat 4: John Conroy (Dublin, Ireland) - 501,000
Seat 5: Robert Kalb (Offenbach, Germany) - 456,000
Seat 6: JC Tran (Sacramento, CA) - 1,438,000
Seat 7: Chad Siu (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) - 185,000
Seat 8: Peter Nguyen (Tustin, CA) - 870,000
Seat 9: Rasmus Nielsen (Copenhagen, Denmark) - 2,998,000
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Event #52 $1.5K Final Table: Down to 2. Rasmus Nielsen has over a 3 to 1 chiplead over JC Tran.
Event #50 10K PLO: 46 players remaining including Johnny Chan. Tony G recently busted. Josh Arieh is the chipleader. Go Billy Madison! My favorite Josh Arieh story happened in Monte Carlo at the EPT Grand Finale in 2007. Arieh dragged a monsterpotten against a Scandi. A member of a foreign news outlet didn't know who Arieh was and asked him hos name. Arieh responded, "Billy Madison."
Event #49 1.5K NL Final Table: Rasmus Nielsen is stil ahead, but JC Tran caught up a bit.
Event #50 10K PLO: Josh Arieh's stacks finally got counted by FTrain and Camillo. They finally figured out he had 681K.
Event #51 1.5K HORSE: Down to 81. Bubble time. Chad Brown = chipleader.
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Last 5 Pros I Pissed Next To:Jesus was in the hallway posing for autographs again. He's always accommodating.
1. Greg FBT Mueller
2. Hoyt Corkins
4. Scotty Nguyen
5. Dan Alspach
Event #49 1.5K NL Final Table: JC Tran comes from behind to win the bracelet. He beat a Scandi from Copenhagen to win it all. Plenty of Tran's friends were in the crowd including Tuan Le, Quinn Do, and Tuan Lam. Tran won his first bracelet and said, "this was very difficult. I have been playing at the WSOP for five years. I made lots of final tables but could not get over the hump even though I kept getting close."
He had some interesting strategy.
"I played this like it was my last every tournament, like my last chance to win. That means that I would play harder."
Whatever Tran did to psyche him up, it worked.
Event #50 10K PLO: Down to 37. Josh Arieh has over 11% of the chips in play.
Event #52 1.5K NL: 600 remaining out of 2693 runners. Yep, they are going quick. Erica Schoenberg is in the Top 10 in chips.
Event #50 10K PLO: 30 to go. Josh Arieh's domination has subsided. He's still the chiplead but no longer has a commanding lead. Aussies Billy the Croc and Jamie Pickering are chasing down Arieh. Day 2 was being played out in the Brasilia Room but ESPN got them to switch the last couple of tables to back into the Amazon Ballroom. Better lighting and more branding. They will be shooting b-roll for the PLO final table. Might turn out to be a good one. Oh, and Nikolay Evdakov set a new record for number of cashes. He now has ten this year.
Event #51 1.5K HORSE: 75 to go. They're in the money with Chad Brown second in chips.
Event #52 1.5K NL: 460 to go. Erica Schoenberg and Devilfish = busto. The dragon is the chipleader.
Blew off the All In party. Left the Rio to go see Get Smart at Red Rock. It was blah. I passed out and fell asleep during the end of the second act.
Both Day 2 events are trying to play down to a final table. The PLO one most likely will happen. The HORSE one? It might get down to about 15/16 players before the end play.
Event #50 10K PLO: 16 to go. Kido Pham out in front. Josh Arieh still alive along with Billy the Croc and the Grinder.
Event #51 1.5K HORSE: With 32 players to go, Phil Hellmuth is second in chips. Allen Cunningham and Joe Hachem are both still alive.
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