Welcome back. Tonight I’m live-blogging from my couch with my laptop computer and wireless internet. It’s much more comfortable than my office!
And tonight, slot hoki features the $5000 Limit Hold ‘Em Championship and the $5000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship. I’m looking forward to both because I enjoy playing both. I just wish I could play as well as them…
So without further ado, here’s this week’s WSOP.
8:00 pm CT
The players at the final table for the $5000 LHE are: T.J. Cloutier, David Chiu, James McManus, Ellix Powers, John Hennigan, Danny Dang, Patty Gallagher, Jan Sjavik, and An Tran.
8:02 pm CT
McManus looks at Big Slick and bets. Powers raises with pocket 9’s. Hennigan re-raises with his Hilton Sisters. McManus calls, as does Powers. Big first hand. The flop is 9-2-T and Powers shakes his head. Those bluffs likely won’t mean much. He checks, Hennigan bets, McManus folds and Powers raises. Hennigan calls. The turn is a K. Powers bets and Hennigan calls. The river is another K. Powers bets and wins the pot. McManus is probably glad he folded before the turn, and he tells the table how happy he is.8:04 pm CT
Dang bets with AJ. Cloutier is short-stacked and calls with AJs. Chiu calls with his pocket 8’s. The flop is 2-6-T. Chiu probably figures he’s in good shape. It’s checked to Cloutier who bets. Chiu calls and Dang folds. The turn is a 9. Chiu is way out in front and this time he bets. Cloutier raises all-in. Chiu has to call with his pair and gutshot straight draw. The river is a 5 and, unfortunately, we lose the table legend. Cloutier is out in 9th.
8:07 pm CT
Commercial. In case you’re wondering, my Phils are tied at 2-2 with the Rockies going to the 8th.
8:09 pm CT
Powers has Q6s, and he actually raises. Wow, that’s a unique play. Dang, in the BB raises with AKs. Powers calls. Dang bets in the dark. The flop is 9-5-3, and Powers picks up his club draw. He raises and tells Dang to put the rest of his chips in, which he does, all-in. The turn is the 9 of clubs and Dang is out. Powers is a little rude about it. I don’t like him. Dang is out in 8th.
8:11 pm CT
It’s time for the Powers profile and he talks like he’s Johnny Chan. I doubt he’s that good, in fact, I’m sure of it. We learn Powers lived much of his life on the street. He says he’s never had a job, except playing poker. He’s the reason I’ll never go pro!
8:12 pm CT
Powers now raises in the dark before the hand. Hennigan calls for the floorman, but I’m not sure why, it’s Power’s turn to act. Chiu calls with his pocket 6’s. Everyone else folds and Powers looks at Q7s and actually raises. I don’t think he’ll be around long. Chiu calls. The flop is 3-A-5 and Powers has another club draw. He bets. Chiu calls. The turn is a Q, giving Powers a pair. Powers bets and Chiu calls. Then Powers bets in the dark. The river is an A and Chiu should probably lay down. Powers sure does talk a big game. I can’t wait to see him get knocked out. Powers takes the pot. McManus tells Powers he’s disrespecting the game. I like McManus, loved his book.
8:14 pm CT
Commercial. I’m glad McManus spoke up. It’s one thing to try and shake up a table, but I prefer people to respect the game. However, with money on the line, you do what you have to to win. I’m sure Powers realizes he’s outclassed, so his best bet is to shake up the competition.
8:17 pm CT
Suddenly Powers is the short stack. I think we missed a few hands in there. McManus bets with QTs. Powers calls with K8s. Could be a fun showdown. The flop is 7-3-4 rainbow. Both check. The turn is a 7, giving McManus a spade draw. Powers bets and McManus calls. The river is a 5 of diamonds. Powers bets and McManus just calls. Hmmm… should have been a fold or a raise. Can’t call with a Q high. And Powers is letting him hear about it.
8:19 pm CT
Hennigan tells everyone Powers is “good for poker.” Maybe he’s been reading our blog about villains. Now Powers is out in the hall talking with spectators. Funny. Powers is now out on the sidewalk telling his stories. Amazing. Meantime Hennigan and McManus are discussing the merits of Power’s game. It’s like Otis’ blog post on ESPN! Powers love the camera.
8:21 pm CT
Powers is on his way back after getting off the phone. It’s folded to Powers who raises with A4s. Chiu re-raises with K9. Powers re-raises and Chiu calls. The flop is 6-3-J. Powers checks and Chiu bets. Powers calls. The turn is a T giving Chiu a straight draw. Chiu bets and Powers calls. The river is a 4. Chiu bets and Powers calls. It’s another pot and Powers strategy is clearly paying off. The table is not playing well. At least ESPN is making them seem like bad players.
8:23 pm CT
Commercial. My Phils are still tied. They’ve got a runner on 2nd with 2 out in the 8th.
8:26 pm CT
McManus bets his pocket 6’s. Powers will likely bet. He’s got Q7s again. And they’re clubs again. Powers calls. The flop is 9-7-6. Powers checks and McManus bets. Powers raises and McManus re-raises. Powers raises again. McManus just calls. Powers is in trouble. The turn is a 4 and McManus can’t be beat. Powers bets and McManus raises. Powers calls. The river is a deuce. Powers checks. Hey, what slowed him down? McManus bets and Powers calls. Not smart play by Powers, but it was bound to happen.
8:28 pm CT
It’s time for the John Hennigan profile. He’s called “Johnny World.” Cool nickname. He’s also a top-notch pool player. I hope I don’t run into him in a bar. He’s an action junkie. I can relate.
8:29 pm CT
Sjavik looks at Q8s, and it’s the first time we see him play. Powers is all-in with J9s. I think we’re about to say goodbye to Mr. Powers. Hennigan calls with K4s. McManus calls with 62 from the SB. Tran is also in with 64. The flop is 7-4-Q. Powers likely can’t beat 4 other players. Hennigan bets his pair of 4’s. McManus folds. Tran calls with his pair of 4’s. Sjavik actually folds top pair. Wow. The turn is an 8 and Powers picks up a big draw. It’s checked around and the river is an A. Powers is done. It’s check-check and Hennigan gets the pot. Powers is out in 7th. I’m glad he’s done, his act wore thin.
8:32 pm CT
Commercial. My Phils actually knocked that run in from 2nd and lead going to the top of the 9th. Tim Worrell is on the mound for the save with Billy Wagner injured, and he promptly gives up a lead-off double. Typical. Hold on a sec! The next batter hits into a fielder’s choice, and the runner is out at third. That’s better!
8:35 pm CT
We peak at the outer tables at the $3000 NLHE tourney. We get a peak at Johnny Chan, Annie Duck and Daniel Negreanu. Oh, look… Ben Affleck is also playing.
8:36 pm CT
Gallagher raises with the Hilton Sisters. Sjavik calls with A4. Chiu also calls with KJ. The flop is 8-7-T. Gallagher bets all-in. Sjavik calls with his A. Chiu calls with his gutshot straight draw. The turn is a 5. It’s checked. The river is a deuce and Gallagher wins the pot. She’s still alive.
8:38 pm CT
It’s time for the Patty Gallagher profile and she tells us she’s a bitch. Okay. If she says so. We also learn she talks like a sailor. Guess she has to fit in somehow…
8:39 pm CT
Joined in progress… Sjavik is all-in and I bet he’s on his way out. The river gives Hennigan a win and Sjavik is out in 6th.
8:40 pm CT
Chiu sees J9s and moves all-in. Gallagher sees pocket 7s and calls from the SB. McManus has Q4s and he calls from the BB. The flop is 4-5-7. Gallagher is in great shape and she checks. McManus also checks. The turn is an 8 and Chiu has a straight and flush draw. Gallagher bets and McManus has to fold bottom pair. The river is the A of spades and Chiu is out in 5th. That’s another dangerous player gone.