That's all from Studio 3 at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. Over two days, we watched some of the biggest names in poker test their mettle with a high-stakes, high-action battle under the lights. Mike Matusow, David Oppenheim, and Andrew Feldman were today's biggest winners, while Tom Dwan seemed to enjoy himself the most. Justin "Boosted J" Smith and Erik Cajelais each lost two $100K buy-ins and called it quits. Phil Ivey stopped by but played for less than an hour.
Ivey and Patrik Antonius will be busy tomorrow playing their field-leading stacks for Day 2 of the Main Event. The rest might try their luck at tomorrow's $10,500 Heads-Up Championship. Follow PokerNews for live coverage of all of the action.
There is a rival for the never ending hand. And it only got to a flop. Tom Dwan checked the flop. Sam Trickett bet at it, and David Oppenheim made a slow call. Then durrrr raised to $32,000. Trickett took five minutes to fold, and Oppenheim took about four. He wanted to rabbit hunt, but the dealer kept things moving.
Sam Trickett opened with a raise, and David Benyamine called. Then on the button David Oppenheim reraised to $14,000. Trickett called, and with a shrug, so did Benyamine. "If you can flop it, I can flop it," he said to Sam.
Flop: - Trickett and Benyamine checked to Oppenheim, who bet $24,000. Only Trickett called.
Turn: - Trickett checked again, then thoughtfully called a bet of $52,000.
River: - One more check, and this time Oppenheim fired $81,000. Trickett tanked for four minutes before quietly calling. Oppenheim showed for top boat. He's on quite the roll. This $350,000 pot is on the heels of a small win and an even bigger pot.
We caught the action of this big hand on the river. The wheelalicious, then double-paired board read . Patrik Antonius bet $60,000. His only opponent, David Oppenheim, calmly moved all in for another $76,200. Antonius didn't look thrilled about it, but he announced a call.
"Quads," Oppenheim said instantly. His was sweet enough to bag a $370,000 pot.
Sam Trickett just bet $54,000 on the river of a board reading . David Benyamine called easily. "Ace-queen?" Trickett asked. Benyamine actually had , good enough to win the pot. Trickett is still asking Benyamine if he folds for different amounts, but it sounds like the Frenchman was never going anywhere.
James Bord won a small pot on a flop. But he was so focused on the hand that he forgot to pay attention to the props. Apparently he and Tom Dwan had agreed on a bet right before the hand, and he missed the fact that his cards hit on the very first hand. The mistake cost Bord $7,000. Of course, Dwan pointed this out as soon as the board hit the muck. Bord jokingly stormed off but presumably will be back after quick bathroom break.
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