Event 15: $550 Main Event [Day 1b]

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Put Day 1b in the Books

Written by Duffman, 2009 03 20 06:59 pm EST

We're officially all done with Day 1b of the 2009 Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series Main Event.

While there were many stories today, probably one of the more entertaining was the roller-coaster ride of Ali Khalil. Khalil monstered his tables early moving over 120,000 when the next nearest count in the tournament was sitting with only 70,000.

From there it was all downhill for Khalil, to the point where he was eliminated with about half an hour left in the day.

Others who fared better included our flight chipleader - Peter Longmore who finished the day with 156,900. He will be joined on Sunday by notable players with decent sized stacks like Marc Des Anges (90,000), Peter Arisitdou (85,000), and Avi Ayalon (67,000) all who qualified for Sunday's day 2 through today's flight.

We'll be back on the floor to do it all again tomorrow with Day 1c - the repechage flight, where players eliminated from days 1a and 1b can buy back into the tournament for another chance at qualifying for Day 2 on Sunday.

We'll be live from around midday tomorrow, with play scheduled to start at 12:10pm. See you then!

Nice Time For A Triple Up!

Written by Duffman, 2009 03 20 06:49 pm EST

In the last three hands of the day of a repecharge event Mark Evans found it to be a nice time to triple up.

But seriously when isn't a good time to triple your stack?

Evans moved his {q-Clubs}{q-Hearts}all-in, against two opponents one with {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}, the other with {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}.

The board ran out {j-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{q-Spades}to move Evans up to 65,000 in chips with just two hands left.

Three More Hands

Written by TassieDevil, 2009 03 20 06:35 pm EST

The clock has been paused and the players will play three more hands this evening before bagging and tagging for the day.

Volkoff Busto

Written by JoeyDel, 2009 03 20 06:34 pm EST

Tamara Volkoff has been eliminated from the tournament.

Her pocket nines could not improve against her opponents pocket queens and Volkoff will not be seen here until tomorrow.

"David Chilcott"
March 20, 2009

Queens Everywhere

Written by TassieDevil, 2009 03 20 06:33 pm EST

Cliff Lee raised to 2,400 from under the gun before David Chilcott bumped it to 12,000 next to speak. The table folded back to Lee who made the call.

The flop came down {J-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{9-Spades}and Lee checked to Chilcott who fired 22,000. Lee thought for a long time before making the call.

The turn was the {3-Clubs}and again Lee checked to Chilcott who moved all in for around 66,000 chips. Lee again deliberated but gave it up, flashing {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}. Incredibly Chilcott revealed the same hand - {Q-Clubs}{q-Spades}!

With no flushes on board, the two would've chopped, but Chilcott scoops the lot to move up to 135,000 with Lee falling to 65,000.

Khalil Is Nearly Down To The Felt

Written by JoeyDel, 2009 03 20 06:30 pm EST

Ali "Peppermint Hippo" Khalil has lost his new found chips almost as quickly as he acquired them.

Khalil opened under the gun to 3,000 chips and was called by Matt Pilata in early position and Lee Nelson in late position.

On a flop of {q-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{5-Spades}Khalil made a continuation bet of 6,000. This was flat called by Pilata and Nelson folded his hand.

Khalil then checked the {6-Clubs}on the river, his opponent took over the agression and bet out 17,000. Khalil called this bet.

Khalil then open shoved the river {9-Diamonds}which actually put Pilata all in. Pilata insta called and turned over {9-Hearts}{9-Spades}for the nuts.

Khalil mucked {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}and is down in some serious trouble with just around 4,000 in front of him.

Matt Pilata is sitting very pretty at the moment with 100,000 chips.

Since this point Khalil has been moving his stack around very loosely trying to get some chips. He appears to be trying to build a stack up quickly or else he will be in for the repecharge tomorrow.

"Cliff Lee"
March 20, 2009

Cliff Claims Victim

Written by TassieDevil, 2009 03 20 06:25 pm EST

Crown Local Cliff Lee is now up to a commanding 95,000 after an interesting pot was pushed his way.

A middle position player raised to 5,000 before Lee bumped it up to 16,000 from the small blind. While big blind the was in tank, the MP player announced he was all in, out of turn.

The big blind was seemingly in a confused state but eventually found a fold as Lee insta-called.

MP: {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}
Lee: {K-Spades}{K-Clubs}

The board ran out {Q-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{2-Spades}{10-Spades}and Lee sends one to the rail to now be well place for a day two berth.

The Voice Singing No More

Written by Duffman, 2009 03 20 06:19 pm EST

Paul "The Voice" Khoury has been eliminated from today's action.

According to Khoury he took a {q-?}{3-?}{6-?}rainbow flop against an unknown opponent. His opponent bet 4,000 chips into Khoury which he flat called.

They took a {j-?}turn which saw the opponent bet out 6,000 only for Khoury to fire back all-in for 9,000 more.

The opponent mulled over his decision for a while before eventually calling and tabling {a-?}{10-?}off-suit.

Unfortunately for Khoury the river {A-Hearts}gifted his opponent the hand.

Khoury is likely to be back tommorow to fight another day.

Ace From Space For Khalil

Written by TassieDevil, 2009 03 20 06:15 pm EST

Ali Khalil was all in preflop for his last 29,500 and Stiven Strmecki tanked before making the call.

Khalil: {A-Spades}{9-Hearts}
Strmecki: {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}

"I'm going to win this one!" declared Khalil confidently but he lost faith as he walked away from the table when the first four cards were spread {2-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}but the miracle {A-Diamonds}found it's way to the river to give Khalil the three-outer for the double up.

As the table commented on Khalil's good fortune, the always-gracious winner Khalil replied "Please, if that's the worst beat he's ever going to cop he's going to have a good poker career. What about his slowroll calling me with pocket tens? I had 30% equity there!"

Khalil is back in the game with around 65,000 chips.


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