Event #8: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Wasson Wins it With the Wheel

• Nivo 7: 100-200, 25 ante

After risking the rest of his chips with the {5-Hearts}{5-Clubs}, Rick Wasson of Houston, Texas found himself racing against the {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds} of his opponent.

The flop ran out {4-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{A-Diamonds} and Wasson was on life support, needing to spike a two-outer to survive.

The turn brought the {2-Clubs} and Wasson was afforded a glimmer of hope as he picked up a gutshot straight draw.

Calling for a three, Wasson stood up and waited as the dealer peeled the river card which would either send him home or double him up.

River: {3-Diamonds}

And with that, Wasson's miraculous wheel straight was completed and the Texan sat back down while his opponent paced around the table in pain. Wasson is now in decent shape with a stack of around 9,000 chips, which is just below the average of 10,292.

Oznake: Rick Wasson

Back From Dinner

• Nivo 7: 100-200, 25 ante

Players have returned from dinner break. A total of 2,062 players entered the tournament today bringing total registration for event #8 to 4,178.

At the start of level seven the average stack in the room was 10,292. Players will play through levels seven, eight, and 40 minutes into level nine, which is where play ceased on day 1a.

A total of 423 players will make the money in this tournament although we obviously won't reach that number until the two day one fields converge tomorrow afternoon.

Our first place finisher will walk away with $611,185 in addition to the prestigious gold bracelet.

601 players remain in today's field and we're sure there will be plenty of exciting action over the next couple of hours!

Slepe stave:


• Nivo 6: 100-200, 0 ante

Players just left for their 90 minute dinner break. We're pretty hungry too, so we'll be back in a little while!

X-22 Exits Stage Left

• Nivo 6: 100-200, 0 ante

We missed the preliminary action but with the flop reading {10-Spades}{5-Spades}{9-Diamonds}, Paul "X-22" Magriel found himself all-in against the larger stack held by Narendra Banwari. The tournament backgammon legend tabled his {K-Clubs}{9-Clubs} for top pair but found himself trailing the two pair held by Banwari, who showed down the {10-Hearts}{5-Hearts}.

Turn: {4-Clubs}

River: {6-Diamonds}

And with that, the man known as "X-22" was sent to the rail, while Banwari built his stack to upwards of 15,000 chips.

Oznake: Paul Magriel

West Eliminated

• Nivo 6: 100-200, 0 ante

Tim West has been battling with a short stack for a bit and he got the rest of his chips in with {q-Spades}{q-Clubs} against another players {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}. The board ran out {k-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{6-Clubs} and West was eliminated from the tournament.

Oznake: Tim West

How To: Create Your Own "All In Moment"

• Nivo 6: 100-200, 0 ante

We just spotted something a bit odd. A player moved all in preflop for his last 3,100 chips and then reached into his bag and pulled out a stick of Degree deodorant to place on the table. We're guessing he was trying to create his own "Degree All-In Moment." Carlos Calveiro called the all in and the hands were tabled.

Degree Guy: {A-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}
Calveiro: {k-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

Degree guy was still ahead after the flop came {j-Spades}{9-Hearts}{5-Spades} but the turn brought a card sure to induce a sweat, the {k-Clubs}. The river was the {3-Hearts} and Degree guy and his deodorant were sent to the rail.

Calveiro was up to around 23,000 after the hand.

Oznake: Carlos Calveiro

Men the Master at the Center of More Dramatics

• Nivo 6: 100-200, 0 ante
Men Nguyen Continues Controversial WSOP
Men Nguyen Continues Controversial WSOP

We caught up with the action as Men "The Master" Nguyen and an unknown opponent showed down on a board that held four cards to a straight. Nguyen's opponent showed a {9-} for the low straight, while "The Master" showed a {K-} for the high end.

The dealer must have misread the board because he began to push the large pot towards the other player. Nguyen angrily grabbed his king and began slamming the table with it, showing the dealer, the players at the table and anyone within earshot that he held the winner.

The controversy was quickly sorted out as the dealer recognized his error and awarded the pot to Nguyen, who now has a healthy stack of over 16,000 chips.

Oznake: Men Nguyen