Pot limit holdem shouldn’t be much different than no-limit holdem, as each player today started with the same blinds and the same 1500 in chips as yesterday’s tournament. Pot limit is a game that forces big decisions when you get your cards, and as each card hits the board, one must reassess to continue in the hand. It is a game of texture, of position, and for those with heart. No shove and hope the other player will go away.
A field of 1,101 started the day roughly two hours before the second day of the NLHE Event #2. One of the more interesting tables was Table 26 with Daniel Negreanu in the 4s and Barry Greenstein in the 6s. The two talked non-stop, giving the gentleman in the 5s ‘stereo’ as he raked pots. Greenstein busted Negreanu, as well as two other players in the 7s and 9s when his aces held up vs. kings and queens. A few tables over, John Juanda deliberately pushed his final chips into a sizable pot on a board of 2d-10d-10s-Qs-5h. The man to his left, who had Juanda covered, deliberated for several minutes, finally making the call. Juanda’s Ac-Qc was good, and he stacked a big pot. This was a crucial hand early in the tournament, as Juanda ended the day 4th in chips. Victor Ramdin, a PokerStars player, built a strong stack from the start of the day, joining Juanda in the Top Five at the end of the day.
Randy Jensen has made a WPT Final Table, runner up in the 2004 World Poker Open in Tunica. He is the chip leader heading into Day 2 - in solid position.
With so many great players in the field, many would end the day out of the money. Allen Cunningham and Mimi Tran were eliminated on the same hand, Cunningham with sevens and Tran with aces. The third player had A-K and caught a Q-J runner-runner to go with the 10d on the flop and take out two great players with his straight.
Erica Schoenberg made it into the money. This native of Akron, now living in Las Vegas, plays at Mansion Poker. She made it through a short-stacked dinner break to be ready to move deeper into the money in Day 2.One of the last to bust out is ever colorful Chau Giang. Giang has legendary poker endurance, seemingly able to play days on end. He’ll head to the juicy cash games after cashing in 76th place.
Tomorrow’s battle will find 71 players on eight tables, and play will end when nine remain for the final table.