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Be Aggressive. B-E Aggressive – Day Seven Of The WSOP

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11:45 p.m.

They are about to kickoff the $1,500 NLHE 6-handed shootout. It's a bit surreal to see only 6 chairs at each table. Since no more than six players will ever be at a table at one time it requires an understanding of short handed play, and knowing how to shift gears at the right times. Aggression in these events is crucial.

12:00 p.m.


Like yesterday's event, this field is somewhat light in the number of recognizable faces that are playing in it. This is probably due to the fact that many players are still in other events. Among those playing today are Antonio Esfandiari, John Juanda, Andy Black, Jamie Gold, Jennifer Tilly, Hoyt Corkins, Hevad Khan, Jared Hamby, Bill Edler, Jordan Morgan, Nam Le, Huck Seed, Alex Jacob, and David Williams. Justin Bonomo finished 2nd to Erick Lindgren in the $5,000 Mixed LHE/NLHE event last night and both players are back to give it another go. I'm surprised Lindgren is playing considering he probably spent a good portion of the night partying with his friends. That's dedication.

12:45 p.m.

Here's a lesson in why slow playing is usually a bad idea. John Juanda was squared off with an unknown opponent and the two saw a flop of Q-6-6. After a check from his opponent, Juanda bet 750 and was quickly called. The turn was a 2 and Juanda's opponent again checked. Juanda thought carefully about what to do and checked behind. The river was a 3. Juanda's opponent now decided to bet and placed 1,050 in chips out in the middle. Juanda moved all in and was insta-called by his opponent. His opponent held aces. Juanda held 5-4 for the runner runner straight that would have never got there if his opponent had check raised the flop or bet the turn.

2:10 p.m.

They've begun action for Day 2 of the $2,000 NLHE. They are already in the money and Theo Tran is the chip leader as play begins today. Theo just took 4th the other day in the first $1,500 NLHE event and was disappointed that he was not able to bring home the bracelet. “I was going to take the day off but I woke up and didn't really have anything else to do so I decided to come play this,” Theo told me. Yea, I think I'd come play too if I was running like Theo is.

Let’s see what hand of the day comes to us in the $1,500 six handed event. It's folded to the small blind who completes. Dutch Boyd in the big blind raises it to 300 (blinds are at 50/100). The small blind calls. The flop comes 9-4-3 with two clubs. The small blind checks and Boyd bets 300. The small blind makes it 800 to go and Boyd puts in a third raise to 2,000. The small blind moved all in and Boyd called. Boyd has K-5 of clubs for a flush draw while the small blind has Q-3 of diamonds.

The small blind tells Boyd “I put you on a draw.” Huh? I want this dude's psychic abilities. Boyd raises pre-flop, leads out and puts in a third raise and you put him on a draw? Even if he “knew” Boyd was on a draw (and needless to say I don't believe him), it's still a terrible play as he's almost a 3:2 dog to most of the draws that Boyd could possibly have.

4:00 p.m.

I watched the start of the $1,000 rebuy NLHE tournament final table. Michael Banducci comes in as the chip leader and has a rowdy contingent cheering him on. I first met Banducci last year and he was a relative unknown but I knew from watching him play that he was a great player. He's probably still a relative unknown to all but a few people, but the 23 year old from Michigan has made his 2nd final table in two years and this is his 8th WSOP cash so he's proven himself on the biggest playing field there is. I asked Banducci if he was nervous and he just shrugged his shoulders and said “No.” Gotta love confidence.

5:00 p.m.

I walk through the six handed event and honestly did not recognize one person. Ten feet away they were holding the $10,000 Mixed event and I recognized almost every one. One particularly loaded table included Mark Vos, Amnon Filippi, Johnny Chan, Phil Ivey, and John Hennigan. I wanted to sit down and say “I ain't skurred of youse guys,” but I think I might have lost my media pass if I did that. Maybe next time.
6:00 p.m.

Jeffrey Pollack, WSOP Commissioner, was showing some suits around the media area when Mike Matusow yelled his name and asked to speak with him. It was humorous watching all the photographers rush to get a photo of the two of them talking. Yes, I admit it, I was one of them. None of them were good shots though because I was in the middle of writing when it happened and I just caught the end of it. We're like vultures. Someone yelling? We're there. Someone laughing? We're there. A player collapsing on the ground? We're there.

The Mixed Omaha 8/Stud 8 tournament has began and players who haven't had success in the previous events are sitting down for this one. Included in the field are two players who were just eliminated from final tables moments earlier, Scott Clements and Michael Binger and two players who played in the $5,000 Mixed final table last night, Justin Bonomo and Roland DeWolfe. I talked with Scott Clements briefly and for someone who had just had a train wreck of a final table he seemed to be in a good mood. He did voice one complaint, saying that they've been having too many breaks in play. “We play one hour, take a color up break, play one hour, go on dinner break, play another hour and go on another break.” I haven't been playing but if that is the case, I would have to agree with him.

There's still a lot going on but this is going to wrap up my observations from the tournament floor for the day. More later on all the tournament action and final tables that took place today.

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