We're breaking a table right now, and that means we're down to 48 players. When the next table breaks, all 42 survivors will be in the money.
Marco Traniello raised from UTG +1 and found only caller in the form of Freddy Deeb from the button, so off they went heads-up to the flop of . Traniello led out and Deeb called both after the flop and after the turn of the , but when Traniello opened again on the river of the , Deeb let his hand go.
With the field now down to just 49 players (seven bust-outs from the money), we suspect that it will be slow going from this point. And rightly so - each player that makes it into the money in this event (let alone win it) will be creating history!
We picked up the action on the flop, heads-up. Rep Porter was in the big blind, and he checked to Lyle Berman, the preflop raiser. Berman made a bet of 4,500, and Porter called.
On the turn, the drew checks from both players, and Porter decided to take the lead after the river. He made it 7,000 to call, and Berman tanked before doing just that. It sounded like Porter mumbled that he had pocket kings but we can't be sure. What we can be sure of is that Berman's was the best hand at showdown, and it's given him a chip boost up to 97,000.
Porter is getting low now, down to 31,900 with some work to do.
Pot Limit Omaha
Alexander Kostritsyn raised to 3,000 from under the gun before the flop, but only found one caller in the form of Brian Haveson from UTG +1 to go heads-up to the flop of . Kostritsyn led out for 4,500 and Haveson leaned over the dealer and asked for a count.
"About a hundred," was Kostritsyn's reply. Havenson sat back down and just flat-called, then both players checked down the turn of the and the river . Haveson tabled for a pair and a flush draw, but it was enough to take the pot down.
The remaining 50 players have taken their seats and the cards are now back in the air! Only eight more bust-outs until we reach the money!
We're on a twenty-minute break. Back in a bit with a cool bad-beat story.
Sorry to give you three John Cernuto hands in a row, but that's just how it worked out right now. As we walked back by to count down "Miami" John's chips, he was involved in another pot.
Brandon Adams opened from the cutoff seat, and Cernuto three-bet him in position. Adams called, and both players took one card and checked. They took one card apiece on the second draw as well, but this time Cernuto bet it. Adams check-called, and both men took one card again. Adams felt the urge now, and he led out with the last bet. Cernuto quickly called.
Adams didn't want to show, but Cernuto waited patiently to see () for the three-card jack. Cernuto had a three-card as well, but his () was significantly better and good enough to take down the pot. Up and down he goes, and Cernuto stops on 39,000 for now.
The action folded around to Yarron Bendor who raised from the cutoff; he found one caller in the form of "Miami" John Cernuto from the big blind, so off they went heads-up to the first draw, where Cernuto drew two cards and opened the betting. Bendor, who drew one card, flat called, and then both players took one card each and checked on both the second and third draws.
Bendor tabled a three-card hand of (), but Cernuto's hand was best with his three-card of ().
On the turn of a board, we watched Brandon Adams bet and "Miami" John Cernuto raise. Adams called the extra bet, and Cernuto bet again after the river. Adams check-called there, and Cernuto confidently tabled . He almost had us fooled for a minute before we realized he's missed his big draw with two to come. Adams' was easily good, then, and that pot moves him back up to 138,000 again.
Cernuto is slipping, down to 19,800 after that pot went south.