Event 4: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better



Everyone Wants to Know


As we were walking through the tournament area, a player called out to us. We spun around and addressed him. This particular player is a very successful tournament player with more than $3 million and a couple major titles under his belt. Still, he's not immune to the Fear of Ivey.

"Hey," he said when we got close enough to whisper. "Do you know if Ivey has a stack?"

"Yeah, he does. He's got about sixteen," we answered.

"Damn!" answered the player, truly unhappy with the news. Perhaps he's got a little action on the side, but either way, it's always a wise idea to keep an eye on Ivey.

Phil Ivey us
Phil Ivey
us 16,000

Packed and Stacked ('Specially in the Back)


It looks like Michael Mizrachi and Zimnan Ziyard are the two biggest stacks in the room. Here's how they and a few of the other stacked notables look right now.

Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
us 24,000 4,500
Zimnan Ziyard
Zimnan Ziyard
David Singer us
David Singer
us 20,500
Jan Fisher
Jan Fisher
19,500 7,700
Andrey Zaichenko ru
Andrey Zaichenko
ru 19,000 8,000
Tom Koral us
Tom Koral
us 18,500
Jimmy Fricke us
Jimmy Fricke
us 16,500 2,000
Jeff Madsen us
Jeff Madsen
us 15,500
Chris Bell us
Chris Bell
us 15,000
Tom Schneider us
Tom Schneider
us 15,000 5,100
Owais Ahmed us
Owais Ahmed
us 14,500 10,000
Cary Katz us
Cary Katz
us 14,000
Joe Tehan us
Joe Tehan
us 13,000

From Chaos

[user66118] • Level 7: 400-800, 100 ante

From our starting count of 622 players, just 311 remain.

That's half the field, if you're scoring at home.

A Look Back at Last Year's WSOP

Chad_Holloway • Level 7: 400-800, 100 ante

Most Money Won By an Individual at the 2011 WSOP (Excluding Main Event)

PlacePlayerMoney Won
1Brian Rast$1,952,443
2Phil Hellmuth$1,591,004
3Ben Lamb$1,331,832
4Joe Ebanks$1,179,031
5Chris Moorman$1,051,466
6Allen Bari$894,259
7Jake Cody$856,427
8Mikhail Lakhitov$851,058
9Antonin Teisseire$825,604
10Bertrand “ElkY” Grosspellier$811,639

Points of Interest:

  • Tom Dwan played in 54 of 58 bracelets events he was eligible for (no Seniors, Casino Employees or Ladies event).
  • Not only did Kirill Rabtsov earn the most cashes at the 2011 WSOP, he had one of the highest cash percentage rates among players in 2011 at 30.43%.
  • Even before the 2011 WSOP Main Event, Ben Lamb had already amassed $1.3 million in tournament earnings. His third place finish in the Main earned him an additional $4,021,138 for a total of $5,352,970.
  • Pius Heinz, by virtue of his Main Event win plus his one other WSOP cash, won $8,798,924 at the 2011 WSOP, the most of any individual.
  • Only Phil Hellmuth and Chris Moorman on the Top 10 money earners list did not win a WSOP gold bracelet—but both had runner-up finishes.

Zaichenko Dented, Baxter in the Danger Zone


We picked up a three-way pot as an unknown player (Player 1) called the bring-in with the {8-Clubs} showing. Katie Baxter raised with the {4-Spades}, Andrey Zaichenko called with the {5-Spades}, and Player 1 called with his eight up.

Player 1: (x-x) / {8-Clubs} {2-Hearts} {3-Hearts} {10-Hearts} / (x)
Baxter: (x-x) / {4-Spades} {J-Diamonds} {6-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds} / (x)
Zaichenko: (x-x) / {5-Spades} {7-Diamonds} {A-Hearts} {4-Diamonds} / (x)

Baxter bet her lead on fourth street, then called three streets of bets from Zaichenko. Player 1 called him down, too, and the cards were on their backs.

Player 1: {8-Hearts} {7-Hearts} {7-Spades} / {8-Clubs} {2-Hearts} {3-Hearts} {10-Hearts}
Baxter: {K-Hearts} {Q-Clubs} {Q-Spades} / {4-Spades} {J-Diamonds} {6-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds}
Zaichenko: {A-Diamonds} {10-Clubs} {7-Clubs} / {5-Spades} {7-Diamonds} {A-Hearts} {4-Diamonds}

Zaichenko announced his "Aces up," first, and that cued Baxter to show her superior set of queens. Neither of them could beat Player 1's flush, though, and they both quickly mucked their cards and sent their chips across the felt.

Baxter has dipped back under starting stack with that slide.

Andrey Zaichenko ru
Andrey Zaichenko
ru 11,000
Katie Baxter
Katie Baxter

Tags: Katie BaxterAndrey Zaichenko

Midnight Snack of Champions

Chad_Holloway • Level 7: 400-800, 100 ante

During the last break Phil Hellmuth sought out a midnight snack. He's currently at the table chowing down on a personal pan pepperoni pizza from Pizza Hut. What's he washing it down with you ask? That'd be a 20 oz. bottle of Aquafina.

Tags: Phil Hellmuth


Break it Up

[user66118] • Level 6: 300-600, 75 ante
Allen Kessler
Allen Kessler

Six levels down, two to go. Ah, but first, one more 15-minute break.

Why not enjoy a picture of Allen Kessler while you wait?

Schulze Busts Buchanan


Shawn Buchanan appeared to be all in from the get go, be it from the ante or a raise we're not sure. What we do know is that Patrick Schulze and an unknown player in Seat 1 were also in the hand and creating some action.

Buchanan: {3-Clubs}{10-Hearts} / {7-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} / {2-Hearts}
Schulze: {4-Hearts}{2-Clubs} / {A-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{8-Spades} / {10-Spades}
Seat 1: (x-x) / {7-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{K-Spades}

Schulze bet every step of the way until Seat 1 folded on sixth street, which meant Buchanan needed help on seventh. Unfortunately for him, it was not to be and he was eliminated at the hands of the WSOP Circuit Harrah's Rincon H.O.R.S.E. champion.

Shawn Buchanan ca
Shawn Buchanan
ca Ausgeschieden

Tags: Patrick SchulzeShawn Buchanan