Event #9: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em



The Wright Stuff

• Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante

Kyle Cartwright just chipped up again, after flicking out a 2,900 wager on the river with the board reading {2-Spades}{a-Spades}{7-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{8-Spades}.

The pot appeared to contain about 6,000 and Cartwright stared intensely at his lone opponent, who tanked long and hard while assessing the situation.

Finally, the player uncapped his cards and surrendered, sending a sizable pot across the table to yesterday's bracelet winner.

Kyle Cartwright us
Kyle Cartwright
us 31,000 4,000

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Break Yo Self

• Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante

The 360 players left in contention are wandering the Rio halls for a 20-minute break in the action.

Once Upon a Time in Las Vegas

• Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante
James Woods and Emad Alabsi at the scene of the latter's most recent win
James Woods and Emad Alabsi at the scene of the latter's most recent win

With his good friend Emad Alabsi standing by to sweat from the rail, James Woods just shoved all-in to force two players off the pot, but to hear Alabsi tell it the move was ill-timed. Here's what we saw:

The board read {j-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} by the turn and Woods was riding a short stack of 3,150 while sitting in the small blind. He knuckled the felt and elicited a bet of 1,400 by the big blind, a bet which the button decided to flat.

That's when Woods sprung his trap and raised all in for 1,750 more, a move which Alabsi seemed to approve of.

"I love that shove..." he told us as Woods' opponet's contemplated their options. "Love it."

Alabsi is no slouch on the felt himself, as a man with more than $1 million an earnings and two recent titles on the East Coast - including a $164,469 score at a $1650 Parx Casino Big Stax V event - knows how to play the game.

Soon enough, Woods' power play worked its magic and both of his opponent's laid down to the pressure, and with this reporter's hovering gathering attention, the table beckoned Woods to "show the bluff to PokerNews."

Woods called Elabsi over to the table and flashed his hand to his good friend, showing the {q-Spades}{j-Spades} for the stone cold nuts. Having seen Woods scare off two opponents with the best hand possible at the time, Alabsi's previous enthusiasm over the play was dampened, and he began to offer his own opinion on the hand to the actor and poker enthusiast who served as his best man a few years back.

James Woods us
James Woods
us 7,200 -5,400

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The Wright Way

• Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante
Kyle Cartwright
Kyle Cartwright

During the first break of the day Kyle Cartwright took to the bracelet ceremony stage to celebrate his first World Series of Poker win, after the young circuit legend took home the title in Event #4: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em for a $360,435 score.

Cartwright is no stranger to collecting jewelry though, as the five WSOP Circuit rings he has already won can attest, but the bracelet ceremony was obviously a special moment in his career. And while he was once christened the "Poster Boy for the WSOP Circuit," Cartwright is hoping to become a poker superstar period.

If he wins two bracelets in a week, that should just about a do it, and with double the starting stack at the moment, he is squarely in contention for another deep run.

A recent hand saw Cartwright shove all in on the flop with the board reading {q-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{9-Spades}. He was acting from the small blind, and from what we could gather he had come over the top of a 2,800 wager which was either a bet or a raise. In any event, Cartwright soon had the "all-in" button in front of his 20,000-chip stack, and his opponent diving deep into the tank to assess his spot.

Eventually though, that player surrendered and the sizable pot was sent Cartwright's way, giving him about double the average late in this first day of play.

Kyle Cartwright us
Kyle Cartwright
us 27,000

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A Round of Counts on Us

• Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante

With the field dwindling on every hand dealt and just 400 runners remaining, take a look at the updated chip counts for as many pros and notable names as we could find.

Roland Israelashvili us
Roland Israelashvili
us 62,000 16,250
Amnon Filippi us
Amnon Filippi
us 48,600 48,600
Chris Hunichen us
Chris Hunichen
us 36,500 -13,500
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
us 26,000 16,200
John Holley us
John Holley
us 26,000 12,000
Mark Radoja ca
Mark Radoja
ca 23,400 13,600
Tony Dunst us
Tony Dunst
us 22,300 13,200
Paul Volpe us
Paul Volpe
us 22,000 15,700
Micah Raskin us
Micah Raskin
us 17,000 17,000
Shannon Shorr us
Shannon Shorr
us 16,700 13,700
Amanda Musumeci us
Amanda Musumeci
us 15,500 -6,500
Mukul Pahuja us
Mukul Pahuja
us 15,500 9,800
Rob Salaburu us
Rob Salaburu
us 15,000 -6,500
James Woods us
James Woods
us 12,600 -750
Tyler Patterson us
Tyler Patterson
us 12,500 9,500
Lauri Pesonen FI
Lauri Pesonen
FI 12,000 -5,400
Sean Getzwiller us
Sean Getzwiller
us 10,100 10,100
Joe Cada us
Joe Cada
us 7,000 1,700
Olivier Busquet us
Olivier Busquet
us 6,700 6,700

Prize Pool Information Announced

• Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante
The winner won't make this much money, but $323,125 is nothing to sneeze at either
The winner won't make this much money, but $323,125 is nothing to sneeze at either

A total of 1,940 entries were recorded in Event #9: ($1,000 No-Limit Hold'em), generating a prize pool of $1,746,000.

The eventual winner will take home $323,125, with the runner-up earning $199,829.

A min-cash in this event will be worth $1,972 and 198 players will make the money.

For full payout information for places 1-198, take a look at the Payouts tab to see the stakes.


Bump Set Spike

• Level 7: 150-300, 25 ante

We heard a collective shout at the sight of a river card while recording Keven Stammen's recent elimination of a player, and after heading over to take a look, it turned out Idris Drief had cracked jacks with his pair of threes.

According to an extremely relieved Drief, he raised before the flop and one opponent flatted to see the dealer fan {2-Clubs}{7-Spades}{4-Diamonds}. With {3-Hearts}{3-Spades} in the hole and a baby card board, Drief read his man for ace-king and fired away with a c-bet of 800.

The other player in the hand liked his holding, however, and he raised to 2,500, leaving Drief to make an all-in shove for 5,825 hoping he had caught a big slick bluff. Unfortunately for him the read was off base, as he was actually up against {j-Spades}{j-Clubs}.

The turn card came {6-Spades} to provide the requisite sweat, as Drief picked up a gutshot straight draw, but it was the {3-Diamonds} on the river that left the table gasping at the suckout.

Idris Drief gb
Idris Drief
gb 12,350

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Have a Heart

• Level 7: 150-300, 25 ante
Keven Stammen
Keven Stammen

After winning the WPT World Championship back in April for a $1.35 million payday, Keven Stammen is back for more here at the World Series of Poker.

We just caught the tail end of a confrontation which resulted in Stammen sending an unfortunate player to the rail, after the "Stammdog" caught a fortuitous four-flush runout to come from behind and steal a pot.

Stammen held {Q-Spades}{10-Hearts}, while his unlucky opponent had {K-Diamonds}{10-Spades}, and although the flop came king-high, hearts on the turn and river gave the pro a winning flush.

Keven Stammen us
Keven Stammen
us 32,000 32,000

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