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



Merson Mashed by Merichko

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Greg Merson is done and dusted
Greg Merson is done and dusted

Well that was quick.

A short time after noting Greg Merson's presence in the Brasilia Room, we saw him stand and make a quick exit from the table, his attempt to run up a short stack thwarted by Michael Merichko.

According to Merichko, he was holding the button when he woke up with {j-}{j-}, and with a pocket pair in the hole he open-shoved for his last 7,000.

Merson had a pocket pair of his own in {8-}{8-} and he called off his last 3,500 or so, but a clean runout left him with the second-best hand.

Michael Merichko
Michael Merichko
9,700 9,700
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Greg Merson
us Ausgeschieden

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Size Does Matter

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Greg Merson had chip envy at the sight of Roland Israelashvili's stack, but the veteran pro rightly reminded him that at one point Merson held a bigger stack than anybody in history
Greg Merson had chip envy at the sight of Roland Israelashvili's stack, but the veteran pro rightly reminded him that at one point Merson held a bigger stack than anybody in history

Moments after taking his new seat in the Brasilia Room's Blue section, 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Greg Merson took notice of fellow pro Roland Israelashvili's massive stack.

Sitting on more than 45,000 at the moment, Israelashvili holds 4.5 times the current average and is likely the chip leader with just under 600 players left in the field.

"You have a lot of chips there," said Merson by way of introduction. "A lot of chips."

"What do you know about a lot of chips," replied Israelashvili with a devilish grin. "How many did you have back then, one hundred million?"

"A hundred and eighty million..." said Merson, referring back to the moment he eliminated Jesse Sylvia to win the Main Event. "Something like that."

With two highly experienced pros now at the same table - one short-stacked and the other chip leader - it will be interesting to see how this dynamic plays out as the tournament continues.

Roland Israelashvili us
Roland Israelashvili
us 45,750 1,750
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Greg Merson
us 3,800 3,800

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Back to the Grind

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The tournament has resumed after a 90-minute dinner break, with 600 players left in contention and nearly 2,000 entrants in the books.


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Ring the Dinner Bell

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It's time to eat. Check back here in 90 minutes to follow the rest of Day 1 as Event #9 rolls on.

Strategy With Kristy: The Final Episode feat. Andrew Seidman

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Andrew Seidman
Andrew Seidman

Andrew "BalugaWhale" Seidman is crushing the $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker, and he joins his former student on the final episode of Strategy With Kristy.

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He Owed Him One

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Faraz Jaka loves the Dough
Faraz Jaka loves the Dough

A little while after folding a pot away to Jorge Vergara's preflop shove, Faraz Jaka tangled with him again in a recent hand, and this time he was the one left to show a single hole card.

In their previous confrontation Vergara offered to show one half of his hand, and Jaka obliged by turning over the {q-Clubs}.

This time, the two played with a flop of {j-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{3-Hearts} already on board, and about 4,500 already in the pot. Jaka was acting from under the gun and he fired out a bet of 1,500, causing Vergara to wince and begin to count down his stack.

"Man..." he said aloud in Jaka's direction. "You flop a baby set or something?"

Finally, Vergara decided that discretion was the better part of valor, and his cards were slid toward the dealer, but while he did so Vergara asked for the favor to be returned.

"Show?" he asked Jaka from across the table. "You owe me one."

Jaka obliged after hearing Vergara's reasoning, and with a sinner's smile spreading on his face, "The Toilet" flicked the {k-Hearts} face up near the flop.

"Really?" asked Vergara when he saw the sight of a non-paired card. "I folded ace-jack."

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Faraz Jaka
us 13,400 7,700

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