2011 WSOP Main Event Day 1C Level 3 Update

Hellmuth kept his grand entrance as low key as Hellmuth can be this year
Hellmuth kept his grand entrance as low key as Hellmuth can be this year

It didn’t take a math major to realize that Day 1C is substantially larger than the other starting days of the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event thus far, but for any doubters, the numbers are in. More than 2,000 players turned up for Day 1C action, including one very notable late arrival, who showed up about thirty minutes late for Level 3 action (150/300 blinds). For more about who made a grand exit, who made not so grand exits, and just how many people showed up, read and enjoy while the players take their dinner break until approximately 8:25pm PT:

Huge Day 1C Field Pushes Overall Attendance Over 4,000

Days 1C and 1D are always substantially larger than the first two starting days, but the disparity seems to be exceptionally large this year with 2,181 players signing up for Day 1C action. That is more than Days 1A and 1B combined and puts the total number of participants in the Main Event at 4,056 and counting. It would take over 3,000 runners tomorrow to match the size of last year’s field. That number may sound far-fetched, but considering the long registration lines today, the huge number of satellite participants, and poker players’ tendency to procrastinate, it actually may be in the realm of possibility after all.

Hellmuth Arrives: Da Da Da, Da Da Da

After arriving in past years as General, a Roman Emperor and a NASCAR driver, Phil Hellmuth toned things down for his 2011 entrance. The 11-time bracelet winner, who will be providing commentary and analysis on the live ESPN2 broadcasts during this Main Event, arrived dressed as an… ESPN announcer. The get-up came complete with ESPN microphone, standard blue blazer and the SportsCenter entrance music.

Everybody Loves Last Longers

Good friends and former castmates of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Brad Garrett and Ray Romano, came into today with their standard last loner bet. The bet turned out not to be much of a sweat for Garrett as Romano ran A-K into kings on the last hand of Level 2 to exit the tournament.

Meanwhile, Garrett is doing his best to keep his table entertained, which seems to be of more concern to him than the poker at this moment. Halfway through Level 3, Garrett was getting frustrated with his lack of playable hands and offered up a theory on that to his entire table.

“I haven’t won a hand since the break. Shouldn’t have done a stinky. That’s bad luck. It all went down the toilet.”

His potty mouth kept running when he made reference to Daniel Negreanu’s ability to read people’s hands.

“I had Daniel Negreanu next to me at the urinal and he said ‘I know what you have in your hand’.”

Eventually the jokes halted long enough for Garrett to play a pot.

While talking to a friend, Garrett raised to 700 from the cutoff. Only problem was there was still players to act in front of him. A player raised to 1,050 from middle position and there were still players to act between Garrett and the raiser. A floor was called over and Garrett’s raise was declared to be non-binding and he was given the chance to pull his bet back.

He decided to call the raise and the two players say a flop. Both players checked the AAT board. After the Q hit the turn, the initial raiser bet 1,700, Garrett raised to 3,600, and the other player called. The river brought the 6 and the first player bet 5,000. Garrett called and tabled KJ for a turned Broadway straight but the other player showed down TT for a flopped full house. Despite losing the hand, Garrett still had a healthy 41,000 stack to work with heading into the dinner break.

Timothy Begley’s Big Stack Gets Better

Timothy Begley, better known by his old online moniker BegsClutch, is doing quite well in Day 1C thus far. He is one of the few players to hit the 100,000-mark.  it seems like many of those chips have come without much risk to Begley’s stack.

The active and aggressive player picked up another small pot late in the level when the player in the cutoff raised to 725 and Begley defended out of the big blind.  The flop came down KJ9 and Begley checked.  His opponent bet 1,250 and Begley called.  The turn brought the Q and Begley took control of the action in the hand, betting 650.  The small bet led to around 20 seconds worth of thought from Begley’s opponent before he mucked, giving Begley the pot.

After the hand, Begley was just shy of the 100,000-mark with 99,000 chips, but the final fifteen minutes of the level proved to be productive ones, as he chipped up to 114,000.

Traniello Gets Tripped Up

Marco Traniello got off to a good start on Day 1C, getting over 40,000 at one point before running into a tough spot. On a board of A823, Traniello bet 3,500 into a pot of 6,000, and was raised to 8,000. Traniello called, and they saw the Q river. Traniello checked, then called 10,000, building the pot to over 42,000, but he wouldn’t be scooping any part of it, as his opponent showed 22 for a flopped set.

After the hand, Traniello was down to 20,000

Phil Gordon Chips Up

Phil Gordon made an early appearance at the WSOP to promote his Bad Beat on Cancer foundation, but this is the first time we’ve seen Gordon take to the felt all Series. Gordon seems no worse for the wear after his stint away from the tables though.

On a flop of KQ8, Phil Gordon bet 3,200 into a pot of 4,500, only to be min-raised to 6,400. After about two minutes of thinking, Gordon reraised 6,800 more, and his opponent called. The 6 on the turn prompted a check from Gordon’s opponent, then Gordon went all-in for approximately 20,000. Gordon’s opponent almost immediately mucked, and Gordon scooped the pot to get up to 54,000.

Jeff Sarwer and Alex Kamberis Double

Jeff Sarwer was the beneficiary of a timely double-up over the course of Level 3. After Sarwer and two other players put in 2,500 pre-flop, all three checked the T99 flop and T turn. It looked to be an uneventful pot as the 8 fell on the river, but Sarwer immediately electrified the situation, open shoving for 17,850. One player folded but the other sat and thought for several minutes before ultimately calling. Sarwer immediately flipped over the KT for a full house, and his opponent mucked. After this hand, Sarwer was up to 43,250.

Alex Kamberis also benefited from a double up this level. He raised on the button and both the small blind and big called. The trio saw a flop of 642. Action checked to Kamberis, who bet. The small blind check-raised to 4,000, the big blind folded, and Kamberis quickly moved all-in for around 7,000 total. His opponent called with Q6 for top pair, but Kamberis had her bested with AA. The aces held as the turn brought the 9 and the river the 2 and Kamberis doubled up to 15,500.

Double the Action, Double the Fun

Nenad Medic and Tim Phan are seated at the same table and engaged in the hot trend at this year’s WSOP: playing high-stakes Chinese Poker on their iPads. Action has been going for a couple of hours, and Phan seems to be getting the best of Medic, judging by the needles he keeps sending Medic’s direction.

“You know you could have improved your hand in three spots there?” Phan told Medic after one hand. “A king-high straight, three sixes and aces. That’s pretty hard to do”, he added. Medic agreed as play continued at the table and on the tablet.

Paul Pierce is Hungry

With nearly an hour to go before the dinner break, Paul Pierce was starting to get anxious – for food. The Boston Celtics star had the ESPN cameras tracking him for most of the day and, during one visit to his table, he let them know his tummy was rumbling. “When’s the dinner break? How long? I know everybody at the table is hungry. Unless you got one of them Jetson’s pills.”

Notable Bustouts

The list of Day 1C casualties just keeps growing. The list now includes Brent Hanks, James Akenhead, Fabrice Soulier, Owen Crowe, and 2003 WSOP Main Event Champion Chris Moneymaker.

Tweet of the Level

Here is some sage tournament advice from @VictoriaCoren:
“Note to self: if you’d planned a cigarette break, don’t change your mind just because you find aces. That always costs at least 7k.”

By The Numbers

306 More players in the Day 1C field than in the combined Days 1A and 1B field. With 2,181 players, the Day 1C has more than doubled the size of the Main Event field thus far.

Notable Chip Counts

Bryan Pellegrino – 123,000 (from his Twitter)
Timothy Begley – 114,000
Sorel Mizzi 80,000
Shannon Shorr – 77,200
Steven Landfish – 75,025
Dan Shak – 70,725
Paul Pierce – 67,725
Andy Bloch – 66,300
Phil Gordon – 62,050
Yevgeniy Timoshenko – 62,000
Erik Seidel – 58,825

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