Bluff’s Deepstack Player of the Series Flaminio Malaguti took his seat in the 2013 Main Event, late registering after the first level had been completed. Unluckily for Malaguti, he is seated to the direct right of Joseph Cheong and Ivey Poker Pro David Peters is also at his table.
Malguti is treading water at his tough table though, with just over his original 30,000 starting stack at the end of the second break. Just before the break, he made a king high flush with KJ and lost to an ace high flush with A7, or he would have been up over 50,000.
“It’s a very hard table you know with Cheong on the left that raises every hand and is catching cards,” said Malaguti. “I’m trying not to play against him of course.”
Even though his table isn’t ideal for the first day of the Main Event, Malaguti is a seasoned veteran in his eighth Main Event.
“I’m just going to play my game,” he said. “Normally I’m the one who is aggressive and playing like Cheong, but having him on the left where he’s three-betting, it’s a different kind of game because he dictates the table. If I get the chips, I can compete, but it’s going to be a long day.”
Some Big Names With Big Stacks
A few players have accumulated over 100,000 in just the first three levels and will head to dinner with over or almost three times their starting stack. Freddy Deeb has 126,000, Marvin Rettenmaier has 115,000, Michael Mizrachi is at 110,000, and Jason Koon has 105,000.
Mizrachi Climbing Early
Michael Mizrachi has been dominating the early levels of the 2013 Main Event and was up around the 100,000 chip mark near the end of the first level of the day.
With some chips already in the middle, the board read QJT9 and Mizrachi bet 16,000 from early position which sent his opponent into the tank. “Want to run it twice?” Mizrachi asked before his opponent moved all in for 23,000. Mizrachi quickly called and showed AK, but needed to fade a club against his opponents K6. The river was the 2 and Mizrachi scooped the pot.
“I knew he had the king-high flush draw,” said Mizrachi as his stack grew to around 95,000. “That’s why I bet so much.”
Jorgensen Pays Up
While his opponent was tanking on the river. Theo Jorgensen offered to pay his opponent $20 if he called the river bet. Once the player in question confirmed that he would indeed make some cash on making a call, he quickly tossed in a call and mucked when his opponent showed him top pair.
As Jorgensen was reaching into his pocket and pulling out cash to pay, another player asked what was going on.
“I said I thought he was folding and he was wasting our time,” said Jorgensen. “So I offered to pay him $20 if he could call.”
“These are just chips, now I have $20,” said the player who called and mucked his hand. “Today is a good day.”
The player who was $20 richer continued to talk about how good of a deal that he just got.
“I’ll bet you another $20 that nobody at the table understands what you’re saying,” said Jorgensen about the player’s thick accent. “It’s unreal it’s a totally different language.”
Somerville On Life Support
Jason Somerville raised to 600 from the small blind and the big blind called. The flop was Q54 and Somerville bet 200. The big blind called and the 2 fell on the turn. Somerville checked, the big blind bet 500 and Somerville called. The river was the A and Somerville check-called 700. The big blind showed AT and Somerville mucked his hand. He is down to around 5,600 in chips.
Two Sugars and a 1,000 Chip
Philipp Gruissem was playing with his chips when he accidentally dropped a yellow 1,000 chip into his coffee. He called over Robbie Thompson, one of the Tournament Supervisors, over to inform him of the mistake.
Thompson took the coffee cup over to the garbage and poured most of it out, while retrieving the chip from the drink.
“I couldn’t save much of the coffee,” said Thompson as he handed Gruissem an almost empty coffee cup.
“It’s nice and warm,” said Gruissem of his yellow chip. “Hot chip.”
Cheong Chops One
In a three-bet pot, four players including Joseph Cheong, saw a flop of 763. It checked to Cheong on the button, who bet 3,000. Both blinds called him and the 4 fell on the turn. After the small blind checked, the big blind bet 6,500. Cheong called and then the small blind check-raised all in for 10,775. The big blind and Cheong both called and the dealer burned and turned the 8 on the river. The big blind checked and Cheong bet 8,000. The big blind quickly folded and Cheong showed T5. He chopped the pot with the all in player who tabled 65.
Cheong creeped to around 120,000 after he stacked the chips from that hand.
A Few Early Eliminations
After finishing fourth in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship just several hours earlier, Thomas Marchese was eliminated early in the day.
“Played mediocre on not much sleep and ran bad,” tweeted Marchese after his bustout.
David “ODB” Baker had a similar fate to Marchese when he turned a set of kings and his opponent rivered a straight to send Baker home.
“Devastating end to a devastating summer,” Tweeted Baker. “Thank everyone for support throughout ill be back.”
Shane Schleger, Huck Seed, Brandon Cantu, Phil Laak, and Darryll Fish are among the others who couldn’t survive the first three levels of the day.
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