WSOP Main Event: Day 1C Level Two Mid-Level Update

Giang and Esfandiari are living it up at their Main Event table
Giang and Esfandiari are living it up at their Main Event table

Earlier today, we posted a story in which newly minted Team PokerStars Pro David Williams offered some sage wisdom to newcomers at the WSOP Main Event.  We think you should probably listen to him considering the guy is already up to 127,000 chips three hours into Day 1C play.  We’ve got the scoop on Williams, not to mention some prop bet shenanigans plus NBA advice from Haralabos Voulgaris:

What Chau Thinks

Antonio Esfandiari has gotten a variation of “What Lodden Thinks” going at his table, at which Chau Giang is sitting. For those of you who are unaware of what “What Lodden Thinks” is all about, it is essentially a game where the real answer doesn’t matter, but rather what a specific person thinks the answer is. There is a chinese auction by all players involved, and when the final bid is placed, they ask “Lodden” what he thinks. It was created around asking poker player Johnny Lodden what he thought in the original incarnation of the game.

All of the questions at this table have been how much money it would take to get Chau to do something, and they are taking turns playing “Lodden”. There is money on the line for what “Lodden’s” answer is and what Chau’s real answer would be. The last round brought some controversy, as the topic of conversation turned to how much it would take for Chau to shave his head. One player bid $3,000, Antonio bid $5,000 and was locked into that bid. “Lodden” said $10,000, while Chau himself said $3,000. Another player on the table asked Antonio if he would put up $1,500, and they could get the money together to actually get Chau to shave his head. Chau backtracked, saying he didn’t know if he’d actually do it. There was a bit of an uproar as Antonio requested some arbitration, but in the end it ended up split between the two participating players.

We’ll keep you posted on any updated results to this game.

Three’s the Magic Number for Daniel Alaei

Our final bracelet ceremony save for the Main Event took place at the end of Level One, as Daniel Alaei claimed his third gold bracelet after taking down the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. With that win, Alaei becomes the second youngest player to win three WSOP bracelets. The only player to do it faster was Phil Ivey, so we think Alaei is in pretty good company.

Winnin’ Ain’t Beasley

On a board of Kc 9c 7d, Mike Beasley lead out for 1,300, only to be check-raised to 3,000 by his opponent, which he eventually called. His opponent again checked the J on the turn, and Beasley fired out 4,000, only to be check-raised once again by the small blind to 10,000. Beasley asked for a count, which was about 28,000 more, and thought it over for a couple of minutes. He eventually released his hand with a shake of his head. He still has 34,000.

Liz Lieu Flu?

If you’ve paid any attention to the pros’ tweets over the last month you would know that the Rio is cold, very cold. Liz Lieu happens to be seated at one of the tables that is directly under an air vent. The air conditioning is blowing so hard the table number card is literally blowing in the wind. Lieu is bundled up in a hoodie and seems to be feeling under the weather. The arctic breeze doesn’t seem to be helping.


Jennifer “Jennicide” Leigh is looking rather breathtaking today and has an equally attractive blonde sitting across from her. They just got locked up in pot together and with the board reading T 7 3 Jennicide was facing a 1,400 bet. After a few moments consideration she kicked her cards into the muck and still managed a smile for her blonde tablemate. Leigh is still sitting in decent shape with slightly less than the starting stack.

The Ole Jack-Seven

The common storyline we see again and again at the World Series of Poker is amateurs and semi-pros saving up all year long for a shot at poker stardom. These players come to the Rio with serious focus, and every year we have a number of relative unknowns make it to Day 5 and beyond. There is a slight minority, however, who play with reckless abandon. Table 365’s anonymous player in Seat Eight is a good example.

With a rather pedestrian flop of 8 4 2, the opening player bet 28,000, his entire stack, into a pot with only a handful of chips. The lone player left in the hand made an easy call, showing K K for an overpair of kings. We kid you not, the original better sheepishly turned over J 7 for jack-high, and dusted off $10,000 in a mere couple of hours.

Notable Chip Counts

David Williams continues to steamroll through Day 1 and has already cracked the 100,000 chip mark. He’s the only one we’ve spotted over the century mark, but here are the other ten big stacks we spotted this past hour:

David Williams – 125,000
Carlos Mortensen – 65,500
Matt Woodward – 60,000
Johnny Chan – 58,000
Adam Junglen – 57,000
Phil Armstrong – 55,000
Alex Outhred – 45,000
David Ulliott – 43,000
Todd Terry – 43,000
Steve O’Dwyer – 42,000

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