It's almost unfair for the other players at the table, but Steven van Zadelhoff just hit another set and got paid off once again. In the last hand we reported from him, he had kings and hit top set. Now he had aces and again he hit top set, this time on the turn. His opponent paid off Van Zadelhoff on all three streets and mucked eventually.
Without his signature snakeskin cowboy hat, Andy Bloch has maintained a low profile thus far at the 2013 World Series of Poker, escaping the media attention he generated during past years. With three cashes to his credit thus far, however, Bloch has proven that his skills on the felt have not dulled during his down time.
Bloch is here today competing in the Little One for One Drop, and he is faring quite well midway through the day.
We caught Bloch raising to 375 from early position, after a player limped in from under the gun. The two went heads-up to the flop, which fell . The limper tried a feeler bet of 425, and Bloch flatted to take the on the turn. Both palyers tapped the table when the third five arrived, and the completed the board on the river.
After another check to him by the limper, Bloch tossed out a bet of 850 and that was enough to force the fold. Bloch has doubled his starting stack already, and with fellow pros firing their second, third, and even fourth bullets already, the dangerous pro has moved ahead of the pack.
THere are 45 minutes left on the clock for this level. This is the last level people can register and re-enter, at the beginning of the fifth level registration for today will be closed. Since registration is still possible in the 20 minute break following this level, registration is open for 65 more minutes total. So far the clock makes mention of 2,007 entries.
After notching a huge double up earlier when his flopped quads took down a turned full house, Duck-Sin Jong has continued to climb the chip counts.
We caught Jong taking down a sizable pot with just a single post flop bet, after five players contributed 350 a piece to the pot preflop.
When the dealer fanned the across the felt, the action checked around to Jong, who tossed out 700 to claim the pot. Although Jong took this one down without much of a contest, he did suffer a prolonged staredown from one opponent in particular: the man who just had his full house bulldozed by Jong's quads.
2012 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Greg Merson joins the PokerNews Podcast to talk about the controversial tweet he released on Tuesday regarding private public cash games at Aria, and respond to criticism regarding the language of the tweet. Merson also discusses Macau, the potential return of online poker to New Jersey, and his friend Tony "End Boss" Gregg's win in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller.