2014 World Series of Poker

Event #41: $1,500 Six-Handed Dealer's Choice
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2014 World Series of Poker

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Day 1 Concludes; Tull Leads with Burr and Fricke Close Behind

Nível 10
Larry Tull Leads Final 95
Larry Tull Leads Final 95

Day 1 of Event #41: $1,500 Six-Handed Dealer's Choice is officially in the books! This unique event drew a total of 419 entries and by the end of the day just 95 of those players remained. By the end of the night it was Larry Tull who bagged up the largest stack in the room with 55,400.

While Tull holds the chip lead coming into Day 2, other notable players are close on his heels. Melissa Burr has had a stellar WSOP thus far, making two final tables ( an eighth place finish in Event #10: $10,000 Limit Omaha Hi-Low Championship and a fifth in Event #30: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low). Burr is now looking for her third deep run of the summer, bagging up a top-five stack with 47,375. Right on Burr's heels is Event 30's seventh place finisher Jimmy Fricke. Fricke will bring 46,600 with him into Day 2.

The day saw all sixteen of the possible games being spread with players complimenting the dealers and tournament staff for a well-run tournament left and right. The light-hearted environment was almost palpable in the room, as players were quite jovial with one another as they jumped from game to game. One exception, however, occurred halfway through the day. Brandon Cantu was once again the center of controversy when he engaged in a confrontation with fellow bracelet winner Jesse Martin. Cantu ultimately received a penalty that amounted to about three missed orbits. Regardless of that fact, Cantu bagged up at the end of the night and will return for Day 2 with 33,175.

Other familiar faces returning for Day 2 include Jennifer Harman (39,500), Todd Brunson (38,000), Frank Kassela (37,100), Jeff Madsen (35,550), Robert Mizrachi (34,175), Gavin Smith (25,125), Calvin Anderson (25,025), Bill Chen (24,575), Maria Ho (22,925), Andrey Zaichenko (14,450), Michael Mizrachi (13,025), John Monnette (11,425) andBrian Rast (6,775).

While each of those players bagged up and will advance onto the second day, many others were not as fortunate. Some of the players to leave the felt before the bag and tag include Mike Sexton, Steven Wolansky, Randy Ohel, Barry Greenstein, Ben Yu, Andy Frankenberger, Naoya Kihara, Mike Leah, Bryan Campanello, Tom Schneider, Scotty Nguyen, Scott Abrams, and Eli Elezra.

Play resumes at 2 p.m. local time on Friday in the Purple section of the Amazon Room. As always, PokerNews will be on hand with the latest coverage. Until tomorrow!

Tags: Larry TullJimmy FrickeMelissa Burr

Ruben Eliminates Nguyen

Nível 9
Scotty Nguyen - Eliminated
Scotty Nguyen - Eliminated

No-Limit Hold'em

Brian Rast was under the gun and opened with a raise to 550. Scotty Nguyen flatted from the next seat over and it folded around to Brad Ruben in the small blind. Ruben cut out a three-bet to 1,875 and action folded back around to Rast. Rast called the three-bet and Scotty wasted little time four-betting to 6,150. Ruben five-bet shipped all in, Rast folded, and Nguyen called an additional 2,100 for his tournament life.

Nguyen: {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}
Ruben: {A-Hearts}{A-Spades}

The board fell {Q-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{6-Spades}, allowing Ruben's pocket aces to stay out in front. Nguyen was eliminated from play and Ruben's stack is now up to about 30,000.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Brad Ruben us
Brad Ruben
WSOP 4X Winner
Scotty Nguyen us
Scotty Nguyen
WSOP 5X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer

Tags: Brad RubenScotty Nguyen

Burr Over Cunningham

Nível 8
Melissa Burr
Melissa Burr

Stud 8

Burr: {x-}{x-} / {2-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{3-Clubs} / {x-}
Cunningham: {x-}{x-} / {3-Spades}{J-Clubs}{7-}{9-Diamonds} / {x-}

Picking up with the action on fifth street, Allen Cunningham checked over to Melissa Burr. Burr fired out a bet and the five-time WSOP bracelet winner called to see his next card. He checked once again on sixth and Burr bet out. Cunningham called once more and the two players received their final down cards.

Cunningham check-called one final bet from Burr on seventh and she tabled {J-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} for eights and treys. Cunningham mucked his cards and Burr was awarded the pot. She is now sitting on about 25,600.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Melissa Burr us
Melissa Burr
25,600 11,600
Allen Cunningham us
Allen Cunningham
2,900 -4,900
WSOP 5X Winner

Tags: Allen CunninghamMelissa Burr

Cantu Controversy

Nível 4
Brandon Cantu
Brandon Cantu

We arrived at the table in time to see a heated argument between Brandon Cantu and Matt Szymaszek during a hand of 2-7 triple draw. When we came upon the scene, the tournament director was making a ruling over the hand. We're unsure of the action, but voices quickly became louder with Cantu arguing over the outcome of the ruling.

Jesse Martin, from the next table over, shouted to the tournament director, telling him that Szymaszek "plays draw games every day," knew the rules, and was not attempting to angle shoot.

"Shut the f*** up," retorted Cantu, bluntly.

From there, the arguing match between Cantu and Martin escalated.

"You're an angle shooter, Brandon," said Martin. "Nobody f***ing likes you."

An angered Cantu then made his way over to Martin's table. Despite the presence of another floor staff member in between the two of them, Cantu stormed over and attempted to shove Martin before the floor was fully able to intervene. Cantu quickly made his way back to the table and went back to pleading with the tournament director over the ruling.

"Get him out of here!" said Martin. "He punched me. Ban him. Get him out of here."

By the end of the confrontation, four different floor staff members and six security guards surrounded the table. The tournament director gave Cantu a one-round penalty for being disruptive, which another tournament director increased to a two-round penalty. Cantu stormed out of the Amazon Room and play continued on.

Our very own Sarah Grant grabbed Cantu for an interview during the break, and that video will be posted shortly.

Gauging Player Reception to Dealer's Choice Event

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Allen Kessler is among the pros who have enjoyed their first WSOP Dealer's Choice experience
Allen Kessler is among the pros who have enjoyed their first WSOP Dealer's Choice experience

With two levels in the books at the first ever World Series of Poker Dealer's Choice event, PokerNews decided to ask a few pros about their experience with the novel addition to this year's schedule. Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler, David "Bakes" Baker, Justin Young, and John Holley were kind enough to take a few minutes out of their break to share their thoughts. Topics of note included the competency of the dealers — who will need to know the rules and intricacies of no less than 16 poker variants — as well as the strategy involved during the early levels of play, and the pro community's desire to see dealer's choice added to the schedule on a permanent basis.

PokerNews: Has the event met your standards thus far, in terms of dealer competency and flow of the game?

Allen Kessler: Yeah, I mean, I thought it was going to be this crazy thing, and the dealers are actually pretty good. We’ve had a few mistakes by one dealer, but that’s understandable.

David "Bakes" Baker: The dealers are fine, we’ve had good dealers so far, very good actually. A lot better than some other ones I’ve had, so they seem to know what they’re about.

John Holley: I think it’s great, actually, we’ve had very good dealers, every dealer’s been knowledgeable on all the games. It’s been an interesting choice of game selection. I’m a little bit on tilt because somebody showed up to the table with really bad body odor (laughing).

Justin Young: The dealers honestly have been awesome, and the ones that aren’t super confident, are very receptive to, I wouldn’t say criticism, but at least instruction.

PokerNews: What has your personal strategy been thus far?

Allen Kessler: I just picked badacy randomly out of the pack, and all of a sudden three more people in a row picked badacy because they liked the game, which was kind of weird. But my whole strategy is, I’m keeping notes on my iPad on what games people pick, and I’m picking against those games. So if people keep picking like, Omaha hi-low, I won’t pick that. That’s why I picked badacy, because nobody had picked that yet, but once I picked it, it got picked three or four times.

It’s fun, what I do is just go randomly through the pile and pick games that I like. I’m stuck about 300 chips so far, but it’s been interesting. For example, the five-card draw, it doesn’t work in this game because… we tried it one round, and the pots were getting to be like 300 chip pots and that’s it. So I don’t think anybody’s going to pick that again, but the triple-draw games, they play really huge, and the stud games, with the antes, they’re also playing pretty big. No-limit played pretty small, and like I said, five-card draw was actually playing very small. I’m definitely never picking like PLO or no-limit hold’em, because I think my edge is in these draw games, and Omaha hi-low, stud eight-or-better, or even razz or something.

David "Bakes" Baker: We’ve been playing a lot of draw games and that’s been kind of fun. Personally, not much of a strategy going in, but if somebody’s playing a game very poorly, I would definitely look towards picking that. I guess one of my strategies would be to play a lot of draw games, that’s where a lot of the field has just never played before, especially baducy. The game’s that have never been offered at the World Series before, people are just naturally going to be a lot weaker in, so picking those games is definitely good. That’s just where I’m starting, and then feel out the table from there.

John Holley: I’ve just had some ugly spots, I lost two decent pots in PLO where I had aces double-suited, and had to give up after the flop. One of them with a set of aces, I had to give up on the river with a flush and a straight out there. Allen Cunningham picked five-card draw played pot-limit with his two choices, and both times I won in that game. I picked razz once and Omaha eight-or-better. I’ve just tried to pick against the European guy, I didn’t think he would like razz (laughing).

Justin Young: I think we’re all still just having fun right now, but once we get into the middle stages we’ll probably have a little more strategy when it comes down to it. I’m a little short right now, so I’m trying to pick the bigger bet games, no-limits, PLOs, single draws, stuff of that nature. I think with everyone being so deep, everyone’s just going to try and go with their best game.

PokerNews: What has been the reception to this event among the professional community, and would you like to see Dealer's Choice become a mainstay on the WSOP schedule?

Allen Kessler: Yeah, I think it’s a great idea. I wish it was $2,500 though, instead of $1,500. I think you’d basically get the same players but at least you’d have a little more leeway on the chips, and more play. I think if they do it again it should definitely be a $2,500 buy-in.

David "Bakes" Baker: It’s definitely reminiscent of home games that pros play together, or high-stakes cash games. So it’s kind of cool that everyone has a say, and that every table’s going to be different. I’m interested to see some of the dynamics that happen when the tournament gets a lot deeper.

John Holley: I’d love to, yeah... I love it. I played most of these games growing up, you know, and they only game I don’t have much experience in is 2-7 single draw no-limit, but I’ve played a lot of 2-7 triple draw. I play mixed-game cash, that’s what I normally do aside from tournaments.

Justin Young: It’s been pretty flawless up until now, I’m very impressed, and I really hope this event comes back next year.

Tags: Allen CunninghamAllen KesslerDavid "Bakes" BakerJohn HolleyJustin Young

Sexton Eliminated by Baker

Nível 2
Mike Sexton (Event 37) - Eliminated
Mike Sexton (Event 37) - Eliminated

Pot-Limit Omaha

On a flop of {8-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{6-Spades}, Mike Sexton led out with a bet and David "ODB" Baker raised the action to 700 total. The player on the button went into the tank before folding his hand. Sexton came over the top with an all in bet for roughly 1,200 and Baker called.

Sexton: {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}
Baker: {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{7-Clubs}

Sexton was ahead at the moment with top two pair but fell behind after the board completed with the turn ({4-Hearts}) and the river ({5-Diamonds}). Baker played his nine and seven to make a straight to the nine and Sexton was sent to the rail. Baker picked up the pot and now has around 5,300 in chips.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
David "ODB" Baker us
David "ODB" Baker
5,300 800
WSOP 3X Winner
Mike Sexton us
Mike Sexton
WSOP 1X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer

Tags: David "ODB" BakerMike Sexton

Dealer's Choice Action Set to Begin!

2014 WSOP Gold Bracelet
2014 WSOP Gold Bracelet

Welcome to our ongoing coverage of the 2014 World Series of Poker! Today marks the start of a unique event on this year's schedule, Event #41: $1,500 Six-Handed Dealer's Choice. This is a brand new event for this year's series and we're certain to see mixed game madness throughout the day.

In this event, players are given the option to choose which game their table plays. A separate button will move around the table every orbit (or six hands, as each table is six-handed). The player who has this button will choose the game that the table plays for that orbit. After that orbit is complete, the button will move to the next player and the game will change.

Players have options of choosing games including no-limit hold'em, limit hold'em, razz, seven card stud, stud 8, pot-limit hold'em, pot-limit Omaha, pot-limit Omaha 8, pot-limit five card draw high, Omaha 8, 2-7 triple draw, A-5 triple draw lowball, badugi, baducy, badacy, and no-limit 2-7 single draw.

Play kicks off at 4 p.m. local time where the field will play a full ten levels. There will be a 15-minute break every two levels. There is no dinner break.

As always, PokerNews will be on hand with all of the latest from this exciting event. Be sure to stay tuned here!