Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
As hard to believe as it may seem to some of us, Day one for the Final Table, the “November 9” of the World Series of Poker Main Event, is in the history books. The day saw some back and forth swings of the chip lead between Qui Nguyen and Cliff Josephy. Josephy came into the first day with the chip lead. On the very first hand, Nguyen, who was in second place, came out swinging as he four-bet Josephy to 8,250,00. Josephy quickly folded, giving Nguyen the chip lead.
Although that chip lead was exchanged several times between these two guys, the night delivered some unexpected moves that saw almost half the field sent to the rails. First out was the Spaniard, Fernando Pons. When he shoved, Josephy snapped called and Pons was eliminated in ninth place and went home with a million dollars. Not bad for his first time! The eliminated players thus far are:
- Fernando Pons (9th $1,000,000)
- Jerry Wong (8th $1,100,076)
- Griffin Benger (7th $1,250,190)
- Kenny Haellart (6th $1,464,258)
Here are the chip counts heading into Day Two of the Final Table:
Seat 1: Vojtech Ruzicka – 62,250,000 (62 bbs)
Seat 2: Qui Nguyen – 128,625,000 (128 bbs)
Seat 3: Cliff Josephy – 63,850,000 (63 bbs)
Seat 4: Michael Ruane – 23,700,000 (23 bbs)
Seat 5: Gordon Vayo – 58,200,000 (58 bbs)
Our eyes and ears at the Rio Hotel and Casino are anxious for the Day Two action to start at the Final Table. It looks like Nguyen could be impossible to beat, but we all know that things can turn around swiftly at the poker table. My wife is pulling for Michael Ruane, however, and it doesn’t look too good for him right now. For both of their sake, hopefully Lady Luck will finally throw some good cards his way.
If you run into any of our guys there make sure to say “Hi” from the team at the Texas Poker Store.