PokerStars EPT Vienna champion was all in from the small blind on a flop of . His neighbor, big blind Marius Moczygemba, called after some time in the tank.
Aslan Tcechoev from Russia asked how much it was and eventually squeezed to 35,000 from late position. Stanislav Miroshkin on the button folded and action was back on Moczygemba. Khoroshenin, in the meantime, was already shaking his head and was getting up from the table. As Moczygemba folded, Khoroshenin was already on his way to the exit.
Tcechoev showed for the nuts and the dealer turned over Khoroshenin's for the inferior flush to make things official.
Bill Brindise was fairly short-stacked, and the board had already been dealt, showing . He was face with a big decision, too, as his opponent had slid forward 6,500 chips.
"Sixty-five for a busted nut flush draw?" asked Brindise. "OK, I call." he announced, and tossed in a 5k chip towards the cost of that call. His opponent turned over and revealed the exact hand Brindise called out of the air. Brindise won a big pot and is back up to 33,000. If he had called that wrong, he would have been extremely short.
Pouliot Serge opened for 1,100 and got a call from the player in the hijack before Ben Heath on the button squeezed to 4,400. Both blinds folded, Serge called, the third player folded.
The flop came and Serge checked. Heath bet 2,700 and Serge was quick to call.
With the on the turn it was Serge checking again. Heath shoved all in by betting 15,000 as Serge had just 11,625 left. Serge called instantly with the and had Heath drawing dead as the Brit showed . The river devaluated Serge's hand a little bit but that all didn't change the fact that Heath was parting ways with a big portion of his chips. Serge up to almost 40,000.
Olivier Busquet was sitting on one of the outer tables and was kind enough to tell us what had happened for him to get there. He had gotten it in before the flop with pocket tens against the pocket queens of Jessica Dawley. No ten on the flop, turn or river and Busquet was done for before the dinner break.
Last year, Mike Watson topped a field of 928 players to win the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $728,325. Watson was no doubt looking to also win the first PokerStars Bahamas Championship Main Event title, but his hopes of doing so were just dashed by fellow Canadian and PokerStars Qualifier Richard Proudfoot.
Watson's elimination hand escaped us, but he was kind enough to tell us about it after the fact while Proudfoot filled in some details.
As they told it, Watson got the last of his chips, of which there weren't too many, in on a flop holding the against the of Proudfoot.
Watson had a Royal Flush draw, but he bricked it as neither the turn nor river brought a helpful card.
Igor Kurganov opened for 1,200 under the gun and was met by a three-bet to 2,900 from Daniel Koop, who was next to act. Action folded back to Kurganov, and he called to see the flop.
Action went check-check and then Kurganov checked for a second time on the turn. Koop bet 4,000, Kurganov woke up with a check-raise to 13,500, and Koop thought for a few moments before releasing his hand.
Mike Leah got off to a terrible start here on Day 1a, but he has really rallied in the sessions that have followed and is almost back to starting stack.
Leah's latest hand saw him bet 1,000 preflop and he was called in one spot. The flop of saw him c-bet 1,300 and he took another one to see his stack grow to around 27,000. It's a great comeback and when we checked how many he went down to, the ever-accurate Leah revealed that it was 5,600 he dropped to very early on.
"It was never less than 5,000." Leah said with a grin.