One of our much-appreciated colleagues told us he just witnessed Phil Laak losing all of his chips. According to our colleague, the cutoff raised to 5,000 and Laak three-bet on the button to 15,000. The small blind cold four-bet shoved all in and the big blind and initial raiser both folded.
Laak called with and was up against . Unfortunately for Laak, a jack hit the flop and river and he could start packing his things.
Byron Kaverman may be one of those 'computers' that Kevin Hart joked about here the other day in the Bahamas. He's certainly playing like a machine and building a stack once more, just a matter of hours after finishing third in the $50,000 Single Re-Entry High Roller!
We joined the action between Kaverman and Gonzalez with the board complete and showing and Kaverman betting 25,000 into a pot of 40,000. Gonzalez went in to the tank for so long that the clock was called on him, but before the clock had really start ticking on him, he moved all-in. Kaverman called and showed and that was better than Gonzalez' . He made his way from the room and Kaverman piled yet another big stack here in the Bahamas. Can he make back-to-back final tables?
We missed the elimination of Minnesota's Kou Vang, but as he was walking down the hall he was kind enough to spare a few minutes to shed some light on his final hand.
As he told it, he started with 55,000 when he raised from early position with . The player in the hijack called, the big blind came along, and three players saw the flop come down rainbow.
The big blind checked, Vang continued for 10,000, and the hijack raised. The big blind folded, Vang shoved, and the hijack called with . Neither the turn nor river helped Vang, and he said he'll return tomorrow to try his luck in a side event.
Earlier in the level, Allen Kessler was moved to a new table after his broke and he said, "I eliminated the best female poker player in the world." As he sat down, Mike McDonald asked, "Vanessa (Slebst)?" Kessler confirmed he eliminated Vanessa Selbst earlier, and proceeded to bust another player a short while later.
On a board reading , Kessler called his opponent's all in and the hands were tabled.
The turn was the , sealing the deal for Kessler with the nut flush. The river was the insignificant and Kessler raked in the pot, sending his opponent to the rail.
When we arrived at the table, the dealer was busy confirming the stack of Pascal Lefrancois, who had just doubled big through Benny Chen. We missed the action, but by the look of the cards — the board read — the chips likely got in on the flop.
Chen had flopped top set, but Lefrancois flopped the nuts which held when neither the turn nor river paired the board.