Adrian Mateos had heaps in front of him all of the sudden and told us about a hand where he won some to get to that point.
The player in seat 6 opened and Mateos called on the button with . The big blind came along as well and checked on rainbow. The initial raiser bet and Mateos called, the big blind folded. Action checked to Mateos on the turn and he bet 14,000. Mateos' opponent called and checked again on the river. Mateos bet 42,000 with his quads and got called.
Morris Dadoun (pictured) led the way for some time on Day 1a and flew into Day 2 with a great chip lead. Not bad work for the 84-year-old live qualifier who won a ticket out in Toronto and arrived in Blue Jays garb to take on the best. Dadoun had some dramatic table moves across both his days at the felt and took on Daniel Negreanu on Day 1a among others.
We caught up with Dadoun's eventual conqueror, Belgian pro Davidi Kitai between hands and he told us how unlucky Dadoun had been to bust.
"He was all-in with against my and I won to double-up, then he had three big blinds and he was called three ways when he was all-in preflop. The board came and I bet on the river. He lost with to . I feel a little bit ashamed I took him out, he was really nice!"
Ryan Riess told us that his former neighbor Robert Mizrachi had just been eliminated in a big blind versus button situation. According to Riess, Mizrachi got it all in from the big blind with up against the of the initial raiser on the button. Mizrachi would not survive the encounter, down and out for the only Mizrachi brother playing this event.
Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu raised to 3,500 from early position and Govert Metaal called. When action reached Mohsin Charania in the cutoff, he three-bet it to 10,500, which Negreanu called. Metaal got out of the way and it was heads-up action to the flop.
Negreanu checked, Charania continued for 6,500, and Negreanu check-raised to 19,000. Charania called and then both players checked the turn.
When the completed the board on the river, Negreanu checked yet again and Charania fired out 27,500. Negreanu, who was enjoying a massage, gave it some thought but ultimately released his hand.
Several players are looking short-stacked compared to the field but have been grinding that short-stack for a while and comfortable with it. Maria Ho (57,000), Morris Dadoun (18,000), Vanessa Selbst (45,000) and Daniel Negreanu (43,200) are all looking for a way back above average.
However, when you've had a big chip-stack and a series of hands eat away at it, dragging it back down to average, it can hurt more. Felipe Ramos was up to around 175,000 a short while ago, but he has less than half that currently, after losing the latest hand he played.
With a pot of around 11,000, the flop came , and Ramos bet 11,000 to match it. His only opponent called and they went to a turn of , which Ramos bet again, this time to 16,300. Again, a very quick call. The river of prompted a check from Ramos, and also from his opponent. Ramos could only turn over , not good enough to beat his opponent's pocket jacks.