Vanessa Selbst, winner of Event #2: $25,000 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold'em and her third World Series of Poker gold bracelet, joins the show to talk about her heads-up matches, the Twitter beef with Jason Mo, and her two small dogs. Rich, Donnie, and Jason then take a look at all of the recent bracelet winners and dissect the idea of a $20 million guarantee tournament.
With eighteen World Series of Poker cashes, including a fifth-place finish, Andrew Teng is ready to claim his million. With a first-place finish at the 2014 GUKPT Edinburgh Main Event in April and plenty of successful poker playing friends to cheer him on, Teng has his eye on the big prize.
Sitting as the short stack going into the first break of the day, we caught up with Teng to find out how the day is going and his plans for the rest of the day.
PokerNews: Congratulations on reaching the final table of one of the most talked about tournaments of the summer. You have been a little quiet so far - what’s happening out there?
Andrew Teng: Thank you. The day isn’t going very well. I haven’t won a pot yet. I am just not catching any breaks. Honestly, I feel everyone is playing pretty terrible today.
You had some good scores in Europe leading into the World Series of Poker. How is it different trying to navigate this huge of a field?
It’s the same.
You live in the U.K. with Dominik Nitsche, how does that help your game?
It’s great to talk to [Dom] and he is better than me, so it helps.
I’m assuming you are living in a grind house in Vegas this summer, too? Did you get any help last night to prepare for the day?
Yes. I talked with Dom on some strategy.
You have been predominantly a cash game player up until a few years ago. Why the switch?
It’s all Shaun Deeb’s fault. He convinced me to play tournaments and then he “quit”.
Would you consider yourself predominantly a tournament player now, or do you still play a fair amount of cash?
Yeah, mainly OFC (Open-face Chinese).
What’s your game plan for the rest of the day?
Try and move up in spots and get as much money as I can.
Hand #35: Stephen Graner opened for 250,000. Jonathan Dimmig called from the small blind and Jeff Coburn called from the big blind.
The flop came and Dimmig and Coburn both checked. Graner bet 335,000 and Dimmig called. Coburn folded. The turn was the and both players checked. The turn was the . Dimmig led out and Graner quickly folded.
Hand #36: Dimmig opened from the button to 250,000. Graner called from the big blind.
The flop came . Graner checked and Dimmig checked behind. The turn was the and Graner checked again. Dimmig bet 305,000 and Graner called.
The river was the and Graner checked a third time and Dimmig checked behind. Graner showed and Dimmig mucked to give Graner the pot.
Hand #37: Jonathan Dimmig opened to 250,000. Stephen Graner called from the small blind making it the third hand in a row the two had tangled in.
The flop came and Graner checked. Dimmig bet 260,000 and Graner called. The turn was the and Graner tapped the table. Dimmig fired another bet, this time for 485,000. Graner again called.
The river was the and Graner checked for a third time. Dimmig fired a third bullet, this time making it 1.15 million. Graner sprung into action making it 2.635 million to go. Dimmig took about thirty seconds before announcing that he was all in.
Graner did not call right away, making it clear that he did not have the nuts. He looked carefully at the board while Dimmig sat calmly in his seat. After approximately a minute of thinking, Graner called. He immediately regretted that decision when Dimmig turned over his hand - the . Graner had rivered a straight with but it was not good enough, and he is eliminated in disappointing fashion after coming in with a commanding chip lead.
Hand #38: Jonathan Dimmig raised to 240,000 and raked in the blinds and antes.
Hand #39: Bradley Anderson joined the raise-and-take-it game. He also got the blinds and antes.
Hand #40: Jeffrey Coburn raised to 260,000 from early position, Anderson clicked it back to 420,000 and James Duke four-bet to 2.5 million for the win.
Hand #41: Anderson raised to 250,000 and Coburn called in the big blind to see the flop. Coburn check-raised from 305,000 to 805,000 and Anderson moved all in with the superior stack. Coburn opted to wait for a better spot and mucked his cards. He has about 1,550,000 chips left now.
Hand #42: James Duke opened first to act to 250,000. Jonathan Dimmig reraised to 625,000 from the button. The blinds folded and Duke tossed his cards into the muck to give Dimmig the pot.
Hand #43: Dimmig opened to 250,000 from the cutoff. Anderson reraised to 550,000 from the small blind. Duke folded from the big blind and the action was back on Dimmig who made the call.
The flop was and Anderson led out for 700,000. Dimmig folded to give Anderson the pot.
Hand #44: Anderson raised to 250,000 from the button and both blinds folded.
Hand #45: Duke opened to 260,000 from the button. Andrew Teng looked at his cards and quickly moved all in from the small blind for a little more than 2.2 million. Duke hesitated, looking as if he wanted to call, but eventually gave it up.
Hand #46: Andrew Teng raised to 250,000 and won the blinds and antes. His rail now includes Manig Loeser, Jamila von Perger and Dominik Nitsche. “Go Andy,” they cheered.
Hand #47: Teng raised to 250,000 and Bradley Anderson defended his big blind to see the flop. Anderson check-called 275,000 and then both players checked down the turn and the river. Anderson showed and Teng had that beat with to take down the pot.
Hand #48: James Duke received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #49: Anderon raised to 250,000 from the button and Teng called in the big blind. They both checked the flop and Teng took it down with a bet of 280,000 after the showed up on the turn.
Hand #50: Loeser left the rail and went back to his Pot Limit Hold’em table. Anderson raised to 250,000 and Jonathan Dimmig called in the big blind.
Both checked the flop and Dimmig bet the turn for 260,000. Anderson called and the completed the board. Both checked and Anderson won the pot with for top pair.