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Sunday, December 11, 2016

WSOPC MAIN EVENT - William Vo vs Lawrence Berg

William Vo completes the small blind and Lawrence Berg is in the big blind. Berg checks his option and they are going heads-up to the flop.
"I check dark for fun," says Vo with a smile and a laugh. "I check dark for fun."
The flop is 8d5s2d and Berg reaches for chips.
"I'm going to bet one time," says Berg.
Berg tosses out 6,500 and then tries to pull the 5,000 denomination chip back, indicating that he bet the wrong amount.
"Why so much?" asks Vo.
"I grabbed the wrong chip," says Berg. "I didn't mean to bet that much."
"Really?" asks Vo.
"What do you think?" says Berg.
"I don't think so," says Vo. "I fold this."
Vo shows a five and Berg takes the pot. Vo asks to see Berg's hand, but it is already in the muck.
"It's too late," says Berg. "It might tilt you anyway. I had a straight draw."
Lawrence Berg - 172,000
William Vo - 75,000


Another two hours of play has elapsed on Day 1B of the $1,675 no-limit hold'em main event and there are 408 entries in the flight so far, with 280 players surviving to the dinner break.

George Yutuc
George Yutuc heads to the break with the chip lead and with 147,000 in tournament chips. Local player William Vo, who made the final table of the WPT Legends of Poker Main Event is the other player to cross into a six-figure chip count. He goes to dinner with 103,000 in chips.

William Vo
With 408 entries in this flight, the total field is up to 773 entries and a prizepool of over $1.1 million. It's already well surpassed last year's 641 entry main event, which paid $197,110 to the eventual champion Valentin Vornicu. Vornicu is also still alive heading to dinner break, looking to defend his title.
Cards will be back in the air at 7:20 p.m. and will play another three levels before bagging up for the night.


The players in Day 1B of the $1,675 no-limit hold'em main event are heading out on their second break of the day and the field has steadily grown throughout the day.

During level 4, the field crossed the 302-entry mark and the prizepool crossed the $1 million mark. There are 352 entries in the Day 1B field at this point, which brings the total field size to 717 with registration open until the start of Day 2.

The tournament is full of top pros with two of them jockeying for position at the top of the chip counts. Ray Qartomy and Farid Jattin are the only two players heading to the break over the 70,000 chip mark, with Qartomy holding a slight edge with 76,000 to Jattin's 72,000. Carlos Mortensen, Marco Johnson, Ravi Raghavan, Dylan Linde, TJ Thondup, Michael Katz, Brian Green, Adam Levy, Cord Garcia, Daniel Strelitz, Craig Chait, Alex Massman, Craig Varnell, Wendy Freedman, Andy Frankenberger, Matt Stout, and actor James Woods are just a handufl of other notable players in the field. Some of whom are taking their second shot at this event after failing to bag chips in yesterday's Day 1A. When players return, blinds will be increased to 200/400 with a 50 ante and they will play three more levels before heading on a 60-minute dinner break.


At the end of the 15 scheduled levels of play, Day 1A of the $1,675 no-limit hold'em main event is in the books and Jared Jaffee bagged the heaviest bag at the end of the night.

Jaffee leads the 71 survivors that survived the first of two starting flights, finishing the day with 336,500 in tournament chips. Fellow WPT Champion, Mohsin Charania finished the day second in chips and is the only other player to cross the 300,000 chip mark with 305,500 in chips. Myung Shin (278,500), Darrell Lane (262,000), and Chahn Jung (250,000) round out the top five in chips. Other notable pros to survive the day's action include Alex Foxen, Jon Lactaoen, Scott Clements, Nipun Java, Barry Hutter, Aaron Massey, and Matt Salsberg.

Registration is still open for this event until the start of Day 2, but Day 1A brought out 365 entries to the Bicycle Hotel and Casino, which smashed last year's Day 1A number of 235 entries.
Day 1B starts on Sunday at noon and will play the identical schedule to Day 1A. They will start with 20,000 in chips and play 15, 40-minute levels before bagging up for the night.

Check back with the Bike tournament blog on Saturday for more updates on the Day 1B action.