Allen Kessler Eliminated in 34th Place ($9,610)
Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Allen Kessler and Sean Winter get it all-in on a flop of A52 for Kessler's remaining 121,500. Winter has Kessler covered by just 10,000 chips or so. Kessler holds AK for top pair, while Winter holds 55. As he is wont to do, Kessler throws up his hands at his luck when he sees Winter's hand.
Sean Winter, Allen Kessler, Season X, bestbet Jacksonville
The turn brings the 7 and with the K on the river, Kessler is eliminated.
Sean Winter - 225,000 (56 BBs)
Allen Kessler - eliminated in 34th place ($9,610)
04:58 PM, 04/30/12
Allen Kessler vs. Brandon Hall
Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Brandon Hall opens to 9,000 from middle position and Allen Kessler calls on the button. The flop comes J94 and Hall bets 12,500. Kessler raises to 29,000, Hall folds, and Kessler takes the pot.
Allen Kessler, Brandon Hall, Season X, bestbet Jacksonville
Allen Kessler - 130,000 (33 BBs)
Brandon Hall - 185,000 (46 BBs)
04:12 PM, 04/30/12
WPT Jacksonville bestbet Open, Day 2 Recap
Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
By BJ Nemeth
Featured Blog, Darren Elias, Matt Brady, Zack Bird, Brandon Barnes, Robert Gorodetsky, Daniel Buzgon, Glenn Fishbein, Tony Dunst, Allen Kessler, Andy Frankenberger, Joe Serock, Will Failla, Brian Hastings, James Dempsey, Alistair Melville, Shawn Cunix, Matt Giannetti, Byron Kaverman, Danny Shiff, Tony Parille, Farid Jattin, Season X, bestbet Jacksonville
Darren Elias started Day 2 as the overall chipleader with 213,600. At the end of the day, Elias was still near the top of the leaderboard, second in chips with 636,000.
In one of the craziest situations in World Poker Tour history, Zack Bird (not pictured) moved all in blind from the button -- before the cards were even dealt. Bird was serious, and a floorperson ruled that the action was binding unless someone raised the big blind ahead of him.
Matt Brady (third from left) woke up with QQ and doubled up thru Bird's J10. As the dealer was counting down the chip stacks, Bird got up to leave. The dealer told him he still had some chips left, but Bird said he didn't want them. Bird abandoned his stack (worth five big blinds), and it blinded off without him.
Read the full details of this crazy hand by clicking here.
Day 2 began with five players under the age of 21 still in the running to win the customized surfboard. Barnes started the day as chipleader in that demographic (and fifth overall) with 145,600. Unfortunately, Barnes had a rough Day 2, and was eliminated before the dinner break.
Daniel Buzgon (center) is practically an old man compared to Robert Gorodetsky (left) and Glenn Fishbein (right). Buzgon is 27, while Gorodetsky and Fishbein are two of the remaining 18-20 year olds competing for the customized surfboard.
Allen Kessler (right) looks bored as he waits for the big blind (foreground, left) to call or fold to the all in of Tony Dunst (center). The board showed 873103, and the big blind eventually folded. Dunst showed Q9 -- a queen-high bluff.
Reigning WPT Player of the Year Andy Frankenberger (left, in blue) got to see this year's POY race play out in front of him as he shared a table with Joe Serock (top right, in black) and Will Failla (foreground, right).
Failla has led the POY race for most of the season, but Serock passed him last week with his second straight third-place WPT finish. Serock was eliminated late in the day, but Failla survived to Day 3, and will pick up more POY points if he cashes.
Brian Hastings (left) had flopped a set of kings on a board of AK3, and Richard Grant moved all in dark before the turn card hit. Hastings waited to see the 8 hit the turn before he called, and Grant turned over 33 for a lower set. The set of kings held up for Hastings, and Grant was eliminated.
After the hand, James Dempsey (right) asked Hastings why he waited to see the turn card before calling. "Brian, what turn card do you fold to?" Hastings laughed along with everyone else.
Late in the day, James Dempsey (left) and Shawn Cunix were side-by-side and both near the top of the leaderboard -- Dempsey with 425,000, and Cunix with 377,000. While Dempsey stacked his chips high, Cunix went for shorter stacks spread out over a wide area.
With the board showing K427, Matt Giannetti (left) checked, and Byron Kaverman (right) bet 85,000 into a pot worth about 130,000. Giannetti tanked for five full minutes before he folded, and Kaverman took the pot. This photo may as well be video, because both players sat silent and motionless the entire time.
With 10 minutes left at the end of the day, the tournament clock was stopped and a card was drawn to determine how many more hands would be played. Will Failla organized a small pool where players bet $100 each on the number of hands. The card was the 5, and as you can see by his celebration, that was Failla's number.
In one of the final hands of the night, Danny Shiff was all in preflop with KK against the A4 of Tony Parille. It was a roller-coaster hand, as Parille flopped a flush draw and turned a pair of aces, only to see Shiff saved by a king on the river.
Alistair Melville (left) survived the day with a short stack, and showed a little chip-stack envy as he took a cellphone pic of James Dempsey's tower of chips. (Dempsey finished the day with 404,500.)
Farid Jattin emerged as the chipleader heading into the dinner break with 484,000 -- at a time when only one other player had reached 300,000 (David Tuthill had 310,000). Jattin's momentum continued after dinner, and he finished as chipleader with 718,000.
Day 2 came to an end with about 55 players remaining. Here are the top 10 from the leaderboard:
1. Farid Jattin - 718,000
2. Darren Elias - 636,000
3. Shawn Cunix - 411,000
4. James Dempsey - 404,500
5. David Tuthill - 381,000
6. Peter Campo - 341,500
7. Will Failla - 335,000
8. Byron Kaverman - 292,000
9. Barry Hutter - 275,000
10. Matt Giannetti - 274,500
Day 3 begins tomorrow (Monday) at 2:00 pm ET. Once again, it is NOT a noon start, so players can sleep in a little longer if they'd like. The field will play five 90-minute levels, with a one-hour dinner break after the third level of the day.
Return to WPT.com for live coverage as the field bursts the bubble on Monday as they get closer and closer to Wednesday's televised WPT Final Table.
10:33 AM, 04/30/12
Allen Kessler Doubles Thru Tony Dunst
Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Tony Dunst and Allen Kessler are in the small and big blinds respectively when they get it all-in on a flop of 1086. Kessler is the all-in player, as Dunst has his remaining 48,700 covered.
Allen Kessler, Tony Dunst, Season X, bestbet Jacksonville
Dunst holds 1010 for top set, while Kessler is the one who trails with his A7 for the nut flush draw with a gutshot.
Kessler hits that gutshot with the 9, which means Dunst will need the board to pair on the river in order to take the pot.
The board does not pair and the river instead comes Q, giving Kessler the pot and the double up.
"I can't believe I drew out on a set," Kessler exclaims.
Allen Kessler - 110,000
Tony Dunst - 130,000
07:04 PM, 04/29/12
Allen Kessler Doubles Up
Level 12: 800-1,600, 200 ante
After a flop of J108, Allen Kessler moves all in with KJ (pair of jacks), and his opponent calls with 55 (underpair).
Allen Kessler, Season X, bestbet Jacksonville
Somebody calls for a club on the turn, and the turn card is the Q to give Kessler's opponent additional outs to a flush.
The river card is the 7, and Kessler wins the pot with his pair of jacks to double up in chips.
Allen Kessler - 54,000
After the hand, Kessler alludes to his own super-tight image and says, "What are the odds in any other casino that someone calls me after that flop with pocket fives?"
06:50 PM, 04/29/12
Allen Kessler Has Ten Outs Twice, But Can't Catch
Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante
After a flop of J98, Allen Kessler checks from middle position, and the button moves all in for 26,700. Kessler thinks for a bit and says, "The problem is I have ten outs here. I call."
Allen Kessler, Season X, bestbet Jacksonville
Kessler calls with 1010 for a pair with an open-ended straight draw, and the button turns over KK for an overpair.
The turn card pairs the board with the J, the river is the A, and the pocket kings hold up to win the pot, and the button doubles up.
Allen Kessler - 39,000
03:38 PM, 04/29/12
POY Race, Plus "Three (Bald) Men and a Little Lady"
Level 4: 100-200, 25 ante
Featured Blog, Daniel Buzgon, Phil Collins, James Dempsey, Jessica Welman, Will Failla, Jonathan Little, Fred Goldberg, Ted Lawson, Allen Kessler, David Diaz, Michelle Lawson, Season X, bestbet Jacksonville
Several people have pointed out that one table seemed to require a shaved head in order to play there. From left to right, Daniel Buzgon, Phil Collins, and James Dempsey chat with WPT Live Updates Hostess Jessica Welman.
WPT Season VI Player of the Year Jonathan Little (center) is flanked by two players who are near the points lead in this year's POY race.
Will "The Thrill" Failla (left) has been in the lead since WPT Legends of Poker back in August, but lost it last tournament when Joe Serock passed him with his second third-place finish. Failla is second in points, and can retake the lead if he finishes 8th or higher here.
Fred Goldberg (right) is tied for fourth in the POY race, and can catch Serock if he makes the televised WPT Final Table (6th or higher).
Other top-five POY players in the field who can catch Serock include Vitor Coelho (7th or higher) and James Dempsey (6th or higher).
Michelle Lawson (top right) has an excellent vantage point for watching her husband Ted (left) as he plays Day 1A seated alongside Allen Kessler (center) and David Diaz (right).
03:53 PM, 04/27/12