Jon Turner Eliminated in 32nd Place ($8,803)
Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Jon Turner is all-in with K10 and is called by October Niner Russell Thomas who holds A8. The dealer peels off AK524 and Turner makes his exit as the 32nd place finisher for $8,803.
Jon Turner, Parx Casino, Season XI
Russell Thomas - 470,000 (58 bb)
Jon Turner - Eliminated
03:02 PM, 08/13/12
Jon Turner Doubles Thru Shankar Pillai
Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante
Jon Turner is all-in with AT and Shankar Pillai calls with TT. The dealer fans K97A3 and Turner takes the pot.
Jon Turner, Shankar Pillai, Parx Casino, Season XI
Jon Turner - 170,000 (28 bb)
Shankar Pillai - 740,000 (123 bb)
01:07 PM, 08/13/12
An Early Pot for Jon Turner Against Joey Couden
Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante
"Am I going to get my first walk of the tournament?" Jon Turner asks of Joey Couden in the small blind after action has folded all the way around the table.
Jon Turner, Joey Couden, Parx Casino, Season XI
Couden raises to 13,000 from the small blind and Turner calls. A flop of KJ8 is dealt and Couden checks. Turner fires off a bet of 13,000, Couden calls and the two see a turn of 3.
Couden checks again, Turner makes it 23,000 and Couden calls. The river is the 9, Couden checks and Turner pushes his stack to the middle of the table. Couden folds and Turner takes the pot.
Jon Turner - 150,000 (25 bb)
12:52 PM, 08/13/12
WPT Parx Open Poker Classic, Day 1B Recap
Level 11: 600-1,200, 200 ante
By BJ Nemeth
Featured Blog, Will Failla, Diana Cox, Mike Sexton, Royal Flush Girls, Tugba Ercan, Brittany Bell, Ivy Teves, Danielle Ruiz, Jeanine Deeb, Marvin Rettenmaier, Jon Turner, Robert Pyne, Andy Philachack, Henry Lu, Freddy Peralta, ClubWPT, Parx Casino, Season XI
Here's a look back at some of the highlights from Day 1B:
WPT Champions Club member Will Failla, who made a strong run at WPT Player of the Year last season, sits down for an interview with WPT reporter Diana Cox during a break in the action on Day 1B. Unfortunately for Failla, he busted during the final level of the night.
WPT Commentator Mike Sexton welcomes the players to Day 1B, along with (from left to right) Royal Flush Girls Tugba Ercan, Brittany Bell, Ivy Teves, and Danielle Ruiz.
There were 231 players in the Day 1A field, and the big question was whether or not the total field size would reach 500 players. Day 1B would need to attract 269 players to reach that mark.
When registration closed, there were exactly 269 players on Day 1B.
The 500-player field created a prizepool worth $1,600,500, and a first place prize worth $416,127. The top 54 players will finish in the money, guaranteed at least $6,402 in this $3,500 buy-in event.
WPT reporter Jeanine Deeb interviews Marvin Rettenmaier, the Season X WPT World Champion who became the first player in history to win back-to-back WPT titles. After winning the final event of last season, Rettenmaier won the first WPT event of this season -- WPT Merit Cyprus, which was held last week in Europe.
Unfortunately, Rettenmaier's run at back-to-back-to-back WPT titles came to an end, as he failed to survive Day 1B.
The Royal Flush Girls went on a field trip on Day 1B, heading out to a Major League Soccer Game between the Philadelphia Union and the Real Madrid.
From left to right: Brittany Bell, Ivy Teves, Danielle Ruiz, and Tugba Ercan.
After the dinner break, Jon Turner emerged as the chipleader, and would remain near the top of the counts until the end of the day. Turner finished in third for the day with 222,200.
ClubWPT.com qualifier Freddy Peralta played in his first major tournament here at the WPT Parx Open Poker Classic, making it past the dinner break but failing to reach Day 2. Peralta admitted to having a lot of nerves, but said he had a lot of fun, learned a lot of things, and looks forward to trying to win another seat to a WPT event on ClubWPT.com.
Robert Pyne is sometimes known by another name, Santa Claus. His tournament registration slip actually listed both names, and the players at the table were calling him Santa. Pyne was also among the chipleaders in the middle of the day with nearly 200,000 in chips. But Pyne lost a big pot late in the day against Andy Philachack in a straight-over-straight situation, and finished with 121,900.
Andy Philachack went on a strong run late in the day, including a big hand against Robert Pyne (a.k.a. "Santa Claus") on a board of J9586. Philachack bet the river, Pyne moved all in, and Philachack quickly called.
Pyne showed 7-7 for a nine-high straight, but Philachack turned over Q10 for a queen-high straight to win the pot. Philachack carried that momentum all the way to second place on the leaderboard with 267,000.
The end-of-day chipleader for Day 1B was Henry Lu, who finished with 302,500. Lu is also the overall chipleader heading into Day 2, eclipsing Day 1A chipleader Cornel Cimpan's 242,800.
Day 1B came to an end with 103 players. Here's a look at the top five chip counts:
1. Henry Lu - 302,500 (252 bb)
2. Andy Philachack - 267,000 (222 bb)
3. Jon Turner - 222,200 (185 bb)
4. Dennis Frederick - 172,000 (143 bb)
5. Dave Eldridge - 167,200 (139 bb)
Day 2 begins today at 12:00 noon ET with a combined field of 196 players. Stay tuned to WPT.com for live coverage and chip counts throughout the day.
07:30 AM, 08/12/12
Will Failla, Santa Claus, and Chipleader Jon Turner
Level 9: 400-800, 100 ante
Featured Blog, Will Failla, Santa Claus, Jon Turner, Parx Casino, Season XI, Commerce Casino, L.A. Poker Classic, Season 8 on FSN, Season VIII
During the last break, Will Failla sat down with WPT reporter Diana Cox for an interview.
The player at Table 65 known as "Santa Claus" is actually named Robert Pyne. But his tournament registration slip has both names on it, and the players at the table have been calling him Santa as well.
As you can see, Pyne doesn't have the classic long hair and beard of most representations of Santa Claus, but on the other hand, it is August. If Santa Claus got his summers off to hang out closer to the equator, this is conceivably what he could like.
With 90 minutes left in Day 1B, Jon Turner is the chipleader with 183,000. He still has a ways to go before he can catch Day 1A chipleader (and two-time WPT winner) Cornel Cimpan, who will begin Day 2 with 242,800.
10:56 PM, 08/11/12