EVENT #21 Day 15/12/97
TOTAL PRIZE MONEY - $3,120,000 PRIZE MONEY TO DATE - $12,259,000
Daily Report
Standings at the end of Day 1
About 167 remaining
1.Pauc Bao$64,975
2.Gloria Tschetschot62,750
3.Bob Walker59,475
4.Andrew Bloch*58,950
5.Marty Wilson58,625
6.Fred Brown49,825
7.Stu Ungar47,175
8.Andy Pantuso46,600
9.Minh Ly46,550
10.O'Neil Longson43,025
11.Bob Hoff42,525
12.Chris Bjorin42,500
13.Doyle Brunson42,150


??.Steve Brecher*29,125

??.Chris "Jesus" Ferguson*14,975
* rec.gambling.poker participant
Daily Report
Las Vegas, May 12, 1997. They did not do an eliminations board today (as they have in the past), nor did they take names nor do they know in what order todays eliminees finished. I believe they are going to do one or the other or both, from this time forward.
Today, the rec.gambling.poker guys R00000000000000000led at the WSOP. We've only completed the first day, and there are three more to go, but we can all be proud of the performance turned in by Andy Bloch, Steve Brecher and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson.

This is Steve's third try at the $10,000 main event and the first time he has made it past the first day. Steve has been my main man for a long time, and today's success couldn't happen to a nicer person.

Chris has been doing well in tournaments all year, and it's good to see him having an excellent WSOP.

Andy Bloch had a plane ticket back to Boston and Law School for tonight, and was undecided up until the last minute about playing or not in the $10,000 WSOP Final Event. He agreed, while we were eating an early lunch, that he would "volunteer" to let me sweat and record his play, if he decided to participate, but it was still about a 50/50 proposition as to whether he would stay or go.

He stayed, and he played a solid, aggresive game during today's session. He zigged when he should have zigged, and zagged when he should have zagged. Jack McClelland singled out Andy as the first announced chip leader of the day, and Andy was in or near the lead most of the day. I was really impressed and proud of the way that Andy played.

Cards were finally in the air at 1:15 PM for the scheduled 12:00 noon start for the Big Show. They did some Hall of Fame stuff, but I was too busy finding Andy's table and info on who was at his table, loading and testing tapes etc. to catch any of the ceremonies.
I recorded all of the hand-by-hand, bet-by-bet, card-by-card data for Andy's tables for the whole day, including Andy's hole cards on every hand, and will continue until we win or are eliminated. Georgia says she has a good feeling about this WSOP, and Georgia's "feelings" track record is pretty good.

I have not done the hand-by-hand transcribing for Event #19 and Event #20 yet, and may postpone them until next week. Also, I am not going to do any transcribing for the Final Event, until I get around to it.

Andy was at three different tables today, and we had to take a little good natured ribbing at each, concerning my sweating of Andy. Men "The Master" was at an adjacent table and wanted to know if we were Father and Son, and he kept coming over to tell us bad beat stories. Men was in the process of getting a little lubricated from the stuff in that green bottle that is manufactured in Denmark. Some of our fellow tabler's wanted to check my tapes to see if Andy was lying about some of his hand declarations, and others wanted to know if I had future info on my little recorder.

At each table, I told everyone that we were doing a "Press Thing", and I got the names of all players that I didn't recognize. I was wishing that they wouldn't break our table, because getting familiar with new names and faces was adminstratively demanding.

Andy's key hand of the day occurred about five hours into the tournament when his pocket K's ran up against Luis Santoni's pocket Q's and did what pocket K's are supposed to do in such situations. I haven't listened to the tape for exact data, but it was probably about a $50,000 pot, with all of the money going in pre-flop and neither getting help from the board.

Sounds pretty run of the mill for Andy's K's to beat the Q's, but it was a little shaky getting there. Luis made the big all-in bet, and Andy had to make a tough call against what might very well have been A's. They weren't, we won, and Luis had to go home now.

Andy also got positive results from his only pocket 5's hand and from pocket A's (Andy thinks he may have had A's twice, but I only remember having them once, and we haven't checked the tape) although they were both small pots.
Did I mention that I'm pretty excited and ecstatic about our guy's performances today?
www.wsop.com is still having birthing pains. They are now feeding through a local provider, and the feed lines are not big enough (actually, I don't know what I'm talking about now - I'm just trying to parrot what I was told) for more than 50 people to view things at one time, and even then it's pretty slow. They are still shooting for things to go well on Thursday, and they will be switching over to ATT's larger input capacity, and hopefully things will be beautiful.

Tomorrow, I'll try and get an Email address that can be used to communicate with the horse's mouth about problems, successes etc.. Feedback might help them in their efforts.

Has anybody been able to see the television clips yet?

We saw Noli Francisco make the right bets at the right time against Minh Ly, and administer the coup de something or other with a sizable river bet that was not called and then he turned over a 3 4 off suit that was unrelated to the board.

A Noli bet also caused Andy Bloch to lay down a hand, and then be shown a low straight draw by Noli.

Milton Berle was introduced at the WSOP in conjunction with a Press cocktail party to plug his new magazine that has some connection to gambling (I think), and has some kind of motto about smoking, gambling, debauchery and such things being not all bad. Binion's had urged me to attend the party and write something nice about Uncle Miltie and his mag. on the Internet (Internet is a magic word in Las Vegas these days), but I found myself otherwise occupied with "Andy Bloch" sweating.

1997 WSOP Final Table Statistics

#Event# of HandsTotal TimeOver at
1.$ 2,000 Limit Holdem1082:366:46 PM
2.1,500 Limit Razz2024:028:07 PM
3.1,500 Limit Omaha1293:597:07 PM
4.1,500 Limit 7 Stud?3:588:09 PM
5.1,500 Pot Limit Omaha1093:417:49 PM
6.1,500 Limit 7 Stud Hi-Lo1723:087:15 PM
7.2,000 No Limit Holdem873:227:25 PM
8.2,000 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo1143:287:36 PM
9.2,000 Pot Limit Holdem1313:117:21 PM
10.2,500 Limit 7 Stud1563:127:28 PM
11.2,500 Pot Limit Omaha1133:457:51 PM
12.2,500 Limit 7 Stud Hi-Lo1534:128:18 PM
13.3,000 Limit Holdem1644:268:29 PM
14.3,000 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo1694:268:30 PM
15.3,000 Pot Limit Holdem972:236:31 PM
16.5,000 No Limit Deuce/Seven?2:411:11 AM
17.3,000 No Limit Holdem1293:387:44 PM
18.5,000 Limit 7 Stud1663:487:55 PM
19.5,000 Limit Holdem
20.1,000 Ladies 7 Stud
21.10,000 Final Event

Single Table Satellites

(Becky Kerber and Barbara Lotief)

The last Single Table Satellite started at 11:30 AM, and they were using accelerated blinds to get it completed before the start of the WSOP. There were five tables still going at 12:15, when I last looked in.


1.Nevada Stupak2.Chris "Jesus" Ferguson
3.Chuck Thompson4.Ken Flaton
5.Ken Buntjner6.Mo Fathpour
7.Amadeo Parado8.Laurence Clenau
9.Jay Reisler10.Joseph Winston
11.Keith Taylor12.Andre Boyer
13.Kev Nettles14.Tormod Roren
15.Kenneth Davis16.Don Pittman
17.Marko Trapini18.Steve Kim
19.Sam Merchant20.Andrew Black
21.Anthony Guerriero22.George Gerus, Sr.
23.MacDonald Kempf24.Ron "Carolina Express" Stanley
25."Midnight" Pete Haugan26.Jack Fox
27.John Hendrix28.Dave Crunkleton
29.Jim Brown30.Mike Pilkington
31.Martin Comer32.Samir Khoveis
33.Gary Benson34.David Roepke
35.Don Holt36.J. C. Pearson
37.Tommi Han38.Phuc Bao
39.James Harman40.Ken Jacobs
41.Pete Dixon42.Bruce Van Horn
43.Bill Fain44.Myron Rosenbaum
45.Robert Henry Kojfer46.David Rubin
47.Jim Mascher48.Al McCoy
49.Mallie Hoyer50.Angus Hill
51.Herb Potter52.Allen Barker
53.Dr. Max Stern54.Robert Dale Ellis
55.Peter Lameureaux56.Milt Myers
57.Ken Sahek58.Cal Dykes
59.Alex Horowitz60.Thomas Sparks
61.Monte Kouz62.Phil Helmuth
63.Jack Keller64.Patrick Bruel
65.Louis Asmo66.Dan Fairly
67.Jerre Juhl68.John Strzemp
69.Tibor Tolni70.Gustavo Weiss
71.Melissa Hayden72.Paul Ladanyi
73.John Spadavecchia74.Ivin Mladen
75.Tom McEvoy76.Peter Brehm
77.Minh Ly78.Bill Gazes
79.Praviz Roudi80.Humberto Brenes
81.Pascal Perrault82.Joel Chaseman
83.Marsha Waggoner84.Randy Holland
85.Maria Stern86.Tom Jacobs
87.David Ulliot88.Noel Furlong
89.Brad Daugherty90.Phil Brodrick
91.Thomas Chung92.Vic Kramer
93.John Feranjesh94.Billy "Crocodile" Argyros
95.Alan Brodsky96.Jas Perdesi
97.Fred David98.Edward Stevens
99.Charles Wight III100.Michael Davis
101.Marcus Soloweiczyk102.Jim Ward
103.Matt Lefkowitz104.Buddy Bonnecaze
105.Mike Laing106.Robert Eccleston
107.Bruce Korman108.Mickey Appleman
109.Berry Johnston110.Bobby Hof
111.John Galbraith112.John Esposito
113.Thomas Franjesh114.Jason Gray
115.Shulman Berry116.Russ Hamilton
117.D. J. Keas118.Doyle Brunson
119.Bob Veltri120.Gustavo Echeverri
121.Lyle Berman122.T. J. Cloutier
123.Scotty Nguyen124.Adeeb Harb
125.Jay Heimowitz126.Sam Chehab
127.Barbara Laux128.Eli Balas
129.Jamie Ligator130.Dean Potashner
131.Mick Cowley132.Noli Francisco
133.Claud Sigmon134.Jose Rosenkrantz
135.A. Fritz136.Gerry O'Rourke
137.Ralph Levine138.Bill Alexander
139.John Montelepre Sr140.Hertzel Zalewski
141.Freddie Deeb142.Billy Baxter
143.John Heaney144.Hank Karwowski
145.Dave Spanier146.Luis Santoni
147.Clarence Kimbrough148.Gary Haubelt
149.William Woodson150.Tony Bloom
151.Phyllis Meyers152.Jack L. Ward
153.Bob Feduniak154.Marty Wilson
155.Julien Studley156.Howard Goldfarb
157.Men Nguyen158.Peter Vilandos
159.Donny Kerr160.Annie Duke
161.John Bonetti162.Tod Brunson
163.Steve Lott164.Roger Moore
165.Steve Pestal166.George Rodis
167.Aidan Bennett168.Cindy Violette
169.Athena Jordan170.Surinder Sunar
171.Mickey Finn172.An Tran
173.Mathias Ronacher174.Steve Brecher
175.Len Miller176.?
177.Yosh Nakano178.Mark Weitzman
179.David Grey180.Perry Green
181.Jason Lester182.Catherine Brown
183.Tom McCormick184.Gary Martin
185.Dewey Tomko186.Chau Giang
187.Ron McMillan188.David Chiu
189.Danny Dang190.Gloria Tschetschot
191.Mark McCluskey192.Richard Baldwin
193.Tony Lantz194.Chris Bjorin
195.Bob Walker196.Jacques Sollam
197.Farim Bazzi198.Dolph Arnold
199.Ron Huber200.Dan Harrington
201."Miami John" Cernuto202.Kevin Song
203.Eli Elezra204.Thomas Kreilein
205.Sam Korman206.Erik Seidel
207.Kevin Hunt208.Tony Chaskelsod
209.Don Zewn210.Liam Flood
211.Peter Delanos212.Jaeggi Alphons
213.Hamid Dastmalchi214.W. A. Boston Jr
215.Dave Allen216.Carl McKelvey
217.Herman R. Smith218.Fred Brown
219.Billy Thomas220.David Mosley
221.Hilbert Shirey222.Howard Lederer
223.Don Williams224.Al. Crux
225.Don Barton226.Monsour Matloubi
227.Paul Maxfield228.Brent Carter
229.Huck Seed230.Jim Bechtel
231.Steve Zolotow232.Alex Brennes
233.Richard Chase234.Charles Cushieri
235.O'Neil Longson236.Stanley Goldstein
237.Dan O'Dea238.Johnny Chan
239.Paul Rowe240.Glen Marsonette
241.Andy Pantuso242.Brian Meyers
243.Richard Klamian244.Shelby Panoff
245.Roy Flowerday246.Lance Straughn
247.Chip Reese248.Howard Stevens
249.Dr. Phil Earle250.Poggi Cesare
251.Michael McDonough252.John Aglialoro
253.Tong N. Pak254.Bobby Baldwin
255.Hal Kant256.Rod Peate
257.Mel Judah258.Ali Sarkeshik
259.Mark Edwards260.Vince Van Patton
261.Dick Carson262.Roy Thung
***** To be completed Tomorrow - Sleepy time *****

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