The table is full of joviality at the moment with much of the laughter revolving around Phil Hellmuth, who is taking and giving out the needle in equal measure.
There was much laughing when after Jonathan Duhamel opened to 5,000 with pocket queens, Hellmuth made a massive re-raise to 40,000 with , Duhamel smooth called. “Oh he’s smart,” said Jennifer Tilly, he knows Hellmuth has a strong hand.
On the flop Hellmuth said. “I’m going to have to check,” cue guffaws from the other players, Duhamel made a small bet of 35,000 and Hellmuth said. “If you’re bluffing I’ll be happy for you and pat you on the back,” Hellmuth then proceeded to show the ace-king as he folded.
Chip counts at the end of level one (21 hands)
Seat One: Jonathan Duhamel – 346,000
Seat Two: Sam Trickett – 238,000
Seat Three: Scott Seiver – 330,000
Seat Four: Antonio Esfandiari – 307,000
Seat Five: Phil Hellmuth – 296,000
Seat Six: Daniel Negreanu – 295,000
Seat Seven: Daniel Cates – 285,000
Seat Eight: Marvin Rettenmaier – 313,000
And @Careybear92 tweeted the following moments ago “#PREMIERLEAGUEVI OMG what an amazing table and Jesse May, Phil Laak and Jennifer Tilly commentating…poker heaven and of course Daniel N.”
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