Posted: Wednesday July 13, 2005 4:48PM; Updated: Wednesday July 13, 2005 4:48PM
Chip leaders, notables players as of Wednesday
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When asked if playing on Saturday (as opposed to the Thursday or Friday prelims) put him at a disadvantage, Lederer, without a hint of self-pity, replied, "Yes. I thought I was at a disadvantage. But that's the game. You may be dealt cards that put you at a disadvantage, or be seated at a table that puts you at a disadvantage. You just have to deal with it."
Poker prodigy: Tom Koral, a 21-year-old senior at the University of Illinois-Chicago, finished 151st and earned the respect of everyone with whom he played. After being knocked out (he went all in with his final 50 grand with an A-10 and lost to a pair of 9s when a third 9 came on the turn), Koral had players tracking him down to shake his hand.
"Only 21?" said one 50ish player, clearly impressed.
"I started playing at Golden Palace online about two years ago," says Koral, a finance major from Skokie, Ill. "I started with $75 in my account and turned it into $300,000."
Koral belongs in the "Don't Try This At Home, Kids" division, but unlike most college poker players, he has succeeded as wildly as he dreamt. "I bought a BMW and I'm closing on a condo near UIC on July 19," he says.
Koral still plays in $10 buy-in games with his college buddies, but acknowledged the dynamics have changed. "First they complain that I'm stealing their money," Koral says, "but then if they give me a bad beat, they jump up and down."
T-Shirt worn by player on Table 118: "I MOW YOUR MOM'S LAWN"
Greg "Everybody Loves" Raymer, on skill: "I give myself some credit these chips," said the man who began Tuesday as the chips leader ($1.06 million), "but I give luck a lot of the credit. When you have aces and someone else has kings, well, you oughta win that hand."
Bryant King, a concert promoter from Spokane, Wash., was the Yogi Berra ("It ain't over til it's over") of Day 4. Shortly before the dinner break, King called an all in with bullets (pair of aces) versus a pair of 10s. The flop came 9-9-3, and the turn a 5. With $500,000 of his chips -- most of his stack -- King watched as the river came a 10. His aces lost to three 10s.
"I just got beat for half a million," a then surly Bryant told the ESPN cameras. "I'm not doing any interviews when I go out."
Down to his last $23,000, King went all in twice in the final five minutes before dinner. First he doubled up with an A-7 unsuited versus 7-2 of diamonds (the turn came an ace). Then, just seconds before the dinner gong, he went all in for $46,000. Two other players stayed with him. After the flop came 7-5-4 with two diamonds, Tim Phan bet $80,000 and the third player mucked. King turned over pocket aces, while Phan showed a K-7. The turn was a 2 and the river a 6, and all of a sudden King was going to dinner with $159,000 in his stack.
"I just phoned my mom today to tell her I was in the tournament," said King, who lasted through the end of Day 4 with more than $700,000 in chips. "She's a strict Southern Baptist. Doesn't approve of gambling. But she said if I last until Thursday, she'll come out."