Van Marcus seems to have figured out how he wants to play Tae Jun Noh in this heads up match. He raised to 100,000 preflop and was called. The flop came down . Noh checked to Marcus, who made it 130,000 to go. Noh wasn't as quick on the draw this time when he called Marcus.
Both players checked the turn. On the river , Noh checked a third time. Marcus made what smelled like a value bet of 100,000, and again Noh stopped to consider what he should do. He decided to call and was shown Marcus' two pair, . Noh sighed and mucked.
Tae Jun Noh completed from the small blind, Van Marcus raised to 130,000 in total from the big blind and Noh made the call.
They took a flop of where Marcus fired out 125,000 and Noh made a very quick call.
The turn was the and Marcus fired a second bullet worth a hefty 235,000. This time Noh gave the decision a little more thought before releasing his hand.
Marcus then flashed for a stone cold bluff! These two have pulled off some very nice bluffs against each other here at this final table, but this one could be the most significant as Noh is now on the ropes.
In our experience, a quick flop call by an opponent usually indiciates weakness -- either a draw of some kind, or more often a pair that's not top pair. Perhaps Van Marcus realized that as well. He and Tae Jun Noh took a raised flop of . Noh checked to Marcus, then quickly called when Marcus bet 100,000.
The turn and the river were both checked through. Noh turned up for middle pair, which was enough to win the pot.
Tae Jun Noh raised to 80,000 from the button and Van Marcus made the call. The flop came down and both players checked. The fell on the turn and again it's checked through. The was the rvier and Marcus checked for a third time to Noh who put out a bet of 70,000. Marcus thought for a moment before casually tossing out calling chips.
Noh tabled and was playing the board as Marcus revealed . His king-high played and he collected the pot.
Tae Jun Noh has closed Van Marcus' chip lead to a mere 200,000 chips after winning a huge pot that went to a river showdown. Noh made it 80,000 to go preflop; Marcus called.
Both players checked the flop. With the board showing on the turn, Marcus led out for 115,000. Noh quickly called. The river paired the board and brought a bet of 220,000 from Marcus. Noh looked pained but called anyway. As soon as he did, Marcus rapped the table "good call". Noh showed for two pair.
As a result of this hand, Marcus' count dropped to 1.5 million and Noh's increased to 1.3 million.
Once again, Van Marcus and Tae Jun Noh were in an unraised pot. The flop came . Noh checked to Marcus, who fired out 55,000, about two-thirds of the pot. Noh then went for a check-raise to 130,000. If it was meant to scare Marcus off, it failed. He quickly called.
The turn was the and Noh seemed to lose interest in continuing to play the hand. He checked; Marcus checked behind. They repeated those actions on the river, with Marcus tabling for a pair of nines and the winning hand.
Van Marcus raised it up on the button to 90,000 and Tae Jun Noh made the call. They saw a flop and Noh checked to Marcus who fired out a bet. Before the amount was determined, Noh had quickly folded and Marcus gets one back.