Main Event

Break Dance

Six levels are in the books, and we've got one more to play before shutting the doors on Day 1b. Ah, but first, a ten-minute break. Back in a flash!

River Rat Makes Mads Mad

Check out this one. Sal Fazzino raised under the gun, and Mads Wissing three-bet from middle position. Fazzino called to see the flop, which came {9-Clubs}{5-Spades}{3-Spades}. Fazzino checked to Wissing, who bet 7,500, just under pot, leaving himself about 35,000 behind. Fazzino called, and checked again after the {9-Clubs} came on the turn. This time, Wissing checked behind. That meant Fazzino got to see the {2-Hearts} on the river for free. Fazzino bet out 13,000, and Wissing made the call, hoping not to see an nine. He certainly didn't expect to see Fazzino's actual hand, {6-Hearts}{4-Hearts} for the rivered straight. "Thief!" shouted Wissing's friend, who was watching from the rail. When Wissing had calmed down enough to do more than shake his head, he growled a half-question half-accusation at Fazzino. "You play bingo, my friend?"

Fazzino was up to 62,000 after the hand, while Wissing was down to 20,000 and on super monkey tilt.

Tags: Sal FazzinoMads Wissing

Trinh Straight Flushed Out

The floor person and dealer standing behind Table 2 were waving their arms furiously and calling for the cameras, so we wandered over to see who was all in. When we approached, we could see that Yong Hyun Yoo had moved his stack in on a flop of {J-Spades} {9-Spades} {2-Clubs}, and Dan Gia Trinh had made the call to put himself all in with fewer chips. Vinson Shi Guxin still had cards as well, but he only considered for another moment before folding, letting Trinh go heads up for his tournament life.

Yoo: {K-Spades} {10-Spades}
Trinh: {Q-Clubs} {Q-Hearts}

Trinh held a small lead, but not for long. The money card, the {Q-Spades} dropped on fourth street giving Yoo the unbeatable straight flush!

"Pair the board!" pleaded Trinh, not quite realizing the severity of the situation yet. The {K-Clubs} filled out the board, and that's another player down. The big board shows 52 players remain.

Tags: Dan Gia TrinhYong Hyun Yoo


Peng Yu-reng
Peng Yu-reng

After the flop came down {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{2-Spades}, David Steicke, Peng Yu-reng and one other player all checked over to Dimitrios Mertzanis. He fired 1,800 and Steicke called. Yu-reng announced a raise and then tossed in the amount to call before taking some time to himself. He then moved all in for 13,950. The next player tanked and then folded before action fell back on Mertzanis. He let his hand go and looked at Steicke and said, "Up to you."

Steicke stood from his chair and thought. After contemplating whether or not to call, Steicke let his hand go, showing that he was laying down the {9-Spades}{8-Spades}, opting not to chase his spade draw. Yu-reng picked up a nice pot and now has about the starting stack of 20,000.

Tags: Peng Yu-rengDavid SteickeDimitrios Mertzanis

Aces High

Mads Østerberg raised to 1,000 prefolp, and only Li Chun Liao called from the small blind.

Flop: {j-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{2-Clubs} - Liao took the reigns, betting 1,150. Østerberg flat called.

Turn: {9-Hearts} - This time, Liao checked, and Østerberg tried to take back control with a bet of 2,300. Liao paid the price to see a river card.

River: {7-Spades} - Liao checked, and Østerberg just checked behind. Unclear whether he was just giving up or if he thought he had showdown value, but he looked extremely surprised when his {a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} for ace-high was good for the pot. With {q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}, Liao was left with just queen-high when his open-ended straight draw missed on the river. Come to think of it, Østerberg

Tags: Mads ØsterbergLi Chun Liao

Mertzanis and Steicke Go Big


From middle position, Eric Assadourian raised to 1,500. Dimitrios Mertzanis called on the button before David Steicke three-bet from the small blind to 8,500. After the big blind folded, Assadourian also got out of the way. Mertzanis made the call though.

The flop came down {Q-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{4-Hearts} and Steicke fired 10,500. Mertzanis made the call and the two went to the turn. Fourth street produced the {4-Diamonds} and Steicke didn;t slow down. He fired 16,500 this time and Mertzanis called once again.

The river card completed the board with the {K-Diamonds}. Steicke checked and Mertzanis quickly checked behind. Mertzanis tabled the {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}, but Steicke rolled over the {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}, pointing to his king as he hit a pair of kings on the river.

Losing that pot put Mertzanis down to 43,000 chips while Steicke stormed to 115,000 and further increased his lead on the rest of today's field.

Tags: Dimitrios MertzanisEric AssadourianDavid Steicke

Blaser Dominates and Doubles


Action folded to the cutoff seat and she raised to 1,500. Eric Assadourian was on the button and reraised to 4,500. Mike Blaser was in the small blind and went into the tank, pained by the action before him. After a few minutes, Blaser slammed his stack of 13,450 chips in the middle, announcing "All in!" The big blind and the original raiser folded, but then Assadourian made the call.

Assadourian held a dominated {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} to Blaser's {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}. The board ran out {5-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{2-Hearts}{Q-Spades} and Blaser more than doubled his stack. Assadourian dropped back to about 30,000 chips.

Tags: Mike BlaserEric Assadourian

Aces for Andrew

Andrew Scott
Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott opened the action with a raise to 1,050. Raffi Cedric then bumped it up to 4,000. Undaunted, Scott four-bet shoved for a total of 11,050. He did his best to talk Cedric into a call, telling him to consider all the money already in the middle. "And maybe it's not a flip," Scott said. It wouldn't have been. Cedric folded and Scott showed pocket aces.

Tags: Andrew ScottRaffi Cedric


Jukka To Be Kidding!

We joined Table 7 to see the player in Seat 1 all in for 3,750 after a flop of {6-Spades} {K-Hearts} {7-Spades}. There were about 15,000 chips already in the middle of the table, and Jukka Juvonen had enough in his stack to make the near-automatic call with just his lowly {A-Clubs} {3-Hearts}. The all-in player was well ahead with {K-Spades} {J-Hearts}, but someone at the table had an ugly premonition: "This is going to be so sick."

The turn was a very safe {10-Spades} though, reducing Juvonen's outs to just two. We'll let the floor person announce the river for you:

"Jukka is looking for an ace, and it can't be a spade... and he got it!" Just like that, the dealer ripped the {A-Hearts} off the deck on the river, one of Juvonen's two outs. The newly-eliminated player shot of out his chair and stormed away from the table, and he won't have any chips to come back to.

Juvonen is quite possibly the chip leader in the room with about 82,000 after that knockout ace on the river.

Tags: Jukka Juvonen