Main Event

More Bad Luck for Tran

JC Tran over-limped in late position, and the small blind completed. But the big blind had other ideas, making it 900 to go. Tran and the other two players called to see a flop four-handed. It came {8-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{4-Spades}. The small blind checked, and the big blind bet 2,300. The player under the gun moved all in for a total of 4,300. Tran called, as did the big blind, who checked the {J-Spades} on the turn. Tran bet 5,000, and the big blind folded, meaning it was time for a showdown. Tran tabled {4-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} for a flopped set. But the short stack showed {10-Spades}{9-Spades} for a turned straight with a flush redraw. Tran needed the board to pair, but the {a-Diamonds} on the river didn't do it. After doubling up his opponent, Tran fell below 9,000.

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Breaking Things

Two levels are behind us, and the players are off for their first 10-minute break of the day.

Razor Loses His Edge

John Phan made an opening raise to 600 from the button, and Roger Spets three-bet to 2,000 in the next seat over. When Eric Assadourian folded his big blind, Phan moved all in for 6,550 total. Spets called, and Phan was at risk and flipping a coin for double or nothing:

Phan: {A-Spades} {Q-Hearts}
Spets: {8-Spades} {8-Diamonds}

Board: {K-Diamonds} {7-Diamonds} {3-Diamonds} {3-Spades} {5-Hearts}

That's just no help whatsoever for The Razor, and his day is done early.

Tags: John PhanRoger Spets

Don't Sweat the Technique


JC Tran fired 1,400 on the flop of {K-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{3-Diamonds}. John Tech was his only opponent and raised to 3,100. Tran went into the tank and reraised to 8,400. Tech thought for a tiny bit of time before looking at the dealer and announcing that he was all in. Next, Tran went into the tank. He asked the dealer to pull in the 8,400 from each player's stack, revealing that Tech did have Tran covered. Eventually, Tran mucked his hand after several minutes and was left with just about 10,000 chips. Tech showed a set of sixes with the {6-Clubs}{6-Hearts}.

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Ace High for Assadourian

Eric Assadourian
Eric Assadourian

Eric Assadourian raised preflop and then called a three-bet from the small blind, Yu-reng Peng. The flop came {8-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}, and Peng fired out 2,400. Assadourian made the call. The turn was the {3-Spades}, and both players checked. Peng again checked after the {5-Diamonds} on the river, and Assadourian checked behind, tabling {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}. Ace-king high was good enough to take down the pot.

Tags: Eric AssadourianYu-reng Peng

Chan Calls Down

Ricky Kroesen raised preflop, and Terrence Chan called on the button. The flop came {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}{4-Spades}, and Kroesen bet 600. Chan called. Same story after the {9-Hearts} on the turn. Kroesen bet 1,000, and Chan called. Repeat on the {10-Hearts} river. Chan called a bet of 1,600, and quickly mucked when Kroesen showed {a-Spades}{10-Hearts} for two pair. Chan is down to his last 11,000.

Tags: Terrence Chan

Benton Better Stay in Bed

APPT Sydney champion Aaron Benton was on our player list for the day, but we couldn't spot him in the field anywhere. We saw his mate Tony Hachem wandering around the tournament floor, so we peddled for a bit of info.

It seems that Benton is dealing with a bit of food poisoning after a sour dinner last night, and he's still in bed for the time being. We'll wait to see if he shows up later on, but for now we'll mark him as a scratch, and we'll see if he's able to go tomorrow.

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A Tough Crowd

The Razor
The Razor

An early table break has moved Roger Spets to the new toughest table in town. He's in the three hole over there on Table 9, and he'll have to deal with John Phan on his right and Team PokerStars Pro Eric Assadourian to his left for the foreseeable future.

We pick up the action at that table: Georgios Santorinaios opened with an under-the-gun raise to 600, and he found calls from both Phan and Spets. The flop came out {10-Clubs} {3-Diamonds} {J-Spades}, and Santorinaios fired 1,200 there, and another 2,100 on the {A-Spades} turn. Spets didn't make it past the flop, but Phan called both streets to see the {8-Hearts} fill out the board. When Santorinaios fired a final bet of 3,500, Phan shuffled his cards in his hands. He had two spades (it looked like king-nine or possibly ten-nine of spades) and into the muck they went.

Phan - 14,500

Tags: Georgios SantorinaiosJohn Phan

Bet Sizing Head Scratcher

Check out this hand and see if you can figure out what's going on. Sal Fazzino opened to 650 from middle position, and Mani Rezaei called from the cutoff. Then the big blind squeezed to 2,500, but he didn't succeed in pushing out either opponent.

Flop: {a-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{4-Clubs} - The big blind checked, and Fazzino bet 3,300. Rezaei made the call, and the big blind folded.

Turn: {5-Diamonds} - Fazzino checked this time, and Rezaei took over the aggression, sort of. He tossed out a T5,000 chip, but announced a bet of only 1,000. Fazzino called the 1/15th-pot bet.

River: {3-Diamonds} - Fazzino asked Rezaei how much he had behind, then bet the pot, enough to put Rezaei all in. He muttered something unpleasant and folded {A-Spades}{k-Spades} face up.

Tags: Sal FazzinoMani Rezaei