Main Event

Call It Off with J-9

Elton Tsang
Elton Tsang

Elton Tsang and John Chong got themselves into a raising war preflop. Eventually, Tsang raised all in and Chong went into the tank. He wound up making the call and did so with a very surprising hand, {J-Clubs}{9-Clubs}. Tsang held the {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts}.

Chong got there in the flop and then added two pair on the turn as the board ran out {9-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}. Tsang was eliminated on the hand and while he was leaving the tournament area, tablemate Jonas Kronwitter yelled out, "That's how you play poker boys! Call it off with jack-nine!" Tsang finished in 33rd place.

Tags: Elton TsangJohn ChongJonas Kronwitter

Rose Loses Her Petals

Barbara Rose
Barbara Rose

Barbara Rose moved all in from middle position for 25,400. Mikhail Mazunin called her in the cutoff seat and then Alexandre Chieng called from the big blind. The flop came down {J-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} and Chieng checked to Mazunin. He fired a bet of 36,000 and that knocked Chieng out of the hand, leaving Mazunin heads up with Rose.

Rose turned up a set of tens with the {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs} and Mazunin held the {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}. Rose was behind preflop but ahead after the flop. On the turn, she fell behind again after the {A-Clubs} fell. The river completed the board with the {7-Spades} and that was it for Rose. She finished in 34th place. With her exit leaves just one woman left in the field in Jessica Ngu.

Tags: Alexandre ChiengBarbara RoseMikhail Mazunin

Teran Doubles Through Gonzales


Rundulf Gonzales called Oscar Teran's all-in shove with pocket sixes. Teran held the {J-Spades}{10-Spades} for two suited overcards. The flop contained a jack as it fell {K-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. The turn was another jack and improved Teran's hand, but still left Gonzales needing a six. The river was the {4-Diamonds} and left Gonzales with just 9,000 chips. Teran doubled to about 90,000.

Tags: Oscar TeranRundulf Gonzales

Jensen Fighting Away


On the board of {J-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{J-Clubs}, Patrick Jensen fired 22,500. Elton Tsang min-raised in position to 45,000. After a couple minutes in the tank, Jensen mucked his hand, dropped down to under 100,000 chips.

On the next hand Jensen played a pot with Binh Nguyen. Jensen check-called a 16,500-chip count on the flop of {K-Spades}{5-Spades}{4-Clubs}. After the turn put the {8-Diamonds} on board, Jensen checked and Nguyen checked behind.

The river completed the board with the {Q-Diamonds} and Jensen led with a bet of 26,000. Nguyen mucked his hand and Jensen got a nice pot to add back into his stack and make up for what he just lost to Tsang.

Tags: Patrick JensenElton TsangBinh Nguyen

Torres Doubles


Oscar Teran had the {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} and called Victorino Torres' all-in shove. Torres held the {A-Spades}{K-Hearts}. The board ran out {8-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} and Torres successfully doubled up. He was all in for about 35,000. Teran was left with just under 40,000.

Tags: Victorino TorresOscar Teran

Camel's Hump Gets Bigger

Wow, it's crazy out there. There was already quite the pile of chips in the middle when we caught up with the action. Keith "the Camel" Hawkins moved all in for another 45,100, and Victorino Torres moved all in over top. Then Rundulf Gonzales called all in, having Hawkins but not Torres covered.

Hawkins: {k-Clubs}{q-Spades}
Torres: {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}
Gonzales: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}

The flop was pretty clean: {9-Spades}{5-Spades}{4-Diamonds}. But the {10-Spades} on the turn wasn't quite what Gonzales wanted, giving Hawkins a flush draw. Hawkins was packing up and powering down his iPod, but just like that, the {6-Spades} on the river put him back in the game. He more than tripled up, while Gonzales took the much smaller side pot, doubling the 29,000 that was left of his stack through Torres. Torres was left with just 35,000.

Tags: Keith HawkinsVictorino TorresRundulf Gonzales

Some Chippies...

...for your chip counting enjoyment. A full list of counts can be found in the "Chip Counts" tab, oddly enough.

TJ Vorapanich
TJ Vorapanich
570,000 97,100
Kai Paulsen
Kai Paulsen
545,000 85,000
Mikhail Mazunin ru
Mikhail Mazunin
ru 375,000 50,000
Albert Kim
Albert Kim
321,000 156,000
Brian Green us
Brian Green
us 290,000 50,000
Chong Cheong
Chong Cheong
245,000 96,900
Brendon Rubie au
Brendon Rubie
au 240,000 -100,000
Jeppe Drivsholm
Jeppe Drivsholm
230,000 5,600
Jukka Juvonen fi
Jukka Juvonen
fi 200,000 50,000
Jessica Ngu sg
Jessica Ngu
sg 142,000 -7,700
Marcel Luske nl
Marcel Luske
nl 140,000 5,000
Darren Judges
Darren Judges
105,000 -1,700
Jonas Kronwitter at
Jonas Kronwitter
at 105,000 -136,900
Henrik Gwinner
Henrik Gwinner
105,000 -11,200
Oscar Teran
Oscar Teran
80,000 -70,000

Cherep Doubles

Timothy Cherep doubled through Mikhail Mazunin when his {a-Clubs}{8-Clubs} hit an ace on the flop and dodged a straight draw to hold against Mazunin's {k-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}. The hand boosted Cherep to among the chip leaders in the field.

Yesterday, Cherep made a huge laydown to Mazunin in an agonizing pot, helping Mazunin move to the top of the counts and leaving Cherep much shorter. Today, Cherep says he laid down kings. After he doubled, Cherep told Mazunin in not the friendliest of tones, "I know you had aces. You don't have to tell me. I know you did. It's ok cause I'm gonna take all your chips."

Not done with his tirade, Cherep added, "Nobody lays down kings. Nobody in this room. Getting three-to-one, nobody but me. That's how I stay alive." Then Cherep looked up at Marcel Luske sitting two seats over. "Well, maybe Marcel does. I don't know."

Tags: Marcel LuskeMikhail MazuninTimothy Cherep

Cedric Out

Raffi Cedric
Raffi Cedric

Raffi Cedric was all in with pocket queens and looking good to double up against Wee Yee Tan's pair of sevens. That's until the seven on the flop, of course. The turn filled Tan's boat, and Cedric was unable to hit a miracle on the river, hitting the rail instead. He gets HK$63,700 for 35th place.

Tags: Raffi CedricWee Yee Tan

Torres Stays Alive

Victorino Torres was all in with {A-Diamonds}{A-Spades} against pocket eights. His aces held and he managed a double up.