Main Event

A Taste of Success

Tao Jin hits the rail.

Tony Albano, who won the Metro Anniversary Special tournament last December, could be on his way to another great showing here after winning a big pot.

Pre-flop, Tony raised to 8,500 from under the gun and Tao Jin, who was next to act, calmly slid his stack into the middle for an additional 63,000. Everybody folded back to Tony, who tanked for a few minutes before finally making the call.

Tony pumped his fist as he saw that his {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} were ahead of Tao's {k-Clubs}{10-Hearts}, but he would still need to avoid some cards to finish off what he started.

A loud "ooh" came from the crowd of onlookers as the flop brought {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{a-Spades}, giving Tony a full house but giving his opponent a shot at a bigger full house should a king or ten fall.

That never happened as the turn and river brought the {j-Spades} and {6-Diamonds}, respectively, sending Tao out of the tournament in 21st place.

"Success!" came the loud shout from Tony as he raked in his chips.

He is now at about 290,000 in chips.

Tags: Tao JinTony Albano