It's turned into a carnival here at the final table, with Men Nguyen enjoying the hell out of the proceedings. Twice he's completed blind after Brandon Adams pulled the bring in. The second time, Adams raised. Nguyen squeezed his hole cards and then re-raised, with Adams calling.
"Gamble, gamble!" said Nguyen. He called Adams' bet on fourth street. By fifth Adams slowed down and checked. "100 hurt-me dollars," said Nguyen after checking with TD Bob Smith how much he could bet. Adams called.
On sixth street Nguyen again asked how much he could bet, then bet "100 hurt-me dollars". Adams called. Nguyen bet the river dark. Adams squeezed and folded.
"I'm not going to look at this one," said Nguyen, pointing to his river card. "Kill it." The dealer killed the hand and pushed the pot to Nguyen.
"Ship it baby!" Nguyen shouted.
"All you can eat, baby!" replied one of his railbirds.
"I can have a good time, right Bob?" Nguyen asked Smith. "I can raise blind?"
"You've raised blind many times," replied Smith. Nguyen now has 3.2 million. Adams is down to 1.3 million.
Steve Billirakis was first crippled in a clash with Brandon Adams before Men Nguyen finished him off.
After a raise and a re-raise on third, Billirakis fired on fourth before Adams bet on fifth, sixth and the river. Billirakis said he was chasing hearts as he folded the river and Adams showed two pair.
Billirakis: (X-X-X) /
That hand left Billirakis with just 120,000 in chips which he committed on third street on the very next hand against Men Nguyen.
Billirakis: / /
Nguyen: / /
Billirakis improved to two pair but it wasn't enough as Nguyen made trip sevens to take it down. Billirakis departs in 3rd place for a collect of $152,788.
Men Nguyen's mood is much, much improved after eliminating Nikolay Evdakov in 4th place. Brandon Adams brought it in on third street, then called after Nguyen limped and Evdakov completed. Nguyen also called.
Evdakov had the lead on fourth street. He bet, with Adams and Nguyen both calling. Adams caught the lead on fifth but checked it to Nguyen. He bet in front of Evdakov, whose raise chased Adams out of the pot. Nguyen re-raised to get Evdakov all in.
Nguyen was drawing with a pair and a flush draw against Evdakov's aces. Both players bricked sixth street. On seventh street, Evdakov opened first and didn't improve. Nguyen had a draw to any 5, 6, 7, 10, queen or club. He dramatically flipped over the for two pair, sixes and fives.
"YEAH!" he screamed, popping out of his chair. He gave two short fist-pumps.
"Nice hand," said Evdakov. He rapped the felt and departed.
"I'm sorry Brandon," said Nguyen after he re-took his seat. "I got excited."
Nguyen is up to 2,560,000 in chips. Evdakov is out, taking home $110,629 in prize money.
Brandon Adams was the bring-in with the . Men Nguyen called before Nikolay Evdakov completed. Adams folded and Nguyen made the call.
Evdakov led the betting on all streets, with Nguyen raising on both sixth and seventh streets. Evdakov paid him off with a call.
A straight to the queen for Nguyen as Evdakov's aces up were no good.
"Nice call! You think your hand is good after I raise you?" chuckled Nguyen who was suddenly in a much better mood than the previous hour of play. He climbs back to 2 million with Evdakov down to 400,000.
Brandon Adams and Men Nguyen were heads up to fourth street. Nguyen bet his 7 and Adams called with his 6. Both players checked fifth street. On sixth street, Nguyen fired again with an open pair of fours. Adams raised with an ace, and was called by Nguyen.
Nguyen checked the river, then faced a bet from Adams. Nguyen dejectedly flashed and mucked.
Adams is up to 1,500,000 and Nguyen seems to be reeling from repeated losses.
Men Nguyen completed before Nikolay Evdakov announced a raise. Nguyen made the call and then led the betting on fourth, fifth and sixth streets. Evdakov made the calls before the river was dealt. Action was with Nguyen and he sat in the tank for a good two minutes before checking over to Evdakov who fired a bet. Nguyen splashed the pot with a call.
Evdakov: / /
Nguyen: / / (X)
It was Nguyen's kings against Evdakov's queens, and despite drawing better on every street, Nguyen couldn't find a river as Evdakov hit two pair to take it down.
Joe Cassidy has been eliminated from the tournament in 5th place. Nikolay Evdakov brought it in on third street, then called Cassidy's completion. On fourth street the two players raised enough to get Cassidy's last 95,000 in the middle. Cassidy opened a pair of sevens; Evdakov had caught a pair of nines on fourth street. By the river, Cassidy got a good sweat. Evdakov had been unable to improve, and Cassidy had a double gutshot straight draw to go along with his draw at two pair or trip sevens. He bricked all the draws with a .
Cassidy leaves with $86,461 in prize money. Evdakov is still somewhat short, with just 465,000 in his stack.