Event #10: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

Event Info

Prize Pool $394,807
Players 150

Cassidy Short Again


Joe Cassidy is again on the short stack after laying his hand down on fifth street to the pressure of Steve Billirakis.

Billirakis: (X-X) / {4-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{7-Clubs}
Cassidy: (X-X) / {J-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}

Billirakis was the bring-in, Cassidy completed and Billirakis called the bet. Cassidy fired on fourth and again on fifth, but Billirakis put in a raise. Cassidy thought long and hard but respected his opponent's play as he gave it up. He's down to just 150,000 with Billirakis up to around 750,000.

Tags: Joe CassidySteve Billirakis

All You Can Drink, Baby!

Men Nguyen
Men Nguyen

Men Nguyen started downing the Coronas before the final table went to dinner. Back from dinner, he's looking for more.

"All you can eat, baby!" said a railbird after Nguyen won a pot.

"All you can drink, baby!" Nguyen replied. "Chris, I thought you were getting me Corona," he said to Chris Grigorian. Grigorian just made a calming motion with his hands.

"Please. I play better," said Nguyen, putting his hands together in supplication.

"I'll drink for you," said Grigorian.

A few hands later, a cocktail server came by the final table area. Nguyen seemed perturbed that the cocktail server didn't have a Corona for him.

"Where's my Corona?"

"I brought you one," said the server. The floor supervisor announcing the action also assured Nguyen that the cocktail server previously brought a Corona for Nguyen.

"You're just drinking them so fast you don't remember," said Steve Billirakis. Nguyen then put in an order for another Corona.

Tags: Men Nguyen

Aces In The Hole For Adams


Brandon Adams was the bring-in and he decided to raise following the completion from Men Nguyen. The raise was called and Adams fired again on fourth. Nguyen paired up on fifth took the lead, before both checked sixth. On the river, Adams fired a bet with Nguyen deliberating before making the call.

Adams: {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts} / {2-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} / {J-Clubs}
Nguyen: (X-X) / {5-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{10-Clubs} / (X)

Aces in the hole for Adams improved to two pair which was too good for Nguyen as he angrily tossed his cards into the muck. Adams is up to 925,000 with Nguyen slipping to 2.1 million.

Tags: Brandon AdamsMen Nguyen

No Value for Nguyen's Quads


Nguyen: (X) (X) / {5-Hearts} {5-Spades} {5-Diamonds} {3-Spades} / (X)
Adams: (X) (X) / {q-Spades} {j-Diamonds} {4-Hearts} {4-Spades} / (X)

Men Nguyen brought it in with a five, then called Brandon Adams' completion. The two players checked it all the way down. At showdown, Adams opened {9-Hearts} {7-Clubs} {7-Diamonds} for a pair of sevens, a hand that couldn't beat Nguyen's board. Nguyen opened {3-Diamonds} {j-Clubs} {5-Clubs} for quad fives.

"You didn't bet?" asked Theo Tran from the gallery. "Did that really just happen?"

"I'm early," replied Nguyen. "I could check-raise."

Tags: Brandon AdamsMen Nguyen

Another Double Up For Joe


It's been a roller coaster ride recently for Joe Cassidy. After doubling up in the previous hand, Cassidy lost a chunk of chips to Steve Billirakis after he couldn't call a bet on seventh.

However next hand he was able to double up once again, this time through Men Nguyen. It was a strange hand, that saw Cassidy complete with the {A-Spades} and Nguyen call after bringing in with the {4-Diamonds}. Nguyen then raised the bet on fourth and fired on fifth and sixth before Cassidy raised and put his last chips into the middle. Nguyen made the call and the cards were on their backs:

Nguyen: {3-Hearts}{2-Clubs} / {4-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{k-Spades}{5-Diamonds}
Cassidy: {A-Hearts}{5-Spades} / {A-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}

I don't think anyone in the building put the Master on that hand, but he had outs to improve to crack Cassidy's aces. It wasn't to be as both players bricked the river and Cassidy doubled up once again 550,000. Nguyen drops to 2.1 million.

Tags: Joe CassidyMen Nguyen

Cassidy Doubles Again


Cassidy: (X) (X) / {8-Hearts} {6-Diamonds} {2-Diamonds} {k-Hearts} / (X)
Adams: (X) (X) / {k-Spades} {4-Clubs} {A-Clubs} {3-Diamonds} / (X)

Brandon Adams took a cautious line in a hand against Joe Cassidy and wound up being rivered. Cassidy completed third street, then called Adams' raise. Adams bet the lead on fourth street with his king, but when he caught an ace on fifth street he slowed down and checked. Cassidy wrinkled his brow before betting. Adams called.

On sixth street Adams still had the lead and Cassidy's board wasn't showing much. Adams checked again, then tanked for about thirty or forty seconds before calling. Down the river, Cassidy had only 30,000 chips left in his stack. Adams put him in. Cassidy squeezed and then called. Adams had {k-} {q-} {j-} for a pair of kings; Cassidy rolled over {5-Hearts} {5-Diamonds} {8-Diamonds} for a rivered two pair, eights and fives.

Cassidy is back up to about 480,000.

Tags: Joe CassidyBrandon Adams

Double For Cassidy


Brandon Adams was the bring-in with the {4-Spades} before Steve Billirakis completed. Joe Cassidy announced a raise and play folded to Billirakis who re-raised to put Cassidy all in for his tournament life.

Here's how the boards fell:

Cassidy: {J-Spades}{9-Hearts} / {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} / {9-Clubs}
Billirakis: {10-Diamonds}{7-Spades} / {7-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{10-Spades} / {J-Hearts}

Billirakis started in the lead but Cassidy's board fell nicely to end up with queens and nines to double up! He's back to around 220,000 with Billirakis slipping to 565,000.

Tags: Joe CassidySteve Billirakis

Updated Chip Counts


Men Nguyen - 2,495,000
Brandon Adams - 975,000
Steve Billirakis - 640,000
Nikolay Evdakov - 310,000
Joe Cassidy - 90,000

More Chips for the Master


Evdakov: (X) (X) / {k-Diamonds} {8-Hearts} {q-Clubs} {2-Clubs} / (X)
Nguyen: {a-Spades} {a-Clubs} / {8-Spades} {j-Clubs} {3-Clubs} {q-Hearts} / {5-Diamonds}

There's no stopping Men "the Master" Nguyen right now. Not only is he playing almost every pot, but he's winning a fair number of them. He called behind Nikolay Evdakov's completion bet on third street. The two were heads-up to fourth, where Evdakov bet and then called a raise from Nguyen.

Evdakov retained the betting lead the rest of the way and check-called every street. At the river Nguyen finally checked behind. Evdakov opened {3-} {q-} {j-} for a pair of queens, but Nguyen produced two aces from the hole to take the pot.

Evdakov is down to 315,000. Nguyen is crushing the rest of the table with about 2.5 million chips.

Tags: Men NguyenNikolay Evdakov