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

Event Info

Prize Pool $394,807
Players 150

Billirakis Rolled Up

Steve Billirakis
Steve Billirakis

Steve Billirakis was the bring-in and Joe Cassidy completed. Nikolay Evdakov raised and both Billirakis and Cassidy made the call. Cassidy paired and fired a double bet on fourth but both Evdakov and Billirakis made the call.

Billirakis' board pair on fifth and he led out. Cassidy has seen enough but Evdakov called bets on fifth, sixth and seventh.

Billirakis: (X-X) / {4-Clubs}{J-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} (X)
Cassidy: (X-X) / {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}
Evdakov: (X-X) / {A-Hearts}{6-Spades}{3-Hearts}{8-Hearts} (X)

Billirakis revealed {4-Spades}{4-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} for rolled up fours that improved to a full house which was too good for Evdakov as his cards hit the muck. Evdakov slips to 460,000 with Billirakis up to 700,000.

Tags: Nikolay EvdakovSteve Billirakis

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Cassidy Again


Cassidy: (X) (X) / {6-Hearts} {4-Diamonds} {k-Diamonds} {2-Spades} / (X)
Mizrachi: (X) (X) / {3-Hearts} {9-Hearts} {5-Clubs} {8-Spades} / (X)

Joe Cassidy completed third street and was called by Michael Mizrachi and the bring-in, Steve Billirakis. Billirakis bailed out on fourth street when Mizrachi bet the lead. Cassidy stuck around to fifth street, where his king was the high card. He bet fifth and sixth, with the Grinder calling each time.

Both players checked the river. Mizrachi opened {q-Hearts} {j-Hearts} {j-Diamonds} in the hole for a pair of jacks. Cassidy turned over {6-} {4-} {7-} for two small pair. Those two pair stood tall enough to win the pot.

Mizrachi is down to 400,000. Cassidy has about 600,000.

Tags: Michael MizrachiJoe Cassidy

Vladimir Schmelev Eliminated in 7th Place ($55,991)

Vladimir Schmelev, 7th place
Vladimir Schmelev, 7th place

Four players called the bring-in of Nikolay Evdakov, before Men Nguyen led out with a bet on fourth street. Steve Billirakis folded before Vladimir Schmelev announced a raise. Evdakov folded as did Brandon Adams. Back on Nguyen and he re-raised to put Schmelev all in.

Evdakov: (X-X) / {7-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}
Adams: (X-X) / {10-Hearts}{6-Clubs}
Nguyen: {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} / {J-Clubs}{A-Hearts}
Billirakis: (X-X) / {K-Clubs}{6-Spades}
Schmelev: {K-Diamonds}{4-Spades} / {3-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}

Nguyen was in front with his pair of eights as the boards ran out as follows:

Nguyen: {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} / {J-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{3-Spades}{A-Diamonds} / {Q-Diamonds}
Schmelev: {K-Diamonds}{4-Spades} / {3-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{3-Hearts} / {10-Clubs}

Both players made two pair on sixth with Nguyen's aces and eights good to take it down and eliminate Schmelev from the tournament in 7th place for $55,991 in prize money.

Tags: Men NguyenVladimir Schmelev

Nguyen Straightens Out Schmelev


Nguyen: (X) (X) / {k-Hearts} {10-Spades} {8-Diamonds} {j-Diamonds} / (X)
Schmelev: (X) (X) / {a-Hearts} {7-Clubs} {6-Hearts} {3-Hearts} / (X)

Brandon Adams was the player who completed the bet on third street, but he quickly got out of the way as Men Nguyen raised and Vladimir Schmelev re-raised. Nguyen called to fourth street.

Schmelev checked to the aggressive Nguyen, then raise after Nguyen bet. Nguyen called that bet, and called again on fifth and sixth streets. At the river, Schmelev made one last bet. Nguyen raised, then slammed over his cards one at a time after Schmelev called: {q-Diamonds} {9-Hearts} {2-Hearts} for a king-high straight.

Schmelev is the short stack again, down to 115,000. Nguyen is up to 1,150,000.

Tags: Vladimir SchmelevMen Nguyen

The Grinder Is Back!

Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi

The Grinder is back! In a huge three-way pot, the action was capped on third street between Michael Mizrachi, Men Nguyen and Nikolay Evdakov. Mizrachi led the betting on fourth, before Evdakov raised on fifth to force Nguyen out of the action. Mizrachi called off his last chips.

Nguyen: (X-X) / {6-Spades}{7-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}
Evdakov: {J-Hearts}{10-Clubs} / {J-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}
Mizrachi: {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} / {A-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{8-Hearts}

Mizrachi was ahead with his aces and when he drew the {Q-Diamonds} for aces up against Evdakov's {4-Clubs} on sixth, Evdakov was left needing a jack to eliminate his opponent. It didn't arrive and Mizrachi virtually triples up to over 600,000!

Tags: Michael MizrachiNikolay Evdakov

Mizrachi's Frustration Evident


Mizrachi: (X) (X) / {2-Clubs} {j-Hearts} {a-Diamonds} {6-Hearts}
Schmelev: (X) (X) / {4-Spades} {j-Spades} {2-Diamonds} {2-Diamonds}

Just a few hands again, Vladimir Schmelev was down to but 90,000 chips. He's back up to 445,000 after beating Michael Mizrachi out of a recent pot. Mizrachi brought it in with a deuce, then called Schmelev's completion. Schmelev bet on fourth street; Mizrachi called.

Mizrachi caught an ace on fifth to take the betting lead. He checked it over to Schmelev, then called a bet. On sixth street, Schmelev bet his open deuces. Mizrachi made what can only be described as a very frustrated fold.

Mizrachi's stake is teetering now with just 213,000 left.

Tags: Michael MizrachiVladimir Schmelev

Schmelev Triples


Vladimir Schmelev has tripled up after making a straight in a three-way pot against Michael Mizrachi and Nikolay Evdakov.

Schmelev completed on third, raised fourth before he was all in for his last 25,000 by fifth street. Both opponents came along before checking it down.

Schmelev: {A-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{7-} / {A-Clubs}{10-Spades}{8-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}
Mizrachi: {Q-Clubs}{4-Clubs}-(X) / {10-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{4-Hearts}
Evdakov: {Q-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}-(X) / {5-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}

Both Mizrachi and Evdakov started out with flush draws but they missed as they couldn't better Schmelev's ten-high straight. He triples to 250,000.

Tags: Vladimir Schmelev

Schmelev Crippled by Cassidy


Schmelev: (X) (X) / {7-Diamonds} {8-Hearts} {3-Spades} {k-Spades} / (X)
Cassidy: (X) (X) / {k-Diamonds} {j-Hearts} {7-Clubs} {3-Clubs} / (X)

Things quickly got out of hand on third street in a pot between Vladimir Schmelev and Joe Cassidy. Brandon Adams was the player to complete. He was raised by Men Nguyen, re-raised by Schmelev and four-bet by Joe Cassidy. Only Schmelev called Cassidy's raise.

Cassidy kept the lead for the whole hand. He bet every street, with Schmelev calling every time. At the river, Schmelev squeezed his down cards and then mucked to Cassidy's last bet.

Schmelev has exactly 90,000 chips after the hand. Cassidy is up to 480,000.

Tags: Joe CassidyVladimir Schmelev

Three Kings Not Enough For Adams


Steve Billirakis brought in with the {3-Hearts} with Vladimir Schmelev and Michael Mizrachi making the call before Brandon Adams completed. Men Nguyen made the call, with Schmelev and Mizrachi coming along to fourth street.

Adams led out with a bet on fourth but it didn't reduce the field as all three opponents made the call. On fifth, Adams paired his king and bet again. This time Nguyen was the lone caller. Another bet went in on sixth before things got interesting on the river. Adams fired a bet before Nguyen raised. Adams put in a third bet and Nguyen went into the tank again. He eventually splashed the pot with a call.

Schmelev: (X-X) / {7-Spades}{5-Clubs}{4-Clubs}
Mizrachi: (X-X) / {4-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}
Adams: {K-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{3-Spades} / {K-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{J-Spades}
Nguyen: {A-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} / {Q-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}

Three kings for Adams but Nguyen took it down with the ace-high flush. He's up to 925,000 as Adams slips to 800,000.

Tags: Brandon AdamsMen Nguyen