Event #13: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Koftan Gets it in Good

There was a lot of aggression exercised pre-flop in this latest hand. A player acting under the gun limped, as did the player to his left in Seat 4. The player in the hijack raised to 1,000, and the player in the cutoff moved all in for 3,550. Action folded to the woman in Seat 2, who tanked for a bit before announcing she was all in. The hijack player folded and we were finally heads up for the flop.

Koftan said, "That's not good" upon hearing his opponent's bet. But when he saw he had her beat, he said, "Oh, that is good."

Koftan: {9-}{9-}
Seat 2: {8-}{8-}

The board ran {4-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{q-Clubs}.

Koftan finds himself up to about 8,900 with under an hour to go before play breaks for the day.

Tags: Ken Koftan

Razor Cuts Deep


John "The Razor" Phan and his opponent in Seat 3 got all of their money in on a flop of {J-Spades}{8-Clubs}{5-Hearts}. When the cards were turned over it was revealed they both had a pair of jacks:

Seat 3: {Q-Clubs}{J-Clubs}
Phan: {A-}{J-}

The turn was the {8-Diamonds} and the river {4-Hearts}. Phan's ace was good for the kicker and he took down a large pot while eliminating his opponent. He is now at 29,000.

Tags: John Phan

Brogdon Pushes

Ed Brogdon
Ed Brogdon

Edward Brogdon went all in after the player in the small blind checked a board reading {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}. There was about 7,000 in the pot and the small blind only had 2,225 behind.

After thinking it through, the small blind decided to save his remaining chips and give up on the pot. With that win, Brogdon is up to 18,000.

Tags: Edward Brogdon

Smith Gets it in Good to No Avail

On an queen-high flop, Danny Smith got it all in with {a-}{a-} against another player's {a-}{q-}. He stood to collect 40,000 in chips if he could just fade his opponent's outs. Unfortunately for Smith, he was unable to do so when a {q-} fell on the river.

Smith was left with just a tiny collection of chips, which he put in the middle on the next hand. His {6-}{5-} was not able to improve against an opponent's {k-}{10-} and Smith was knocked out of the tournament.

Tags: Danny Smith

Razor Sharp


John "The Razor" Phan raised to 1,300 from the cut off. The woman in the small blind moved all in for a total of 4,075 and Phan called immediately.

Phan: {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}
Small Blind: {A-Spades}{7-Diamonds}

The flop came {K-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{9-Spades}, giving Phan a set and all but sealing the small blind's fate. The {6-Clubs} on the turn provided a little hope, but the {Q-Clubs} on the river quickly shut the door on her tournament life.

Phan is now up to 13,350.

Tags: John Phan

Esfandiari Flops the Nuts, Then Busted


On a flop of {Q-Hearts}{J-Spades}{10-Spades}, Antonio Esfandiari checked and Robert "RGB" Bryan bet 2,000. Esfandiari raised to 7,500 and Bryan made the call, leaving himself 7,300 behind.

The {J-Hearts} hit on the turn and Esfandiari moved all in. Bryan, who had Esfandiari covered, called and turned over {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} for a full house.

Esfandiari mucked his hand, but since it was an all in situation the floor asked the dealer to turn over the hand. Esfandiari had flopped a straight with {A-Hearts}{K-Spades} and was now drawing dead.

The {8-Diamonds} was run out on the river and Bryan scooped a huge pot, bringing him to 35,800. Esfandiari, also known as the "Magician," disappeared from the tournament.

Tags: Antonio EsfandiariRobert Bryan

Jacks vs Kings


Terri Charles made a raise to 1,200 only to have Sam Stein move all in for 11,000. Charles made the call and the two turned over their cards:

Stein: {J-}{J-}
Charles: {K-}{K-}

Stein couldn't improve on the board and he was eliminated from the tournament. Charles is up to 23,500.

Tags: Sam SteinTerri Charles

Quad Kings Good for 15k

Adam Heger was in the big blind and facing a raise to 700 from the player on the button. He three-bet to 2,000 and the button tanked for a little while before making the call.

The flop came {9-Spades}{8-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} and Heger led out with a bet of 2,200. The button called and the {3-Clubs} came on the turn. Once again, Heger led out with a bet, this time for 3,500. Once more, the button called.

The river came {k-Clubs}. Hegar continued to play the hand the way he had been, and bet 7,000 into the pot. The player on the button gave it some thought before making the call.

Heger, who had covered his head with his hood and wrapped his arms in front of his face picked his head up when he heard the chips hit. He said, "Was that a call?" Upon confirmation that he was, he flipped over {k-Spades}{k-Hearts} and took the hand down with the nuts.

Heger is now sitting with about 20,000 in chips.

Tags: Adam Heger

Updated Chip Counts

23,000 5,000
18,000 11,000
15,600 4,100
13,500 -2,000
13,500 1,500
11,000 5,200
9,700 -4,300
9,600 3,300
9,000 1,200
7,100 -1,900
6,300 600
5,500 -1,000
5,000 -6,000
3,000 -500