Event #14: $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball

Event Info

Players 250

Just The First Few


On the first hand of heads-up play Mike Wattel received a walk.

The second saw him pick up the big blind and antes with a 25,000-chip raise.

Yan Chen finally got into the swing of things by making it 25,000 from his button to prompt a fold from Wattel.

Tags: Mike WattelYan Chen

Play Resumes

Will it be Mike Wattel's second, or Yan Chen's first?
Will it be Mike Wattel's second, or Yan Chen's first?

With the cards back in the air, here are the updated chip counts.

Yan Chen - 620,000
Mike Wattel - 505,000

Break Time


The two remaining players are heading on an unscheduled 10-minute break.

Nicholas Binger Eliminated in 3rd Place ($37,857)

Nick Binger - 3rd Place
Nick Binger - 3rd Place

One hand after Derric Haynie's elimination, Nick Binger moved all in from the small blind for a total of 66,000. Mike Wattel called from the big blind, and Binger knew it was bad news. He drew two, and Wattel took one. Wattel was drawing to a {9-}{6-}{5-}{2-}, and Binger held on to a {7-}{3-}{2-}. Binger's first card was a {6-}, keeping him in the game. The next one wasn't what he wanted - a {q-}. Wattel drew a {10-}, good enough to end Binger's tournament.

Wattel and Yan Chen are now heads up and fairly even in chips.

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Derric Haynie Eliminated in 4th Place ($25,839)

Derric Haynie eliminated in 4th place
Derric Haynie eliminated in 4th place

Mike Wattel opened to 18,000 from under the gun only to have Derric Haynie move all in for 143,000.

Wattel deliberated for nearly two minutes before making the call. Haynie stood pat tabling his {9-}{8-}{6-}{5-}{3-}, but Wattel would also stand pat and table his {8-}{6-}{4-}{3-}{2-}.

For Haynie's efforts, he collected $25,839 for his 4th placing as Wattel climbs to over 420,000 in chips.

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Wattel Drops Two

Derric Haynie raised to 18,000, and Mike Wattel called and drew one. Haynie stood pat, and when Wattel checked, Derric showed a {10-}{9-}{5-}{4-}{2-}. Wattel mucked, and Haynie added a few chips to his stack.

The next hand, Wattel raised to 22,000 from the small blind. Yan Chen in the big blind reraised to 72,000, and Wattel declined to call. Wattel has now fallen under the 300,000 mark.

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Binger Slipping


Nick Binger opened to 18,000 from the button only to have Yan Chen three-bet to 53,000.

Binger - with only 80,000 behind - sat in the tank for over four minutes before laying his hand down.

With Chen pushed the pot, he now moves up to 595,000 in chips.

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One and One for Binger

Nick Binger raised to 18,000, and Yan Chen called. Chen drew two while Binger took one. When Chen checked, Binger bet 24,000 and scooped the pot.

The next hand, Binger raised to 18,000 again. In the big blind, Derric Haynie moved all in for an additional 57,000. Binger sat frozen in his favorite Thinker pose. Michael Binger even abandoned his hand of Chinese. And finally, Binger folded.

Tags: Nick BingerYan ChenDerric Haynie

Who's up for Chinese?

Usually when railbirds pull out cards to start their own side games, the floor comes over to break it up. Something about gaming regulations. But this Chinese game is different. Michael Binger, Mike Matusow, and Rick Fuller had been playing three-handed. Then TD Tony Spencer came over, not to break up the game, but to play the fourth hand.

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Wattel Fires Out For Win


Derric Haynie opened to 18,000 under the gun and both Mike Wattel and Yan Chen made the call from the blinds.

Haynie stood pat and Chen drew two as Wattel drew one.

"How much you got? Ninety?" asked Wattel in the direction to Haynie.

Haynie moved his hands to show that he had 87,000 remaining.

Wattel then grabbed an assortment of chips and led out with a bet of exactly 87,000.

Chen quickly mucked, and after a few moments to sweat his hand once again, Haynie tossed it into the muck.

Tags: Derric HaynieYan ChenMike Wattel