Event #2: $50,000 Poker Player's Championship

Brian Townsend Eliminated


Pot-Limit Omaha:

Brian Townsend was down to about 25,000 in the latest PLO round. He opened pre-flop for 3,000, then shoved after Alexander Kostritsyn three-bet to 10,300. Kostritsyn called with {a-Hearts} {k-Hearts} {j-Spades} {9-Hearts}, a slightly better hand than Townsend's {a-Diamonds} {k-Spades} {6-Spades} {2-Diamonds}. Kostritsyn would make a pair of nines on a board of {9-Diamonds} {7-Diamonds} {5-Clubs} {6-Hearts} {10-Hearts}, good enough to take down the pot and send Townsend to the rail.

Kostritsyn is up to 240,000.

Tags: Brian TownsendAlex Kostritsyn

Grinder Soul-Reads Evdakov


No-Limit Hold'em:

Nikolay Evdakov may have thought he could buy a pot on the river against Michael Mizrachi, but Mizrachi picked off the bluff. Mizrachi check-called a bet of 4,500 on a flop of {4-Clubs} {9-Hearts} {6-Diamonds}. When the turn paired the board {9-Diamonds}, Mizrachi lead out for 5,000. Evdakov called.

Mizrachi slowed down on the river {2-Hearts} with a check. Evdakov tried a bet of 9,000 but Mizrachi quickly called. Evdakov just shook his head, prompting Mizrachi to show down unimproved {a-Clubs} {q-Hearts}. Evdakov, laughed, showed the {k-Hearts}, and then mucked his hand, much to the amusement of the table.

Tags: Nikolay EvdakovMichael Mizrachi

Alaei Scoops with a Flush


Eli Elezra (X) (X) {2-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{6-Spades} (X)
Brian Townsend (X) (X) {A-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{2-Hearts} (X)
Daniel Alaei (X) (X) {8-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{4-Hearts} (X)

Eli Elezra had the bring-in, Brian Townsend completed, Daniel Alaei called and Elezra called. Townsend led out on fourth street with the high board and both Alaei and Elezra called. Townsend checked fifth, Alaei bet, and both Elezra and Townsend called. Townsend and Alaei checked to Elezra on sixth street. Elezra bet, Townsend called, Alaei raised, Elezra called and Townsend called. Alaei got another bet in on the river which only Elezra called.

Alaei turned up {K-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{3-Hearts} for a king-high flush in hearts. Elezra showed a queen-high flush in spades, but no low and Alaei scooped the pot. He's up to 210,000, Elezra is down to 130,000 and Townsend is on the short stack with 32,000.

Tags: Brian TownsendDaniel AlaeiEli Elezra

Scotty's 8-6 Good


2-7 Triple Draw:

Phil Ivey raised from middle position and Scotty Nguyen reraised from the small blind. Ivey made the call. On the first draw, Nguyen stood pat and Ivey drew one card. Then, Nguyen fired a bet and Ivey made the call.

On the next draw, Nguyen stood pat again and Ivey took one card again. Nguyen then bet and Ivey called.

On the third and final draw, Nguyen tapped the table once more. Ivey drew another card. Nguyen opted to check this time and said, "All right, baby." Ivey checked behind. Ivey then showed a jack to show that he made a jack-low, but Nguyen tabled his {8-}{6-}{5-}{4-}{2-}. Nguyen moved up to nearly 200,000 while Ivey dropped back to 140,000.

Tags: Phil IveyScotty Nguyen

Greg Mueller Eliminated

2-7 Triple Draw:

Greg Mueller committed his last 2,500 chips before the draw and got two customers in Justin Bonomo and Scott "dorinvandy" Dorin. Mueller and Dorin drew three cards each while Bonomo drew one. Bonomo led out and Dorin called. Mueller drew another three, Bonomo again drew one and Dorin took two. Bonomo bet and Dorin called. On the final draw, Mueller drew two while Dorin and Bonomo took one each. Bonomo bet and Dorin called.

Bonomo turned up 9-7-6-5-3, Dorin mucked, and Mueller mucked as well, his $50,000 8-game tournament at an early end.

Tags: Justin BonomoGreg MuellerScott Dorin

"Make Me Hate Myself"


Seven-Card Stud:

We caught an interesting multi-way hand of Seven-Card Stud at sixth street. Isaac Haxton had two open pair, x-x / {2-Hearts} {4-Diamonds} {4-Spades} {2-Diamonds}. Gus Hansen had an open pair of aces, x-x / {7-Diamonds} {k-Spades} {a-Spades} {a-Clubs}, and a third player showed x-x / {6-Clubs} {9-Clubs} {2-Spades} {10-Diamonds}. Action checked to Hansen, who bet. Haxton folded his two pair; the third player called. At the river Hansen's single bet took down the pot.

"Show me no pair," pleaded Haxton. "Make me hate myself."

Hansen peeked at his cards and then said he'd do it for $100.

"$100?" replied Haxton. "Why, so I can pay you and get bad news?"

Hansen then smirked and set the only reason he'd bet sixth street was so that he could later ask Haxton for $100 to show. "I'm that deep," he said with mock seriousness.

Tags: Gus HansenIsaac Haxton

Hellmuth Runs into Brunson's Nuts

Omaha 8/b:

Todd Brunson and Phil Hellmuth capped the betting pre-flop, putting in 7,200 apiece. Brunson led out on the {Q-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} flop and Hellmuth called. The turn was the {7-Spades} and Brunson fired again, Hellmuth making the call. When the {10-Diamonds} hit the river, Brunson bet out a third time.

"Wow," Hellmuth said with a sigh. Nevertheless, he made the call.

"Nut-nut," Brunson said, which is not really what you want to hear in this situation. Brunson showed {A-Diamonds}{A-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{10-Spades} for the nut flush and the nut low and scooped.

Tags: Phil HellmuthTodd Brunson

Those Pesky Marked Cards


It seems like every year in the biggest buy-in events at the World Series of Poker, there are allegations of marked cards. It's like it's not the World Series of Poker without that.

Sure enough, John D'Agostino just found a marked card at Table Orange 323. The table was playing one of the stud games and one of D'Agostino's hole cards had a small "chip" taken out of it near the corner. D'Agostino stopped the deal before it was complete to call attention to the card. He asked if he should just flip it up, as he had not yet been dealt his door card.

The dealer called the floor over to the table but continued the deal before the floor arrived, giving D'Agostino a third card, face up.

"I guess not," D'Agostino said to nobody. "How can I play this hand now?"

"You know you're playing with two cards, right?" said Tim Phan. When action came to D'Agostino he closed his hand. Then he turned up the marked card.

"Shockingly it was an ace," he remarked as he showed the ace of spades. "Who could have guessed?"

"Guys, there's better ways to mark cards than to rip the corner off."

The defective card was quickly substituted out and play continued.

Tags: John DAgostino

How Are They Doing?


A fresh sample of chip counts:

Phil Ivey - 152,000
David Benyamine - 175,000
Scotty Nguyen - 155,000
Mike Matusow - 165,000
Erick Lindgren - 105,000
Phil Hellmuth - 104,000
John Juanda - 170,000
Barry Greenstein - 240,000
Tony G - 100,000

Break Time


Players are on the last break of the night. With player consent, this break has been shortened from 20 minutes to 10 minutes.