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

Marc Karam Eliminated

Omaha 8/b:

Four down... 112 to go.

John D'Agostino opened for a raise from the cutoff, Marc Karam three-bet all-in from the small blind, David Steicke called from the small blind and D'Agostino called. Steicke and D'Agostino continued betting on the side-- Steicke check-calling a bet from D'Agostino on the {K-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{5-Hearts} flop. The turn was the {8-Diamonds} and Steicke check-raised D'Agostino, only to be met with a reraise. Steicke called and both players checked the {7-Spades} on the river.

D'Agostino made the nut low with {A-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}, Steicke won the high with {Q-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{6-Spades} for two pair and Karam hit the rail, his {A-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} no good. D'Ags is up to 200,000 and Steicke has 190,000.

Tags: John D'AgostinoMarc Karam

Filippi's Two Pair Wins


No-Limit Hold'em:

Amnon Filippi raised to 2,300 from the hijack seat. John Juanda was in the small blind and three-bet to 5,300. Filippi made the call, having position for the rest of the hand on Juanda.

The flop came down {A-Spades}{10-Hearts}{6-Spades} and both players checked. The {7-Hearts} was added to the board on fourth street and Juanda led out with a bet of 7,200. Filippi stuck around.

The river was the {4-Diamonds} and Juanda fired again. This time he made it 10,000. Filippi made the call with the {A-Clubs}{7-Clubs} for aces and sevens to beat Juanda's {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts}. Filippi moved to 120,000 while Juanda dropped down a little bit to 90,000.

Tags: Amnon FilippiJohn Juanda

1,500 or 15,000?


No-Limit Hold'em:

Steve Zolotow raised from under the gun to 2,100. In the next seat was Ralph Perry and he made the call. Freddy Deeb was in the cutoff seat and reraised to 12,100 before Tim Phan was up on the button. Phan made the call and then the blinds, Zolotow and Perry all folded.

The flop came down a monotone {A-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{4-Clubs}. Deeb fired 13,000 and Phan made the call.

The turn card brought the {5-Clubs} and made the flush possibilities more prevalent. Deeb announced a bet of 15,000, but only tossed out one T5,000 chip. One of the players at the table called for a floor ruling stating that it wasn't clear if the bet was for 1,500 and not 15,000. The ruling was made that the bet was for 15,000 and then Phan made the call.

The river completed the board with the {7-Diamonds} and both players quickly tapped the table, opting to not stick any more chips in the pot. Deeb announced that he had nines before Phan tabled the {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades} for a pair of aces and held the best hand. Deeb never actually revealed his holecards.

Tags: Tim PhanFreddy DeebSteve ZolotowRalph Perry

Sometimes, a Queen is Enough



When you catch bricks in razz, it's usually really painful. Phil Ivey started four to a good low, then went queen-pair-trips to finish with a queen-low. His opponent, Yuval Bronshtein, started 3-9 / 2-4 but then went pair, pair, pair to finish with a pair of deuces.

"Three fives," Ivey said at showdown. He meant he had a queen-low.

"Wow, I can't win," replied Bronshtein as he looked at his hand. Ivey climbed to 120,000 with that pot, while Bronshtein fell to 165,000.

Tags: Yuval BronshteinPhil Ivey

Justin Bonomo is Studly


John Hanson (X) (X) {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{3-Spades} (X)
Justin Bonomo (X) (X) {9-Clubs}{J-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{J-Hearts} (X)

We picked the hand up on fourth street with John Hanson leading out with his open pair of sixes and Justin Bonomo making the call. Hanson led again on fifth street and Bonomo called. Bonomo made the high board on sixth when he paired his jack, but checked to Hanson, who bet. Bonomo called and both players checked the river.

Bonomo turned up {K-Clubs}{9-Spades}{J-Spades} for jacks full of nines and increased his stack to 220,000. Hanson slipped to 172,000.

Tags: John HansonJustin Bonomo

Three-Way Triple Draw Showdown Good to Evdakov


2-7 Triple Draw:

Triple draw doesn't often produce the biggest pots, but Daniel Negreanu's table went to a three-way showdown in a recent hand. The action was capped pre-draw among Michael Mizrachi, Negreanu and Nikolay Evdakov. They drew two, two and one respectively.

After the first draw Mizrachi led the betting. Each of the others called. The second draw went one, two, one respectively. This time Mizrachi checked, and Negreanu, after drawing two twice, led out. Both other players called.

On the final draw, Mizrachi took one, Negreanu took one and Evdakov was pat. Negreanu led again, and again each other player called. Mizrachi showed 9-7-6-3-2; Negreanu showed 9-7-6; but Evdakov's 9-5-4-3-2 was best and dragged the huge pot.

Tags: Daniel NegreanuMichael MizrachiNikolay Evdakov

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Dorin Rivers Mueller

After the player UTG raised, Scott Dorin three-bet from middle position. Greg Mueller called from the small blind and the UTG player called. All three players checked the {K-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} flop. The turn came the {6-Clubs} and Mueller checked to the UTG player, who bet out. Dorin called and Mueller put in a check-raise. The UTG player folded and Dorin called. Mueller bet the river when the {A-Clubs} fell and Dorin looked him up.

Mueller's {K-Clubs}{10-Spades} was good until the final card fell, Dorin rivering top pair to wrest away the pot with {A-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}. He's up to 147,000 while Mueller is growing short-stacked with 42,000 left.

Karam Tops Three-Way Pot

Four players saw a {K-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{2-Spades} flop for 2,300 apiece. The action checked around to Tuan Le on the button, who bet 5,400. David Baker called from the big blind and Marc Karam called from UTG. All three checked down the {2-Clubs} on the turn and the {4-Clubs} on the river.

Karam turned over {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} for two pair and took down the pot.

Tags: Marc KaramTuan LeDavid Baker