Event #21: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
Days:
123

Event Info

Players 408

Break Time

So many cards, so little time.

It's time for another 20 minute break. The thrilling denouement of this heads up battle will continue shortly.

Ashby Almost Even

After the first, rather small, heads-up pot had gone to Christine Pietsch, Richard Ashby took down a hefty pot to put him up to 845,000.

Ashby: {7-}{4-}{4-} / {2-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{7-Clubs}
Pietsch: {k-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} / {3-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{k-Spades}{j-Clubs}

Ashby brought in and Pietsch just called on third street, but Pietsch then bet out on every street. Ashby called her all the way down and flipped two pair, sevens and fours. Pietsch's lone pair of cowboys couldn't cut the tournament mustard, and she dropped to 1,020,000.

Tags: Christine PietschRichard Ashby

Darren Shebell Eliminated in 3rd Place ($55,955)

Darren Shebell - 3rd Place
Darren Shebell - 3rd Place

Richard Ashby just eliminated Darren Shebell in one of the more dramatic hands of the evening.

Shebell: {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{8-Hearts}
Ashby: {8-Clubs}{8-Spades}{k-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{k-Spades}{3-Hearts}{k-Clubs}

The two were betting heavy on fourth street and by the time Ashby bet on fifth street, Shebell didn't even have enough chips to complete a raise.

Cards got jumbled up when the all-in raise occurred but Ashby had two pair against Shebell's pair of sixes and flush draw. Shebell hit a set on sixth street, but Ashby filled up on seventh street giving him kings full of eights.

Tags: Darren ShebellRichard Ashby

For Whom the Shebell Tolls

Darren Shebell lost three hands in a row, every time folding on fifth street. He was down to about 150,000 when the following happened:

Darren Shebell: (XX) / {3-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{9-Spades}
Christine Pietsch: (XX) / {8-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{3-Spades}

Shebell brought in and called Christine Pietsch's completion. He called further bets on fourth and fifth streets.

So to sixth street, and this time Pietsch checked. Shebell promptly moved all in for his last 31,000. Pietsch sat back in her chair and laughed - and then folded. Shebell was back in the game.

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But then a few minutes later Shebell got involved with Pietsch again. They got all the way to the river, and Shebell turned over two pair, threes and sixes. Pietsch flipped two pair, aces and eights, and Shebell was back in the danger zone on just 120,000.

Tags: Christine PietschDarren Shebell

Shebell Makes Fold, But Still Loses a Ton of Chips

Darren Shebell made a big fold on the river in this hand, but it didn't stop him from losing a whole lot of chips to Christine Pietsch.

Shebell: {9-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} / {q-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{9-Spades}
Pietsch: (XXX) / {9-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{j-Spades}

The pot was limped into on third street, but on fourth street Pietsch fired off a bet that was check-called by Shebell. Shebell would check once more on fifth street, however he would go on to raise Pietsch's bet this time. She called and they were headed for sixth street.

On sixth street Shebell bet and Pietsch raised with Shebell making the call. When the river cards came, Shebell check-folded a bet from Pietsch showing a missed flush-draw.

Tags: Christine PietschDarren Shebell

Dan Heimiller Eliminated in 4th Place ($40,544)

Dan Heimiller - 4th place
Dan Heimiller - 4th place

Richard Ashby: {9-Spades}{7-Spades} / {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} / {8-Diamonds}
Dan Heimiller: {4-Clubs}{3-Spades} / {4-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{10-Spades} / (X)

Both players checked fourth street before Ashby bet out on fifth and Heimiller called all in. Heimiller's pair of fours were ahead up to seventh street. Ashby ever so slowly squeeeeeezed his last down card...

...and then cried, "YES!" immediately followed by, "Sorry," as his rivered gutshot knocked Heimiller out of the running.

Heimiller took it with good grace, and, trailed by his faithful railers, headed for the payout desk.

After Heimiller's exit the clearly overwhelmed and suddenly extremely perky Ashby called over to his friend Paul Parker.

"Did you see that squeeze?"

"Yeah," chuckled Parker, "You're never unlucky when you squeeze. Hey if you win this tourny that'll be like two big blinds!"

Ashby is an online cash specialist, playing at stakes that can only be described as nosebleed. Nevertheless he seems delighted to be back in contention for a WSOP bracelet.

Tags: Dan HeimillerRichard Ashby

Shebell Cripples Heimiller

Heimiller: (XXX) / {3-Hearts}{j-Spades}{4-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}
Shebell: {5-}{7-}(X) / {6-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{8-Hearts}

Dan Heimiller lost a big chunk of change to Darren Shebell in a recent hand. It all started when Heimiller called Shebell's opening completion after the bring in. They both checked fourth street, and Heimiller led out with a called bet on fifth street. Sixth street was checked once more, and on seventh street Shebell made a bet that Heimiller called with some reluctance.

Shebell's five-nine straight was good and Heimiller was knocked down to about 60,000 chips.

Tags: Dan HeimillerDarren Shebell

Who's Just Hanging Out?

Stud is not traditionally a spectator sport - the nature of the game means that the casual observer can't really follow what's going on from behind the rail.

Nevertheless the presence of Dan Heimiller and Richard "Chufty" Ashby at the final table has drawn a few interested onlookers to the rail.

Ashby is currently being sweated by two-time bracelet winner Praz Bansi and fellow British circuit favorites Martins Adeniya and Karl Mahrenholz, as well as the sartorially daring Paul Parker in purple trousers, a paisley shirt and a rakish straw hat.

Heimiller has a few fans too - we don't recognize any of them ourselves, but they periodically shout out his name in an encouraging manner.

Also there is a man with a huge afro. We don't know whom he's railing, but we thought his 'fro worthy of mention.

And We're Back

Presumably all calls of nature have been returned or at least sent to voicemail; either way players are back at the table and cards are back in the air.