Darren Shebell brought in and was the sole caller when Richard Ashby completed. Both players checked on fourth street, but Shebell, first to act with a pair of nines, bet out on fifth. Ashby made the call and they reverted to checking on sixth and again on seventh.
"Twoooo-pairrr," said Shebell in a singsong voice, flipping a second three for, as he said, two pair, nines and threes. It was enough and Ashby just mucked, dropping to 215,000. Shebell, who'd lost small pots to Sorel Mizzi and Christine Pietsch in the preceding few hands, moved back up to 480,000.
Darren Shebell had to make the bring in, but he got out of the way when Christine Pietsch completed and Dan Heimiller called.
Heimiller: (X) /
Pietsch: (XXX) /
Heimiller bet on third street with Pietsch calling. It was Pietsch who bet her aces on fifth and sixth streets, though. Pietsch bet on the river and Heimiller tanked for a while before announcing a raise. However at that point Pietsch three-bet and Heimiller folded.
Before mucking his cards, Heimiller showed rolled up jacks for a set.
With the exit of Pat Pezzin, we are down to a total of no Team PokerStars Pros at this final table.
We almost had two, but Alex Kravchenko was the last player to hit the rail yesterday at around 3.30am - he took ninth place.
The Team Pros who played but failed to cash included Greg Raymer, Tom McEvoy, Florian Langmann, Humberto Brenes, Andre Akkari, Marcel Luske and Lex Veldhuis, not forgetting Friend of PokerStars Bill Chen.
Here's wishing them all the best of luck in their next events.
Sorel Mizzi (XX) / - bring in/fold
Darren Shebell: (XX) / - fold
Richard Ashby: (XX) /
Pat Pezzin: (X) /
Dan Heimiller: (XXX) /
Dan Heimiller was the aggressor all the way down to seventh street, when it was Pat Pezzin who bet. He got two callers and turned over two pair, sixes and sevens. Heimiller mucked, but Richard Ashby turned over two pair, aces and fours, and Pezzin was reduced to just 20,000 or so.
So a few hands later, and Sorel Mizzi completed. Pezzin raised all in, Mizzi called, and they turned their cards over as the dealer prepared to deal out the rest of their hands.
Darren Shebell and Sorel Mizzi have been getting involved in a large number of pots together. In this latest one, Shebell came out on top after hitting two pair.
Mizzi: (XXX) /
It was Mizzi who completed on third street with Shebell making the call. Shebell led out with four 20,000 chip bets through to the river, with Mizzi calling the whole way. Shebell's two pair were good for the pot, which was worth about 100,000.
Shebell is now sitting in second place behind Dan Heimiller.
Christine Pietsch: /
Richard Ashby: (XX) / - fold
Pat Pezzin: (XXX) /
Dan Heimiller: (XX) / - fold
Christine Pietsch brought in and three players just called, so they all got to see a fourth card for a minimal investment.
Richard Ashby bet out on fourth street and both Pat Pezzin and Dan Heimiller called behind; Pietsch however chose to raise - she announced, "Complete," which prompted Heimiller to ask the floor if that should just be a call, but the raise stood. Ashby folded but the other two called and they were three-way to fifth street.
Pietsch bet out on sixth street and this time Pezzin called again but Heimiller folded. Two players saw a sixth card.
Pietsch just checked on sixth and then called Pezzin's bet; she checked in the dark on seventh street and Pezzin checked behind.
Pietsch turned over two pair and looked to Pezzin to reveal something better - but instead he mucked and Pietsch took the pot.
Pietsch - up to 340,000
Pezzin - down to just 70,000
Owais Ahmed bet out on fourth and fifth streets but by sixth he had backed off a little and just check-called the bet from Sorel Mizzi, muttering to himself.
Ahmed checked again on seventh street and this time when Mizzi bet, Ahmed disappeared into the tank, looking distinctly unhappy about his predicament. When he emerged from his own private tank of sadness, he folded, and in so doing dropped to 225,000. Mizzi meanwhile was back up to 250,000.
After Shebell made the bring in, Mizzi completed and Shebell called. Both players checked fourth street. When Mizzi bet fifth street he was met with a raise from Shebell, which he would call.
When Shebell saw the third nine fall on Mizzi on sixth street, he picked his cards up and threw them into the muck saying, "Are you kidding? Don't even bother."
A few hands later, Shebell had still not gotten over it. At one point he said, "Here I am, a stud player playing against a bunch of hold 'em players. Ace, jack, queen, let's go!" Perhaps he needs to freshen up on the resumes of his opponents. Dan Heimiller has a bracelet in a limit/stud event, while some of our other players are accomplished at mixed games in their own right.