Event #21: $1,500 Seven Card Stud

Smith Flushing Chips Away

Gavin Smith: {j-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} / {8-Spades}{10-Spades}{7-Clubs}{a-Spades}
Smith's opponent: {7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{q-} / {a-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}
Third player who didn't make it past fifth street: (XX) / {10-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{9-Spades}

The player with the ace up was the aggressor on third and fourth streets, and both Gavin Smith and the third player just called. Mr. Ace Up bet out again on fifth street but this time Smith raised. The third player folded, Mr. Ace Up called, and they were heads up to sixth street.

Smith, now with an ace up of his own, was first to act and he bet out. His opponent called. Smith bet out again on seventh and again his opponent called, and revealed a diamond flush. Smith could only boast a straight, and was reduced to 8,500.

Tags: Gavin Smith

It's Good, We're Sure

Gaspard: {4-Spades} {5-Spades} {2-} / {2-Hearts} {4-Hearts} {7-Spades} {6-Spades}
Pardey: (X-X-X) / {a-Diamonds} {j-Clubs} {8-Diamonds} {k-Spades}

Jean Gaspard brought in and called a raise from Rodney Pardey to get things going on third street. On fourth street Pardey led out with another bet and called a raise from Gaspard. Pardey bet again on fifth and sixth streets with Gaspard opting just to call.

Both players checked on seventh street with Gaspard saying "Two pair," and Pardey replying, "It's good...I think," before checking his cards one last time.

It was good.

Tags: Jean GaspardRodney Pardey

Team PokerStars Pro Watch

It looks as though our impressive starting field of Team PokerStars Pros has been reduced to five, and none of them are doing terribly well in the grand scheme of chip counts.

We just witnessed Andre Akkari muck with {4-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} up to another player's {k-Clubs}{3-Clubs}(X) / {9-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{10-Hearts} straight. He dropped to 6,200.

Over on another table Greg Raymer called bets on every street with {8-Hearts}{j-Spades}{10-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} up and then mucked when his perma-betting opponent turned over {a-Clubs}{5-Spades}{5-Diamonds} / {k-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{a-Spades} for two pair. Raymer dropped to 8,100.

Elsewhere, Pat Pezzin, Florian Langmann and Alex Kravchenko are at 8,000 apiece.

Tags: Alex KravchenkoAndre AkkariFlorian LangmannGreg RaymerPokerStars

Thor Feels the Hammer of Mizzi

Thor - feel his short-stacked fury
Thor - feel his short-stacked fury

We caught the action on fourth street with jovial Norwegian Thor Hansen betting out. Sorel Mizzi called.

Thereafter with a pair of sevens up Mizzi led the betting down fifth, sixth and seventh streets. Hansen called every time but just mucked to Mizzi's full house at the end and dropped to 1,750. Mizzi moved on up to the environs of 15,000.

Mizzi: {8-Spades}{8-Hearts}{7-Clubs} / {9-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Hansen: (XXX) / {j-Spades}{4-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{9-Spades}

Tags: Sorel MizziThor Hansen

Fossilman Rises

Raymer: {a-Hearts} {2-Diamonds} {q-Diamonds} / {q-Clubs} {6-Clubs} {8-Spades} {4-Clubs}
Opponent: (X-X) {q-Spades} {j-Clubs} {2-Clubs} {5-Spades} {8-Clubs}

Greg Raymer called his opponent's bets all the way through to seventh street. In the end his pair of queens were good enough to take down the pot, boosting him up to 9,000 in chips.

Tags: Greg Raymer

No Stopping Gaspard

Gaspard {k-Clubs} {7-Hearts} {4-Clubs} / {k-Hearts} {j-Spades} {7-Spades} {q-Diamonds}
Opponent: {10-Spades} {9-Spades} {q-Clubs} / {10-Hearts} {3-Spades} {k-Spades} {8-Hearts}

It looks like there's no stopping Jean Gaspard. He three-bet an opponent on third street and got a call. On fourth street he bet once more, again getting a call. All of his opponent's chips went into the middle on fifth street after four bets. Gaspard's two pair held up and his stack is now at 33,000.

Tags: Jean Gaspard

Jerry Buss-ted

Jerry Buss
Jerry Buss

Buss: {q-Clubs} {a-Hearts} (X) / {3-Clubs} {a-Diamonds} {2-Spades} {3-Hearts}
Cajelais: {A-} {6-Clubs} {10-} / {2-Diamonds} {a-Clubs} {3-Diamonds} {6-Hearts}
Seat 1: (X-X-X) / {10-Spades} {3-Spades}

Erik Cajelais had to make the bring in with the {2-Diamonds}. Jerry Buss and another player made the call. On fourth street, Buss made a bet, Seat 1 folded and Cajelais raised. Buss called and they were headed for fifth street.

On fifth Street, Buss check-called a bet from Cajelais. Buss went all in on sixth street when his bet was raised by Cajelais.

Buss had two pair - aces and threes. However, Cajelais had him outdone with aces and sixes.

Who knows, maybe this will give Buss some time to actually watch his Lakers play their next game.

Tags: Erik CajelaisJerry Buss

Dutchmen Flying Out of the Tournament

Down ti just 575 in chips, Lex Veldhuis got the whole lot in with with a {k-} up and {a-}{j-} down. His opponent had a {5-} up and another {5-} down for a pair, and once Veldhuis had failed to hit anything, he exited the tournament.

Fellow Dutchie Marcel Luske, rather disappointingly wearing a hoodie and sneakers today instead of his trademark sharp suit, is also missing in action.

Steve Wong looks to be our sole remaining Netherlands representative.

Tags: Marcel LuskeLex VeldhuisSteve Wong

Dwan Going Up

Tom Dwan has upped his stack to 6,000 after betting every street with the utmost nonchalance until his opponent was all in. Said opponent just called every time - he seemed in no hurry to get the chips in - and busted very shortly after.

Dwan: {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{6-Clubs} / {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{8-Hearts} for a pair of kings
Opponent: {7-Diamonds}{7-Spades}(X) / {5-Spades}{j-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} for a pair of sevens

Tags: Tom Dwan

Akkari-ing the Team

Akkari - taking one for the Team
Akkari - taking one for the Team

Andre Akkari: {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{4-Spades} / {5-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}
Player 2: {q-Clubs}{q-Spades}(X) / {7-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{a-Hearts}
Player 3, all in before we arrived: (XXX) / {a-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{6-Clubs}

Betting continued between Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari and the other player (let us call him Player 2) while the all-in gentleman (who shall be known henceforth as Player 3) sat and waited. When all betting had been completed and the cards were turned over, it was discovered that Akkari had binked a second pair on seventh street to give him the pot and put him up to 13,000.

Player 3 sat there for a while, complaining to the dealer that she had shipped the pot to Akkari before she'd looked at his own, all-in hand. She gave Player 3 a funny look and reminded him that he had mucked his cards. He wandered off, disgruntled.

Tags: Andre AkkariPokerStars