Event #21: $1,500 Seven Card Stud

Seiver Slips Away

Scott Seiver: (XXX) / {q-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}
Eric Friedman: {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{j-Spades} / {9-Clubs}{10-Spades}{6-Clubs}{q-Hearts}

Scott Seiver called to another player's completion on third street, and then called a raise from Eric Friedman (the completer folded).

Seiver check-called further bets from Friedman down streets four through six, before Friedman checked behind on seventh. Friedman turned over a pair of aces, and Seiver was down to just 16,000.

A few hands later, and Seiver busted out very quietly while no-one was looking. When he got to the payout desk, the TD accidentally issued him with a payout slip for the PLO event that's taking place across the way. We hope he did well...

Tags: Scott SeiverEric Friedman

When Chip Leaders Collide


We were waiting anxiously for our two chip leaders to clash and we didn't have to wait for long. Sorel Mizzi completed before Pat Pezzin raised. Mizzi made the call and again on fourth, before raising it on fifth. Pezzin called the raise and then called Mizzi down on sixth and seventh streets.

Mizzi: ({J-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{5-Hearts}) / {10-Spades}{2-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}
Pezzin: (XXX) / {J-Spades}{3-Spades}{K-Hearts}{7-Spades}

A well disguised trip fives for Mizzi and he rakes in the pot to move to outright chip leader with 290,000 and Pezzin drops to 225,000.

Tags: Pat PezzinSorel Mizzi

Pomerantsev Perishes


Sergey Pomerantsev completed with the {A-Hearts} before Said Elsanafiri raised with the {9-Spades} showing. The table folded around and Pomerantsev made the call.

On fourth, Elsanafiri checked and called, before check-raising on fifth to put Pomerantsev all in.

Elsanafiri: ({Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}) / {9-Spades}{4-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} / ({8-Clubs})
Pomerantsev: ({J-Spades}{J-Clubs}) / {A-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} / ({8-Spades})

Elsanafiri was ahead the whole way and sealed the deal with set on sixth to eliminate Pomerantsev from the tournament. Elsanafiri is up to 100,000 chips.

Tags: Said ElsanafiriSergey Pomerantsev

Field E-Mascio-lated

Greg Mascio had just lost a sizable pot to Vorakboth Eam, so by the time we caught up with him he was down to just 1,500 after he'd paid his ante. It naturally went in on third street; a bet from Owais Ahmed on fourth got rid of Julian Herold who'd also briefly been interested, and they were heads up at a showdown.

Mascio: {8-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{9-Hearts}{3-}(X) in no particular order
Ahmed: {k-Clubs}{a-Clubs}{k-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}, again, in random order

Mascio shrugged dejectedly and wandered off.

Tags: Greg MascioOwais Ahmed

Klaus-Stohner Goes Up in Smoke

Mizzing things up in the Amazon Room
Mizzing things up in the Amazon Room

Christine Pietsch: (XX) / {a-Hearts}{2-Clubs} - fold
Sorel Mizzi: {4-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{8-Hearts} / {4-Spades}{a-Spades}{3-Clubs}{10-}
Peter Klaus-Stoner: {j-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} / {9-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{6-}

Christine Pietsch completed and both Sorel Mizzi and Peter Klaus-Stohner both called.

Mizzi was first to act on fourth street and he bet out. Klaus-Stohner raised, Pietsch got out of their way and Mizzi made the call.

Mizzi bet out again on sixth, and this time Klaus-Stohner's raise was all in for 5,200. Mizzi called, and his two pair was good against Klaus-Stohner's pair of jacks to send the latter to the rail.

Mizzi now looks to be our chip leader on 260,000.

Tags: Peter Klaus-StohnerSorel Mizzi

Rocco Busto


Michael Rocco was all in on third street for his last chips against Scott Seiver and Eric Friedman in a re-raised pot. The two live players checked fourth street before Friedman bet fifth to force a fold from Seiver.

Seiver: (XX) / {4-Clubs}{9-Spades}{A-Diamonds}
Rocco: ({A-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}) / {6-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}
Friedman: ({Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts}) / {8-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{8-Spades}{9-Diamonds}

Rocco made a decent set of sixes but Friedman rivered a full house to take it down and eliminate Rocco from the tournament. Friedman moves up to 80,000.

Tags: Eric FriedmanMichael RoccoScott Seiver

Those Last Three Tables...

Table 311

Seat 1: John Regan - 73,300
Seat 2: Darren Shebell - 87,000
Seat 3: Christine Pietsch - 44,000
Seat 4: Sorel Mizzi - 225,000
Seat 5: Peter Klaus-Stohner - 22,000
Seat 6: Pat Pezzin - 280,000
Seat 7: Jon Turner - 92,000
Seat 8: already empty by the time we got there, but we suspect it was Scott Epstein, briefly

Table 313

Seat 1: Alex Kravchenko - 34,000
Seat 2: James Laird - 31,000
Seat 3: Steven Albini - 78,000
Seat 4: Michael Rocco - 6,000
Seat 5: Brian Johnson - 110,000
Seat 6: Richard Ashby - 150,000
Seat 7: Scott Seiver - 48,000
Seat 8: Eric Friedman - 58,000

Table 316

Seat 1: Said Elsanafiri - 33,000
Seat 2: Vorakboth Eam - 71,000
Seat 3: Julian Herold - 59,000
Seat 4: Owais Ahmed - 36,000
Seat 5: Dan Heimiller - 60,000
Seat 6: Raymond Walter - 97,000
Seat 7: Greg Mascio - 46,000
Seat 8: Sergey Pomerantsev - 42,000

The more attentive reader will notice that the bulk of the chips are on Table 311. We'll be watching very closely...

3 Tables Left

Folowing the exit of Hani Awad, we are now down to three tables. Furthermore we have reached our second pay jump - everyone left in is now guaranteed $4,241.

Recent Eliminations


The following players are each taking home $3,558 in prize money for their time here in this tournament.

25th Hani Awad
26th David Shapiro
27th Barbara Lewis
28th Lewis Lipsey
29th Cory Zeidman
30th Marco Liesy
31st Erich Kollmann
32nd George Trigeorgis

Mizzi Flying

Sorel Mizzi
Sorel Mizzi

Hani Awad was all in for his last chips in fourth street with Sorel Mizzi making the call.

Awad: ({A-Spades}{Q-Hearts}) / {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{7-Diamonds} / ({7-Clubs})
Mizzi: ({K-Hearts}{K-Spades}) / {5-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} / ({5-Spades})

Awad made queens up, but Mizzi made kings up to take it down. Awad hits the rail as Mizzi storms up to a massive 210,000 chips.

Tags: Hani AwadSorel Mizzi