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

Alex Kravchenko Eliminated in 9th Place ($10,057)

Wow. Wow wow wow. These folks saved the biggest pot of the tournament until the very last minute.

Alex Kravchenko: {2-}{6-}{9-} / {9-Hearts}{6-Spades}{5-Clubs}{3-Hearts}
Darren Shebell: {a-}{8-}{8-} / {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}{a-Clubs}{10-Clubs}
Christine Pietsch: (XX) / {2-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} - fold
Dan Heimiller: {7-}{7-}(X) / {7-Clubs}{4-Spades}{8-Spades}{6-Diamonds}

Christine Pietsch brought in and Dan Heimiller called; Alex Kravchenko completed. Darren Shebell raised ("Raise!!!") and all three called.

On fourth street Shebell bet out and Pietsch and Heimiller both called. Kravchenko raised, and Shebell now reraised ("Raise!!!"). Pietsch and Heimiller called, and it was back to Kravchenko, who three-bet. Shebell capped ("Raise!!!"), and everyone called.

Shebell bet out again on fifth street and this time Pietsch folded. Heimiller called though, and Kravchenko called all in. The floor was briefly called over because Shebell had said something which could be interpreted as revealing his hand. It was deemed OK though, and they continued.

Shebell also bet on sixth street. Heimiller called. This was by now by far the biggest pot of the tournament.

So come seventh street, Shebell announced, "I'll check my... cards," to some chuckling around the table. Heimiller checked behind.

Duly the cards were revealed and to no-one's surprise Shebell showed the table a full house, aces full of eights. It proved a dead man's hand indeed for Kravchenko, who could only manage two pair. Heimiller turned over rolled-up sevens which may even have turned into a full house although we regret that it all went rather fast and we couldn't catch the last card.

Either way, Kravchenko thus became our official final table bubbler in the last few seconds of the level, and we will be coming back tomorrow eight-handed.

By the by, Richard Ashby was keen to start the final table early so he could play the Omaha hi/lo too, but that will not be happening and everyone should be getting a decent night's sleep.

Tags: Alex KravchenkoChristine PietschDan HeimillerDarren Shebell