Event #21: $1,500 Seven Card Stud

Ashby Takes the Lead

Richard Ashby won four small pots in a row. None of them got beyond fifth street.

Then Christine Pietsch won two small pots in a row, none of them making it past fourth - the second one she raked in to cheering from our friend who works as a cleaner at the Rio (you get to know everyone here rather well over the Series) and who had already confided in us her hopes that a woman wins a bracelet in a open event.

Then this happened.

Ashby: {2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}(X) / {2-Spades}{9-Spades}{a-Spades}{10-Spades}
Pietsch: {k-}{j-}(X) / {a-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{k-Spades}

Ashby brought in and called Pietsch's completion. Pietsch bet out on fourth street and again on fifth; both times Ashby smooth called.

On sixth, Pietsch checked and then called a bet from Ashby; on seventh she check-called again. She tabled two pair, kings and jacks - but Ashby's three deuces were better, and he moved into the chip lead on 1,015,000. Pietsch is now trailing on 850,000.

Tags: Christine PietschRichard Ashby