Event #29: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship

Break Time

We're on our last 20-minute break of the evening.

Table Talk

Tom Dwan has just been broken to a table over here near our media desk, and he and Shaun Deeb (at an adjacent table) went right to work on a last-longer bet. Both men counted down their stacks, Dwan muttering, "You better give me a great price," while he counted down his much smaller stack of 25,200.

The two were trying to settle on a number, and Dwan was polling Deeb's table mates.

"Greg!" Dwan yelled at Greg Mueller. "How bad is he?!" The table shared a chuckle at Deeb's expense.

They're still trying to settle the details of the bet, but we expect this to rage on for a while after the break.

Champ v. Champ

Phil Hellmuth raised from the cutoff seat, and Carlos Mortensen made the call from the button.

The two former Main Event champions took a flop of {5-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds} {2-Spades}, and Mortensen check-called a bet. On the {K-Clubs} turn, Mortensen check-raised, only to see Hellmuth raise it right back at him. "The Matador" called the extra bet there, and he checked again on the {2-Clubs} river. When Hellmuth fired the final bullet, Mortensen said, "If you have king-queen, it's good," and tossed in the calling chips. He showed {A-Hearts} {K-Diamonds}, and Hellmuth, sure enough, showed the winning {K-Spades} {Q-Spades} for the better two pair.

After that win, Hellmuth moves up to 32,500, while Mortensen is down to just about 10,000.

Tags: Phil HellmuthCarlos Mortensen

Robert Mizrachi Doubles

I'll show you who's bad
I'll show you who's bad

David Baker opened for a raise from middle position, Robert Mizrachi three-bet from late position and Baker made the call. Baker led out on the {Q-Spades}{10-Hearts}{5-Clubs} flop and Mizrachi looked him up. The turn came the {4-Hearts} and Baker checked to Mizrachi, who bet all but his last 200 in chips. Baker raised and Mizrachi called all-in.

Baker {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs}
Mizrachi {A-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}

The river was the {3-Clubs} and Mizrachi doubled up to 10,000 while Baker was down to only 5,200.

Tags: David BakerRobert Mizrachi

Kellstrom KOs McNulty

Chantel McNulty
Chantel McNulty

We picked up the action after an action flop of {7-Hearts} {9-Clubs} {9-Hearts}. Terrence Chan checked, and Chantel McNulty put out a bet. Dana Kellstrom raised, Chan folded, and McNulty called, leaving herself just 1,100 chips behind.

That led to the {3-Spades} turn, and the rest of McNulty's chips went into the pot. Kellstrom quickly called with {A-Clubs} {A-Hearts}, and McNulty was an eight-outer away from being out the door as she tabled {10-Clubs} {J-Spades}.

The river was a blank though, and McNulty is headed home. Kellstrom raked in the pot, pushing his way up to 49,800.

Tags: Dana KellstromTerrence ChanChantel McNulty

Checking on Brown

On a flop of {5-Diamonds} {5-Clubs} {2-Hearts}, Chad Brown check-called a bet from William Jensen, and the two men watched the turn bring the {6-Hearts}. Brown checked again, and he snuck in a raise after Jensen bet again. Jensen called the extra bet, and both players check-checked the {2-Spades} river.

Brown showed up {7-Diamonds} {7-Hearts}, and his overpair was good enough to take it down, moving his stack to about 34,000.

Jensen is down to 11,500 after that little loss.

Tags: Chad BrownWilliam Jensen

Evdakov Gone But Still Here

Nikolay Evdakov
Nikolay Evdakov

Nikolay Evdakov was just eliminated from the event, but he can't seem to get away from us that easily. Evdakov liked his table so much that he's now opened up his laptop on an empty table adjacent, and he's punching away on spreadsheets and trolling the forums as we speak.

Tags: Nikolay Evdakov

Chips, Please!

79,000 3,000
54,500 16,500
54,000 800
51,500 13,000
45,500 4,500
36,300 19,200
35,600 2,600
35,000 19,500
32,500 9,000
31,000 -5,000
30,500 7,500
27,000 -4,300
27,000 5,000
25,500 4,700
20,500 -22,500
19,000 -3,200
19,000 -5,500
18,000 -5,800
17,000 -16,600
15,400 -3,200
15,000 -19,200
13,500 700
8,700 -15,200

Wait... I Win?

Jesse Martin opened for a raise from the button, Brent Courson three-bet from the small blind, Phil Hellmuth called from the big blind and Martin called as well. Courson led out on the {Q-Spades}{J-Clubs}{5-Spades} flop, Hellmuth raised, Martin folded and Courson called all-in.

Courson {A-Spades}{A-Clubs}
Hellmuth {J-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}

The {10-Hearts} on the turn gave Hellmuth the lead with two pair, but the board paired on the river with the {5-Diamonds}, giving the double-up to Courson.

Only... he didn't realize he had won. Courson stood up from his chair, gathered his things and was about to ride out into the sunset before his tablemates clued him in. Courson sat back down and sheepishly raked in his 7,000 in chips.

Tags: Brent CoursonPhil HellmuthJesse Martin