Event #39: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout

Leman's Lucky Double


Tristan "Cre8ive" Wade had Reagan Leman against the ropes moments ago, but Leman luckily doubled through to stay alive.

Leman was all in and at risk preflop holding {k-Hearts}{j-Hearts} and was dominated by Wade's {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}.

The {9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{4-Spades} flop was clean, but the {j-Clubs} on the turn pushed Leman into the lead. The {5-Clubs} bricked on the river and Leman doubled to 160,000 chips.

Wade is still in the lead with 290,000 however.

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Winner: Kitchens Defeats Trickett


Johnny Kitchens was never above 50,000 until he was heads up with Samuel Trickett.

Now he has every chip on the table, advancing him to Day 3.

Trickett open-shoved with the button on the last hand and Kitchens made the call.

Trickett: {4-Hearts}{4-Clubs}
Kitchens: {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}

Trickett needed help, but received none from the {k-Hearts}{7-Spades}{7-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} board eliminating him from the tournament.

Kitchens will return tomorrow as one of our final 14 runners.

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Winner: J.C. Tran Makes the Final

J.C. Tran wins his table, earning a spot in tomorrow's final
J.C. Tran wins his table, earning a spot in tomorrow's final

J.C. Tran has earned his seat in tomorrow's final, having ousted Yasuhiro Waki. Waki was down to 90,000, and open-shoved with {10-}{9-} only to have Tran call him with {A-}{9-}. No ten came to rescue Waki, and he's out.

Giang Out; Wade and Leman Heads Up


Chau Giang raised to 11,000 from the button, then Tristan Wade -- who had Giang covered -- reraised all in from the small blind. Reagan Leman folded from the big blind, and Giang called with his remaining chips.

Giang {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}
Wade {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

The board brought all big cards -- {K-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{A-Hearts} -- and Giang is out in third.

Heads up begins with Wade having a big advantage with 362,000 to Leman's 88,000.

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Couple Counts


Here are counts from our remaining eight matches:

Table 361
JC Tran - 335,000
Yasuhiro Waki - 115,000

Table 362
Tristan "Cre8ive" Wade - 250,000
Reagan Leman - 105,000
Chau Giang - 95,000

Table 363
Dustin Dirksen - 302,000
Sam El-Sayed - 148,000

Table 364
Brett Shaffer - 340,000
Steve Hohn - 110,000

Table 366
Leonard Cortelino - 320,000
Michael Pesek - 130,000

Table 370
Johnny Kitchens - 375,000
Samuel Trickett - 75,000

Table 373
Annette Obrestad - 230,000
Fatima de Melo - 220,000

Table 375
Justin Scott - 260,000
Philip Jacobsen - 190,000

Tens Hold for Obrestad


Adam Croffut had chipped up into the lead over at Table 373. Then came a hand in which Annette Obrestad was all in against Croffut for her last 96,500. Obrestad had {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}, and Croffut {J-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}.

The board went {9-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{A-Clubs}, and Obrestad's tens held. She doubles back to almost 200,000. Meanwhile Croffut slips to 140,000. Fatima Moreira de Melo remains the short-stack of the final trio there with 110,000.

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Kitchens is Cooking


The flop and turn had already been dealt, and the board read {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} when Johnny Kitchens accidently bet 30,000 out of turn. Samuel Trickett asked the dealer for a ruling and the dealer stated that if Trickett bet then the action would be voided, but if Trickett checked then the 30,000-chip bet would stand.

Trickett decided to bet, flicking a single orange T5,000 chip into the pot. Kitchens tanked for a bit before making the call.

The river was the {6-Hearts} and both players checked.

"Six," Kitchens said as he opened {7-Spades}{6-Clubs}.

Trickett could do nothing but laugh as he mucked his hand prompting the dealer to ship Kitchens the pot. Kitchens has the lead heads up, and the counts look like this:

Kitchens - 270,000
Trickett - 180,000

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El-Sayed Survives


Sam El-Sayed and Dustin Dirksen continue their heads-up match over on Table 363, although it nearly ended just a moment ago.

Just now El-Sayed raised from the button, Dirksen pushed all in, and El-Sayed called with his remaining stack. El-Sayed showed {K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}, and Dirksen {A-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}.

The flop came {6-Spades}{10-Spades}{J-Clubs}, and Dirksen was still ahead, although El-Sayed had picked up an up-and-down straight draw. The turn then brought the {A-Diamonds}, giving El-Sayed Broadway and making the {8-Spades} river no matter.

El-Sayed doubles to 158,000, still well behind Dirksen's 292,000.

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