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

Giang One of Three Left at Table 362

Chau Giang
Chau Giang

Kevin Ho opened by shoving his last 19,000 in from the small blind, and Chau Giang called from the BB. Ho tabled {Q-Spades}{J-Hearts} and Giang {K-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}.

The board came {9-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{10-Spades}{J-Clubs}{4-Clubs}, and Giang ended with the better straight. Ho is out, and now Table 362 is down to three-handed:

Reagan Leman -- 175,000
Tristan Wade -- 165,000
Chau Giang -- 115,000

666 Is Hell for Foltyn


When we reached Table 361 the board was completed, and it read {9-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{10-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{6-Hearts}. After some betting, Paul Foltyn and Yasuhiro Waki got all the chips in the middle and Foltyn tabled {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds} for a wired pair of aces.

Waki opened {q-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} for trip sixes though, and Foltyn was eliminated from the tournament.

Waki is now heads up with JC Tran.

Tags: JC TranPaul FoltynYasuhiro Waki

Winner: Heinz Kamutzki Takes Down Table 376


There are no flips in the game of chess, but just ask Jeff Sarwer and he'll tell you that there are certainly flips in the game of No-Limit Hold'em.

Just after being crippled by a rivered straight, Sarwer was all in and at risk holding {7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} against Heinz Kamutzki's {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}. There was an ace on the {4-Clubs}{10-Spades}{a-Spades} flop giving Kamutzki the lead, and after the turn and river bricked off Sarwer was eliminated.

For Kamutzki, it's on to the next one.

Tags: Heinz KamutzkiJeff Sarwer

Obrestad Leads with Five Left at Table 373

Annette Obrestad (left) has the chip lead, while Fatima Moreira de Melo (right), is the short stack with five remaining at Table 373
Annette Obrestad (left) has the chip lead, while Fatima Moreira de Melo (right), is the short stack with five remaining at Table 373

Annette Obrestad has a little over half the chips in play at her Table 373. There are five remaining over there.

Here are the counts there as we begin Level 7:

Annette Obrestad -- 229,000
Adam Croffut -- 85,000
Matthew Jensen -- 55,000
Harry Pozefsky -- 42,000
Fatima Moreira de Melo -- 39,000

Winner: Michael Cooper Makes Big Call, Moves On to Final Round


In the last hand before the break, Michael Cooper had raised from the small blind/button against his heads-up opponent, Emil Gunnarsson, and Gunnsarsson had shoved all in over the top. Cooper went deep into the tank.

"This reminds me of one from a couple of years ago," he said. Finally amid much anguish he made the call. "Aces?" he said worriedly, but Gunnarsson flipped over {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. Cooper energetically turned over {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}. The board ran out {K-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{4-Clubs}, and Cooper's hand held up.

It took the dealer several minutes to count out the stacks, and as it happened Gunnarsson still had a few hundred left. Even though the break had begun, the pair went ahead and played one more hand. Gunnarsson had {J-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}, Cooper {4-Spades}{5-Spades}, and when the board brought a five Cooper was through to tomorrow's final.

Tags: Emil GunnarssonMichael Cooper

El-Sayed Increases Lead


Dustin Dirksen raised to 6,500 with the button and Sam El-Sayed defended his big blind.

The flop fell {q-Clubs}{6-Spades}{10-Spades} and El-Sayed check-called 12,000 from Dirksen.

The turn was the {6-Hearts} and El-Sayed check-called another bet from Dirksen - this one was worth 25,000.

Both players checked the {4-Diamonds} on the turn and El-Sayed said, "Ten."

Dirksen mucked and El-Sayed opened {10-Hearts}{4-Hearts}.

"Oh," El-Sayed grunted. "I forgot I hit four too."

El-Sayed now has a commanding lead holding over 300,000 of the 450,000 chips in play.

Tags: Sam El-SayedDustin Dirksen

JC Finds a Queen


JC Tran had Kyle Brossia all in preflop for his last 60,000 chips at Table 361 and the hands looked like this:

Tran: {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}
Brossia: {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}

Tran stole the lead when the flop fell {j-Clubs}{8-Spades}{q-Hearts}, and after the turn and rive came {5-Hearts}, {j-Spades} respectively Brossia hit the rail. Thanks to the fortuitous flop, Tran is now up to 150,000 chips.

Tags: JC TranKyle Brossia