Event #40: $2,500 Seven Card Razz

Table 303


As players are eliminated and tables broken, players are given new seating assignments; as such, new table rosters are emerging. Perhaps the most fearsome lineup is over at Table 303 which looks like this:

Seat 2- Richard Brodie
Seat 3- Jason Mercier
Seat 4- Steve Zolotow
Seat 6- Michael Binger
Seat 7- Bryan Micon
Seat 8- Jose-Luis Velador

20 Minute Break


Players are now on a 20 minute break as the tournament staff race off the green chips.

PokerStars Pro Negreanu Holding On


Daniel Negreanu: (XXX) / {6-}{4-}{A-}{2-}
Seat 8: (XXX) / {K-}{7-}{5-}{8-}

PoerStars Team Pro Canada representative Daniel Negreanu is still holding on in the tournament. In a recent hand he put out an 800 bet on seventh street. His opponent in Seat 8 looked as though he wanted to call but eventually mucked his cards.

"Show him three pair Daniel," joked a tablemate. Negreanu simply slid his cards into the muck and increased his stack to around 6,500.

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Hakim Not So Keen

Jeffrey Hakim: (XXX) / {6-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{q-Clubs}
Yevgeniy Timoshenko: (XXX) / {2-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{8-Spades}{10-Diamonds}

We caught up with Jeffrey Hakim betting out on fifth street. Yevgeniy Timoshenko thought about it for a little while before making the call.

Timoshenko was first to act on sixth street and he checked before calling another bet from Hakim. He checked again on seventh street - but this time when Hakim bet, Timoshenko raised. Hakim checked his down cards, and then folded, shipping the pot to Timoshenko who immediately returned to what looked like a very involved strategy discussion with table neighbour Jimmy Fricke.

Hakim - down to 7,000
Timoshenko - up to 13,000

Tags: Jerffrey HakimYevgeniy TimoshenkoJimmy Fricke

Ivey Eliminated and Didn't Even Play a Hand


Phil Ivey, who is still alive at the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. final table, registered for this event and his stack was being anted away for the past few hours. Ivey was left with a single light green chip worth 25 which was used as his ante 33 minutes into Level 6. That is how long he managed to last without playing a single hand.

Likewise, Phil Hellmuth, who arrived late to find a stack of only 375, has been eliminated from the tournament.

Tags: Phil IveyPhil Hellmuth

Zolotow vs. Micon vs. Mercier


Steve Zolotow: (X){3-}{4-} / {7-}{5-}{J-}{6-}
Jason Mercier: (XXX) / {8-}{5-}{7-}{Q-}
Bryan Micon: {A-}{8-}{J-} / {5-}{9-}{2-}{3-}

Steve Zolotow was all in early against Jason Mercier and Bryan Micon. A side pot developed and during the hand Zolotow pointed at Phil Ivey's empty seat, which had only one single 25 chip remaining, and said, "He's got a good chance to outlast me."

That didn't turn out to be the case as Zolotow tripled to 7,500 with a 7-5-6-4-3 low, barely edging out Micon's 8-5-3-2-A low.

Tags: Bryan MiconJason MercierSteve Zolotow

Oy Vey for Doft

Mickey Doft: (XXX) / {2-}{5-}{4-}{q-}
Opponent gentleman: (XXX) / {4-}{7-}{8-}{2-}

An enormous pot had formed by the time we arrived on seventh street. Mickey Doft's opponent had bet, and Doft was moving his down cards around as though they might suddenly turn into different, better cards if he shuffled them around enough. Eventually, with a look of deep regret on his face, he folded, leaving himself with 5,500.

Tags: Mickey Doft

Greenstein Chip Count = Zero

We found Barry Greenstein writing in a book - this could mean only one thing.

The hands looked like so:

Greenstein: {a-}{10-}{5-}{7-}{2-}{q-}{10-}
Greenstein's opponent: {7-}{5-}{5-}{9-}{a-}{j-}{4-}

Greenstein thus busted out of the tournament. His former seat has now been occupied by Tommy Vedes.

Tags: Barry Greenstein

Hellmuth Arrives


Phil Hellmuth finally arrived to his seat, only to find 375 remaining after being dwindled by the antes.

"You've only had the high card one time in an hour and a half," David Grey explain.

"One time," Miami John Cernuto repeated in disbelief. Hellmuth managed to double up his very first hand, but he'll still have his work cut out for himself.

Tags: Phil Hellmuth

Mizrachi Doubles Through Harman

Mizrachi: {6-}{8-}{4-}{7-}{q-}{9-}{7-}
Harman: {a-}{2-}{6-}{k-}{k-}{a-}{a-}

Michael Mizrachi, down to just shrapnel, got the last of his stack in on third street against Jennifer Harman.

By the end, Mizrachi had made a nine low and Harman had made a great hand for a completely different game - aces full of kings.

Mizrachi doubled up to just 2,000. Harman meanwhile was in absolutely no trouble - at 38,000, she still seems to be among the chip leaders.

Tags: Jennifer HarmanMichael Mizrachi