Event #43: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship

Marco Drives Violette Crazy


Cyndy Violette: (X-X) / {2-}{6-}{j-}{k-} / (X)
Marco Johnson: (X-X) / {2-}{k-}{3-}{j-} / (X)

Violette completed, then called a raise by Johnson. She bet out on fourth, and Marco called. When Violette bet fifth, Johnson stuck in a raise, and she called. Johnson led sixth with a bet, and Violette called for a battle of the draws. Both players paired on the river. Violette turned over {a-}{3-}{3-} for a jack-six-three low. Johnson held {a-}{5-}{5-} and just pipped her with a jack-five-three. The pot boosted Marco to 420,00 and the chip lead. Violette fell to 150,000.

Tags: Cyndy VioletteMarco Johnson

Bleznick Busts



Well, we spoke too soon about the comeback of Jared Bleznick, as he recently met his demise in 33rd place.

Bleznick was all in on sixth street in a three-way stud-8 hand but mucked when he couldn't get past the hands of Michael Chow and Nick Schulman. The players are now re-balancing for the final four tables of play. One more table break and we'll be in the money.

Tags: Jared BleznickMichael Chow

Chip Count Update

Carlos Mortensen es 395,000 5,000
Brian Townsend us 394,000 -13,000
Marco Johnson us 318,000 231,000
Brandon Adams us 305,000 50,000
John Racener us 252,000 -23,000
Eugene Katchalov ua 250,000 107,000
Nick Schulman us 220,000 -77,000
Scotty Nguyen us 210,000 50,000
Cyndy Violette us 197,000 -8,000
Robert Mizrachi us 197,000 11,000
Al Barbieri us 175,000 125,000
Ray Dehkharghani us 175,000 -50,000
Todd Brunson us 170,000 -45,000
Matt Glantz us 163,000 -57,000
Abe Mosseri us 160,000 -20,000
Pawel Andrzejewski us 130,000 -16,000
Dario Alioto it 120,000 -20,000
Marco Traniello it 120,000 -23,000
Michael Chow us 105,000 -45,000
Benjamin Lin 72,000 -75,000
Jared Bleznick us 35,000 -40,000
Bill Chen us Busted
Toto Leonidas us Busted

Chainsaw Chipping Up


Richard Ashby raised under the gun, Allen Kessler flatted, and the small blind joined them. The flop fell {q-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}, and after the small blind checked, Ashby bet. Kessler raised, the small blind folded, and Ashby called. He went back to betting on the {2-Diamonds} turn, and Kessler just called this time. After the {9-Hearts} on the river, Ashby checked.

When Kessler bet, Ashby knew he was in trouble. "Do you have queens or aces?" Ashby decided he was willing to pay the bet to see Chainsaw's cards. Kessler showed {q-Clubs}{q-Spades} for top set as Ashby predicted. Somehow Kessler's loose preflop call had been rewarded with a suckout against Ashby's {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}. You just can't beat Kessler this summer now that he's opened up his game.

With this hand, Kessler moved up to 410k and took over the chip lead. Ashby dropped down to 250k.

Tags: Allen KesslerRichard Ashby

Blazin' Bleznick



A few minutes ago we reported that Jared Bleznick was down to his last 2,500 chips. Well, in a possible rags to riches story, he's been able to double and triple up on multiple occasions to get himself back into contention.

In the most recent hand he was all in on third street in stud against Carlos Mortensen and Nick Schulman.

Schulman continued to bet into the side pot on fourth and fifth to force a fold from Mortensen.

Bleznick: ({10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}) / {4-Hearts}{7-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} / ({K-Diamonds})
Schulman: ({A-Spades}{J-Diamonds}) / {A-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{8-Spades} / ({K-Hearts})
Mortensen: (X-X) / {2-Clubs}{J-Spades}{7-Diamonds}

Bleznick made tens and fours and they held as Schulman couldn't squeeze another pair on the river.

Incredibly Bleznick is now up to 75,000 chips.

Tags: Jared BleznickNick Schulman

Mig.com Crashes


We arrived to find James Mackey and Brandon Adams heads up on a {10-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{2-Diamonds} flop. Adams bet, and Mackey raised all in. Adams looked him up. Neither player had a very impressive hand at showdown. It was Adams' {a-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{4-Spades}{2-Spades} against Mackey's {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{3-Spades}. The {10-Clubs} ended the possibility of a low, and the {9-Diamonds} on the turn missed both. That meant that Adam's pair of deuces was good enough for him to scoop the pot and send Mackey packing. With Mackey's stack added to his own, Adams is moving back in the right direction. He's got 255k at the moment.

Tags: James MackeyBrandon Adams

Welcome To Check-Raise City



On a flop of {K-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} Matt Glantz check-raised the bet from Abe Mosseri, before leading out with a bet on the {Q-Hearts} turn. Mosseri responded with a raise of his own with Glantz calling.

The river produced the {5-Diamonds} and Glantz checked. Mosseri bet and again Glantz put in the check-raise. Mosseri made the call but mucked his cards in disgust when Glantz revealed {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for the flush.

Glantz is at 220,000 with Mosseri slipping to 180,000.

Tags: Matt GlantzAbe Mosseri

OMGClayAiken Voted Out


Phil Galfond: (X-X) / {4-Spades}{8-Spades}{2-Clubs}{3-Clubs} / (X)
Roman Yitzhaki: (X-X) / {q-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{10-Spades} / (X)

Phil Galfond was all in for less than a full bet on fourth street, but his {j-Hearts}{7-Hearts} only turned into a pair of sevens with the {7-Spades} on seventh. Roman Yitzhaki's {q-Clubs}{9-Hearts} was ahead from the start and made two pair on fifth. That was good enough eliminate Galfond and move Yitzhaki up to 145k.

Tags: Phil GalfondRoman Yitzhaki

Bleznick On Life Support



Jared Bleznick is now on life support after being forced to fold on the river in a hand against Nick Schulman. With plenty already invested, Bleznick had only 2,500 behind on the river as Schulman bet into him, but Bleznick must've caught pretty bad as he decided to fold and live to fight another day.

Schulman: (X-X) / {2-}{7-}{3-}{8-} / (X)
Bleznick: (X-X) / {A-}{7-}{A-}{Q-} / (X)

Schulman is now up to nearly 300,000 and looking strong, while Bleznick will need to find something special to recover from here.

Tags: Jared BleznickNick Schulman

Racener Catching Mortensen



Carlos Mortensen attempted to put his big stack to work but came off second best against John Racener in a recent Omaha-8 hand.

Racener opened with a raise from the cutoff position with Mortensen making the call in the small blind. They took a flop of {9-Spades}{A-Spades}{5-Diamonds} and Mortensen check-called the bet from Racener. Again the action was check-bet-call on the {7-Hearts} turn before Mortensen decided to lead out on the {2-Spades} river. Racener responded by raising it up and Mortensen made the call.

Racener opened {8-Spades}{4-Spades}{a-Hearts}{3-Clubs} for the wheel to scoop. He's up to 275,000 with Mortensen drifting back to the pack with 460,000.

Tags: Carlos MortensenJohn Racener