Event #51: $3,000 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em

Event Info

Prize Pool $2,663,400
Players 965

The Poker Kitchen Beckons

We've played four levels today, and that cues our dinner break. It's sixty minutes, so play will resume at about 8:15 p.m. tonight.

Until then...

Bradley Craig Eliminated in 5th Place ($121,451)

Bradley Craig - 5th place
Bradley Craig - 5th place

It turned out that Bradley Craig wasn't able to last very long at all after having his stack crippled by Guillaume Darcourt. He open-shoved for 344,000 with {a-Hearts}{8-Spades} and was called by Guillaume Darcourt, who turned over his third strong holding in a row, {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}. Darcourt's railbirds (who have become a bit unruly during the last hour) were screaming their lungs out as the flop came {8-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}. Darcourt retained the lead with his nines, but Craig had improved to a pair of eights. Any ace or any eight would give him the lead in the hand.

It wasn't to be. The turn {6-Spades} and the river {7-Hearts} were not enough to save Craig. He exits in 5th place, and suddenly our final table has only four competitors remaining.

Tags: Bradley CraigGuillaume Darcourt

Sergey Lebedev Eliminated in 6th Place ($91,407)

Sergey Lebedev - 6th place
Sergey Lebedev - 6th place

Sergey Lebedev shoved all in preflop with {A-Clubs} {J-Clubs} and a short stack. Guillaume Darcourt quickly called him down with {A-Diamonds} {K-Spades}, and Lebedev was going to need some help to stay alive.

He wouldn't find any; the dealer ran out a board of {10-Clubs} {10-Diamonds} {9-Hearts} {10-Spades} {K-Hearts}, and Lebedev gets nothing useful on board. Unable to improve his dominated hand, he has been eliminated in 6th place, good for more than $90,000.

Tags: Sergey LebedevGuillaume Darcourt

Darcourt Doubles through Craig


Bradley Craig's stack has been decimated after an all-in encounter against Guillaume Darcourt. Craig got things started pre-flop by raising to 73,000. Darcourt, with the button, was next to act and made it 225,000. Craig didn't mess around when action returned to him. He shipped in his whole stack and was instantly called by Darcourt.

Craig: {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts}
Darcourt: {a-Spades}{q-Diamonds}

Darcourt was the dominating favorite, and retained the lead through every street of a {5-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{8-Spades}{6-Hearts} board. When the stacks were counted down, Darcourt's 1,271,000 was doubled to about 2,600,000 while, Craig fell to 345,000.

Tags: Bradley CraigGuillaue Darcourt

Small Win for Failla


Will Failla opened the pot for 75,000 pre-flop from the button and was called only by big blind Bradley Craig. Craig checked the {3-Spades}{9-Diamonds}[k] to Failla's, whose bet of 100,000 was enough to produce a winner.

Tags: Will FaillaBradley Craig

Darcourt Gives Back Half a Million


Multi-way flops are exceedingly rare now, but Guillaume Darcourt, Jon Eaton and Ryan Welch were all involved in a three-way flop of {7-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}. Darcourt checked to Eaton, who fired a bet of 116,000. Welch and Darcourt both called to see the {9-Hearts} come on the turn. Again Darcourt checked. Again Eaton fired a bet, this time making it 290,000. That was enough to fold Welch but Darcourt called. Both players checked the {8-Diamonds} river. Eaton's set of treys took down the pot.

Tags: Jon EatonGuillaume Darcourt

Raise It and Take It


That last break seems to have calmed down our final six players quite a bit. Almost every pot since the break has been a raise-it-and-take-it affair. Of course, the players are all quite deep for this stage of the game (the average stack is about 48 big blinds) so their caution may be a function of that fact.

Quick Break


With Level 23 now concluded, the players have agreed to a quick 5-minute break.

Welch Doesn't Sweat a Double


Ryan Welch called from the big blind after Sergey Lebedev opened for 54,000. The board was three well-connected middle cards, {6-Hearts}{10-Spades}{9-Hearts}. Welch led into Lebedev for 100,000, then pushed all in for 894,000 after Lebedev raised to 270,000. Lebedev quickly called with top pair, {a-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}, but had to sweat the double draw of Welch's {a-Hearts}{8-Hearts}. The {3-Hearts} immediately hit the turn, improving Welch to the nut flush and leaving Lebedev drawing dead. He paid off the double-up after the river came {7-Clubs}.

Tags: Ryan WelchSergey Lebedev