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

Event Info

Prize Pool $2,663,400
Players 965

Jurgens Gets a "Thrill"


Tad Jurgens had to sweat one of those classic all-in battles: his {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} against Will "the Thrill" Failla's {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}. Jurgens was all in for 198,000 and at risk of elimination if his queens didn't hold. This particular time, however, queens were quite strong, making trips on a board of {q-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}. Jurgens now is a bit healthier with about 430,000 in chips.

Tags: Tad JurgensWill Failla

Failla Up, Rusnak Down

Wil Failla opened to 38,000 from the cutoff seat, and Frank Rusnak called on the button to go heads up to the flop.

It came out {Q-Diamonds} {3-Spades} {5-Clubs}, and Failla check-called a bet of 68,000. Both men check-checked the {6-Diamonds} turn, and the {K-Diamonds} filled out the board on fifth street. Failla checked again, and Rusnak made a final bet, somewhere around 90,000 but it was never counted as Failla snap-called. "Nice call," said Rusnak.

Failla flopped over his {9-Spades} {9-Diamonds} and dragged in the pot, pushing his way up to 1.36 million. That one hurt for Rusnak; he's down to about 170,000.

Tags: Frank RusnakWill Failla

Rusnak Takes Another Knock


This certainly wasn't how Frank Rusnak wanted to start the day. He's doubled up a second player, all in pre-flop. Rusnak opened for 38,000 pre-flop, then was faced with a decision when small blind Bradley Craig three-bet all in for 277,000 pre-flop.

While Rusnak was considering his decision, Terrence Chan walked up to the table with a re-start ticket in hand, took out his ID and tried to hand them to the dealer. He then realized that, in fact, Orange 308 was *not* his $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout restart table and beat a hasty retreat.

After another minute of thought, Rusnak called with {k-Clubs}{q-Hearts}. Craig was thrilled to see that his {a-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} was in the lead but knew the hand was far from over.

"Hold for me, please! One time!" he said. His ace did hold, {7-Clubs}{7-Spades}{10-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{a-Spades}. He doubled up to about 585,000, while Rusnak has fallen all the way down to 435,000.

Tags: Bradley CraigFrank Rusnak

De Bakker's Turn with the Aces


Koen de Bakker was dealt the second pair of aces at Orange 308, and used them to maximum effect for a double-up. He opened to 37,000 pre-flop. Action passed to Frank Rusnak in the blinds, who squeezed his cards and then shoved on the shorter de Bakker. de Bakker snapped called and opened his {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}, which was up against the {7-Clubs}{7-Spades} of Rusnak. An ace on the turn of a {10-Hearts}{8-Spades}{8-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{k-Clubs} board ended the hand. Rusnak had to pay off 243,000 to de Bakker, and dropped to 650,000 as a result.

Tags: Frank RusnakKoen de Bakker

Welch Pushing His Stack Around

Noel Scruggs opened with an under-the-gun raise to 42,000, and Ryan Welch called from the big blind. The two men took a flop of {8-Hearts} {Q-Spades} {K-Spades}, and Welch checked. When Scruggs continued out with a bet of 40,000, he check-raised to 115,000 total, and Scruggs quickly folded.

Two hands later, it was Sergey Lebedev raising to 36,000 to open the pot and Ryan Welch three-bet to 107,000 right next door on the button. After taking his pause, Lebedev stacked out a four-bet of 255,000 total and slid it into the pot. Welch tanked for about two minutes before announcing an all in, and Lebedev snap-mucked, dropping him down to 580,000.

After those two pots, Welch is up to 1.32 million.

Tags: Ryan WelchSergey LebedevNoel Scruggs

Gregory Ronaldson Eliminated in 12th Place ($33,026)


Gregory Ronaldson started the day as the extreme short stack. He found two face cards, {q-Spades}{j-Diamonds}, and stuck all of his short stack into the middle. Will Failla slowly squeezed out his two cards, then moved all in himself, saying, "Sorry guy." Failla had the aces, {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}, and they held on a board of {7-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{7-Spades}. Ronaldson, barely in his seat, is off to get paid. He'll collect $33,026 for his 12th-place showing.

Tags: Gregory RonaldsonWill Failla

Let's Do This

The cards are in the air, and we're off and running on Day 3.

Another Day, Another Bracelet

It's the last and final day of Event #51, and the big three-sided bracelet display case on the Pavilion stage is getting noticeably empty. Just six bracelets remain under lock and key, and we're going to give one of them away sometime tonight or early tomorrow morning.

Twelve players are set to return for Day 3 of our event, and it's a strong and volatile field. Jon Eaton dragged a chip-leading pot during the last level of Day 2 to put his name atop the leader board, but there is trouble circling in the waters below him. Frank Rusnak is with Eaton in the million-chip club, and Tommy Vedes, Will "The Thrill" Failla, and Ryan Welch are right there in the top five.

We're about twenty minutes away from our start time of 2:30 p.m., and we've just seen the chip bags make an appearance on our two tables in the Orange section of the Amazon Room. The dealers are here to distribute them to their places, and pretty soon we'll have cards and players and maybe a tall coffee and we can get this thing rolling.

We'll be right back for the start of the action.

Day 3 Table and Seat Draw


(Table 306)
Seat 1: --empty--
Seat 2: Will Failla - 960000
Seat 3: Frank Rusnak - 1041000
Seat 4: Gregory Ronaldson - 145000
Seat 5: --empty--
Seat 6: Bradley Craig - 340000
Seat 7: Tad Jurgens - 292000
Seat 8: Koen de Bakker - 259000
Seat 9: --empty--

(Table 307)
Seat 1: --empty--
Seat 2: Tommy Vedes - 984000
Seat 3: Guillaume Darcourt - 613000
Seat 4: Jon Eaton - 1678000
Seat 5: Sergey Lebedev - 917000
Seat 6: Ryan Welch - 932000
Seat 7: Noel Scruggs - 553000
Seat 8: --empty--
Seat 9: --empty--