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

Hachem Goes Under

Well it was a tall task to expect Tony Hachem to mount a comeback from 900 chips. He quadrupled once an orbit or so ago, but we've just spotted him wishing his table luck and heading out the side door.

That's the end of the Hachems for Event #51.

Tags: Tony Hachem

Tran Can't Find a Fold


Jim Collopy found himself at the river of a {6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{9-Spades}{k-Hearts} board, heads-up against Theo Tran. With about 10,000 in the pot, Collopy bet 6,900. Tran squirmed in his seat, clearly not happy with Collopy's bet. He finally forced himself to throw calling chips into the pot, but had to muck his hand when Collopy turned over {k-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} for a rivered two pair. Collopy is up in the counts to about 49,000, while Tran's 21,500 is starting to look a little on the short side.

Tags: Theo TranJim Collopy

Four Times the Fun for Hachem

On the last hand of the previous level, a player in the cutoff seat opened for a raise to 1,800, and Tony Hachem called all in for his last lonely 900 chips, yelling, "Allllll in!" loudly as he did so. The big blind reraised to 4,200, and Hachem started rubbing the shoulders of dealer Ronnie. After about a minute of tank time, the original raiser folded, and Hachem was heads up with a chance at a quadruple up.

The big blind turned up {10-Diamonds} {10-Clubs}, and Hachem had only looked at one card. He turned over his {A-Diamonds} and squeezed his other card slowly, but the dealer was already starting to run the board. It was {A-Diamonds} {6-Hearts} for Hash, and the flop came {5-Clubs} {3-Hearts} {7-Diamonds}. "All right, let's have a four!" Hachem said enthusiastically. The turn was a blank {J-Clubs}. The river, however, was indeed a {4-Spades}, and Hachem's come-from-behind straight earns him a chip boost from 900 all the way to a still-quite-short 3,600.

Tags: Tony Hachem

Dunst Out-Pipped


On Tony Dunst's final hand of this tournament, a player opened with a raise from early position. Dunst then re-raised all in for about 17,000. Action folded to Sida Yuen, who was the only player to take on Dunst. Yuen showed pocket nines, just one pip better than Dunst's pocket eights. Nobody improved on a board of {5-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{q-Spades}{10-Clubs}{5-Hearts}. Dunst stood up, put his suit jacket on, shook a few hands and departed.

Yuen now has about 89,000 chips.

Tags: Tony DunstSida Yuen

Van Double-hoff

A player in early position opened with a raise, and another player flat-called before Steven van Zadelhoff moved all in for just over 20,000. The initial raiser re-shoved all in, and that was enough to fold the monkey in the middle and his pocket sixes.

Van Zadelhoff tabled {A-Diamonds} {A-Spades}, and he was poised to double against his opponent's ace-king.

Board: {4-Spades} {5-Hearts} {Q-Hearts} {10-Clubs} {6-Hearts}

That's a good board for the Dutchman, and he's doubled up (and then some) to 55,200 now.

Tags: Steven van Zadelhoff

Jaka Can't Beat Ace-High


We really h ave to wonder if Will Failla thought he was going to win a recent when Faraz Jaka called Failla's river bet. Failla had bet 4,000 into a 6,000 pot on the turn, with the board showing {7-Spades}{6-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}. Jaka, in position, called that bet to see the {8-Spades} hit the river. Failla then made a half-pot bet of 7,000 and again Jaka called.

"Ace-queen," said Failla. He did not table his hand. Jaka then said something that we couldn't hear, but in response Failla tabled {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} for unimproved ace-queen. Jaka mucked, allowing Failla to drag the pot and climb to 52,000. Jaka is down to 61,000.

Tags: Will FaillaFaraz Jaka

McEvoy Knows How Many Chips He Has... Or Had, That Is

Tom McEvoy
Tom McEvoy

Tom McEvoy opened with a standard raise, and Marlon Shirley three-bet him small to 4,300 total. McEvoy flatted, and the two men took a flop of {9-Hearts} {10-Spades} {7-Clubs}. Shirley moved all in for 12,900, and McEvoy called with just about the same size stack to put the cards on their backsides:

McEvoy: {Q-Diamonds} {10-Diamonds}
Shirley: {K-Clubs} {K-Spades}

McEvoy leaned back in his chair and started to gather his belongings just as the dealer dropped the timely {10-Clubs} onto fourth street. McEvoy was taken aback by his luck and he just sat there wide-eyed as Shirley stood to gather his own belongings, one card from elimination.

River: {K-Diamonds} (bink, as they say)

Shirley shot his arms up in shocked celebration of his two-out re-suck. McEvoy was already out the door by the time the stacks were counted down, and both men had exactly 12,900 when the money went in. Good eye, Tom, but we'll see you in the next one.

Tags: Marlon ShirleyTom McEvoy

Exeunt, Phillips


Dennis Phillips moved all in over the top of a raise from David Singer but couldn't get a call. The next hand he tried again, after a different player opened in early position. That player called. It was a race, with Phillips on the short end. His {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades} needed to improve against his opponent's {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}, but there was no sale on a board of {k-Clubs}{2-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. When the stacks were counted down, Phillips was left with a single T100 chip. He was eliminated the very next hand.

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Stout Surrenders


With roughly 5,500 chips already in the pot, Matt Stout had first action on the turn of a {3-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{6-Spades}{7-Spades} board. He bet 4,300, drawing a call from one player and a fold from another. The play was heads-up to the river, which fell {6-Diamonds}. Stout paused before checking the action. His opponent bet 8,500, and drew a fold from Stout.

Stout is down to 22,000.

Tags: Matt Stout

Chainsaw Running Rough

Allen Kessler opened the pot with a raise from the button, and Karolis Grybauskas moved all in for about 15,000 from the big blind. Kessler called with a quickness, and the cards were on their backs:

Kessler: {A-Spades} {A-Diamonds}
Grybauskus: {J-Diamonds} {J-Hearts}

The flop was a near-lock for Kessler as it fell {A-Hearts} {2-Clubs} {8-Hearts} to give him top set and leave his opponent drawing to two running jacks or two running hearts...

Turn: {9-Hearts}

Do you sense the dramatic foreshadowing? The river {5-Hearts} put four hearts on board, and Grybauskas comes back from the dead to run out a flush and earn the double up. He's up to 32,000, and now it's a very peeved Kessler on the short stack with about 15,000.

Tags: Allen KesslerKarolis Grybauskas