Event #6: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout

Wu'ing the Ladies


Ben Wu moved all-in preflop for his last 12,000 chips and Kevin Stammen made the call:

Wu: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}
Stammen: {J-Hearts}{J-Spades}

The {Q-Spades}{2-Spades}{6-Clubs} flop gave Wu a big lead and the {6-Diamonds} on the turn ended the hand. The {5-Hearts} on the river was but a formality, and Wu more than doubled to 27,000 chips.

Stammen dropped to just 7,500 chips.

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Dead Giveaway


Daniel Negreanu is quick-witted and unafraid to joke with strangers. He recently picked on a fellow media member for his style of dress.

"Black socks and white shoes?" Negreanu asked him. "That's a dead giveaway; you're European."

Negreanu's read was spot on as per usual.

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Lederer Arrives With High School Reminiscing


"Hey Howard, what was the last song at your high-school dances?" asked Gavin Smith as Howard Lederer made his way through the rail and onto the tournament floor.

Lederer just stopped dead still and paused for a few moments before uttering, "I think it was always Stairway to Heaven."

"His was Sympathy for the Devil," stated Smith as he pointed to his older-looking dealer Jack.

Even if you are humming away to Led Zeppelin's classic, we would just like to inform you - if you hadn't already realized - that Howard Lederer is now in the field.

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Let That Be a Lesson


When we reached his table, Dave "Devilfish" Ulliot was all-in on a board of {6-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} holding {8-Spades}{6-Spades}. His opponent had him in rough shape, holding {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts}.

The turn brought the {9-Spades} and both players made a full-house with the {10-Spades} on the river, but Devilfish's tens full of sixes were of course no good.

"Let that be a lesson to ya," he told the table. "I was getting sick of this tournament, and remember I get 5% of the winner."

Where can we buy an automatic piece of the winner?

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Ivey Doubles


With the board spread {10-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{5-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} Phil Ivey fired out a 2,000-chip bet only to have his opponent move all in. Ivey made the call for his tournament life and the cards were tabled.

Ivey: {7-Hearts}{7-Clubs}
Opponent: {9-Clubs}{8-Clubs}

With Ivey in great shape to double up, the {2-Hearts} on the river would see his set of sevens hold as he moves to 18,300 in chips.

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I'm in Miami Trick


There were 6,000 chips in the middle and the board read {K-}{K-}{10-}{A-}{A-} when "Miami" John Cernuto bet 2,500 into Michael "mossified84" Skomac.

"I don't know why I believe you," Skomac muttered before flashing the {K-Hearts} and folding.

We don't know either, because Miami John tabled {2-Hearts}{2-Spades} for a bluff and raked in the pot.

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Brock Parker was all-in on the turn holding {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} for a straight on a {9-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{6-Clubs} board. His opponent held {K-Hearts}{10-Clubs}.

The {8-Hearts} spiked on the river to chop the pot however.

"Set!!!" Parker yelled sarcastically.

At least he found some humor in the two-outer.

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Lucky Eights For Chan


On a flop of {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{8-Hearts} Johnny Chan found himself all in holding {8-Diamonds}{8-Spades} against Ted Lawson's {A-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}.

The turn and river was no help for Lawson as he was left with just four 25-denomination chips as Chan doubles through to 28,500.

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Nick Schulman during the $50,000 Poker Players Championship
Nick Schulman during the $50,000 Poker Players Championship

We heard this beauty from Nick Schulman earlier:

"You know how sometimes you're hungover? How sometimes you're still drunk?" he asked his table. "I'm still f***ing wasted."

Schulman bubbled the ESPN TV final table of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship last night.

Sorry bud.

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Trips for Dwan


Tom Dwan led for 750 on a flop of {6-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}. A player on the button raised to 2,250 and Dwan made the call.

Both players checked the {Q-Clubs} on the turn, but after the {K-Hearts} rivered Dwan led for 3,650. His opponent called and Dwan tabled {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades} for trip queens. The player on the button mucked and Dwan raked in the pot to push his stack to 26,500 chips.

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