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

Durrrr vs. Psyduck


The heads up match between Tom "durrrr" Dwan and Vivek "Psyduck" Rajkumar was nothing less than a classic. Here are three of their final hands.

Rajkumar held a slight chip advantage in the first hand, and after Dwan opened to 2,500 he three-bet to 8,200. Dwan called and the two saw a flop of {5-Spades}{6-Hearts}{2-Hearts}.

Rajkumar led for 14,500 and after an epic staring match Dwan called.

"How much do you have? Rajkumar asked while the dealer burned and turned the {K-Hearts}.

"Forty-six (thousand)," Dwan answered.

Quickly, Rajkumar announced all-in and Dwan thought momentarily before calling. Rajkumar knew he was in trouble before the hands were even turned over:

Dwan: {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds}
Rajkumar: {J-Spades}{J-Hearts}

The {4-Diamonds} spiked on the river, and Dwan took a commanding chip lead at about 140,000 to 10,000.

Rajkumar found a quick double though, getting it in with {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds} against Dwan's {A-Clubs}{6-Spades}. The flop did bring an ace, the {A-Diamonds}, but there was also an eight; the {8-Clubs}. They were accompanied by the {K-Hearts} and then the {3-Spades} on the turn and the {4-Diamonds} on the river.

The stacks then looked like:

Dwan 127,000
Rajkumar 23,000

In the final hand, the board read {7-Spades}{9-Hearts}{6-Clubs} when Dwan led for 2,300. Rajkumar called the turn brought the {3-Diamonds}.

Dwan studied Rajkumar for a moment before moving all-in. Rajkumar called, and it was a brilliant call because his {Q-Spades}{7-Hearts} was way ahead of Dwan's {A-Hearts}{5-Spades}.

Boom, {8-Hearts}.

Dwan and Rajkumar both laughed and then shook hands. The epic match was over, and Rajkumar was eliminated. Dwan quickly made sure he was set for Day 2, and quickly scurried off to play in Event #7: $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball.

Tags: Tom DwanVivek Rajkumar

Cunningham Culled, Molson WIns!


On a {J-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{4-Hearts} flop Allen Cunningham fired out a bet which William Molson called.

The {3-Spades} landed on the turn and Cunningham again led out with a bet only to be raised all in by Molson. Cunningham made the call and the cards were tabled.

Cunningham: {K-Hearts}{J-Hearts}
Molson: {A-Hearts}{2-Clubs}

The river landed the {7-Hearts} to put Cunningham on the rail and Molson into round two.

Tags: William MolsonAllen Cunningham

Ivey Leads Heads Up Battle


After dispatching of Jonathan Aguiar, Phil Ivey was at it again eliminating another opponent to go into heads up contention with Joseph Elpayaa.

On a {3-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} board, Ivey check-called 5,000 from his opponent to see the {10-Hearts} land on the river. Ivey moved all in and his opponent tanked for over five minutes before making the call.

Finally Ivey's opponent made the call only to muck at the sight of Ivey's {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}.

With that second near back-to-back elimination, Ivey moves to 85,000 to lead Elpayaa and his 65,000-chip stack.

Tags: Joseph ElpayaaPhil IveyJonathan Aguiar

Some Updated Chip Stacks


Table 1
Steve Gross - 85,000 chips
Cary Katz - 25,000 chips
Mohsin Charania - 20,000 chips
Konstantin Bücherl - 20,000 chips

Table 12
Seat 2 - 77,000 chips
Pat Pezzin - 41,000 chips
William Reynolds - 32,000 chips

Vedes Bests Burke


Dennis Burke pushed his last 16,500 into the middle and was called by Tommy Vedes.

Burke: {A-}{9-}
Vedes: {A-Spades}{3-Clubs}

The board ran out {5-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{J-Spades}{4-Clubs} to see Burke fall in second place as Vedes progresses through to round two action and a guaranteed $16,607.

Tags: Dennis BurkeTommy Vedes

Aces Advance Hanks


Brent Hanks will return for Day 2 after picking up aces in his last hand heads up.

His opponent's cards were already mucked when we reached the table, but the board read: {2-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{6-Clubs}.

We can assure you of one thing; his opponent didn't hold a three (we're smart)!

Tags: Brent Hanks

Diamonds are Forever


"Winner on Table 3!" a dealer shouted in the Pavilion Room.

When we walked over, Christopher DeMaci was shaking Blair Hinkle's hand before proceeding out of the tournament area. Luckily for us the hands were still face up and it looked like this:

Hinkle: {K-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}
DeMaci: {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts}

Board: {4-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

We caught up with Hinkle after the hand, and according to him the money went in on the turn.

Hinkle is guaranteed at least $16,607 and will return tomorrow for Day 2.

Tags: Blair HinkleChristopher DeMaci.

Tehan Eliminated


With the action folding round to Joe Tehan in the small blind, he pushed his last 14,000 into the middle and was called by Cliff Josephy from the big blind.

Tehan: {Q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}
Josephy: {A-Spades}{9-Spades}

The board ran out {J-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{2-Spades}{K-Clubs}{7-Spades} to see Tehan eliminated as Josephy climbs to over 40,000 in chips.

Tags: Joe TehanCliff Josephy

Lykov Busts Raghaven


Maxim Lykov is another player we will see on Day 2; he just bounced Ravi "govshark2" Raghaven from the tournament.

On the final hand, Lykov opened to 2,400 and Raghaven shoved for about 27,000. Lykov called and the hands were turned face up.

Raghaven: {8-Hearts}{6-Hearts}
Lykov: {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}

The {9-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} flop was all she wrote, and after the {3-Diamonds} turn and {7-Clubs} river the elimination was official.

Tags: Maxim LykovRavi Raghaven