Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship

T.J. Cloutier Eliminated

"I'm out, Joy," said T.J. Cloutier to his wife, who had been patiently waiting for him outside the Amazon Room, perched upon his motorized scooter. "Finally had a race but I didn't win."

See you next year, T.J.

Tags: T.J. Cloutier

Akkari Stumbles


With an under-the-gun limper in front of him, Andre Akkari raised it up to 1,500 from middle position. His opponent made the call and saw a flop of {10-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{8-Spades}.

Both players checked and the {10-Diamonds} hit the turn. The UTG-player fired out 2,600 and Akkari made the call to see the {K-Clubs} hit the river. Akkari called a bet of 4,000 but mucked when his opponent showed {4-Clubs}{3-Clubs} for a flush. Akkari is down to 12,000.

Tags: Andre Akkari

Boyd Stunned


It's hard to know how the pot developed, but somehow Dutch Boyd and an opponent wound up at the river of a {4-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} board. With about 13,000 chips in the pot and the ESPN cameras recording the action, Boyd used his first action to bet out 5,200. His opponent dove into the think tank while Boyd waited silently to see what would happen. After about a minute, the other player matched Boyd's 5,200.

Boyd said a few inaudible words and shook his head without showing his hand, seemingly indicating that he had been caught bluffing. Neither player opened his hand until Boyd made a circling motion with his finger as if to say, "Flip over your cards." His opponent finally opened {10-Spades}{8-Spades} for two pair, tens and nines. Boyd looked visibly stunned by the holding and flicked his cards into the muck.

"Nice hand," he said, but he could be seen shaking his head and talking to himself for a few moments after the hand. It's not all bad for Boyd though. He still has 44,000 chips.

Tags: Dutch Boyd

Mueller Can't Beat Fours


Greg Mueller called and early-position raise of 1,125 from the cutoff seat. The button also called and the three players saw a flop of {Q-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{2-Spades}. The first player checked and Mueller fired 1,100. The button called and the other player mucked.

The turn brought the {10-Spades} and Mueller fired 3,500. His opponent made the call.

The river completed the board with the {2-Spades} and both players checked. Mueller mucked his hand after his opponent tabled the {4-Clubs}{4-Spades} and dropped to 11,500.

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Crowe Climbing


In a three-bet pot, Owen Crowe and the small blind saw a {K-Clubs}{8-Spades}{6-Hearts} flop.

The small blind fired out 4,000 and Crowe raised it to 10,000 only to have his opponent three-bet to 20,000.

Crowe committed roughly his remaining 28,000 and his opponent asked for a count.

As the dealer began to cut down the chips exactly, the small blind folded for roughly the additional 8,000 as Crowe raked in the pot to send him to 53,500 in chips.

Tags: Owen Crowe

Johannes Strassman Eliminated

Johannes Strassman had a plan for today-- go big or go home. After struggling on a short stack for most of the day, he got the rest of his chips in with a flush draw and a gutshot straight draw, but ran into a set of nines. Strassman did not improve and he hit the rail.

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Underwood Puts on Her Poker Face

Sara Jean Underwood
Sara Jean Underwood

Sarah Jean Underwood played a hand! Her VPIP is no longer at zero, for those of you following at home. On a {9-Hearts}{8-Spades}{4-Spades} flop, the small blind checked, and she bet 3,600 at the 1,250-chip pot. Her opponent called, then checked the {a-Hearts} on the turn. Underwood checked behind. He checked a third street when the {q-Clubs} came on the river, and she checked once more. He showed {k-}{9-Clubs}, but she tabled {8-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} for a flopped two pair. "You scared me!" she said as she collected her winnings. She moved back to 28,000 after blinding away the rest of them.

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Marion Puts Up A Brick!

Shawn Marion receives "The nail in the coffin!"
Shawn Marion receives "The nail in the coffin!"

On a flop of {A-Spades}{Q-Spades}{7-Clubs}, Shawn Marion fired out 2,000 only to have the small blind check-raise to 7,000.

"You're trying to get me out of here huh?" prodded Marion at his opponent.

Marion eventually made the call to see the {5-Spades} land on the turn and the small blind move all in for 17,950. Marion made the call for his last 7,800 and we were off to a showdown.

Marion: {A-Hearts}{K-Spades}
Opponent: {7-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}

With Marion drawing to just a spade, the {10-Diamonds} landed on the river to send the basketball star to the rail.

"I guess that's the end of our TV time" stated one of the players.

Tags: Shawn Marion

Kronwitter with Another Set


With about 12,000 chips in the middle, Jonas Kronwitter checked the board of {A-Spades}{10-Spades}{3-Spades}{6-Diamonds} to his one opponent. That player checked behind and then the dealer put the {7-Clubs} on the river. Kronwitter opted to bet and he made a wager of 7,400. His opponent made the call.

Kronwitter tabled the {3-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} and his opponent mucked. This pot put Kronwitter up to about 70,000, who was all in for about 22,000 at one point earlier in the tournament.

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Shulman Hits His Three-Outer Twice


Barry Shulman opened preflop for 1,200 and was called by one player in position behind him and one player in the blinds. Shulman continued for 3,000 on a flop of {3-Spades}{6-Spades}{j-Hearts}. the player in the blinds was the only one who called and went to the {a-Hearts} turn. That player checked again and then called another 7,000-chip bet from Shulman.

The river was the {A-Spades}. Both players checked, with Shulman's {a-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}, trip aces, having bad-beated his opponent's {10-Spades}{10-Clubs} after the flop. That pot pushed Shulman up to 90,000.

Tags: Barry Shulman