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

Hennigan Drops One


Action folded to the button and he raised to 925. John Hennigan called from the small blind and the two of them took a flop of {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}. Hennigan check-called a bet of 1,300 from his opponent on the flop before the turn came the {9-Clubs}. Hennigan checked again and his opponent continued pressing on the gas with a bet of 2,150. Hennigan let his hand go and gave up the pot, dropping to 65,000 in chips.

Tags: John Hennigan

From No Outs To The Nuts


On a flop of {K-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{10-Spades} Kevin McGowan called his opponent's pot-sized all in shove.

McGowan: {J-Hearts}{10-Hearts}
Opponent: {6-Spades}{6-Clubs}

"Wow! I have no outs! No outs at all!" stated McGowan without realising his runner-runner straight and full house draw outs.

The {A-Clubs} landed on the turn to complete one of McGowan's outs, and when the {Q-Hearts} landed on the river, half the table leapt to their feet at the shock bad beat.

"I'm so sorry, so sorry!" McGowan kept repeating as he collected the pot to move to 100,000 courtesy of the major suck-out.

Tags: Kevin McGowan

Third Time's the Charm

Anton Allemann opened for 800 from middle position. The big blind called, then checked dark.

The flop came down {J-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. Allemann bet 1,500 and the big blind called. The turn came the {3-Clubs} and the action was again checked to Allemann. He bet 3,500 and the big blind called. The river was the {7-Hearts} and the big blind checked a third time. Allemann fired 15,000 but it was too much for the big blind, who released his hand. Allemann raked in the pot and is up to 65,000.

Tags: Anton Allemann

How Badly Do You Want to Make Day 2?


While we had a few slow moments in the Orange Section, we sat down and calculated how many chips you'd lose if you never showed up for Day 1 and were blinded and anted off the whole day. We assumed 40 hands per hour, which is probably on the high end.

Level 1, 2 hours, 50-100: 1,200
Level 2, 2 hours, 100-200: 2,400
Level 3, 2 hours, 150-300: 3,600
Level 4, 2 hours, 150-300-25: 5,600
Level 5, 1 hour, 200-400-50: 4,400

Total chips blinded and anted off: 17,200
Chips returning for Day 2, blinds 200-400-50: 12,800

So if you never showed up for Day 1, you'd return on Day 2 with an M of about 12 and 32 big blinds in your stack. That's certainly not cozy, but it's workable. The biggest downside, probably, is that the worst players in the field would already be busted before you even play your first hand.

Doria Done


Mario Doria has been sent to the rail after his last 15,000 chips were in the middle on a board of {K-Spades}{9-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}.

Doria tabled {3-Hearts}{3-Spades} but his opponent showed {9-Hearts}{9-Spades} for a bigger set. The river was the {q-Diamonds} and Doria is done.

Tags: Mario Doria

Last Break of the Night

Ray Romano didn't make it through Day 1a
Ray Romano didn't make it through Day 1a

Four levels in the books for today and only a half of one left to go. The players have made it this far and one can expect that many of the short stacks will be pushing in with greater frequency in order to double up or head home. Those with average stacks tend to tighter up and ride our the last little bit of time to make it to the next day causing play to slow down a little bit towards the end of a day. We fully expect that to happen here.

As for the action, we had plenty of that in the last level. John Hennigan crushed an opponent's dreams with his quad aces over the other player's full house and Ray Romano was eliminated by a player who rivered a straight flush.

Andrew Robl rode a roller coaster of a level, winning a nice pot with trip sevens, but dumping the chips back after an opponent hit a flush on his top pair.

As if that wasn't enough, there was some controversy involving Mel Judah where he got into an argument with both the dealer and floor staff over an ante. It made us think back to 2006 when Jeffrey Lisandro argued with Prahlad Friedman over an ante, but this one was squashed quickly.

Tyler Smith, was leading the way, but lost a big pot to Dwyen Ringbauer where he gave up the chip lead and slipped back below 100,000 in chips. Ringbauer has a field-leading 188,000 at last count.

This will be the last 20-minute break of the night and then the players will return to bang out only an hour of Level 5.

Tags: Andrew RoblDwyen RingbauerJohn HenniganMel JudahRay RomanoTyler Smith

Ringbauer Soars Into Chip Lead


Dwyen Ringbauer opened the pot with a raise from the cutoff and Kevin McGowan made the call from the button only to have Tyler Smith make it an additional 5,100 from the big blind.

Both Ringbauer and McGowan made the call to see a {3-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{7-Hearts} flop fall and a 11,300 continuation-bet follow from Smith. Only Ringbauer made the call as McGowan passed as the dealer dropped the {2-Spades} on the turn.

Smith checked and Ringbauer fired out 15,000 as Smith instantly called to see the {6-Hearts} land on the river and checks follow from both players.

Smith tabled his {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}, but it would be Ringbauer's {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs} that would see him collect the pot and soar to 188,000 as Smith slipped down to just 83,900; less then half what he began the level with.

Tags: Dwyen RingbauerKevin McGowanTyler Smith

Steicke Surrenders


David Steicke has just been eliminated from the Main Event.

Finding himself all in holding {7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}, he was unfortunately up against a superior pair of {K-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}.

The board ran out {5-Hearts}{J-Spades}{8-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} to see Steicke unable to stay alive and consequently make his way to the rail just shy of the break.

Tags: David Steicke

Chip Leaders Battle


On a flop of {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}, Kevin McGowan fired out 2,200 and Tyler Smith made the call to see the {6-Hearts} land on the turn and McGowan fire out 5,200.

Smith made the call as the {3-Clubs} landed on the river and McGowan pushed out a bet of 8,000.

Smith made the call and tabled his {A-Hearts}{7-Hearts} to prompt a muck from McGowan as he slips to 100,000 while Smith climbs to 133,500 in chips.

Tags: Kevin McGowanTyler Smith