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

Romano Goes Out in Style

Ray Romano
Ray Romano

Ray Romano was crippled when his jacks couldn't hold up against big slick. Then he got his last 6,000 or so in with {10-Spades}{4-Clubs} on a {5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} flop. Ray was the only one with a pair, but his opponent's {7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} meant he'd have to dodge both straight and flush outs along with pair outs. The {k-Hearts} on the turn was a brick. Then the {8-Diamonds} on the river gave Romano's opponent both a straight and a flush, a straight-flush, if you will. Romano hit the rail, but at least ESPN got some good footage first.

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Benson Battered

On a flop of {J-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}, Gary Benson called an opponent's all-in for 13,025. Benson turned over {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds} for top pair, top kicker, but his opponent flopped bottom set with pocket fours. The turn was the {9-Hearts}, the river was the {5-Clubs} and Benson was left with 11,850 chips after the hand.

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Haxton Doubles


Following a raise from the cutoff, Isaac Haxton moved all in from the small blind for an additional 3,175. His opponent took some time before committing to a call.

Haxton: {A-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}
Opponent: {A-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}

The board landed {2-Clubs}{q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{6-Spades} and Haxton finds a much needed double up. He's up to 8,775.

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Seiver Springs at the Last Moment


Scott Seiver turned the screws ever so nicely aainst his lone opponent. Seiver was out of position for the hand after raising under the gun to 1,000. The only player that called Seiver was in middle position. Both men checked a jack-high flop, {j-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}. Seiver checked again on the {10-Clubs} turn, then called a bet of 1,100. He put in a third checked when the river fell {7-Clubs}, but this time after a bet of 2,300 Seiver check-raised to 7,500. His confused opponent stuied the board for a few moments before finally mucking.

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Shorr Straightens One Out

Shannon Shorr
Shannon Shorr

Shannon Shorr raised to 800 and the cutoff seat called. The two players took a flop of {K-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{5-Hearts} and Shorr fired 1,300. His opponent raised to 3,150 and Shorr made the call.

The turn brought the {3-Spades} and Shorr checked. His opponent checked behind to see the {4-Diamonds} fall on the river. Shorr fired a bet of 2,850 and his opponent called. Shorr tabled the {8-Clubs}{7-Hearts} for a straight to the eight and his opponent couldn't believe it.

"No way!" said his opponent as he mucked his hand. "Wow."

Shorr's now up to 42,000 in chips.

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Tiffany Drawing Dead


With the board reading {3-Spades}{q-Spades}{4-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} we approached the table to see a bet of 3,500 from a player in the small blind and a raise to 12,000 from Tiffany Michelle.

The small blind was thinking long and hard but he eventually committed for a total of 13,750. Michelle tossed out the loose change to make the call.

"All in! Call!" came the cry from the dealer, but by the time the cameras and other media arrived, Michelle had tossed her cards straight into the muck, unable to be retrieved. The reason she did this was her opponent showed {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} - a hand which Michelle was unable to beat, even with the help of the {10-Diamonds} river.

Michelle is back to 17,000 and looking a little rattled.

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Smith Lets One Go


With a little over 8,000 in the pot on the flop of {Q-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}, Tyler Smith checked and the next player checked. The payer on the button bet 6,000 and Smith called. The player in the middle position then raised to 12,000. The player on the button who had original bet the flop folded and Smith called.

The turn brought the {2-Spades} and Smith checked. His opponent quickly bet 20,000 and Smith went into the tank. Smith asked his opponent to count down his stack and the player did so with very, very shaky hands. He had 50,600 behind. Smith tanked for a little bit more, but eventually folded his hand. His opponent tabled the {J-Spades}{10-Clubs} for the nut straight and Smith dropped back to 154,000 in chips.

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Ray Not Loving Jacks

The man on Ray Romano's left was all in for about 8,000 with {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}, and Ray was racing him with {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs} for most of his stack. "You got the jacks, Ray?" asked a railbird. He nodded and shrugged, not so sure about the outcome. "Don't worry, man. You're good. You're good," said his fan. Err...not so much. The flop fell {k-Spades}{q-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}, and the {k-Hearts} on the turn wasn't any better. The river was the {3-Hearts}, and Romano doubled his opponent, leaving himself with only 6,550. His non-psychic fan is still watching, offering the very helpful, "Come on, double up, Ray!" every minute or so.

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He's Heating Up!

Shawn Marion
Shawn Marion

With the board reading {J-Spades}{10-Clubs}{4-Spades}{3-Clubs}, Shawn Marion called a bet of 7,100 from his opponent. The river then completed the board with the {A-Spades} and Marion's opponent fired 8,500. Marion thought and then raised all in for about 22,000. His opponent open-mucked the {Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}. Marion showed the {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts}.

Winning that pot put Marion up to 53,000 in chips.

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Shorr Slides


On a flop of {J-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{3-Spades} Shannon Shorr check-called a 2,250-chip bet from out of the big blind as the {3-Hearts} landed on the turn.

Shorr was now faced with a bet of 4,200 which he check-called as the river landed the {5-Hearts}.

Both players checked and Shorr tabled his {A-Clubs}{10-Clubs} for a busted flush draw and ace-high. Unfortunately it would be his opponent's {K-Spades}{5-Spades} for a rivered pair that would take down the pot and send Shorr sliding down to 45,600 in chips.

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