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

Wow, We Have a New Leader!

Brandon Steven raised to 225,000 from late position, and he found calls from both of the blinds -- Theo Jorgensen in the small and Cuong Nguyen in the big.

The three players took a flop of {K-Clubs} {5-Hearts} {9-Clubs}, and some serious action ensued. The blinds checked, and Steven continued out with a bet of 525,000. Jorgensen check-called, but Nguyen wanted to play for more. He raised to 1.5 million, and Steven quickly folded. Jorgensen promptly reraised to 4 million straight and Nguyen came right back over the top with an all-in shove for 7.62 million. Jorgensen called, and all of the sudden there was a pot of 19.52 million up for grabs!

A wave of chatter swept through the spectator gallery as everyone quickly booked their bets on the players' two hands. Set over set? Ace-king versus a set? Not quite. Showdown, please:

Jorgensen: {A-Clubs} {3-Clubs}
Nguyen: {K-Hearts} {J-Clubs}

Seriously. These guys are not messing around. Jorgensen was on the club draw, and his overcard ace gave him three extra outs. Nguyen had put about 8 million in with just top pair-medium kicker, but he was ahead with two cards to come and in position to win a chip-leading pot.

Turn: {10-Diamonds}. That's the wrong color for Jorgensen, and Nguyen didn't even flinch.

River: {3-Diamonds}. Jorgensen paired up, but it was the wrong card. His lowly pair of threes was no match for Nguyen's pair, and that gargantuan pile of chips goes to Nguyen.

Let the record show that on the last hand before the dinner break, Cuong Nguyen took a commanding chip lead in the Main Event with 19.52 million. Jorgensen, once mighty himself, has been reduced to just 2.3 million.


Tags: Cuong NguyenTheo JorgensenBrandon Steven