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

When is a Race Not a Race?

Gabe Costner opened the pot to 240,000 from the cutoff seat, and Joseph Cheong reraised to 720,000 two seats over. In the big blind, Benjamin Statz decided another raise was in order, and he shoved all in for 3.95 million. Costner re-shoved for 5.8 million, and Cheong got the hint and folded his {A-Diamonds} {K-Hearts}. It was Statz at risk as the cards were turned up:

Costner: {A-Spades} {K-Spades}
Statz: {J-Spades} {J-Hearts}

Statz had to be thrilled to see two of Costner's outs folded to make him a significant favorite to double up. He was safe in the dealer's hands. The board ran {9-Spades} {6-Clubs} {5-Clubs} {9-Hearts} {8-Spades}, and Statz has found that double. He's all the way up to 8.9 million while Costner takes the hit down to a lowly 1.6 million.

Tags: Benjamin StatzGabe CostnerJoseph Cheong