Event #14: $3,000 Limit Hold'em

Large Blow to Greenstein's Stack

We arrived just in time to see Barry Greenstein in a pot with another player with a board of {8-Hearts} {5-Clubs} {2-Spades} {6-Hearts} {3-Hearts}. Greenstein lead out, and was quickly raised. Greenstein called the raise only to find bad news waiting for him. His opponent held {A-Hearts} {K-Hearts}.

The pot was fairly substantial, so we can only assume there was a decent amount of betting before the river.

Barry Greenstein 5,300 -9,700

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Thor No Blockbuster in this Tourney

Thor Hansen
Thor Hansen

Thor Hansen raised from the cutoff and the big blind made it three bets. Hansen called as the players saw a {8-Spades}{6-Spades}{7-Clubs} flop. The big blind led out and Hansen made the call. The big blind bet blind before the {10-Diamonds} came out and Hansen called leaving himself with only 200 behind. On the {3-Clubs} river, the big blind bet and Hansen put in his last remaining chips. The blind blind turned over {7-Spades}{7-Diamonds} for a flopped set. Hansen showed {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} and was eliminated but wished the other players good luck.

Thor Hansen Busted

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Slow Bleed for Laak


Phil Laak raised from the cutoff and received a call from the player in the big blind. When the flop came down {4-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{2-Hearts}, the big blind checked, Laak bet, and the big blind check-raised. Laak called and then mucked when his opponent led out on the {9-Hearts} turn. The "Unabomber" left himself just 2,900.

To make matters worse, he lost another 1,000 on the next hand after raising preflop and then folding to a turn bet.

Phil Laak 1,900 -5,600

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Kostritsyn Nowhere to Be Found

Alexander Kostritsyn
Alexander Kostritsyn

We're not sure of the details, but the seat formerly occupied by Alexander Kostritsyn has been filled with a new player. It can only mean one thing . . . Kostritsyn has been eliminated from the tournament!

Alexander Kostritsyn Busted

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Battle of the Blinds

• Level 8: 300-500, 0 ante
Brock Parker
Brock Parker

Brock Parker bet out on a flop of {9-Hearts} {8-Diamonds} {A-Hearts} and Scott Clements called in the big blind. When the {10-Spades} was flipped for the turn Parker again fired, only to find himself being raised by Clements. The {A-Diamonds} paired the board as Clements again bet into Parker.

Parker made the call and showed the winning hand of {Q-Diamonds} {Q-Hearts}.

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Pezzin’s Aces Cracked

We caught up with the action on a {J-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{Q-Spades} board where Pat Pezzin bet and his opponent called. Pezzin turned over {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds} for the nut one pair. His opponent showed {J-Clubs}{9-Hearts} for two pair however which was good for the pot

Pat Pezzin 3,500 -1,200

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Marco Traniello Gives Up, but Still Manages Not to Lose

Marco Traniello
Marco Traniello

We caught up to the action at Marco Traniello's table to find him involved in a pot with three other people. The Small blind started the action off by betting into a board of {6-Hearts} {9-Spades} {K-Hearts}. Traniello and two others made the call.

The Small Blind again bet out when the {7-Diamonds} came out for the turn. This time Traniello was the only one to make the call.

A river {A-Spades} scared the small blind from betting, but it did not scare Traniello, who for the first time during the hand made a wager. After some deliberation the small blind called. Traniello sullenly told his opponent "You have it" and very slowly flipped over {7-Hearts} {5-Hearts}. Traniello's opponent slowly flipped his whole cards to reveal {7-} {4-} for a chop pot.

Marco Traniello 44,000 4,000

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Aguiar Scrabble Update

[user153638] • Level 8: 300-500, 0 ante

We know reading over someone's shoulder is impolite, but we couldn't help ourselves when we saw Jonathan Aguiar playing Scrabble on his iPad. We just had to take a peek at some of his words, and here is what we saw:


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Bono-Mo’ Chips

Justin Bonomo led out from the small blind on a {Q-Hearts}{8-Spades}{3-Clubs} flop and the player in the cutoff made the call. Bonomo bet again when the {7-Diamonds} hit the turn but this time the cutoff raised. Bonomo answered with a three-bet and the cutoff just called. Bonomo bet once more on the the {6-Clubs} river. The cutoff made the call and asked “Aces”? Bonomo turned over {K-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} and said “close enough" as his opponent mucked.

Justin Bonomo 22,500 14,700