From the button, Phil Hellmuth raised to 105,000 only to be three-bet by John Juanda for a total of 310,000. Hellmuth wasted no time announcing that he was all in and Juanda sent his cards sailing into the muck. The crowd erupted into cheers and Hellmuth scooped a pot that brings him up to 2,300,000 while Juanda falls to 1,500,000.
|Blinds||25,000 / 50,000|
In an exchange of small pots, John Juanda has drawn the match back to dead even. Right to the chip, it appears.
Our finalists have stepped off the stage for a short break. We'll be back with some chip counts in a moment, then back in a few minutes with some more action.
John Juanda raised to 62,000 from the button and was called by Phil Hellmuth. Both players drew two and Hellmuth fired out a 90,000 bet.
Juanda toyed with his chips slowly before announcing a raise. Even after announcing, Juanda took his time counting out chips before making it 225,000 total. Hellmuth snap called and flipped up . Hellmuth's snap call was correct as Juanda tabled a losing .
Phil Hellmuth opened to 60,000 from the button, and John Juanda three-bet shoved once again. Hellmuth spent a long while considering, but he eventually announced the call, and the crowd rose to their feet in unison.
Now it was Juanda's turn to tank, and he spent at least thirty seconds deciding to stand pat. Hellmuth patted too, and he looked 100% confident he had the best hand. In that familiar Hellmuthian style, he hurriedly turned up his , and Juanda could not beat it. He showed , then reached into the muck to see what he would have drawn.
With that pot, Hellmuth had retaken the chip lead. He's got about 1.95 million to 1.85 million now.
An annoyed Phil Hellmuth raised it to 65,000 from the button and was called by Juanda. Juanda took one card and Hellmuth quickly threw two cards at the dealer, clearly angered at his current predicament.
Juanda fired out a bet of 142,000 and Hellmuth slowly moved out pink stacks toward the middle, raising it to 340,000. Juanda said "I guess I'll have to take a look" and the audience gave a little laugh. Juanda tossed his cards into the muck and Hellmuth triumphantly showed a pair of fours.
This hand served as a clear morale booster to Hellmuth, letting him know that he's still able to win a pot after losing several in a row.
The last four hands:
Phil Hellmuth opened to 70,000 from the button, and John Juanda asked him how much he had back. Hellmuth had about 1.2 million to start the hand, and Juanda reraised all in. Hellmuth quickly folded.
The next hand, Juanda opened with a raise (66,000?), and Hellmuth made the call. He'd check-fold very quickly to a bet of 128,000.
On the third hand, Hellmuth opened to 70,000 again, and Juanda three-bet shoved again. This time Hellmuth did the little sit-up-straight-and-wiggle-in-his-chair thing, like a turkey ruffling its feathers. He folded again after that quick display.
On the last hand of the series, Juanda opened to 66,000, and Hellmuth surrendered right there.
This match has really swung in Juanda's favor this level, and he's opened up a lead of about 3 million to 800,000 or so.
With about four hundred thousand in the pot already, Phil Hellmuth stood pat while Juanda drew one. Hellmuth fired out a big bet of 420,000 and Juanda made the call.
"Good call, JJ" said Hellmuth as Juanda turned up his .
This massive pot brings Juanda up to 2,600,000 while Hellmuth falls to 1,200,000.
"I need a hand John, I need to catch something" Hellmuth said to Juanda after the last pot. Hellmuth seems to be losing momentum in this match, unable to win a pot of any substance.