Event #2: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Seidel Struggling

• Level 5: 600-1,200, 0 ante

Erik Seidel is struggling with his opponent Dani Stern here in the early going. Both men are still hanging onto their add-on chips, so they're playing with 25,000-chip stacks for now. Seidel had been whittled down to just 3,800 when he open-shoved with {A-Diamonds} {10-Clubs}. Stern asked for the count before calling with {Q-Diamonds} {9-Hearts}, and he out-flopped his opponent as the dealer spread out {9-Spades} {8-Spades} {J-Diamonds}. The {3-Diamonds} on the turn was a blank, but Seidel caught back up as the {7-Spades} river gave him the straight to double up. He's still short though, sitting with 7,600 to Stern's 42,400.

Tags: Dani SternErik Seidel