Money bubbles can be long and arduous, especially in limit tournaments. That seems to be the case here in the $10K Limit Hold'em Championship. Players are essentially playing for $20,274 each and every hand, so most are being quite cautious as they look to sneak into the money.
Richard Brodie raised in the hijack, and it folded around to Cathleen Tran. She peeked at her cards, and immediately put in a raise. Brodie put her all in, and she called.
This classic race turned into a demolition when the flop came . Brodie flopped the nuts, and Tran needed a miracle to survive. She wouldn't get it, as the turn and river came the and , and Tran was eliminated. With her knockout, we are down to 19 players, and we are playing hand for hand until the bubble bursts.
Marwan Abdelal raised from middle position and Brock Parker who’s been feeling under the weather all day called from the big blind. On the flop, Parker check-called Abdelal’s bet. The action heated up when the hit the turn and Parker checked again. Abdelal bet and was met with a check-raise from Parker. Abdelal re-raised and Parker made it four-bets. Abdelal called and Parker moved all in on the river. Abdelal made the call and Parker showed for trips. Abdelal turned over for a full house on the turn however which eliminated Parker in pretty brutal fashion.
Michael Schneider raised on the button and Cathleen Tran re-raised from the small blind leaving herself with only 200 behind. Schneider put her all in and Tran made the trivial call.
Tran was in good shape to double up and that she did when the board rolled out which had Schneider drawing dead on the turn. Schneider was now the shorter stack of the two.
No more then five minutes after knocking out Chau Giang, Matthew Gallin has claimed another victim, this time being Dan Kelly. The two got in a raising war preflop that saw Kelly get his last 34,000 in. The cards were flipped up, and it was a coinflip for Kelly's life.
The board ran out , and Gallin's trips were good enough to take the pot down. With Kelly's elimination, we are now 3 from the money.
Chau Giang has just been eliminated from the tournament five spots from the money. We missed the hand, but the man who did the deed, Matthew Gallin, was kind enough to give us a quick rundown of the hand. He said that after Dan Kelly raised, Chau Giang three bet, before Gallin four bet with . Kelly folded, but Giang called. The flop came out and Giang got the rest of his money in. He showed , and Gallin needed to improve. The turn came a but the river brought a , and Gallin scored the knockout.
Daniel Idema raised from middle position and both blinds called in Cathleen Tran and Justin Smith. It was checked to Idema who bet on the flop and Tran called leaving herself not much behind. Smith put in a raise and Idema three-bet which got Tran out of the way but Smith stuck around. Smith check-called the rest of the way on the turn and river and Idema showed . Smith mucked and said that he had hoped another king would have hit indicating that he must have had a worse king and wanted Idema’s kicker to be counterfeited. In any case, Tran was crippled, Smith took a hit and Idema was the first to crack the half-million mark.
Tam Hang raised preflop and Dan Kelly was the only caller in the big blind. The flop came out , and Kelly check raised when Hang bet. Hang made the call, and they saw the hit the turn. Kelly bet, and Hang called. The river brought the , putting four cards to a straight out there. Kelly bet again, but Hang splashed out a raise. Kelly thought for 20 seconds before folding, and Hang took the big pot, making him one of the chip leaders.
Players are now on their last 20-minute break of the day. When they return, they'll play two more levels before calling it a night. The tournament staff will also be using this break to race off the T500 chips.