Event #27: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship

Hand-for-Hand Play Can Be Brutal

[user153638] • Level 17: 8,000-16,000, 0 ante

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.

Tran Eliminated, Hand-For-Hand Play

Cathleen Tran
Cathleen Tran

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.

Brodie: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}
Tran: {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}

This classic race turned into a demolition when the flop came {j-Spades}{5-Spades}{7-Spades}. Brodie flopped the nuts, and Tran needed a miracle to survive. She wouldn't get it, as the turn and river came the {9-Diamonds} and {4-Diamonds}, and Tran was eliminated. With her knockout, we are down to 19 players, and we are playing hand for hand until the bubble bursts.

Richard Brodie 201,000 126,000
Cathleen Tran Busted

Tags: Cathleen TranRichard Brodie

Marwan Two-Outers Parker on the Turn

Brock Parker
Brock Parker

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 {J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{8-Spades} flop, Parker check-called Abdelal’s bet. The action heated up when the {5-Clubs} 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 {6-Hearts} river. Abdelal made the call and Parker showed {K-Hearts}{J-Clubs} for trips. Abdelal turned over {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} for a full house on the turn however which eliminated Parker in pretty brutal fashion.

Marwan Abdelal 450,000 240,000
Brock Parker Busted

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One Short-Stack Doubles Another

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: {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}
Schneider: {A-Diamonds}{9-Spades}

Tran was in good shape to double up and that she did when the board rolled out {3-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} which had Schneider drawing dead on the turn. Schneider was now the shorter stack of the two.

Cathleen Tran 60,000 45,000
Michael Schneider 25,000 -50,000

Tags: Cathleen TranMichael Schneider

Gallin Continues His Assault as He Eliminates Kelly

Dan Kelly
Dan Kelly

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.

Kelly: {a-Clubs}{5-Hearts}
Gallin: {4-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}

The board ran out {6-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{k-Spades}, and Gallin's trips were good enough to take the pot down. With Kelly's elimination, we are now 3 from the money.

Matthew Gallin 263,000 153,000
Dan Kelly Busted

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Giang Eliminated

• Level 17: 8,000-16,000, 0 ante
Chau Giang
Chau Giang

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 {a-}{k-}. Kelly folded, but Giang called. The flop came out {j-}{9-}{2-} and Giang got the rest of his money in. He showed {10-}{10-}, and Gallin needed to improve. The turn came a {j-} but the river brought a {k-}, and Gallin scored the knockout.

Tags: Chau GiangMatthew Gallin

Idema Widens The Gap

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 {K-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{5-Diamonds} 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 {7-Clubs} turn and {5-Spades} river and Idema showed {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}. 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.

Daniel Idema 530,000 150,000
Justin Smith 190,000 -80,000
Cathleen Tran 15,000 -55,000

Tags: Cathleen TranDaniel IdemaJustin Smith

Hang Takes One From Kelly

Tam Hang raised preflop and Dan Kelly was the only caller in the big blind. The flop came out {9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{2-Spades}, and Kelly check raised when Hang bet. Hang made the call, and they saw the {q-Spades} hit the turn. Kelly bet, and Hang called. The river brought the {10-Diamonds}, 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.

Tam Hang 375,000 45,000
Dan Kelly 50,000 -82,000

Tags: Tam HangDan Kelly



[user153638] • Level 16: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante

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.