Event #29: $2,500 10-Game Mix / Six Handed

What's in a Number?

• Level 6

Boom, we finally have some factual information to give you. The number 431 is indeed a good number for today's field as that many players turned up with $2,500 to wang on a tournament, as our British friends would say. Their entries have generated a prize pool worth $980,525. So close.

That money will be paid out across the final 42 spots with the bottom level being worth $4,853. The last three tables all make five figures, and the top three all earn six. First place? Just a cool $254,955 to go along with that bracelet.

You can find the rest of the prize pool right here in the Payouts tab.

No Money in Poker

• Level 6

A player from Table 135 (who we'll let remain anonymous) was just eliminated, and he came over near us to collect his phone from the wall outlet. "They finally donked me out," he lamented in a southern drawl. We did the polite thing and apologized, and he continued with the story. "They got four bets in preflop with ace-queen. Made the nuts against my ace-king. I hate limit poker. There's no edge. Nobody folds."

Hellmuth Down, Out

• Level 6

No-Limit Hold'em

Three players each paid 400 to see the flop, and they all checked as it came {2-Spades} {3-Clubs} {K-Diamonds}. On the {8-Hearts} turn, Phil Hellmuth took the lead with a small bet of 300, and the player behind him quickly raised to 600. We double-checked the plaque on the table, and indeed we were playing no-limit. The third player folded, and Hellmuth open-mucked his {A-Clubs} {10-Spades}, too. He's had just 1,050 chips left.


As we were writing that, Hellmuth got the rest of his chips in during razz. With a seven up, Hellmuth completed, and he got the rest of his chips in right there against Owais Ahmed.

Hellmuth had started with an unimpressive ({6-} {7-}) {7-}, and he sounded surprised as he announced, "Ooh, I paired!" Perhaps he hadn't looked yet. In any event, his board ran out ({6-} {7-}) {7-}{q-}{4-}{9-} / ({3-}), and he made a nine somehow. He was live on sixth street, but Ahmed ended up with {2-}{3-}{4-}{5-}{8-}{j-}{k-} to take care of Hellmuth.

Ahmed is right around 10,000 with that knockout.

Tags: Phil Hellmuth

Hollink Works it Up

No-Limit Hold'em

On an {A-Clubs} {9-Spades} {8-Hearts} flop, we watched a player check-call a bet of 650 from Rob Hollink (who appears to have been the preflop raiser). On the turn, the {7-Clubs} drew checks from both players, and Hollink was faced with a bet of 800 after the {5-Hearts} river. He called, and his opponent showed {Q-Clubs} {10-Clubs} for the bluff. Hollink's {A-Diamonds} {8-Clubs} was easily good, and it pushes his stack up toward the top of the pack.

Rob Hollink 25,000 18,100

Tags: Rob Hollink

Busto or Robusto

It's getting to be that time where we start scouring the field to see who's survived to this stage. The news is not good for many of the notables we haven't seen in a while:

Alex Wice 25,500
Jason Potter 24,800 17,300
24,500 17,000
Allen Bari 15,800 8,300
Huck Seed 14,400
Terrence Chan 12,000 4,500
Jen Harman 10,400 -1,100
Stephen Chidwick 9,600 2,100
Rep Porter 6,000 -1,500
Joe Tehan 5,000 -2,500
Shannon Shorr 3,900 -4,100
Chris Amaral 3,100 -4,400
Bruno Fitoussi 2,300
David Baker 2,200
Todd Brunson Busted
Gavin Smith Busted
Sorel Mizzi Busted
Joseph Cheong Busted
Pat Pezzin Busted
Steve Wong Busted
Bryn Kenney Busted
Dutch Boyd Busted
Greg Mueller Busted
Brandon Cantu Busted
Galen Hall Busted

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Hellmuth Shortened

• Level 6

2-7 Triple Draw

Phil Hellmuth is down in the danger zone after an encounter with Owais Ahmed went south. It happened in triple draw, and it began with Hellmuth opening in middle position. Ahmed reraised, and Hellmuth called. Hellmuth took two cards and checked, and Ahmed bet after drawing one. Hellmuth snuck in a check-raise, and Ahmed reraised it right back. Hellmuth flatted and stood pat, and he'd end up check-folding to one more bet from Ahmed on the next round.

Hellmuth is down to 1,600 after that pot, and his chips move Ahmed up to 9,000.

Tags: Phil HellmuthOwais Ahmed


Heimiller Stacks Up

• Level 5


We picked up a three-way pot just after the first draw where all three players took one card. The small blind -- a player we don't recognize -- led out with a bet, and both Dan Heimiller and Jeff Sarwer called to proceed. One card apiece again, and the small blind put out the big bet of 500. Heimiller threw in 600 chips, and it appeared he wanted to raise. He didn't, though, and Sarwer and the small blind both called. Heimiller patted and bet while the other two still needed one card. Sarwer folded his miss, and the small blind mucked as well, and Heimiller did them the courtesy of showing his {4-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{8-Hearts} as he raked in the chips.

Mark Heimiller down at 20,000 on the nose.

Tags: Dan HeimillerJeff Sarwer

Updated Chip Counts

Jordan Morgan 21,000 9,000
Noah Boeken 20,500 7,500
John Cernuto 17,000 7,000
Matt Glantz 17,000 9,000
Steve Sung 17,000 -7,000
Dan Heimiller 16,000 6,000
Marco Traniello 16,000 8,500
Andy Black 15,500 8,500
Michael Mizrachi 15,000 3,000
Robert Williamson III 15,000 4,000
Jeff Madsen 15,000 1,000
Greg Raymer 14,000 5,500
Al Barbieri 14,000 6,000
Mike Matusow 13,300 3,300
Jon Turner 13,000 3,000
John D'Agostino 13,000 1,000
Erica Schoenberg 13,000 4,000
Freddy Deeb 13,000 5,000
Daniel Alaei 12,000 4,000
Abe Mosseri 12,000
David Chiu 11,500 4,000
Jen Harman 11,500 1,500
Scott Clements 10,000 -700
John Monnette 9,000 -1,000
Jean-Robert Bellande 9,000 3,000

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Katchalov Falls

• Level 5
Eugene Katchalov - out
Eugene Katchalov - out

No-Limit Hold'em

Eugene Katchalov was down to 3,500 when he got the last of his money in with {7-Clubs} {7-Diamonds}. He ran his pair right into an opponent's {Q-Clubs} {Q-Diamonds}, and things did not go well. The board came {6-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}, and Katchalov could not catch up.

He gone.

Tags: Eugene Katchalov