Event #40: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed

No Back-to-Back for Mercier

WTF? I can't win back-to-back now
WTF? I can't win back-to-back now

Jason Mercier was all in in the small blind, and a player on the button had him at risk.

Mercier: {5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}
Opponent: {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}

Mercier was safe on the flop ({8-Spades}{3-Clubs}{10-Clubs}), and the turn ({j-Spades}), but the {9-Clubs} on the river gave his opponent a king-high straight, eliminating Mercier from the tournament.

Jason Mercier Busted

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Another Chapter for McManus

Shamus • Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante

James McManus has been nursing a short stack for most of the afternoon, and just now open-raised all in for 8,850 from the button. Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott, sitting to McManus' left in the small blind, hemmed and hawed a bit, then finally said he was calling. Ulliott nearly showed his cards before the dealer held out a hand to indicate the big blind was still left to act. "You can flash them, if you want," smiled the BB, and Ulliott chuckled in response. The BB folded, and Ulliott and McManus tabled their cards.

Ulliott showed {A-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and McManus {K-Spades}{J-Spades}. The flop came {6-Hearts}{6-Spades}{9-Clubs}, and the author of Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker stood up from his chair. Then came the turn, the {J-Diamonds}, and McManus moved to sit back down. The river was the {2-Hearts}, and McManus had survived. He now sits with about 19,000, while Ulliott has about 65,000.

Tags: Dave UlliottJames McManus

Jarvis Jams


2010 November Niner Matthew Jarvis opened to 1,325 from under the gun, a player in middle position three-bet to 3,200, and Vanessa Selbst cold-called on the button. Jarvis then four-bet to 9,600, the player in middle position folded, and Selbst again called.

The flop came down {4-Spades}{10-Spades}{6-Clubs}, and Jarvis tank-checked to Selbst who paused. She eventually fired 9,400, Jarvis instantly moved all in for effectively 45,000, and Selbst folded.

Matthew Jarvis 120,000 105,000
Vanessa Selbst 35,000 -5,000

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Young Takes a Hit

• Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante

Jordan Young raised to 1,350 from under the gun and the player on the button called. The flop ran out {3-Clubs}{j-Spades}{q-Spades}. Young bet 1,725 and his opponent called.

The turn brought the {5-Hearts} and Young checked. His opponent bet 2,500 and Young made the call. The {10-Spades} hit on the river and Young checked. His opponent bet 3,500 and Young reraised to 14,225. After tanking for a bit his opponent made the call.

Young turned over {k-}{j-} and his opponent showed {q-}{j-} to take down the pot.

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Alaei Can't Fade Flush Draw


The board read {4-Hearts}{j-Spades}{3-Spades} when we reached Table 38, and three players had cards including John Andress, and Daniel Alaei. Andress and Alaei both had 1,750 invested, when a third player moved all in for 9,900. Andress tank-folded, but Alaei made the call.

Opponent: {k-Spades}{7-Spades}
Alaei: {6-Spades}{6-Hearts}

The {8-Diamonds} on the turn was a brick, prompting Alaei's opponent to rap the table and gather his things. Before he could stand though, the {8-Spades} slammed on the river, giving him a winning flush. Alaei smirked at the comical act, then cut out 8,000 chips to send across the table.

Daniel Alaei 34,000 4,000

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Watt Chips Up

• Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante

Simon Watt and an opponent got all their chips in the middle before the flop. Watt held {a-Clubs}{a-Spades} and his opponent held {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}.

The flop ran out {7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}. Watt had a sweat with two diamonds on the board. The {6-Hearts} hit on the turn and the {3-Clubs} hit on the river sending Watt's opponent to the rail.

Watt now sits with around 85,000 in chips.

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Binger Broke, Richey Richer

Shamus • Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante

Brett Richey had raised from the button, and Nick Binger had shoved his short stack all in from the small blind. It folded back to Richey who called, tabling {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}. "Ugh," said Binger. "Not a queen," he added with a grimace as he showed his {Q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}.

The board came {5-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{5-Spades}, and Binger is out. Richey now has about 55,000.

Tags: Brett RicheyNick Binger

Wretchy Rivers Two Pair


Dan "Wretchy" Martin opened to 1,500 from the cutoff, Matt Affleck called on the button, and so too did Ryan Fair in the small blind. The flop came down {q-Spades}{a-Hearts}{3-Spades}, Fair checked, and Martin tossed out 3,000. Only Affleck called.

Both players checked the {9-Hearts} on the turn, and the river brought the {7-Diamonds}. Martin led for 6,500, and Affleck tank-called. Martin opened up {q-Clubs}{7-Clubs} for queens and sevens, and Affleck studied the board before angrily mucking his hand.

Dan Martin 85,000 55,500
Matt Affleck 43,000 -17,000

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Kling Gets Much Needed Double Up

• Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante

A player in middle position raised to 1,500 and Lauren Kling moved all in for her remaining 4,000 chips from the small blind. The original raiser made the call.

Kling: {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}
Opponent: {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

The board ran out {2-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{8-Spades}{9-Clubs} and Kling doubled up to around 10,000 in chips.

Tags: Lauren Kling