Event #55: $50,000 Poker Player's Championship

Galfond, Lisandro Doubling, Clinging

Shamus • Level 14

Pot-Limit Omaha

Both Jeff Lisandro and Phil Galfond -- sitting on either side of the dealer on Table 286 -- returned from dinner break to short stacks. And both have been battling, managing to survive multiple all-ins through the No-Limit Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha rounds to start play in this level.

Just now Galfond doubled through Shaun Deeb in a PLO hand, getting back to about 160,000. Shortly after came a hand in which Deeb opened for 17,000 from the cutoff, Lisandro called from the button, then Galfond reraised the pot to 72,000 from the small blind. It folded back to Lisandro who called with his remaining chips, then stood as he tabled his hand.

"I hope you've got kings" Lisandro said, showing {A-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{7-Clubs}. Galfond turned over {A-Spades}{K-Hearts}{10-Spades}{5-Hearts}. "Pretty bad," added Lisandro, commenting on the situation.

But five cards later things looked pretty good for him, as the board read {9-Clubs}{3-Spades}{K-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}, giving him a flush and the pot. He's still short, though, with about 110,000, and Galfond now has about the same.

Tags: Jeffrey LisandroPhil GalfondShaun Deeb

Lamb Takes One

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Jim McCrink: (X)(X) / {a-}{8-} FOLDED
Ben "Benba" Lamb: (X)(X) / {4-}{a-}{j-}{8-} / (X)
Matt Hawrilenko: (X)(X) / {7-}{3-}{6-}{9-} / (X)

Barry Greenstein brought it in with the {q-Clubs}, McCrink completed, Lamb and Hawrilenko called, and Greenstein folded.

On fourth street, Lamb led out, Hawrilenko raised and McCrink folded. Lamb called.

Hawrilenko led out in fifth and sixth, Lamb called both bets, and Hawrilenko led a third time on seventh. Lamb raised, and Hawrilenko called.

Lamb opened up {2-}{3-}{6-} for a six-four, Hawrilenko mucked, and Lamb shipped the pot.

Tags: Ben LambJim McCrinkMatt Hawrilenko


David Benyamine - Eliminated
David Benyamine - Eliminated

Both Guillaume Rivet and David Benyamine have been eliminated from the tournament. We reported earlier how Rivet was crippled, but we are unfortunately unaware as to how Benyamine lost his stack.

David Benyamine Busted
Guillaume Rivet Busted

Tags: Guillaume RivetDavid Benyamine

Arieh Wins Big One, Smith Falls, Clements Out

Shamus • Level 14

Pot-Limit Omaha

Josh Arieh opened with a raise from early position to 12,000, then Scott Clements reraised all in with the 39,000 he had left. Justin Smith called the reraise from the button, Matt Glantz called from the big blind, and Arieh called as well.

The flop came {10-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}. It checked to Smith who bet the pot -- 159,000 -- and Glantz folded. Arieh tanked for some time, then made the call.

The turn brought the {3-Spades} and an all-in shove from Arieh for 151,500. Smith called, and the three players showed their cards.

Arieh: {K-Hearts}{10-Spades}{9-Clubs}{5-Hearts} -- top two pair
Clements: {A-Hearts}{6-Spades}{5-Clubs}{3-Hearts} -- gutshot to a small straight
Smith: {Q-Spades}{J-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{9-Hearts} -- wrap draw to bigger straight

No one had the club flush draw, but Arieh still had to dodge a number of cards for his hand to remain good. The river brought the {8-Hearts}. "Yes!" said Arieh at the sight of the safe eight. He scooped the big pot, pushing up to 780,000, while Smith fell to 113,000 and Clements was eliminated.

Tags: Josh AriehJustin SmithScott Clements

Mizrachi Slipping


Pot-Limit Omaha

Sebastien Sabic raised from early position, and Robert Mizrachi and Alexandre Luneau called out of the blinds. The flop came down {2-Spades}{5-Hearts}{q-Hearts}, and all three players checked. The turn was the {7-Hearts}, Mizrachi led for 19,500, and only Sabic called.

The river was the {a-Diamonds}, and both players checked. Sabic opened up {10-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{j-Spades}{8-Spades} for a ten-high flush, and Mizrachi flashed the {a-Clubs} before mucking.

Robert Mizrachi 60,000 -40,000

Tags: Alexandre LuneauRobert MizrachiSebastien Sabic



Limit Hold'em

When we reached Table 289, the board read {j-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}. Guillaume Rivet led out, and Raymond Dehkharghani called. The river was the {6-Diamonds}, Rivet led again, and Dehkharghani went into the tank before calling.

Rivet opened up {q-Spades}{j-Diamonds} for a pair of jacks, Denkharghani tabled {k-Clubs}{j-Hearts} for a pair of jacks with a king kicker, and Denkharghani won the pot.

"Cocktails," Rivet sighed after the hand, counting his 20-some-thousand chips.

Raymond Dehkharghani 220,000 26,000
Guillaume Rivet 20,000 -82,500

Tags: Guillaume RivetRaymond Dehkharghani


Approximate Chip Counts


Gus Hansen 1,452,500
Brian Rast 966,000 -14,000
Vladimir Shchemelev 895,500 -14,500
Shaun Deeb 850,000 10,000
Phil Hellmuth 840,000
Rami Boukai 815,000 85,000
George Lind 794,000 104,000
Barry Greenstein 710,000
Matt Glantz 658,500 -231,500
Michael Binger 621,500 279,500
Scott Seiver 600,000 -170,000
Yan Chen 533,000
Owais Ahmed 520,000 70,000
Sebastian Ruthenberg 510,000 -125,000
Jason Lester 490,000 40,000
Matt Hawrilenko 485,000 20,000
Roman Yitzhaki 474,000
Justin Smith 440,000 190,000
Marco Johnson 405,500 15,500
Jon Turner 385,500
Steve Billirakis 376,000
Sebastien Sabic 375,000 255,000
Brian Hastings 360,000 -30,000
David Singer 355,000
Josh Arieh 340,000 -210,000

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Billirakis and Hellmuth Tank Into The Dinner Break

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

Pot-Limit Omaha

Steve Billirakis called from middle position and Phil Hellmuth raised to 15,000 on the button. Scott Seiver called from the big blind, Billirakis called, and a {Q-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{3-Clubs} flop followed.

Action checked to Hellmuth and he bet 30,000. After getting called by both opponents, the {3-Spades} hit the turn. Action folded to Hellmuth and he bet 62,000. Seiver folded and Billirakis went into the tank for about four minutes before re-raising all in for an additional 114,500. The it was Hellmuth's turn to tank, doing so for about twelve minutes.

"I lost with this hand yesterday," he said. Finally, he threw in his cards face up - {A-Hearts}{A-Spades}{10-Spades}{9-Spades}. Billirakis showed a {q-Diamonds} and {2-Diamonds} as he collected the chips.

Phil Hellmuth 840,000 -60,000
Steve Billirakis 376,000 106,000

Tags: Phil HellmuthSteve Billirakis