Event #7: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship

Railbird Heaven Disappears

• Level 8: 400-800, 0 ante

Table 121 which we reported earlier was filled to the brim with top name pros was just broken up. We have to admit we enjoyed watching (and listening to) that table but it's players are now scattered throughout the rest of the field. C'est la vie.

Chip Counts Heading Into the Last Level . . . Part I

Brandon Adams 150,000
Barry Greenstein 89,000 30,000
Justin Bonomo 88,000
James Akenhead 85,000 22,500
Sorel Mizzi 75,000 38,000
Cliff Josephy 70,000 5,000
Vladimir Shchemelev 65,000 5,000
Justin Young 65,000 3,000
Masa Kagawa 61,000 -10,000
Chris Moorman 54,000 44,000
Shawn Buchanan 52,000 37,000
David Chiu 49,000 13,000
Luke Schwartz 48,000 34,000
Jason Somerville 47,000 21,000
Robert Mizrachi 46,000 12,600
George Lind III 45,000 21,000
Lee Watkinson 45,000 4,000
Pat Pezzin 44,000 -2,000
Hoyt Corkins 41,000 11,000
Praz Bansi 41,000 24,000
Phil Laak 40,000 -7,000
Daniel Negreanu 34,000 -7,000
John Juanda 34,000 1,000
Dwyte Pilgrim 33,000 -2,000
Dan Heimiller 30,000 -9,000

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Karr Beats Bonomo

• Level 8: 400-800, 0 ante

Justin Bonomo raised preflop to 2,500 and McLean Karr was the only player to call. The flop came {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} and Bonomo bet out 4,500 which Karr called. The turn was the {k-Hearts} and both players checked to see the {3-Spades} on the river. Bonomo checked to Karr who bet 4,700. Bonomo made the call and Karr flipped over the {8-Spades}{8-Clubs} which was good enough to take the pot as Bonomo mucked his hand.

After the hand Karr had around 160,000 and Bonomo was left with a little less than 90,000.

Tags: Justin BonomoMcLean Karr

Burt Boutin Busted

• Level 8: 400-800, 0 ante

We gathered information for this hand from players at the table, so not too much exact information. But Burt Boutin lost with pocket kings to Brandon Adams' pocket aces in all in preflop action. Adams is up to about 150,000.

Tags: Brandon AdamsBurt Boutin

Josephy Wins A Pot, Shows Cards

• Level 8: 400-800, 0 ante

Cliff Josephy called a big reraise from Masa Kagawa preflop. The flop fell {K-Hearts} {9-Clubs} {5-Hearts} and both players checked. The turn came {9-Hearts} and Josephy took a while before sliding out twenty 1,000 chips, leaving mostly small denomination chips behind.

Kagawa leaned forward to see how much he had left behind, only about 13,000 or so. Kagawa thought for a while and then folded pocket queens face up. Josephy said, "Aww man, I suck," and turned over pocket aces. Josephy is around the 65,000 mark.

Tags: Cliff JosephyMasa Kagawa


Double Up for Laak

• Level 7: 300-600, 0 ante

Action folded to Phil Laak in the small blind who raised to 1,400. The player in the big blind called and they saw the flop come {10-Spades}{5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}. Laak bet out 1,400, the big blind raised to 3,000, and Laak reraised to 6,700. The big blind called and the {a-Spades} fell on the turn. Laak again bet out, this time for 6,500 and the big blind simply called. The river was the {k-Clubs} and Laak moved all in for his last 11,500. The other player called and Laak showed {4-Spades}{4-Hearts} for a set of fours and the other player mucked.

After the hand Laak's stack was a healthier 47,000

Tags: Phil Laak

ElkY Eliminated

• Level 7: 300-600, 0 ante

A player in middle position limped into the pot and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier raised to 1,700 from the hijack. The limper made the call and they saw the flop come {10-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}. The other player checked and then snap called after ElkY bet 2,200. The turn brought the {a-Clubs} and the other player bet out 5,500 only to have Elky raise all in for around 15,000. The other player made the call and tabled his {a-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} for a turned two pair which bested Elky's {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts} and sending him to the rail.

Tags: Bertrand Grospellier

Russians Collide


A series of preflop raises saw PokerStars Team Pro Russia member Maxim Lykov all in for around 25,000 against Vladimir Shchemelev, who barely had him covered.

Lykov: {K-Spades}{K-Hearts}
Shchemelev: {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds}

Lykov was in great shape and looking to dodge an ace, but the {A-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{A-Hearts} flop was disastrous and left him drawing dead. The meaningless {7-Diamonds} turn and {J-Spades} river were run out for good measure as the Team Pro paid his massage therapist and made his way to the rail.

Vladimir Shchemelev 60,000 29,000
Maxim Lykov Busted

Tags: Maxim LykovVladimir Schemelev