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

Busquet Sends One to the Rail

• Level 5: 200-400, 0 ante

Olivier Busquet's stack just got a little bigger after he knocked out another player. The other player was rather short stacked, but his {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} was well ahead of Busquet's {k-Clubs}{10-Clubs} preflop.

The flop and turn came {2-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{7-Spades} changing nothing, but the {10-Diamonds} on the river gave Busquet the best hand and sent the other player to the rail.

After the other player was gone, another player at the table commented jokingly, "That was kind of dirty". No one ever said poker was a clean game!

Tags: Olivier Busquet

Adams Finds Some Breathing Room

• Level 5: 200-400, 0 ante

Brandon Adams and another opponent had a preflop all in after a series of reraises. Adams tabled {10-Hearts} {10-Spades} and was up against {A-Diamonds} {J-Diamonds}.
{Q-Hearts} {10-Clubs} {8-Clubs} {8-Diamonds} {3-Hearts}

With his full house he is up to around the starting stack of 30,000.

Tags: Brandon Adams

Akenhead Cracks the 100K Mark

James Akenhead
James Akenhead

James Akenhead raised in late position only to have Maxim Lykov reraise from the cutoff to 2,250. Akenhead responded by making it 5,750, Lykov popped it to 9,000, and Akenhead flatted. The duo watched the flop come down {A-Spades}{9-Hearts}{9-Spades} and Akenhead check-called a bet of 7,800 from Lykov.

Both players then checked the {K-Hearts} turn and watched as the {3-Diamonds} was put out on the river. Akenhead immediately led out for 16,675 and Lykov mucked just as quickly.

James Akenhead 104,000
Maxim Lykov 60,000

Tags: Maxim LykovJames Akenhead

Some Chip Stacks

Barry Greenstein 73,000 22,000
Nenad Medic 68,000 2,000
Pat Pezzin 45,000 27,000
Vitaly Lunkin 36,000 -4,000
David Chiu 36,000 -14,000
Matt Stout 35,000 23,000
Hoyt Corkins 30,000
Kathy Liebert 27,000 3,000
Jason Somerville 26,000 -15,000
Dan Kelly 24,000 13,300
Shawn Buchanan 15,000 -20,000
Andy Frankenberger 14,000 -2,000

Duhamel and Hennigan

[user153638] • Level 5: 200-400, 0 ante

We're not sure how it happened, but we just watched both John Hennigan and Jonathan Duhamel making their way to the rail. We can confirm, based on their empty seats and lack of chips, that they have been eliminated from the tournament.

Tags: Jonathan DuhamelJohn Hennigan

Russo Doubles

• Level 5: 200-400, 0 ante

With the board reading {q-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{2-Spades}{5-Hearts} a player in middle position checked the action over to Vanessa Russo who bet 1,200. The middle position player then raised to 6,400 only to have Russo push all in for a total of 7,950. Strangely enough, the other player asked how much more to call and then tanked a bit before putting the additional 1,550 chips in the pot.

The reason behind his reluctance became a bit more clear when he revealed his {a-Spades}{3-Spades} for a pair of threes. Russo tabled the {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs} for a pair of queens and doubled her stack up to 19,500.

Tags: Vanessa Russo

Negreanu and Esfandiari Gamble It Up

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Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari

We just witnessed something very curious and entertaining develop. As far as we could tell, Daniel Negreanu owed Antonio Esfandiari a chunk of money and promptly paid him in cash-value chips. However, Negreanu ended up paying $1,835 too much, meaning Esfandiari now owed Negreanu. Instead of worrying about it, the two decided to let it ride on a game of "Red-Black" on the next flop.

If you're not familiar, that simply means each player chooses either red or black, and if the flop comes down two or three of that color, they win. Negreanu immediately chose black and watched as the next flop fell black. Suddenly Esfandiari went from owing $1,835 to owing $3,670. Obviously they had to do it again.

Impatient for action, both Negreanu and Esfandiari bounced from table to table looking for one about to deal a flop, Eventually they found one and again Negreanu took black. Lucky for Esfandiari, it came down red.

"I could have won a million these," Negreanu joked about the game.

"I felt you were getting [all the money] back," Esfandiari said. "That would've really hurt, Daniel. I would've gone again."

Tags: Antonio EsfandiariDaniel Negreanu

Obrestad Doubles Up

• Level 5: 200-400, 0 ante

We've reported that Annette Obrestad's chipstack has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride today. Most recently it's been moving upward after she went all in for her last 15,000 preflop against one other player.

Just like the last time we caught her all in, she held the {a-Spades}{k-Spades}, while her opponent was ahead with the {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}. The flop of {a-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{4-Clubs} put Obrestad into the lead, and he turn and river brought the {4-Hearts} and {2-Spades} securing her double up.

Obrestad now has just above the starting stack with 31,000.

Tags: Annette Obrestad

Latest Entrants

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Late registration was open through the break so it was no surprise when we came back that some stragglers had found their way into the tournament. They include:

John Juanda
Mike Matusow
Todd Brunson
Erick Lindgren
Allen Cunningham