Event #57: The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop

Shakerchi's Flopped Flush Sends Rast Packing

• Level 9: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Brian Rast
Brian Rast

While following a hand on Phil Ivey's table we heard the dealer on the adjacent table announce, "Seat open!"

We rushed over to the table and saw Brian Rast gather his belonging, as he was just knocked out by Talal Shakerchi.

Isaac Haxton was kind enough to reconstruct the hand for us and he explained that Shakerchi raised under the gun and Rast called. The flop came down {9-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{2-Hearts} and Shakerchi checked. Rast bet, Shakerchi put his opponent all in and Rast called.

Shakerchi showed {K-Hearts}{8-Hearts} for a flopped flush while Rast was looking for a fourth heart with {A-Hearts}{3-}. The turn and river brought mere blanks and Rast the rail in the final level of the day.

Talal Shakerchi gb
Talal Shakerchi
gb 2,650,000 465,000
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us Busted

Tags: Brian RastIsaac HaxtonPhil IveyTalal Shakerchi

Esfandiari Flirts With Five Million

• Level 9: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari

Greg Merson opened the action with a raise to 85,000 and Antonio Esfandiari made it 185,000 from the next seat over in the cutoff. Erik Seidel was on the button and after a moment he moved out a four-bet to 425,000. The blinds folded and Merson followed suit, putting action back on the reigning champ. Esfandiari dipped into his stack and came out with a five-bet to 1.015 million. Seidel went deep into the tank.

After about two minutes of pondering his action, Seidel opted to flat call the five-bet. With well over two million in the middle, the duo took a flop of {4-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{9-Spades}. It was roughly one minute before Esfandiari continued out for what looked to be 630,000. Seidel quickly released his cards and Esfandiari was pushed the sizable pot.

"I was not expecting that," said Esfandiari as he stacked his new chips. The reigning champion is now sitting on about 4.88 million in chips.

Antonio Esfandiari us
Antonio Esfandiari
us 4,880,000 1,030,000
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 3,200,000 -1,300,000

Tags: Antonio EsfandiariErik Seidel

Altergott Doesn't Get a "Trickett"

[user101598] • Level 9: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Max Altergott - Eliminated
Max Altergott - Eliminated

Gabe Kaplan raised to 100,000 on the button, Max Altergott reraised to 240,000 out of the big blind, and Noah Schwartz cold four-bet to 1.7 million in the big blind. Kaplan, who had 2.1 million behind, folded, and Altergott, who started the hand with 1.865 million, went deep into the tank.

While he mulled the decision over, the German started to look around the room. He wasn't looking at anything or anyone in particular - and he would turn his attention to Schwartz every so often - and his eyes darted back and forth.

"Sorry guys," he said after three or for minutes.

He eventually grabbed his entire stack with one hand and the cards with the other. One second it looked as if he was going to fold, and the next he was going to commit all of his chips.

Finally he moved all in for a little more than Schwartz's raise, and Schwartz turned his hand over, signifying a call.

Schwartz: {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}
Altergott: {9-Hearts}{9-Spades}

Schwartz took the lead on a flop of {k-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}, and the {6-Hearts} on the turn was a brick.

"Come on!" Altergott said. "Give me a Trickett!"

Altergott was not dealt a "Trickett," rather he was eliminated when the {10-Clubs} completed the board. He was the third player eliminated from Table 354 today.

Schwartz is up to 5.445 million.

Noah Schwartz us
Noah Schwartz
us 5,445,000 2,000,000
Gabe Kaplan us
Gabe Kaplan
us 2,140,000 -105,000
Max Altergott de
Max Altergott
de Busted

Tags: Gabe KaplanMax AltergottNoah Schwartz

Mercier Fighting Back

[user68268] • Level 9: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier

Guy Laliberté raised to 90,000 from the hijack seat, and short stack Jason Mercier called out of the big blind to take the {10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{2-Spades} flop. Mercier checked, and Laliberté checked.

The turn was the {3-Hearts}, and Mercier bet 110,000. Laliberté made the call.

The river was the {8-Clubs}, and Mercier bet 240,000 of the 390,000 he had left in his stack. Laliberté gave it up rather quickly, and Mercier won the pot.

Guy Laliberté ca
Guy Laliberté
ca 1,825,000 -275,000
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 845,000 200,000

Tags: Jason MercierGuy Laliberté

Big Move By Gregg

• Level 9: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

On the final hand before the break it was Tony Gregg who put his tournament life on the line against Doug Polk.

The board read {J-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} when Polk bet 525,000 in an already big pot, but Gregg made it way bigger by shoving for 1,866,000. Polk tanked for a very long time but eventually he let go of his hand.

Gregg's now up to the starting stack while Polk sits on around 2.7 million.

Tags: Doug PolkTony Gregg


Updated Chip Counts

• Level 8: 15,000-3,000, 5,000 ante
Sam Trickett gb
Sam Trickett
gb 14,350,000 -10,000
Tom Hall gb
Tom Hall
gb 8,255,000 2,105,000
Phil Ivey us
Phil Ivey
us 6,015,000 -110,000
Daniel Colman us
Daniel Colman
us 5,020,000 590,000
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
ca 4,800,000 285,000
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 4,500,000 935,000
Rick Salomon us
Rick Salomon
us 4,475,000 -145,000
John Juanda id
John Juanda
id 4,095,000 265,000
Phil Galfond us
Phil Galfond
us 3,900,000 -300,000
Antonio Esfandiari us
Antonio Esfandiari
us 3,850,000 750,000
Tobias Reinkemeier de
Tobias Reinkemeier
de 3,840,000 90,000
Connor Drinan us
Connor Drinan
us 3,800,000 1,240,000
David Sands us
David Sands
us 3,740,000 85,000
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
partypoker Ambassador
us 3,630,000 -170,000
Noah Schwartz us
Noah Schwartz
us 3,445,000 925,000
Daniel Cates us
Daniel Cates
us 3,310,000 590,000
Paul Newey gb
Paul Newey
gb 3,175,000 565,000
Brandon Steven us
Brandon Steven
us 3,060,000 -45,000
Tony Gregg us
Tony Gregg
us 3,000,000 860,000
Christoph Vogelsang de
Christoph Vogelsang
de 2,950,000 -300,000
Scott Seiver us
Scott Seiver
us 2,825,000 225,000
Cary Katz us
Cary Katz
us 2,790,000 -160,000
Greg Merson us
Greg Merson
us 2,725,000 155,000
Doug Polk us
Doug Polk
us 2,700,000 -1,675,000
Gabe Kaplan us
Gabe Kaplan
us 2,245,000 105,000

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[user68268] • Level 8: 15,000-3,000, 5,000 ante

The players are on their final 20-minute break of the night. We will bring you full counts shortly.

Mercier Falling

[user68268] • Level 8: 15,000-3,000, 5,000 ante

Jason Mercier has fallen to around 600,000 in chips, and it looks like the two-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner is the shortest stack in the room.

Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 600,000 -875,000

Tags: Jason Mercier

Three in a Row for Ivey

[user68268] • Level 8: 15,000-3,000, 5,000 ante
Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

From under the gun, 10-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Phil Ivey raised to 70,000. Rick Salomon called from middle position, and everyone else folded to see the flop come down {A-Hearts}{6-Spades}{3-Spades}. Ivey checked, and Salomon checked. On the turn, the dealer added the {J-Clubs} to the board. Ivey led for 100,000, and Salomon gave it up.

On the next hand, action folded to Phil Galfond on the button. He raised to 70,000, and only Ivey called out of the big blind. The dealer fanned the {A-Hearts}{9-Spades}{9-Clubs} flop, and both players checked through to the {10-Clubs} turn. Both checked again, and the {4-Hearts} completed the board on the river. Ivey led for a bet of 75,000, and Galfond folded.

On the third hand in this sequence, Rick Salomon opened from under the gun to 75,000. Action folded around to Ivey, and he reraised to 300,000 out of the small blind. Salomon folded, and Ivey won the pot.

Phil Ivey us
Phil Ivey
us 6,125,000 875,000

Tags: Phil GalfondPhil IveyRick Salomon