Patrick Cronin raised to 4,800 in first position, Erik Seidel moved all-in for his chip and a chair (100 chips) and Jon Aguiar moved all-in from the button for 21,700. The table reminded Cronin that the actual raise would be around the 18,000 mark, but Cronin was interested in the true price only. In the end Cronin put in 21,700 and we had a three-way all-in with Aguiar and Seidel at risk of elimination.
So Aguiar just needed to avoid a plethora of clubs and aces.
Aguiar got to his feet and started to pack up. Seidel hadn't moved but his dreams were also disappearing fast.
Seidel hits a set and will quintuple up!
The river card was the , Aguiar was eliminated, Seidel now has 500 chips and Cronin has 140,000.
Chris Klodnicki opened to 4,800 from the cutoff, but that's as far as he'd get. Next door, Erik Seidel reraised to 12,000, and action froze on Mike McDonald in the small blind. After a bit of a pause, he announced a pot-raise to 43,200 total. That folded Klodnicki quickly, but Seidel moved all in for just a bit more. McDonald called all in, and the cards were on their backs.
The board ran out to hold McDonald's aces and give him the pot. The two men began eying up their stacks to see what was what.
"I think you might have me," McDonald offered. "But just by a little bit."
He was right. When the stacks were counted down, Seidel's 52,300 chips were bigger than McDonald's 52,200. "A chip and a chair," someone said. Seidel will have just that lonely black chip with which to try and channel the ghost of Treetop Straus.
There was an opening raise to 5,000 before Steve Landfish three-bet to 16,000. Matt Stout potted in position, and the original raiser tank-folded. Landfish shoved in with his big stack, and Stout snap-called all in for just more than 150,000. He was in bad shape, though, as his was destroyed by Landfish's .
Stout flopped a little bit of a sweat with a queen and a jack coming, but he could not find Broadway. The turn and river were blanks, and Stout made a hurried exit from the room.
It has not been a very good day at the office for Kevin MacPhee. Two big losses to Chris Moorman and Nabih Zaczac lowered his stack from 136,000 to just 8,000. Those 8,000 chips are now nestled nicely in the stack of Andy Lichtenberger and here is how it happened.
Lichtenberger raised to 4,200 in early position, Chris Moorman called in the hijack seat before Kevin MacPhee moved all-in from the small blind. Lichtenberger isolated the hapless MacPhee with a raise to 20,200 and Moorman folded.
The ace on the river enough to put MacPhee out of the competition.
"I folded ace-ten. I am such a fish," said Moorman.
Will Failla opened to 4,000 from late position, and Erick Lindgren three-bet to 14,000 on the button. That brought the action to Steve O'Dwyer's big blind, and he spent a few long minutes in the tank. After some time, he announced, "Pot," and dumped a big stack of chips into the middle. Failla tanked and moaned and folded, and Lindgren quickly put his remaining ~15,000 into the middle to put himself at risk.
O'Dwyer rolled over , and Lindgren nodded his head knowingly. He tabled , and he needed some help. Failla said he folded ace-queen.
The board ran out , and Failla almost shot out of his chair. Lindgren did leave his chair as he'd run out of chips, and there was some banter behind him as he left.
"I folded ace-queen," Failla said again.
"I know, I heard you the first time," O'Dwyer was chuckling. "I was hoping for the better thing where you fold the best hand, and then I knock out E-Dog."
O'Dwyer is in a good mood, and his chip stack has grown to about 75,000.
Nabih Zaczac and Kevin MacPhee tangled up in a preflop raising war that left Zaczac all in for 51,600. He was well in front, too.
The board, please:
MacPhee was unable to overcome his inferior start, and it's a crippling loss. He's left with just 7,500 lonely chips, while Zaczac doubles for at least the second time today. He's up over the century mark in chips now.