Event #12: $1,500 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em


• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

2001 Main Event Champion Carlos Mortensen has been moved to our featured table after the elimination of Luke Schwartz. This puts many of our remaining notables left in the field at the same table, as Cliff Josephy, Andy Black, and Carlos Mortensen are now squaring off at the featured table table.

Other bracelet winning pros left in the field include Bill Chen and JC Tran.

Tran Doesn't Like the River

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
JC Tran lost at the river.
JC Tran lost at the river.

From early position J.C. Tran opened for 10,500 and Denis Gnidash called in position. The flop came {5-Hearts} {6-Clubs} {10-Diamonds} and Tran led out for 7,500 and Gnidash called. The turn brought the {4-Clubs} and Tran bet out 19,500 and Gnidash called again. The river came {7-Spades} and Tran slowed down and checked. Gnidash also checked and turned over {7-Diamonds} {7-Hearts} for a rivered set. Tran had {K-Diamonds} {K-Spades}.

Tags: Denis GnidashJ.C. Tran


McFarland Shuts Down Mattingsly

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

With 25,000 in the pot on an {A-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} board, Getty Mattingsly bet 13,000 into Bradley McFarland who called. The turn was the {8-Hearts} and Mattingsly again bet, this time 27,500. McFarland thought for a bit before deciding to raise the action to 70,000. Mattingsly let go of the hand and will keep his remaining 105,000 chips intact. McFarland has risen all the way to 290,000.

Tags: Bradley McFarlandGetty Mattingsly

Four Bet Preflop

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Steve Watts raised to 7,000 and a second opponent three bet the big stack to 15,500. However, he likely didn't count on David Diaz four betting to 37,000. Both players folded and Diaz has now chipped up to 278,000.

Tags: David DiazSteve Watts

Black Doubles Through Savvides

• Level 16: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

Action folded around to Andy Black who moved all in from the cutoff. Marios Savvides announced the he was also all in from the small blind. Josephy got out of the way in the big blind and the cards were turned up.

Savvides: {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds}
Black: {A-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}

The board fell {Q-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{8-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{J-Spades} and Black doubled up to roughly 40,000, insisting that he only be paid in purples, or 500 value chips.

Tags: Andy BlackMarios Savvides

Tran with a Check Raise

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

J.C. Tran opened the action with a raise from early position to 7,500. Brandon Poe three bet Tran in position to 18,500 and Tran called to see a flop heads up.

On a {5-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} board, Chan check-raised Poe's 20,000 chip bet, forcing Poe to decide about the value of his hand with his stack. He folded and Chan raked in the pot. He now sits at 250,000 while Poe has fallen back to just 73,000.

Tags: Brandon PoeJ.C. Tran

The Chen and Watts Show

• Level 16: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
Bill Chen enjoys playing Watts.
Bill Chen enjoys playing Watts.

Bill Chen and Steve Watts continue to throw chips at each other. Chen was in late position and before Chen moved all in they had each contributed 42,000 into the pot. Chen counted down and he was in for 197,500. Watts decided not to call and folded {A-} {K-} face up.

Chen started laughing and the table asked him to show his hand. At first he didn't want to, then he announced that if anyone at the table would give $5 he would show. Ben Tollerene quickly reached in his wallet and threw a $5 bill across the table. Chen pocketed the bill and also showed {A-} {K-}.

Tags: Ben TollereneBill ChenSteve Watts

Cohen Gets Rivered

• Level 16: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

From under the gun Jesse Cohen raised to 6,500 and Salman Behbehani called from the button. The flop hit {3-Diamonds} {8-Diamonds} {2-Clubs} and Cohen led out for 8,000 and Behbehani called. Both players checked the {7-Spades} turn and the river fell {A-Diamonds}. Cohen checked and Behbehani bet 17,000. Cohen looked pained at the bet and quietly announced a call.

Behbehani flipped over {A-Clubs} {Q-Hearts} and Cohen looked sick when he showed {Q-Spades} {Q-Clubs}. The river brought Cohen down to 63,000 and Behbehani up to 135,000.

Tags: Jesse CohenSalman Behbehani

Quesada Celebrates

• Level 16: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

Shouts of intense celebration echoed through the Amazon Room after Daniel Quesada made an all in call against Bradley McFarland. Yelling of phrases like "Yes!" "I knew he had Ace-King!" and "Give me that s**t!" were repeated as Quesada walked around in triumph after making a call for his tournament life with {7-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} on a board of {2-Spades}{10-Spades}{4-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. This hand brought Quesada up to about 130,000. Due to the profane and intense nature of his celebration, the floor gave him a warning and a penalty for one hand. After standing away from the table for roughly one minute, Quesada was able to rejoin the table and continue with the tournament.

Tags: Bradley McFarlandDaniel Quesada