Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz

Event Info

Preispool $702,975
Players 309

Level Info

Level 28
Limits 50,000 / 100,000
Ante 10,000

Back & Forth

Chad_Holloway • Level 27: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

The players have been trading antes and bring-ins back and forth as of late with very few chips changing hands. Phil Hellmuth seems content to preserve his chips while grinding Don Zewin down.

Another for Hellmuth


Phil Hellmuth brought it in and then called when Don Zewin completed. The latter fired out another bet on the turn, which Hellmuth called before taking the lead on fifth. He quickly put together some chips and tossed them in the pot, which proved enough to win the hand as Zewin folded.

Zewin: (x-x) / {7-}{6-}{Q-}
Hellmuth: (x-x) / {Q-}{A-}{4-}

Phil Hellmuth us 1,820,000 155,000
Don Zewin us 500,000 -155,000

Tags: Phil HellmuthDon Zewin



[user101598] • Level 26: 30,000-60,000, 7,000 ante

The players are now on a 20-minute break. Counts are coming shortly.

Hellmuth Strings a Few Together

Phil Hellmuth{x-}{x-} / {6-}{k-}{j-}{9-}
Don Zewin{x-}{x-} / {a-}{8-}{j-}{k-}

Hellmuth brought it in, Zewin completed, and Hellmuth called. Zewin led out on fourth street, Hellmuth called, and both players checked on fifth. Hellmuth led out on sixth, and Zewin mucked.

Hellmuth showed {3-}{2-}.

A few hands later...

Hellmuth{x-}{x-} / {3-}{k-}{4-}
Zewin{x-}{x-} / {3-}{2-}{10-}

Hellmuth brought it in, Zewin called, and then Zewin led out on fourth. Hellmuth called. Hellmuth led out on fifth, and Zewin released.

Hellmuth tabled {7-}{5-}.

Phil Hellmuth us 1,600,000 145,000
Don Zewin us 720,000 -145,000

Tags: Phil HellmuthDon Zewin

Zewin Gaining Ground


Don Zewin had the bring in with an {8-} and faced a completion from Phil Hellmuth. Zewin made the call and then bet when Hellmuth checked the turn. The latter made the call and then both players checked fifth and sixth streets. Zewin then bet out on seventh and Hellmuth made the call.

Zewin: (x-x) / {8-}{3-}{2-}{6-} / (x) ({4-}{3-}{7-})
Hellmuth: (x-x) / {2-}{7-}{A-}{Q-} / (x)

"Seven," Zewin said for his 7-6-4-3-2 low, which was good enough to win the pot.

Phil Hellmuth us 1,455,000 -170,000
Don Zewin us 865,000 170,000

Tags: Phil HellmuthDon Zewin

Hellmuth Starts to Separate

Phil Hellmuth{x-}{x-} / {9-}{6-}{7-}{5-} / {x-}
Don Zewin{x-}{x-} / {6-}{5-}{8-}{j-} / {x-}

Hellmuth brought it in, Zewin completed, Hellmuth raised, and Zewin re-raised. Hellmuth called. Zewin bet out on fourth and fifth street, and Hellmuth called both bets. Hellmuth led on sixth when he made a better board, and Zewin thought for a bit before releasing.

Phil Hellmuth us 1,625,000 1,337,500
Don Zewin us 695,000 579,500

Tags: Don ZewinPhil Hellmuth

Zewin Fighting Back


Don Zewin has won a half dozen small pots heads up, and he just took a monster pot off of Hellmuth.

Hellmuth: {x-}{x-} / {2-}{5-}{a-}{q-} / {x-}
Zewin: {x-}{x-} / {3-}{7-}{3-}{q-} / {x-}

Zewin brought it in, Hellmuth completed, and Zewin raised. Hellmuth called. Hellmuth check-called a bet on fourth street, and then led out on fifth. Zewin called. Hellmuth led again on sixth and seventh, and Zewin called both bets.

Zewin fanned {a-}{6-}{4-} for a seventy-six, and Hellmuth showed {9-}{9-}{4-} for a ninety-five. Zewin scooped the pot, while Hellmuth is in disbelief.

Phil Hellmuth us 1,320,000 -580,000
Don Zewin us 1,000,000 600,000

Tags: Don ZewinPhil Hellmuth

Brandon Cantu Eliminated in 3rd Place ($74,269)

Brandon Cantu
Brandon Cantu

Don Zewin brought it in with a {K-} and was met with a completion by Phil Hellmuth. Brandon Cantu came along for the ride, Zewin got out of the way, and it was off to the turn. Cantu ended up with the lead and bet out, which prompted Hellmuth to ask for a count.

"Can't afford to let you bluff me," Hellmuth said. "Let's put it all in." He then raised and put the pressure back on Cantu, who though for about 40 seconds before three-betting. Sure enough, his chips ended up in the pot and his tournament life was at risk.

Cantu: {4-}{9-} / {5-}{2-}{3-}{J-} / (x)
Hellmuth: {A-}{5-} / {7-}{8-}{4-}{10-} / {6-}

Hellmuth had the best hand when the money went in and maintained the lead through sixth. Hellmuth quickly showed the {6-} he received on seventh, which meant Cantu needed either a six, seven or ace on the river to win. He squeezed it out slowly and there were no pips visible, meaning it could be an ace. He said it was also a heart, and the {A-Hearts} was alive. He completed the squeeze and all the tension disappeared when he turned over the {3-Hearts}.

Hellmuth's hand held to send Cantu to the rail in third place, and also give him a commanding chip lead headed into heads-up play.

Phil Hellmuth us 1,900,000 100,000
Don Zewin us 400,000 -40,000
Brandon Cantu us Ausgeschieden

Tags: Brandon CantuPhil Hellmuth