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

Cantu Takes from Zewin


Brandon Cantu had the bring-in and then called a completion from Don Zewin, who you may recall finished ninth in this very event back in 2009. When he took the lead on the turn, Cantu bet and it was Zewin's turn to call. Cantu kept the lead for the remainder of the hand and bet every street. Zewin came along and after he called seventh, Cantu said, "Nine."

"Nine what?" the soft-spoken Zewin asked. Cantu showed a 9-8 and it was good enough.

Zewin: (x-x) / {4-}{9-}{K-}{J-} / (x)
Cantu: (x-x) / {7-}{8-}{K-}{9-} / (x) ({2-}{4-}{9-})

Brandon Cantu us 500,000 100,000
Don Zewin us 320,000 -143,000

Tags: Brandon CantuDon Zewin

Fischman Finally Folds

Scott Fischman{x-}{x-} / {8-}{7-}{6-}{10-} / {x-}
Phil Hellmuth{x-}{x-} / {8-}{6-}{4-}{q-} / {x-}
Don Zewin{x-}{x-} / {5-}{5-} (FOLDED)

Zewin completed, and both Fischman and Hellmuth called. Hellmuth led out on fourth street, and only Fischman called. Fischman called another bet on fifth, both players checked on sixth, and Fischman checked again on seventh. Hellmuth bet, and Fischman went into the tank.

"You would never try to bluff here," Fischman announced. "Because I always call."

Fischman folded, and Hellmuth fanned {a-}{4-}{2-} for for an eighty-six. Fischman mucked.

"I finally folded," Fischman exclaimed. "And I was right!"

He gave a sarcastic whoop while Hellmuth raked in another pot.

Phil Hellmuth us 1,150,000 150,000
Scott Fischman 315,000 -65,000

Tags: Scott FischmanPhil Hellmuth

"You Could Have Been Drawing Dead"


Phil Hellmuth completed with his {2-} and found a caller in Brandon Cantu, who was showing {10-}. Hellmuth proceeded to bet every street, and Cantu called through sixth. On seventh, Cantu tanked over the bet and Hellmuth informed him, "You could have been drawing dead."

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

Cantu thought for a few moments more and made the call. "Ten," Hellmuth said for a 10-9 low. Luckily for Cantu, his 10-7 was better.

Phil Hellmuth us 1,000,000 -150,000
Brandon Cantu us 400,000 85,000

Tags: Phil HellmuthBrandon Cantu

More for Hellmuth


Don Zewin completed with a {3-} and was met with a raise by Phil Hellmuth. Zewin made the call and then bet on the turn, which Hellmuth called. From there, Zewin check-called bets on fifth and sixth street, but then check-folded on seventh. It was a good thing he did as Hellmuth showed his hand.

Hellmuth: (x-x) / {8-}{K-}{4-}{9-} / (x) ({6-}{A-}{2-})
Zewin: (x-x) / {3-}{9-}{10-}{Q-} / (x)

Interestingly, this isn't the first time Hellmuth and Zewin have met. Back in 1989 when Hellmuth won the Main Event, he defeated Johnny Chan in heads-up play. The man who finished third in that event . . . Don Zewin.

Phil Hellmuth us 1,150,000 75,000
Don Zewin us 463,000 -102,000

Tags: Phil HellmuthDon Zewin

Brendan Taylor Eliminated in 5th Place ($40,167)

Brendan Taylor - 5th Place.
Brendan Taylor - 5th Place.

Brandon Cantu completed with a {3-}, Brendan Taylor raised with an {8-}, and Taylor re-raised. The rest of the chips got in, and the hands were opened.

Taylor: {6-}{2-} / {8-}
Cantu: {7-}{6-} / {3-}

Both players were dealt paint on fourth street - Cantu a {q-} and Taylor a {k-} - and both players received a {4-} on fifth. Cantu improved with a {2-} on sixth, Taylor received more paint ({q-}), and Cantu turned over a {7-} on seventh. We missed Taylor's last card, but he mucked, and exited the tournament in fifth place.

Brandon Cantu us 315,000 35,000
Brendan Taylor us Ausgeschieden

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Brandon vs. Brendan


Brandon Cantu completed with a {6-} only to have Brendan Taylor raise with a {9-}. Cantu thought long and hard before making the call. With the lead, Cantu bet the turn and Taylor called. The latter then check-called a bet on fifth street before pairing and folding on sixth.

"Whew," Cantu said as he showed his hole cards . . . {2-}{7-}.

Taylor: (x-x) / {9-}{J-}{10-}{9-}
Cantu: {7-}{2-} / {6-}{7-}{Q-}{2-}

Brandon Cantu us 280,000 155,000
Brendan Taylor us 100,000 -180,000

Tags: Brandon CantuBrendan Taylor

Hellmuth's Heater Continues

Phil Hellmuth can smell number twelve.
Phil Hellmuth can smell number twelve.

Phil Hellmuth: {x-}{x-} / {6-}{4-}{k-}{k-} / {x-}
Brendan Taylor: {x-}{x-} / {7-}{4-}{2-}{j-} / {x-}

Taylor completed with a {7-}, Hellmuth called with a {6-}, and both players were dealt a {4-} on fourth. Hellmuth check-called a bet. Taylor led out on fifth, sixth, and seventh, and on seventh, Hellmuth ripped off his glasses.

"I think I'm supposed to raise," Hellmuth announced. "But I just call. I caught a seven."

Hellmuth fanned {a-}{7-}{2-} for a seventy-four, and all we saw from Taylor's hand was {10-}{3-}. Hellmuth pulled in the monster pot, and is starting to pull away.

Phil Hellmuth us 795,000 145,000
Brendan Taylor us 280,000 -180,000

Tags: Brendan TaylorPhil Hellmuth