Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz

Event Info

Buy-in $2,500
Preispool $702,975
Players 309

Level Info

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



The Poker Brat Refuses to Budge

Chad_Holloway • Level 22: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

Brandon Cantu, who is seated in the six seat, just asked Phil Hellmuth, who is in Seat 5, if he could scoot down a bit given the players in Seats 3 and 4 have been eliminated.

"No," said Hellmuth. "This is my lucky seat." Cantu seemed taken aback that such a simple request was denied and asked the floor if he'd request Hellmuth to move down a bit. "Even six inches," Cantu said.

The floor politely asked Hellmuth if he'd be willing to move down and again the "Poker Brat" refused. Cantu asked for a little help and the floor said he could check with his superiors, which prompted Hellmuth to say, "You better call Jack [Effel]."

Despite his unwillingness to budge, Hellmuth did say with sincerity, "I love Brandon Cantu." Hellmuth's stubbornness may just be a result of superstition, though it appears he has scooted down a bit.

Tags: Brandon CantuPhil Hellmuth

Hellmuth Takes the Chip Lead


Phil Hellmuth completed with a {5-} and then called a raise from Brendan Taylor. Hellmuth called another bet on the turn before taking the lead on fifth and betting out. This time it was Taylor who did the calling, which he would repeat on both sixth and seventh streets.

"Nine," Hellmuth said to signify a nine-low. Taylor didn't look too surprised as he folded his hand.

Taylor: (x-x) / {6-}{J-}{6-}{9-} / (x)
Hellmuth: (x-x) / {5-}{Q-}{7-}{8-} / (x) ({9-}{7-}{4-})

Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 650,000 170,000
Brendan Taylor us
Brendan Taylor
us 460,000 -185,000

Tags: Brendan TaylorPhil Hellmuth


Barry Greenstein Eliminated in 6th Place ($30,150)

Barry Greenstein - 6th place.
Barry Greenstein - 6th place.

Barry Greenstein: {x-}{x-} / {2-}{7-}
Brandon Cantu: {x-}{x-} / {4-}{2-}

Greenstein completed, Phil Hellmuth released, and Cantu examined Greenstein's stack before raising. Greenstein called. On fourth street, Cantu led out, and Greenstein raised. Cantu re-raised, putting Greenstein all in, and Cantu called.

Greenstein: {6-}{5-}
Cantu: {7-}{3-}

Greenstein was dealt a {j-} on fifth, Cantu received a {9-}, and then both players were dealt {9-}s on sixth. Cantu flipped over a {10-} on seventh, while Greenstein squeezed his down card.

"I'm even money," Greenstein said, grinning. "It's either the six or eight of hearts."

The {6-Hearts} would pair him, and the {8-Hearts} would give him the best hand. Unfortunately for the Bear, it was the {6-Hearts} eliminating him from the tournament. Greenstein received a loud round of applause, and he's off to the cage to collect his $30,150.

Brandon Cantu us
Brandon Cantu
us 280,000 111,000
Barry Greenstein us
Barry Greenstein
us Ausgeschieden

Tags: Barry GreensteinBrandon Cantu


Break Time

Chad_Holloway • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 2,000 ante

Players are now on their second 20-minute break of the day.

Action Slow

Chad_Holloway • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 2,000 ante

Action has slowed as of late with just a couple minutes remaining in this level. The slow play hasn't stopped Phil Hellmuth from telling the other players just how good he is. "I got here playing perfect," Hellmuth declared.

Tags: Phil Hellmuth